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Comment Re:Beware public charging stations... (Score 5, Interesting) 214

I can just picture someone plugging one of these into one of those public charging kiosks at an airport. Wanna bet how well the ports are well isolated?

It would likely do nothing at all. It dumps the charge down the data lines, a charging port shouldn't have any data lines. Now, maybe the data lines ARE connected to something (so the TSA can search every phone that gets plugged in, "for your safety"), in that case maybe blowing the data lines would be a good thing overall.

Comment Re:Why can't they roll it back? (Score 2) 75

Serious question: In Debt of Honor there was a hack directed against the NYSE. They rolled back all transactions for the day. In a bank hack no one took physical cash. If they can show the transactions were fraudulent, why can't they just reverse it?

For some of it they did:

Hackers tried to steal 5 billion rubles, but the central banking authority managed to stop them and redirect the funds, according to central bank security executive Artiom Sychev.
"We were lucky to return some of money," said a central bank spokesperson.

That's the transfers they were able to unwind. The other transfers went to non-cooperating banks, or more likely were broken up and bounced from bank to bank and one of the banks in the chain won't play ball.

Comment Re:Confused (Score 1) 203

Operating as a business, iirc, incurs legal record-keeping requirements. The gray area comes from the nature of the business: they convert from one currency (official legal tender) into another (a currency with a different standard of value).

Nope. Bitcoin is not a currency (at least according to the IRS), it is an asset. You are not exchanging currency, you are buying or selling an asset.

Bitcoin barely has legal precedent for or against it, and the services or goods bought with Bitcoin (if from a legit business) are already taxed.

Buying and selling assets has plenty of existing law and legal precedent. Yes, if you "buy" something with Bitcoin (actually a barter transaction) you owe tax on it but that has nothing to do with the IRS, there is no national sales tax or VAT in the US.

In a case like this, I believe the IRS is over-reaching its authority and asking to tax people who have likely already had the BTC taxed by spending it on things.

If you buy BTC then sell it for a higher price you are subject to capital gains tax on the difference. It doesn't matter what happens to the proceeds of the sale -- it is the transaction that is taxed. If you sell stock and buy a car with the proceeds are you exempt from capital gains tax on the sale because you paid sales tax on the car? Of course not. Even if you trade the stock directly for the car, you still have to pay the capital gains tax on any appreciation and the sales tax on the fair market value of the car. These are 2 different taxes levied by 2 different entities.

I am not a lawyer.

No shit.

Comment Re:Developers say it is safe? What about engineers (Score 1) 240

The building's developer, Millennium Partners, insists the building is safe for occupancy and could withstand an earthquake.

In this context, I would guess "developer" is used similarly to "business development" which means sales. Personally, I would prefer an engineer to make a safety assessment rather than a developer in the assumed context, but I could be wrong about context. I didn't see Millennium Partners engineering firms on the first page of a Google search, though.

Maybe they mean safe in a context similar to "perfectly safe" from Zaphod Plays It Safe.

Real estate developers are impeccably trustworthy, that's why we elected one as President. If the developer says it's safe, then it's safe!

Comment Re:Define Conundrum (Score 4, Insightful) 240

Why not blame Trump for the 1100 jobs he sent to Mexico? Carrier was moving 2100 jobs and they only kept 1000 of them here, so they lost 1100 jobs. We still don't know what incentives Pence gave them for staying, but it's entirely possible that this will be a net loss in revenue for the government. Not that I think this move is necessarily a bad thing, well paying manufacturing jobs are great to have in the country and I'm glad they were able to get them to partially stay but 1000 jobs is really a drop in the bucket for an economy that is adding 180,000 jobs per month. It's a great talking point for the Trump administration but from a practical perspective these one-off efforts aren't going to have a big impact on the economy.

Comment Re:What does he think this is, Apple?!?!?!?!? (Score 2) 387

I don't know what the odds are for surviving a 12 story drop, but it's not impossible.

Doesn't matter in this case, because he didn't drop 12 stories. He jumped off a 4 story portion of a 12 story building, landing on an awning about 2 stories from the roof. He fell about 20 feet.

Comment Re:Whatever (Score 1) 254

If I recall, they didn't explain what caused this weight memory, if it was our own biology, our gut biology, or what. Basically though, once you're fat, you have to work extra hard not to get fat again for the rest of your life.

And that's exactly what this study found out. They found that if they transplanted the gut bacteria from the one that got fat to the one who stayed skinny the skinny man (mouse) got fat from the diet on which he previously gained no weight.

Comment Re: Castro dead (Score 1) 274

Another echo of the dubious 99.7. It shouldn't take 2 seconds to realize what nonsense that is. Did you also believe the reports of Fidel's popularity?

Why is the statistic dubious? This poster even gave the source for the statistic, UNESCO. I looked up the literacy rate data on UNESCO's site and found this page with literacy statistics. The rates they publish for Cuba seems to match what both posters posted. Do you have data that contradicts this or does it just "feel" wrong to you? You've been around here for a long time, you should know data plays better with this crowd than emotion. Please present your data refuting the statistic or STFU.

Comment Re: Dear Apple fans: (Score 1) 471

The IRS takes a very dim view (*caugh*Clinton Foundation*caugh*) on using a corporation or foundation to convert personal expenses into untaxable corporate expenses.

What personal expenses is the Clinton foundation paying? I haven't seen any reports of that. The problem that people had with the Clinton foundation was the perceived "pay for access" for big donors when Hillary was SoS. Now the Trump Foundation on the other hand, only seems to pay for personal expenses for Donald Trump. Paying for such things as a Tim Tebow football helmet, defending lawsuits filed against Trump, two paintings of Trump himself and making campaign contributions to the attorney general who was investigating his company for fraud. The Clinton Foundation does a shitload of actual charity work and benefits mankind. In contrast, the Trump foundation does little or no charity work and mostly benefits Trump. Why even include that stupid little jibe in your post? It was a fine, factual post until you had to make it partisan. We get it, you don't like Clinton (for the record, I don't either), but taking a dig at a foundation that does good work after the political reason to do so is mooted is just petty and stupid. If the Clinton Foundation is breaking the law then let the authorities shut them down, like New York did to the Trump Foundation.

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