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British Tax System Uses Web Robots To Find Cheats

astrotek Re:How can you know "earnings" from eBay? (190 comments)

In the USA, the IRS is going to require credit card processors to report what they pay businesses. It's very easy to spot a business that doesn't report or under reports their cash transactions. It was easy to cheat on but when the average business in the sector makes 20% of their revenue from cash and a 5% profit on their revenue they stand out like a sore thumb if they get greedy.

I'd imagine that the British are doing the same thing. They are just looking for people that fall outside the a standard deviation or two for whatever sector they are in.

more than 3 years ago
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How Citigroup Hackers Easily Gained Access

astrotek Re:Seriously, what the fuck! (371 comments)

this is more like the people who leave a candy bowl out a Halloween with a sign that says "please take one" and then they get upset when one kid empties the bowl

more than 3 years ago
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How an Online-Only TV Series Stays Successful

astrotek Re:Eek. (163 comments)

my roomba just made me more messy

drop some chips, fuck it
drop some cheerios, fuck it

more than 5 years ago
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Chevy Volt Rated At 230 mpg In the City

astrotek Re:MPG is outdated when you are using grid power (1006 comments)

Also, from reading 1 gallon of gas = 1 battery charge = 10 kilowatt hours

10 kilowatt hours on time of use is like 50 cents
1 gallon of gas is about $2.50
1 battery charge gets you around 40 miles

looks cheap if you can avoid using gas

more than 5 years ago
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Chevy Volt Rated At 230 mpg In the City

astrotek Re:Vaporware (1006 comments)

I live in Arizona and I've replaced the battery in my black car every 22 months like clockwork due to the heat. (yay 10 year warranties)

I can't imagine the Volt or anything else that uses a battery will do well in Arizona after about 2-3 years.

more than 5 years ago
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Survey Finds Airport Wi-Fi More Important Than Food

astrotek Re:Electrical outlets (247 comments)

I take it you've never been on international flights when some guy blows the circuit to your row of the plane for a 8-12 hour flight. I can live without laptop power at your seat if it means I can have light.

more than 4 years ago
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Controversial Web "Framing" Makes a Comeback

astrotek Re:How to stop it (210 comments)

This doesn't work if the majority of your users have javascript blocked for 3rd party domains. Doesn't everyone block 3rd party domains? Now we are back to frames being evil.

more than 5 years ago
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Why Is Connectivity So Cheap In Stockholm?

astrotek Re:Some crazy conspiracy? (443 comments)

You could see an end to some toll roads. The toll would be paid for by the business the road benefits. Similar to how Vegas has cheap flights. If you were to build Vegas between LA and Phoenix and cut the time down from 8 hours to 2 hours and half way you could stop at a place of gambling, shopping and debauchery, would you take a plane (3 hours) or your car with a light rail augment(2 hours)?

more than 5 years ago
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Leaked Pics of CrunchPad Elicit Progress Update

astrotek Re:Cost $250 Retail for $300? (85 comments)

Err maybe my math is wrong, I dunno why I thought the retail price was 250.

more than 5 years ago
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Leaked Pics of CrunchPad Elicit Progress Update

astrotek Re:Cost $250 Retail for $300? (85 comments)

His math is a little off but the returned item still has a cost of 250 to the business plus the new one they send out for 250. So you have a maximum of a $500 cost for a return. The components dont cost that much but assuming you are making 50 per unit, every return costs a maximum of $400(old parts + new parts). So you need to sell 8(400/50) for every 1 that gets returned. Your margins now suck if more than 1 out of 30 get returned.

more than 5 years ago
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EMA Suggests Point-Of-Sale Game Activation To Fight Piracy

astrotek Why steal games (244 comments)

Seriously, stealing from a B&M? The only reason to steal a key is to play a multi-player game.

The solution for the PC is digital downloads. The xbox on the other hand is getting so cheap now that you can play burned games on the thing and make up the cost of buying a second xbox in single-player 3 games.

With torrents, rapidshare and usenet, why steal media from a store? I guess life is hardest for the stupid.

more than 5 years ago

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