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Comment: Sounds like another reason (Score 1) 385

by Gonoff (#46766631) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?
I'm quite happy not to be from your country. There are other variations of what we do elsewhere but in the UK, tax is deducted by my employer and sent to the "tax man". There are fairly simple ways of calculating how its done but basically, I pay 1/12 of my tax each month. Other deductions aside, I get about £10k tax free per year and pay 23% on the rest. If I was higher paid, some would be at the higher rate. If I was self employed, I would need to do what you have to do but even a tiny business can deal with PAYE (Pay As You Earn). I ran a payroll once and it took less than 2 days work per month to do about 350 peoples pay & deductions. Your system seems very complicated/labourious.
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FCC Boosts Spectrum Available To Wi-Fi 73

Posted by samzenpus
from the greased-lightning dept.
bbsguru (586178) writes "Wi-Fi networks will soon be improving thanks to a vote by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today. The FCC voted unanimously to open 100 MHz of wireless spectrum in an unlicensed 5GHz block . The move will increase the number of frequencies available to unlicensed wireless networks (such as those set up through Wi-Fi routers) by nearly 15 percent, and in turn, allow them to handle a greater level of traffic at higher speeds. 'Today's action represents the largest amount of spectrum suitable for mobile broadband that the Commission has made available for auction since the 700MHz band was auctioned in 2008,' the FCC wrote in a statement. 'Access to these bands will help wireless companies meet growing consumer demand for mobile data by enabling faster wireless speeds and more capacity.' The increased spectrum should mean that Wi-Fi networks will be less congested, and next-gen routers will be able to take better advantage of gigabit broadband speeds that are cropping up all over the country."

Comment: You need the decimal day (Score 1) 240

by Gonoff (#46620379) Attached to: Daylight Saving Time Linked To Heart Attacks

I don't know if it is a real theory but it is an item in a half written book that I may finish one day.

When humans move into space, they will move away from the need to follow any solar day. They will use a 100,000 second day. That's 27 Hours, 42 minutes and 40 seconds.

It's only a minor plot item so I haven't worked it all out but there are several people here saying that they would settle into a 28 hour rhythm. I think I would too.

Comment: Re:Map projections (Score 1) 286

by Gonoff (#46375099) Attached to: Scottish Independence Campaign Battles Over BBC Weather Forecast

I picture it being like

You picture it wrong. They are unrepresentative. I am Scottish. I am also British, Orcadian, European, Western and various other groupings. The one "British" is good enough for most purposes when doing business or travelling. Scottish identifies what part of the UK and Orcadian could be my ethnicity within that. The modern trend is towards linking states, not breaking them up into non-functional bits.

Because it wouldn't work. Yes they are a long way from the control centres of an over-centralised nation. Just like Scotland. They have their own capital, state plant, legislature just like Scotland. It's a long list. It doesn't matter. Some things are best done locally - probably a lot more than actually gets done this way but some other things are better done as part of a larger system.

Nationalism is the past. History is interesting and must be known but we don't want to go and live in it. That's why our ancestors left...

Comment: Re:Because people already have E-mail addresses? (Score 1) 149

by Gonoff (#46344939) Attached to: Facebook Shuts Down @Facebook Email System

Yes. I had a Gmail address long before. I also used it to log into other things. When they offer me a new service, I look and decide. I have not bought any Google books. I still have an account. Big deal.I have not made any use of their subscription music offering either but they remind me about it every time I go to listen to my own stuff.

We all know why Google likes to link its stuff? To track us better? That will be the biggest reason but it's probably just easier/cheaper that way. It makes my life easier with only one as well.

Comment: Re:school (Score 1) 149

by Gonoff (#46338921) Attached to: Facebook Shuts Down @Facebook Email System will fail...

What sort of time scale are you thinking of?
1 year - unlikely/No
5 years - vaguely possible but more likely to grow as it spreads around the world that people in the US are not aware of.
10 years - possible but it will be along with FB and some other things incorrectly labelled a social media like Twitter, Reddit and so on
20 years and beyond - probably but the tech world will be unrecognisable anyway.

Every computer idea will fail in the end so just saying that "it will" is about as meaningful as many politicians promises to help the poor or to keep away from rent boys.

Comment: Re:Because people already have E-mail addresses? (Score 2) 149

by Gonoff (#46338751) Attached to: Facebook Shuts Down @Facebook Email System

Do You have a Google account? Then you have Google+.
Do you have a Gmail address? Then you have Google+.
Do you have access to any Google service that is specifically yours (even search)? Then you have Google+.and every other service

It's all one big system. Some services are restricted by location - Google Music for example. If you have one service, you do not have to sign up for anything else. Just sign in. There's nothing sneaky about it. If you don't want some, don't use them. If you don't have anything in Google Music, you don't have to listen to it. If you don't post on Google+ I promise not to reply...

When in doubt, mumble; when in trouble, delegate; when in charge, ponder. -- James H. Boren