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Online tax prep is a scam. I've been charged every time to submit my "free" return through one of those "free" providers.
If it's just another line in the database, it can't hurt to keep track of. It may come in handy with anti-spam efforts if this ever becomes a problem.
I like "vouch." It's used on Hacker News for a similar feature.
Now that my donations are going twice as far, I decided it's finally my turn to chip in a few bucks. Thanks for all the amazing work!
I like you pseudonymous folks on hubski better than the "real" people on my Facebook. I think this is actually the perfect middle ground, where people can truly express themselves and build a reputation, but not tie that to their real identity if they choose not to. I think I'm a lot more "real" under this handle than I ever was on Facebook.
I'm amazed that the Dutch don't have laws against foreign campaign contributions. It seems like a basic step to prevent this kind of foreign meddling. Even post Citizens United our politicians still can't receive campaign donations from foreigners.
By its very definition, the "dark web" is part of the "deep web" which is not indexed by search engines. This makes it inherently difficult to study. The original source of this article has some more details about the OnionScan tool that was used to discover this information.
This article is actually about Onion Services on Tor, not "dark web" sites which are an entirely different thing. Onion Services are notoriously transient, so fluctuations like this are to be expected. You would need much more long term sampling to establish any kind of trend in the number of sites.
I think that both a Land Value Tax and a more tangible risk of squatting will compel more absentee landowners to put their property to productive uses.
Why not just relax laws against squatting and eminent domain? Those vacant houses will be occupied before you know it.