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Comment: Re:It's about hotel taxes (Score 2) 149

by khchung (#47745959) Attached to: Airbnb To Hand Over Data On 124 Hosts To New York Attorney General

well yes, it's about that.

which makes the debate more about if a room for rent -literally- is a hotel - and why it's not a hotel if the guest stays for a month..

How about the simple fact that most tourists staying in a place for just a few days usually won't bother to go to authorities if there is something wrong with their rooms? As such, to protect the reputation of a city, they have to regulate the hotels that primarily target tourists?

If you are going to stay in the same place for a month or more, it is likely you will find out anything wrong in the first week, and you would more likely report it to police as you still have to stay for weeks there. Plus, people usually do more research when spending more, such as where to spend the money to stay a whole month or more, including possibly a prior visit in person for longer stay.

Not so for a hotel you probably going to stay just one night. Any problem you found in the night, you are leaving the next day and not coming back to that city again anyway. That would allow bad hotels to stay in business for quite a while, damaging the reputation of the area and hurting tourism for everyone else.

America being as it is, doing more to drive away tourists than promoting it, it is not surprising that most Americans have no idea how important it is for tourism to maintain a certain minimum standards on the hotels in the area. Next time you go on a trip to another country, talk to the hotel manager how many regulations they have to comply, you would be surprised how regulated they are for your safety and enjoyment.

Comment: Re:Okay... and? (Score 4, Informative) 316

by khchung (#47740063) Attached to: For Microsoft, $93B Abroad Means Avoiding $30B Tax Hit

/Personal income is likely to get double taxed, but that's not what we're talking about.

You can deduct taxes paid to foreign governments, even as a private citizen.

Which is the entire point, which, it seems, everyone rebutting GP missed.

If you are an American, working in country X, and paying $Y tax in country X. If $Y is less than the tax $Z you would have paid in America, then you need to pay American Govt $Z-Y (i.e. Z was deduct, which is your point), even though your work, your job and your company have absolutely no relationship with America. You paid $Z-Y just for the privilege of being an American citizen.

If you were from most other country in the world, working abroad in country X, then you pay $Y tax in country X, and then END OF STORY.

Most of countries in the world don't tax their citizens working and living abroad at all, which was GP's point, there is nothing to deduct.

Comment: Compared to /.? (Score 1) 114

by khchung (#47599193) Attached to: How Facebook Sold You Krill Oil

I find it quite hilarious to see so many posters complained about the ads in Facebook, in the /. forum that have ads a hundred times worse.

OK, maybe not 100x, be definitely worse. On my phone, I get pop-over ads to blocks 1/4 of the already small screen, with the (X) so small that the phone would register as a click on the ads instead (not the intended result, I am sure, LOL).

Then when clicking on articles, half the time the page opens at the bottom to immediately show the ad, so I have to manually go back to the top, the other half of the time I can read normally, but once I reach the end my music would stop because the ad at the bottom is a auto-starting video ad. So I have close the page to stop it from wasting MB in data plan.

(On my PC, I have plug-ins to block all the ads already)

With FB on the phone, at least I can turn off video auto-playing in the settings, and I then only occasionally see an ad when scrolling in the app. No pop-over ad, no auto-playing video ad, no jump to the ad when I open any page. Yes, 100x better then /.

Comment: Re:TOR is a US-backed project (Score 1) 98

by khchung (#47536059) Attached to: Russia Posts $110,000 Bounty For Cracking Tor's Privacy

No, TOR was a project about creating the ability for people in repressive countries to be able to access the Internet in ways that their government was either blocking, or whose access could endanger the user since it was not in line with the government's decrees and/or filters.

No, you're wrong and OP is right:

You DO noticed that the "rebuttal" is the typical deflection you see from politicians and large companies after getting caught doing something naughty, right? "Hey, you lied and cheated!" "No, what I did was about ...." (a long answer that never denied the lying and cheating part)

"No, TOR was a project about ..." noticed that the rebuttal did NOT mention who created TOR? The entire first sentence NEVER contradicted OP's point even though it started with a "No" -- "TOR was made by the US Navy specifically to anonymize the traffic of government spies. "

Comment: Re:The real question (Score 2) 296

The real question is, what is the long term impact to productivity and work flow? Sure you can save money up front by switching to a different software suite but that doesn't matter if it disrupts your business in a significant way.

And what is the long term impact of MS Office changing their UI every couple versions?

Not to say open sourced software don't have this problem *cough* Firefox *cough*, but the point is these things happen all the time, and cannot be avoided just by sticking to MS Office. You just plan the migration at the right time in the cycle then it won't become an additional cost.

Comment: Re:sure, works for France (Score 1) 296

In a theoretical world you would be correct, but in practice you're wrong. It's very hard to negotiate something out of the norm, which in the US, is vacation time.

Wrong. You have been fooled by HR drones if you think this way. Negotiating something out of the norm is done ALL THE TIME. That's why it is called "negotiating" your compensation (every part of it is open to negotiation), and not just "haggling" over the price (only).

For example, try negotiating a role as an associate in investment banking while saying "hey cut down 5 weeks of my salary I'll take extra time off." It can't work, because the culture doesn't allow it. You either accept the role with no vacation and high pay, or you don't get hired. I can easily negotiate a couple grands on a salary, but getting an extra week off? Rough.

That means you failed to sell yourself as a valuable money maker with a unique combination of skills and abilities during your interview. If the hiring manager thinks you are unique and you can help the company's bottom line that no other candidates can match, even if you got extra time off, then a competent hiring manager WILL twist HR's arm to MAKE IT HAPPEN.

If you sold yourself as just another replaceable cog in the wheel, then of course don't expect anything special.

Comment: open to hacking or manipulation (Score 1) 112

releasing the code could "leave the voting system open to hacking or manipulation."

In other words, any current or previous programmer in the development team could manipulate the vote results if one wanted to.

Any reasonable man would conclude that should be enough reason to stop using it.

Comment: Re:Simple (Score 1) 509

by khchung (#47463403) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

This is terrible advice. Credit cards are the easiest way to build credit. The advice should actually be: Pay off your credit card in full every month.

You're a victim of marketing by the credit card companies. This is not true, there are plenty of ways to get far better loans at far cheaper rates that will increase your credit rating at a far faster rate.

Unless you found loans that have negative interest rates (i.e. pay you to borrow money from them), I don't see how you can beat 0% rates you can get from a credit card and pay off every month.

Maybe credit cards from your bank work differently, but for the cards from my bank, I get a statement every month for the purchases I made in the month, and then if I pay the full amount before the deadline (a few weeks after the statement), then I don't have to pay any interest. That's FREE loan from the moment I made the purchase to the time I pay.

Comment: Re:Why not limit them to one per customer? (Score 1) 131

by khchung (#47397433) Attached to: Oculus Suspends Oculus Rift Dev Kit Sales In China

Wouldn't that make trying to scalp them prohibitively inconvenient?

You don't know how iPhones got into China before Apple started selling them there, do you?

The scalpers, or more appropriately, dealers just stand outside Apple Stores (wherever iPhones are available) and offer to buy from people who just bought the phone in the store, for a small profit. Soon enough, people aiming for that small profit started going to the store, buy an iPhone with credit card, then immediately sell it to the dealers for cash (and repeat for every credit they own, apply for more when all cards have been used). The dealers then hire other people to carry (i.e. smuggle) the phones, a few each, across the border into China and sell it for a larger profit.

How's that for crowdsourcing, heh?

That happened for every iPhone release until Apple officially started selling in China. No more profit == no more scalpers.

Simple economics, demand greater than supply, then the price increases. If the manufacturer won't increase the price or increase production to meet the demand, then some of the lucky few who got the goods will sell to someone else willing to pay more.

Hey, isn't that's what Free Market and First Sale Doctrine are about?

Comment: Re:Sounds like PR Hype to me. (Score 2) 36

As such, all exoskeletons suits currently in development either are tethered to a wall plug or have a ridiculously low battery capacity.

You made the wrong assumption that an exoskeleton suit is only useful if it is fully mobile like a car, HOWEVER, there are already LOTS of practical application for a suit that only works well when plugged-in, or with very short battery duration (e.g. 15 mins)

E.g. Old people or disabled people, with a plugged-in suit, can live a mostly normal life within their homes, rather than needing a 24-hour nurse just to take them to the bathroom.

I would guess that people with paralysis or legs disabled would celebrate the day they can effectively walk around their own home with such a suit. Especially if the home is retrofitted with enough power sockets for plugging in the suit where ever they go around the house.

OS/2 must die!