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No VAT or GST in the Land of the Free
<quote>To be fair, Vulture South is not aware of what taxes are included in the US price, while the Australian price includes $197.46 in goods and services tax (GST). However, the US bundle (including Web Premium) is slightly different to the Australian offering.</quote>
Advertised prices in the US generally do not include any taxes.
If the seller has a (vaguely defined) retail presence in the US state of the buyer, then the seller must collect sales tax at the buyer's local rate. Here in my part of central Texas, that is 8.25 per cent. (No state income tax here, just the Federal one, so Texas government entities raise much of their funding through sales taxes.)
Paris cuz she'd probably like a free VAT of GST.
Re: This Study Is Biased
Uh Oh. Now you've gone and done it.
You have presented a plausible development path over millions of years.
It's even testable, at least as simply as we would expect to see increasing complexity over time if this were correct, while finding dramatically decreasing complexity across the fossil record would strongly suggest that this theory is incorrect. Gee. Science.
It all starts from that ability to feel the difference between sunshine and shadow. Given how much more visible a creature in sunshine is likely to be than a creature in the shadow, it would make sense that those creatures who were less effective at distinguishing between the two WOULD GET EATEN AND NOT REPRODUCE.
Re: But but...
The scientists "guesses" get promoted when they become useful tools to describe and predict things. If those guesses are unsuccessful at describing and predicting, they get thrown out or overthrown by "guesses" that do a better job. That is the scientific method. Why does it scare people?
Kids wouldn't have bias, but kids also would not have enough information and context to accurately weigh the position of each side of the argument.
Still, are you suggesting that we present two options to otherwise uninformed kids:
1 - over billions of years, ruled by these forces between particles and energies, we have all this.
2 - A few thousand years ago, some untestable omnipotent thing got bored and Poofed everything into existence, including elaborate fossil histories. Just trust us. Don't question it. Want some candy?
Did you ever see your great great great grandparents? If not, do you therefore think that they did not exist?
Why are so many people afraid or unable to think?
AMERICA, F*CK YEAH!
Less than 24 hours after NASA's successful landing of Curiosity.
That's just all kinds of Ouch for the Russian space industry. At least for the unmanned side.
We'll ignore the manned side for just now.
Mine's the one with the old touristy Johnson Space Center stuff in the pocket.
So much traffic
Dragon capsule, Progress that wants to come back for more, Japanese unit,...
Sounds like it's getting busy up there.
And Dragon was not even capable of attempting an automated docking yet. It had to be grabbed by the Canadarm. Russia had automated docking years and years ago. I don't think NASA ever had automated docking capabilities.
They may be doing it with old parts and old technology, but the Russians do have some spacefaring tricks of their own.
Beer because it's National Tequila Day in the USA, and that's the closest available icon. Salud!
It's not like we really expected him to be quoted saying something like
Holy Frijoles! We sat on our arses while the market moved beyond crackberries, and we didn't really seem to plan for this. What was that minimum bonus level in my contract?
But it would be more convincing if he could add something other than
The next version of our OS will fix everything and make everybody love us again and buy our kit.
Short term job opportunities?
How much of the money is going to those who so bravely risk their organs to host the 4G stuff?
If those who participate are making extra money, could this be considered simply putting up the capital to empower the homeless to make opportunistic income? (We won't need all those extra hotspots once these crazy SXSWers leave our lovely town.)
Apple is so sweet and kind.
Companies outsource in part so they can ignore how costs are reduced through working conditions. The very same mentality that allowed for prison labor. "I don't care how you do it, just meet the target output numbers."
Apple may be doing more than they are legally obliged to do, but that doesn't avoid moral obligations and avoiding responsibility by outsourcing or subcontracting.
Unfortunately, the dominant world financial systems don't quantify these extra costs, and the dominant legal systems allow responsibility to be passed off to someone else, anyone else.
How much more?
This topic has been in the news lately, but I don't recall seeing any kind of informed opinion or well educated estimate of how much the price of an iDevice would increase if assembly were moved to the US.
That still leaves the component manufacturing happening overseas for Apple to address later, but would assembling iPads in the US add twenty dollars or two hundred dollars?
"something else," huh?
I like that "something else" theory.
It also provides for the least animosity between China and the US. We're simply both curious about a shared experience.
Then again, with FatsBrannigan's comment, maybe we're trying to see if the aliens prefer Sweet and Sour Chicken or a Big Mac.
The booster is similar to ones used to service the ISS?
Did Japan license the design from the US or Russia, or perhaps ESA? Because those are the only ones I know of that have serviced the ISS. Weren't the Japanese modules carried up in the US Shuttle?
Oh, and congrats to JAXA for adding one in the Win column. They could use a few more.
Let me explain the concept of Science to you...
Like most serious science, Einstein's theories and formulae have earned great respect because they have proven to be tremendously useful and accurate in modeling a great number of experiments and observations. That's real science, kids. It attempts to describe how things happen and allows you to predict the outcome of experiments. As more and more experiments and measurements turn out to give exactly the results predicted by the theory, the theory gains credibility. Consider as an example the theories and formulas that allow boffins to predict when the moon will be full, or when So-and-So's comet will pass the earth.
If this neutrino mess proves that some part of relativity theory is incorrect by producing verified results that are inconsistent with the predicted or expected results, then somebody needs to come up with new theories or formulas that match the success of all other aspects of relativity, but also accurately describe this neutrino observation. That will be tricky, but it will be exciting for fans of real science.
Like DOS and early Windows versions
Microsoft will soften their stance to court developers, since it is now pretty well recognized that without the apps, you won't succeed. (No guarantee that having the apps ensures success, but not having them pretty well ensures failure.)
Once they have gained enough attention from developers, how might they change their position?
Reminds me of how Microsoft seemed unconcerned with piracy of DOS and of early Windows and Office versions, which allowed them to gain commanding market share, which allowed them to play monopoly games with things like browsers and media players.
On behalf of the customers? Yeah, right.
"On behalf of the 300 million wireless customers in the US, CTIA applauds the Wireless Tax Fairness Act’s lead sponsors"
"Now we can add a million more nickel and dime fees without the 300 million customers noticing and complaining as quickly."
You want powerful late night quesadillas, you need TexMex
Our bastardized Texas versions of Mexican food include lots of quesadillas.
Mozzarella is the wrong cheese. Cheddar and Monterrey Jack, please.
MEAT, MEAT, MEAT. Chicken, steak, grilled shrimp, crawdads, roasted pork, chorizo, anything will do. For the vegetarians (as we say, a Native American word for Bad Hunter), use good mushrooms maybe. Add some kind of mild-to-moderately spicy peppers like poblanos or just green chiles.
Use flour tortillas instead of those silly little corn ones.
And as others have mentioned, serve with sides of sour cream, pico de gallo/salsa, and guacamole.
The one thing your crew got right was slicing it like a pizza. That gives you points to use when dipping into the sides, which should obviously be served in little plastic containers that are otherwise too small to dip large things into.
But that kapsalon stuff sounds worth a try. You kids do some crazy things with chips.
raising enough questions to block any conviction?
Don't know the standards and practices of law on your side of the pond, but could they create enough reasonable doubt around the identification that nobody can be convicted?
they wouldn't let me do what I wanted
God, what a whiner (whinger for you Brits?).
Imagine. Extremely large installations of software, currently in a state where behavior is very well known, and he moans about them not updating quickly enough or often enough to entirely new architectures and technologies?
Oh. Horror of horrors.
American F-16 kicks butt!
That's my completely unbiased take on this article.
The stodgy old F-16, designed in the good old US of A, is still Barney Super Bad A$$ of the skies.
America! F*** Yeah!
Alamo Drafthouse is one of Austin's charms
The people that run the Alamo Drafthouse, at least here in Austin, really, really love movies.
They serve decent food, sometimes excellent, have a strong selection of beers, don't show you 20 minutes of oversized TV commercials before each movie, instead digging up things like Japanese pseudo-BatMan TV shows to show before a BatMan movie, for example.
They always show fairly aggressive PSAs about leaving your phone alone, and obviously, they mean it. Nice to see them getting international acclaim for this one.
FF users actively choose to update
This is where MS gets to play stupid numbers games.
Sure, they may have more installed copies of IE9 than of FF4 after Windows update, but how many of those IE9 installs will have been consciously chosen, and how many of _those_ will have taken it just to shut Windows Update up, but not intend to actually use IE9?
Granted, FF will certainly have some popups to try to get existing users to upgrade, but that's probably not as compelling as how MS sli-i-ides things like this into "critical" automatic updates.
Fair and Balanced?
Lewis has a clear slant toward a particular side of the issue, but when read with reasonable intelligence and skepticism it provides some balance. I haven't heard or read any other descriptions of the types of radioactive elements emitted at certain points or their half lives.
At least he provides a fairly current summary of the conditions at the facilities, which TEPCO seems less willing to provide in a timely manner. Separating that information from his Don't Panic opinions isn't that hard to do.
"They" don't want us to know
Loss of a second attempt to "accurately measure and assess" global warming contributors?
Well played. Launch a couple of stacks of bricks, claim technical failures, and you get to say you were trying to do something positive.
Absolutely black helicopter territory.
If Iran really wants nuclear weapons...
Some days, some nasty part in the deep recesses of my mind thinks maybe we should give Iran nuclear weapons. Lots of them. Shot from our planes and ships. Show them that whole, "Be careful what you wish for" thing.
Hey, Iraq 1 gave us a way to clear out a bunch of old conventional weapons and dust off the B-52s.
We probably have a bunch of old nukes that are approaching their expiry date...
And No, of course I'm not serious. Nasty little deep recesses of my mind and all that.
The REAL fun arrives...
... when they start manipulating the generated magnetic fields as a means of controlling the direction of the reentry craft.
Flames cuz that's obviously what the plasma looks like to outside observers.
This is Texas, after all
We are one of the states in which the elected State Board of Education continues to argue over inclusion of Intelligent Design in the Science curriculum.
I love it here (as they say, I wasn't born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could), but we do still have the occasional intelligence problem.
Mine's the one with the wear marks in front from the satellite-dish belt buckle.
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