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Comment Re:Samzenpus got hit in the head this morning (Score 2) 528

It isn't a tax, as in it's not a line-item on your tax bill


Health care: individual responsibility (see instructions) Full-year coverage []


Health care: individual responsibility.
You must either:
Indicate on line 61 that you, your
spouse (if filing jointly), and your dependents
had health care coverage
throughout 2014,
Claim an exemption from the
health care coverage requirement for
some or all of 2014 and attach Form
8965, or
Make a shared responsibility payment
if, for any month in 2014, you,
your spouse (if filing jointly), or your
dependents did not have coverage and
do not qualify for a coverage exemption.

See the instructions for line 61 and Form
8965 for more information.

There is your ACA tax-form line item.

Comment Shared libraries? (Score 1) 88

So, it bundles up a binary and all of the shared libraries necessary for that binary, so that you don't end up in dependency hell. Great, except for what happens when the next OpenSSL vulnerability is announced, and suddenly you need to replace every container which has its own copy of OpenSSL, instead of the one shared system copy.

Comment Re:Not so similar (Score 1) 208

Apple does WiFi location as well. That's how the WiFi-only iPad and iPod touches can get location data.

Skyhook and other similar services provide WiFi access point MAC/SSID to location mapping services. They have people (essentially) war-drive, scanning for WiFi networks and record the locations based on GPS units and upload that to a database. Then, when you have a device which uses their service, it can query the database and get back the previously cached location.

This is, in part, why my iPhone kept locating me to my old address when I moved. Indoors, where it couldn't get a GPS signal, it would WiFi-locate me to my old address, then the location would eventually jump to the new address when it would to the cell-based triangulation. After a few months, whatever database that had my old location cached got updated (or expired the old data), and it stopped happening.

Comment Re:What about Xcode? (Score 3, Informative) 251

No, they don't have to offer it "via exactly the same means as the binaries".

3. You may copy and distribute the Program (or a work based on it, under Section 2) in object code or executable form under the terms of Sections 1 and 2 above provided that you also do one of the following:

        a) Accompany it with the complete corresponding machine-readable source code, which must be distributed under the terms of Sections 1 and 2 above on a medium customarily used for software interchange; or,
        b) Accompany it with a written offer, valid for at least three years, to give any third party, for a charge no more than your cost of physically performing source distribution, a complete machine-readable copy of the corresponding source code, to be distributed under the terms of Sections 1 and 2 above on a medium customarily used for software interchange; or,
        c) Accompany it with the information you received as to the offer to distribute corresponding source code. (This alternative is allowed only for noncommercial distribution and only if you received the program in object code or executable form with such an offer, in accord with Subsection b above.)

Nothing in there says that the source must be provided in the same form as the binary. You could have binaries released via the App store, but mail out source code on CD, for instance.

Comment Re:Disagree (Score 1) 500

AAPL: Market Cap: 312.19B
MSFT: Market Cap: 231.98B
DELL: Market Cap: 25.26B
BAC: Market Cap: 137.96B
VZ: Market Cap: 100.39B
HPQ: Market Cap: 99.42B
3988.HK: Market Cap: 43.46B

At least by one of the more common measures, Apple is bigger than all of those.

Comment Re:Inaccurate - Not as cool as they seem (Score 1) 135


You may bring up to 1 gallon of liquor or 384 ounces of wine into the state for personal consumption, per month. Nor would a state police officer have the authority to pull you over simply for coming into the state from the first on-ramp in the next state.

I've brought liquor and wine into PA from neighboring states legally for years.

Comment Unsurprisingly Inaccurate summary (Score 2) 135

It turns out the shortsighted legislature forgot to make it illegal to sell wine from a vending machine: "as long as the user is asked to take a breathalyzer test, swipe their state issued ID or Driver License, and then show their mug to a state official sitting somewhere in Harrisburg, who is keeping an eye on the proceedings via CCTV." I'm surprised nobody thought of this sooner.

The system was developed by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, who runs the "State Store" system. The machines are run by the LCB. This isn't some magic end-around the law, it was developed by the exact people the legislature has designated to decide how to sell wine in the state.

Also, Wal-Mart is not the first to have the machines. There has been one in my local grocery store (Giant Eagle) outside of Pittsburgh, PA for a while now. They've also had single bottles and 6-packs of beer available for even longer. (Beer sales are generally limited to "distributors" who can only sell full cases, or bars/restaurants/delis who can sell single bottles or 6-packs. Giant Eagle sells ready-to-eat food in that part of the store, so they were able to get a deli-style license for beer sales.)

The wine vending machines are stupid. The selection is very limited, and the machines only operate during the same hours that the state-run Liquor/Wine stores are open anyway. Given that I have to drive past a state Liquor store to get to the store with the wine vending machine, it's pointless. I just make the extra stop.

The beer section is decent, but single bottles/6-packs are overpriced. I just go to a beer store and buy a case.

At least all of this is a step in the right direction. Maybe someday they will actually allow grocery stores to really sell alcohol like other states. I'm not holding my breath, though.

Comment Re:Why not .arabic? (Score 1) 148

Not quite the same script. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perso-Arabic_script for details, but there exist letters in Farsi that do not exist in Arabic.

Also, it would be like saying "why give the United States .us? They use the same language as England, why can't they use .uk?" This is a county-code TLD, just represented in the native script of the country.

Comment Re:IMDB refute the claims (Score 1) 207

It's the job of the PUBIC RELATIONS department to answer these queries. You know, RELATING information to the PUBLIC.

It's not the listings reviewers job to respond. The listing reviewer's job is to review listings. It's not even really the CEO's job. The CEO created the PR department for a reason, after all.

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