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Comment Re:Missed the Boat? (Score 2) 263

You might have your accountant check IRS Notice 2014-21. Perhaps it didn't apply to you.

Q-8: Does a taxpayer who “mines” virtual currency (for example, uses computer resources to validate Bitcoin transactions and maintain the public Bitcoin transaction ledger) realize gross income upon receipt of the virtual currency resulting from those activities?

A-8: Yes, when a taxpayer successfully “mines” virtual currency, the fair market value of the virtual currency as of the date of receipt is includible in gross income. See Publication 525, Taxable and Nontaxable Income, for more information on taxable income.

Comment Re:Missed the Boat? (Score 1) 263

I didn't want to pay the taxes on the income and I didn't want to be associated with them in a manner that I might have to account for later, so simply avoided the taxes and donated them all to EFF over the period of a month and a half.

Weren't you still responsible for reporting income in the year the bit coins were mined, and then reporting a deduction for the charitable donation? Even if these were in the same tax year, they may not fully offset one another, depending on your total tax picture.

Comment Re:Lightning Strikes Twice with Entitled Customer (Score 3, Interesting) 339

I am a person, and I buy from a corporation. And just because I buy from a corporation doesn't mean the employees have the right to treat me like shit. Corporations I've bought from almost always have provisions where if the corporation treats you poorly and fails to live up to the expectations they set then you get an even-handed response to your complaint and the corporation attempts to repair the relationship with the customer and institute changes to avoid such a situation in the future.

Comment Re: And when are they going to allow 7 Enterprise (Score 1) 581

Supporting old versions in the consumer market costs them money. They don't want to spend that money.

Then Microsoft should have thought that through before they published a support policy that provides for extended support into 2020 (Win 7) and 2023 (Win 8). I don't care if Microsoft wants to lower their costs after the fact; I bought and installed Win 7 based on its published lifecycle, and thus my lowered cost of upgrading. Microsoft's desire to push users to Windows 10 does not trump paid customers' right to utilize their Windows 7 and 8 systems until the published end of support dates. Microsoft should neither be nagging customers or trying to force upgrades.

Comment Movies == Video Games (Score 1) 232

CGI technology and video game rendering have merged to the point that large sections of CGI-heavy films have the rhythm and look of a video game. This may be pleasing to those weaned on video games as their visual storytelling medium, but to those brought up on physical visual effects, it's distracting.

Comment Re:Why would anyone tolerate this bullshit!? (Score 4, Insightful) 720

ut if you do run an older version of Windows - one that's going to stop being updated - it's going to remind you regularly to upgrade to the current version.

End of extended support for Win7 is January 2020; Win8 in 2023. No one needs to be nagged for five years.

Comment Anonymity vs. Pseudonymity (Score 1) 246

Why anyone would give a newspaper's comment platform their real name and e-mail address is beyond me. Make up a name, use a burner e-mail account from mailinator.com and don't worry about unintelligent boobs retroactively deciding to out you. Next time you're asked for your name and e-mail address, ask yourself how much you trust the service who's asking, and what value there is to you in providing accurate information.

Comment Re:Terrible summary (Score 2) 206

and the "JPG not RAW" is just for workflow-related reasons.

But it's not "JPG not RAW," it's "originally JPG." If it's workflow-related, and the input to Reuters needs to be JPG, why would they care whether the JPG conversion took place in the camera or in off-camera RAW-to-JPG software?

Comment Re:less uber hype,more anti regulation support ple (Score 1) 210

Uber and its peers have significantly improved the experience of per-ride paid transportation:

- Hail by app.
- Identify the car and driver that will pick you up.
- Track the car as it comes to pick you up.
- Price estimate from the company before you get in the car.
- Pay by pre-registered credit card.
- Provide feedback to company and other customers.

These items improve upon calling a dispatcher who may or may not answer, having an unidentified car sent to pick you up. having no idea where the car is or whether it will actually arrive, not knowing the price until your trip is complete (and having to haggle with drivers who add extra fees that may or may not apply to your trip), finding a taxi's credit card reader "broken," and not being able to hold drivers accountable for the condition of their car or the quality of their service.

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