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Comment: Could work in your favor... (Score 2, Funny) 114

by pyrote (#32232102) Attached to: Judicial Nominations In the Internet Age

" 'Imagine what will happen when, decades from now, a president nominates someone to the Supreme Court who had access to Twitter, MySpace, and Facebook at the age of 15."

This could work in alot of people's favor...
When applying as the Head of the Agriculture Department...

"As you can plainly see, I had several successful Farmville farms at age 15."

Comment: Re:how quaint (Score 1) 432

by pyrote (#31916060) Attached to: I mailed / filed my tax return form ...

If you under-withhold by more than 10% or $500 (whichever's more) you end up owing a penalty.

You have 3 options for underpaying without penalty
1) You can underpay by up to $1000 (not $500)
2) You are correct about underpaying by 10%
3) If your taxable income goes up, you are only required to prepay what your total tax liability was in the previous year. This means if your total tax liability last year was $1000, and then this year your liability went up to $6000 (whether it be because your income increased, or you no longer had certain credits or deductions), you are only required to have prepaid/withheld $1000. Come April 15, you will have to pay the additional $5000, but if you were smart you had it sitting in the bank gaining interest all that time.

I seriously need caffine... I thought this was devolving into a
4)...
5) Profit! thread

Comment: Re:Friends (Score 1) 504

by pyrote (#30664558) Attached to: Best Buy $39.95 "Optimization" At Best a Waste of Money

here's an idea, I've done this before. Maintain your own OS, beit Windows 7, Linux, whatever. Then, buy a laptop or any hardware that fits your needs. Take the harddrive out, and replace it with one of your own, and install the OS on it.

Sure you don't get the bundled CRAP, that comes with it all, though in the end, you have a clean install that you can restore to factory specs in 5 minutes or less.

Most manufacturers have provisions for upgrading harddrives and memory in their warranty so there is no problem.

And yea, the services suck, worked GS for a year.. I felt like a tool every time i sold 400 dollars in upgrades to some old lady on Social Security and it only took an hour to complete. I got canned when I started telling them to just go get an e-machine instead (heck it was always ATLEAST twice the machine they were going to have after the upgrade at half the cost!)

Comment: Re:Cue the Second Life expert (but not a lawyer) (Score 2, Interesting) 134

by pyrote (#27781199) Attached to: Can Avatars Make Contracts?

I'll be honest, I used to help run a virtual Cathouse. The girls involved were VERY talented and took their 'job' very seriously, and we never had an unsatisfied customer. For some of the women, it helped them in Reality get over intimacy issues, or escape some real life hardships, much like some escape into a good book.

Those days are gone for numerous reasons, but not due to the lack of quality of the hired.

Comment: Re:Cue the Second Life expert (but not a lawyer) (Score 1) 134

by pyrote (#27781037) Attached to: Can Avatars Make Contracts?

I run a set of sims, and this is always on my mind.

I don't ask Real life information because frankly, my customers don't want to give that up, and under Linden Labs TOS, that is a violation. With that contract between me and Linden Labs, I could not require RL information if I wanted to.

monthly I clear the costs of 3 'islands' (295/mo ea) and have to wonder if one day everyone will just poof. I doubt it, but it's a risk I take.

As for the client end (renters) they take the risk of me walking away and canceling my islands, but for their anonymousness, they tolerate that risk.

as one of the other posters said, no those rental contracts I have with them are not 'valid' which is why I simply have a pre-pay agreement with a statement of NO REFUNDS. so if you don't like the terms, don't rent.

My only safety net is to keep a reserve big enough to handle a complete loss of clients just before a billing date. It is just me RP'ing a land-lord, but at least my clients RP paying renters.

Comment: Greeeat (Score 1) 369

by pyrote (#26305127) Attached to: Security Checkpoints Predict What You Will Do

So, From what I can gather from this article is:
It detects Thermal differences and mannerisms as you approach the portal.

So if you have to take a raging dump because you have a FLU and your nervous about this new "don't worry, act normally" sign you see ahead of you, and your worried you'll get stopped and cause even worse embarrassment to you and your travel partners, your likely to get picked up.

This make me wanna fly just that much more.

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