One last story. In Italy, tax fraud used to be a national hobby. (It may still be; I don’t know.) The government was tired of retail stores not reporting sales and not paying taxes, so a law was passed regulating the customers. Any customer having just purchased an item and stopped within a certain distance of a retail store, has to produce a receipt or face a fine. Just as in the “Your purchase free if you don’t get a receipt” story, the law turned the customers into tax inspectors. They demanded receipts from merchants, which in turn forced the merchants to create a paper audit trail for the purchase and pay the required tax.
It’s not just about employee and customer credit card and banking info, according to Kramer, but the intellectual property data businesses harbor everywhere, from email to cloud storage, and the attack surfaces that could make a small business the weak link and an easy target in the supply chain. According to the SBA, Kramer said, almost half of all small businesses have been victimized by some degree by cybercrime, and the average cost of attack is approximately $21,000.
At certain locations, the efficiency of a flying generator can be as high as 90 percent, three times higher than its grounded counterpart, according to Sky WindPower.
Unlike other city-building sims, you construct your buildings with special parts bought with your resources. Each structure may require anywhere from three to nearly twenty different pieces. You work to put these individual pieces together on the grid, and it’s a satisfying feeling when the puzzle comes together and the building is raised. Then you can customize the colors of your new medieval-inspired structure and watch as it comes to life. If it’s a milestone construction—a keep or castle, for instance—your Keflings will even dance around you in celebration.
“It’s become such a popular way of people connecting on so many different levels,” Sargent says, he’s surprised no one has succeeded in copying the model.
The original library of Alexandria housed 500,000 scrolls, which made it a center of culture and scholarship from the third century B.C. into the early Christian era. The modern Bibliotheca aims for similar stature as a global hub of information.
A month after the launch of the new crowd funding platform for photojournalism, Emphas.is, one of its users reports from the road. Belgian photographer and Emphas.is fundraiser Tomas van Houtryve tells us about the good, the bad and the future of this work in progress.
But Otto was about to pivot once more. The company no longer wanted to test its trucks in Nevada, as it had previously indicated. Instead, in July it applied for a license to operate the state’s first Autonomous Technology Certification Facility (ATCF).