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Comment: Re:First! (State) (Score 1) 297

by ces (#43264917) Attached to: US Senate Passes National Internet Sales Tax Mandate

Court orders to provide customer lists along with what was purchased are routinely issued against online retailers who sell alcohol or tobacco on-line. In the case of tobbaco the state can't really do much to the retailer but in the case of Washington they do routinely issue nasty letters with the threat of legal action to customers who haven't paid the appropriate taxes.

Comment: Re:First! (State) (Score 1) 297

by ces (#43264871) Attached to: US Senate Passes National Internet Sales Tax Mandate

Even if all states adopt a single unified statewide rate for online retailers that is still 46 tax jurisdictions one has to keep track of rates and exemptions in. Furthermore that is 46 jurisdictions with different filing deadlines and requirements, and 46 jurisdictions who can demand an audit of your books.

Then you get the fun corner cases. What happens when I as a Washington State resident order something online and have it shipped to my parents house in Arizona? Do I pay Washington taxes or Arizona taxes?

Comment: Re:How do they 'encourage' us to stay home? (Score 5, Informative) 670

by ces (#42217319) Attached to: Stay Home When You're Sick!

If you are in the US and got fired because you used up your sick leave and hit some arbitrary cutoff set by HR for unpaid leave that was less than the statutory amounts your former employer is opening themselves up for a lawsuit and Federal fines. The Family and Medical Leave Act entitles you to up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave per year for illness or medical conditions that leave you unable to perform your duties: http://www.dol.gov/whd/fmla/#.UMIqn7SmClI

Comment: Re:Of all the places that got a shuttle, (Score 2) 126

by ces (#41842621) Attached to: Hurricane Sandy Damages Space Shuttle Enterprise

Actually of the museums that were finalists for getting a shuttle but didn't get one the Museum of Flight in Seattle had the best curation plan and the best financial plan. They had an indoor climate controlled gallery next to an airfield that was "Shuttle ready". They actually scored better than the Intrepid did and NASA admits it screwed up the scoring (putting too much weight on metro area population).

But that is water over the seawall as they say, unless NASA decides to take Enterprise back NY will get to keep her.

Comment: Re:moof (Score 1) 29

by ces (#37193460) Attached to: There will never be a "year of the linux desktop"

To be fair Stallman and several of the other FSF types have always been Marxist fanbois on a religious crusade. However they at least knew what they were doing.

The pile of steaming crap that Gnome, KDE, Firefox, and others have become in recent years is extremely annoying. My next laptop most likely will run either OS X or Windows 7 or 8. I might have a VM or two for firing up Linux (or windows if I go the OS X route), but the primary OS is going to be something commercial and supported. I may also toss Linux on my old laptop, but it won't be my primary machine.

Comment: Re:Linux in your pocket (Score 1) 29

by ces (#37193360) Attached to: There will never be a "year of the linux desktop"

The wisdom of HP spinning off its desktop and laptop division remains to be seen. However it would seem they aren't handling it as well as IBM handled spinning off its desktop and laptop division to Lenovo. HP is creating a lot of uncertainty that is just going to drive customers to other vendors.

Comment: Re:You know, there ARE non-debian distros out ther (Score 1) 8

by ces (#36789328) Attached to: You don't realize how much polish Ubuntu provides...

If anything SuSE and OpenSuSE have been better about upgrades than either Debian or Ubuntu. They have all of the polish you've come to expect from Ubuntu. They offer LTS versions as well. The only real downside is some of the software like Debian/Ubuntu can be way out of date compared to Gentoo/Fedora.

Not to say there aren't some bad bugs as well. But I've yet to find a distro that doesn' t have at least a few annoyances.

Comment: It wouldn't be the first time (Score 1) 3

by ces (#32787322) Attached to: Bill Gates Sr. is Full of It

an initiative was submitted only to be later found unconstitutional (assuming the income tax initiative passes and the courts toss it). Several anti-tax initiatives have been tossed out by the courts too.

I think the debate over I-1098 will cause will be healthy for the state. I think the results of the vote will prove informative for both sides no matter what the outcome is.

Who knows which way the courts will rule if I-1098 passes? I've seen good arguments on both sides from people who have a fairly good understanding of the Washington Constitution and how it is interpreted by the state courts.

Comment: I'm glad ... (Score 1) 5

by ces (#32787280) Attached to: The collapse of Illinois

My state is in relatively good shape. Though to hear some people whine you'd think this state (WA) was some cross between California and Greece. Even if the initiative to repeal the junk food and soda taxes passes there is still room to make cuts before the state has to stop paying its bills. Yes further cuts will cause pain, but not to the dire straits some states are in.

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Journal: I may soon be a Microsoft contractor 3

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I just got an offer on a contract Linux sysadmin position with Bing! travel I'd interviewed for last week. I've got a couple of other positions that may come back with offers this week, but I'm inclined to take this one at the moment.

Comment: Re:could be (Score 1) 4

by ces (#30354538) Attached to: Another clue from the anointed ones

Two things:
1. Some people including some credible economists are rather worried about a dollar collapse and possible hyperinflation. Particularly among those who view inflation/deflation as mainly an effect of the overall money supply. The money supply has expanded dramatically in the past 10 years, especially since the Fed stopped directly reporting M3. Many of the measures taken by the Fed in the past 2 years to stabilize the financial system amount to increasing the money supply exponentially.
2. Given the revolving door between especially Goldman Sachs and Citicorp and the Federal Government I wouldn't be surprised if they had access to intel most other companies don't. Even without the connection, the government has in effect signaled that protecting the big financial players is a matter of national security.

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