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How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

Curunir_wolf Re:Works fine for me (192 comments)

You using an Apple adapter or a knockoff?

The lightning adapter is Apple - not sure if any knockoffs exist at this point. But, apparently, it depends on the Alpine deck you have, and the cable used to connect to that. I guess it's complicated.

2 days ago
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How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

Curunir_wolf Re:Burned once (192 comments)

The 30-pin connector was in use for about a decade, and you can get an adapter to use Lighting connector devices with 30-pin connector accessories. This is a non-issue.

The adapter, when used with the car head units designed for 5 - 6 gen iPods, does not supply power, and that IS a MAJOR issue!

The solution is NOT a $30 adapter, it's a $250 iPod classic!!

2 days ago
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How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

Curunir_wolf Re:Burned once (192 comments)

Uh, Apple does make an adapter for it... I know it's $30, but it's at least a solution. (Our car has a USB port, so it's just a matter of changing the cable for us.)

Except that unlike the old cable, with the adapter it doesn't provide a charge, only the connection. So it drains the battery as it's used, then I have to charge it by connecting it to the car charger. There doesn't seem to be a way to connect it to the stereo and charger at the same time, at least with the adapter.

Really renders the whole thing useless. The cheapest fix is to return this iPod, and buy an iPod classic for about $250. Way more capacity than I need, and more money than I wanted to spend, but it does have the 30-pin connector like my old (!!) 5th gen, so hopefully it would work the same...

2 days ago
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How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

Curunir_wolf Burned once (192 comments)

Car stereo salesmen and installers around the country are hoping Apple's CarPlay in-car infotainment system will have a big presence in the aftermarket car stereo industry.

Well, it could have, but after investing in a head unit with the expensive licensed connector for my iPod, then finding when my out-of-warranty iPod died that my new one would not work with the very expensive head unit any more because they changed the connector ... well.

As the saying goes: "Screw me once, shame on me, screw me twice, Fuck you Apple - NEVER AGAIN!!"

2 days ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

Curunir_wolf Re:It kind of makes sense...but it doesn't (627 comments)

That does sound like something to get upset about.

Oh, no, it's nothing to worry about. They only use that against Drug Kingpins!

2 days ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

Curunir_wolf Re:It kind of makes sense...but it doesn't (627 comments)

Or is this one of those cases where some judges have already decided that their preferences and policies are more important than what the Constitution says?

Oh, judges decided long ago that due process does not mean "having your day in court." A bureaucracy simply has to publish their administrative procedure, which includes some provision where they are supposed to read any letter sent in by the defendant, and the administrative procedure is automatically considered to be all the "due process" required.

2 days ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

Curunir_wolf Re:Ex Post Facto Law (627 comments)

BTW, can you be jailed for failing to pay the IRS? Makes me wonder how 'civil' that infraction is then...

Actually, no you can't. They can seize all of your bank accounts and assets (including your home, if you owe more than $5,000), but they cannot jail you.

But, they can jail you for tax evasion and tax fraud. Those are both felonies.

From Title 26:

  1. Willful failure to file a tax return is a misdemeanor pursuant to IRC 7203. In cases where an overt act of evasion occurred, willful failure to file may be elevated to a felony under IRC 7201, Tax Evasion.
  2. If failure to file a return is fraudulent, a civil penalty known as the "fraudulent failure to file (FFTF) penalty" may apply under IRC 6651(f). This penalty may apply to all returns due after 12/31/1989 (determined without regard to extensions).
  3. The civil fraud penalty may be applied to all returns required to be filed on or before 12/31/1989.

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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

Curunir_wolf Re:Bush Vetoed this, apparently (627 comments)

It does not really make any more difference whether a candidate is a Democrat or Republican. What is really important in the next election is to vote against whoever is in office currently and vote for their opponent most likely to throw them out.

Hear, hear! This is always my default position - vote for the non-incumbent. There are over a dozen senators and more congressmen that have held office for at least 30 years! Way past time for a clean up.

2 days ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

Curunir_wolf Re:This happened to my wife (627 comments)

Do you have a source for this claim? Without one, you sound like a right wing nut job.

Really? How about video footage of the standoff?

It's from InfoWars, so you could certainly say it's from a right wing nut job, but it's still a true story.

2 days ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

Curunir_wolf Re:Over 18 (627 comments)

The only matter that was stopping the IRS from going after long-forgotten debts was its policy.

Obviously not true, or they would not have needed legislation to start doing it.

The fact that inheritors are responsible for the civil damages, including ones from future lawsuits, is nothing new.

It certainly is in the United States. You cannot go after an heir for their ancestors debts. Ever. You can sue based on property owner liability issues, based on ownership at the time, but that still has nothing to do with "inheritors" or relatives, just the current property owner.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

Curunir_wolf Re:Bullet, meet foot (565 comments)

Windows 8.x is ... in many regards is better than Windows 7.

How so?

2 days ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

Curunir_wolf Re:If you make this a proof of God... (590 comments)

We are God: "The Last Question" by Isaac Asimov.

I believe the ultimate assertion from Heinlein's "Stranger in a Strange Land" was "You are God". And not just as an idea from a new perspective, but as a studied examination of the underlying spiritual lessons from all human religions.

about a week ago
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Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch Hardware

Curunir_wolf Re:Changelog? (294 comments)

So, is this just another update to shuffle a couple of buttons and checkboxes around or is there something else in this update?

Good luck finding the change log from Microsoft.

I'm assuming they've updated all the "SkyDrive" stuff to "OneDrive", since they lost the trademark lawsuit on that one.

That happened in some previous update I think. When I go to my user folder there's a folder named "OneDrive". Open it up and the breadcrumb navication calls it OneDrive. Yet when I check the actual path it's still actually "c:\users\Linuxisgarbage\SkyDrive" folder.

Nope. If you're seeing anything on the Windows GUI called "OneDrive", then you must have the update released today. I'm still waiting for the update to finish installing, but it definitely has always been called "SkyDrive" except on the web site.

about two weeks ago
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Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch Hardware

Curunir_wolf Re:LOL, good ... (294 comments)

WTF benefit does a touch screen bring to me? What is the use case for this that I'm missing?

And here I thought the use case for it was pretty obvious.

about two weeks ago
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Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch Hardware

Curunir_wolf Re:Changelog? (294 comments)

So, is this just another update to shuffle a couple of buttons and checkboxes around or is there something else in this update?

Good luck finding the change log from Microsoft.

I'm assuming they've updated all the "SkyDrive" stuff to "OneDrive", since they lost the trademark lawsuit on that one.

about two weeks ago
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SF Evictions Surging From Crackdown On Airbnb Rentals

Curunir_wolf Re:Airbnb profiting on illegal activity (319 comments)

tl;dr

Thankfully I don't live in the Peoples' Republic of San Fransisco. I get the feeling that there is almost no normal day-to-day activity that a person can engage in there without "likely breaking" some rule or ordinance or bureaucratic policy that the busybodies in government have decided to impose.

about two weeks ago
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SF Evictions Surging From Crackdown On Airbnb Rentals

Curunir_wolf Re:Airbnb profiting on illegal activity (319 comments)

So, you would have no problem if the law said that if you were caught breaking your legally mandated, below market value lease by subletting at market value, you would be required to retroactively pay market value rent back to the day you started subletting and continuing until you vacate the premises, yes?

No, Mr. Hannity, I would have no problem if the law were limited to enforcing contracts, like it is supposed to do, instead of trying to control every aspect of everyone's lives to the point that no one can make a move without banging on the City Council's doors demanding recognition of their group's desires.

about two weeks ago
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SF Evictions Surging From Crackdown On Airbnb Rentals

Curunir_wolf Re:Airbnb profiting on illegal activity (319 comments)

I have an apartment. I am legally prevented from charging "market value" for my property due to rent control laws, especially for long term residents.

Self-entitlement is strong in this one.

You completely missed my point. Your sense of self-entitlement is at least as great as mine. SF's government is interfering in both party's ability to engage in the free market. Note they're hinting they'll go ahead and allow the Airbnb rentals to happen as long as they can get their 14% tax out of the renter. You won't see any of that revenue.

Your slum-lord profit entitlement outrage is clearly misplaced.

about two weeks ago
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SF Evictions Surging From Crackdown On Airbnb Rentals

Curunir_wolf Re:Airbnb profiting on illegal activity (319 comments)

"Illegal activity" in this case, being that the little people aren't allowed to engage in free enterprise without greasing some palms.

about two weeks ago
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SF Evictions Surging From Crackdown On Airbnb Rentals

Curunir_wolf Fascists (319 comments)

SF and Airbnb are working on a framework which might make Airbnb rentals legal, an effort helped by Airbnb's decision last week to start collecting the city's 14% hotel tax by summer.

This is what we used to call corruption. Or, before that, "tribute to the king."

about two weeks ago

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Neutrinos seem to be exceeding light speed

Curunir_wolf Curunir_wolf writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Curunir_wolf writes "Researchers at Cern have come across a puzzling result: The neutrinos they are emitted from underground to the laboratory detector 732km away appear to be getting there faster than the speed-of-light limit would allow. The experiment, the Oscillation Project with Emulsion-tRacking Apparatus or OPERA, was developed to study the phenomenon of neutrino transmutation (neutrinos changing from one type to another. The speed of the neutrinos, of course, was an entirely unexpected observation. "We wanted to find a mistake — trivial mistakes, more complicated mistakes, or nasty effects — and we didn't." says researcher Antonio Ereditato, "When you don't find anything, then you say 'Well, now I'm forced to go out and ask the community to scrutinise this.'""
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Obama appointee's office raided in bribery sting

Curunir_wolf Curunir_wolf writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Curunir_wolf writes "Just a month after President Obama names Vivek Kundra to the top federal IT position, his D.C. Office is raided by the FBI in a bribery sting. No word on whether Kundra is a object of the investigation."

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Top 10 Movies of All Time

Curunir_wolf Curunir_wolf writes  |  more than 8 years ago Here are my picks for the top 10 movies of all time, in alphabetical order:

  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Back to the Future
  • Bladerunner
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's
  • Casablanca
  • It's a Wonderful Life
  • Rocky
  • Star Wars
  • True Grit
  • The Wizard of Oz

That's it. Not everybody's top 10, but it's mine.

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Anti-GPL Software drones

Curunir_wolf Curunir_wolf writes  |  more than 8 years ago Has anyone noticed how whenever anything positive about Linux, OpenOffice.org, Firefox or other GPL/opensource software shows up in the media, there are always negative responses that show up in letters and responses? I'm not just talking about /. articles, here. It's everywhere in print media, call-in shows, and anything else I've seen. Kim Komando, Popular Mechanics, and similar "layman-accessible" media that addresses tech issues are very popular targets.

Here are some /. examples of the kind of thing I'm talking about:

Ok, I'm too lazy to find more examples now, but I come across them all the time.

I'm not the only person that has noticed these trends on /. Check out this thread

But it's not just slashdot, these folks are all over the place, especially in the mainstream publications. So, is it just that there are a lot of loyal Microsoft fans out there (kind of like Apple zealots, but enamored with Windows), or is it underground marketing? Like Proctor & Gamble spending less on TV spots and more on product placement in movies, has Microsoft turned to promoting "opinions from the man-on-the-street" instead of slick advertising?

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