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

aztracker1 Re:Refunds indicate bad tax planning (616 comments)

You can do direct deposit into a savings account, just get an account slip (routing and account number) from the bank. You can also do a checking account and simply shred the debit card and checks, or simply request not to have them. All you need is a routable account. You don't need "easy access"

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

aztracker1 Re:Gotta pay the government bills somehow (616 comments)

It's about affecting the whole... when a party gains popularity, even 8-10% this tends to be seen in policy changes in the other parties... I'm not pushing for a straight/classic libertarian agenda, I'm more pragmatic than that... the point is to influence the whole a bit more.

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

aztracker1 Re:Gotta pay the government bills somehow (616 comments)

It's about trying to reduce the size of government consistently... It's when a party tends to get 8-10% of the popular vote, and even 5% of seats in congress that those concepts start to influence decisions... I'm more pragmatic than a typical Libertarian, just the same I'm for creating change, and reducing the federal government in was Democrats or Republicans would oppose.

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

aztracker1 Re:Refunds indicate bad tax planning (616 comments)

I have a bank account that I can (and do) have a portion of my income go into that I can't touch without going into the bank... set such an account up, only in your name, and have that amount go there.

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

aztracker1 Re:Taxation (616 comments)

It definitely has me rethinking my tax contributions. I think if everyone changed their deductions to 99, so they don't have taxes taken out, it would choke the government off a bit... I'd rather 20-30% of my income go into savings for the year.. I won't make anything, but it at least would stop the interest free loan the the US Govt.

2 days ago
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How Far Will You Go For Highest Speed Internet?

aztracker1 Re:Back in my day (142 comments)

I know you're joking.. but I do know of quite a few telnet boards still up and running...

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

aztracker1 Re:Sex discrimination. (673 comments)

Thank you... Though I didn't experience this, my brother had a teacher that would score boys by rule 10% lower than equivalent work by girls in the class. It's one thing to encourage girls to work in areas that are typically male dominated, it's quite another to offer incentive to discriminate.

about a week ago
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An SSD for Your Current Computer May Save the Cost of a New One (Video)

aztracker1 Re:Thank you captain obvious (353 comments)

Generally, it's still worth it for an SSD if you have at least a SATA2 controller... it won't run full out, but is usually 2-4x the speed of any HDD.

about two weeks ago
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An SSD for Your Current Computer May Save the Cost of a New One (Video)

aztracker1 Re:user profile location (353 comments)

Windows as of 7 (maybe vista) supports actual symbolic links via mklink .. you'd need to login as another user, replace ownership/permissions of the profile directory, and then move and mklink /D to the original location... It's a pita, and honestly, I prefer my OS and profile data on the SSD ...

about two weeks ago
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An SSD for Your Current Computer May Save the Cost of a New One (Video)

aztracker1 Re:OWC? (353 comments)

It's probably a much slower SATA2 disk controller which is your bottleneck.

about two weeks ago
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An SSD for Your Current Computer May Save the Cost of a New One (Video)

aztracker1 Re:500GB minimum for SSD... (353 comments)

Not necessarily, the cache and buffers on the chip may be the same depending on model. A couple years ago a 256/240GB was the sweet spot, as usually had twice the throughput, but the controller was the same for the 512gb so throughput was roughtly the same or slightly slower... that said, go for the space you really need. If it's the only drive in a laptop, go for at least a 240/256, but today I'd go for 480/512gb. (Note the 240/256 and 480/512 are pretty much the same, it's just the slack space is taken off the top/bottom for advertising, a certain amount of space on SSDs are reserved for handling bad sectors).

about two weeks ago
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Interviews: J. Michael Straczynski Answers Your Questions

aztracker1 Re:Maybe someone else will? (67 comments)

Don't get me wrong, I loved B5, and today, imho it's just behind the newer BSG as best sci-fi of all time. That said, the first series wreaked of day-time soap opera in terms of the acting. It got better, but lets be serious here... Again, loved the show, but wish they could re-shoot the entire first season with better acting, and a slight bump in the dialog.

about two weeks ago
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How Far Will You Go For Highest Speed Internet?

aztracker1 Re:Back in my day (142 comments)

Duh, that's why you get 3-4 phone lines... one for voice, one for you to dial out on, and one or two for you to run your bbs... Then your users upload DOOM to you overnight, or your FTN setup will get it to you for the GAMES sub... You bluebox your way into a long distance board to download the best new stuff for your users, and have l33t/pir8 access. New User Voting modules, and secret sub-bbs access boards abound. Though I was in it for the ansi/ascii art scenes and for the message boards more than anything.

The fail is when you're stuck waiting 3 years for US Worst to actually get you more than a second phone line, despite living in a major metro area, when it's 1994 and BBSing is starting to die off in favor of the wider internet.

about two weeks ago
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Subversion Project Migrates To Git

aztracker1 Re:April Fools! (162 comments)

Also, new projects have required 100% code coverage for CI/CD.

about two weeks ago
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Subversion Project Migrates To Git

aztracker1 Re:April Fools! (162 comments)

I've seen a few internal git based projects go a step farther.. feature branch from master, with a per-task branch that's short lived.. branch from feature branch, work on your changes, usually committing local, and/or pushing to internal repo. When ready to apply to feature branch, (optionally rebase) and do a pull request... at the pull request comes peer review (a couple +1's) and you merge up... regular merges in from master, and push to master == CD release.

For smaller modules, the branch is typically PR'd straight to master for that project (with review). It's worked very well, and I have to say that working with multiple local and remote branches in git has been quite a bit nicer than with any other source control I've used, including SVN (of course getting used to git took some time, and git extensions helped with that learning curve).

about two weeks ago
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NSA Confirms It Has Been Searching US Citizens' Data Without a Warrant

aztracker1 Re:DEFINITION (274 comments)

Heaven help you if you supported both.

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

aztracker1 Re:Obligatory Fight Club (357 comments)

I just want to note, that a free market isn't the same as corporate protectionism or IP maximalism.. or even the legal concept of corporate person-hood. A free market only works when the operators within said market aren't given preferential treatment over others, and information is allowed to flow freely.

about two weeks ago
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Daylight Saving Time Linked To Heart Attacks

aztracker1 Re:Sleep -1? (240 comments)

I've had a couple occasions where I had a really tight deadline, and I pretty much worked/ate/slept as I saw fit.. when I was tired, I slept, when I was hungry I ate (specifically walking away from my workspace, and taking the time to eat)... the rest of the time I worked. It turned out that each day started about 4 hours after the previous.

I don't think it's natural at all for us to sleep only at night... if you look at cats/dogs they don't sleep like that, I can't think of many animals that do. From what I've observed and understand it's likely far more natural to take shorter restful sleeps of 3-5 hrs multiple times a day joined with relatively short naps of 20-45 minutes. We force ourselves into the cycles we have, and most people I feel are much worse off for it. All for the sake of an 9-5 workday.

about two weeks ago

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Where is the safest place to host a website?

aztracker1 aztracker1 writes  |  about a year ago

aztracker1 (702135) writes "Given the number of intrusions in terms of U.S. (and its' allies) based hosting providers turning over data without a warrant, and rulings that consider "cloud" data to not be private, I have to ask. Where is the safest place to host a web server these days?

I've been thinking of putting some data services up, and have no problem with responding to limited court orders, or even paying income taxes on any profits made. I do have a problem with client data potentially being seized without due process."
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Isn't it time for a -1 Disinformation mod?

aztracker1 aztracker1 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

aztracker1 (702135) writes "I've gone through moderation several times over the years. One thing that constantly annoys me is when people post conjecture, fud, or other clearly dis-informative posts that simply aren't true. I think it would be nice to see a -1 Disinformation mod for these instances where Flamebait/Troll aren't accurate or appropriate at all."
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A Better Solution For PC Gaming.

aztracker1 aztracker1 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

aztracker1 writes "This is really a collection of ideas on how to move forward with PC based Gaming. A means of balancing the industry's concerns for minimizing losses caused by casual copying, to future-proofing ability to play today's games on future systems. No, I don't have a working solution, just a collection of ideas that could really work well in the end. I feel that a combination of hardware encryption in a USB media device combined with a Gaming OS is the best approach for the future in gaming."
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aztracker1 aztracker1 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

aztracker1 writes "C# combines some of the best aspects of C++, Java, and Pascal. "Accelerated C# 2005" is targeted for people coming from other languages and environments into C#. It is well suited for those with heavy experience in Object Oriented Programming, and languages with similar style, such as Java, Obj-C or C++. If you have strong experience with C# version 1, Java, or other C dialects, this is a great choice for diving into C# as a language. If you are experienced with VB.Net, it may be a decent choice for you.

This book covers C# 2.0 (2005), which is the second version of C#. It is divided into 13 Chapters ranging in commonly used areas of the language. It does not cover the Visual Studio 2005 IDE, which makes the use of 2005 in the title somewhat confusing. Chapters 1 through 3 are more introductory in nature, while 4-13 are more in-depth.

Chapter 1: "C# Preview," is a very brief introduction to C#, some of its' history, and the classic "Hello World" example. It also highlights some of the difference between C# and native C++.

Chapter 2: "C# and the CLR," continues where Chapter 1 leaves off, going into some coverage of the Common Language Runtime (CLR) environment, as well as garbage collection.

Chapter 3: "C# Syntax Overview," explains some of the basic syntax and structure of C# as a language, and introduces the two fundamental types in C#. It also covers the use of namespaces. It makes a brief mention to the use of Generics (new to C# 2.0), which is covered in more depth in a later chapter.

Chapter 4: "Classes, Structs, and Objects," introduces you to the object oriented principles for programming in C#. It expands upon the use of reference and value types, and introduces you to the options available in Class and Struct design and how they affect usability.

Chapter 5: "Interfaces and Contracts," details the use and definition of interfaces, and the role they play. Interfaces are a guideline or contract that classes implement, and can be derived from.

Chapter 6: "Overloading Operators," details how you can provide custom functionality by creating differing method signatures for methods and properties. Operator overloading is a C# implementation of polymorphism. It also covers how the use of operator overloading can affect usability in regards to other CLR languages.

Chapter 7: "Exception Handling and Exception Safety," introduces you to the use of exception-handling in the C# language, and within the CLR. It covers the use of try, catch, finally as well as rollback behavior and use of the using statement.

Chapter 8: "Working with Strings," details how the string is a first-class type in C#, as well as how to use strings effectively. There is a lot of information on string formatting options, as well as how to implement CultureInfo for better support of multiple languages and dialects.

Chapter 9: "Arrays, Collection Types, and Iterators," Brings you into the various ways you can use related or grouped information together. It covers the use of Arrays including multidimentional arrays. It shows how you can use the various built in collection types, as well as how iterators work within this structure.

Chapter 10: "Delegates, Anonymous functions and Events," shows the various mechanisms within C# to provide for callbacks, and event handling. With C# 2.0 you gain the ability to use Anonymous functions which are similar to lambda functions in functional programming.

Chapter 11: "Generics," is a more thorough introduction to the use of generics. Generics are one of the most widely touted enhancements to the CLR and C#. Most useful in allowing for a strongly typed use of more generic collections, without the need for custom collection derivatives.

Chapter 12: "Threading in C#," will introduce you to the common tasks used in creating multi-threaded applications in the C# execution environment. There are many differences in use when compared to the Win32 API environment. It covers synchronization, and more advanced use of delegates.

Chapter 13: "In Search of C# Canonical Forms," is an exploration on some of the best design practices for defining new types and how to account for use as a base for consumers, as well as proper planning.

It does cover the bases for the intended audience well and, you will get the information you need when moving to C#. In my own opinion the writing style is a bit dry, and text-book-ish. It is emphatically not a good book for those without a good base of programming knowledge and experience. For what it is, it does well, for anything else, you should probably look elsewhere."

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