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Comment: Re:Yep, that's a LOT of blood (Score 1) 89

by SydShamino (#48020291) Attached to: Blood For Extra Credit Points Offer Raises Eyebrows In Test-Mad China

So that's just 16 half-liter donations, which spaced out every 8 weeks takes less than 2.5 years. There's plenty of time for Dad to donate that much between when he learns his wife is pregnant and when that kid needs to enter high school. (Plenty more if Mom donates, too.)

The big problem, as in everywhere else, is that paying for blood attracts donors with bad blood (literally), some of which will escape testing and get into the supply. "Thanks to the blood for grades program, China now has enough blood for your transfusion. Unfortunately, the blood you got had untraceable levels of HIV and now you'll get sick and die, but you can do so knowing that some unrelated kid got into a better high school for your suffering."

That's not to say the U.S. doesn't have some of the same problems. The incentive to give can be strong.

Comment: Re:Ask your accountant! (Score 1) 182

by SydShamino (#47966251) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Who Should Pay Costs To Attend Conferences?

I'm not a tax (or any other sort of) attorney, but I would think that, once the original poster's employer has paid his conference fees, they will expect (require) him to travel to and attend the conference, even if he's paying for the travel himself.

Generally, travel to and from required work-related tasks that are not at your normal job site is tax deductible. So, yes, to the OP, buy your own tickets to Vegas, stay a few extra days after the conference and enjoy a vacation, and (after consulting with an accountant or tax attorney) deduct the cost of the airfare plus the hotel costs (during the conference) from your taxes. And of course travel days and days spent at the conference are work days, not vacation days. Maybe you can negotiate with your employer to also provide per diem?

Comment: Re:Downloading music for free? Scandelous! (Score 3, Interesting) 323

by SydShamino (#47918883) Attached to: Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

Per Apple, this album is your own stuff. Let's flash back 20 years...

Assume you've told your maid service to always bring in the mail. One day, a U2 album arrive, unsolicited, in the mail, and the maid puts it on your CD rack.

Whether you paid for it or asked for it is irrelevant; once it shows up in your account/mailbox it was placed where it goes by your instructions.

Comment: Re:Why is this legal in the U.S.? (Score 4, Insightful) 149

At least the tax breaks for Tesla make more sense than the ones for the film industry. States continuously try to attract film and television through massive incentive programs, but they only work if the state has one of the best packages at the time of filming a particular film or season.

Texas had a good package for a while, and things were filmed here. Other states got better, and shooting moved to places like Louisiana. Right now Georgia has a great package and things like The Walking Dead and Archer are shot there, but don't for a moment think The Walking Dead wouldn't move to Louisiana or Arkansas or northern California if the incentives changed.

It's much more difficult for Tesla to move their factory, since they'll have extensive immovable infrastructure costs. The film industry is used to packing up every 6-26 weeks as films or seasons end.

Comment: Re:Huh? (Score 2) 275

by SydShamino (#47876055) Attached to: California Tells Businesses: Stop Trying To Ban Consumer Reviews

Even KlearGear's lawyer can't hide his scumminess from his public statements.

>> "Ironically, if Mr. Palmer [consumer] had simply approach[ed] Kleargear first last fall and requested a stay to finance their new furnace — we would have worked with him," Mathieu [shitty company's lawyer] wrote. "We are human beings. Instead he has chosen a public forum."

Yeah, and be sure to ask your mugger if he can hold off a minute, so you can buy your lunch before he steals your credit card.

Comment: Re:This is what the US has become (Score 2) 137

by SydShamino (#47843423) Attached to: Deadmau5 Accuses Disney of Pirating His Music

The first recordings that included Mickey Mouse should be in the public domain at this point, yes, but there's no reason whatsoever why Mickey Mouse as a trademark couldn't and shouldn't remain valid in the fields for which it has been registered, if it remains in use. Trademarks != copyrights.

Comment: Re:More like 3000-4000 (Score 2) 97

by SydShamino (#47834445) Attached to: Dirty Diapers Used To Grow Mushrooms

Modern cloth diapers, while expensive, are very easy to use, and contain waste as well as disposable diapers. They pay for themselves in a reasonably short time and prevent all of this landfill waste.

Our daughter was premature, and we used disposables until she was large enough to move into the "one size" BumGenius diapers we got from our registry. I think we have ~20 of them, which means about $340 spent and a 3ish day supply without laundry. When we're done with them, though, we can resell them - yes, they have resale value.

The alternative we would be using is $0.21 each, so we'll break even after 245 or so days. Larger disposable diapers are more expensive so the savings will grow with time, not shrink, and the cloth ones are very adjustable.

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