top Google To Block Local Chrome Extensions On Windows Starting In January
Don't forget who provides a big chunk of funding to the Mozilla folks.
I don't think it'll be a huge surprise if their checkbook gets a little harder to open if at some point in the future the Mozilla folks don't work on a similar plan.
top Elon Musk Making a Working Version of James Bond's Submersible Car
top Brown vs. Startup Over a Sandwich
Or maybe they want to try something new and don't know what's good at a new place.
Like the time I ordered
Menudo at a Mexican joint because the menu suggested it was a Mexican version of Beef Stew.
top Florida Sinkhole Highlights State's Geologic Instability
I wish I had some mod points for this.
Citizens Insurance was paying out something like 6-7 times their premium income (like $180 million to $25 million) just on sinkhole claims.
If the reforms hadn't been implemented, the entire property insurance industry in Florida would have collapsed.
And all insurers in Florida are required to cover true sinkholes (now called "Catastrophic Ground Collapse"). It's just that there has to be more evidence than a few cracks in drywall/driveway to legitimize the claim.
top W3C Declares DRM In-Scope For HTML
That would be awesome! It would be a whole new angle on the historic
GIANT SPIDERS that roamed the Wild, Wild West! about a year and a half ago
top Congressman Introduces Bill To Ban Minting of Trillion-Dollar Coin
This kind of thinking drives me nuts.
I've known some very intelligent people screw this up (even one in training to be an actuary!), so I'm going to make this post here so I can refer back to it in the future.
US income taxes are marginal, not flat.
I'm going to make it simple here.
Tax rates for this example are 25% for income up to $99,999 and 33% for income above $100,000.
So if Judy is making $99,999 annually, and then is offered a 1.5% one time raise for exceptional performance on a successful project. That's a pay increase of $1,499.99, taking her to a total income of $101,498.99. Before her raise, her tax burden is 25% of $99,999, or $24,999.75.
After her raise, her total tax burden is 25% of $99,999 (or $24,999.75) and 33% of $1,499.99, or $495.00, for a grand total of $25,494.75.
So a 1.5% raise does the following:
-Raises her top income tax bracket from the 25% bracket to the 33% bracket -Raises her tax burden by around $500 on $1,500 -Nets her roughly $1,000 more in income.
Tell me a good reason why anyone would turn down a raise of that nature, even if it bumped them into the next bracket up.
You're only taxed on the amount of money that falls within the bracket for that tax.
Otherwise, a $0.01 raise could result in a net pay cut of thousands of dollars, and no one would accept that.
about a year and a half ago
top iPad Mini Costs $24 More To Make Than Kindle Fire HD
I happily pay to keep extra 3rd parts ads out of the applications I use regularly.
Also, if you're of the kind of user that has no qualms about copying a friend's movie/music/book library, then I wouldn't expect you to be terribly enthusiastic about paying for apps unless there was an extremely compelling reason.
For me, I prefer to pay for the things I use and enjoy. I committed to being above-board with my personal media choices back when the first lawsuits first started coming out way back when.
I'll still media shift and break DRM to consume my media as I want to, but I'll at least do what I feel is the right thing by starting out with a legitimate copy.
about a year and a half ago
top How Steve Jobs' Legacy Has Changed
So what you're saying is it's a chance for Apple to...
top Shakedowns To Fix Negative Online Reviews
The only one I know of had to do with someone publishing the text of a Scientology exam manual. The CoS threatened to sue if it wasnt' removed, and they removed it, then posted a story about it, explaining what happened and why it was removed.
Black Mesa Released
He and Chelle would be amazing on a date, wouldn't they?
I guess they'd communicate by jumping or something?
top Injured Bald Eagle Gets New 3-D Printed Beak
What?? Are you kidding??
I'm quacking up over here!
top Inside a Ransomware Money Machine
Back when I was working the computer labs at my university, we used a product by
Centurion to secure our workstations.
We would build an image, then lock down this little device installed in the case.
The computer user never even notices it, and they can write to temp folders and change settings, and everything.
When the computer is then rebooted, this device just reloads the OS from the "locked" partition, and it's just like it ever was.
Day to day it was great, but applying updates was a pain because you had to visit each system and unlock it manually. This was 15 years or so ago, so I'm sure they have a better system in place now, but it worked pretty well for our group and the hundreds of computers we maintained.
top Mega-Uploads: The Cloud's Unspoken Hurdle
Remember: 'Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes hurtling down the highway.'"
Yeah, the bandwidth is great, but the latency SUCKS.
top Microsoft Killing Off Zune, Windows Live Brands?
I have a regular Zune 30gb brick that suffered from a headphone problem. It's been sitting in a dock, playing music for around 3 years.
I've had a Zune HD for a couple of years, and for music I like it much more than the iPod. It's main problem is that it's just an excellent MP3 player, with some other stuff added on.
The iPod is a good MP3 player, but there's so much more to it, that the Zune really couldn't compete.
top A Rant Against Splash Screens
That was Macromedia, wasn't it?Adobe didn't buy them until something like 2005 or so, IIRC.
top What Does Sunset On an Alien World Look Like?
It should be simple enough to test his method. Use it to make illustrations for Earth, the Moon, and Mars. That should give us some indication as to its accuracy.
top Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot
Really the only thing you can be reasonably certain about with a UID pissing contest is that you'll pretty much inevitably lose.
top Vatican To Digitize Prohibited Archives
That would have been perfect this year, with the new MLP show. Oh, well.
top Microsoft Reportedly Ends Zune Hardware Development
I'm personally hoping for a non-gimped Android tablet in a smaller form factor.
There are a few around, but they're locked down too tightly, and I'd like to see something of a standard, even if it's just "Oh hey, here's our Android phone without the phone."
top WI Capitol Blocks Pro-Union Web Site
Because the one thing that most people (especially fake people like corporations) have a greater amount of hate for than their love of money is taxes.
Government employees are paid mostly through taxes.
This is why they traditionally are paid lower than the private sector. The public sector traditionally appealed to employees for a variety of reasons, among them:
1) Stability. Your job isn't as prone to market upsets as the private sector.
2) Benefits. Because "the government" is a pretty big employer, they can get great returns on the economies of scale. Pensions and health care benefits are usually the result of this.
The "costs" to the employee are various, including:
1) Lower wages than the private sector. If you do a super job, you might get a pat on the back, but bonuses and/or raises are usually not going to happen. 2) Greater job stagnation. If you want more than the standard cost of living pay increases (which for some places hasn't happened in 5 years), you usually have to change jobs. If you want training, you're usually on your own.
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