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Comment: Re:Bullshit (Score 1) 373

by Actually, I do RTFA (#46796067) Attached to: Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon

beer is roughly $1000/ton (based on a 150lb keg costing about $75). You're looking at maybe a 5% rise in cost.

Except you're looking at the weight ratios wrong. Producing 1 ton of beer produces less than 1 ton of spent grain (beer is mostly water). So the ratio would be probably be closer to.... I don't know 1:5. Which would only be a 1% rise in cost.

Comment: Re:Real Names? (Score 1) 92

by Actually, I do RTFA (#46795395) Attached to: How Nest and FitBit Might Spy On You For Cash

I would agree, but "Rusty Shackleford" is the alias of "Dale Gribble" from "King of the Hill." So, being used as the "non-name name" on a show that millions of people watched for over a decade may lead to a lot of other people also using it.

Similar to how "Doe" is a pretty rare real last name, but very common in aliases.

Comment: Re:yes, I've used a Professional Engineer. also a (Score 5, Insightful) 168

by Actually, I do RTFA (#46794865) Attached to: The Design Flaw That Almost Wiped Out an NYC Skyscraper

Yeah, I remember how well that worked in the 90's

Remember when Arther Anderson stood up to Enron and refused to sign their books. And in turn sacrificed the lucrative consulting contracts with Enron for only CPA fees.

As opposed to simply adding a footnote disavowing the report before signing it anyway.

Comment: Re:What the tax form should look like (Score 1) 416

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) 416

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) 630

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) 240

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) 292

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.

Time is an illusion perpetrated by the manufacturers of space.