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Comment Re:no profit in patches (Score 1) 17

Hmm, I actually got a Cisco from my ISP and ended up buying a Netgear as the Cisco was too unstable.
The Cisco is a Docsis cable modem with built in wifi router. If you use your own router you can have the modem set up in bridge mode, which I did. Ever since the connection is stable. You have to call the ISP to have the modem switch to bridge mode. Funny thing is when I did, the person on the phone agreed with me that using my own router would probably be a lot better.
I'm sure I could buy my own Docsis modem as well, but for me that thing is now part of the internet, not my home network. So it is in untrusted territory anyway. As long as it works it is fine.

Comment What about the people that convert to epub? (Score 2) 172

I actually published a book on performance testing on Amazon and have signed up for the KU program. I sell about 5 books per month. Living in the 'first world' I can safely say that the money isn't why I do it. I am still happy to see sales, cause that tells me people read my book. And it would be even more interesting to see if people actually read it. So for me, I'm not worried about missing out on a few dollars and may even get some more feedback.

However, I also buy books in the Kindle store. First thing I do is to convert the books to epubs so I can load them on my Sony Ereader. I am sure I'm not the only one. How does Amazon handle those? Seems to me those are counted as not read even though the buyer actually read them. Just not on a Kindle reader.

Comment Re:Yes. What do you lose? But talk to lawyer first (Score 1) 734

Good article. Although even that article states that they could still get checking accounts (at some banks).

To me it seems a lot of banks simply chose not to go through the trouble for a limited amount of customers. That's not OK, as that limits your choices. But largely the banks doing. And that's no surprise to me.
It does also seem to me the law is too draconian. I still however see no need to have piles of cash.

Comment Re:Yes. What do you lose? But talk to lawyer first (Score 0) 734

hmm I Googled that (hadn't heard about it) and found this article.
Apparently a number of banks no longer serve American securities investors. So you are right in that if you want to evade taxes you now do need to smuggle out cash again like in the old days.

I don't think you'll have an issue getting a normal checking account. So for your everyday transactions there is no need to deal 'in piles of cash' You can pay by credit and debit card like the rest of us...
The article even states so: "Customers with normal checking or savings accounts in Germany are not affected, however."

But I'm glad someone is sticking up for the tax evaders.

Use the Force, Luke.