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26  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 20, 2014, 07:59:59 PM
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0K436vUM4w" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0K436vUM4w</a>
27  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: New EU VAT rules change the game for digital businesses on: November 20, 2014, 05:36:14 PM
I wonder if it's even possible these days to make a cross-border electronic payment without 3rd party payment processors (maybe by using some cryptocurrency)?

It's not 3rd party processors... it has to be an aggregation service.  i.e. if I put a pay me now button on my site that goes to paypal, that VAT is not taken into account on the other end AFAIK.
28  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: New EU VAT rules change the game for digital businesses on: November 20, 2014, 02:46:16 PM
not sure what exactly wraith meant, but the big question is how the EU would stop (or punish) a supplier from outside the EU selling without VAT (?)

I meant, if I as a US citizen sold a digital item, and someone in the EU purchased it and downloaded it- then how would they enforce the strictures of these rules against me as a US citizen?
29  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: New EU VAT rules change the game for digital businesses on: November 20, 2014, 12:06:51 PM
^ I don't even see *how* it will work.  If I sell a digital download to someone in the EU... how would they even go after me?

From my perspective, as a consumer based in the EU, things have already worked like this for some time. Most payment-processing services have already been charging me for my local VAT.

So this is probably more of an issue for the less-informed or less compliant payment services that haven't been doing that yet, rather than for individual vendors. For non-EU vendors this just means that you better check with your payment processing service to make sure they do this.


Most that are not part of an aggregation type service for payment have decidedly *not* been doing it.  And that onus should not be placed on someone that is in a different country doing business *just because* their place of receipt is in the EU, IMO.
30  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Of Superheroes, Remakes, Flashbacks/Forwards/Sideways and more on: November 20, 2014, 11:07:34 AM
For the next day or two, I am comparing the original 1990 Flash TV series with the brand new remake. (We'll see if the new one lasts ... the old one got canceled after one season! I haven't yet looked up the reason why. Was it semi ahead of its time? Are we more attuned to superhero shows now?)

The older one was not well done- we'd not entered into the time where writers on superhero shows/movies realized one important element.  They have to be good shows/movies with a good plot first.  There are some decent analyses of the episodes on avclub.com that deconstruct them and the underlying themes therein.  There are some (several) points I disagree with... but it does inspire conversation and thought.
31  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: New EU VAT rules change the game for digital businesses on: November 20, 2014, 10:57:05 AM
^ I don't even see *how* it will work.  If I sell a digital download to someone in the EU... how would they even go after me?
32  Other Software / Developer's Corner / New EU VAT rules change the game for digital businesses on: November 20, 2014, 09:15:48 AM

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The short version

From 1 January 2015 new rules on VAT (value added tax) come into force across the European Union (EU). These will affect you if:

  • you sell ‘digital services’ – explored in a minute, but yes, it does include ebooks, PDF products, training materials, software and music files
  • you sell business to consumer (B2C) to EU citizens, wherever you are based (B2B, business to business selling, is not covered by these rules).

The essence of the change is that the ‘place of supply’ for VAT purposes will now be the location of the purchaser, not the location of the seller. Sellers will have to add VAT to the purchase price at the rate for the customer’s country, and ensure that the appropriate payment goes to that country.

Due to the effects of harmonising countries’ rules and the way the admin will work, if you fall under the new rules you will have to register for VAT. All your digital sales will be liable for VAT, and once you’ve registered you’ll have to account for it on all your other activities too.

Am I just ... looking at this wrong?  Or am I seeing that even if I sell software to someone in the EU from the US, I have to pay taxes under this new regulation?

(more at link)
33  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Is it wise for amateur to invest time in NET Framework languages? on: November 19, 2014, 02:41:41 PM
Thanks for the answer. Yes, I'm definitely desktop programmer and I'm trying to find free programming IDE like Delpi but much nicer than Lazarus. Is there something like Delpi or Visual Studio but free and flexible?

http://www.visualstudio.c.../visual-studio-express-vs
34  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Code fight club on: November 18, 2014, 08:22:15 AM
The first rule of code-fight.club is... umm... forget I mentioned it.

Hey, it says on the site...

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A Fight Club you can talk about by Andrew Hathaway smiley

 Grin
35  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: November 17, 2014, 09:17:39 AM
Not exactly a technical tour de force smiley  But for Firefly fans, it's pretty awesome.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uxz2FfCKLsI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uxz2FfCKLsI</a>
36  DonationCoder.com Software / Coding Snacks / Re: Folderwatch (a MAC application) for PC's on: November 16, 2014, 12:23:37 PM
Two others I saw as related projects on Synkron... FreeFileSync and DirSync Pro
37  DonationCoder.com Software / Coding Snacks / Re: Folderwatch (a MAC application) for PC's on: November 16, 2014, 12:08:58 PM
You might check out synkron... haven't used it, but it seems to do the same thing.
38  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Does anyone have know why you cannot map a drive letter to an FTP drive on: November 16, 2014, 12:03:52 PM
I use ExpanDrive... though there are several others.
39  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Unusual game: This War of Mine on: November 14, 2014, 05:07:17 PM
you can also get it through humble bundle... and get drm free and steam versions.

https://www.humblebundle..../thiswarofmine_storefront
40  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: ESA Rosetta comet landing being streamed live 12-NOV-2014 @ 11:00AM EST on: November 14, 2014, 08:08:24 AM
That was some major computational power at work!

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41  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Mailpile [Beta] on: November 12, 2014, 07:10:17 AM
So IMAP can download all the mail from the server, and then remove it from the server, but keep it locally? The way POP accounts (used to) work?

IMAP can download all the mail from the server - but it cannot remove mail from the server *and* keep it locally.
Think of it more as a sync: gone there, gone here ...

Actually, IMAP does have that capability.  People just don't usually code it that way in usage.  Offline and disconnected can be used together to create that capability (I've done it in an experimental implementation).
42  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Mailpile [Beta] on: November 11, 2014, 04:00:59 PM
No, IMAP does not do that. You'll have to wait until they finish implementing POP3 into it.

That is incorrect.  Most IMAP clients only download headers- but some implementations download the whole message.  It really depends on their implementation.
43  DonationCoder.com Software / Coding Snacks / Re: IDEA: tablet toolbar creator (willing to pay) on: November 09, 2014, 10:30:46 AM
There is also Nexus- I formerly used that. (you can find it at winstep.net)
44  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Writing Outliner for MS Word on: October 31, 2014, 07:19:24 PM
I'm just glad I have the old version.  And that I'd started to seriously get into scrivener.  Unless there is some major work on the editor, I just don't have space for another half-baked word-wannabe.
45  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: October 31, 2014, 09:03:07 AM
You can never go wrong with Yngwie!  Thmbsup
46  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'd like to get a Windows Tablet: help me decide. on: October 29, 2014, 03:30:29 PM
What windows tablet do you have?

I had a dell venue 8 pro.  I really wanted to like it, but ended up selling it a few months after I got it.  The primary feel I got was one of promise, but still not ready for prime-time.  Like a pretty covering placed over imperfections.

The major reasons that made me sell it while I could:
1. The interaction of not-metro with the desktop
2. the feel of the tablet with the desktop
3. low-level interactions and the fact that you could be handicapped by the fact that it was a tablet
4. power management and its relation to other functionality

It just got to be too annoying and inconvenient to ignore.
47  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'd like to get a Windows Tablet: help me decide. on: October 27, 2014, 08:53:49 PM
If I had the money for it, I would probably consider it. But even then I wonder if a Macbook Air running Windows might not be better option for productivity itself, or some other high end Win ultrabook, given my needs...

That's why I have a macbook pro.  And will probably upgrade to a macbook air.  Also, after playing around with it... the mac isn't so bad on its own merits...
48  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: (Hypothetical): If DC Grouped Together...What could be achieved? on: October 27, 2014, 08:52:19 PM
Just looking at it the other way:

1) reading the context of her post, there's already a measure of bad blood that she's holding back.
2) investing the time and energy into such a project to present fait accompli has its own problems.
3) investing such, and then having to do it as something separate because it's not quite what was wanted also has its own problems, and implications.

Not to say that she still can't do it.  Never said that.  It's just the reasoning behind not doing so can be easily seen with a bit of brainpower.  What she does from there is up to her, and more power to her.  But I don't deny that there are not insignificant considerations.
49  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: (Hypothetical): If DC Grouped Together...What could be achieved? on: October 27, 2014, 07:02:26 PM
What I mean is that it would be hard for someone without mouser's approval to make wholesale changes to the site.  And this would be pretty much a wholesale change.  He's also on the line as a pig, whereas we're all chickens.  I try to always keep that in mind with anything for the site... I might disagree, but I'm not the one on the hook when it comes down to it.

Just my  two cents
50  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: (Hypothetical): If DC Grouped Together...What could be achieved? on: October 27, 2014, 06:44:15 PM

Almost 3.5 years later and I am sitting here with the feeling that I should have just gone ahead and done it, and handed it to mouser. And it still bothers me enough that I am considering just doing it and calling it my NANY project for this year.  Sad


Sounds like a plan! And why not?  Thmbsup

I can tell you why not... it's not her site.  That's just one reason that I'd think of if it was me.  But I think that's the big one that's been holding her back if you look between the lines.
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