Are you aware that most human accountants use
I assume most experts in their field use software that is relevant to their field of expertise. I also assume they use it more effectively than I would, given the fact that I use the software relevant to my profession far more effectively than a non-expert possibly could. I assume I'm not a special snowflake in that regard, and thus this is a reasonable generalization.
If you spend a day studying tax law and reading your software's manual, you will save more money than you earn at your job in a month. It is time well spent.
Wrong analysis. If we assume (and this is a big assumption) that I save as much as the professional I could hire would, then it doesn't matter how much I save, it's the same either way. If doing it myself is going to require me spending a day studying tax law, the relevant question is, will it cost more or less than a day's earnings for me to just pay someone else do it for me? If you get paid enough, that seems unlikely. The time would be better spent doing your actual job, and using the money earned to pay the accountant.
Tell me, when is the last time you knowingly were infected with malware?
A few years ago. Rebooting into Windows and deliberately plugging into a client's network was (for various reasons) the quickest/easiest way to determine what exactly was infecting their computers and if it was really spreading across the LAN rather than being transmitted by some emailed word document or promiscuous USB-stick user. It was.
I've actually never been unknowingly infected with malware. It's always been deliberate, although I didn't always know exactly what sample I'd be collecting...
Took me way too long to realize what four-digit ID you were talking about. *sigh*
And slushfunds ?
It's the only motivator I can think of for congress to do this
Do what? They haven't done anything. All they've done is talk. And politicians don't seem to need much in the way of motivation to spend lots of time emitting hot air...
Nvidia drivers are shittier than AMD. End of story. AMD drivers implement the graphics API's to the letter.
Yeah, my personal experience is that that's completely bullshit you're slewing there. AMD drivers fail to implement graphics API's properly, and thus are more fragile when something unexpected happens, like a call to a deprecated OpenGL function, and when you point out to AMD that their driver is breaking, they point out that the function is deprecated, failing utterly to grasp the meaning of the term -- yes, new software is not supposed to call it anymore, but it's supposed to continue working anyway until it's dropped from the spec completely. "Your software is old" is not an excuse for violating the API.
Admittedly, I haven't tried porting graphical apps across platforms before, so for all I know, getting the UI widgetry right could very well be 90% of the work.
Yeah, writing the UI code is 90% of the work. Debugging it to work consistently across all platforms is the other 90%...
There wasn't even one Columbus, his actual name was Cristóbal Colón.
It's as if a bunch of bank robbers took all their known-serial bills and threw them in a big pit mixed with people's savings accounts, then took out the exact same amount of money.
No. The first important point is that the one taking the money out isn't the same person (or, in this case, bitcoin address) as the one putting it in. If one bank robber throws his money in a bit, and his accomplice comes by later and takes it out, it's really easy for Mr. Police Detective watching the hole to see who the accomplice is. But if the bank robber and a hundred other people throw money into the pit, then a hundred and one completely different people come by and take money out... who's the accomplice? This is what the mixing accomplishes.
(What you've been taught to believe is not logically consistent. Think it through.)
One should practice what one preaches.
With prisons being run by private companies, I can see an incentive to give the prisoners less to increase the profits.
That's a valid concern, although it should be noted in this case that the prison in the story is one of the public ones. (Oklahoma does have some privately-run prisons, but this isn't one of them.)
The supreme court has already ruled on this in 1992, and their ruling was quite clear. So either Congress gets off their butts and passes a law, or Amazon can just keep fighting it out in district courts for years.
The Wikipedia article on the case you're referring to indicates there has been some congressional action on the matter, or attempted action at least. I wouldn't count on this congress actually managing to get real legislation done, though...