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Comment: Re:IRS - Taxes (Score 1) 109

by kencurry (#49514007) Attached to: For the most recent tax year ...
To clarify (in the US): you don't pay sales tax on a home purchase, capital gains are taxed at a different rate than income, for investments, you only pay capital gains on the income, not the principal, and retirement income is taxed differently depending on the type of investment (Roth vs. 401k, e.g..).

I'm not saying tax system is fair, but there is much more to using the system wisely than your post would indicate.

Comment: Re:Lets use correct terminology. (Score 4, Interesting) 177

by kencurry (#49496805) Attached to: MakerBot Lays Off 20 Percent of Its Employees
I was modding but your post needs commenting on:

There are two sides here. The "laid off" worker is still a human being, and it may be that he will have a better career and life ahead than those left behind. To be treated with total lack of dignity at such a moment leaves an indelible impression; I know because it happened to me once.

So, what I am saying is that karma is a bitch, to treat those you are letting go badly will come back on those who perpetrate it.

Comment: Re:"Old" vs "new" trolling (Score 1) 279

by kencurry (#49463389) Attached to: Researchers Developing An Algorithm That Can Detect Internet Trolls
Correct. The story is using a different use of the word troll as other point out.

I see this in car forums a lot; the troll will post up seemingly naive but insidiously wrong posts, usually with a username and pic of a woman. The old guys in the forum hit that bait like a large mouth bass.

Comment: Poor judgement for a CEO (Score 1) 892

She lost the lawsuit, which if you read the facts of the case, she had only a slim chance to prevail. (She had an affair there, they had senior partners who were women, etc.) Made it look like they let her go so she sued to get even, then lost. Now she applies dumb logic to the hiring process, which some could argue shows that she is the one with the sexist POV. Reddit board should dump her if they get the chance.

Comment: Not so simple to say "reject all connectivity" (Score 1) 88

by kencurry (#49425293) Attached to: Research Finds Shoddy Security On Connected Home Gateways
Because you are trying to balance reasonable security with some ability to manage all the stuff in your house, including locking doors and closing garages that your kids leave open. If you think of absolute security as a currency, you spend some of it to get the convenience of remote lock/unlock.

Comment: Re:Politicians need a basic math test (Score 1) 421

by kencurry (#49410107) Attached to: Powdered Alcohol Banned In Six States
Some misunderstanding that I will do my best to clarity:

1. An ounce is that name used for english units of both weight and volume, but they are not the same. I think your second sentence has them confused. (So much better to use metric for these discussions!)
2. The developer claims that one ounce of (typical) booze and one ounce of his stuff contain the same amount of alcohol. This infers that he meant the volume unit of ounce, and that his stuff is about 35% ethanol, which would be the case for typical vodka for example. The balance in vodka is water, the balance in his stuff is some kind of sorbent.
3. Even though I agree the weight savings and concentration of alcohol discussion about this powdered stuff is mostly confusion, his basic point I think is that powder is easier to pack and carry and less likely to spill than a liquid form of alcohol (I don't necessarily agree with him, just trying to provide some clarity.)

Comment: Re:Astronaut-booze (Score 1) 421

by kencurry (#49410029) Attached to: Powdered Alcohol Banned In Six States
Yes, you point out the facts of this; namely that typical strong alcohol at 70 proof is 35% ethanol. The balance is mostly water. This product is about that ratio of ethanol to some sorbent material that appears to go into solution if you add water.

If the legislature of those states who are alarmed just did a little homework, they would realize that this is much ado about nothing.

Comment: I voted never, then I listened to the news... (Score 1) 162

by kencurry (#49388417) Attached to: How long until our skies are filled with drones?
I heard that SDGE got special permission to allow for use of DRONES to field service any facilities in SD county. I had just written off the Amazon testing stuff as a bunch of nutters that will go nowhere. But this is Big Utilities with Gov't permission. We are now officially screwed.

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