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2601  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: KeyMOUSE (Control your mouse with keyboard keys) on: February 08, 2013, 04:36:25 PM
Is this your software?  Then you should (a) state your affiliation, and (b) not hijack someone else's thread.  There's a section for announcing your software product, and anyone is welcome to post there.
2602  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Avast Installs Chrome on: February 08, 2013, 04:35:07 PM
I agree but if you don't use custom install on every install you deserve what you get these days - especially when you are using free software.

I'd not say that.  That's accepting that this is good practice.  They need to be called on it.  Especially with people out there who don't know this.  How many computers have you had to service because joe normal used a regular install?  If we excuse it, then that number will go up, and I wouldn't say that it is deserved, IMO.
2603  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Avast Installs Chrome on: February 08, 2013, 02:54:48 PM
It does install Google Chrome and Google Toolbar for IE but it is a very clear option if you use custom install.

So if you don't use a custom install, there's no option not to install it?  That's still not kosher, IMO.
2604  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: program to run older games (win95, etc) on windows 8 on: February 08, 2013, 01:26:11 PM
Do the games run in DOS?  A lot of the games in windows 95 actually launch a DOS session behind the scenes rather than using DirectX and rendering in Windows.  If so, you could try DOSBox.
2605  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Avast Installs Chrome on: February 08, 2013, 09:49:48 AM
which make me wonder what incentives Google is offering to software authors that this is now happening.
It makes me wonder whether Google tolerates this behavior - that'd be piss-poor of them, and be a pretty damn clear violation of "do no evil".


That bird has flown the coop.  The horns are out, and the cackling has begun.
2606  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Powershell Plus Now Free on: February 07, 2013, 09:27:02 PM
Thanks for the heads up!
2607  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Jeff Artwood, from StackOverflow/coding horror, tries to fix forum software on: February 07, 2013, 09:23:36 PM
Conversation already going on here.
2608  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Yet another reason why I often wish I lived in Massachusettes on: February 07, 2013, 02:48:06 PM
Amazon still will be.  They've already tackled this in advance, especially for people like me that don't live in the city.  To go anywhere and buy something, I have to go 40 minutes to the city, look around, get it, and come back home.  Or, I pay $70 a year for Prime, and then I can buy it on Amazon for less, and get it tomorrow in most cases.  They're actually changing that tomorrow to today.  That's what the local distribution centers are for.   It also saves me the collateral damage of getting stuff I don't need because I'm already at the store.
2609  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Discourse - A discussion platform by StackExchange's Jeff Atwood on: February 06, 2013, 07:20:41 PM
StackExchange's Jeff Atwood switches to Ruby on Rails and Postgres; code dumps entire new project at once -- Discourse, a platform for community discussion. (github project)

It actually looks pretty cool.
2610  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Yet another reason why I often wish I lived in Massachusettes on: February 06, 2013, 02:34:36 PM
So the current state of affairs with online retailers not charging sales tax is a temporary one at best. And it will be a quick tech fix on most order entry servers once they're required to collect it. So it's not as if it impractical or not doable from an order processing perspective. It's just a sku + zipcode + tax table lookup + calculation loop on their system. No big huhu. This stuff is old hat - and the code has already been written anyway. The computer handles the heavy lifting so it's really just a "set & maintain a tax database" thing.

About the only tricky part will be if somebody in state A buys something - but has it shipped to an address in state B. In most places that wouldn't be taxable under current 'destination-based' sales tax laws. In my state something purchased with the intent of shipping it out of state within 30 days, and actually shipped within that grace period, is usually exempt since we're a destination-based state for sales tax purposes.

Currently, in most states that I know of, you are charged tax even if you purchase online if you reside in a state that they have a presence in.  That's what Amazon (and Woot) already got slammed for; not charging tax on purchases by TX residents.

The second part is the part that I was referring to as a burden, especially on small business.  When I worked in retail, we only shipped to certain places because of it- we had the tax codes for a few places in the system; others were just out of luck.  To much trouble maintaining that.
2611  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Yet another reason why I often wish I lived in Massachusettes on: February 06, 2013, 09:05:04 AM
I am also wondering what incentives from the state Amazon had been offered (or suggested) in exchange for their coming to CT? Because I'm positive CT didn't approach them first.

Which makes me wonder if this is an emerging business strategy for Amazon and other big web retailers?

Consider: Amazon is in an ideal position to cut such deals. They can easily approach a state and tell them exactly how much sales tax revenue they're currently losing.

I don't think that was the case.  I think it was the opposite.  For many years, Amazon has been lobbying and spending money to keep taxes from being levied on out of state purchases.  That's why they shipped from central processing locations.  Then, all of a sudden, they stopped lobbying the federal government to resist changes, as they saw that they were spending a lot of money on this, and certain states have actively created legislation to force the issue, and they're fighting on multiple fronts.  So they shifted plans.

Look at the change in amendment to the agreement with Amazon and VA:
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Amendment Language:

2. That the provisions of this act shall be effective on the sooner of September 1, 2013, or the effective date of federal legislation authorizing states to require a seller to collect taxes on sales of goods to in-state purchasers without regard to the location of the seller.  If however, that federal law is enacted prior to August 15, 2013, and the effective date of that legislation is on or prior to January 1, 2014, the provisions of this act shall be effective January 1, 2014.

Emphasis mine.  They're fighting a war on multiple levels.  This allows them to circumvent it, and make gains in the process- they are able to do something that they've been actively avoiding (making smaller distribution centers which cost less to maintain, and allow their distribution network to be able to get product to consumers)
2612  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: In Need of Searchable Database For a Card Shop on: February 06, 2013, 06:00:50 AM
I think I am going to go with wordpress, because I already know how to use it, so I won't have to learn anything new, which will make things so much easier when I go to explain to the shop owner how to use it. Each card will be a blog post. And each blog post will have a category tied to it. (creature, enchantment, artifact, etc.) And then to further make it easier to search for a card, each blog post will also have tags tied to it. (eg. a green elf shaman would have the tags: green,forest,elf,shaman) then to make it look less like a wordpress blog, and more like a card database website, I disabled the pages tab at the top of the theme (there is only one page anyways, the news/anouncments page), and then added to the sidebar the categories widget, and named it card database, so that people can get a list of cards based on card type. (creature, enchantment, etc.)

If you're going to go with Wordpress, check out ShopperPress.  I used it for a friend's site, and it worked well.  It was a no-brainer for me b/c I got it for $30, but it's good even at $79 which it's on sale for on a regular basis.  I wouldn't pay $199 for it (but that's just me).
2613  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Yet another reason why I often wish I lived in Massachusettes on: February 06, 2013, 05:56:25 AM
Heh.  Possibly smiley
2614  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: DVCS ? (All about Git, Mercurial-Hg and the like...) on: February 06, 2013, 05:55:22 AM
Not me... but thanks for the heads up!
2615  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Yet another reason why I often wish I lived in Massachusettes on: February 05, 2013, 02:38:44 PM
^ Nicely stated and put as usual 40!  Thmbsup
2616  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Yet another reason why I often wish I lived in Massachusettes on: February 05, 2013, 01:47:29 PM
So, as 40 said, it's an excise tax levied on the inhabitants of the state, and borne by those same inhabitants.  Use tax is a bad idea to begin with.  The emphasis should be on removing unenforceable and taxes rather than forcing out of state retailers to collect them IMO.  And this wasn't for this purpose, it was to mollify local retailers.  The out of state retailers don't use the state's facilities, so it's not like it goes towards recompense for any such thing.  They are getting paid for doing nothing basically, and increasing the burden on the out of state commerce, i.e. Amazon has to deal with the use tax for many jurisdictions.  It also sets precedence for putting the same burden on operations that can't really afford to deal with the extra overhead. 

When some of these brick and mortar retailers that subsidize their local business with out of state commerce get hit with the same stick, I think you'll hear a different song being sung.
2617  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Yet another reason why I often wish I lived in Massachusettes on: February 05, 2013, 11:29:32 AM
I'd guess that within a few years, that will be the case with all states that have sales taxes, as it should be.

Why should it be?  40 put it well- this is basically "an import duty on Amazon purchases with the cost to be born by its own residents."  It's purely to mollify the local retailers.

And really, I think that the retailers screwed themselves with this deal.  They said that Amazon competes on an unfair playing field- and they really will be.  That's why they gave in after so long lobbying against very successfully- they had a long game.  If you can order an item, and get it on the SAME DAY without going out, and be able to choose from a wider variety... yeah.  What will the local retailers cry about then?

And I'm not unsympathetic, working in retail through college for a small gaming shop, then part time for 10+ years after that.  You have to get creative, and give people a reason to buy from you, and most don't want to work for it.

Again, it's the litigator's version of competition, to compete based on blaming your opposition, rather than on your own merits.  It doesn't work, and in many cases, it accelerates your own decline.  As shown by the fact that at least in my case, I'm more pissed at the local business associations now after their 'success'.
2618  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Calibre - e-Book (Personal Library/Document) Management - Mini-Review on: February 04, 2013, 03:38:31 PM
From what I understand from my Nook, the Nook has three separate locations- the area where it stores its own files and the files from its store, the space for sideloaded documents in its internal memory, and the SD card area.  It is possible that the two areas in its internal memory are partitioned or in some other way segregated so that Windows can mount one area, but the other is not visible to the OS as a mountable partition.
2619  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Apple trademarks its retail store design on: February 03, 2013, 05:33:48 PM
This is why we need space research.  I don't want to live on this planet anymore.
2620  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Super Bowl Commercials on: February 03, 2013, 03:32:55 PM
Thanks!  But really... commercials for commercials is stupid, Iron Man 3  tongue
2621  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Mid-range DSLR Camera Recommendations on: February 01, 2013, 01:23:35 PM
Good info there CWuestefeld.  I'd say one more reason that Canon and Nikon dominate the conversation- lens compatibility.  This lets you get better deals on the lenses, which as I've found out from my wife's purchases are the big investment.
2622  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Mid-range DSLR Camera Recommendations on: January 31, 2013, 07:19:18 PM
Actually, it's not so much the body to worry about (though that too).  It's the lenses.  If you drop one of those, you'll be crying.  (Whether from your own loss, or the pain of getting hit from someone else's... well, that's a different story  Grin)
2623  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MS Office Subscriptions Now on: January 31, 2013, 05:54:57 PM
Against my better judgement, I like the online Office Experience.  Actually a lot better than google docs (but they had the run first with a useable interface with mail- and everything else is following; sorry hotmail), which I surprisingly like too. 

But at the end of the day, I crank up my local Office when I need to get things done.  I just haven't gotten to the point where I'll use cloud services for serious stuff.  So this online and subscription stuff doesn't hit me well.  Especially since on my son's PC, he's still using my version of Office XP(!) which is fine for what he does.
2624  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Mid-range DSLR Camera Recommendations on: January 31, 2013, 05:51:39 PM
One thing I did notice with these systems- you're getting it for the features and simplicity- not as a cheaper alternative, as Tomos rightly points out above.
2625  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Headset recommendations on: January 31, 2013, 02:30:11 PM
The only complaint I might have is that they can be slightly hot when you use them for extended periods of time.

When/if you get another set, look for open-ear rather than closed ear.  The trade off is that it doesn't isolate you, i.e. you can hear sounds from outside.
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