* Posts by DavCrav

2328 posts • joined 19 Nov 2007

Dudes. Blockchain. In a phone. It's gonna smash the 'commoditization of humanity' or something

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"That's nothing, for those that haven't seen it I present the Hdac advert on itv during the world cup in all it's complete and utter b*llocks glory."

I've now seen it several times and still haven't worked out what exactly it is supposed to be about. In this brave new world do your home appliances have access to your bank account and pay for their own energy use on an hourly basis using Bitcoin? This can't possibly go wrong.

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" I have it on good authority that things ending in gasm are supposed to get smaller with time"

You're holding it wrong.

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UK privacy watchdog to fine Facebook 18 mins of profit (£500,000) for Cambridge Analytica

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Re: How much did the investigation cost?

"How much did the investigation cost?

I bet the real cost of the investigation cost was over £500,000 and some twonk in a government office thinks £500,000 is a lot of money!

They broke the rules....they CERTAINLY knew they were braking the rules....they CONTINUE to break the rules.....so why let them trade in the UK, EU?

Only a good hard slap up the money grabbing box will get them to change....even then only to the minimum requirement. So be very, very careful about what you state as the minimum."

Maximum. Punishment. Allowed. By. The. Law.

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Re: Seems inconsistant [sic]

"Regardless of Facebook's ability to pay, the fine seems too high in comparison to other cases."

Remember this is in connection with (allegedly) fraudulently maniplulating the Brexit referendum, and the find is actually really small beer.

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Re: Max Fine

"There are people in British prisons for stealing sandwiches when they are hungry, smoking a joint or not having a BBC TV licence. Let those losers out and make some space for some corporate criminals."

No there aren't.

1) The law has since changed, the fine is now a certain percentage of global turnover or €20m, whichever is greater. This is the GDPR, you might have heard about it. There is also a criminal investigation happening, which has the potential to result in jail time if the stronger offences are proved.

2) Nobody is in jail for not having a TV licence. People are in jail for not paying the resulting fine. If you don't pay court fines, I don't know of anywhere in the world where you don't end up in jail.

3) A few people were jailed for stealing bottles of water during a riot, and as such were charged with rioting, not theft. You would rarely get jailed for stealing sandwiches, as in never.

4) More or less nobody is in UK jail for possession of marijuana for personal use. The only example I could find was a British man who smoked cannabis in the UK, then flew to Dubai, where we was then arrested. You know, in Dubai.

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Nissan 'fesses up to fudging emissions data

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Re: Will they be Fined?

"Really? The US fines were $4.3bn (€3.6bn). The German ones were €1bn. Granted, not as much, but not exactly what I'd call symbolic."

Also divide by the number of people, since it's reasonable for small countries to levy smaller fines since they are affected less, and the difference gets even smaller.

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"unauthorized technicians ? So rouge techs broke in o Nissan and started to work on their cars ??"

They were authorized right up until they were caught.

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Re: 1.6 litre!

"The latest generation 1.6 bi-turbo diesels are perfectly fine to lug a 2 tone 4x4 or pick-up truck off-road."

Why would the towed car's colour matter?

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Big contenders in the broadband chart this week, but who will be #1? Well, not Britain

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There is no way that the average speed in Madagascar, across all households, is higher than the UK. Just think about it, many people in Madagascar cannot even get broadband Internet. They are forgetting to include a load of zeroes for those people.

It's like a country having only one, but very good, hospital. Standing inside it, you can proclaim that country has the best healthcare in the world.

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Sysadmin cracked military PC’s security by reading the manual

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Re: Only cracking I have done is

"I have a photo that reminds me how security works in the minds of many, and which illustrates this story perfectly."

Someone recently came to visit us at home. I had to go outside for some reason and came back in.

"Is that your bike out there?"

"Yes, why?"

"We should put it round the back, it's safer."

"OK, I'll just be there in a second."

She came out of the house and I was holding the bike in front of her. She had locked it to our gate post, so I had just lifted the bike, and lock, over the gate post and wheeled it down the drive.

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United States, you have 2 months to sort Privacy Shield ... or data deal is for the bin – Eurocrats

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"heir Trump"

You misspelled 'dickhead'.

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'Plane Hacker' Roberts: I put a network sniffer on my truck to see what it was sharing. Holy crap!

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Re: Bike Garmin

"Is that the Kestrel run over the moors?"

Is that shopping for cheap beer in Yorkshire?

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US Declaration of Independence labeled hate speech by Facebook bots

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"The paper guessed that the term “Indian Savages” was the problem and suggested that "Perhaps had Thomas Jefferson written it as 'Native Americans at a challenging stage of cultural development' that would have been better." "

Perhaps 'victims of colossal theft of land' might be a more appropriate phrase?

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Xiaomi's Wang: We're coming to the USA

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"That's enough to deflate any Wang."

Came for the dick jokes. Was not disappointed.

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Potato, potato. Toma6to, I'm going to kill you... How a typo can turn an AI translator against us

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Re: Nothing new here

"Actually, that is likely to be an artefact of an idiom rather than an adversarial typo: for a Russian "to sit/live on bread and water" means to be constantly hungry, either due to extreme poverty or due to some illness or another reason that does not permit one to eat normal food. "

Also in English. 'Bread and water' tends to rarely mean actual bread and actual water.

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Re: Hmmm

"Smoe mistkaes are eaiser to corerct tahn otehrs."

Google translate went with 'Smoe-Fehler sind leichter zu korrigieren.' Apart from 'smoe', it could also correct your spelling mistakes. Must try harder!

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Tesla tips ice on Apple, Google, Microsoft accounts of '$1m leaker'

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"wrote specialised software designed to export confidential and trade secret information from Tesla's manufacturing operating system"

I bet this 'specialised software' was 'cp -R'. No wait, this is Tesla, could well be 'robocopy /e'.

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Creep travels half the world to harass online teen gamer… and gets shot by her mom – cops

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Re: Psycho creeps will always be with us.

"Not wanting to go all DM here, but in the UK the mom would probably have been arrested."

Well, yes. Anyone firing a weapon in the UK will be arrested. First, arrested is not charged, it is done because there is clearly reasonable suspicion of a crime being committed. Second, it is highly like that this was a handgun, which are more or less completely illegal to own. So whether she would be charged for the shooting, she would definitely be charged, found guilty, and sentenced to 5-10 years in jail for possession of an illegal firearm.

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Re: I thought of the child(ren)

"When its your child he's attempting to kidnap, rape, and murder, your definition of safe simply doesn't encompass the offender."

Does it encompass bystanders?

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Top banker batters Bitcoin for sucky scalability, security

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"a currency outwith of the direct control of one government entity."

What are the benefits of dollarization? For countries with poor local currencies, dollarization presents a defence against runaway inflation, but in an emerging economy you want an inflation rate above rich countries to push producivity growth. Bitcoin is highly deflationary, which is a catastrophe in more or less any scenario.

Worse, the money supply in a general blockchain currency appears to be tied to investor confidence. During an economic boom people will pile in and generate lots of new money, fuelling inflation and bringing forward the recession, when people will run away from mining and you will have deflation to go with your recession. (To see how fun that is, look at Japan's lost decades.)

As for a currency under the control of several government entities, see the Euro, which is unbalanced without fiscal transfers. Which isn't going to happen as they are separate government entities. (Although the bailouts are a version of fiscal transfers, just hidden.)

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On Kaspersky’s 'transparency tour' the truth was clear as mud

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"Remember all the questions around Dr Kelly (weapons of mass destruction)?

Remember the questions about the young MI5 agent found in a sports bag he'd apparently managed to zip up completely from inside?"

Ah, I specifically said 'your family' for a reason, because I knew both of those were going to turn up. I think it's reasonable to say that the Russian government kills more people than the UK government, and is also a lot less squeamish about 'collateral damage'.

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"Are we honestly to believe that the USA, UK etc wouldn't/won't/don't do the same kind of thing?"

Do I believe that the UK government would murder your family if you say no? No, I really don't.

Do I believe that the Russian government would murder your family if you said no? Well, they have done on several occasions.

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White House calls its own China tech cash-inject ban 'fake news'

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Re: Enjoy this while it lasts

"the anger of some democrats at the hijacking of the convention by the super-delegates to ensure Clinton was nominated."

Popular vote:

Hillary Clinton: 16,914,722

Bernie Sanders: 13,206,428

Contests won:

Hillary Clinton: 34

Bernie Sanders: 23

Delegate (not superdelegate) count:

Hillary Clinton: 2,271

Bernie Sanders: 1,820

Clinton won without the superdelegates. Try something else.

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Uber's London licence appeal off to flying start: No, you cannot do driver eye tests via video link

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Re: Cough, cough....

"I don't get why it's up to Uber to be doing medicals on its drivers. The drivers themselves are all individually licenced as Private Hire drivers, any medical requirements should be part and parcel of that licencing."

They don't have to, but if they do they have to be done correctly. Hope that helps.

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Great news, cask beer fans: UK shortage of CO2 menaces fizzy crap taking up tap space

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Re: Bravo madam!

"Tell that to people on metered water who shower / bathe themselves & kids less than they would like due to the cost"

It costs less than 30p to have a shower,

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Re: Bravo madam!

"A government which does not believe in the invisible hand of the free market is left wing."

The invisible hand of the free market is currently giving us all the finger and saying 'no lager for you, mate'.

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Software changed the world, then died on the first of the month

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Re: Wait a minute...

I was about to ask this. A third of the possible dates is a fairly thick edge.

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Cops: Autonomous Uber driver may have been streaming The Voice before death crash

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Re: At best...

"Firstly, and decent car can brake at 1g. An XC90 has a 100km/h stopping distance of 36m. So, a=v²/2s gives us a deceleration of 10.7m/s² or 1.1g

(Surely the car deceleration increases as the velocity drops, so this is a minimum.)"

Brakes dump energy out of the system at roughly a constant rate (more or less). Since energy is proportional to the square of the velocity, deceleration increases as the car slows. Almost all of the deceleration happens right at the end, hence why you only get thrown forward right at the end of an emergency braking.

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"The report has been submitted to prosecutors, who will now decide if Vasquez should face charges."

My guess: yes.

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Atari accuses El Reg of professional trolling and making stuff up. Welp, here's the interview tape for you to decide...

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Re: Eviscerated!

professional trolls count "one, two, many, lots!"

I think it's one, two, many, many-one, many-two, many-many, many-many-one, many-many-two, LOTS, but I could be mistaken.

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EU negotiator: Crucial data adequacy deal will wait until UK hands in homework

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Re: Will EU miss GCHQ information?

"Are you going to tell the families of the victims that they should blame the EU for the UK's intransigence on intelligence-sharing?"

It's the EU's intransigence! They are the ones saying 'no'!

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Re: Will EU miss GCHQ information?

This is the most obvious solution. Say 'Well sod you then', wait until the next terrorist attack on the continent and then say 'well serves you right, you idiots'.

Security and defence should never have been taken off the table at the start of the Brexit process, and I'm really surprised that they were put back on the table by the EU. Now we can talk about how much the British contribution to NATO is worth and how much it's worth in Euros. A yearly contribution to the UK budget (and a higher one to the US budget) by the EU seems appropriate, given how the US, UK and France defend all of Europe. We could call it the Single Defence Market, and the EU can pay a fee to have access to it. You know, just like their opinion about economics.

I voted Remain, and I think Brexit is a massive mistake, but the EU's utter intransigence is even more grating to me than the current UK government's inability to find its own arsehole with both hands.

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How to stealthily poison neural network chips in the supply chain

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Lie Mode

Of course it will work, sir. No worries.

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Shatner's solar-powered Bitcoin gambit wouldn't power a deflector shield

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"Geothermal is a highly promising renewable source – it runs 24 hours a day and isn't impaired by bird poo. "

I guess it depends on how much bird poo there is, and exactly where it ends up.

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... Aaaand that's a fifth Brit Army Watchkeeper drone to crash in Wales

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Re: 'Main' base?

"the Army don't feel it's ready for service use"

Based on this, I agree.

"and Thales are trying to get to a position where they do."

That position appears to be in a heap of wreckage and on fire.

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Keep your hands on the f*cking wheel! New Tesla update like being taught to drive by your dad

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Re: Does tesla collect system records or incident information?

"Ain't nothin' like the real thing, baby."

You are absolutely right there. Tesla's Autopilot is nothing like the real thing.

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Re: Pedant Alert

"I think we can safely say that they are indeed motorways."

Anything with an M, whether M1 or A1(M), is a motorway. The A - (M) designation is for a former A-road that was upgraded, but keeps its originally numbering. Motorways do not need central dividers, but this is rare, e.g., A38(M) in central Birmingham (a.k.a., Aston Expressway).

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Boffins quietly cheering possible discovery of new fundamental particle: Sterile neutrino

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"Gravity acts on light, which is massless but has energy - so would also act on massless neutrinos."

Light is not massless. Light at rest is massless, but at the speed of light it has energy, and therefore mass, according to E=mc2. Since it has mass it can be affected by gravity. Or, under general relativity, move along geodesics in a suitable hyperbolic space.

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Re: This is not making physics any easier

"We just happen to live in a batshit crazy and seriously weird universe."

We have to. (Ferro)Magnetism is impossible in a classical physics theory.

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TSB meltdown latest: Facepalming reaches critical mass as Brits get strangers' bank letters

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Re: Has anybody tried...

"Has anybody tried switching the bank off, then switching it on again?"

They switched it off at least.

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The glorious uncertainty: Backup world is having a GDPR moment

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Re: Not a problem

"As to what you're proposing (restore, delete, backup again) for every single request? The cost is so high that most companies would just pay the fine if the law were to be enforced that stringently. We're talking costs in the tens of millions every single time you get a request."

For now, it would cost a lot. My guess is that new backup software will be developed with extra functionality for GDPR and RTBF-based queries (which are of course different), and it will become 'best practice' to have that sort of backup, with the largest organizations being the first to be punished if they don't, and trickling down as technology is refreshed in companies.

And all this will happen again (will it?) when ePrivacy Mk2 comes into force.

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Re: Not a problem

"I'm not sure the filing room analogy works here. In this analogy, the filing room represents the main "production" copy of the data. And yes, you WOULD have to delete it in that case.

But imagine, if you will, you had a scanned JPG of every piece of paper in each drawer, stored in a completely separate system. Continue to imagine that you don't have OCR, so you can't scan the contents of each JPG without physically pulling each one up, reading all the words in it, then moving on to the next image. Now imagine being asked to redact info from those JPGs without the ability to search them. Now you're a bit closer to what we're talking about here."

Just because it's difficult, maybe even impossible without deleting your backups, doesn't necessarily mean you don't have to do it under the law. If your backups are required by law, then you might have to restore then, delete the data, then re-archive.

Nobody said that new legal requirements would be easy, but you know, people had two years to think about this. Why has it taken until a week after the law started for someone to say 'what about backups'?

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Re: Not a problem

"I don't understand the problem. If a person's data is deleted then subsequent backups will not contain it. If it's ever necessary to restore from a backup taken prior to the deletion then later transactions, including the deletion, will be reapplied. Yes. it's theoretically possible to restore the backup and then do something nefarious, but if you're that sort of organisation you won't care about complying with GDPR in the first place."

GDPR means you shouldn't have that information any more. Not 'well, it's all the way at the back of the filing room, and I never go that far, so no worries, right?'

GDPR and backups, without case law to guide, is an issue.

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Russia to Apple: Kill Telegram crypto-chat – or the App Store gets it

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Re: I do not imagine Apple will take long.

"The reality is that the population there is presently better off than they have ever been since the times of 1920-es NEP in Russia"

Actually, GDP per capita has dropped like a stone in the last few years, so they are now the same as they were in about 2006, having lost about 30-40% off the peak.

Hope this helps.

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Smut site offers VPN so you don't bare all online

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"should the "perv" list ever become public."

I'm with Virgin, which is owned by Liberty Global, turnover $20bn last year. I kind of want the perv list to be exposed, just so they can get a $400m fine under GDPR (and that breach would definitely qualify for the maximum penalty).

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"So to stop people knowing you are using Pornhub you connect to a VPN on Pornhubs servers?"

Pornhub always knows you are using Pornhub's servers. Nowadays, the pornographer is one of the people I would trust most with this information, which is a bit of a damning indictment of today's society.

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Cyber-stability wonks add election-ware to ‘civilised nations won’t hack this’ standard

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Re: OK, so they asked nicely

"I noticed that non-state actors were included in the mix.... So they are basically making a list for terrorists to follow when figuring out where to hit the rest of the world hardest."

One consequence of this would be that non-state actors hacking proscribed infrastructure would become terrorists rather than hackers.

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Buggy software could lock a Jeep's cruise control

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Re: Fuddy Duddy Tech (FDT)

"Are we that lazy we cannot role windows down anymore."

1) Yes.

2) I've found it useful because the driver can often roll down windows that are not the driver's, but only with electric windows.

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Re: Oh Lord

"Ever take a knee to the groin? Or a good solid thump to the so-called "solar plexus"? Or a shillelagh to the temple? All will override wetware quite nicely ..."

I don't think you are driving correctly.

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Max Schrems is back: Facebook, Google hit with GDPR complaint

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Re: that isn’t free choice

"I mean, there is no law that the only way to trade is by means of currencies, no?"

Pretty much yes. You can pay with anything you want, but there has to be a monetary value placed on it for tax purposes.

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