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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

jcronen Not even much money (423 comments)

It's downright embarrassing how little money it even takes to buy the government. Intuit makes a couple billion dollars a year. The lobbying spend, $2.6 million, is about eight hours' worth of revenues.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: 2nd Spoken/Written Language For Software Developer?

jcronen Re:Polish (514 comments)

Essentially, that was Feynman's rationale for learning Portuguese over Spanish. And he did pretty well by it.

about a year and a half ago
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Chuck Schumer Tells Apple and Google To "Curb Your Spy Planes"

jcronen Location is not protected (302 comments)

Location is specifically not protected as Critical Energy Infrastructure Information (CEII).

This does not mean that location is necessarily public information to be provided by the government, but FERC specifically sought to keep the location of particular bits of infrastructure out of that data which is considered confidential.

If Schumer has a beef, he should bring it up with FERC.

more than 2 years ago
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Regarding timezones: I would rather live ...

jcronen US Eastern Time, but Permanent Double DST (359 comments)

I currently am within the United States' Eastern (Standard|Daylight) Time and think it's fine. Central always seemed like a redheaded stepchild to Eastern, and since we have NYC and Washington pretty much everything's arranged around us. But there's one minor issue: I hate mornings. And I love dusky late summer evenings.

So, a novel concept. I'd like to stay within Eastern Time, but move to permanent double daylight-saving time -- a permanent UTC-3. On June 21 that puts sunset about 9:40pm where I am, and sunrise about 6:20am. On December 21, sunrise is 9:25am and sunset 6:25pm. It certainly means darker mornings, but who's really awake then anyway?

Because the change is permanent, no changing of clocks ever.

Yes, I may be crazy, but this is my ideal world here.

more than 2 years ago
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Each American Consumed 34 Gigabytes Per Day In '08

jcronen This number is meaningless (245 comments)

This number is entirely meaningless.

Is a phone conversation "consumed" as its transcript (a few hundred bytes) or as an audio file (a few hundred kb) or a really well sampled audio file that conveys nuance perfectly (a few Mb)?

A tweet is 140 characters, but if I were to take a screenshot of a screen with Twitter (and about 20 tweets) that could be a couple of Mb.

And much of that "data" could be compressed in a meaningful way. I spend most of my day in my cubicle staring at my monitor. Does all of the visual data that my eyes are receiving (about eight hours' worth of grey walls and a small computer monitor's contents) count?

more than 4 years ago
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Has the Glory Gone Out of Working In IT?

jcronen Re:huh? (623 comments)

He didn't. I saw "Coming to America".

more than 4 years ago
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Turning Classic Literary Works Into Games

jcronen Re:Dante in D&D (93 comments)

Very cool... I'll have to poke around for it on eBay.

about 5 years ago
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Turning Classic Literary Works Into Games

jcronen Dante in D&D (93 comments)

I always thought Dante's Inferno would have made a great Dungeons and Dragons module; unfortunately I never got around to writing it.

about 5 years ago
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How To Handle Corporate Blackmail?

jcronen Re:contractor position? (675 comments)

As long as his contracting period is less than 60 days, he can elect not to take COBRA and then retroactively take it and get full benefits if he needs it.

So if he falls down the stairs and breaks both legs on the 57th day after his benefits are terminated, he can notify his plan administrator on the 58th day that he wants COBRA, submit a check for the premium difference, and his bills from the previous day's fall will be covered.

more than 5 years ago
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How To Help Our Public Schools With Technology?

jcronen Focus on teachers (378 comments)

Most public school teachers are clueless when it comes to technology. At best, half of the math and science teachers will be technically savvy, while less than 25% of the English and social studies teachers will know the difference between a browser and a word processor. At the elementary level, you're talking 10%, tops.

It's the whole "teach a man to fish" thing. Having a single teacher on staff that is technically savvy breeds dependence on that one teacher and continued naïveté. If all teachers on staff except for a handful are clueful, the others feel obligated to catch up out of peer pressure.

The fact that you're installing Edubuntu is great, but teachers will go to the one technological in-service they get per year and wonder where the "Start" menu is when they get back to their school and sit down in front of one of your machines.

I'm a former high school teacher. Teachers are under exceptional amounts of stress in a classroom. You're performing in front of an audience for several hours every day. Anything that they're even slightly uncomfortable with will be left behind in favor of the familiar. You can either give up or you can work to breed familiarity.

I'd say keep up building machines, but also volunteer to offer in-service or after-hours training. You might not have to do it alone — you could probably get one of the clueful teachers at the school to teach sessions during the day or after school. But I promise, if you build machines and don't provide any kind of support for how to use them, they'll only gather dust.

more than 5 years ago

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jcronen jcronen writes  |  about 8 years ago

jcronen writes "Award-winning New York playwright Duncan Pflaster has pitched the idea for a new Trek spinoff entitled Leave It to Sulu for the New York Television Festival.

Leave It to Sulu is the story of Captain Hikaru Sulu's Starfleet sabbatical, during which he opens a bar down the street from Starfleet Headquarters in San Francisco.

This will be the first Star Trek series set entirely on Earth in a non-military, non-Starfleet environment, and will be the first Trek series to feature a regular homosexual character. This idea is not, as yet, affiliated with Star Trek, George Takei, or any of the Roddenberries. Pflaster says, "Just an idea whose time has come."

You can vote for Pflaster by going to the NYTVF Pitch Contest site. Watch Pflaster's trailer by clicking on the "Duncan: Leave It to Sulu" link, then vote by using the voting widget on the right-hand side of the window. Finalists will receive a chance to pitch the show to a celebrity panel in New York for the chance to win an $8,000 pilot production deal.

Does anyone have any ideas for any other offbeat sci-fi franchise spin-offs? What would you like to see your favorite space cowboys doing in their time off?
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