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Max The Magnificent
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Max The Magnificent   12/6/2013 9:51:44 AM
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@Henry: ...but just fail to file and you'll find out what strange can be...

Actually I'm a bit of an anal retentive re Taxes ... it's like the fact that I always drive at the speed limit so I never worry when I see a police car hiding at the side of the road -- there's a filing cabinet just outside my office that holds all my tax records and receipts and stuff since I moved here in 1990 -- plus my accountant has copies -- I'm so squeeky clean it's embarrasing LOL

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henry..12   12/6/2013 9:48:23 AM
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Max The Magnificent   Strange indeed ... but just fail to file and you'll find out what strange can be ... LOL

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Max The Magnificent   12/6/2013 9:41:41 AM
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@Henry: ...complete their tax filings as you and I must every year.


Tax Filings? What is this strange concept of which you speak? LOL

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henry..12   12/6/2013 9:38:30 AM
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@Caleb Kraft   It's funny because there are "natural constants" that we use in engineering that are actually only local constants to our particular region of the universe. But, the semiconductor industry has from time-to-time invented new ways to adjust the price of a component. Take the infamous "gold adder" from the late 1970s. Many of our packages used a relatively large amount of gold which could cause fluctuations in the raw materials cost to produce a package component. So, we instituted a gold adder which was initially tied to the price of gold. Funny thing is that when the price of gold stabilized and new pricing came out, many companies kept the gold adder and used it as an excuse for "high component prices."

 

Of course, this was the same time when it was financially advantageous to borrow money to buy "things" because the net cost of borrowing was lower than the inflation rate of your salary (which was going up to keep pace with inflation). Managing projects during this time was difficult because the average stay with one employer was significantly less than the time to complete the project.

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henry..12   12/6/2013 9:25:24 AM
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@Max The Magnificent there is a certain logic to accounting. BUT, there are a LOT of nonsensical rules that are imposed by the way we collectively make politically-driven laws. Once I held some new product investment purse strings for a large multinational semiconductor company. At the time, there was a Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB pronounced faz-bee). There was an accounting rule under FASB 86 that said that we were to expense our investment until we had proof that the new technology would work. Then we were mandated to capitalize the investment. How do you draw the line for a new semiconductor process, or a never-before-implemented circuit? This is just one of the reasons why many companies just can't seem to complete their tax filings as you and I must every year.

 



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Caleb Kraft   12/5/2013 5:41:24 PM
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something about the fact that the value of a monetery unit is in flux really bothers me.  A dollar doesn't have the same value at the end of an equation as it did at the beginning (just standard fluctuation), whereas a volt doesn't change!

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Max The Magnificent   12/5/2013 4:55:29 PM
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It's strange that I'm happy working wil numbers in an engineering sense, swapping back and forth between bases and suchlike, and yet financial stuff makes my brain ache...

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