$55M? Pfft! Try $10B!

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The IRS has very specific instructions to handle cases when you're paying out 10^12 pennies (US$10B) or more to any single recipient: break up the amount into UNequal portions, each less than that. Good to know! Share and spread the word!

Source: "Caution" at bottom of Pub 1220 p. 63 (of 136)
https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p1220.pdf
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    Is the link a super cookie?
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    • Profile picture of the author David Beroff
      Originally Posted by yukon View Post

      Is the link a super cookie?
      It's a PDF. I don't think they cookie it.
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        Originally Posted by David Beroff View Post

        It's a PDF. I don't think they cookie it.
        You can cookie anything with .htaccess and mod_rewrite. Other ways to do it as well obviously.

        Rewrite the address to a script, the script drops the cookie then prints a 301 to the pdf or returns the pdf as a binary image. You might be able to do it right in .htaccess as well. I'm not completely certain but I think you can.

        Edit: Yes you can

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        Header set Set-Cookie "language=%{lang}e; path=/;" env=lang
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        • Profile picture of the author David Beroff
          Originally Posted by irawr View Post

          You can cookie anything with .htaccess and mod_rewrite. Other ways to do it as well obviously.

          Rewrite the address to a script, the script drops the cookie then prints a 301 to the pdf or returns the pdf as a binary image. You might be able to do it right in .htaccess as well. I'm not completely certain but I think you can.

          Edit: Yes you can

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          Header set Set-Cookie "language=%{lang}e; path=/;" env=lang
          Correct. That's why I didn't say "any" PDF, just this one.

          One bit of software that I'm juggling is customized PDF's for a given user. The URL shows ".pdf", which .htaccess then handles with a PHP script that checks the user's account and permissions, etc., and eventually outputs a file MIME'd as PDF, again with the .pdf extension. Bottom line is that PHP never actually shows, even though it's doing all the heavy lifting.
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            Originally Posted by David Beroff View Post

            Correct. That's why I didn't say "any" PDF, just this one.

            One bit of software that I'm juggling is customized PDF's for a given user. The URL shows ".pdf", which .htaccess then handles with a PHP script that checks the user's account and permissions, etc., and eventually outputs a file MIME'd as PDF, again with the .pdf extension. Bottom line is that PHP never actually shows, even though it's doing all the heavy lifting.
            That's pretty creative. Is that for tracking or PDF customization/individualization/copywrite protection?

            Edit: for the last one, that might be a legit JV zoo business idea.
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            • Profile picture of the author David Beroff
              Originally Posted by irawr View Post

              That's pretty creative. Is that for tracking or PDF customization/individualization/copywrite protection?

              Edit: for the last one, that might be a legit JV zoo business idea.
              Thank you, irawr.

              The IRS requires that you prove that someone can read a PDF before you can accept their consent to send tax info electronically. So I have a PDF with a picture of Groucho Marx and the duck that would fall from the ceiling with that day's secret word. (You Bet Your Life) They have to be logged in, and then parrot back said secret word that's on the sign being held by the duck.

              Most of what I'm doing is to ensure that a given user is only seeing their own data, such as customized stock certificates with their own current balances, and now their tax information, (1099's).

              I've seen PDF customization done to embed specific affiliate links into an ebook.

              Lots of ideas. But I'm not sure that protection would be among them. I mean, yeah, I guess one could generate PDF's with unique passwords, although if someone's intent on stealing an ebook, they'd simply pass that along, as well. But perhaps I'm misunderstanding you.
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