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Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

i.r.id10t Re:TurboTax (379 comments)

Same here... I use hte $50 version, fed taxes only (Florida has no state income tax). Worth every penny, and since I've been using it every year for the past 6 or so it imports my prior returns and uses them as a starting point. Handles investments (stocks), mortagage interest,etc. and lets me efile. Works great in Firefox on Mint (and Ubuntu and Debian before that).

yesterday
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Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi

i.r.id10t Re:I think I just found a title for my thesis (305 comments)

Indeed, if a Ma Deuce doesn't solve the problem either the problem is unsolvable or you just need more ammo.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

i.r.id10t Re:Some of the oldest trades become useful. (723 comments)

Or organ/skin condoms.

As the joke goes, in 1500 the thought of using a sheeps intestine as a condom to prevent pregnancy. In 1873 the improved on the idea by removing the intestine from the sheep first.

4 days ago
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Apple, Google, and Amazon's Quest For One Remote Control Is Futile

i.r.id10t true universal remote in the 60s and 70s (130 comments)

There was one at our house. Well, lets be honets, it was me. As the youngest, I was told to change channels (only 2 to choose from on OTA broadcast so it was a binary selection), wiggle the rabbit ears, adjust volume, turn the TV on or off, move the TV stand a little to change the viewing angle, etc.

Now my kids have it lucky. I just make them find the remote controls :)

about a week ago
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WSJ: Prepare To Hang Up the Phone — Forever

i.r.id10t Re:Hello 911? (449 comments)

And honestly when seconds count the police are only a few minutes away.

In your sitation my phone call wouldve been notifying the police to have them pick up 2 guys who are approaching ambient temperature due to a nasty case of lead and copper poisoning

about two weeks ago
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One Person Successfully Removed From US No-Fly List

i.r.id10t Re:no reasonable options (286 comments)

Already exists - just charter a plane. For a single person traveling it is kinda expensive, but for a group it is no worse than first class...

about three weeks ago
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Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees

i.r.id10t Re:That's Odd (455 comments)

There is a walmart card - it replaced lay-a-way a few years ago. And, if your credit is good enough, you can get a walmart branded visa card...

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Fastest, Cheapest Path To a Bachelor's Degree?

i.r.id10t Re:Community college (370 comments)

Quoth subby - I have an Associates degree in programming and systems analysis

Hey fluttering twatwad - where does it say he has an AA degree?

I have the same degree. It is an AS. Which means no, it isn't the first half of a Batchelor's degree. Some of it is, but in order for me to go to a Comp Sci BS program (which is part of the college of engineering at the local university, so same prereqs for *all* engineering majors regardless of type of engineering) I'd have to take a 3rd english, a sociology, an art, etc. and then the real prereqs for the BS degree - get thru Calc 2 w/ differential equations, 2 physics classes, 2 chemistry classes, statistics, etc.

about three weeks ago
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What day of the week is your most productive?

i.r.id10t Re:Saturday (91 comments)

Because I have 3 kids and they have a grandparent who can't resist buying stuff for them ....

about three weeks ago
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Why Did New Zealand's Moas Go Extinct?

i.r.id10t Re:Do WOLVES hunt in a sustainable manner? (180 comments)

Thing is, is that we (humans) have broken our Darwinian evolution template ... we (humans) can take and plunder and consume not just other animals, but all sorts of resources that also affect other animals in a negative fashion - straight up extinction, denial of use of breeding/nesting areas, wiping out food sources, etc. For a while, we (humans) can "get around that" by becoming better at taking the resources to consume, but eventually they will all be consumed.

On top of that, our opposable thumbs along with our brain power and creativeness have allowed us to create all sorts of nasty stuff that has a negative effect on our environment and all the other life forms that depend on it.

So... either we need to voluntarily reduce our population to about 1% of what it is today (but please make plans for the bodies first!) or we need to be stewards, 'cause if we (humans) don't then in a few hundred years it will be too late.

about a month ago
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Eric Schmidt On Why College Is Still Worth It

i.r.id10t Re:What he's really saying (281 comments)

And at the same time, working in the trades wtih no degree or "just" a certificate (not even a complete AA or AS) can also make you some serious money. Yes, for some trades you'll end up going to specialty schools for a few weeks or a few months, and pay several thousand to do it, but just like IT these are extra certifications ontop of the base job.

about a month ago
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Lies Programmers Tell Themselves

i.r.id10t Re:abstract wacky name (452 comments)

ex: Yahoo, whatsapp, tumblr, Gentoo, etc etc

Except Gentoo is a species of penguin, so it is at least somewhat relative

about a month ago
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Happy Pi Day

i.r.id10t steak & bj day too (218 comments)

To make up for Valentines day... it is steak & a blow job day as well.

about a month ago
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The $100,000 Device That Could Have Solved Missing Plane Mystery

i.r.id10t Re:"Tell the families"? Really? (461 comments)

Part of these resources are being provided by people or organizations or governments who just want to Do The Right Thing.

Some more of these resources are being provided by those who see others Doing The Right Thing and thinking to themselves that "gee, if A can do it I should do it to show I'm just as good at DTRT as them".

And the last little bit are doing it for a positive karma, so they can get away with Something Bad later on...

about a month ago
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Interviews: Ask Larry Augustin What You Will

i.r.id10t Revolution OS (48 comments)

You were prominently featured in the documentary Revolution OS.

Do you think it is time for a similar documentary to be made, this time avoiding or minimizing the financial aspects?

about a month ago
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Sony & Panasonic Next-Gen Optical Discs Moving Forward

i.r.id10t Re:What are these shiny discs you speak of? (250 comments)

But, while broadband speeds increase, broadband penetration may not (probably won't).

So, I have a feeling that Netflix, Gamefly, etc. will still ship physical disks... and console games will too.

I also think that instead of changing standards to increase data density, or using any extra density a new format brings, we'll see things that are more about control (DRM)

about a month ago
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Interviews: ESR Answers Your Questions

i.r.id10t AR15 != battle rifle (117 comments)

Sorry... it just ain't. Needs to be in a caliber that starts with a "3" (or "7" if you use metric measurements).

How about the FN-FAL or M1a instead?

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Online, Free Equivalent To a CompSci BS?

i.r.id10t Re:Donald Knuth (197 comments)

Since those are gen-ed type courses they compromise most of what an AA degree is - 2 englishes (2nd is tech writing or more lit stuff), math thru at least college algebra, a few social science courses, a few humanities courses, a natural sciences course w/ lab of some sort, etc.

The calc (and possibly thru calc w/ differential equations), physics w/ calc, chemistry, and gen science comes with just about any science major for an AA (transfer to 4 year degree track) or AS.

 

about a month ago
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Firefox OS Will Become the Mobile OS To Beat

i.r.id10t Re:Why? (205 comments)

This is known and has been for a while... how many complaints on /. have there been about all the trial versions, general crapware, etc. that comes preinstalled on most factory systems?

Even at that, both Uberoid and cyanogen both have some extra apps I'll never use that I'd like to get rid of... but using the devices they are on (wm8650 based netbook and a nook color) is low priority to me, so I usually just put it off until later.

about a month ago

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Happy Sys Admin Day!

i.r.id10t i.r.id10t writes  |  more than 4 years ago

i.r.id10t (595143) writes "Just a reminder to my fellow users out there — today is Sys Admin Day. Celebrated on the last Friday of July, we should all take the opportunity to send a thank you to the people that keep our infrastructure going. Of course, I'm sure a pizza or a few pints wouldn't be refused either..."

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