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

DigiShaman Re:Over 18 (614 comments)

Nothing is ever free when it comes from the government. It all costs money and it all gets paid for by the citizens of that country; whether your realize it or not.

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

DigiShaman Re:Over 18 (614 comments)

Well YES! That's the Democrat (the politicians, not the voters) Party for you. Rules for them, and rules for everyone else. They actually believe in a caste based system. The idea being that if you accept your position in life, you'd be less inclined to fight for a higher standard of living. It makes management of a serfdom much easier along with the ease of accumulation of power.

yesterday
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

DigiShaman Re:Wanna give up on these guys yet ? (564 comments)

Ok, (1) what web portal? (2) when your email client is giving you a generic "something broke" message, how do you know to validate the password?

Occam's razor. It should be applied when troubleshooting.

E-mail passwords often expire on custom hosted servers. E-mail passwords for accounts hosted by your ISP, Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook.com..etc, don't. Company hosted mail, yes, quite common for that to happen. Especially true of your using a company Exchange server as the credentials are tied back to Active Directory.

The only time I've ever broke down a TCP/IP dump file was when troubleshooting PPTP VPN connectivity over a Verizon air card seven years ago (SSL VPN; use it yeah yeah, I know..) The problem was that some segments of their network were configured differently depending on what cell tower you were communicating against. For whatever reason, Verizon had a problem in that it was breaking the GRE protocol. Eventually, we isolated which which of the three cell towers were causing the problem out in the field (refinery complex for safety crewmen needing to log with a remote laptop).

yesterday
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Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

DigiShaman Re:H&R Block and Turbo Tax (379 comments)

H&R Block maybe more convenient, but YOU are still on the hook if they screw up somewhere. That's the law. With Turbo Tax and apps like it, you are still on the hook, but at least you have chance to go over it with a fine toothed comb before hitting the submit button. And BTW, Turbo Tax will catch any mistakes or discrepancies for you and alert you to the fact. It won't however catch any extra source of income or life changing events that you haven't already entered in.

yesterday
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Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

DigiShaman Re:TurboTax (379 comments)

TurboTax. You get to keep a history and I've had to call their line for consultation once. I was pleased with how it all went. Their online FAQ forum was pretty useful in fact.

To each his own, but if your tax situation is really complicated, perhaps you're living a life beyond your pay grade? Or perhaps we should go with a fair tax system. It's way too bloated and complex as it is. If I was forced to do this on my own with nothing but paper and instructions from provided PDFs via IRS website, no doubt it would have been an epic failure for me.

yesterday
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

DigiShaman Re:Wanna give up on these guys yet ? (564 comments)

Wouldn't you have validated their password from the web portal side of things in the first place. That's sort of like trying to figure out how a lock works when you should have just turned the knob in the first place.

Some of you guys way over analyze shit by making mountains out of mole hills. 9 times out of 10, it's fucking user error!!!

yesterday
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3D-Printed UAV Can Go From Atoms to Airborne in 24 Hours

DigiShaman Re:Enough (77 comments)

"Need more vespene gas!"

Wouldn't you know it!? Rookie mistake!

about two weeks ago
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Social Media Becomes the New Front In Mexico's Drug War

DigiShaman Re:America needs to legalize all drugs (120 comments)

From a personal liberty POV, I agree. Your body, your temple, your choice. But (and there's always a but), drug addicts not only abuse themselves, but those around them. Specifically, the environment oft he children they're supposed to be caring for. We can always have CPS take the kids away, but that's a pretty fucked up situation for them to be dealing with in the first place.

I know "for the children" is way over abused in politics, but if there was ever a reason to espouse it, it's to combat drug abuse.

about two weeks ago
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Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light

DigiShaman Re:Traffic Calming (364 comments)

Agree 100% on this. I would rather traffic be "slow-and-go" rather than "stop-and-launch". Traffic Calming is anything but!

about two weeks ago
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Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light

DigiShaman BS (364 comments)

If you can't run a red light, how can the red-light camera not be rigged to issue you a ticket. And other thing, red lights in some instances will *only* turn red when you arrive. It's called speed control. Oh, and Austin, TX loves to do this around 2am so that the green starts on an UP HILL! Fine, I'll burn more gas and contribute to global warming...with fucking glee!!!

Did I mention that I really hate the traffic in Austin and the bullshit timing of the lights there?

about two weeks ago
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An Engineer's Eureka Moment With a GM Flaw

DigiShaman Re:Different part, same number? (357 comments)

A product or part revision often shares the same number. They shouldn't IMHO, but they do. The computer industry does it all the time. For example, RAM modules may undergo a revision but share the same part number. But because they are different, the memory timing is off and causing all sorts of problems. So you're forced to upgrade with the same revision. PSUs, Bluetooth modules, WiFi modules, HDDs, in laptops find this kind of crap going on all the time.

about two weeks ago
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How interested are you in Virtual Reality tech?

DigiShaman Re: VR again? (202 comments)

I own a Virtual Boy. I've only used it a few months and put it back in its original box. 19 years later, one of the eyes sights shows streaks of dead pixels. It's caused by the breakdown in material used to establish electrical contact with the components. After doing some research, nearly all of them suffer the same fate due to oxidation; or will. Well, unless the box was stored in an inert gas (like nitrogen) container anyways.

about two weeks ago
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CISPA's Author Has Another Privacy-Killing Bill To Pass Before He Retires

DigiShaman Re:I always find it interesting. . . (138 comments)

That depends on how you define "Far Right". I'm a Barry Goldwater / Ronald Reagan kind of conservative. Now take John McCain. The same guy that stood up to ex-KGB Putin and all anti-Russian pomp. Yup, he's the epitome of a RINO; believe it or not! Trying to make a pull on conservative value when it suits you best does not make one a genuine conservative. It's self-serving asshats like McCain that I can't stand. A true Conservative is one that has a historical voting record you can count on.

http://www.rinolist.org/rinos/

about three weeks ago
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Prototype Volvo Flywheel Tech Uses Car's Wasted Brake Energy

DigiShaman Re: energy from BRAKING - best for stop-and-go (262 comments)

I doubt weight is an issue for this flywheel. When you have a carbon fiber flywheel, you're trading 60k RPM over mass @ low rpm.

I just want to know what kind of bearings this thing uses, and it expected MTBF rate is.

about three weeks ago
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Minecraft Creator Halts Plans For Oculus Version Following Facebook Acquisition

DigiShaman Re:Unsurprising ... (300 comments)

Yup! Gaming (VR entertainment period) takes the eyeballs off FaceBook. They're buying the competition and shelving the technology along with the IP.

about three weeks ago
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NASA Puts Its New Spacesuit Design To a Public Vote

DigiShaman Missing option (127 comments)

I run with Cowboy Neal naked on Mars.

about three weeks ago
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Apple Reportedly In Talks With Comcast For Separate Apple Streaming Path

DigiShaman Re:S C U M B A G S (150 comments)

You know, I honestly don't care anymore. If there's a war brewing over how to deliver media content over the web and into our homes, fuck it. At this point, perhaps the only winning move is to not play. I have better things to do with my time anyways.

Just my 2 cents.

about three weeks ago

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Bill O'Reilly website hacked

DigiShaman DigiShaman writes  |  more than 5 years ago

DigiShaman (671371) writes "Bill O'Reilly (Fox News commentator) had his website hacked on September 19th 2008 following Bill's criticism of Palin's e-mail account being broken into. According to the website, 205 members who signed up after the 14th had their security compromised. An e-mail from Bill states "Rest assured that we are on this. Our defense of Sarah Palin has led some criminals to attempt to disrupt our enterprise. At this moment federal authorites and our attorneys are compiling information against these people. We stand behind our products but, most importantly, we stand behind you. We'll get the bad guys. Count on it.""

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