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Comment Re:The trademark just sailed through examination. (Score 1) 281

https://accountonline.citi.com...

There's actually an AT&T branded credit card, issued by.... Citibank. When they first came out, it was a combination long distance calling card and credit card. Now, as far as I can tell, it's just another credit card with no particular other benefit.

I suspect that this is at the root of the lawsuit. Because AT&T is already in business with Citibank (and their combined credit card is one that offers the "thankyou" (tm) benefits), Citibank is annoyed that AT&T would brand their other loyalty program similarly.

Comment Re:And, So What? (Score 1) 338

The elections are not run by volunteers here. I am the Judge of Elections for my district. I get paid by the county for that day, as do all of the other poll workers here. By my rough calculations, the county had to pay out about $2 for each person who voted in my district in the most recent primary election - 379 voters showed up (of 766 registered), and we have a total of 5 people who are each paid just over $100 for the day, plus one-half of a constable (shared with the adjacent district which votes in the same room).

This does not include the wages paid to the staff who configure the voting machines, deliver them to my polling place, collect and aggregate the results at the end of the night, among others. Nor does it include the costs of the printed books of registered voters, signage which we must post to inform voters of the law, and other supplies which must be generated for each election and discarded afterwards (because they are specific to the election - the set of eligible voters changes, the signage is unique to the election depending on what is on the ballot, etc).

This was even the highest turnout election I have run. An odd-year primary (which contains only local offices on the ballot) can have as few as 50 voters turn out, but the costs are essentially fixed, so the per-voter cost is significantly higher.

Since the elections in my state are closed, only registered Democrats and Republicans can vote on most issues. This one had two ballot initiatives, one of which was cancelled before the election (but after all of the machines were programmed and materials printed) and will re-appear on the November ballot, and the other which only affected another city 300 miles away (and even then, only de jure and not de facto, because the action in question was already taken, and the amendment is only to strike the law of something which no longer exists).

Running an election such as this costs literally millions of dollars across the state - one estimate I found put it over $25 million overall, which would put the cost per registered voter at about $3, and more like $6 per actual vote cast (given ~50% average turnout, which is fairly accurate for this primary election).

Comment Re:Samzenpus got hit in the head this morning (Score 2) 528

It isn't a tax, as in it's not a line-item on your tax bill

http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf...

Health care: individual responsibility (see instructions) Full-year coverage []

http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf...

Health care: individual responsibility.
You must either:
Indicate on line 61 that you, your
spouse (if filing jointly), and your dependents
had health care coverage
throughout 2014,
Claim an exemption from the
health care coverage requirement for
some or all of 2014 and attach Form
8965, or
Make a shared responsibility payment
if, for any month in 2014, you,
your spouse (if filing jointly), or your
dependents did not have coverage and
do not qualify for a coverage exemption.

See the instructions for line 61 and Form
8965 for more information.

There is your ACA tax-form line item.

Comment Shared libraries? (Score 1) 88

So, it bundles up a binary and all of the shared libraries necessary for that binary, so that you don't end up in dependency hell. Great, except for what happens when the next OpenSSL vulnerability is announced, and suddenly you need to replace every container which has its own copy of OpenSSL, instead of the one shared system copy.

Comment Re:Not so similar (Score 1) 208

Apple does WiFi location as well. That's how the WiFi-only iPad and iPod touches can get location data.

Skyhook and other similar services provide WiFi access point MAC/SSID to location mapping services. They have people (essentially) war-drive, scanning for WiFi networks and record the locations based on GPS units and upload that to a database. Then, when you have a device which uses their service, it can query the database and get back the previously cached location.

This is, in part, why my iPhone kept locating me to my old address when I moved. Indoors, where it couldn't get a GPS signal, it would WiFi-locate me to my old address, then the location would eventually jump to the new address when it would to the cell-based triangulation. After a few months, whatever database that had my old location cached got updated (or expired the old data), and it stopped happening.

Comment Re:What about Xcode? (Score 3, Informative) 251

No, they don't have to offer it "via exactly the same means as the binaries".

3. You may copy and distribute the Program (or a work based on it, under Section 2) in object code or executable form under the terms of Sections 1 and 2 above provided that you also do one of the following:

        a) Accompany it with the complete corresponding machine-readable source code, which must be distributed under the terms of Sections 1 and 2 above on a medium customarily used for software interchange; or,
        b) Accompany it with a written offer, valid for at least three years, to give any third party, for a charge no more than your cost of physically performing source distribution, a complete machine-readable copy of the corresponding source code, to be distributed under the terms of Sections 1 and 2 above on a medium customarily used for software interchange; or,
        c) Accompany it with the information you received as to the offer to distribute corresponding source code. (This alternative is allowed only for noncommercial distribution and only if you received the program in object code or executable form with such an offer, in accord with Subsection b above.)

Nothing in there says that the source must be provided in the same form as the binary. You could have binaries released via the App store, but mail out source code on CD, for instance.

Comment Re:Disagree (Score 1) 500

AAPL: Market Cap: 312.19B
MSFT: Market Cap: 231.98B
DELL: Market Cap: 25.26B
BAC: Market Cap: 137.96B
VZ: Market Cap: 100.39B
HPQ: Market Cap: 99.42B
3988.HK: Market Cap: 43.46B

At least by one of the more common measures, Apple is bigger than all of those.

Comment Re:Inaccurate - Not as cool as they seem (Score 1) 135

Nonsense.

You may bring up to 1 gallon of liquor or 384 ounces of wine into the state for personal consumption, per month. Nor would a state police officer have the authority to pull you over simply for coming into the state from the first on-ramp in the next state.

I've brought liquor and wine into PA from neighboring states legally for years.

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