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I'm certainly no expert on the legal intricacies but my understanding is that there's a ruling from the 1950's from the Supreme Court that the original ban on an 'unapportioned income tax' stands. The Fed might be able to levy an income tax ( although there's no crime committed by not paying it ) but they would have to give it straight back to every tax payer with everyone getting an equal numerical ammount.
There are a lot of reasons to be less than enthusiastic about the 16th amendment, it's passing was an inquorate stitch up that wouldn't pass the criteria of a valid bill in your average banana republic. Never mind the involvement of Colonel Mandel House which is a long sad tale in itself.
One interesting side note: In the early eighties the Reagan administration passed a paperwork reduction bill with some long worthy sounding title that meant that every federal government form that's to be filled in by citizens must be registered and must meet some criteria of justification. The Federal Income Tax return form 1040? was never registered and the registration number on every form is a forgery, making it a crime every time they print one.
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Thucydides (B.C. 460-400)
Quite possibly it will have some potential effect on me, since I work for a power company that depends on a US government agency for much of our power. Any breach that impacts the generation or transmission facilities we depend on should trigger some kind of notice to us, though our own systems are pretty bulletproof. For one thing, our SCADA systems are physically and logically separate from the Internet - that's the ultimate security. But our suppliers are all tied into the network, and therefore vulnerable. In a crisis, we have access to alternate sources of electricity that can be manually controlled with minimal effort, so we'll actually fare better than many much larger utilities.
I don't really see a burden for us, as this order is directed to government agencies who provide services to users. In this situation, we're the users. Besides, there's few regulations that can be enforced against an Indian tribe without a major court battle. I don't see that happening.
All of the FEDS mandates, contract rates in Washington, D.C. are abysmal from what I see advertised. Really, laughable so I doubt security will really happen on the capital when the work is being performed by the type of contractors that accept the lowest rates in the nation in one of the most expensive cities.
First off, if I should put this somewhere else, tell me and I will move the message.
Now to the question:
I am wanting to embed a help viewer of some sort in one of my applications, and I would like to know what you guys would recommend. I am using C# 4.0 for the project.
I also would like to know what end-user help designers/compilers/etc you guys like.
I would prefer free/open source software, as I don't have much money.
If push comes to shove, I will create end user help documents and serve them from an embedded CassiniDev server to the user's browser, but I would like an embedded solution of some sort. And no, I don't want to use a CHM file.
We offer structured documentation creation and publication services both online using the latest technologies (see demo[^]) or embedded (see the doc inside the product of my signature). Since it is structured, you can "load and display" any part of the document when you need them, which is useful in building context sensitive help or in mobile viewing devices of today. A user can also build multiple languages document easily. However, it is not offered as free service ...
Just for your information since the lacking of proper technical documentation tools has also bothered us for a long time. And we created our own.
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