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Kicktaxing: The Crazy Complexity of Paying Tax Correctly On Crowdfunding

julesh Re:tl;dr - it's just like a business (128 comments)

He also brings up some timing advice: since businesses are allowed to deduct the costs of doing business, you don't want kickstarter to cut your check on December 31st.

Here in the UK we're allowed to claim expenses in a tax year if they relate to business conducted in that year even if the expense is paid for in a later period (see http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/manuals...). Is this not the case in the US?

Plus it's also irrelevant when kickstarter pay you: you pay the tax on the money you receive in the tax bill for the period in which you earn it, which for preorders (which is what kickstarter finance effectively is in most cases) is the period in which the product is dispatched, not the period you receive the money.

about 6 months ago
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Kicktaxing: The Crazy Complexity of Paying Tax Correctly On Crowdfunding

julesh Re:tl;dr - it's just like a business (128 comments)

He also brings up some timing advice: since businesses are allowed to deduct the costs of doing business, you don't want kickstarter to cut your check on December 31st.

Here in the UK we're allowed to claim expenses in a tax year if they relate to business conducted in that year even if the expense is paid for in a later period (see http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/manuals...). Is this not the case in the US?

about 6 months ago
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Can Reactive Programming Handle Complexity?

julesh Re:Betteridge's Law of Headlines (149 comments)

finally proven wrong?

I think headlines to which the answer is "of course, duh" are a known class of exceptions.

about 6 months ago
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Can Reactive Programming Handle Complexity?

julesh Re:Marketing Hype... (149 comments)

Val, you've been doing SQL for 20 years! woot. So that means you started back 'round '94.

And it also means that the correct solution to this problem, third normal form, has been around for over twice as long as he has.

about 6 months ago
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Can Reactive Programming Handle Complexity?

julesh Re:Looks more like a formula (149 comments)

Indeed. Their entire product seems to be "we've got this wonderful solution to problems caused by databases that aren't in 3NF: you put your database in 3NF and then calculate the dependent value on the fly" which is of course exactly the same thing we've been doing since 1971 when Codd first described 3NF, but hey, they've got a funky new buzzword for it so it's obviously cool again.

about 6 months ago
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Can Reactive Programming Handle Complexity?

julesh Re:A few problems... (149 comments)

A few problems:

  - What about circular reactions?

  - Is SQL really that right language for encoding business logic?

  - Triggers are kind of an anti-pattern.

  - What about atomicity? What if I need the whole reaction chain to work or none of it.

I'm afraid there more questions than answers with this proposed pattern.

Yep. It's worth noting that in both of the articles linked the only reason the logic is complex is because their databases aren't correctly normalized. To be specific, their tables are not in 3NF.

about 6 months ago
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Chrome Will End XP Support in 2015; Firefox Has No Plans To Stop

julesh Re:64 bit Firefox (257 comments)

On other platforms, this is solved by nspluginwrapper, which runs the plugin as a separate process and just sends events and screen contents between them. Given that most web browsers now do something similar for security and stability (so a plugin can't crash the browser and a security problem in the plugin is isolated), it's not likely to be a significant issue.

Unfortunately, Windows' security model is somewhat different to X's, and under Windows you can't just have two processes rendering into the same window without them being written quite carefully to cooperate with each other. Chrome is able to do this, but AIUI the method they use to make it work is (1) so complicated nobody else has even tried to make it work and (2) relies on a hack that fails if they try to have one of the processes as 64-bit and the other as 32-bit. AFAIK, Chrome is the only browser that runs NPAPI in a separate process under Windows.

about 10 months ago
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Motorola's "Project Ara" Will Allow Users To Customize Their Smartphones

julesh Re:Unrealistic to say the least ! (112 comments)

I don't know how many pins a current Cortex A-9 has but I'd bet it's over 300...

Varies depending on the precise implementation. The smallest I'm aware of is the Allwinner A13, which has a 176-pin package. It's possible that some application-specific chips have fewer: the A13 is designed to run with external RAM and NAND flash, high colour LCD display and multiple additional external peripherals, which explains the pin count -- but if you designed a chip with onboard RAM and storage for an application where monochrome display was standard and you only wanted to talk to a handful of peripherals, I'm sure you could get the pin count down to something a lot more manageable.

about 10 months ago
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Chrome Will End XP Support in 2015; Firefox Has No Plans To Stop

julesh Re:64 bit Firefox (257 comments)

No. Firefox is 32-bit because it has to support NPAPI plugins, which are mostly (if not all) 32-bit DLLs, and Windows can't load a 32-bit DLL into a 64-bit process.

about 10 months ago
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Finnish Doctors Are Prescribing Video Games For ADHD

julesh Re:tetris (76 comments)

gameboy tetris is too easy. if you want to make sure people are paying attention, you want a version where pressing the 'drop' button at the wrong time is instant death. The gameboy version just accelerates the block, IIRC.

about 10 months ago
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Wireless Charging Start-Up Claims 30-Foot Radius

julesh Re:Links ! (242 comments)

I don't know about you but I can't seem to find ANY studies besides the one done by the 9th graders on the effects of wifi on low order plants.

http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF02861092 finding that under 60kW of radiation of the same type as wifi, 90+ hours of exposure is required to prevent plant growth over a radius of 50 metres. So say you're looking at 900 hours exposure (i.e. about the length of time the referenced expirement would have taken) and for simplicities sake 60mW (which is more power than a wifi router actually emits), the radius receiving plant-killing levels of exposure would be about 0.5cm. If you put your plants right on top of the router, they may suffer a touch. Otherwise, they'll be fine -- which suggests something went wrong in the reported experiment other than wireless interference with the plants.

about a year ago
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Indiana Man Gets 8 Months For Teaching How To Beat Polygraph Tests

julesh Re:proving parent right... (356 comments)

He stopped helping that customer after the comment

No, he didn't. According to the story I read, he installed another hide in a separate vehicle after seeing the drug money and realising what it was.

about a year ago
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Most Tor Keys May Be Vulnerable To NSA Cracking

julesh Re:billion dollar terrorists, yeah (236 comments)

Each person may have more than one key...

Many people may have no keys at all.

about a year ago
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Most Tor Keys May Be Vulnerable To NSA Cracking

julesh Re:billion dollar terrorists, yeah (236 comments)

Yeah, actually if someone is bad enough to make the NSA's top 10 list,

If they can break keys in "a few hours", you don't have to make their top 10 list for them to break your key. "A few hours" per key = a few thousand keys per year. With most targets staying under scrutiny for multiple years, this means you probably only have to be in the top 10,000 to have your keys cracked. I'd imagine it's fairly easy to end up there by mistake.

about a year ago
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Android 4.4 Named 'KitKat'

julesh Re:Seriously? Android Bounty? Android Twix? (247 comments)

I've not heard of a Key Lime Pie before (I'm British).

Really? They're in Tesco in the refrigerated dessert isle, right next to the cheesecakes. Live a little, wander around a supermarket and try something you've never tried before. I did that last week and ended up with a tub of Marshmallow Fluff. Hope they consider that in a couple of versions time... :)

about a year ago
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Android 4.4 Named 'KitKat'

julesh Re:Alphabet (247 comments)

This might be true of dark chocolate, but British milk chocolate is evil, at least as far as I've experienced it at import stores.

If you mean "dairy milk" it is worth noting the legal battle that Cadbury's have had over whether it can actually be called chocolate or not (it has too high a proportion of non-cocoa-originating fats for at least some definitions). It apparently cannot be sold as chocolate in the US, and the EU were considering implementing similar rules at one point (although a compromise was apparently reached). By US labeling requirements, it would have to be sold as a chocolate-flavoured bar containing partially-hydrogenated vegetable fats. The stuff Hershey's sell under the same branding is completely different, and is actually chocolate.

Most of us brits with taste consider it an embarrassment to the nation, and are rather glad that Kraft have taken over -- they can keep it, now it's not *really* British any more. We're happy to have Thorntons as the only remaining nationally-distributed British-owned chocolate manufacturer, so we can now claim to make some passably-good chocolate, even if it's not *quite* as good as the Swiss or Belgian stuff. :)

about a year ago
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Open-Source Python Code Shows Lowest Defect Density

julesh Re:Coverity fails to detect errors in python (187 comments)

Some would argue that having a codebase that's so hard to understand that static analysis tools get confused about what it does is a bug in itself.

about a year ago
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Open-Source Python Code Shows Lowest Defect Density

julesh Re:Coverity fails to detect errors in python (187 comments)

"Coverity fails to detect errors in python" would be my headline of choice here. Seem a much more reasonable explanation for the results.

Or, to put it another way, "static analysis tool fails to detect many potential errors in code whose authors use the same static analysis tool to find and fix potential errors." Which is hardly surprising.

about a year ago
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Feds Seek Prison For Man Who Taught How To Beat a Polygraph

julesh Re:The 1st Amendment's purpose (374 comments)

Is "ostensible" a word in American English?

Ostensibly.

about a year ago
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Feds Seek Prison For Man Who Taught How To Beat a Polygraph

julesh Re:Pseudoscience debunked? (374 comments)

A polygraph is not complete pseudoscience. There's a definite correlation between the various factors measured and lying.

There is a study that keeps being brought out to justify the use of polygraphs in job applicant security screening. The only problem is that the study was studying an entirely different use of polygraphs (determining whether the test subject performed a specific act where direct physical evidence is available), and security screening is known to be an area where they have substantially lower accuracy -- and they only just barely managed to be better than chance in the study. Paraphrasing the words of the American Psychological Association, there has never been a study examining the use of polygraphs for security screening which is not methodologically flawed, and there is no known physiological reaction to lying that cannot also be caused by other effects (e.g. stressful situations, particularly like you might experience in, say, an interview for a job you really really want). So, no, at least for the purpose under discussion here: polygraphs *are* complete pseudoscience, and there is no statistically significant correlation that has been demonstrated in a methodologically sound scientific study.

about a year ago

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Security Support for Debian 3.1 to be terminated

julesh julesh writes  |  more than 6 years ago

julesh (229690) writes "Debian have announced that security updates for Debian sarge (3.1) will be ceased with effect from the end of this month, just over one year following the release of the new stable version, etch (4.0)."
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julesh julesh writes  |  more than 7 years ago

julesh writes "Literary agent Barbara Bauer, listed as one of the 20 worst literary agents by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and well known for making legal threats has initiated a law suit against a long list of individuals who have reported on her inclusion in the list, including the SFWA, the Wikimedia Foundation, and a number of prominent publishing industry personalities who maintain web sites that discussed her actions. One defendant is named only as "Miss Snark, Literary Agent", a well-known psuedonym of an anonymous blogger. See her Wikipedia article for more details. This action prompted the deletion and then restoration of her Wikipedia article, which is now being considered for deletion again. This raises the question: can you effectively silence criticism of you via litigation, even when the criticism is based on widely published (and almost-certainly true) information?"

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