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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

Tridus Openly corrupt (408 comments)

It's kind of refreshing how openly corrupt the US political system is, where a company can simply buy themselves a couple of politicians to push their interests and people call it "free speech".

I mean, sure those politicians maintain the pretense of representing people, but it's not like they try very hard.

2 days ago
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Canada Halts Online Tax Returns In Wake of Heartbleed

Tridus Re:Tax filing (50 comments)

Tax software can also just print off completed forms, which you can then mail. In fact there are certain cases where you can't netfile.

They don't mail out forms because it's a huge waste of money and paper to send forms to people that are using software.

about a week ago
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Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

Tridus Politically correct sexism (673 comments)

This is so flagrantly sexist that it's absurd. But luckily for Google, it's the politically correct form of sexism. It's been decreed that programming being male dominated is bad, and thus taking sexist action to fix it is okay.

This of course totally ignores that university education as a whole has become majority female, and many professions are becoming majority female that didn't used to be. That by and large we're doing a lousy job of educating boys is not considered a problem, so making that problem worse by trying to exclude them from one of the areas they still do well in is considered okay.

Sure, it's total BS. But it's PC BS, and that's good enough, right?

about a week ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

Tridus Re:Why should they upgrade ? (641 comments)

VB6 programs run on Windows 7 as well.

about a week ago
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GameSpy Multiplayer Shutting Down, Affecting Hundreds of Games

Tridus Gamespy was not competition (145 comments)

Gamespy was competition for nobody anymore. On the PC side of things, Steamworks dominates the market so completely at this point that removing Gamespy doesn't do anything. It's not like anybody was using it in current games anyway.

On the console side, the consoles themselves are getting progressively better about offering this stuff to games on their platform. There simply wasn't a lot of reason to use Gamespy for any game development in 2013 or 2014, which is probably why the list of games affected doesn't include a whole lot of even remotely current stuff.

about two weeks ago
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The Connected Home's Battle of the Bulbs

Tridus Re:As one-way as X10 (176 comments)

Hackers controlling my lights is a feature I can live without.

about two weeks ago
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Daylight Saving Time Linked To Heart Attacks

Tridus Re:So...? (240 comments)

I sometimes wonder how idiotic ideas like changing the clocks ever find the light of day. Fortunately, we have researchers to provide factual evidence for what a bloody stupid idea that is.

Not that our so-called "leaders" are bothered by minor details like facts.

about two weeks ago
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UK Bans Sending Books To Prisoners

Tridus Polititicans outdoing themselves (220 comments)

It's nice to see politicians from other countries trying to set a new standard of idiocy, and making ours in North America look okay by comparison.

This serves no sane purpose whatsoever. Books are good. We *want* people reading more. Yes, even prisoners. What do you want them doing with their time if they're not reading? Nothing better will be done instead.

This is the hair-brained scheme of some morons who got into power and don't have the slightest idea of what they're doing. It will accomplish absolutely nothing useful in dealing with crime.

about three weeks ago
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Final Fantasy XIV Failed Due To Overly Detailed Flowerpots

Tridus Re:Easy potshots != thoughtful analysis (195 comments)

Actually, he's blaming the leadership that decided to devote so many resources to graphic artists and so little to "is this game actually fun, and does the UI work?"

about three weeks ago
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Mozilla Scraps Firefox For Windows 8, Citing Low Adoption of Metro

Tridus Re:I don't get it (200 comments)

Yes.

I mean, strictly speaking it's entirely doable. But it's another UI to build, test, and support. That stuff isn't free, and Mozilla doesn't have infinite resources. Considering the general lack of interest in Metro and the fact that the current version works just fine on Windows 8 as a desktop application, they decided it wasn't worth the cost.

It's an entirely sensible thing to do. Metro is hardly setting the world on fire.

about a month ago
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Mozilla Scraps Firefox For Windows 8, Citing Low Adoption of Metro

Tridus Re:Does Firefox still run on Win8 desktop UI? (200 comments)

Unless you're using Windows RT as your OS, virtually everything that runs in Windows 7 also runs in Windows 8's desktop mode.

Unless ARM based Windows tablets really take off, there really won't be a whole lot lost from this decision.

about a month ago
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Mozilla Scraps Firefox For Windows 8, Citing Low Adoption of Metro

Tridus Re:The name Metro is already taken. (200 comments)

Not to mention trying to change the channel after Metro was met with an abysmal reaction. They didn't want another situation like Vista, where the name itself is toxic.

about a month ago
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NSF Report Flawed; Americans Do Not Believe Astrology Is Scientific

Tridus Re:Really good question (326 comments)

Not knowing the difference between two similar looking words isn't that uncommon. Average people don't have to pay attention to astronomy or astrology on a daily basis, and stuff is going to get forgotten.

It doesn't mean anything except that people got the meaning of the word confused with another word. That happens pretty much everywhere on the planet, and says nothing about Americans.

about 2 months ago
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Not Just Healthcare.gov: NASA Has 'Significant Problems' With $2.5B IT Contract

Tridus Re:Outsourcing sucks (176 comments)

Contractors also cost a lot more, doubly so when you factor in that you have to keep paying them well past the end of the contract to fix all the screwups.

The government needs enough people that it isn't going to need to increase or decreasing staffing by large amounts regularly, and if it does it can fill those gaps with contractor developers.

Hiring contracting companies to do things is just a recipe for failure.

about 2 months ago
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Edward Snowden Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

Tridus Re:Great news! (343 comments)

The years of lying it takes to get that many people to vote for you is pretty hard work.

about 3 months ago
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Hacker Says He Could Access 70,000 Healthcare.Gov Records In 4 Minutes

Tridus Re:How do I get clients like this? (351 comments)

Make donations to some key people in Congress, and bid on a government contract. Defense ones are the best, you can totally fail at that for years and they'll just throw more money at it.

about 3 months ago
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Hacker Says He Could Access 70,000 Healthcare.Gov Records In 4 Minutes

Tridus Re:Most famous hacker? (351 comments)

People who aren't into computer security know his name, which means he can get in to talk to Congress. When you're dealing with politicians, being famous certainly helps you.

about 3 months ago
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Hacker Says He Could Access 70,000 Healthcare.Gov Records In 4 Minutes

Tridus Re:$700 million - and still insecure!!! (351 comments)

The commercial company that built this website was let go from their contract, and without that contract there will likely be firings.

But yes, feel free to tell us about all the firings from the major corporate breaches that happened in the last year. Because if you think this doesn't happen all the time, you're living in a fantasy world.

about 3 months ago
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Hacker Says He Could Access 70,000 Healthcare.Gov Records In 4 Minutes

Tridus Re:Go Team USA! (351 comments)

Congress is currently among the most incompetent and ineffective governining bodies on the planet. It's filled with people in safe seats (no particular effort required to win) and corporate shills who are open about it. The place needs a total purging, but that would require voters to do something other than vote for the same party every single time.

And if you expect anything out of voters these days, good luck with that.

about 3 months ago
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Hacker Says He Could Access 70,000 Healthcare.Gov Records In 4 Minutes

Tridus Re:Government! (351 comments)

I'm pretty sure that "it shouldn't work and should be easily hackable" were not in the spec. This is just another example of the quality of work you get when governments contract out to private companies.

CGI botched up the long gun registry in Canada in the same way many years ago.

about 3 months ago

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Gamestop buys Impulse

Tridus Tridus writes  |  about 3 years ago

Tridus (79566) writes "Gamestop has agreed to buy Impulse from current ower/creator Stardock for an undisclosed sum. Impulse is well behind Steam in the digital distribution market, but gives Gamestop a jump start in their effort to start competing with Steam."
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Spore, Mass Effect to phone home

Tridus Tridus writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Tridus (79566) writes "The PC version of Mass Effect is going to require Internet access to play (despite being a single player game), as its DRM system requires that it phone home every 10 days. Sadly, Spore will use the same system. This will do nothing to stop piracy of course, but it will do a heck of a good job of stopping EA's new arch-enemy: people playing their single player games offline."
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