That is awesome, truly awesome
If you are in a " you're 1099 and here's your desk and working hours and no we're not paying you by the hour" situation then you need to file a grievance with the DOL and IRS. Trust me i work in an industry where we utilize contractors all the time, and i can promises you that they are violating the law, and you will win if you go after them (and the government will help you with that too). Sadly your "winnings" is usually that you are now a "employee" and the "employer" just fires you. But they end up paying a bunch of back taxes and fines/fees. So if you don't' like them and plan on leaving anyways, file a grievance.
I just create a situation that violates all of their problem trees. I have physical loop back adapters (different ones for different types of service) that allows them to do a local loop checks but provide zero actual dynamic communication. That normally gets me thrown right up the chain to someone i can actually talk intelligently with.
I would agree with you if you only look at their top shelf high priced speakers but they do make some very good quality more traditional speakers which offer great sound quality for the money.
I've got two floor standing load speakers and two of their book shelf variants of the same line. Both offer wonderful sound quality and while not cheap in price where not super expensive. I believe i have ~1,000$ total in for all 4, and they have lasted me now 17 years with zero signs that i'll ever need or want to get a different set.
I will agree that a lot of B&W speakers on their top end are works of Art as much as they are speakers, i just can't justify that for a speaker (although i do for paintings so i also can't argue with what people view as Art)
No clue on headphones but for floor speakers i love B&W's
Because other news outlets are less bias?
i personally love it, and a few years ago bought a life time membership (even after buying several albums from them).
Only thing i wish was that their phone app was better (and had random across favorites) and that they had a desktop player like PandoraOne so that i don't have to leave a web browser always running to listen (and the player would work with media keys for play/pause/stop)
it's only devolution in action
SGI monitors where the absolute best. I did the same as you for many many years. still have the VGA to 5 component cable as a memento.
It's consumption tax. I can have all the income i want and not pay taxes on it. I pay taxes only when i want to use the wealth I've accumulated.
If i want to pay less taxes then i spend less. If i want to live in luxuries then i pay more.
Those with smaller incomes must use a larger proportion of it on consumption.
10% is 10% no matter what the purchase price is, the Proportions are the same.
The only way where they get out of balance is where corporations can purchase larger quantity and get a lower sale price per unit then the smaller consumer for a given item.. So you will not be removing the buying power element, but even then you are capturing the taxes and doing it based on money changing hands.
easiest way is to break the company into shells each making a max of 9,999,999 and not look back. at an added tax rate of 25% as the summary says it would be simple math to show that the added paper work for inter-company billing and accountants would be cheaper than paying the tax (especially if they automate it).
They need to move to a flat consumption tax for products and services, get rid of all theses random income crap and just keep it simple. When money changes hands, tax it.
Drop the income tax, make it a flat tax on consumption (both products and services). You pay tax on raw materials and collect tax when you sell. you can make 100m$ and pay no tax until you spend it. it would make it easier for everyone to understand, it would be easy to track as tax would happen when money changes hands.
but hey, simple logic does not seem to work in this world because everyone wants the rules to apply to everyone but them.
i haven't had that issue. only once in 5 years when the drown seal was worn out and cost 400$ my dad had it done twice in the past 20. so you can tack on ~100 or less a year in maintenance costs...
(disclaimer, we are good friends with a rolex certified watch smith)