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## Comment Zurich? The seaport? (Score 1)47

Do you have to bring your ocean vessel to Zurich for the inspection? I see a problem there.

## Comment Re:wrong two words (Score 1)740

But the news originated in Washington DC, as they perceived 2PM.

No! It's easy to get this confused: the news originated in DC at 1:45pm; with instructions to journalists not to release the news until 2:00pm by the National Atomic Clock.

## Comment Re:wrong two words (Score 2)740

It may have been legit (!). The rules* say "2pm by the National Atomic Clock", which is in Colorado. The distance from CO to Chicago is about 1019 miles, and to DC is 1681 miles. So Chicago can use the news 3.5ms earlier than DC.

* As gleaned from a handful of secondary articles on the story.

## Comment Re:Correlation is not causation... (Score 2)212

Here's a clue: [rant deleted]: you eat too much and never exercise.

To quote the article:

Mice with the obese twin's bacteria became heavier and put on more fat than mice given bacteria from a lean twin - and it was not down to the amount of food being eaten.

## Comment Re:Driver's Manual (Score 1)211

My mathematics textbook is 600 pages but there is only 1 page with the information that I need to solve a problem. Doesn't mean the book has only 1 page of useful information.

Wow! Did your textbook contain 599 pages of "this equation is not designed to be used in the rain" type of legaleze? B-)

About the only thing worse than car owner manuals is car baby seat installation manuals. These are almost impossible to read because the disclaimers are so thick one can't even find the instructions supposedly within them. There are more red-circle-prohibitions than how-to diagrams!

## Comment Re:Driver's Manual (Score 1)211

My last owner's manual was about 400 pages; but contained only about 10 pages of useful information.

## Comment Re:Is it me or does the place look *lovely*? (Score 1)110

Headline: Mexican village disguises itself as Powell & Hyde in San Francisco.

Subheadline: We discover where Rasputin gets discount CDs from.

## Comment IRS+USPS (Score 2)208

I was treasurer of a small non-profit (\$200k/yr) and our Form 990 filing ran about 60 pages. That's tedious, but was normally straightforward. The interesting part came when filing for the automatic 3-month extension* (Form 8460?) in the mail. The USPS seems to tuck these forms behind the counter, and wait till the deadline passes. Then the IRS would take a month to tell us that the extension was received 3 days late, and we owed them a fine of \$1000/day for 40 days. Then we'd appeal, say we were sorry and it won't happen again and "procedures have been put in place". That would normally appease them. The "procedure" is to use registered mail, or file for the extension immediately at the close of the financial year.

Anyway, my point is that the filing was not trivial. There were many things that could go wrong.

Also, donations over \$5000 must be tracked and reported individually. You'll get a big smile from your 501(c)3 accountant if you donate \$4999.

* We always filed the extension because, by and large, our books were not stable until well after the regular filing deadline---mostly people "forgot" to cash checks we wrote, so we had to let the checks expire, which took 6 months.

## Comment Musical tone (Score 1)127

It appears the sun's magnetic field is playing a G at 37 octaves below middle C. *

* Based on 22.2 year mean cycle time. It appears to vary a bit, and it's playing a bit sharp.

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