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I was curious about point #1, so I looked up what the FDA has to say about regulating supplements:
Manufacturers and distributors of dietary supplements and dietary ingredients are prohibited from marketing products that are adulterated or misbranded. That means that these firms are responsible for evaluating the safety and labeling of their products before marketing to ensure that they meet all the requirements of DSHEA and FDA regulations. FDA is responsible for taking action against any adulterated or misbranded dietary supplement product after it reaches the market.
It would appear to me that this is not just a New York State Law issue, but also a violation of Federal laws.
It really is sad that the complexity of the tax code has gotten to the point that a computer program is the only practical way to file an error-free return for many people. The expenditure in time required to learn the tax code is not an effective use of time.
The really unfortunate part is that I don't see the tax code getting simpler even if companies like Intuit stop lobbying against it. The tax code is used to redistribute wealth (e.g. the Earned Income Tax Credit costs ~$56B) and encourage certain types of behavior (homeownership, subsidies to energy companies). Congress likes to use the IRS as a de facto welfare agency.
And that is why you don't use their router on your network.
From what I understand (I'm not a Comcast customer), Comcast is opening up the router they provide to offer wifi access to other Comcast customers. If you have your own router, this does not happen.
I do not understand why anyone would pay to rent a cable modem/router from the cable company--it makes no financial sense (ok if you are only at that location for ~10 months or less the rental is cheaper). The only reason you have to have their cable modem/router is if you get phone service from them, though getting phone service from the cable company is just crazy (in my humble opinion).
If you have to use a cable company provided modem/router, buy your own router and put your network behind your router.
Not a panopticon. The workers have private offices (with actual doors) and the boss is in a open area. A panopticon is designed such that a central point can monitor without the individuals knowing if they are being monitored at any given moment.
I toured the Eastern State Penitentiary and found the panopticon concept interesting from an efficiency point of view but creepy and dehumanizing.
The book is a promising reference concept, but the execution is somewhat sloppy. Whatever generator they used was not fully tested. The bulk of each page seems random enough. However at the lower left and lower right of alternate pages, the number is found to increment directly.