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Comment Re:The Joys of employeehood.... (Score 1) 509

Just to clarify, it has nothing to do with if you're a "sole shareholder". If you're an employee-owner, you have to pay yourself fair compensation for the work you do, regardless of if there are other shareholders. If you attempt to funnel salary through shareholder profit distribution and don't maintain what the IRS considers a reasonable salary, you'll get nailed for it dodging SE tax. If you're a shareholder that is not an employee and does not do work for the company, you have nothing to worry about.

The typical advice on "fair salary" is to research a bunch of salary survey websites, print the information out and save it in a file, and then pick something about in the median. If the IRS comes asking, it's up to you to provide backing documentation that the salary you're paying is considered reasonable. If your profit distributions are still unreasonably high due to working twice as many clients as is standard and you don't pay yourself extra salary, that can also be viewed as SE tax avoidance.

Comment Re:Learning Without a Negative Response? (Score 5, Informative) 329

The problem isn't that this picture was posted. The problem is that the school board over-reacted to something that really had absolutely no bearing on her ability to teach.

Also wrong.

While I agree about the general point your making, this woman should not be your torchbearer for this cause. The "Drunken Pirate" picture was just one example of many issues this student-teacher had, and not even the most egregious. Bad classroom management (yelling "shut up!" at the students), unprofessional conduct (telling them about an encounter with her ex-husband while on a date with her boyfriend), blurring personal-professional boundaries (telling her kids about her MySpace account), poor grammar skills (while teaching an English class!), inability or unwillingness to prepare for the lessons, making up answers to students' questions, etc.

The picture wasn't even the main thing the school took issue with. Nor was its "Drunken Pirate" caption. Along with the picture, she posted a public note talking about problems she had with her supervising teacher as the real reason she wouldn't apply at the school after completing her student teaching. Reading the judge's ruling (or even just the findings of fact) on this case puts it in a whole new light.

Comment Re:Perspective anyone? (Score 1) 184

The story felt less credible to me. The interview read more like one guy asking questions and then answering them in guise, rather than two people going back and forth. It lacked authenticity and felt more like manufactured drama. I'm sure the overall information about how scams work is based on fact, but the relating of it just felt off.

Comment Re:O RLY? (Score 5, Informative) 602

What post history are you looking at? I just looked through the recent comments on her profile and couldn't see much mention of gender.

There was this thread and one other post about TSA data exchange specification that mentioned gender along with numerous other data fields. Other than that, it seemed like pretty typical nerdy chatter about malloc() jokes and energy through sewer tunnels.


Interstellar Ark 703

xantox writes "There are three strategies to travel 10.5 light-years from Earth to Epsilon Eridani and bring humanity into a new stellar system : 1) Wait for future discovery of Star Trek physics and go there almost instantaneously, 2) Build a relativistic rocket powered by antimatter and go there in 22 years by accelerating constantly at 1g, provided that you master stellar amounts of energy (so, nothing realistic until now), but what about 3): go there by classical means, by building a gigantic Ark of several miles in radius, propulsed by nuclear fusion and featuring artificial gravity, oceans and cities, for a travel of seven centuries — where many generations of men and women would live ? This new speculation uses some actual physics and math to figure out how far are our fantasies of space travel from their actual implementation."

Submission + - Einstein's twin paradox resolved

slashthedot writes: "An Indian American scientist Subhash Kak from Louisiana State University has resolved the 100+ years old Einstein's twin paradox. "The fact that time slows down on moving objects has been documented and verified over the years through repeated experimentation. But, in the previous scenario, the paradox is that the earthbound twin is the one who would be considered to be in motion — in relation to the sibling — and therefore should be the one aging more slowly. Einstein and other scientists have attempted to resolve this problem before, but none of the formulas they presented proved satisfactory. Kak's findings were published online in the International Journal of Theoretical Science, and will appear in the upcoming print version of the publication."
"The implications of this resolution will be widespread, generally enhancing the scientific community's comprehension of relativity. It may eventually even have some impact on quantum communications and computers, potentially making it possible to design more efficient and reliable communication systems for space applications."
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2007-02/lsu -lpr021407.php"

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