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Comment: Re:For the first time ever... (Score 1) 368

by 93 Escort Wagon (#46757235) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

One year I filed an extension... then completely forgot about it! Fortunately they owed me money (I had sent a check for my estimated taxes due when I filed for the extension, and it turns out I'd overpaid), so when I finally filed it a few years late I wasn't in trouble. But the only reason I ever remembered was I got a letter from the IRS saying "we never received this tax return, and if you don't file before XX-XX-XXXX any money we might owe you will be forfeit".

Comment: Re:base it around my OS (Score 3, Interesting) 368

by 93 Escort Wagon (#46757033) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

I've used TaxAct for quite a few years - it works well, and it's under ten bucks for most people. Heck, for a federal return it doesn't have to cost anything at all.

The IRS itself has gradually been making it easier to file directly with them, for free. Up until now my wife and I have fallen above the income cutoff they've artificially chosen; but it appears they've been gradually increasing their capacity over the past few years - I suspect, either next year or the year after, we all will be able to go to and take care of it there. My taxes aren't that difficult, so having to use a paid service (or paper) just because I want to do them myself seems quite silly.

Comment: Re:I can't use cloudflare, connection is insecure (Score 1) 151

Hmm... I have a fully updated 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard) box that's been my media server for a number of years - it doesn't get used for anything else, even web browsing (it's an old MacBook Pro with a non-functional screen). Just now I connected to it using screen sharing, opened up Safari and went to the CloudFlare Challenge website. It loaded just fine, with no warnings whatsoever.

I put Firefox on it and went to the same URL - Firefox tells me the certificate has been revoked.

Comment: Oh, man, what a mess (Score 3, Interesting) 151

I do have to wonder if the task was made easier given the purpose of the server. After all, I'd think it wouldn't get traffic at all except for those people responding to the challenge. But, still, this proved it's possible.

So not only do those of us responsible for web servers need to generate new server certs for all of our servers... pretty much every current web server cert in existence also needs to be revoked. Are the CAs even willing/able to do something on that scale in a short amount of time?

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