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FTE, Job and Career Discussion / Tax Law Favors S-Corps & LLCs
« Last post by benali72 on December 14, 2017, 04:02:08 PM »
The new tax tax (assuming it passes) favors S-Corps and LLCs.  Pass-thru taxes are less than individual taxes.

So if you have the option and haven't incorporated, you should seriously research this.

See http://slate.com/business/2017/12/why-youll-want-to-turn-yourself-into-a-business-under-the-republican-tax-plan.html
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Discussions - Public / Re: Stock photo sites
« Last post by ilconsiglliere on December 14, 2017, 03:21:49 AM »
I am not following what kind of photos you want. Here are very neat nature pics. If you want to use those as a background.

Yeah, you're pretty much out of it.  >:D :P

You get any corporate annual reports? Sure you do. The images in those reports of cheerful corporate life and cheerful employees and grateful customers and happy children whose lives are blessed by the company's operations are stock photos.

Not landscapes, not screen savers, not background images in place of a background color...

They're images typically used to create a specific emotional impression for an ad or something. They're called "stock" because they are in an inventory of images for rent and multiple people may buy the same image for their use (meaning license the use of the image.)

If you use a stock photo you lift from a website without paying for it, you can get sued for big money by the real owner.

Sorry, my snark setting is sky high. Look outside your tech silo once in a while, there's daylight out here. :P

ha - otherwise known as corporate propaganda  >:D
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Discussions - Public / Re: Stock photo sites
« Last post by The Gorn on December 13, 2017, 07:13:35 PM »
I am not following what kind of photos you want. Here are very neat nature pics. If you want to use those as a background.

Yeah, you're pretty much out of it.  >:D :P

You get any corporate annual reports? Sure you do. The images in those reports of cheerful corporate life and cheerful employees and grateful customers and happy children whose lives are blessed by the company's operations are stock photos.

Not landscapes, not screen savers, not background images in place of a background color...

They're images typically used to create a specific emotional impression for an ad or something. They're called "stock" because they are in an inventory of images for rent and multiple people may buy the same image for their use (meaning license the use of the image.)

If you use a stock photo you lift from a website without paying for it, you can get sued for big money by the real owner.

Sorry, my snark setting is sky high. Look outside your tech silo once in a while, there's daylight out here. :P
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Discussions - Public / Re: Stock photo sites
« Last post by unix on December 13, 2017, 05:51:07 PM »


I am not following what kind of photos you want. Here are very neat nature pics. If you want to use those as a background.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/tj_simon/11617256636/in/photostream/
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Discussions - Public / Re: Stock photo sites
« Last post by The Gorn on December 13, 2017, 07:46:17 AM »
Agreed, been there, done that with the pricing. The last web site that I had was professionally done and I did have to pay for all the graphics. But it did look nice. Did it buy me anything? Not really because the business concept was not as sound as I thought it was.

You live and learn.

Fotalia is a good high quality cheaper alternative to iStockPhoto.
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Discussions - Public / Re: Stock photo sites
« Last post by ilconsiglliere on December 13, 2017, 05:04:06 AM »
Pictures are like everything else in life - you get what you pay for. If you want nice graphics and photos you have to pay. Bottom line. Sure you may find some free ones but for the most part they will never be as good as the ones you pay for. 

The gold standard for online stock photography is iStockPhoto. Their pricing is stratospheric - they're now part of Getty Images. And their images are the best of all the sites. The images that it's difficult to find at economical cost are people in specific situations or showing certain concepts. iStockPhoto has a wide range of such photos.

Really high quality images at high resolutions can individually cost $50+ and a lot more for web use rights.

Agreed, been there, done that with the pricing. The last web site that I had was professionally done and I did have to pay for all the graphics. But it did look nice. Did it buy me anything? Not really because the business concept was not as sound as I thought it was.

You live and learn.
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Discussions - Public / I just found out about HyperLedger
« Last post by ArnoldW2 on December 12, 2017, 10:28:11 PM »
I was watching a video called "Gold: The Once and Future Money" by Jim Rickards.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=dL6ivMCw4GA

The video is very worthwhile, but it's main topic is NOT why I posted this message.

Near the end of the video, Jim Rickards mentioned "HyperLedger Fabric".  He said:
"There's something called the permission type of ledger fabric ... released July 2017 by the Linux foundation.  This is the future of blockchain.  BitCoin's a dead end.  The current blockchain architecture is a dead end.  HyperLedger Fabric ... is the future of the blockchain."

I had no idea what he was talking about.  So I did some googling.

Most web sites I found had descriptions that were suitable only for Dilbert cartoons:  Lots of business buzzwords and little to no substance.

Even the best three web sites gave me only a vague idea of what HyperLedger Fabric is about.  They seem poorly thought out, but I think that's only because it is still in the earliest stages of development.  In spite of their flaws, I am beginning to get some understanding.

What do you all think?


Video:
Hyperledger Fabric Demo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgFthehLNJ4



Video:
Hyperledger Fabric Explainer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=js3Zjxbo8TM



Key Features of HyperLedger Fabric
   • Channels for sharing confidential information
   • Ordering Service delivers transactions consistently to peers in the network
   • Endorsement policies for transactions
   • Bring-your-own Membership Service Provider (MSP)

http://www.hyperledger.org/projects/fabric
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Discussions - Public / Re: Stock photo sites
« Last post by The Gorn on December 12, 2017, 05:26:21 PM »
Pictures are like everything else in life - you get what you pay for. If you want nice graphics and photos you have to pay. Bottom line. Sure you may find some free ones but for the most part they will never be as good as the ones you pay for. 

The gold standard for online stock photography is iStockPhoto. Their pricing is stratospheric - they're now part of Getty Images. And their images are the best of all the sites. The images that it's difficult to find at economical cost are people in specific situations or showing certain concepts. iStockPhoto has a wide range of such photos.

Really high quality images at high resolutions can individually cost $50+ and a lot more for web use rights.
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Discussions - Public / Re: Stock photo sites
« Last post by Richardk on December 12, 2017, 05:20:15 PM »
Thanks for all the feedback! She discovered Unsplash just before hearing back from me but appreciated the recommendation and felt good about her choice. She has a budget and is willing to buy something if it meets her needs.
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Discussions - Public / Re: Stock photo sites
« Last post by ilconsiglliere on December 12, 2017, 07:23:01 AM »
I second what the Gorn said.

I have had a few personal web sites and provided guidance to others who wanted them as well. Pictures are like everything else in life - you get what you pay for. If you want nice graphics and photos you have to pay. Bottom line. Sure you may find some free ones but for the most part they will never be as good as the ones you pay for. 

The paying part provides a right to use the images with certain kinds of media. Frankly its not worth the aggravation/time for free relative to the small cost you will pay for the graphics/photos.
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