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I've heard that "comrade" is preferred at People's College of Law.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: laptop
« on: May 24, 2006, 10:47:04 AM »
It's also important to remember another distinction between the T series and X series IBMs - the T series have a trackpad and trackpoint, but I believe the X series only have a trackpoint. Personally, I prefer the trackpad, and that was one of the reasons why I got the T series.

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Law School Applications / Re: How much does your UG school matter?
« on: May 17, 2006, 04:48:52 PM »
Since you're below the 25% for GPA at UCLA, it will probably help if you can get higher than their 75% LSAT - 169. If you can break 170, you'll have a decent shot.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: laptop
« on: May 16, 2006, 04:54:09 PM »
isnt the tax like 80 bucks? jesus just pay it....probably cost you that much in gas to drive to pick it up. 

Well my home is actually rhode island, paying 7% tax on an 1800 dollar computer would be about $125.  My friend goes up to his house just about every weekend and he'll bring it to me, why not save the money and buy some extra accessories or extended warranty? I don't see why I wouldn't take advantage of that. 

Doesn't RI have a Consumer's Use Tax? If it's anything like the Consumer's Use Tax in other states, you're still legally obligated to pay the 7% - you'll just do it next April. Sure, you can probably get away with not reporting it, but is tax evasion really the way you want to start your law career?

Hey, I'm not very certain about this. How sure are you? Sure I wouldn't want to start off like this, but they way I look at it, it'd really be my friend buying the laptop under his name (he lives in NH), and then just giving it to me.  However, I don't want to screw myself over a 100+ dollars.  I don't even do my own taxes, I'm 21 and my a friend of the family just takes care of everything so that's not really my strong point.  I'll look into further, or if you're pretty certain about this let me know. Thanks a lot.

I'm not an expert, but I'm pretty sure that you are required to. Here's some more info: http://www.tax.state.ri.us/info/whats.pdf

The chances of you getting caught for not reporting it are very, very small. Still, if you want to live up to your legal obligations, you'll have to pay the tax eventually. Also, are you paying your friend for this laptop, or is he really just giving it to you? If you're giving him a "gift" of $1800 dollars and receiving a "gift" of a laptop at the same time, I don't think that counts.  ;)

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: laptop
« on: May 16, 2006, 04:31:42 PM »
isnt the tax like 80 bucks? jesus just pay it....probably cost you that much in gas to drive to pick it up. 

Well my home is actually rhode island, paying 7% tax on an 1800 dollar computer would be about $125.  My friend goes up to his house just about every weekend and he'll bring it to me, why not save the money and buy some extra accessories or extended warranty? I don't see why I wouldn't take advantage of that. 

Doesn't RI have a Consumer's Use Tax? If it's anything like the Consumer's Use Tax in other states, you're still legally obligated to pay the 7% - you'll just do it next April. Sure, you can probably get away with not reporting it, but is tax evasion really the way you want to start your law career?

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Alienware laptop?
« on: May 15, 2006, 11:09:12 AM »
Personally, I'd feel like a tool if I showed up to class with an Alienware laptop. Also, I think it's a dumb idea to get a laptop for gaming. If you really want to spend $3,000, spend 1000 to get a cheap, portable laptop for note taking / paper writing / internet, and spend 2k for a fully-loaded gaming desktop. You won't look like an idiot in class, you won't have to lug around a heavy laptop with bad battery life and less gaming power than a desktop, and you can still do your gaming at home on your desktop. Best of both worlds, IMO.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: fake ids and the bar exam
« on: May 15, 2006, 11:03:44 AM »
Every time I've gotten mine renewed, they've taken my old one and destroyed it.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Laptop - Buy now or wait?
« on: May 12, 2006, 03:25:09 PM »
If you get a 3 year warranty and buy it in July, you're covered through the bar exam. If you get it now and it dies in June 2009, you'll be in for a headache.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: laptop
« on: May 12, 2006, 01:46:43 PM »
Wow man that's a great deal.  I configured one with a 2.0 GHz, 1.5 GB of RAM, 100GB HD, X1400, and 9 cell battery for just over $2,000 with this anniversary sale pricing.  $600 more for minor step ups...

How did you get the EPP discount?  Did you actually know someone or did you just get on a forum and ask for logons?  Oh and what warranty did you get on it for that price?

I know someone at IBM. I got the 3 year next day onsite warranty.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: laptop
« on: May 12, 2006, 12:40:21 PM »
Nice laptop, Karl. Where does the ultrabay battery go?


You swap it out for the optical drive. Since I won't be using the optical drive most of the time while I'm at school, I'll be leaving it at home for occasional backups, installations, and movies during plane flights.

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