Monthly Archives: August 2018

Tax Implications of the Affordable Health Care for America Act

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed HR3962: the Affordable Health Care for America Act of 2009. The legislation is thousands of pages long, making it difficult for regular taxpayers to understand how the bill will affect them.

Tax Penalties

The new legislation is very expensive, and Congress has come up with a number of ways to pay for it. First of all, there will be a shared responsibility provision that basically forces taxpayers who cannot establish acceptable health care coverage to pay an additional 2.5% tax. There will be a hardship exception though, for taxpayers who cannot afford to pay the tax.

Payroll Penalty

In addition to a penalty on taxpayers who cannot afford coverage, the government will also assess an 8% payroll tax on businesses that do not offer health insurance to their employees. However, it is widely expected that the penalty will be reduced to 5% when the Senate revises the bill.

Millionaire Surtax

One of the largest sources of funding for the reform bill is a new surtax on individuals making more than $500,000 per year, of couples making over $1 million. In the House’s bill, beginning in 2010 all taxpayers making a qualifying amount will be subject to a massive 5.4% tax increase.

Inflation Increases

In addition to adding heft tax increases, the bill also partially repeals tax indexing for inflation. This will result in more money for the Federal government as the years go by. According to the Joint Tax Committee the surcharge is only expected to generate $30.9 billion in 2011, but nearly $70 billion in 2019.

Passage into Law?

The present version of this bill is not likely to get passed into law. Despite President Obama’s optimistic stance, some Senators are already pronouncing the bill dead on arrival. Although there has been a lot of discussion about this health care reform bill, it could be months before even a highly amended version of it becomes law. The Senate is not going to vote on the bill until at least 2010, and since they are expected to make numerous modifications it will likely need to return to the House for another vote. It could be six months from now before a health care bill goes to President Obama’s desk for a signature.

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Immortalize Your Hero – Ultimate Online Mercenary Trading Card Game

Unit Command by Wildcat Gaming is a smart and refreshing military trading cards game. The game allows you to form your own army, complete with officers, fighting units and reinforcements, each represented in form of a trading card. Two players compete against each other using their armies to accomplish a mission. Each mission is based on a certain terrain, and a player with army more suited for that terrain has a higher chance of winning. Unit Command has features of RPG based games, free online strategy games, collectible online trading card games, and free online military games. This makes Unit Command the ultimate online trading card game. Whats more, the game requires no download, and is absolutely free to play. Cards can be traded by players, and cards can be won from the opponents army.

Recently, Wildcat Gaming introduced a new feature called “Immortalize Your Hero”. The real heroes are not in the virtual world but in the real world. They are the soldiers that keep us, our families and our homes safe from domestic and foreign threats. They should receive the respect and appreciation that they deserve. In order to honor the real heroes, Wildcat Gaming came up with the “Immortalize Your Hero” campaign where trading card adaptations of some of the peoples favorite soldiers will be developed and inducted into Unit Command. The general public has been asked to submit the photographs of their favorite soldier. Along with the photograph, people have been asked to submit the reasons for the soldier being their favorite. Some of the peoples favorites will be immortalized in form of a trading card in Unit Command.

This is a brilliant campaign on two counts. Primarily, it is an excellent way of honoring the unsung heroes, who deserve a lot more than this. Secondarily, this is a good way of differentiating Unit Command from the other military based games. Other games have cards that are figments of the design teams imagination. Unit Command has additional trading cards that are based on the real heroes. Imagine the excitement of the player on seeing his real life hero as a part of his army in Unit Command Trading Cards Game.

In order to honor your hero, you too can log on to and submit photographs and descriptions of your favorite soldiers. Who knows, your favorite soldier might be a part of Unit Command by your next game.

Why do you deserve a fashion bag

Why do you deserve a fashion bag? You deserve a top designer handbag because of several reasons. Chaussures mbt First, because they really are a great investment. Second, because they make the

outfit. And third, because they just make you feel more confident and happy. mbt pas cher Keep reading this article so you can buy those fantastic authentic handbags with a smile and no

regrets. Fashion bags are a great investment because they last a long time. If you take care of your purses properly, then you will own the purse for several years. So start thinking of

buying these designer handbags as an investment. When you change you way of thinking, you will realize that you really do deserve one. Why you could keep the purse for years,

that is if you like the top designer brand. Yes, styles of purses go out of season, but they do come back. And just having the brand on the purse really keeps the purse from

going out of fashion at all. Plus, you go always sell your old purse to someone else and then invest in another fashion purse. Having an old purse that is ready to fall apart does not make an outfit, but designer handbags truly make the outfit. The top fashion bags are made of fantastic material. They

last a long time, again depending on how you treat it. A stylish purse can make any old outfit look classy, just because you have a beautiful classy bag to top it all off. You

may feel embarrassed wearing an old outfit, but the purse will make you feel confident. And confidence is key to looking your best and making a good impression. Owning fashion bags really do make you feel more happy as well. They make you feel classy and beautiful, especially when you buy one for a great deal! There are a lot of great

deals out there too, you just have to know where to look. And if you have been wanting one forever, why not treat yourself? Buy a designer handbag that goes with everything and

you will get a lot of use out of it. Wear a smile on your face everyday when you wear your authentic handbags everyday. Anything that will make you that happy is worth the

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NUC, Small PC but powerful

A few days later, I was tested the Intel Next Unit of Computing (NUC) that the new board. Even the box is written in Pre-Production Engineering Sample. So still a production example, not yet in production, may not even be sold widely.

If summarized in a few words, then Intel NUC that I use a small computer with the ability of cayenne pepper for approximately 75% of Server Quad Xeon E31220.

Desktop Computer Intel NUC is a very, very small. The size is approximately 11cm x 11cm x 4cm so it can be easily handheld hands. May be quite right if called as handheld computers hehehe …

The outer display is very compact Intel NUC all. It even comes in a hook to stick in the back of a digital TV screen / monitor. Adapter used is ordinary laptop adapter, with a voltage of 19V with 65W power.

For connection to the outside world, Intel NUC equipped with three USB ports. Two USB 2.0 is being a single USB 3.0 so you can perform high-speed data transfer at all. We can include a USB keyboard and mouse to operate the Intel NUC.
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LAN connector used is Gigabit Ethernet. I check using ethtool this device has the ability to auto negotiation 10Mbps / 100Mbps / 1000Mbps full duplex, so very fast.

In Intel NUC body mounted Wifi antenna that can be used for a wireless Internet connection to hotspots.

Gorgeous from Intel NUC is the absence of a VGA connector. That there is a built-in HDMI connector Intel ® High Definition Audio 2 subsystem is configured for 8-channel (7.1) digital audio output via HDMI 1.4a. It means we can use the Digital TV as a monitor with an HDMI connection. For those who still use VGA, can buy a VGA to HDMI adapter and it also goes well.

Intel NUC has two SO-DIMM slots for 1333/1600MHz memory with a capacity of up to 16GB. Intel NUC coincidence that I am trying to use 8GB of memory.
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Hard drive is a hard disk Intel NUC future generations, using a Solid State Drive (SSD) 32GB, so instead of mechanical hard disk is installed using an mSATA connector.

 

SkyDrive Windows 8.1, Download File Without Internet

Washington – After releasing a preview version of Windows 8.1 recently, Microsoft said that the final version will be released in August 2013. Windows 8.1 users will soon be able to access files on a Windows cloud-based storage service, SkyDrive, without having to connect to the Internet.
Microsoft announced that SkyDrive will be accompanied by support for offline access. Through SkyDrive service, users will be able to determine which files can be accessed without connecting to the Internet and then downloaded to the user’s device automatically.
Files that can be accessed offline will be easily identified when the user opens SkyDrive. In addition, Windows 8.1 users can also store files on SkyDrive in offline mode, which then can be directly uploaded when connected to the Internet network.
Tami Reller, Chief Financial Officer said the company’s Windows Windows 8.1 will be completed in August 2013. Reller did not say when the user can install updates to Windows 8.1. But, Reller showed several new features and functionality in Windows 8.1.
Windows 8.1 users will be looking for music that is integrated with Xbox Music and can share web pages into Xbox Music application to create playlists. Another breakthrough designed in Windows 8.1, namely, Miracast. This displays renewal HD video and audio from Wi-Fi to the other views, such as TV. And many more other renewal in Windows 8.1.

Yahoo Sports Launches New Fantasy App With Mobile Drafting

Yahoo announced that it has launched its new 2013 Fantasy Sports app today, which brings a new design, and new features to the experience.

One of the big new improvements is that it now features mobile drafting, which many will find tremendously helpful. It’s a lot of pressure to be at a computer during draft time.

 

“Managers can now sign up, draft a team and win their league championship from their iOS and Android device thanks to new technology incorporated by Bignoggins Production, Loki Studios and the Yahoo! Sports mobile team,” a spokesperson for Yahoo tells WebProNews. “The app also now features mock drafting, to help fans prepare and get an edge on the competition.”

Yahoo announced its acquisition of Bignoggins just a few weeks ago. They haven’t wasted any time.

“And starting with football, for the first time ever, all of Yahoo! Sports Fantasy games will live under one mobile roof – the Yahoo! Sports Fantasy app – including basketball, hockey and baseball,” the spokesperson adds.

According to Yahoo, the new app is faster than previous experiences. It also has free notifications.

The app is available for iOS and Android.

Growth Momentum for Auto Stocks Maruti, Mahindra and Mahindra on NSE

Do you know the auto industry is expected to witness 40 percent growth over the next five years or more? According to a survey, 14.7 percent of the global growth in this segment is to come from India! This is only good news for investors of auto stocks such as Maruti Suzuki, Mahindra, etc. Of course, the market hovering between gains and losses is a humdrum affair given the volatile scenario. It is no unusual to find auto stocks in morning trade slipping into the red from positive terrain and again hitting fresh intraday low in the afternoon. The market breadth can be either positive or negative depending on changing trends, global cues, sector performances, and related paraphernalia.

The auto indices of the Indian bourses had risen majorly last year due to better earnings by companies like Maruti Suzuki, Mahindra and Mahindra, and more. The growth momentum is expected to continue this year as economic slump is bottoming out. And consumer sentiments in auto stocks have revived. Besides, cut in interest rates have only encouraged people to take loans to buy vehicles, leading to increase in sales, and thereby growth of the companies. Analysts are positive on Mahindra and Mahindra due to its presence in major countries across the world, wide distribution network, and diversified product portfolio. The auto giant has seen a 40 percent plus rise last year. It was Maruti Suzuki that emerged as the market leader, rising by more than 57 percent last year. Investors, putting in their money for the long term on these and other blue chip auto stocks, can expect to gain up to 20 percent during the year.

Quarterly results do positively or negatively affect the price of shares of not only auto stocks but also other sector-specific stocks. Maruti Suzuki India on NSE hit a 52-week high, surging over 4 percent, soon after its q4 results ending March 31, 2013, were declared. The auto giant registered better-than-expected results with net profit of Rs 1,150 crore, up 79.6 percent from the same quarter of the preceding year. After the q4 surprise, what further saw a trending Maruti Suzuki India NSE stock was the yen’s dramatic decline, facilitating cheaper yen-denominated imports of auto components. According to the last 52-week price change statistics, Maruti Suzuki India NSE stock was priced highest at Rs. 1774.40 and lowest at Rs. 1051.

Mahindra and Mahindra on NSE saw its price perched highest at Rs. 1026 and lowest at Rs. 633.95. Mahindra is yet to unveil its q4 results, scheduled to be announced on May 30. Surprisingly, though the auto bellwether registered a 26 percent rise in its profit in its q3 results ending December 2012, its shares fell. Soon after the declaration, Mahindra and Mahindra NSE stock fell by over percent. Markets are unpredictable so are consumer sentiments!

Small Business Telephone Systems For Effective Communication

Implementing an efficient telephone system can definitely improve the way you communicate with your customers and business associates. Small business telephone systems are a great option for budding business enterprises to maintain effective communication.

Convey a Professional Business Image

Repeated breakdown in your communication system and improper call management can adversely affect your business image. Small business telephone systems offer organized call management and professional business communication. The enhanced communication experience that they offer would certainly attract more customers and enhance your sale leads and revenue. These phone systems come with high-tech call handling features including find-me/follow-me call forwarding, call conferencing, music on hold, voicemail, fax to email, voice to email and more.

The auto attendant receives calls in a professional manner and is programmed to transfer them to extensions, mailboxes, call queues, groups and conference rooms, as directed by the caller. The virtual receptionist manages several calls arriving at the same time with incredible efficiency.

Manage your Business from Distant Locations

Business establishments with more than one office and/or a mobile workforce benefit a lot from this small office telephone system. The advanced call forwarding feature routes calls to landline numbers or cell phones configured as extensions. Your business can be easily administered from other locations and you can stay connected to your clients and workforce all the time. Using a broadband connection like DSL, Cable or FIOS, your mobile workers can become an extension of your business PBX phone system.

Powerful Voicemail System

Modern small business telephone systems minimize the odds of missing calls and messages. Unanswered calls are instantly routed to the voicemail system, so that the callers can leave voice messages. This facility helps focus on core tasks without worrying about not taking customer calls during busy business hours. Voice messages are forwarded to your email account as audio file attachments. Whenever a new message arrives in your mailbox, it is promptly alerted on your cell phone.

With these diverse capabilities, small business telephone systems facilitate effective communication with your business clients. To enjoy all the benefits of these phone systems, it is important to get the service from dependable providers. This would assure the smooth functioning of the system, structured services and advanced PBX features at reasonable monthly charges.

Intel will offer ‘Broadwell’ SOC to battle Calxeda, AMD

Intel has updated its road map with a new, low-power server chip to help it ward off competition from Calxeda and other makers of low-power chips.

The new chip will be based on Broadwell, a microarchitecture to be introduced next year as the successor to Intel’s Haswell design. But this processor will be a system-on-chip, setting it apart from Intel’s other Xeon server products.

SOCs combine several components onto a single chip to reduce power consumption and space requirements. In the server market, they’re often used in micro-servers, a type of low-power server used for large-scale, online workloads.

Intel already offers SOCs in its Atom family of chips, but Atom has its own microarchitecture. The new chip announced Monday will be Intel’s first SOC that uses the same microarchitecture as its more powerful Xeon chips.

“With this new product, we’ll be delivering the best of both worlds: high performance and high density,” said Diane Bryant, general manager of Intel’s data center and connected systems group, at an Intel event in San Francisco.

She didn’t give a name for the new chip but said it will ship next year. It will be manufactured on a 14-nanometer process and include integrated I/O, networking, and application accelerators, Bryant said.

The chip essentially allows Intel to straddle the gap between its current Atom processors, which focus on low power consumption, and its Xeon processors, which are tuned for higher performance but use more electricity.

“They’re trying to cover the whole market. They’ve decided it’s better to have a little bit of overlap than to have any gaps,” said industry analyst Nathan Brookwood of Insight64.

The chip comes at a time of heightened competition in the server market. Rivals such as Calxeda and Advanced Micro Devices are building low-power SOCs using designs from UK chip architecture company ARM, and the new chip from Intel is its latest response to that trend.

Intel didn’t say on Monday if the new chip will be branded as a Xeon or an Atom. Its place between the two product lines could create some confusion for customers, Brookwood said, though he thinks Intel will eventually decide on Xeon.

It’s not the only chip Intel has for low-power servers. The company recently began shipping a Xeon E3 processor based on the Haswell core, and versions of that chip based on Broadwell are expected next year. They will be “general-purpose” Xeons, as opposed to SOCs specifically for low-power, high-density systems.

In its Atom family, Intel will begin shipping a new chip later this year code-named Avoton, based on a new chip core known as Silvermont. Compared with the current Atom core, Avoton will offer “a 3x improvement in power at the same performance level, or a 5x increase in performance at the same power,” according to Bryant.

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Boost Dependency Analyzer

I have something special to announce today. A tool I’ve build over the last 2 weeks, which allows to analyze the dependencies in boost. With boost 1.53 this spring, I had the idea to build this, but not the time, as I was busy writing a series over the Papers for Bristol. Back then I realized, how easy it could be to build such a tool, as the dependencies could be read & listed by boosts bcp tool. I already had a prototype for the graphpart from 2010. But lets have a look at the tool:

The tool is very easy to handle, it is based on the out of bcp, which is a tool coming with boost. Actually bcp can help you with ripping libraries out of boost, so that you don’t have to add all of boost to your repository when you would like to use smartpointers. But bcp also has a listing mode, where it only shows the dependencies thats whats my tool build up upon. Lets have a short look at the results, the dependencies of boost 1.54:

A few words on how to read this graph. The libraries in the middle of the “starshape” are the ones with the most dependencies, each line between the nodes is a dependency. A dependency can be one or multiple files. The graphlayout is not weighted.

How to

A short introduction on what you need to get this tool to run. First boost, as this tool is build to analyze boost. I’ve tested with some versions (1.49 – 1.54) of boost. You also need a version of bcp, which is quite easy to build (b2 tools/bcp). Then you simply need to start the tool, if BOOST_ROOT is set, the tool will try to read it, other wise you will be asked to choose the location of boost when clicking on Read dependencies. Next thing is selecting the location of bcp. That is the setup, and the tool will now run for some time. On my machine its 90 seconds to 2 minutes the analysis takes, it might be lot longer on yours, depending on how much cores you got. The tool will spawn for each boost library (~112) a bcp process, and analyze this output in a thread pool. After this is done, the data is loaded into the tool, and then saved to a SQLITE database, which will be used if you start the tool a second time and select this version of boost. Loading from the database is far faster.

A screenshot to illustrate this:

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To the left are all the boost libraries, the number of dependencies is shown in the braces. To the right is a Tabwidget showing all the dependencies, the graph is layouted with boost graph. When you click on show all you’ll get the full view of all dependencies in boost. The layouting is done in the background, so this will take some time to calculate, and is animated when its done. The results of the layouting are good, but not perfect, so that you might have to move some nodes. Exporting supports images, which are transparent PNGs, not all services/tools are happy with that (f.e. facebook, twitter nor G+ could handle the perfectly fine images), this can be fixed by postprocessing the images and adding a white background.

Inner workings

I’ve already written a little about the tools inside, its build with Qt5.1 and boost. Where boost is mostly used for the graph layouting. As I choose to work with Qt5, it has a few more dependencies, for windows this sums up to a 18 mb download, which you’ll find at the end. The tool depends on 3 libraries from my company Code Node: ProcessingSink, a small wrapper around QProcess, that allows to just start a bunch of processes, and lets you connect to the finished and error slot. This was necessary, as I could only spawn 62 parallel processes under windows, so this library does take care of spawning the parallel processes now. Which are currently 50 at a time. GraphLayout is the code that wraps the innerworkings of boost::graph, its a bit dirty, but lets me easily process the graphlayouting. The 3rd library is NodeGraph, which is the Graph UI, based on Qts GraphicsView Framework.
I plan to release the tool and its libraries under GPL later on github, for now I don’t have the time to polish everything.

Problems

One of the earliest questions I had when thinking about building such a tool, was where to get a list of the boost libraries? This sounds easy. But I need to have this readable by machine, not human, so HTML is a great format, but I refused to write a parser for this list yet. I talked to some people about this at C++Now, and most agreed, that the second option would be best: maintainers.txt. Thats what the tool reads currently to find the boost libraries. Unfortunately at least lexical_cast is missing in this list. So, the tool isn’t perfect yet, while lexical_cast is already patched, I’m not sure if anything else is missing. A candidate could be signals, as its not maintained anymore. Currently the tool analyzes for 1.54 112 libraries.

boost dependencies

Working for 2 weeks on this tool has given me some inside knowledge about the dependencies in boost. First, the way it is shown in the tool, is the view of bcp. Some dependencies will not affect the user, as they are internal. f.e. a lot of libraries have a dependency to boost::test, simply because they provide their tests with it. The bcp tool really gets you ALL the dependencies. Also most (or was it all?) libraries depend on boost::config. I plan to add filtering later, so that the user has the ability to filter some of the libraries in the GraphView.

The tool

Here is how to get the tool for now: there is a download for the binaries for windows and linux. I’ll try to get you a deb package as soon as I have time, but for now its only the binaries for linux, you’ll have to make sure to have Qt5.1 etc. on linux too, as I do not provide them. For Windows, its 2 archives you’ll need to download: the programm itself, and needed dlls for Qt5.1 if you don’t have the SDK installed ( in this case you also could copy them from the bin directory)

Note on linux: this is a one day old beta version. Will update this later.