top Intuit Charges More For Previously Offered TurboTax Features, Users Livid
It really is sad that the complexity of the tax code has gotten to the point that a computer program is the only practical way to file an error-free return for many people. The expenditure in time required to learn the tax code is not an effective use of time.
The really unfortunate part is that I don't see the tax code getting simpler even if companies like Intuit stop lobbying against it. The tax code is used to redistribute wealth (e.g. the Earned Income Tax Credit costs ~$56B) and encourage certain types of behavior (homeownership, subsidies to energy companies). Congress likes to use the IRS as a de facto welfare agency.
top Asus Wireless Routers Can Be Exploited By Anyone Inside the Network
And that is why you don't use their router on your network.
From what I understand (I'm not a Comcast customer), Comcast is opening up the router they provide to offer wifi access to other Comcast customers. If you have your own router, this does not happen.
I do not understand why anyone would pay to rent a cable modem/router from the cable company--it makes no financial sense (ok if you are only at that location for ~10 months or less the rental is cheaper). The only reason you have to have their cable modem/router is if you get phone service from them, though getting phone service from the cable company is just crazy (in my humble opinion).
If you have to use a cable company provided modem/router, buy your own router and put your network behind your router.
top The Open Office Is Destroying the Workplace
Not a panopticon. The workers have
offices (with actual doors) and the boss is in a open area. A panopticon is designed such that a central point can monitor without the individuals knowing if they are being monitored at any given moment. private
I toured the
Eastern State Penitentiary and found the panopticon concept interesting from an efficiency point of view but creepy and dehumanizing.
top The Open Office Is Destroying the Workplace
Having worked in both an "open" environment and a "closed" work environment, I would have have to say that I prefer the closed environment. However, most of the work that I do involves focusing on a "task." In my case I define "task" as doing research, writing, analyzing, formulating options. When I need to interact, I go to the person I want to talk to our grab a group to discuss in an open area.
I can see the value of an "open" environment in a watch center environment or where the quick dissemination of shared information is important. When I need to focus, the open environment was horrible because there was not barrier to interruption. I think most open environments are setup backwards: The boss has a private area and the workers have privacy. I think a better model has the boss in an open area with the workers in private areas. That allows for a smooth flow information to the boss and the workers can concentrate on the assigned task.
top Dr. Dobb's 38-Year Run Comes To an End
You probably are thinking of their post ~2000 stuff. It definitely got more windows and web focused (and thinner). Around 2005, I found it to be pretty unreadable.
The pre-2000 issues were much better.
top Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?
This is probably the best advice that I have ever seen on Slashdot. The last thing you want to do is keep a tally and try to keep a 50/50 balance. You should always want to do something helpful or caring for your parent. Mod parent up.
top Reason To Hope Carriers Won't Win the War On Netflix
Same here. I'm on FIOS and I'm getting about 70 MBPS to AWS East.
top Designer Seeds Thought To Be Latest Target By Chinese
Beta must die a horrible death. Delete it from the hard drives, degauss the drives, run the drives through a shredder, throw the scrap into a smelting furnace, cast into ingots, and then store the ingots with the waste from Fukushima.
top PC Plus Packs Windows and Android Into Same Machine
I remember the
Zenith Z-100 had dual processors, but I don't recall if you could get them going simultaneously. There were ISA cards for PCs (one of them was the Baby Blue card) that allowed CP/M to run on a PC.
Of course, the IBM mainframes running VM ran multiple OSes. Definitely not a new idea.
top Amazon Selects Their Favorite Fake Customer Reviews
A Million Random Digits with 100,000 Normal Deviates
The book is a promising reference concept, but the execution is somewhat sloppy. Whatever generator they used was not fully tested. The bulk of each page seems random enough. However at the lower left and lower right of alternate pages, the number is found to increment directly.
about a year and a half ago
top Ask Slashdot: It's World Backup Day; How Do You Back Up?
What is your rebuild time like on the 10x2TB? I have a 4x1TB RAID5 array and the rebuild time is getting a bit long. With current drive capacities, my original motivation for going to RAID5 is no longer valid, so I'm thinking about splitting the data onto two 2x2TB RAID1 arrays instead.
top EFF Asks Verizon Whether Etisalat Deserves CA Trust
There are so many trusted certificate signing authorities that I believe the trust system is untrustworthy. I counted over 40 certificate authorities in Mozilla and I did not make it past the letter "I' in the list of trusted CA's. Throw in the intermediate CA's and the problem gets worse. Lets assume that all CA's are trustworthy. Furthermore, assume that there is a 1 in a million chance for any individual CA in any given year to make a mistake. A system of 100 CA's would have a 1 in 10,000 chance of making a mistake. Many of the CA are regionally focused and it makes no sense why a user should trust all CA's equally.
The following changes could be useful:
selectively prune the trust hierarchy flag certificates that change (there are addons) specify the maximum path length you are willing to trust Be able to assign a trust weight to a CA
top US Ability To Identify Source of Nuclear Weapons Decays
However, if you are putting together a forensic program you need to be able to assess bombs made with Pu or U or both. Even if you could identify the reactor or mine that the fissile material came from, that does not tell you who built the weapon. There are many factors that a forensic capability has to account for.
Nuclear Weapons Incident Response
The Nuclear Weapons Incident Response (NWIR) Program serves as the United States’ primary capability for responding to and mitigating nuclear and radiological incidents worldwide. The FY 2009 Request for these activities is $221.9 million, of which $31.7 million is dedicated to the continued implementation of two national security initiatives that will strengthen the Nation’s emergency response capabilities—the National Technical Nuclear Forensics (NTNF) and the Stabilization Implementation programs.
In FY2009 alone there was a sizable chunk of money spent. You should implement you concept and sell it to the USG. Otherwise, please do not insult the people who are working on this program.
top US Ability To Identify Source of Nuclear Weapons Decays
And please explain how alpha mass spec analysis of spent fuel from a reactor would help with a U235 based weapon. Also, please explain how you would back out the fractionation of the debris. For extra credit, you can explain how activation products can facilitate your analysis.
Also, Sandia is not the design lab you are looking for. You are confusing them with Los Alamos and Livermore.
I respect the fact that you have a four digit UID, but the problem is not as trivial as you make it out to be.
top ICANN Approves
.xxx Suffix For Porn Websites
I think the concept behind the
.xxx domain has the potential of leading the internet down a dangerous path. If the other TLD's are forced by their governing entity, e.g. the US government for the .com TLD, to prohibit pornographic content, the precedent will be set to segregate and regulate content.
top India Attempts To Derail ACTA
I'm glad India is taking a stand that supports its national interests and that position coincides with my belief that intellectual property rights have gone to far. The big "however" is that India does not have a great success rate of stopping a treaty. They did not sign the NPT nor the CTBT and the NPT is in force and the CTBT would be if it was not for the Annex II requirement.
The only thing that will kill the ACTA treaty is if a significant number of countries refuse to sign it or reject it during ratification. Unfortunately, I fear that any US administration would gladly sign the treaty and the US Senate would readily ratify it. If only the treaty would harm the gay unborn whales...
top Simple, Cost-Effective, Multiroom Audio?
I have the Boom and it works great. It also comes up with server software that runs on Linux or Windows so you can serve your music. You can read more details on the
top Telco Sues City For Plan To Roll Out Own Broadband
In your case driving works out better than mass transit. That does not mean mass transit is useless. If the state is able to avoid building new roads by utilizing trains, they are saving taxpayers money. Take 495 as an example. The only way the capacity of that road can be increased is to expand into private property or build an elevated road way.
For my commute in the DC area, the train is vastly superior to driving in terms of speed. In fact, almost everybody I work with uses public transportation and the usage is pretty independent of salary. The only way I can drive faster than the train is if I go into work before 5:45 AM or after 9:30. Even if driving was comparable or faster than the train, the cost of parking is not cheap.
In my previous job in the DC area, my 23 mile commute took about an hour (there was no practical public transportation). Fortunately, parking was free.
top An Argument For Leaving DNS Control In US Hands
I would offer the following argument. I think the creation of a
.sex or a .xxx namespace will promote censorship rather than free speech. Once you create such a namespace, there will be strong pressure to migrate such content from the .com, .net, etc namespaces to the new naughty namespaces. It is the internet equivalent of a "free speech area."
Once you create a .xxx/.sex namespace, why not create a .political, .nepal or .wariniraq etc TLDs?
top Battlestar Galactica Comes To an End
If all the bad Cylons got wiped out on the colony, I am surprised that some of the Colonials did not opt to go back to the Colonies. The indications that we have from the show is that the nuclear attack did not render the planet uninhabitable like the Cylon Earth.
There should be a good amount workable technology left and inhabitable structures. Supposedly you only need about 1000 to 5000 humans to repopulate.
The other thought I had was whether anybody went back to pick up the Number Three D'Anna Biers.
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