That was my immediate thought. Any decent system needs to ensure that it isn't running at a loss. To make that happen, they need an accounting system in place.
Rather than a loss, they managed a significant profit. The profit didn't go to the company.
I've seen lots of affiliate systems (sign up for a sight, the referring webmaster gets x%). In the adult industry, it's called shaving. The referring webmaster has a percentage of their sales (I've seen up to 25%), where it isn't recorded that they got the sale. Instead, it is credited to another account. The owner of the system doesn't always know. They see sales come in. They see payments go out. The shaved sales go to one of the developer's accounts (usually to a difficult to trace 3rd party).
If I were the developer, I'd have a friend in another country set up his affiliate account. The "lost" sales get paid out to him. He keeps a percentage, and pays me the rest. It can be very difficult to trace until there is a code audit. The audits don't usually come until the boss knows there's something funny going on. As long as the boss is getting a large profit, they have no reason to audit.
In the rest of the corporate world, it's skimming. Accountants can make it look like the missing funds are going to nondescript costs.
In both skimming and shaving, it becomes obvious when the person doing it gets too greedy. Like, it's difficult to justify that $1M/yr goes to miscellaneous custodian costs. And yes, I've seen exactly that, in a company that only made about $3M/yr profit. Sometimes it goes to consumable costs. It can be tricky to track if they're smart. When they get greedy, smart falls out of the equation.
You need to read up more on economics. Maybe swing by a local college and audit some economics courses.
No, most (all?) of the current in use today is backed by nothing. Well, nothing more than the idea that it's worth something.
I have a $20 bill in my pocket. It's not worth anything. There is a perceived value of it, so I can exchange that piece of paper for goods and services.
If it were backed by anything, there would be an obligation by the issuing party to exchange it for the commodity it was backed by. You can't go to the federal reserve and say "I want to exchange my $20 note for $20 worth of gold". Best case, you'd get a smile, pat on the head, and be sent on your way.
We effectively work with a bartering system. The perceived value of one service or object, for another. You can barter drugs, ammunition, or sex. That doesn't make any of them a currency, even though they'd each be good examples in your description. Actually, I think I like my examples better than the ugly paper in my pocket.
I come at this from a completely different viewpoint, having only recently dipped my toes into Linux - for me, a package manager is a relatively new concept. The nearest I've come to it previously has been with Apple's App Store, both for iOS and now OSX - plenty of choice, sometimes too much choice.
As far as manually installing apps goes, it usually boils down to double-clicking on the DMG file to mount it, then either running the installation package or dragging the app file to your Applications folder.
In theory, uninstalling apps is as simple as dragging the app file to the Trash. I say 'in theory' because apps do leave behind some detritus formed by using them - thankfully not to the same degree as Windows, but it is there. For suites of apps like Microsoft Office or Adobe Creative Cloud, there tends to be a lot more extra stuff deposited onto your system besides the apps themselves.
Sadly, updates do tend to be on a per-app basis, with the exception of those acquired through the App Store, which handles the update process.
No offense to you or your coworker, but is there any reason to accept your theory just on your say so?
(And your sig is accurate, btw)
Kathleen Sebelius was put in a politically impossible position. There was zero possibility of the technology supporting the ACA ever working as originally specced. She should have recognized this instantly, but even if she did, what could she have done?
I'm sure she's in a financial position where she didn't have to have the income, and if she had any integrity, she would walk. Further, when questioned by the press, she wouldn't give the 'spend more time with my family' canned response, she would be truthful.
She wasn't placed in a position. She sought out the position. As do all politicians.
'cuz he's a MAVERICK!
He's too busy to learn to computer because he's busy playing with the boys?
So the correct answer to this question was the one ESR asked - for who and for what?
That's why I asked him to specify criteria when he answered. IMNSHO, the answer is almost entirely dependent on the criteria, as evidenced by the poster above who mentioned the FNFAL, etc.
People are attacking libertarians over it because they don't know the difference between anarchist, minarchist, and libertarian.
Because we don't care about that any more than we care about whether you are in the People's Front of Judea or the Judean People's Front.
I thought the whole system was based on the fact that most of the individuals with bitcoin holdings were criminals, so that stealing anything would get you killed.
No, you've confused BTC with USD.
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iRobot has no product-lines of humanoid robots, so of course they need to shit talk it.
It's as simple as that.
I appear to be in the market for a new KVM as my current one has all but stopped working. Any recommendations? Minimum 4 outputs. *Must* do VGA. My current one has mini-DIN for keyboard and mouse, which has sort of worked some of the time with USB-PS2 converters. I could probably go for a full USB only one, but I'd need to get new cables.
I guess I lucked out.
I worked for a background information company a while back. I did a broad search for my real name (i.e., not my Slashdot name), and found all the other "me"s out there. There are several right around my age. There were doctors, lawyers, and a pilot. One, approximately my age, didn't live very far way, so we could easily be mixed up.
I had some nefarious thoughts as I was looking at their full record. I had their DOB, SSN, address history, phone numbers. I could have easily become a doppelganger.
Damn. I just checked on Intelius.com for myself. I know how they pull some of their records, and they use the same resources as some employment verification companies. The real me on there, based on age, cities shows all the wrong employers, the wrong education, and an extra relative that I don't have. Great. Maybe I should go try to buy a gun, to see what new shit comes up. It's been a few years.
Maybe it's just time to change my name to a string of random letters, and live in a nice cabin in the woods. I hear the property Ted Kaczynski was living on is available now. He lived pretty quietly out there for a while.