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Comment Re:So do the employees get to write that off? (Score 2) 328

$14,000 annual gift exclusion. I can gift someone $N, and let them choose the charity for the donation. They won't pay income tax on it, but they will receive the benefit of applying the donation to their next tax filing.

It isn't likely to mess up too many people's taxes. Most full time employees aren't getting near their $14k/year gift limit. (per person, so if jointly filing it's effectively $28k)

Comment Re: So do the employees get to write that off? (Score 1) 328

You're kidding, but it's not far from the truth. I've have essentially this proposition before. That if I worked on their little start-up project they'd make a donation in my name, but when I dig into the details they get to pick the charity and would still be adding it to their own tax filing, not mine. And yes, I received insults when I refused to accept their offer.

Comment Re:The human fund (Score 5, Insightful) 328

Man...this seems to happen to ALL "cool" companies.

They start out often quite employee centric....sure you work hard, but they give you lots of perks at work, free food drinks, kitchens, parties on and off campus...even keggers....

And then..they get a bit too big, the owners cede management to more managerial types, who count pennies but don't know the worth of a HAPPY EMPLOYEE....and then well, the fun and perks start to disappear, and soon....it is like any other boring job, and those little extras that build team work, or make you feel 'ok' about working a few extra hours to get something out the door, *vanish*.

At that point, unless the pay is insanely good...no real reason to stay or show any type of loyalty whatsoever.

The soul of the company is gone.

Comment Re:Why do I need this? (Score 1) 99

In America, the stoplights have "hoods" on them to prevent them from being seen from any angle other than head on.

Is that what those hoods are for? I always thought they were to make the lights more visible by keeping them out of direct sunlight. Most of them certainly aren't very effective at hiding the color of the lights facing the other direction, whether because the angle is wrong to block the entire light or due to more subtle reflections, often on the inside of the hood itself.

In any case, hiding information about the status of the intersection is counter-productive to ensuring safe and orderly traffic patterns. The more accurate and up-to-date situational data drivers have the better. Rather than directional masks, they should be adding count-down displays visible to all drivers (not just those in late-model Audis) so that everyone has an accurate forecast of when the light will change.

Comment Re:Gotta say (Score 1) 66

On the plus side, think of the opportunities for yanking their chains!

Me: Hey, wife! Did you use up the cocaine without replacing it?? You KNOW you're supposed to get more if you use up the last of it!

Wife: Husband, I haven't touched the coke in weeks. Either the kids or the dogs are getting into it. Or you're just blacked out from when you used the stuff up. In any case, there's still plenty of Ecstacy and Heroin, so I don't see what you're getting so excited about....

***and on and on for ten minutes or so, before turning to the football scores.....

Comment Re:Um, so? (Score 1) 261

I think the point is that major corporations are using US bonds as a tax shelter, and if they had paid taxes instead of investing in US debt, the US debt might not be at it's present level of 100% of GDP.

Well, if the US Federal Govt. didn't keep spending so fscking much.....more than it takes in, we'd not have the debt in the first place.

If they learned to live more within their means, they'd be much better off.

The Feds get PLENTY of tax revenue coming in each year already.

Comment Re:So the next botnet will be Audi cars (Score 3, Interesting) 99

My biggest concern is...

How do you turn this car-to-anything-external comunication the fuck OFF?!?!?

Geez, I mean, I don't want this crap on my car, to aid in tracking etc.

Hell, its difficult enough to disable OnStar or any other myriad of car to base communications as it is....this sounds like even more potentially intrusive software/hardware reporting to authorities on the road.

Hell...I guess I am going to just stick to in the future...70's muscle cars, and other older 'fun' cars to ride in, without all this crap.

Hell, I'd pay EXTRA on a new car to get it without all this external to car communication.

Comment Re:More likely medical practice, not evolution (Score 1) 273

if cesarean became the normal method of delivery for an extended period of time (many generations) could humans end up at a point where natural birth was not possible?

Possibly.

Or not.

Such a situation would allow larger-brained humans to be born with increasing regularity. It would not require that larger-brained humans be born, just allow for the possibility.

Would that qualify as "evolution"? *I* think so, but I am not an evolutionary biologist, so what do I know?

Comment Re:What about infertility? (Score 2) 273

A lot of negative genes that would have resulted in a person not reaching reproductive age are being propagated whereas they might have died out if we were less advanced.

I guess that explains the dramatic rise in the number of plain old fucking stupid people I've started encountering as my life goes on.

Seriously, there really seems to be MANY more of them around these days.

Comment Re:IL had free rides to all senior citizens 2008-2 (Score 1, Offtopic) 235

IL had free rides to all senior citizens 2008-2011 costs forced them to cut it to just low-income seniors.

No, there are no free rides. What you mean is, "Illinois decided to have taxpayers buy rides for certain people from 2008 to 2011" ... and ... "they couldn't get the taxpayers to pay even more, so they cut down the number of rides the taxpayers were buying to a more select group of those certain people."

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