X.Org Foundation Loses 501(c)3 Non-Profit Status
My allegation was that the IRS chose to be stricter with X.org than it is with other nonprofits.
3 years of silence and then a sudden tax exempt revoke is a very cagey response to 3 years of not filing any tax returns.
The IRS shouldn't have waited that long without sending notice.
The fact that the feds and the corporations are in bed elsewhere is also a good reason to at least suspect underhandedness on the IRS's part.
Actually, that's pretty normal for the IRS. The IRS is not, actually, much in the habit of giving warnings. It takes them a while to get around to things, and once they do, its pay-up-or-else (or revocation or whatever). They aren't well enough funded to bother with warning notices, or hearings, etc. If you disagree with their finding, there are things one can do and an appeals process, but generally they don't initiate such things except in certain categories of audit issues.
Biggest Headache For Game Developers: Abusive Fans
I work for Microsoft.
I have never in my life received an actual death threat, and I have a feeling the products I work on are used by more people than what play Call of Duty. It's not a matter of "just ignore them", it's more of a matter that this kind of reaction can be received for any work of mostly non-offensive (not all of CoD applies here) art.
More likely, its just that people don't know who you are. Game Development shops have a bit more cult of personality about them, as they tend to have credit screens like movies, not like office products. I can assure you that if you, say, work on exchange, you have had many people wish you dead, just most people don't know how to inform you of their desire ;)
The Science of 12-Step Programs
People suspect that many things work and sometimes they are wrong.
"'no experimental studies unequivocally demonstrated the effectiveness of AA" in treating alcoholism." (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Effectiveness_of_Alcoholics_Anonymous#Clinical_studies)
Well controlled scientific studies are great at answering these questions.
and for some things, its very hard to set up an ethical and moral controlled scientific study. In a case like this the best you can do is try to study people who have already elected for various treatments. And the 'anonymous' part of AA (and various other programs) just complicates it all. "Unequivocally demonstrated" is a difficult bar to meet when its not actually legal to set up a properly controlled experiment. Don't get me wrong, I haven't reviewed the literature either way, and don't have an opinion on the effectiveness of AA. Just want to point out that actually achieving a clean methodology and such to study things that screw with people's lives is quite difficult.
Microsoft To Start Dumping Surface RT To Schools For $199
So something to bear in mind about this is that apple was still putting IIe computers in schools through the END of the 80s. While I agree that in the early 80s they were awesome computers, at the end of the 80s, it was pretty much just dumping.
$30,000 For a Developer Referral?
So, every company I've ever worked at, the employee had to be a successful employee for (usually) about 6 months before you got your bonus. That means both a.) the employee will likely stick around, and b.) they have time to decide if your judgement was worth crap.
Fedora 19 To Stop Masking Passwords
Because many organizations have weird and bizarre rules for passwords that are not based on actual truth of what makes a secure password. My current favorite is 16! Characters, no words, at least 2 each of special characters, numbers, lowercase and uppercase letters. i.e. so long that NO ONE can remember the things if they're truly randomized. Although they're supposedly switching that particular circumstance over to token-based.
Is It Time To Enforce a Gamers' Bill of Rights?
I'm pretty sure you can add in the costs accrued due to lost work and legal fees to your small claims suit, so point one is moot.
So, I can't speak for your state, but in maryland it states in black and white that you CANNOT be paid for your time, and that legal fees are only a maybe. And the official website on the subject goes to some effort to basically point out that for small amounts, it may not be worth the time to pursue the court option. Small claims is not really an option to resolve this except as a matter of principle.
The Pirate Bay Claims It Is Now Hosting From North Korea
Only innocent til proven guilty in criminal cases.
Also, who is Bradley Manning, who is Kevin Mitnick...
The US is one of very few western countries that has a large part of the country speaking against health-care.
The US tortures people.
The US pretty much ignores all international treaties, that would have them do something.
The US is not a great country when it comes to human rights.
Ummm. Just for the record, the US has one of the best records in the world for obeying the treaties THAT IT SIGNS AND RATIFIES. Better, in fact (though I can't remember the citation) than most other western nations. Granted, we also sign far fewer of them than, say, the average european nation. But I am not aware of a single treaty we are a signatory to that we can be said to ignore (even the torture thing, we carefully crafted the 'enemy combatant' legal justification within the treaty for our actions. It could, I grant, be argued as thin -- although probably not, the geneva convention is a lot narrower than people make out, especially if you view it in its proper historical context -- but we expended a lot of effort on it.) Most of the treaties we HAVE ignored (Kyoto protocol, world court, etc. etc.) we are not parties to, even though, admittedly, in many cases we had a great deal to do with their construction.
Cisco Looking To Make Things Right With West Virginia
It depends on whether the cisco salesman was being just a vendor (in which case, its the fault of the idiot buying from him) or was offering a 'free consult to your router needs' in which case, he's theoretically obliged to be honest...
World's First Bitcoin ATM
I presume you are referring to US Dollars.
From the perspective of anyone outside the US, Bitcoin is a safer bet than the USD, although the risk is of a somewhat different nature: Bitcoins can go up or down. The USD only goes down, and there is no obvious reason why the rate of decline should not accelerate rapidly. (Ask around in a few African countries if military threats can prevent currency decline - many have tried the tactic, and none have seen it work!)
This is true, except one key point: USD investments pay interest, bitcoins are just like stuffing gold (but way more volatile) in a high-tech mattress. So a USD investment may not necessarily go down, and is generally likely to hold about par, whereas a Bitcoin can go up or down.
Tesla Motors Battles the New York Times
but who's to say some guy driving to Boston from South Carolina, wouldn't like to make a brief drive through Manhattan. After all, it's within the range guidelines.
Speaking as someone who drives from washington to boston on a semi-regular basis, I go to great pains to avoid "drive through Manhattan" and everyone else I know who does this feels the same way....
In general, though, if what you want is a car to drive from washington to boston, an electric car is not yet a smart choice. If what you want is a car to drive 10 miles (or even 50) to work every day and go grocery shopping . . . it could be a great choice.
Moving the Linux Kernel Console To User-Space
I think the question wasn't "why should we want a new userspace console" it was "why not have both?"
Does US Owe the World an Education At Its Expense?
I have been told by several people who would know, that at least prior to 9/11 this wasn't only a Good Idea, it was unofficial US government policy that was made quietly clear to senior leadership in physics and computer science departments throughout the country.
Intel Leaving Desktop Motherboard Business
You get what you pay for.
So, I guess Aleive brand Naproxin Sodium is three times as effective as generic naproxin Sodium? No, you do NOT always get what you pay for. "You get what you pay for" is a salesman's favorite lie.
I disagree. Aleve brand Naproxin Sodium is not, of course, three times as effective as generic. It is, however, far more Aleve.
You get what you pay for is, generally, true. But you need to be aware of what, exactly, you're paying for, and ask if YOU value it. Generally, the salesman lies about what, precisely, it is that you're paying for.
New Asteroid Mining Company Emerges
I have to believe that it would be essentially impossible to get any sort of credit if your business plan included moving large rocks towards earth . . . given that it can't even be vaguely possible to get insurance for that sort of downside risk.
US Activists Oppose US Govt Calls To Weaken EU Privacy Rules
The European Commission has proposals for data privacy (including the 'right to be forgotten') and the U.S. government is opposing them.
U.S. has no actual vote or authority in Europe.
Or should not, anyway.
WTF is the U.S. even coming from here, opposing laws in sovereign countries (that are not at all easy to invade)
The point of having an ambassador is to tell foreign countries when things impacting your nation in some fashion against your interests are doing so. The US has every right, and, to its citizens, an obligation, to 'lobby' the EU in its interests. The EU has every right to ignore it, too, of course.... if you're an EU citizen and disagree, don't complain to us, just lobby your own government even more powerfully. The US government doesn't begin to have the resources to outlobby a united EU populace.
How Much Beef Is In Your Burger?
I dunno, I had a cousin whose family raised a very nice steer. They named him and everything. Called him 'beef stew'.
Do Companies Punish Workers Who Take Vacations?
The summary provides a lot of info on how employees view the situation, but it completely lacks any type of proof on whether or not companies are actually punishing workers for using vacation time. The part at the end about the U.S. being the only nation that doesn't guarantee vacation time is a red herring because if an employee has an employment contract that provides a certain amount of vacation time per year, then I would hazard to guess that being punished for actually using that vacation time would be a breech of contract.
Generally it includes some language about the use of vacation that it has to be scheduled in accordance with schedules and supervisor approval etc. which . . . complicates matters.
SOPA Makes Strange Bedfellows
And the top counties :
* Los Angeles, California (ie. Silicon Valley) (TWICE)
Hey those are the guys who voted in the major SOPA supporters. Representatives are supposed to represent the will of the people ... well in theory anyway.
Really sad that the opposition couldn't even take Los Angeles.
errr. Silicon valley is not in Los Angeles, Hollywood is. Hollywood's support for this bill makes sense, silicon valley's does not.
Tensions Over Hormuz Raise Ugly Possibilities For War
They don't literally steal, they just help you "conquer" your country back and then "request" "payment".
But we don't. If only we did, to some extent -- the treasury could use the funds. I might go so far as to grant that we've helped some nasty people stay in power for various reasons over the years, but we still, always, pay MARKET PRICE for oil. About the only thing we insist on is that people sell it to SOMEONE (which admittedly, does help keep market prices down SOMEWHAT, but its still ridiculously high compared to the cost in most of the countries in the middle east)
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