* Posts by Nunyabiznes

205 posts • joined 6 May 2010

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Moron is late for flight, calls in bomb threat

Nunyabiznes

Re: FFS!

And it's not like there are payphones on every street corner like there used to be. I can think of only one in all of my little town.

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Brave telco giants kill threat of decent internet service in rural North Carolina

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Bozeman

The local community is getting around this by installing fiber trunks throughout this rural town but not actually providing the internet access. They are inviting ISPs to use the fiber (at a nominal cost) to connect households. Hopefully this will eventually provide some competition to the local telco and cable company.

This doesn't help anybody in the sticks however.

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Oligarchy

Well, at least we aren't Canada.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/06/29/canada_openmeida_digital_rights/

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Sorry Nanny, e-cigs have 'no serious side-effects' – researchers

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Re: Nicotine addiction?

I don't have links to studies handy, but I have a ton of anecdotal evidence that suggests that "nicotine only being addictive in tobacco smoke" is hokum.

I grew up in a culture of smokeless tobacco use. I started young as did one of my brothers and several friends. I know in passing upwards of 1000 people who use smokeless tobacco. Of those of us who have successfully quit, the nicotine was the hardest part to kick in the first 3 months approximately and then it was the sensation of a "chew" or "dip" for the rest of a calendar year or so. Those numbers vary fairly widely dependent on the individual. Most of those who failed did so within the 3 month period (as I did twice before being successful).

I had periodic nicotine urges, separate from the sensation urge of a dip, up to 5 years after quitting. Others have reported similar but that information is much less reliable and consistent. I wouldn't submit that as evidence of any kind, only my personal experience.

Several comments have suggested that the nicotine liquids available have been instrumental in helping the commenters quit real smoking (and good for them!) which suggests that nicotine in non-smoke form is a substitute for smoked nicotine.

I'm not suggesting that the 1988 study is not flawed, because it appears to be and it was a product of some pretty virulent pushback against Big Tobacco's "studies". I am suggesting that there is probably a middle ground where nicotine is addictive but on a scale of alcohol rather than heroin.

I'm still waiting for a decent long term study of the effects of nicotine separate from smoke tobacco. We probably won't have that for another 20 years and by that time it will be too late for the current generation *if* there are long term negative side effects of nicotine itself.

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Google-funded group mad that US Copyright Office hasn't abolished copyright yet

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Color me surprised.

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Read the damning dossier on the security stupidity that let China ransack OPM's systems

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Re: What on earth was going on over there?

Benghazi wasn't a ludicrous witch hunt. It was an abject failure on HRC's part personally. There are other endemic issues with US embassy security that stretch back well before this administration, but that specific attack's eventual success was a direct result of HRC's leadership. Part of her remit was embassy security worldwide. There were too many issues for any one SOS to fix, but she could have at least started.

HRC's email server issues will never be fully known. There could well have been hackers running rampant on it (and the available evidence suggests there were) but her staff did their best to dispose of anything incriminating - which is incriminating in itself.

Also, OPM was warned well before Pres. Obama took office and he knew of at least some of the issues when he appointed Katherine Archuleta (after other directors had failed). I won't lay the blame on Pres. Obama because he at least tried to appoint someone to houseclean. He might have been a little naïve about the bureaucracy in OPM however. Now would be a good time to sack the whole lot of OPM leadership including the head of IT. It won't be done because the bureaucracy controls DC and even an administration that reflects the values of the majority of the members of said bureaucracy can't fix it.

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Baltimore cops: We flew high-res camera planes to film your every move

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Michael Brown

"The mounting tensions and suspicions between the two sides have only gotten worse with the introduction of military equipment and technology that has further separated communities from police – the most famous example being the extraordinary images of police dressed like an occupying army in Ferguson following riots sparked by the death of an unarmed black man, shot by a white policeman with seemingly little justification."

You might want to review all the footage available and even possibly listen to the recantations of the witnesses who originally claimed MB was just strolling along the street.

Contrary to the message being spewed by most media outlets, MB was not an angelic pillar of the community out to get groceries for his disabled neighbor. He was a thug running from a robbery and there were reports (later proven to be inaccurate) that he was armed during the robbery. He had a long and violent history with numerous contacts with the police.

That being said, everyone involved went way overboard with their reactions. From the police on the ground to BLM to our elected leaders there was hyperbolic messaging galore. Everyone involved carries some guilt for the aftershocks of MB's death.

BTW, I am a staunch opponent of this movement to militarize the police. We (the US anyway) have specific laws about that that are being run roughshod over.

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US Patent Office sued after it declared a power outage a 'national holiday'

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Re: Lemme see if I read this right

Yep, Director Lee used poor terminology, which is a lawyer's wet dream.

I wonder if she did that because she had declined to budget for a replacement generator system to keep the office running? Tried to weasel out of being blamed for not having a business continuity system in place and got sued instead. Good one. IF that is what happened. Gotta have something to daydream about on a Friday morning.

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Google had Obama's ear during antitrust probe

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Re: Meh

And your attitude is exactly why the problem exists. I'm sick and tired of any side getting a pass because "the end justifies the means". Either it is good for the goose and gander or not at all.

This kind of dealing got a heck of a lot of mileage in the press during the latter parts of Bush II's term and it should get the same now.

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Adblock Plus blocks Facebook's ad-blocker buster: It's a block party!

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upvote

Wish I could give you more.

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Thieves can wirelessly unlock up to 100 million Volkswagens, each at the press of a button

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Joke

From the Department of Redundancy Department

I'm glad they didn't have to wired unlock a wireless unlock.

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AT&T dinged for $7.75m after letting scammers gouge customers (again)

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Re: Unfortunately this means fek-all...

This type of action won't stop until senior management is held personably responsible. If they are going to be paid the big bucks (oh and they are) they should shoulder the big responsibility also.

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California to put all your power-hungry PCs on a low carb(on) diet

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Re: Hair dryers and vacuum cleaners next?

"It would be interesting to know how the CEC did their sums."

Generally this involves some combination of black magic and nether regions. They invariably overstate savings and green house gases emitted.

If their numbers were real we would either have a diamond crust on the earth from all the carbon that has spewed, settled and then been compressed into crystal or we would have negative carbon emissions from all of their "savings".

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Outsourcery burned through more than £20 MEEEELLION in cash before it crashed

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Joke

Must Resist

Must resist Terry Pratchett reference...

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Ex-Citibank IT bloke wiped bank's core routers, will now spend 21 months in the clink

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Martyr

You guys are missing his pathological need to "show them". He probably did have a real bunch of wankers for bosses but the real issue was his self importance.

It is an easy trap to fall into.

Document what they tell you to do, then do it. And polish the resume.

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NASA peers through its SpeX: Aha! Jupiter's globe-warming hotspot

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Nah, that is just localized AGW caused by a dairy farm run by a bunch of rednecks driving oversized diesel pickups.

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VW's first US settlement nearly settled

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EPA/CARB

Much of this tempest seems to stem from the EPA/CARB (Environmental Protection Agency/California Air Resources Board) inclination to remove diesel engines completely from US soil. The evidence might be anecdotal but it seems that way to me. While Europe has actively embraced diesel for its efficiency the US has gone petrol. Some of this is marketing (or lack thereof) on the part of diesel manufacturers to be sure, and some of it is our manufacturers not investing in diesel technology earlier. If the light truck manufacturers had turbo'd the early diesel offerings (like the heavy trucks did) the whole market might have taken off. Instead they just upped the size of the engines and let them belch. That turned away interest in small car diesel. That and the abysmal performance of the early economy car diesel offerings in the US. Example: I test drove a new diesel VW Rabbit in 1984(?) that got great mileage but its 0-60mph time was well into the double digits. It was dangerous to try to merge onto highways with the thing. I ended up buying a petrol Nissan that got 80%+ of the economy and was twice as fast to 60. And didn't leave a black trail of smoke for blocks.

TLDR: There is lots of blame to spread around but VW is fixing to pay the bill for everyone's actions that led to an overly aggressive time schedule for reducing diesel emissions in the States.

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Free Windows 10 upgrade: Time is running out – should you do it?

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Joke

Re: Windows8.2=10 is a fraud and a scam!

@ Frank N. Stein (or steen?)

Are you sure you want your computer supported for your life? MS might abruptly pull the plug.

:)

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Alleged hacker Lauri Love will learn his fate in September, says judge

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To be fair

The USA does try to get their citizens who have committed crimes in other jurisdictions back to home soil for trial (when alleged perpetrators were in another jurisdiction during the criminal act) so we should be willing to try people accused of crimes against US law in their home countries (assuming the host country has some kind of legal system amenable to such) when at all possible. UK and US law are compatible in many cases so this shouldn't be a big issue in this case.

That being said - in today's digital no borders world you shouldn't be surprised if you get extradited to another country for trial if you abuse the laws of said country.

I also strongly suspect that the defense and their compatriots are seriously overstating the lack of medical and mental health available in US prison institutions. In our local (and it varies, I'm aware of that) lockup we have exercise space, decent food, multiple security zones (for separating different classifications of offenders), mental and medical health on site as well as contracted with the local hospital, and video and personal visitation. And cable TV. Not exactly a 1970's Turkish prison.

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Correction: There was no hangman's noose, claims Hyperloop countersuit ... it was a cowboy's lasso

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Popcorn!

Well except for the ridiculous amounts of tax dollars that are being wasted in conjunction with this. The (US - and I'm sure other) military has some colorful wording for situations such as this.

And the pic of the rope shows is that they don't know how to tie a noose or a Honda knot. Which only adds to the depth of their lack of knowledge.

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Governments Googling Google about you more than ever says Google

Nunyabiznes

Re: They couldof course...

At Lost All Faith:

Hear Hear!

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ASUS first Asian PC maker to warn of price hikes... in 2.5 months

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Re: Can anyone tell me of ONE event, ever ..

Well not so much one event as much as a whole market tanking.

1991-1993 or so I could build and sell a pc with licensed software for $1500 (US) and beat the retail stores by $1000 with equivalent equipment and warranties - just no name. The bottom fell out and now that same level of pc is $500 even though the true value of a dollar is nearly half what it was then.

But yes, lately it doesn't take much for prices of anything to fluctuate because the stock market (as it works today) demands it by people panic selling and buying trying not to lose their shirts.

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Re: The Brexiteers were

Maybe he is brave Sir Robin?

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Kepler's K2 mission confirms 104 Earth-like planets

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hyper drive

Ok, now that we know there are lots of possibilities for Earth-like planets out there (even if we haven't nailed one down definitively) we need to get cracking on hyper drives or wormholes or ... so we can send a B ark.

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Tor veteran Lucky Green exits, torpedos critical 'Tonga' node and relays

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Re: hmm

Sorry can't find a link just now but supposedly one of the TOR principles said they broke Riffle shortly after it was announced.

Edit: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/07/13/riffle_next_gen_anonymity/

See note at bottom of article - links to a tweet.

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Hyperloop One lynched in hangman lawsuit

Nunyabiznes

Re: Sounds like a whole lot of crazy

Beat me to this comment.

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Tesla whacks guardrail in Montana, driver blames autopilot

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Actual location

This road is more of a local access road next to the interstate. It has no shoulders in the area of the accident and the "wooden stakes in the road" were guard rail supports at a culvert. Generally those stakes are 8" square or so and the guard rail has a total height of about 3 feet. The steel barrier supported by the stakes is ~18" tall. The whole system is designed to keep you from falling into a water obstacle or off a cliff. The road in this location has a total right of way of 60' consisting of two 12' lanes, a 2ft gap to the guard rail and the rest in unimproved ditches up to the private property boundary.

It is a much more scenic and interesting drive than the interstate even though it is within sight of it for the most part. At night however the animals tend to be on this road more and the limited sight lines give you less time to react to them or to other unexpected obstacles. Falling rock, downed trees, parts of other vehicles that have run over aforementioned wildlife, etc.

Generally these roads have a 70mph daytime speed limit and a 65mph night limit. Since this section is limited to 55mph it is a good indication that there are more hazardous conditions than normally encountered. It has more encroachments (driveways) than usual, more contours, and has a history of animal strikes and other accidents that have convinced the State to limit speed.

TLDR: Not a good place to use a feature that is realistically still in beta. Thanks for giving us another data point though.

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SCADA malware caught infecting European energy company

Nunyabiznes

Re: Never as easy as it seems from an armchair

"They can't see anything wrong with this or why I'm twitching like a tasered catfish"

Thanks for the laugh!

Glad I'm not the only one.

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Even Silicon Valley rolls its eyes as controversial Zenefits ex-CEO reveals he's back in business

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The morals and ethics of Silicon Valley (and to some extent any publically traded business) can be summed up with a profit/loss statement. You are only damned if you lose investors money.

*Almost all privately owned businesses I have knowledge of are significantly more honest than the average publically traded business per my experience.

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BOFH: Follow the paper trail

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Re: I see the PFY

Perhaps you should anonymously submit a link to this weeks BOFH to the presenter. Or just print it out and slip it onto their podium while a conspirator keeps them looking the other way.

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Prenda Law's copyright-trolling shakedown scam slammed AGAIN

Nunyabiznes

You know the old joke:

I told my Mom that I was a piano player in a whorehouse so she wouldn't know I had become a tort lawyer.

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Password reset: 45 million creds leak from popular .com forums

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One of the forums I'm active on was breached. The company (Verticle Scope if you are interested) controls multiple forums (they went on a buying splurge starting a few years ago) and they have not contacted any of their forum users with the breach news (and they've known for quite awhile now) and they are not resolving the base issue of poorly secured registration db's. Fail.

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Lester Haines: RIP

Nunyabiznes

Thanks to Lester for all of the entertainment and education I got from his contributions to the Reg.

I wish I would have gotten to meet you.

Rest in Peace.

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Crafty plan to give FBI warrantless access to browser histories axed

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Re: Republicans...

Bob you are missing an important point. It doesn't matter which way Americans turn, one party has us by the ears and the other has us by the hips. They just trade places when we spin.

But you did notice that the original bill that safeguarded privacy was bipartisan and had a Republican and a Democrat as co-authors? One d*ckhead that happens to be a Republican trainwrecked it. If he hadn't taken one for the team I'm sure one of his buddies in the Senate would have (D or R) though.

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Microsoft has created its own FreeBSD image. Repeat. Microsoft has created its own FreeBSD image

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Re: My first thought...

You've been getting yours for free? I must be doing something wrong... :)

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Post-Safe Harbor: Adobe fined for shipping personal info to the US 'without any legal basis'

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On your mark!

It is not a good start, but at least the runners are in the blocks.

Like most civil crimes there should be a tiered response to perpetrators. Warning, fine, big fine, jail, serious prison.

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@NotBob "That phrase is probably a firing offense"

Yeah, firing squad offense.

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Oooooklahoma! Where the cops can stop and empty your bank cards – on just a hunch

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Constitution

"If I had to err on the side of one side versus the other, I would err on the side of the Constitution," Loveless said. "And I think that's what we need to do." said OK Senator.

I contend that basing a decision on the Constitution instead of kneejerk emotional reaction is not an error.

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Swiss effectively disappear Alps: World's largest tunnel opens

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Never happen here.

Well, it might get done. Eventually. Over budget, over time and come out in the wrong spot.

Plus it would only be half as long and would collapse, naturally just AFTER the dignitaries had left and the glowing news articles had been published.

Most of the overage in cost would be in attorneys fighting to get permission to dig to start with. I'm sure at least 20 years would be eaten up making sure that some worm (who can not be genetically differentiated from many other worms but does have a slightly different coloration) that only lives in one cave could be saved from the trauma of a tunnel being blasted within a few meters. The only way to prevent that trauma would be to give lots of money in fees to "Friends of the slightly discolored cave worm".

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Pint

Re: All the banter aside..

And to the workers!

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Motion Picture Ass. of America to guard online henhouse

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MPAA running the show?

What could possibly go wrong?

Well, nothing they'll ever lose in court over. Not that they shouldn't, mind you.

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Android's security patch quagmire probed by US watchdogs

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Core problem

This is a systemic issue with the Android ecosystem (well Android is the most visible anyway due to sheer numbers) and just about everyone involved has a little guilt to share. Carriers, Google, FTC, FCC, manufacturers and consumers (not necessarily in that order) all have neglected to do their duty.

As consumers we haven't voted with our wallets, the manufacturers have consistently orphaned products way too early, carriers have actively blocked consumers from updating their devices/failed to push updates, Google isn't using their quite considerable influence to get manufacturers and carriers to help, and the .gov hasn't used a big stick to get everyone's attention (up until now perhaps).

*This is from a US perspective. YMMV.

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Michigan electricity utility downed by ransomware attack

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Joke

Are you saying the bad guys are on a streak?

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More questions than answers, literally, from America's privacy rules

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Power grab

Not knowing what you are doing has never stopped an American regulatory agency from action. History is replete with bungled programs, over-extended reach of regulation and wasted resources all courtesy of various agencies. Repeat after me: TSA.

Many times an agency is started in good faith with a clear mission and then the bureaucrats invade and pretty soon you have the EPA. Or worse yet, CARB (California specific). Now the Army Corps of Engineers is getting in the game. All agencies that were needed at the time of conception and still serve a useful purpose in a minority of their programs but are on the whole past their prime.

Egos, political maneuvering, evangelism of various strongly held beliefs, etc all play a role in the rise and rot of these entities.

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Woz says 'Jobs started Apple for money' – then says it must pay 50% tax like he does

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tax rate

I think if you add up everything tax you pay you would be astonished.

This is for the State of Montana, USA.

Fed. income

Fed. SS

State income

Medicare

fuel tax

taxes and fees on electric, natural gas, phone, internet, cable...

We don't have a state sales tax, but we do have "resort" taxes.

My town is trying to push through their application as a resort town and pass an additional gas tax.

Taxes (registration fees and property tax) on automobiles

property taxes (city and state)

Hotel "bed" tax

Special Road Improvement Districts, park taxes, sidewalk fees, tree fees (you have trees? here's a tax. We won't do anything to them or help you trim them but pay up. Oh, you don't have trees? Here's a tax for not having them!) These are in addition to tax money set aside in the budget from the property taxes.

Yadda, yadda.

This is for Joe Blow citizen that doesn't have taxable investment income, secondary sources of income, etc.

Other states have sales taxes from the state, county, city, and even neighborhood in some cases (generally a leftover from a town tax when the town got annexed into a bigger city).

Let

I know there is quite a bit more that I'm missing - but you get the drift.

Taxes are part and parcel of civilization. We have to have them to fund things for the public good.

My contention is that all of these chips at the stone are wearing it down to gravel. Waste, corruption, abuse, unnecessary services...

I hadn't heard of the BEPS guidelines but I'll have to read up on them.

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This headline will, in part, cost pepper-spraying University of California, Davis $175k

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While you are spewing cash...

Hand me $5k and I'll let you in on a secret. Let sleeping dogs lie.

The original source of Pike pepper-spraying "activists" was largely fading into the background before this latest round of misbegotten thinking was aired. It had turned into a humorous anecdote for the mainstream and the hard core believers won't be swayed by anything you can come up with so the best thing to do was let a few layers of time and the next latest crisis divert attention.

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Bay Area man forced out of his $400 box home

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Facepalm

Street Living

So the structurally sound (looking anyway) wooden box in a building that presumably meets fire codes is not allowed, but a cardboard creation in an abandoned building next to an open burn barrel is A-OK?

I think we might have found one of the causes of the SF housing market.

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BOFH: Sure, I could make your cheapo printer perform miracles

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Re: Yay!

I thought they DIScharged with GBH? :)

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Micron turns $900m profits into a $97m loss. Only took 12 months

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Reminds me of when MPC bought the corporate side of Gateway. IIRC it took ~18 months to go from 2 revenue generating divisions to liquidation.

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Flying Scotsman attacked by drone

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Re: That reminds me . .

My Dad was asked how he felt about having to identify the body of my brother. Even though it was a television reporter on camera and a local sheriff was right there no evidence was ever presented that my Dad really did hit said reporter - breaking his nose. Good job on Sheriff and camera guy.

I would love to have a copy of the incident though - just to remember Dad.

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