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Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

Gonoff Sounds like another reason (385 comments)

I'm quite happy not to be from your country. There are other variations of what we do elsewhere but in the UK, tax is deducted by my employer and sent to the "tax man". There are fairly simple ways of calculating how its done but basically, I pay 1/12 of my tax each month. Other deductions aside, I get about £10k tax free per year and pay 23% on the rest. If I was higher paid, some would be at the higher rate. If I was self employed, I would need to do what you have to do but even a tiny business can deal with PAYE (Pay As You Earn). I ran a payroll once and it took less than 2 days work per month to do about 350 peoples pay & deductions. Your system seems very complicated/labourious.

3 days ago
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44% of Twitter Users Have Never Tweeted

Gonoff Re:Probably typical (121 comments)

I use it this way and cannot see any other use for it.

Want to send me a message? Try email, SMS, skype.G+ and so on. Even Facebook.

Want to send me a picture - see above...

I see no other use for a 140 character max message than to replace the RSS feed

5 days ago
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Daylight Saving Time Linked To Heart Attacks

Gonoff You need the decimal day (240 comments)

I don't know if it is a real theory but it is an item in a half written book that I may finish one day.

When humans move into space, they will move away from the need to follow any solar day. They will use a 100,000 second day. That's 27 Hours, 42 minutes and 40 seconds.

It's only a minor plot item so I haven't worked it all out but there are several people here saying that they would settle into a 28 hour rhythm. I think I would too.

about three weeks ago
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Scottish Independence Campaign Battles Over BBC Weather Forecast

Gonoff Re:Map projections (286 comments)

I picture it being like

You picture it wrong. They are unrepresentative. I am Scottish. I am also British, Orcadian, European, Western and various other groupings. The one "British" is good enough for most purposes when doing business or travelling. Scottish identifies what part of the UK and Orcadian could be my ethnicity within that. The modern trend is towards linking states, not breaking them up into non-functional bits.

Because it wouldn't work. Yes they are a long way from the control centres of an over-centralised nation. Just like Scotland. They have their own capital, state plant, legislature just like Scotland. It's a long list. It doesn't matter. Some things are best done locally - probably a lot more than actually gets done this way but some other things are better done as part of a larger system.

Nationalism is the past. History is interesting and must be known but we don't want to go and live in it. That's why our ancestors left...

about a month and a half ago
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Facebook Shuts Down @Facebook Email System

Gonoff Re:Because people already have E-mail addresses? (149 comments)

Yes. I had a Gmail address long before. I also used it to log into other things. When they offer me a new service, I look and decide. I have not bought any Google books. I still have an account. Big deal.I have not made any use of their subscription music offering either but they remind me about it every time I go to listen to my own stuff.

We all know why Google likes to link its stuff? To track us better? That will be the biggest reason but it's probably just easier/cheaper that way. It makes my life easier with only one as well.

about 2 months ago
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Facebook Shuts Down @Facebook Email System

Gonoff Re:Professional Email Address (149 comments)

Exactly. Judging by a domain is just pointless.

Judging people by their clothing and speech patterns is too but interviewers seem to find it quite effective.

about 2 months ago
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Facebook Shuts Down @Facebook Email System

Gonoff Re:school (149 comments)

...it will fail...

What sort of time scale are you thinking of?
1 year - unlikely/No
5 years - vaguely possible but more likely to grow as it spreads around the world that people in the US are not aware of.
10 years - possible but it will be along with FB and some other things incorrectly labelled a social media like Twitter, Reddit and so on
20 years and beyond - probably but the tech world will be unrecognisable anyway.

Every computer idea will fail in the end so just saying that "it will" is about as meaningful as many politicians promises to help the poor or to keep away from rent boys.

about 2 months ago
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Facebook Shuts Down @Facebook Email System

Gonoff Re:Because people already have E-mail addresses? (149 comments)

Do You have a Google account? Then you have Google+.
Do you have a Gmail address? Then you have Google+.
Do you have access to any Google service that is specifically yours (even search)? Then you have Google+.and every other service

It's all one big system. Some services are restricted by location - Google Music for example. If you have one service, you do not have to sign up for anything else. Just sign in. There's nothing sneaky about it. If you don't want some, don't use them. If you don't have anything in Google Music, you don't have to listen to it. If you don't post on Google+ I promise not to reply...

about 2 months ago
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US War Machine Downsizing?

Gonoff Re:Nintendo pilots with PTSD (506 comments)

You don't get money if you say you have PTSD.

Sometimes, you get money if you are found to have PTSD.

about 2 months ago
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California Bill Proposes Mandatory Kill-Switch On Phones and Tablets

Gonoff Re: in other news (341 comments)

Apiary is to beehive as aviary is to hen house.

Apiary is certainly a valid term but not the one generally used. I think I misused the word "technical" and should have used the word "common".

about 2 months ago
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California Bill Proposes Mandatory Kill-Switch On Phones and Tablets

Gonoff Re:in other news (341 comments)

The bee "box" you talk about has a technical name.

It's called a beehive.

If English is not your first language, I hope this is a useful comment and your English is better than any non-first languages I speak.

about 2 months ago
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EU Secretly Plans To Put a Back Door In Every Car By 2020

Gonoff Re:The EU (364 comments)

Don't forget patents, copyrights, tax regulations, extradition and many many more.

about 3 months ago
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EU Secretly Plans To Put a Back Door In Every Car By 2020

Gonoff Re:DOS traffic jam, anyone? (364 comments)

Another problem?

When it does happen, enough official lies will be told that we won't know the real cause for a long time...

about 3 months ago
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EU Secretly Plans To Put a Back Door In Every Car By 2020

Gonoff Re:Secret meetings: (364 comments)

Or Daily Wail.

about 3 months ago
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EU Secretly Plans To Put a Back Door In Every Car By 2020

Gonoff Re:Secret meetings: (364 comments)

Those papers don't have politics. They will quite happily set their editorial policies against any government that doesn't do what they want.

"What do they want?" you may ask. They want the right to spy on anyone and everyone without limit. They want the right to get information out of the police and public officials whenever they think it will increase sales. They want Only certain people to be taxed. Who may vary but they generally do not want their owners friends to be taxed for sure...

Basically, they are journalistic sociopaths.Individuals may vary but collectively this seems to be the case.

about 3 months ago
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Global-Warming Skepticism Hits 6-Year High

Gonoff Insignificant (846 comments)

So 23% of people in the USA do not believe in science. That actually comes to about 1% of humanity. If we allow for the fact that there will be a sizeable chunk of the world that does not know either side of the argument who would have to be discounted in the statistic and even in the most educated countries, there are those who are uninformed and there are those who choose to be.

I suspect that it will be under 5% of the world would admit to this opinion. If that was a political movement, they would be insignificant and out of government. Perhaps it is best that they stay that way...

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Misdirected Email?

Gonoff Re:The only plausible solution... (388 comments)

Add something more to your name. Like "j.smith1997@nowhere.nul", ...

That doesn't even work for Twitter. I have a simple handle like @something but people keep sending me stuff for @something1979 @something_a and so on.

Fortunately, Twitter is just a glorified XML feed and I just ignore most things about how I had a really good time at a party and "what was that chicks name?"

about 3 months ago

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Do Frames Still Suck?

Gonoff Gonoff writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Gonoff (88518) writes "Last year, I decided to broaden my abilities a little and started an evening, 2 year, university course. This year a major part of what I am doing is web development and I will be creating a website.

I had never used Dreamweaver before so I expected to have to learn but what caught my attention was the huge dislike I see the course leader has for frames.

I had already read Jakob Neilsens material but being keen to learn, I read it again. Much of what he put in seems completely out of date now.
The only browser I have that can't do frames is Lynx.
All major development packages do them a lot better than when that article was written — Dreamweaver, Frontpage or even Open Office do them fine. I find that it is not too hard in a text editor either...

Obviously, I will do it the way that I am instructed. I just can't see wanting to do it this way for real afterwards. Templates and layers seem much more complicated and I suspect that they are less simple to maintain once a site goes live. I know the need for maintainable source code. Surely maintainable HTML is the same?

What do other people think? Forget aesthetics and coolness. Can people convince me that this is a better way to work?"
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Gonoff Gonoff writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gonoff (88518) writes "The BBC tells us that a court in China has found in favour of a search engine that gave links to where people could find, supposedly illegal, .MP3s.

Is this a case decided on its merits, or is it the result of "guidance" from further up? If it is the latter, will it be a precedent? If the decision was made on its meris, will the authorities allow it to stand?"

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