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Comment: Re:Not even much money (Score 1) 365

by Obfuscant (#46761519) Attached to: Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

I also don't doubt that there are times when 3rd parties are served or even well served by the outcomes of such lobbying.

So lobbying can have good outcomes.

But these things ought not be decided based on who has money and who doesn't. I am all for impacts being analyzed and plans being made to make sure people are not unduly disrupted, but decisions should be made on merit.

It is difficult to separate the feelings that someone bought a result you don't like from an objective analysis of whether what you wanted them to do was rejected after an analysis of the issues. In this case, a "tell me how much I owe" version of federal taxes -- I seem to recall that there was such a system in place many years ago (1970's?) where the taxpayer would send in a form saying "tell me what you want" and the IRS did. I don't hear much about that anymore, so I suspect that it died, and why it died may give a clue to why it wasn't a good idea to bring it back. I don't know.

We should not allow buggy whip manufactures to be able to lobby to ensure their livelihood.

Why not? If you grant that there are sometimes good outcomes from lobbying, just how do you write this new law prohibiting buggy whip makers while still allowing the useful lobbying?

What SHOULD be the rule is that decisions are made based on merit, and anyone who wants to lobby should have the right to make that speech.

Comment: Re:The NSA is becoming a new God for "True Believe (Score 1) 147

by sumdumass (#46761121) Attached to: Snowden Used the Linux Distro Designed For Internet Anonymity

Lol.. not only that, man in the middle, and that point about the NSA complaining so it isn't them strikes me odd. A lot of gay bashers are closet homosexuals complaining about the gays in order to stop you from thinking they are gay. It's one of the oldest forms of deciet- fake outrage while being behind it.

Comment: Re:Over 18 (Score 2, Insightful) 584

by DigiShaman (#46759763) Attached to: IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

Well YES! That's the Democrat (the politicians, not the voters) Party for you. Rules for them, and rules for everyone else. They actually believe in a caste based system. The idea being that if you accept your position in life, you'd be less inclined to fight for a higher standard of living. It makes management of a serfdom much easier along with the ease of accumulation of power.

Comment: Re:Not even much money (Score 3, Informative) 365

by Obfuscant (#46759473) Attached to: Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

Let's face it, there are a lot of people employed as accountants and I guess nowadays, a fair amount of software developers and business.

The people who this simplified "let the government figure it out and send back what they think I deserve" plan wouldn't apply to the vast majority of people who use accountants or probably even most of those who use TurboTax. They're using an accountant because they want every penny back that they deserve. Yes, I said deserve -- the legal amount.

There are already several free tax filing systems. TaxACT Online, H&R Block, The IRS, and even TurboTAX, the very company that is being slammed for allegedly standing in the way of free tax filing. If you are a die-hard, you can download the forms and send them in for the price of a stamp or two (my state forms, seven pages of paper, cost $0.70 to mail.)

Comment: Re:Wanna give up on these guys yet ? (Score 1) 539

by DigiShaman (#46758993) Attached to: Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

Ok, (1) what web portal? (2) when your email client is giving you a generic "something broke" message, how do you know to validate the password?

Occam's razor. It should be applied when troubleshooting.

E-mail passwords often expire on custom hosted servers. E-mail passwords for accounts hosted by your ISP, Gmail, Yahoo,, don't. Company hosted mail, yes, quite common for that to happen. Especially true of your using a company Exchange server as the credentials are tied back to Active Directory.

The only time I've ever broke down a TCP/IP dump file was when troubleshooting PPTP VPN connectivity over a Verizon air card seven years ago (SSL VPN; use it yeah yeah, I know..) The problem was that some segments of their network were configured differently depending on what cell tower you were communicating against. For whatever reason, Verizon had a problem in that it was breaking the GRE protocol. Eventually, we isolated which which of the three cell towers were causing the problem out in the field (refinery complex for safety crewmen needing to log with a remote laptop).

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