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  • Jun 18th, 2020 @ 6:17am

    Re: Re: Re:

    I remember in history class rioting be part of American history al la the Boston Tea Party. I also remember from American History that when authorities shoot into crowds we called it a massacre and it kicked off a revolution, e.g. the Boston Massacre.

    I remember from American history the part of the Declaration of Independence where it says "That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it..." The ends being powers granted by the people; a group of people where all are considered equal and are supposed to have inalienable rights to life, liberty, and happiness. Something that is in question right now for a large part of the population.

    See, it isn't about YOUR America it is about OUR (including you) America. Until you recognize that, your are not really an American IMO.

  • Jun 18th, 2020 @ 5:56am

    Tax Implications

    While I am not an expert in the taxation of virtual currencies, I believe under IRS Notice 2014-21 this could be considered a “convertible” virtual currency as it has an equivalent value in real currency. In general, the sale or exchange of convertible virtual currency, or the use of convertible virtual currency to pay for goods or services in a real-world economy transaction, has tax consequences that may result in a tax liability. So selling the bells or whatever (sorry I don't play AC) could have real world tax implications.

    The notice was targeted at Bitcoin when written but you never know with the IRS.

    This may just all be posturing to ensure Nintendo does not get lumped in a broker of virtual currencies.

    Oh wait but it's Nintendo and there benefit of doubt has expired for me...

  • Jun 17th, 2020 @ 6:30am

    Re: Narcissism

    Yeah those damn kids and there music; you should tell them to get off your lawn too while your at it.

    This young lady was endangering others; the activities you are speaking of hurt no one but the people. and most of them don't cry about it.

  • Jun 17th, 2020 @ 6:26am

    Suing the car company

    If this is the case and they are suing for allowing a device or product that encourages speeding/unsafe activities why aren't all cars in the US governed to the maximum speed limit of 80 or 85?

    Why isn't the car manufacture being sued? Or flat out banned as there are a tremendous amount of deaths due to motor vehicles every day/year?

    Why aren't the politicians being sued for not saving us from ourselves and each other? Sen. Josh Hawley should be held liable for encouraging reckless behavior by not passing laws that ban cars and guns and fatty foods and tobacco and alcohol and kitchen knives and... I think this slope is slippery enough.

  • Jun 9th, 2020 @ 11:18am

    shooting into crowds

    While the first choice of oppressors, violence is a last resort of the desperate and oppressed.

    I believe we all learned what happened when shots were fired into a crowd of protestors in Boston. I believe we called it a massacre and it started this country. Riots; Boston tea party. Change occurs when the oppressed stomach no more and organize.

    I applaud those who call for peace, but I commend those willing to fight for it.

  • Apr 2nd, 2020 @ 12:50pm

    Re: 10B-5-1

  • Apr 2nd, 2020 @ 12:46pm


    If he is the CEO, unless this is a part of a 10b5-1 plan, IDK how this is not insider trading given the MNPI he has access to. If this is apart of a 10b5-1 plan then he chose to sell this stock far in advance, likely at a vesting period,which often happens in Q1 for most people on C street.

    These plans are meant to keep insiders from dumping the stocks they are insiders of since many get stock as compensation. The issue is they can cancel the sales at the last moment. So in truth they can sell $19MM every week and cancel if the prices are not what they are looking for.

    Not the expert on these plans so feel free to correct or edify me.

  • Mar 9th, 2020 @ 1:58pm

    Re: Question

    If I get pulled out or arrested for an unjust law or rule he demands (a shirt he doesn't like) can I sue him personally?

  • Mar 9th, 2020 @ 1:56pm


    Do government employees have a fiduciary obligation to tax dollars use? The Lt. Governor say "Want to take me to court?" But can I take him to court or do I need to take the state government to court? Can I sue "him" for something, such as being a poor fiduciary of the tax dollars inviting such a law suite?

  • Feb 25th, 2019 @ 10:25am

    In other news

    Ford to be held liable for one of its cars going over the speed limit. Despite the fact that no one related to the company was involved, the company did allow the owner to go over the speed limit by giving them the choice to do so.

    Court said it did not need to tell ford what the speed limit was or where it happened, just the fact that it could meant it was liable.

    Tests indicate Shell fuel was in the tank, leaving them potentially liable as well... <sc>

  • Dec 13th, 2017 @ 11:26am


    Gun safes are a big topic in the gun owner community. I know many people who are "I don't want anything between me and my gun" folks. Others want something that conceals and/or secures so they have ready access and if people break in they don't have an obvious target to attempt to circumvent. Others just want something like a storage cabinet to keep there kids and maybe a drunk guest away from there guns. Still yet others want a safe in the case of fire/flood/other disaster.

    I would imagine people that lock there weapons away in a small safe like this would also buy it so it is out of site in a closet or something. My guess is you could, in the night, grab your phone and put in the code as you get up to your firearm. I am not a fan of this product or the idea of it, but I have had enough conversations about gun storage that I can imagine the "rational" for a product like this. The idea that because you are on your phone you are not "fooling around in the dark" with a combination (then you get the but you screw up your night vision folks chime in...)has a marketing appeal. There are plenty of debates about gun storage already that this is just one more thing on the pile.

  • Oct 11th, 2016 @ 2:22pm

    Other options

    Is there an opportunity to also have Google play pick up your podcast as well?

  • Oct 16th, 2014 @ 1:43pm

    Re: Re: Re: Par for the course

    I am not sure of the technical aspect of the EULA prompt but if I can’t get into a game then the device doesn't fully start. If I brick my Phone, it still turns on, it just isn’t usable. So if bricking means not useable again then I guess this is not bricking, but if words have meaning and “‘bricking’ means that the device can no longer even start up” you are muddying the conversation. Or you are being nit picky and I am doing it back.

  • Feb 18th, 2011 @ 12:11pm

    Re: Re: (as philosopherott)

    Actually running in serpentine is only true for running from someone who is trained to shoot; if running from someone who is not a trained shooter you are better off running in a straight line. Serpentine from an amature you are likely to run into the path of the bullet.

  • Apr 17th, 2007 @ 9:36am

    Re: School Night (as philosopherott)

    If he is an athlete he might need to see if the school region is open to go in for a practice or a meet or match. When i was in highschool I needed to go in at 4 am some days to get to wrestling way in's on time where ever the match was that day. Even on sundays when tournaments where. I am sure that there are other legitmate reasons. maybe the hotline was in his phone book and he just went one line to far when calling some one else. give the kid the benifit of the doubt.

  • Apr 16th, 2007 @ 12:41am

    How is this policable

    I am not that up and up on taxes my college room mate does mine for me as he is an accounting major. What I do not understand is how a tax shelter strategy is policable. Is there a paper trail as to the method used to find and use certain tax shelters?
    How specific Do they have to be with these shelters? I am not terribly knowledgeable on tax law or patent law so It is not necessary to take me to seriously, but I just don't understand how this is policable, at least till e-file is mandatory.

    Also, it seems like it would cost more to have teams of people pouring over tax records to find those who infringe upon the rights of the patent then would be made by those that paid royalties for use of the patent.

    Lastly, What I do know is that a Tax shelter is not tax evasion. Tax evasion is illegal and a tax shelter is legal. I am not saying that some of them are not shady but the fact is that some people need these shelters. I feel that a big problem is that people are confusing tax shelters and tax evasion. The Problem is that like many things our system is not perfect and it is abused. There is a difference between rationalizing an action and making a good one. Tax shelters help the rich get richer, but they can also help a father of four keep food on the table or send his kids to school.

    As for the a55 that is complaining about tuition increase, i am a student and i feel for you but don't complain to people that are using the system responsibly when more then likely as a student you get most of your tax money back and don't pay for all of your schooling.

    Sorry for any miss spellings, it is my down fall; if any of the information i stated is incorrect please correct me.

  • Feb 19th, 2007 @ 1:01pm

    College and knowing

    I think that the debate of over surplus college grads not getting jobs has nothing to do with the amount of education but with the quality of education. I am getting a better education with a philosophy degree and taking the communications and tech class i want then the people majoring in them. People go to college and try to find the fast and easy way out. I find challenging classes and professors that care if i learn. I also know people that frankly do not need to go to college because they are good at what they do without a piece of paper say "look at me i showed up to a class that was to big to know me as a name." I think that a degree says a lot, this is a personal opinion, but i think that knowing the job and having the ability to execute that job is just as if not more important. A PhD is not going to give you people skills but high-school is not going to give you all the book smarts you need. it all depends on the job and the persons general knowledge.
    P.S. my philosophy degree did not come with spell check so sorry if there are misspellings.
    Part of my point right here. If this where a paper i would have an English writing major check this for grammar and spelling b4 i turned it in to a prof or an employer

  • Feb 23rd, 2006 @ 8:17am

    Re: No Subject Given

    hey they have it. Wired did a piece on it a little while ago i though it was a joke.

  • Feb 7th, 2006 @ 9:05am

    Re: NJ has exactly what the telcoms want (as Jan Ott)

    hey man Don't mess with the GSP. It was that way for a reason now we updated it.

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