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Comment: Re:What the tax form should look like (Score 1) 358

Are you honestly saying that using a step-function is what makes taxes so complicated?

There are two parts that make taxes complex. The first is deductions. That takes up a bit of the complexity. The second is defining income. That's hugely complex.

In one easy to identify problem, your system seems to imply that I have to pay taxes on the value of any asset I sell, not just the appreciation of that asset since purchase. Which makes investing... interesting.

Comment: Re:Please automate accounting more! (Score 1) 358

I have a bit of free time.

I did some pretty basic accounting in the past, and wrote most of the internal report generating software my company (quite small) uses.

What scared me away from publishing any accounting software before was the lack of a CPA. Do companies not care if the software is verified as long as it is transparent?

But if you're serious, I'd love to know more.

Comment: Re:Over 18 (Score 1) 582

I agree. But that makes this is an excellent example of how the world should work:

Shitty practice exists

News media locates and publicizes this shitty practice instead of focusing on celebrities/tragedies

People in charge fix the problem, either out of embarrassment or because someone who was ignorant of it but had the power to stop it finds out it's going on.


Comment: Re:WOWZA! (Score 1) 230

by Actually, I do RTFA (#46736409) Attached to: How much do you spend yearly on mobile apps?

If the people on /. don't see the worth of buying decent mobile apps - what's the point of them other than to advertise and hijack the masses?

Well, that's how I feel about a smart phone in general.

I'd love to get the advantages of a smartphone, but see these as insurmountable obstacles.

The spying by Apple/Google/Microsoft (not sure about what Blackberry does).

Taking something quite secure and adding the worry about spyware/adware/viruses.

The walled garden that keep me from being able to just, I dunno, run linux software.

Being stuck in the high cost/low quality distribution, ala would be the case for Hulu plus.

Comment: Also, all inventions are invented (Score 4, Informative) 290

The famous line from the head of the US patent office in 1902:

In my opinion, all previous advances in the various lines of invention will appear totally insignificant when compared with those which the present century will witness. I almost wish that I might live my life over again to see the wonders which are at the threshold

Or the slightly less famous line from the head of the US patent office in 1843:

The advancement of the arts, from year to year, taxes our credulity and seems to presage the arrival of that period when human improvement must end.

Comment: Re:Let it die (Score 1) 507

I gather all deaf people do not think alike.

Granted - but immaterial in this instance.

This is a discussion about deaf culture. Pretty much by definition, it's a monolithic entity. You can, and should, when discussing a culture, talk about the incentives and attitudes it puts upon its members. Actually, going beyond that, you can and should critique those.

You're right that shouldn't go over into "deaf people all are evil/all think this". But the specific culture apparently does.

Comment: Re:A law for everything... (Score 1) 475

by Actually, I do RTFA (#46715931) Attached to: New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

You seem to be laboring over a lot of misconceptions.

The point of overtime is not for the employee's benefit. It is for the employer's. It's cheaper to pay the additional per-hour overtime premium, then the fixed costs of having an entire additional staffer.

A second job is completely different from working overtime. It doesn't raise expectations for your coworkers, means that certain overhead is paid twice, and the list keeps going.

Comment: Re:there's obviously more too this (Score 1) 465

Eliminate the consultant and end the relationship with Pepsi then find a different sponsor. So clearly there's more to it collapsing than just the Pepsi guy.

They did get rid of him. The problem is a Game Jam is operating under a time constraint. And so much time and energy got sucked up by this dick that they didn't even see a point in trying to make the deadline. Which makes all the rented materials, salaries, etc. a lost cause, etc.

Comment: Re:We are the geeks, we are not tools for non-geek (Score 1) 465

how dare you make a personal choice about something that does not align to the interests of the people who are paying you to do something totally unrelated to this personal choice.

Actually, yes.

I wouldn't expect a director making a horror movie to hire someone who disdained horror movies. Sure, maybe the camera work would be exactly the same, but you want people excited to be working on a project.

If you work at Pepsi, and you're really bought into the brand, then you care about it. And you think it's a core part of business. So someone drinking Coke would be a pariah.

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