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Comment: Effective Tax Rate (Score 2) 385

by CMYKjunkie (#46757105) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?
I can luckily use a family member who is an accountant. She charges us a flat $50 fee and it's worth it because in 2013 we had: two kid deductions, cashed out some (very) small investments, sold a rental property short at a horrendous loss, got a tax bill for the "forgiven" debt on the short sale, and other hijinks.

In the press a lot has been made of the Romney's and Obama's "effective" tax rate: that is, "Adjusted Gross Income/Total Tax = Effective tax rate". Romney's was something like 14.1% and Obama's was 20.4%. Populist rage ensued over both "not paying their fair share." I felt that same rage but then looked: my effective rate was 9.53%!!!! That sure surprised me.

So /.ers: look at your effective tax rate - are you higher or lower than these "greedy bastards"?

Comment: Re:Hero ? (Score 1) 236

The names of everyone involved are going to come out anyways....I'm *guessing* GM's goal is to scapegoat a few responsible parties as early as possible, so that when the management failures are unmasked, there won't be as much heat and vitriol.

**bump** **bump***

The sound the bus makes running over the engineers thrown under.

Comment: Funny Money (Score 1) 32

Not debating the merits of the NTIS' services, but let's look at the argument that they "cost the taxpayer's money" for an agency to buy from them.

If Agency X purchases $50 worth of product from NTIS, $50 of taxpayer money is simply moved from Agency X's budget to the NTIS budget. No taxpayer money was "spent" it was just a Funny Money transaction. If Agency X spends $50 at Amazon.com then $50 was SPENT (i.e. left the Federal government for the private sector).

Now if Agency X somehow finds the needed document for free and gets it, avoiding "spending" $50, does the taxpayer save money? I say no. Agency X will "use it or lose it" when it comes to their budget and will simply spend that $50 somewhere else. So is there any real benefit to such a bill?

Comment: What Twitter IS Good For (Score 2) 121

by CMYKjunkie (#46747203) Attached to: 44% of Twitter Users Have Never Tweeted
Since I am the nerd of the family (I'm sure many of you can appreciate that), family always asks me: should I get on Twitter? My answer is "probably not" because it is really terrible as a person-to-person communication platform. 140 char limit will do that to you.

I use Twitter and it does have some uses, and I tell the family and friends that it's useful for...

* Breaking news (it's like a wire-service for the masses);

* Closely following a product/celebrity/athlete/event/sport;

* Posting a short question on a specific topic via #;

* Posting or finding witticisms and satire;

* Posting or finding a status report (not viable to foster a discussion by any means); and

* Finding spam, click-bait, impersonators of real people, bots, pr0n, and completely inaccurate information.

I mainly use Twitter myself to follow athletes in the NFL (primarily my team, Green Bay) and the three forms of motorsport I watch: NASCAR, Formula 1, and IndyCar. I really like Twitter during one of these sporting events because posters can give you more detail/insight into the event or people involved than just the TV or radio broadcasters (Example: sideline/pit reporters or members of a team participating in the event who can tweet during the event.)

IMHO though, the spam/bots/clickbait is out of control and detracts from the platform.

Comment: Re:But I thought nuclear power was cheap (Score 1) 179

by CMYKjunkie (#46640745) Attached to: Vermont Nuclear Plant Seeks Decommission But Lacks Funds

Oh, you mean they cannot just throw the highly poisonous nuclear waste into the sea anymore?

To be fair, it IS still legal to have a man in blue and red underwear gather nuclear waste into a gigantic net, fly it into space, and hurtle it into the Sun.

It's not a method that is popular with the public nor critically acclaimed, but it is still legal.

Comment: Re:Thanks for peptuating (Score 1) 164

by CMYKjunkie (#46592553) Attached to: Peter Molyneux: Working For Microsoft Is Like Taking Antidepressants

There is some thought that those people are so depressed that they aren't even capable of marshaling the energy to commit suicide. When you give them an antidepressant, they start to become less depressed and but are still depressed enough to be suicidal, only now they have the energy to kill themselves, and so do it.

*citation needed

Comment: Re:Been there. (Score 2) 172

...Everyone is *so* productive in today's world! Oh my yes! That's why it takes two people working in a household today to barely maintain the lifestyle my single-income parents had 40 years ago!...

I would guess that 40 years ago your parents had...

1 single family home, less than 2000 sq.ft., 3 bedrooms or less, 1 bathroom
1 car (maybe 2?)
1 television (maybe a second in a basement that was old?) with over-the-air programming of less than 20 channels
1 landline telephone
1 still, film camera
1 stay at home mom

Whereas today I am guessing your two incomes support...
1 single family home, greater than 2000 sq.ft., 3 bedrooms or more, 2 bathrooms or more
2 cars (or more)
3 or more televisions with pay tv programming in excess of 300 channels plus time shifting/DVR technology
1 mobile phone PER PERSON over age 13 with access to worldwide information resources; point-to-point videoconferencing; a multi-thousand long collection of music, photos, and video; still-photograph and high resolution video capability
Paid child care for dependents under 6 years old

The above situation is true for my household. If we lived like my parents did even 30 years ago, one of us could stay home AND we could sock some money away to the bank.

Our standards of "normal lifestyle" has changed.

+ - BlackBerry Fibs the Future->

Submitted by CMYKjunkie
CMYKjunkie (1594319) writes "Remember last week when shares of BlackBerry shot up on news that the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) was purchasing 80,000 new BlackBerry devices? That this was a sign that BB wasn't circling the drain as far down as we all thought? Well it turns out that's not *ahem* entirely true.

"The 80,000 BBs and 1,800 non-BB devices referenced in the release are legacy systems already in DoD inventories.”

Did BlackBerry fib on the future of what the DISA release actually meant or look the other way as third-parties ran with the story and upped their Street cred?"

Link to Original Source

+ - Wisconsin-based Brewery Testing Drones to Deliver Beer->

Submitted by DavidGilbert99
DavidGilbert99 (2607235) writes "Ever been out fishing and wished you could top up your beer supply without reeling in your line? Well Lakemaid Beers has the solution, and it has released a video showing how it is currently testing the use of drones to deliver cases of beer to ice-fishers on lakes in snowy Wisconsin. Beer, Drones, Icy Lakes — what could go wrong?"
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Comment: Re:how would it work in the real world? (Score 1) 308

by CMYKjunkie (#45657645) Attached to: Google's Plan To Kill the Corporate Network
Oh we are stuck to Windows for sure. Our main web-based application (that simply glosses up the mainframe app because the daily data entries dumps over at midnight each night) is IE8-only. Some outside folks have used it with IE10 and it failed. Add in custom Word scripts that have carried up from Word 95 and I think you can kiss Libre Office or any other competitors.

And don't get me started that we are still tied to BlackBerry...

Comment: Re:how would it work in the real world? (Score 2) 308

by CMYKjunkie (#45654855) Attached to: Google's Plan To Kill the Corporate Network
Let me give you a sad glimpse into my corporate world.

Cash-strapped organization of about 1700 employees. 2009-era Dell desktops and laptops. Windows XP, Office 2003, IE 8, homerolled mainframe applications from 1970s and 1980s mixed with Access databases, homerolled mainframe feeds Oracle financial backend.

IT has been "testing" Win 7/Office 2010 but STILL with IE 8 for over 1 year. "Should" roll it out organization wide in calendar 2014 replacing all machines with Dell laptops.

The cost of machines is NOT non-trivial in my world, at least to the bean counters. They feel like they cannot drag feet any longer on getting off XP.

Comment: Re:Tough luck.. (Score 1) 923

by CMYKjunkie (#45612197) Attached to: Thieves Who Stole Cobalt-60 Will Soon Be Dead

If you think stealing a van and hitting someone warrants death, you are an unhinged individual (or more likely, an internet tough guy).

Then I stand before you an unhinged individual. There is no rehabilitation for most people like this and it costs a lot of time and money to try.

This planet's habitable surface is overflowing with humans and yet most of us manage to avoid committing violent crime. Why should we roll over and take it from those people who repeatedly demonstrate their desire to hurt others?

Well.... that escalated quickly!

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