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Ask Slashdot: As a Programmer/Geek, Should I Learn Business?

ExploHD Another computer related field (167 comments)

My major right now is account with the emphasis on the information systems. I plan to get my CPA certification so if the computer aspect doesn't work out, I have something to fall back on.

about a year ago
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Irish Government May Close Apple's Biggest Tax Loophole

ExploHD Re:Because Apple (292 comments)

When a company does business in two different countries you often have overlapping and contradictory tax rules. Think of it as a compatibility problem. I have seen cases where tax rates go over 100%.

Not quite, since taxes paid on income earned overseas is deductible for a business and individual, but they must take the proper credits/deductions. For example, say you earned $30,000 in Somewhereakstan and the income tax rate is 10%, that means you will pay $3,000 in taxes to Somewhereakstan, leaving you with $27,000. You would then pay the taxes on that $27,000; since the US marginal tax rate is 15%, you would be paying $3604 in taxes to the US government*.

*your rates may vary

about a year ago
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Head-mounted displays / sensors like Google Glass are:

ExploHD Re: Remember (321 comments)

Sounds like someone has ADD... you want to go ride bikes?

about a year and a half ago
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Adobe Creative Suite Going Subscription-Only

ExploHD Re:Capital versus Operating Expense (658 comments)

The software is no longer an amortizable asset, but instead gets counted as overhead

Both are still a fixed cost that are used to calculate your markup. Either way you will be able to deduct the cost against your taxes; now you'll avoid the up-front expense and having to do deductions over it's useful life.

about a year and a half ago
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Lenovo To Drop Iomega Brand On Joint EMC Products

ExploHD Do you know what this Means? (58 comments)

Looks like the Iomega brand has experienced the click of death.

about a year and a half ago
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Most Companies Will Require You To Bring Your Own Mobile Device By 2017

ExploHD Re:Do what they do to hourly workers. (381 comments)

You presume that most companies give a crap about the law. Instead lawyers are hired and loopholes are discovered. You just quoted "...authorized by the employee in writing...". I guarantee that this provision is included within the employee handbook and a signature from the employee to agree to such provisions is almost always a condition of employment.

Hobby Lobby requires you to sign a binding arbitration clause, for employment, before they will even accept your application.

about a year and a half ago
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The Forgotten Macro Language of HTML: XBL 2.0

ExploHD XBL? (138 comments)

XBL stands for eXtended Business Language and is designed for the financial accounting of a company. Corporations must transmit their data in XBL to the SEC for quick analysis. I guess it can be used on the web, but it's much more of an internal language.

about a year and a half ago
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What's Next For Smartphone Innovation

ExploHD Re:Innovation (257 comments)

i don't need the phone to ... keep my crotch cool in summer.

Speak for yourself

about a year and a half ago
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Rackspace Goes On Rampage Against Patent Trolls

ExploHD Re:The only ones who win are the lawyers. (132 comments)

So it is not always the lawyers who win. Sometimes it is the hit-men.

What is the difference?

about a year and a half ago
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Disney Closes LucasArts

ExploHD Re:First No! (299 comments)

Seriously, fuck Disney! I remember the LucasArts games back in their heyday

The article at Wired.com sums it up best: "The LucasArts that died today is not the one you loved, and it was never going to be again."

about a year and a half ago
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Cyber Criminals Tying Up Emergency Phone Lines Through TDoS Attacks, DHS Warns

ExploHD Re:Police, Fire Brigade, Truncheon, Axe... (115 comments)

You've obviously never tried to trace a fraudulent transaction though multiple jurisdictions :(

It's simple really, just write a program in VB so you can backtrace it.

about a year and a half ago
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IBM Dipping Chips In 'Ionic Liquid' To Save Power

ExploHD The Cost of the Liquid? (68 comments)

For an ionic liquid there should be no charge.

about a year and a half ago
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How Beer Gave Us Civilization

ExploHD Re:Everything gave us civilization (325 comments)

Vessels that had been used for making beer are identified by beer specific chemical traces on the inside of conatiners. Soot residue is a terrible indicator; and no, you do not need to place a container on the fire to boil water. You can boil water in water-tight weaved baskets by placing rocks that have come off of the fire. They hold a lot of heat and with multiple rocks you can boil for as long as you need.

about a year and a half ago
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For 2012's U.S. tax season ...

ExploHD Re:Ah tax season (526 comments)

Then when they used it to buy more candy bars it was taxed again...

Usually, products that are purchased for resale are exempt from sales tax. Sales taxes are not calculated until it is sold to the end user.
Candy purchased by a mini-mart at Costco -> no sales tax Me buying the candy bar from that mini-mart -> sales tax calculated

about a year and a half ago
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For 2012's U.S. tax season ...

ExploHD Re:Ah tax season (526 comments)

A business can deduct any expense that is used for the operations of running a business. Dividends are payed after taxes because paying dividends is not essential to the running of a business. Anyways, dividends are not payed out to shares held by the company.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Software To Help Stay On Task?

ExploHD Re:Simple Suggestion (301 comments)

I agree, sound like the guy has ADHD and needs some meds to help him focus. I started taking Adderall a while back and not only am I able to focus on my work, I'm able to get what's in my brain written down without it being jumbled on the way out.

about a year and a half ago
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Jonathan Coulton Song Used By Glee Without Permission

ExploHD Re:Its not Jonathons song (307 comments)

Sorry to reply to my reply, but an analogy to this would be if there could be trademarks on covers of songs, Glee would have stolen his trademark.

about 2 years ago
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Jonathan Coulton Song Used By Glee Without Permission

ExploHD Re:Its not Jonathons song (307 comments)

Yes, he did a cover. However, he did a specific arrangement of the song that the show took as their own. From the opening chorus to the way the guitar is played, it's the same arrangement of Baby Got Back. I have a feeling that the music arranger for the show might be let go for getting credit where credit wasn't due.

about 2 years ago

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