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Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

Creepy Like many others, by writing a check (385 comments)

How do I pay them? With a check to the IRS and sometimes the state (this year the state paid me $50 - woo).

So the real question: How do I file them? With an accountant. Why? Because I own rental property and even if you can do business taxes without an accountant, you're still better off hiring one. Why? Because you can expense it to your business (i.e. write it off), and write off your personal taxes as well, as long as you follow the IRS requirement that you are only going to an accountant because of your business. The best part is I spend 1 hour doing taxes each year, and the last year I did them myself I spent over 30 hours just looking up depreciating asset schedules (with rental property, all expenses are paid over a period of time, so a 5 year depreciating asset needs to be deducted at 1/5 the cost over 5 years - I had to find some items in the massive IRS tomes for these at my local library) and about 55 hours total (investment income was about 75% of the remaining time - played the Wall Street Lotto a bit too much that year).

Bottom line: if you own a business, hire an accountant.

4 days ago
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GameSpy Multiplayer Shutting Down, Affecting Hundreds of Games

Creepy Re:Gamespy was not competition (145 comments)

Which makes me wonder why Glu bought them at all. It seemed their first action was to kill the (gaming) website (or at least it shut down right around the time of the acquisition) and then dilute the brand and finally to shut it down completely. If it wasn't to kill competition, it sounds like a colossal waste of money.

about two weeks ago
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How Ford's Virtual Reality Lab Helps Engineers

Creepy Re:Frame rate (49 comments)

In the stuff I'm working on, lower resolution images are used for motion and then a high resolution image sent when the camera is still, but I work in a lower latency area meant for mobile devices. Some of my coworkers work on stuff like this.

about three weeks ago
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Creationists Demand Equal Airtime With 'Cosmos'

Creepy Re:Demand all you want (667 comments)

I wouldn't say the Soviets saw SDI as a joke, as it basically scrapped the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. Reagan also killed off SALT II saying the Soviets had violated it (while still proceeding with SALT III, which later became START I if I recall correctly). All in all, it pretty much jump started the Cold War and the USSR didn't have the resources to continue that war, thus it started to fall apart.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Re-Learning How To Interview As a Developer?

Creepy Re:Basci inerview tips (218 comments)

Heh, my first programmer job interview was the opposite - long scraggly hair and (at least reasonably trimmed around that time) beard and a fitted, tailored suit. The suit and neat(er) beard were because I was playing cello professionally at weddings prior to graduating (and I tucked my hair under a hat, just like in the song Signs).

Incidentally, I get knocked for communication too, usually for some incident in the systems engineering part of my job. Usually my manager contacts me and says "why is system A down?" and I say "It was up this morning" and then she says "Bob says A is down, we can't get any work done! System A can't be down." Five minutes later "OK, I fixed it, server crash" and my boss says "You need to communicate when System A is down better." I want to reply "I didn't know system A was down until you fucking called me" but I reply more humanely. When it comes to review time, I get docked on it anyway :P

about a month ago
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Russian State TV Anchor: Russia Could Turn US To "Radioactive Ash"

Creepy Re:Have we said the same thing? (878 comments)

I would say it a different way - the corporations own the media and through corporate PACs that utterly destroy any individual contributions, also control the government.

I for one welcome our (not so new) corporate overlords.

about a month ago
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Men And Women Think Women Are Bad At Basic Math

Creepy Re:One bias frequently overlooked (384 comments)

I personally have little tolerance for stupidity, probably why I got into tech in the first place. I may have a better initial reaction to a pretty girl, but if she is a stereotypical dumb blonde, I quickly start talking down to her and say things like "in layman speak" - translation "I've seen smarter squirrels, so I'm going to really dumb this down for you, you petulant (because they often are) fool."

Fortunately, most blondes I knew in school were smart and completely against stereotype. I didn't have any girls in my college math courses (calc II-VI, and seriously, zero), but in pre-calc and calc my high school (accelerated math) study partner was Megan, a gorgeous, athletic blonde (she was all state in track) with a pretty nice rack to boot. Yeah, objectification there, but when I think of someone that had everything (brains and looks), I think of her. Unfortunately, she dated and mated with a dumb jock I intensely disliked and spurted out some kids right after high school graduation, so I doubt she went to college or got a job using her brains, which is unfortunate. That dumb jock did go to college (my college, which is how I know) on a football scholarship and failed out (rumors are with a 0.0 GPA, though that is possibly just rumors my friends started). I never saw or heard from either of them after that year, not that I've made any effort to look them up.

about a month ago
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Men And Women Think Women Are Bad At Basic Math

Creepy Re:Almost certainly "the result of socialization" (384 comments)

By the time women take the SAT, they've been culturally pushed away from math and science; for instance, I see this with my brother's girl, who HATES math with a passion just like her mom, and she is 8. If you're culturally indoctrinated by 8, there isn't much hope. OTOH, there is hope for one of my nieces, who is one of the top ranked girls in her state for math (in fact, I think she was the top ranked girl, but was behind a couple of boys overall) and has a geneticist mom. Unfortunately, I know far too many of the former mom/daughter pairs and too few of the latter.

about a month ago
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Valve Open Sources Their DirectX To OpenGL Layer

Creepy Re:question (130 comments)

It runs on OSX and Linux, neither of which have native DirectX support because Microsoft keeps their graphics technology under tight wraps. All implementations of it not shipped by Microsoft need to be reverse engineered from the API. OpenGL is licensed to hardware manufacturers (which is how development is paid for) and accessing the API is free for software developers.

about a month ago
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Valve Open Sources Their DirectX To OpenGL Layer

Creepy Re:performance? (130 comments)

Yeah, probably minimal, since it is bytecode level (what HLSL and GLSL compile into)

The bad - this is DX 9.0c, which is analogous to OpenGL 2.0 (with extensions - note that ATI drivers didn't support extensions at the time, so more like 2.2+ for them) and in console terms, XBox 360/PS3 tech. OTOH, OpenGL went through a major paradigm shift with OpenGL 3 and 4 that make it work more like HLSL, so I expect shader conversion is much easier. When I ported a DX10 shader to OpenGL 3 it was much easier (but much harder was porting the entire OpenGL 2 project to 3).

about a month ago
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Computing a Winner, Fusion a Loser In US Science Budget

Creepy Re:We know it works - Teller showed us (196 comments)

The US government itself has little to do with nuclear energy. Congress gave that job to the NRC, and the NRC is both a salesman and regulator, so it has a serious conflict of interest. Basically, they are Westinghouse's (aka Toshiba Energy) bitch.

about a month and a half ago
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Computing a Winner, Fusion a Loser In US Science Budget

Creepy Re:Predictable. (196 comments)

Ours is kind of on the small side...

In any case, I'm standing on a giant fission reactor and you probably are too (unless you're in flight) - that technology seems to work on a much smaller scale.

about a month and a half ago
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Computing a Winner, Fusion a Loser In US Science Budget

Creepy Re:Politics ahead. (196 comments)

I've found the majority of people just ape what their party tells them, even if it is completely wrong, whether it be liberalism, socialism, communism (of which we only refer to the dictatorship form, not like in, say, the natural communism in some Amish or Mennonite communes), or whatever. For instance, socialism does not mean a nanny state, and in fact, works quite well with Capitalism as shown by employee owned businesses and co-ops. Applying socialist concepts to government is called bureaucracy, but it does not a socialism make, as Yoda would say.

Anyhow, I almost always want to bop people over the head when they talk about liberalism, socialism, or even conservative-ism because they are nearly always wrong. In fact, you can be liberal and conservative at the same time, since conservative essentially means keeping things as they were or bringing things back to the way they were (so, for instance, you could be conservative and bring back pensions where pensions were killed off - this extra spending will likely label you a liberal, but since you are bringing back tradition, you are conservative).

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Does Your Employer Perform HTTPS MITM Attacks On Employees?

Creepy Re:Evil? (572 comments)

My company just flat out says if you bring your own device and want to use it on the corporate network, you need to install remote management software that pushes security updates and such and gives them complete access to the device. On the other hand, they don't care much where you go on the work devices, and part of my job often requires going to internet sites. I don't think I'd ever have Eclipse java dev working with Maven plugin without the internet, for instance. About the worst they do is block some sites (mostly torrent, webcomic and game sites).

about a month and a half ago
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Popularity On Facebook Makes People Think You're Attractive

Creepy Wow (116 comments)

My wife has thousands of friends, I only have hundreds... I guess I know who the attractive one is now.

Funny thing is, the real reason I limit my friends is because I can't keep up with Facebook as it is, and my wife spends about 4 hours a day on it. If I included just first cousins and their kids alone I'd have over 200 due to the very prolific Catholics on my dad's side (my aunt knocked out 13 and her kids are trying to catch up).

about a month and a half ago
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Interview: Ask Richard Stallman What You Will

Creepy Re:Surviving off the GPL (480 comments)

Not only stupid, INCORRECT. Before I was a programmer I worked in a high end restaurant. I made minimum wage (plus tips) and had to pay for any food I ate, the cheapest entree being right around my take home pay for any given day. Getting caught even eating a breadstick while on the job could get you fired, since they were $8 a basket (or two free with a pasta entree). Stuff like steak and lobster was a week's pay.

I did not spend 5 1/2 years in a University racking up $30000 in debt to continue to work for minimum wage in a restaurant. That is what Philosophy majors do, not Engineers.

about 2 months ago
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Interview: Ask Richard Stallman What You Will

Creepy Re:GPL focuses on user's rights as should we all. (480 comments)

Free software makes sense if someone is paying you to develop the hardware the software runs on and you can make it proprietary to the hardware, but once you take away the hardware, how do software developers get paid? In the RMS model, the hardware providers pay for software development, but for most real world software houses, this doesn't happen anymore. The next level down would be customers pay for software development, but my experience is customers don't know what they want until they have it.

As a compromise, the company I work for publishes all of our data formats (at least in my division) and nearly everything exports to XML. That means competitors and free software can create their own implementation, and people have. I even know of some GPL3 implementations of parts of our software. They're pretty crappy and very buggy, but they're free. We also use software like Solr and pay for Solr support, which shows non commercial vendors and commercial vendors can coexist - but we could never do this with GPL.

about 2 months ago
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How much time do you spend gaming compared to 10 years ago?

Creepy Re:Now and then.. (270 comments)

I was going to suggest the same - I had my house long before I had others to occupy it (er, about a year before I started dating my wife-to-be, but 2 1/2 years [total] before we were engaged and she moved in), and I'd probably list these things chronologically, myself. No kid though, we're DINKs.

about 2 months ago
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How much time do you spend gaming compared to 10 years ago?

Creepy Re:Now and then.. (270 comments)

At least you didn't try MOO3 - seems just the opposite happened with that one. I logged about 6 hours on it after launch, uninstalled it, and never played it again. Heard they patched it extensively, but the thing practically needed Extreme Makeover, Game Edition for me to ever like it. Incidentally, I still play MOO2 occasionally in DOSBox.

about 2 months ago

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Mozilla turns 10!

Creepy Creepy writes  |  about 6 years ago

Creepy (93888) writes "According to Mozilla.org, Mozilla has officially turned 10 today.

March 31, 1998 is the date that Mozilla was officially launched. It's the date the first Mozilla code became publicly available under the terms of an official open source license and a governing body for the project — the Mozilla Organization — began its public work. It's always been known in Mozilla parlance as "3/31." We'll be celebrating Mozilla's 10 year anniversary throughout 2008.
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Creepy Creepy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

I realized today that it had been over a year since my last journal entry, so here's a new one. I'm still busy, I still work on computers and do OSS dev in my spare time (mostly computer graphics-sorts of projects). I've recently been tinkering with geometry shaders, but I'm still "feeling around" for how powerful they can be, and I'm mainly interested in using them for surface curvature correction (yes, I have weird hobbies...)

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Creepy Creepy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I have no new stuff to report. Nothing fun at all - get a life and read somebody else's journal ;)

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Oblivion... underwhelmed?

Creepy Creepy writes  |  about 8 years ago

Am I the only one that is underwhelmed by Oblivion?

The game is fairly pretty on my high end GPU (shadows are seriously broken - the backface shows), but it plays like Morrowind and you have to maximize your skills to actually play it at any reasonable difficulty, unlike Morrowind, which I find pretty lame. By the time I figured that out, I was already 15 hours into the game and not willing to restart, so I had to seriously drop the difficulty slider. To make matters worse, a good sneaky character does ok in 1 on 1 non-scripted situations, but when you get 2 or 3 or 4 on 1 situations, well, you can't backstab them all and you get pummeled in light armor. At this point, the game seems to be great for all out fighters and all out mages, but mixed classes will have a tough time unless you specifically target three skills each level and don't touch any others (which is hard to do because walk is so slow that I always have run on and gain acrobatics). Anyhow, enough venting - think I'll program on my own game for a while.

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Creepy Creepy writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Well, it was time to add something new. My outside blog is where I post most stuff like this, but in the interest of semi-anonymity, I usually don't talk about anything outside of slashdot here. Makes for a boring log, tho.

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I do actually come here...

Creepy Creepy writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I'm worse at checking this thing than I am my web site, which is to say that I'm not good at it. I think I have too many journals.

If you have anything to say to me, say it here and maybe I'll notice :)

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Creepy Creepy writes  |  more than 9 years ago

So some people modded me down for an offtopic post marked Off Topic in the subject where there was a thread on some guy's incorrect sig... twice.

Like they were expecting an on-topic post :P

Sigh - yeah, I know, Slashdot says keep posts on topic, which I usually do, but hey - in context to what? I was on topic in context of the other guy's post :)

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Creepy Creepy writes  |  about 10 years ago

I found it odd that in the past month I've received mod points 3 times, and hadn't been given any in about 4 months... and none of my recent posts have modded either way and I only meta-moderated once.

Bizarre.

Ah well, better go spend the latest batch.

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Creepy Creepy writes  |  more than 10 years ago

On this day, I consecrate my journal.

I'm not exactly sure why, but it needed to be done - and it certainly is more entertaining than watching Install Shield installing components of another product I have to have tested by the Monday before last.

Yawn. I hate working overtime weekends on boring projects. Well, enough yammering, the install is done. Back to work.

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