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

innocent_white_lamb Re:Over 18 (610 comments)

I don't think your link has the complete story. You can find lots of information about this issue with a google search for facta (the name of a new US law that's trying to pull more people into the IRS dragnet) but here is one article that lays it out fairly succinctly:

U.S. citizens on the other hand, have an ongoing obligation to declare and report their worldwide income to the U.S.A., regardless of where they reside. U.S. citizens who have permanently departed the U.S.A. and have become full-time permanent residents of Canada are still required to file U.S. income taxes on an annual basis with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The only way for U.S. citizens to avoid this would be to go through a process to renounce their U.S. citizenship, which is not practical or desirable for most people. Therefore, a U.S. citizen who resides in Canada is essentially subject to the same U.S. filing requirements as they would if they continued to reside in the U.S.A. This means filing U.S. Form 1040 every year, and reporting worldwide income.

The bottom line for U.S. citizen residents of Canada is that they must file two returns each year â" a Canadian income tax return because they reside in Canada, and a U.S. return based on being a U.S. citizen. The Tax Treaty between Canada and U.S.A. has several mechanisms available know as foreign tax credits, to make sure the person does not have to pay duplicate taxes to both countries.

Original article here

2 days ago

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

innocent_white_lamb Re:Over 18 (610 comments)

If you're a US citizen you do have to file with the IRS every year, even if you don't live in the US and don't have any income in the US.

The only way out of it is to renounce your US citizenship.

2 days ago

Reviving a Commodore 64 Computer Using a Raspberry Pi

innocent_white_lamb Re:Vice and Frodo 64 (159 comments)

A lot of stuff isn't up to much on the Android C64 emulator, but I highly recommend that you try Leaderboard Golf. Leaderboard Golf looks and works just like it was made for Android phones.

2 days ago

Reviving a Commodore 64 Computer Using a Raspberry Pi

innocent_white_lamb Vice and Frodo 64 (159 comments)

I use Vice on my desktop computer and Frodo C64 on my Android phone. Accordingly, I don't need an extra gadget to play with my Commodore 64.

Gamebase64 has everything you never needed to know about C64 games, Girls of '64 for everything in 8-bit nudity, and AppsnToolsBase64 for everything in utilities, business and productivity applications.

All c64 programs are tiny in modern terms; an uncompressed 1541 floppy disk image is only 170k. So you can carry every significant Commodore 64 program that was every released on a single flash drive or on your phone, and have plenty of room to spare.

2 days ago

How much do you spend yearly on mobile apps?

innocent_white_lamb Re:Why not a "$0" only option (238 comments)

That would be me. I've never spent a penny on apps for my Android phones or tablets.

What do I have on my phone right now:

terminal ide
920 Text Editor
Wifi Analyzer by farproc
Hacker's Keyboard
network info II
es file manager
kingsoft office
x11 server by darkside
diskusage by ivan volosik
cbc radio
colornote notepad notes
Canada weather & radar by fish & whistle
rfo basic
QR Code Reader by Scan Inc
camscanner phone pdf creator
mahjongg builder
opendocument reader
From Samsung Apps:
Samsung TTS HD US English

Haven't paid a penny for any of it yet.

4 days ago

How much do you spend yearly on mobile apps?

innocent_white_lamb Re:Pretty close to zero (238 comments)

Honest question: What does Moon+ ebook reader do for $4.99 that FBReader doesn't do for free?

I've never looked at Moon+, but FBReader runs great on my computers, phones and tablets and does what it's supposed to do. The only feature I'd like to see added is a way to automatically sync the page that you're on between all of the devices, but I can see where that could be a problem; where do you store the central page number repository that you would probably need do do that.

4 days ago

Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

innocent_white_lamb Re:Viva La XP! (641 comments)

I have a $100,000 digital cinema projector. (I own an operate a movie theatre.) The projector runs on Windows XP. Fortunately, it's not connected to the Internet; the server and associated hardware are a self-contained network. I load ("ingest) movies onto the system from CRU hard drives that arrive by courier or bus.

about a week ago

Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

innocent_white_lamb Re:Viva La XP! (641 comments)

Don't knock an abacus. I have one right beside my computer.

It's great for binary arithmetic. I can visualize what's going on and don't have to reach for a pad of paper to play around with bit flipping. (Never been able to do binary arithmetic reliably in my head, unfortunately.)

about a week ago

Most Expensive Aviation Search: $53 Million To Find Flight MH370

innocent_white_lamb Millions in additional cost or simply allocated? (233 comments)

How many of those millions being spent on the search are costs that would not otherwise be incurred in the normal course of business? If Johnny Rescue is flying his plane or sitting around shooting pool and watching TV while waiting for a call, his salary is still being paid. Same for things like fuel: if it's not used in an actual situation, would it otherwise still be used in a training exercise?

I suspect that a large portion of the cost of this search isn't an actual additional cost; this is just a convenient place to park the budget.

about two weeks ago

.NET Native Compilation Preview Released

innocent_white_lamb Re:It produces performance like C++ (217 comments)

Otherwise, if you are such a huge fan of C, please show me an implementation of binary tree in C which can be reused to store either `int` or `double` or `void *` data types in it.

about two weeks ago

.NET Native Compilation Preview Released

innocent_white_lamb It produces performance like C++ (217 comments)

"It produces performance like C++".

How many times over the years have I seen this? "Widget-of-the-month is almost as fast and efficient as C."

My response is, if the performance is important then why not do it in C? C is definitely as efficient as C. If performance is not important, then why does it matter?

I don't see the need to spend time and/or money on something that's "almost as good as C" when C itself is available.

"This cardboard pizza is almost as good as a real pizza and it only costs $10 more!" Er, no thanks?

about two weeks ago

Microsoft Launches Office For iPad: Includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

innocent_white_lamb Libreoffice? (184 comments)

Still waiting for Libreoffice for Android (which would be of use to me) and Ipad (which I guess other people would use).

The best Android app I've found for "office" stuff is Kingsoft Office but it can't work with Open Document files, just Microsoft formatted stuff. I wish I had one that would work with Open Document; it would be a lot more useful.

about three weeks ago

Neovim: Rebuilding Vim For the 21st Century

innocent_white_lamb Re:Never understood the modes (248 comments)

After many years of playing with computers, I have recently started learning to use vim, but one thing always drives me crazy.

I have never figured out how to insert one single character at the current cursor position. Replacing one character is easy (r) but how do I insert one? Example: somthing. What's the easiest way to get the missing e into that word?

about three weeks ago

The $100,000 Device That Could Have Solved Missing Plane Mystery

innocent_white_lamb It starts transmitting when something goes wrong (461 comments)

This $100,000 gadget doesn't do continuous data transmission. It starts transmitting when something goes wrong, and that's it.

If something does go wrong and there's time for this thing to start transmitting, then wouldn't there also be time for the pilot (copilot, navigator, stewardess) to get on the radio and say "Hello, chaps on the ground. Something has gone wrong."

If it blows up in mid-air or something like that, you won't get anything more with this device than you get without it.

What do you gain for $100,000, then?

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: What's New In Legacy Languages?

innocent_white_lamb Re:abaci (247 comments)

Don't knock an abacus! My abacus lives beside my main computer.

You really can't bet an abacus for doing binary arithmetic and bit shifting. I don't know about you, but I can't visualize that stuff well in my head so I either grab my abacus or start making slash marks on a piece of paper, and it's a lot more efficient and conducive to thinking when I do it with an abacus.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: What's New In Legacy Languages?

innocent_white_lamb Re:Anything that isn't C (247 comments)

Actually, I would love to find a method for programming Android in C and interacting with the user through webkit. That way I could create an app entirely in C with a html/javascript frontend to interact with the user without having to horse around with Java to get a usable app.

Unfortunately, I haven't found a way to do that yet. (If someone here knows how to do that, by all means sing out!)

The irony of mobile computing is how bloody difficult it is to write a simple C program to run on one of those things, even though Android is written in C.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: What's New In Legacy Languages?

innocent_white_lamb Anything that isn't C (247 comments)

I've been playing with computers since the mid-70's and one of the things that I did early on was learn to program in C.

One of the smartest things I've ever done; it's up there with my decision to start running Linux in the late 90's.

If you can program in C you can write a program that runs on pretty much everything that you'll come across that you might want to program.

Learn C if you want to learn a programming language that you can use for a very long time.

I like Android, got an Android phone and a couple of tablets, but the C NDK doesn't allow you to do things without having to jump through a bunch of Java hoops to get there. I would have more Android devices if it was easier to write a program on it in C.


(Hip hip array!)

about a month ago

KDE Releases Calligra Suite 2.8

innocent_white_lamb It's an Openoffice-like thing (35 comments)

For other folks who are like me, and are wondering what this thing is, it's apparently an office suite like Openoffice, Libreoffice, etc.

I've never heard of it up to now, myself.

about a month ago

New Attack Hijacks DNS Traffic From 300,000 Routers

innocent_white_lamb Re:The report (105 comments)

That exact same link is in the summary.

You were in such a hurry to get first post that you didn't read the summary.

about a month and a half ago



Lost smartphones usually probed for private data

innocent_white_lamb innocent_white_lamb writes  |  about three weeks ago

innocent_white_lamb (151825) writes "Security software company Symantec dropped 10 phones in each of six Canadian cities and waited to see if they would be returned. Among the questions that Symantec wanted to answer with the study was how persistent people would be in poking around a found phone.

The odds of having a lost cellphone returned are just a little better than 50/50, while the chances of it being probed by its finder are close to 100 per cent, according to the results of the experiment. Each phone was preloaded with icons for phoney apps designed to tempt the finders into tapping on them. Tracking software recorded what they couldn't resist peeking at."

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Ford replacing Microsoft Windows with Blackberry's QNX in new vehicles

innocent_white_lamb innocent_white_lamb writes  |  about 2 months ago

innocent_white_lamb (151825) writes "Ford has announced that their in-vehicle technology called Sync will be based on Blackberry's QNX operating system and will no longer use Microsoft Windows.
My own 2013 Ford Escape has the Windows-based Sync system. I wonder if they will issue an update to change it to QNX."

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Seismic firm sues (former) customers over regulators' releasing data

innocent_white_lamb innocent_white_lamb writes  |  about 3 months ago

innocent_white_lamb (151825) writes "Geophysical Service Inc. maps the ocean floor and then licenses that data to oil drilling companies. However, they are required to submit their data to various regulatory agencies in order to get a permit to do the mapping. Its customers can then get the data from those agencies for free. Therefore, Geophysical Services Inc. has sold its ships and hasn't booked any revenue at all since 2009.

Instead of doing any mapping, they now spend 95% of their time suing government departments, regulatory agencies and their former customers. "I do this 10 hours a day," said chief operating officer Paul Einarsson. "This is all I do."

The regulators argue that the data is not protected by copyright, that the data is not an "original work", and that their release of the data is in the public interest.

GSI uses Access to Information requests to find out if their data has been released to other parties, and then file lawsuits against those other parties."

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Who is liable when a self-driving car crashes?

innocent_white_lamb innocent_white_lamb writes  |  about 3 months ago

innocent_white_lamb (151825) writes "Current laws make the driver of a car responsible for any mayhem caused by that vehicle. But what happens when there is no driver? This article argues that the dream of a self-driving car is futile since the law requires that the driver is responsible for the operation of the vehicle. Therefore, even if a car is self-driving, you as the driver must stay alert and pay attention. No texting, no reading, no snoozing. So what's the point of a self-driving car if you can't relax or do something else while "driving"?"
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Canadian military developing stealth snowmobile

innocent_white_lamb innocent_white_lamb writes  |  about 8 months ago

innocent_white_lamb (151825) writes "The Canadian military is currently testing a $620,000 hybrid-electric stealth snowmobile. Testing includes speed, towing capacity, endurance, mobility, usability, and of course, noise emissions.

The testing and most other information about the stealth snowmobile is secret and very little information has been released other than the fact that it does exist. One document reads ""The noise level of an internal combustion engine cannot be reduced to an acceptable level for missions where covertness may be required, especially given the increased propagation of sound in cold, dry, Arctic air". Therefore, National Defence's research agency is "pursuing the development of a 'silent' snowmobile for winter operations in Canada, specifically in the Arctic."

Michael Byers, an Arctic policy expert, questions the need for a stealth snowmobile. "I don't see a whole lot of evidence that criminals and terrorists are scooting around Canada's North on snowmobiles and that we have to sneak up on them," he said."

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1-800-Got-Junk using data analytics to combat fraud

innocent_white_lamb innocent_white_lamb writes  |  about 8 months ago

innocent_white_lamb (151825) writes ""For [the] junk removal business, it’s financial fraud that poses the greatest danger. Money is frequently moving between customers, truck drivers and corporate staff, and cash can go missing if people aren’t paying attention." 1-800-Got-Junk uses advanced software to analyze where the money is going. "For instance, Junk Net can quickly calculate the average job size, average job transaction cost and average dumping costs over a 30-day period. If the job size and transaction costs fall but the dumping costs remain the same, then there’s a chance that money is going missing.""
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Outsourcing for someone who knows nothing about programming

innocent_white_lamb innocent_white_lamb writes  |  about a year ago

innocent_white_lamb (151825) writes "An acquaintance of mine who owns an small business is trying to outsource a programming project by putting it up for bid/proposal on some of the "offshore freelance coder" websites. She personally knows nothing about programming, which is why she is putting it out for bid in the first place. The proposals that she is getting apparently vary by a factor of about four in terms of time required and cost, and the lowest costs don't necessarily correspond to the least time required for the project. Since there is such a huge variation in the proposals and since she knows nothing about programming other than "this is what I want it to do", how can she evaluate the proposals and avoid getting screwed, especially since the proposals she is getting come from "far away places" where she likely wouldn't have much recourse in the event of a problem. What happens if it doesn't work the way that she thinks it will after she's paid for it?"

Naked scammers blackmail men on web

innocent_white_lamb innocent_white_lamb writes  |  about a year ago

innocent_white_lamb (151825) writes "Police in Singapore have received many reports of a blackmail ring that uses attractive women to seduce men via webcam/chat. "They would commence a webcam conversation with the victims and initiate cybersex by undressing themselves first before persuading the male victims to appear nude or perform sexual acts in front of the webcams", according to the Singapore Police Force. The victim then received an email and/or phone call demanding $50,000."
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Student expelled from Montreal college for finding "sloppy coding"

innocent_white_lamb innocent_white_lamb writes  |  about a year ago

innocent_white_lamb (151825) writes "In what appears to be a more-and-more common occurrence, Ahmed Al-Khabez has been expelled from Dawson College in Montreal after he discovered a flaw in the software that the college (and apparently all other colleges across Quebec) uses to track student information.

His original intention was to write a mobile app to allow students to access their college account more easily, but during the development of his app he discovered "sloppy coding" that would allow anyone to access all of the information that the system contains about any student.

He was initially ordered to sign a non-disclosure agreement stating that he would never talk about the flaw that he discovered, and he was expelled from the college shortly afterward."

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Scrabble needs a new scoring system

innocent_white_lamb innocent_white_lamb writes  |  about a year ago

innocent_white_lamb (151825) writes "A researcher says that some letters are over valued and some are under-valued in Scrabble, due to recent changes to the lists of allowable words. Z and X are now much easier to play and should be worth less, while U, M and G should be worth more than they are now. Joshua Lewis wrote a program to re-calculate the value of each letter to better reflect the current usage. The co-president of the North American Scrabble Players Association says that he often hears criticism of Scrabble's scoring system, but any change would bring about "catastrophic outrage". A spokesman for Mattel says that they have no plans to change the game."
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Red announces 4K digital cinema player and distribution system

innocent_white_lamb innocent_white_lamb writes  |  about a year ago

innocent_white_lamb (151825) writes "Red has announced the availability of their Redray player (4k resolution video player) as well as Odemax, which is a distribution system for independent filmmakers to get their movies into both homes and movie theatres.

The hardware aspect of this is neat, but the distribution system could be disruptive to the current Hollywood studio system (and the MPAA)

An official announcement regarding the Odemax distribution system will be made at the Sundance Film Festival."

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Canada dismisses U.S. concern over fake military parts

innocent_white_lamb innocent_white_lamb writes  |  about 2 years ago

innocent_white_lamb (151825) writes "While a US Congressional investigation found over 1800 cases involving over one million counterfeit parts from China in American-made military equipment, the Canadian defence minister isn't concerned, even though Canada purchases its military equipment from the same contractors as the US does."
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How a techie can deal with a pacemaker

innocent_white_lamb innocent_white_lamb writes  |  about 2 years ago

innocent_white_lamb (151825) writes "My wife got a pacemaker last Thursday and now that she's home we are finding
that we have to make a few changes.

She (and I) spend a lot of time on our computers. She told me that she felt
dizzy after sitting in front of her computer for several minutes, and I figured
out that it was her wireless Microsoft mouse that was at fault, probably
because she has her hand right on a radio transmitter when using the mouse. I
removed that and replaced it with a wired mouse. She felt much better
immediately after I removed the wireless mouse, so that was obviously at least
part of the problem.

I am also thinking that I could move her computer far away from her if I
have to, using USB extension cables and a monitor extension cable. I haven't
done that yet, though — I'm not sure if it will be necessary or not.

I did get her a wired phone for her today to put on computer desk to replace the
wireless phone that she has been using up to now.

This all amounts to ongoing experimentation to find out what's going to work
and be beneficial, and what won't.

Do any of you folks have any experience with this pacemaker stuff? Any
suggestions for what I can do to minimize or eliminate anything that might
affect her pacemaker?

It's a whole new world of learning for both of us."

Fabric design included in book leads to lawsuit

innocent_white_lamb innocent_white_lamb writes  |  more than 2 years ago

innocent_white_lamb (151825) writes "Emily Cier writes books about making quilts. Manufacturers send her free samples of their fabrics in the hope that she will use their materials in her books. Now a fabric designer is threatening to sue her for "tens of thousands of dollars, plus lawyer fees, destroying all copies of the book, etc." for including a photo of a quilt made with their fabric design in one of her books. Amazing, considering that the fabric was provided to her by the manufacturer for, apparently, that exact purpose."
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