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  1. Comment on Should I setup an LLC for my consulting? in ~misc

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    Look up firms in your area that handle business formation and get a free consultation. They'll definitely be able to estimate registering an LLC, and they have probably dealt with Delaware...

    Look up firms in your area that handle business formation and get a free consultation. They'll definitely be able to estimate registering an LLC, and they have probably dealt with Delaware entities too.

    As a CPA that has formed multiple LLCs, I hated figuring it all out myself especially since it's outside my area of expertise. There are many state-specific laws/requirements that can come back and bite you if you're not careful - it has happened to me. I wouldn't recommend moving forward until you've gotten a free consultation with a business formation attorney and a tax CPA. You're going to hate having to dedicate time to these administrative issues when you can pay an expert to handle it all in a snap. The peace of mind is worth it IMO. Sure, you are likely smart enough to do this alone, but do you really want to?

    To answer your overall question though, an LLC is almost certainly the right decision.

    EDIT: If there's any part of this you can knock out yourself (YMMV by state), it's doing the basic registration of an LLC. The tricky part is the tax compliance/reporting requirements after you've formed the entity - that's where a tax CPA can save you a lot of headaches.

    1 vote
  2. Comment on What niche/specialized version of an everyday thing is worth the time/money if you know what you're looking for? in ~talk

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    I have an e-bike as well, bought it in February 2017. Elevation changes, unbearable heat where I live, and not wanting to show up to work drenched in sweat were the reasons for buying one over a...

    I have an e-bike as well, bought it in February 2017. Elevation changes, unbearable heat where I live, and not wanting to show up to work drenched in sweat were the reasons for buying one over a typical road bike. Not sure about you, but I use minimal or no electric assist when riding on flat streets. This is great for conserving the bike's battery and doesn't make you feel as lazy.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    Starting a week long vacation with a wedding in the Rocky Mountains. The altitude is already getting me!

    Starting a week long vacation with a wedding in the Rocky Mountains. The altitude is already getting me!

    1 vote
  4. Comment on What are you doing this week? in ~talk

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    We're going to see our friends get married then extending it into a week-long vacation. First time off longer than a day or two since Christmas - super excited to hang out with old friends.

    We're going to see our friends get married then extending it into a week-long vacation. First time off longer than a day or two since Christmas - super excited to hang out with old friends.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on What's an example of something cool on the internet that isn't as well-known/appreciated as you think it should be? in ~talk

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    I can't believe this came out in 2000. I've spent a significant portion of the last decade exploring this exact area of music, and I'm thrilled to have something new to me. Will need to get back...

    I can't believe this came out in 2000. I've spent a significant portion of the last decade exploring this exact area of music, and I'm thrilled to have something new to me. Will need to get back to you.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on People who work from home: what you do on your breaks? in ~life

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    I do this both when at the office and working from home. Walking around as a break or to collect my thoughts is nice.

    I do this both when at the office and working from home. Walking around as a break or to collect my thoughts is nice.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Apple to Reveal Glimpses of Its Next Era of Apps and Devices at WWDC in ~tech

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    Oh I thought you were talking about iPhone. I have the Plex app for iOS to play my FLAC files.

    Oh I thought you were talking about iPhone. I have the Plex app for iOS to play my FLAC files.

  8. Comment on Apple to Reveal Glimpses of Its Next Era of Apps and Devices at WWDC in ~tech

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    As another data point, I use Plex for my FLAC audio files as well as basically all media file types. Plex wasn’t really meant to be a music player, but it does the job well enough for me (despite...

    As another data point, I use Plex for my FLAC audio files as well as basically all media file types. Plex wasn’t really meant to be a music player, but it does the job well enough for me (despite some minor issues) and most importantly keeps all my media in a single app across every platform I use.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    I’m flying with my wife and son to meet my new niece. It will be low key and lots fun.

    I’m flying with my wife and son to meet my new niece. It will be low key and lots fun.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on TurboTax Uses A “Military Discount” to Trick Troops Into Paying to File Their Taxes in ~news

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    I am a professional in the industry - absolutely hate TurboTax (well, Intuit the company) and torrent their software every year.

    I am a professional in the industry - absolutely hate TurboTax (well, Intuit the company) and torrent their software every year.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    I would put Westworld in this category, but season 2 was definitely a disappointment. Another that isn’t exactly in that category but that I’ve enjoyed recently is the Handmaid’s Tale. Both that...

    I would put Westworld in this category, but season 2 was definitely a disappointment. Another that isn’t exactly in that category but that I’ve enjoyed recently is the Handmaid’s Tale. Both that and Westworld get more towards a Black Mirror type of story.

    3 votes
  12. Comment on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6 Discussion in ~tv

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    I came within 2 points of winning my office death pool, and even though I didn’t get a prize or anything, I’m proud to have accurately predicted all 3 bonus questions from our pool: Who kills the...

    I came within 2 points of winning my office death pool, and even though I didn’t get a prize or anything, I’m proud to have accurately predicted all 3 bonus questions from our pool:

    • Who kills the Night King? (Arya)
    • Is Dany pregnant? (No)
    • Who will sit on the Iron Throne at the end of season 8? (No one)

    Unfortunately, my live/die predictions for the list of characters was much more cynical than the actual show. That’s where I ended up losing out.

    6 votes
  13. Comment on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 5 Discussion in ~tv

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    Me too. I have no idea what their contracts actually say and am only repeating what I've gleaned from articles and interviews. See this article:

    Me too. I have no idea what their contracts actually say and am only repeating what I've gleaned from articles and interviews. See this article:

    In an interview published before the final premiere, D&D made it clear that they were the ones insisting on stopping at eight seasons and limiting the last two to a total of 13 episodes. “[HBO] said, ‘We’ll give you the resources to make this what it needs to be,’” Weiss said. Benioff added, “HBO would have been happy for the show to keep going, to have more episodes in the final season.” But the showrunners refused. “We always believed it was about 73 hours, and it will be roughly that,” Benioff continued. “As much as they wanted more, they understood that this is where the story ends.

    4 votes
  14. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    This is a great time of year for TV shows airing. We're currently keeping up with GoT, Billions, Veep (RIP), Last Week Tonight, and Chernobyl. Watching The Handmaid's Tale (first time) for when we...

    This is a great time of year for TV shows airing. We're currently keeping up with GoT, Billions, Veep (RIP), Last Week Tonight, and Chernobyl. Watching The Handmaid's Tale (first time) for when we don't have a new episode of another show airing and Parks and Rec for the hundredth time to fill the gaps.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 5 Discussion in ~tv

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    I haven't seen much criticism directed at HBO - it's mainly about D&D. HBO wanted two full seasons of 10 episodes each to finish the story out, but D&D said they "grew out of Game of Thrones"....

    I haven't seen much criticism directed at HBO - it's mainly about D&D. HBO wanted two full seasons of 10 episodes each to finish the story out, but D&D said they "grew out of Game of Thrones". Refused to do more than what we got and wouldn't let other writers take over instead.

    9 votes
  16. Comment on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 5 Discussion in ~tv

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    Exactly. An evolution that took two episodes should have developed over two seasons. I'm trying to think back - maybe the initial loss of Viserion to the Army of the Dead could be interpreted as...

    And that's where the show failed: as far as their narrative told us Dany never was a monster. She was a strong and kind liberator who went crazy in the last two episodes because personal loss triggered her Targ crazy-genes.

    Exactly. An evolution that took two episodes should have developed over two seasons. I'm trying to think back - maybe the initial loss of Viserion to the Army of the Dead could be interpreted as an early sign? Things seemed pretty peachy until the news of Jon's parents though. I certainly didn't think she was at the murder-thousands-of-innocents stage yet.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Champions League Post Semis/Pre Finals Discussion Thread. in ~sports

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    I was about to say not that long ago, but it’s been 11 years. The last time was 2008 when Manchester United beat Chelsea on penalties. What a glorious night that was. There have been several...

    I was about to say not that long ago, but it’s been 11 years. The last time was 2008 when Manchester United beat Chelsea on penalties. What a glorious night that was. There have been several all-Spanish and one all-German since then.

    Spanish teams have definitely been the most dominant in Europe the last decade primarily due to the Messi/Ronaldo era (and also great Atleti squads under Simeone). The balance of power is definitely in transition right now though IMO.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on Burger King plans to roll out Impossible Whopper across the United States in ~food

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    Yea, it's not necessarily a country-specific "twist", just something different than the American menu. Here's a listicle with some examples.

    Yea, it's not necessarily a country-specific "twist", just something different than the American menu. Here's a listicle with some examples.

  19. Comment on Burger King plans to roll out Impossible Whopper across the United States in ~food

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    Tbh I’ve always enjoyed American fast food when eaten abroad. Interesting menu items too.

    Tbh I’ve always enjoyed American fast food when eaten abroad. Interesting menu items too.

    1 vote
  20. Comment on Will the Canadian Premier League turn the country into a football power? in ~sports

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    It's certainly true, but you could still argue that the population size is sufficiently large to support a better national product. 1-1.5 million people tune in to watch major Premier League...

    It's certainly true, but you could still argue that the population size is sufficiently large to support a better national product. 1-1.5 million people tune in to watch major Premier League matchups with AM kickoffs in most of the country. My local 4th tier(ish) NPSL club has drawn 15-20k on multiple occasions in a city of <200k!

    Everyone wants immediate gratification, rather than taking the time and money to get youth attention and development fixed.

    I would place more emphasis on this part of your comment. We're too reliant on ineffective collegiate programs and lack the professional academies that develop early and churn out talent. I think the excitement and idolization among youth is there, just not the systemic support to turn it into something. I know some MLS teams have started youth-to-professional style academies, but I'm not that knowledgeable about them.

    1 vote