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Which desktop environment do you like the best?

tmh - The Mad Hacker Missing option: I don't know (611 comments)

I just use whatever inertia pushes my way, like a good little sheepie; It's been several years since I've bothered to seriously re-evaluate many of the options for general use.

about 4 months ago

What day of the week is your most productive?

tmh - The Mad Hacker Productive for whom? (91 comments)

I'm WAY more productive if I don't have to spend a bunch of time doing stuff for my employer! :-O

about 6 months ago

Kicktaxing: The Crazy Complexity of Paying Tax Correctly On Crowdfunding

tmh - The Mad Hacker Don't forget self-employment tax! (128 comments)

For many, self-employment tax is another really good reason to try to steady things and avoid "bouncing revenue", if there's the chance that you could end up taking a loss the next year. Big profit one year? Pay big tax! Loss next year? Sorry, bud, no refund!

I confess to getting first-hand experience with this, as I'm accounting on an accrual basis, and just paid taxes for a rather large amount of work done that may eventually have to be written off as bad debt, or at the least is going to cost me to collect, since the guys behind the business have disappeared, and I'll likely go into the red next year. Paying >15% tax on money I haven't actually got...ouch!

about 7 months ago

Debian + Openbox = CrunchBang Linux (Video)

tmh - The Mad Hacker Re:Crunch then Bang? (106 comments)

It's backwards -- must be stack-based...

about a year ago

Average latency to

tmh - The Mad Hacker dialup != high latency (558 comments)

      High latency = slow
      Dialup = slow
I wouldn't have thought of "dialup" to describe a high-latency connection. (Gee, by eliminating your local router, it drops a hop, and should be faster, right?)

Years ago, the latency from my DSL provider to some locations was so bad (>500ms ping times) that I actually dialed another ISP on when I was using an especially "chatty" protocol, and enjoyed better overall performance, even though the max theoretical throughput was only 1/20th what the DSL connection offered..

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: The Search For the Ultimate Engineer's Pen

tmh - The Mad Hacker Re:Pilot V5 (712 comments)

That feature was a TSA requirement...

about 2 years ago

Hallowe'en is coming. Trick-or-Treaters who visit ...

tmh - The Mad Hacker What trick-or-treaters? (437 comments)

When I lived in an urban apt., I had fun making scary audio recordings, etc., but I live out so far now that in 13 years we've never had a single trick-or-treater visit us! So, if anyone visits us on Halloween, it'll probably be someone we know and, and they'll just be invited in for a visit, etc.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Advice On Child-Friendly Microscopes?

tmh - The Mad Hacker Re:Hay Infusion (118 comments)

Ah yes, I have fond memories of my own long-running "pond water" brew. It was all well until I brought it to school, and my friend convinced me to fill a girl's desk with it. The nun wasn't amused... :-)

more than 2 years ago

My most recent tax bill was ...

tmh - The Mad Hacker Re:Anyone who votes negative doesn't understand ta (394 comments)

> there is no such thing as a "negative" tax bill.

Wrong. in the U.S. *most* federal tax credits are non-refundable, but not all. If you don't make a lot of money, but qualify for refundable credits, it's quite possible to have a negative FIT bill.
I need nothing deducted from my paychecks, because my FIT bill is negative every year. Now if you add in all of the other federal, state, and local taxes I pay, I still pay more than I get, but those are separate "bills".

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: The Very Best Paper Airplane?

tmh - The Mad Hacker Re:Outdated (183 comments)

Only two? I heard you had to be three sheets to the wind in order to survive a Canadian winter.

more than 2 years ago

World's Tallest Free-Standing Broadcast Tower Completed

tmh - The Mad Hacker I want one! (65 comments)

Finally! A tower for my ham radio antennas that'll let my signal out of this valley I live in! :-)

more than 2 years ago

Where does your electricity come from?

tmh - The Mad Hacker Re:I have no idea (498 comments)

I have no idea, and anyone "on the grid" who claims to know is fooling themselves.

Perhaps. I'm a member of a smallish PUD, and though I'm not involved in the power purchase, we're regularly apprised of where our power is coming from and going to, and have statistics answering exactly that question. We don't have exact accuracy, but we can get a pretty good idea %-wise at any given time.

more than 2 years ago

Books I bought to read, but haven't yet:

tmh - The Mad Hacker 90 (298 comments)

For "dead tree" books (I'm not counting [public domain] audio versions, which I always keep a few downloads ahead of my in-car reading), I'll break them into two classes:

1. Books purchased at retail outlets (always at a discount) because I specifically want to read that book: 90% not read
The vast majority of my library has been acquired opportunistically at 800-page book twice in one day, and yes I quizzed her after the 1st reading, and no I couldn't find any details that she'd missed) she'll clean me out pretty soon, though. At that point, I might have to start paying for a non-resident library membership to a big city....

more than 2 years ago

How many robocalls do you get each month?

tmh - The Mad Hacker Lots...but none (228 comments)

When I receive a call from a toll-free number or unknown number, Asterisk plays the "disconnected" tone, which dumps most autodialers. If no phone#, then they have to enter a reasonable-looking one. THEN, anyone who calls has to press a number to reach an extension. Most *humans* don't even make it past that stage...

more than 2 years ago

I typically run Windows ...

tmh - The Mad Hacker VMs Only = W2k (417 comments)

Nearly the only place I run Windows is in virtual machines, and W2k is a lot lighter and flexible. It's only serving as a compatibility layer for certain software/environments, so why do I want something heavier? Only now am I starting to run across Windows software that I may care about that requires XP.

more than 2 years ago

Gamification — Valid Term or Marketing-Speak?

tmh - The Mad Hacker Front Page (98 comments)

I think it's a nice service to bleep stuff that appears on the front page. For one thing, many people *are* browsing it at work where they may find it nice to be able to browse the summaries without triggering content filters or otherwise being bothered by NSFW content. If, after seeing the abbreviated summary, they wish to climb in the manhole, they can click on the article and enjoy all it has to offer.

more than 3 years ago

New "Last Dinosaur" Find Backs Asteroid Extinction

tmh - The Mad Hacker Re:Scientific Method, Yay! (157 comments)

Sorry, guess if you want to get modded funny, you have to use smaller words. Regardless of which theory is true, though, I'm sure the event was a real gas....

more than 3 years ago

Cool-Factor Predicted To Spur Energy Conservation

tmh - The Mad Hacker Re:Doom light switch? (130 comments)

Gives new meaning to the phrase "kill the lights", doesn't it?

more than 3 years ago

Greenpeace Says the Internet Emits Too Much CO2

tmh - The Mad Hacker The Internet says... (370 comments)

...that Greenpeace emits too much CO2. :-)

more than 3 years ago

I'd rather my paycheck be denominated in ...

tmh - The Mad Hacker Direct Deposit can be Expensive in U.S. (868 comments)

The crazy thing about most banks in the US is that, like many other industries, they can't seem to abandon the old ways. They are presented with ways to save vast amounts of money (processing paper checks is expensive), but because their customers also see benefit from it, they feel the need to charge insane fees for it, thus discouraging its use.

Example: If I want to send money directly to someone's account electronically (much more efficient than processing a check!), I can log into my ING Direct account, send an "Electric Check" (or whatever they call it these days) for free, and it's done. Or, I can approach my other bank/credit union, and ask to do the same. They call it a "wire transfer" and charge me $20-40. Say what!??

Our small company currently offers direct deposit of paychecks (but not expense checks, etc.), but it's been off-and-on through the years, because every bank we've ever worked with charges for the privilege, and in many cases requires special software that is a pain to use (a small company isn't going to pay big bucks to develop a dedicated banking interface, so they use the junk that they're given). In some cases, the amount they charged was ridiculous; now the rate is lower (I don't know what; I'm not the CFO) and we have more employees, so it was deemed worth the cost.

more than 3 years ago


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