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Massachusetts Enacts 6.25% Sales Tax On "Prewritten" Software Consulting

AllanNienhuis Re:Only applies to prewritten software? (364 comments)

Just curious - why not? Is there something inherent in providing services that makes it inappropriate to levy sales taxes on them? I'm sure income taxes are collected on the same services - why would sales taxes be unexpected? Is there a historical reason for it not to be common? In Canada, the GST (a VAT) is required to be charged by most service providers, unless you're selling less than $30k per year of taxable services. So yes, musicians and lawyers need to charge and remit tax for their services if they earn more than $30k/year. A bit more likely with the Lawyer than the musician. :) Dentists and some other professions do not, List of exemptions: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/bsnss/tpcs/gst-tps/gnrl/txbl/xmptgds-eng.html. The rules for provincial sales tax vary in each jurisdiction of course.

about a year ago
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Atari Facing $291 Million Debt Claim From... Atari

AllanNienhuis Re:holy fucking shit (121 comments)

The interesting twist on this is that Chris Taylor (of TA fame) is working for WarGaming now - so he gets to reboot his own title (assuming that's the plan). That's just plain awesome!

about a year ago
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USMA: Going the Extra Kilometer For Metrication

AllanNienhuis Re:stupid observation... (909 comments)

Most mechanics in Canada carry both metric and SAE socket sets. You can get the metric ones at any hardware store. I'm sure you could pick up whatever you need at an online retailer based in Canada if you can't find a US based one.

about 2 years ago
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Drone Made of Lego Takes Flight

AllanNienhuis Re:Conditioned Much? (83 comments)

I thought the difference between drone and RC planes was the ability to fly them out of line of site - drones have cameras and give the pilot some form of first-person view as they are flying. At least that's how I've always thought of the difference...

about 2 years ago
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How Does a Single Line of BASIC Make an Intricate Maze?

AllanNienhuis Fun bit of computing history there (438 comments)

This type of thing has a pretty honourable history. Back in the day, there was actually a (small?) subculture of enthusiasts who experimented with one-line or two-line basic programs (I'm sure this was the case with other platforms/languages as well). Similar to the whole demogroup scene I guess - a way of experimenting and showing off. Each line number of a basic program was limited to I think 256 characters. It could have as many statements (separated by colons) as desired. Some folks would go so far as to 'poke' machine code instructions and then jmp/execute that machine code, but I think that was frowned upon a bit as that seemed a bit like cheating... :) There were contests and so on, and popular magazines like 'Nibble' would regularly publish these mini-programs which thousands of us would type into our computers. In doing so many of us became fascinated by what was possible, even if it promoted a rather unhealthy obfuscated code style... Naturally today with almost unlimited computing resources available to every programmer, this isn't amazing at all. But back then, this sort of thing _was_ pretty amazing - even if this isn't a particularly shining example of it. Some folks were able to generate real, playable games, or amazing visual animation effects in less than 500 bytes of source. It makes me want to drag out the old Apple II emulator and play around! Man, I wish I hadn't sold that old doorstop apple II... :)

about 2 years ago
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3D Printing of Custom Personal Electronics Arrives

AllanNienhuis Re:I think I may leap at this .. (72 comments)

my printer (lexmark) is capable of (partly) pushing out a page to wait for drying, and then pulling it back in again to continue printing. I've seen it do this for doing double-sided printing, but it seems likely that it would be able to do multiple passes on the same sheet without any external alignment measures.

about 2 years ago
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NASA DTN Protocol: How Interplanetary Internet Works

AllanNienhuis Didn't we have this figured out with FidoNet? (109 comments)

Reminds me of the problems the old FidoNet had to deal with - nodes not being available, or only available for short times, poor quality connections, low speed, etc. It worked remarkably well for all of those conditions I thought :)

about 2 years ago

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