Warning: Pun ahead
Given that they breached the personal info of nearly *144* million US citizens - does that count as GROSS incompetence?
4 posts • joined 25 Jul 2007
Just imagine it:
"Dear person who recoverered our embarrasing lost data and saved our skins; enclosed is the monetary reward we promised":
A cheque for £8,670
That's £20,000 minus 40% PAYE,
Minus NIC employers and employee's contributions (we have classified you as an employee for tax purposes as you were essentially working for us in finding the missing data)
Minus CGT - as you didn't really do much work in finding the disks, plus the asset concerned was someone else's intellectual property upon which you have profited by reselling it back to the original owners.
Minus 17.5% VAT; we have taken the liberty of registering you for VAT, in case you fancy having a go at recovering all the other personal data we've lost; which would put your turnover over the VAT registration threshold.
Total deductions: £11,330. Total takehome: £8,670
Kind regards and thanks again.
The space shuttle uses about 2.3 million pounds of solid propellant in the
launch boosters and about 1.2 million pounds of liquid oxygen/liquid hydrogen in the main engines. The latter only produce water vapour but the boosters use potassium perchlorate (KClO4) and powdered aluminum in the solid boosters. The combustion products are potassium chloride and aluminum oxide.
Multiply all that by the number of space launches since the 1950's, then add in a few other propellants like kerosine, and it becomes clear that the odd fridge or two lobbed out the back of a space station starts to look almost 'green' by comparison!
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