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Comment: Re:Know who to sue (Score 1) 162

by TWX (#47976773) Attached to: Anonymous Peer-review Comments May Spark Legal Battle
Was this a space-science researcher? If he's working on anything tangible that doesn't have an upper limit on the bandwidth of data collection like space-science does, then yes, I guess I would expect a researcher to do more than play mix-and-match with a large volume dataset to produce papers.

Comment: Re:Know who to sue (Score 1) 162

by TWX (#47976743) Attached to: Anonymous Peer-review Comments May Spark Legal Battle
And anyone that's making decisions about hiring and firing of staff at these levels should be as skilled as those they're hiring and firing. At this point HR is there to enforce on-the-books rules and to deal with the paperwork, but they're not taking overt action against an employee unless that employee has formal complaints that fall into the various types of practices that the organization has chosen to enforce against. Hiring and firing for academic publications and peer review is the purview of the board of the institution or of the college or of the department.

Comment: Re:Apt Tax (Score 1) 273

by TWX (#47976597) Attached to: To Fight $5.2B In Identity Theft, IRS May Need To Change the Way You File Taxes
Do you personally know anyone that has been to jail for income tax evasion?

I actually do. He was just convicted within the last couple of months. He'll be in for four years, as he didn't pay any income tax or file for at least four years, to the tune of several million dollars. Instead he spent the money on his automobile collection, which has subsequently been seized and is being sold to pay what he owes.

This was a very rich man. He could have easily afforded his taxes while maintaining a standard of living far in excess of anyone else that I know had he not chosen to buy cars like a madman. He had homes in at least three cities and could afford to go to car events all over the country several times a year. He did this to himself.

Comment: Re:Solution (Score 2) 273

by TWX (#47976495) Attached to: To Fight $5.2B In Identity Theft, IRS May Need To Change the Way You File Taxes
Tax evasion is never impossible. Have you ever shopped in a pawn shop? Has the proprietor offered you a discount if you pay cash? That's probably because he's not recording the transaction or is recording it at a much lower amount.

I only single-out pawn shops because everything in the store is used and usually one negotiates a price. This could happen just as easily in a small shop with an owner-operator, with new merchandise, so long as he can cook the books enough to be beneficial for himself without standing out, claiming that his margin on his merchandise is lower than what the transaction actually was.

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