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Comment Re:Yay for regressive taxes! (Score 1) 271

That's why the tax bill also included significant tobacco hikes. And in case people just decide to quit, they included a huge hike on vaping products. Along with shutting down a significant number of vaping stores by a one time 40% inventory tax, payable within 90 days. And licensing, which doesn't exist yet.

You are correct that Netflix, et al are not essentials. However, they're economic alternatives to a high cable bill. The poor are (hopefully) more likely to pick one or two services like Netflix or Hulu rather than pay $100+ for a full cable package. They're budget luxuries. While the poor don't NEED them, it makes life better. On the plus side, this might get folks going to libraries more. Tis what I do, my library has hundreds of TV shows on DVD and Blu-Rays. I'm not poor, just prefer spending my money on other stuff.

Comment Re:I assume collection will be self reported (Score 1) 271

"Use tax". My first after school job when I was a kid was helping prep tax returns for a local CPA. I also fixed their computers. Correct, virtually no one complies and reports their Use Tax. It's on any non-exempt purchase from outside the state. Per PA Department of Revenue: "The use tax rate is the same as the sales tax rate: 6 percent state tax, plus an additional 1 percent local tax for items purchased in delivered to or used in Allegheny County and 2 percent local tax for Philadelphia."

That's why certain sections of the tax bill (vaping and tobacco products) have fines of up to $5,000 or up to five years in prison for evading paying the sales tax.

Comment Re:Religious Exemption (Score 1) 271

No, this is clickbait and incorrect information. It's a tax on all digital services or material. Textbooks and purchases by non-profits are exempt. A church buying digital bibles (?) would be tax free. Buying a digital bible from a college bookstore would be tax free. Buying a Bible on your Kindle isn't. Same with any other type of ebook, digital movie, etc.

Comment Re: any proxy sales soar (Score 2) 271

This was a 'compromise' between Republicans (specifically the House Republicans) and Governor Wolf (Dem). So, yay for bipartisanship.

Same tax bill also includes a substantial hike on tobacco products (except for cigars). And a 40% on all vaping products. Plus a 40% inventory tax on all vaping products in vaping stores. Payable within 90 days, or fines/prison. Which is scheduled to drive at least 300 small businesses out of business. Criminal fines and up to 30 days or 5 years in prison if you buy out of state or off the internet, and then don't pay the 40% tax.

Comment Re:Concert Venues? (Score 1) 312

Those theater grade fog machines use multiple gallons of propylene glycol. And it's not toxic, just an eye and respiratory tract irritation. Enough irritation for long enough duration will cause you problems. Sand in your eye isn't toxic. Enough sand in your eye enough times will cause scarring and other problems.

Vaping folks use around 5ml a day of a combination of PG, VG, nicotine and flavorings. So, call it a maximum of around 4ml of PG, per day. Some people use less in volume, or PG ratio. There's 3785.41 ml in a US gallon. So call it around somewhere between 2 and 10 years worth of vaping to reach one gallon of fog machine. Theater fog machines use a lot more than a gallon.

Comment Re:Sigh, this again (Score 1) 312

Tried to read the study, which is paywalled. I love it when folks make substantial claims and then refuse to hand over the proof unless you pay for it. The abstract is fairly light but the claimed glycidol is below NIOSH limits unless you take enough that nicotine poisoning is virtually certain. Some of the other toxins I recognize as being a characteristic of lower quality or badly made liquids. I would advise making sure one obtains liquids that have been checked by a lab. They're expensive. And worth it. Buying cheap stuff likely does have significantly higher carcinogens.

Studies without bias or an ideological axe to grind would be very helpful to folks wanting an alternative to smoking that is significantly less unhealthy. Very little in this life is completely healthy with no downsides. Personally I don't live my life to eliminate all unhealthy activities in my life. I however do appreciate calculated risk and good science.

Comment Sigh, this again (Score 4, Interesting) 312

It's already covered in the UK govt report: https://www.gov.uk/government/...

Flip to page 75. The report is fairly well written, and surprisingly not someone trying to prove pre-defined results via poorly conducted experiments.

This is only applicable to mechanized vaping tests. Essentially, you need to burn the vaping chemicals rather than atomize them. As someone that quit vaping, I can testify that you know when your vaping unit get cranked to the max while being in your pocket and fried the coils, along with some of the nicotine liquid. It is extremely unpleasant. Theoretically a person could continue to try to inhale the results, but it would be a spectacularly unpleasant experience. It's extremely noticeable

. It's called a 'dry hit' and it's pretty rare under normal circumstances. I've had... three, maybe? It's certainly not good for you, but probably not as bad for me as my old pack a day of cigarettes would be if I continued smoking.

Submission + - Worst Mass Shooting in U.S. History (cnn.com) 17

An anonymous reader writes: From CNN:

"Fifty people were killed inside Pulse, a gay nightclub, Orlando Police Chief John Mina and other officials said Sunday morning, just hours after a shooter opened fire in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. At least 53 more people were injured, Mina said. Police have shot and killed the gunman, he told reporters.

The shooter is not from the Orlando area, Mina said. He has been identified as Omar Saddiqui Mateen, 29, of Fort Pierce, about 120 miles southeast of Orlando, two law enforcement officials tell CNN.
Orlando authorities said they consider the violence an act of domestic terror. The FBI is involved. While investigators are exploring all angles, they "have suggestions the individual has leanings towards (Islamic terrorism), but right now we can't say definitely," said Ron Hopper, assistant special agent in charge of the FBI's Orlando bureau."

Comment Re:Why not press the switch (Score 2) 170

Because people other than the US might try to jam US GPS, and the Navy maybe wants to see how well they operate when a hostile foreign entity jams GPS? In other words, routine training but not something they want to advertise. Given that the US owns GPS, they don't need to jam it. Which everyone seems to be missing. They do need to train for GPS being shot down or failing.

Comment Re: I can see this as an environmental disaster (Score 1) 460

All of the mobile fuel systems I've seen have a meter. It's calibrated yearly, usually. Fleets need that for accounting purposes. Only uncaliberated ones I've seen have been on farms, where the farmer owns all of the equipment and doesn't particularly care about fine detail of how much fuel goes in the tractor vs combine. 'Around 50 gallons' is good enough.

It'd be trivial to add a thermal printer an interface on the meter so you get a receipt.

Comment Useful and necessary, if it works (Score 1) 44

In my opinion, anti-virus software has somewhat matured enough that most home users or small businesses, that remotely have a clue, use it. There's not a good analog for reading SIEM, event logs, etc. Solutions exist, but they tend to be cumbersome or expensive.

Even I pretty much just rely on snort's registered user ruleset, rather than the subscription. It would be a very nice spot for heuristic or AI to monitor. Call me paranoid, but I'd want it in addition to the generic static rulesets.

Comment Re:News for nerds, how? (Score 1) 406

Close. All Social Security surplus funds MUST be used to buy Treasury bonds. Social Security Trusts (there's two of them) must use the extra cash to buy special (which means non-transferable) interest-bearing federal government securities. The Treasury takes the money from those sales, and puts it in general revenue.

Trust Fund obligations or liabilities are considered "intra-governmental" debt. So far, the US government has paid off every bond it has issued, more or less.

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