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Comment: Re:HRBlock (Score 2) 385

by CronoCloud (#46757127) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

My only complaint is that e-filing should be free software provided by the government and not commercial entities.

That was the plan. Some years ago, the IRS thought: "Hey! It would save a lot of time and paperwork if we could get everyone to file electronically. Lets start working on that and give away the software."

The tax preparation services caught wind of that and put an end to it. First by restricting who could originally e-file to licensed preparers (so that back in the early days e-filing could cost hundreds of dollars or more, putting out of reach of lower income folks) Eventually the IRS got pissed and had enough congressional allies to get a compromise.

Seems like that's the prerogative of the Feds, but those under a certain income bracket do get free filing and software.

Lower income and younger people get free-filing, in exchange for the tax preparers getting the middle and upper income folks and people over 52 so they don't lose their revenue stream. Course, the tax preparation/tax software companies do major advertising to sell their non-free boxed software and services and try to make people think they need them.

However some states were able to implement their own systems separately...which is why sites like HR block don't offer free filing in Illinois. Illinois hosts it's own solution, on it's own website, very easy and totally free and no upsell.

Comment: Re:Simple math (Score 1) 245

by CronoCloud (#46749525) Attached to: PC Gaming Alive and Dominant

That's a new card, and a lot of people don't do upgrades...at...all. To a lot of people spending $150 on something to put IN their computer is something they don't do. External devices are different.

I've got a rev2 GK208-based GT640 myself, 49 watts IIRC. this one:
http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeF...

It is NOT listed on EVGA's site, not even in the support section.

Comment: Re:More people play on PCs than Consoles (Score 1) 245

by CronoCloud (#46745689) Attached to: PC Gaming Alive and Dominant

Never heard of anyone in my age group wanting a console system. Every adult gamer I know does PC gaming.

Selection bias, if you're a "PC Gamer master race" kind of guy you probably self-select friends of a similar sort.

I find it strange that a grown man would want to play online console games with a bunch of kids... That's just creepy...

The majority of console gamers are adults, it's been that way since the PSone days. What makes you think they're kids? Haven't you seen all the PS4 and Xbox One ads featuring adult gamers?

Besides, being young, you're probably a bit to concerned with appearing "adult". Let me quote CS Lewis:

âoeCritics who treat 'adult' as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence. And in childhood and adolescence they are, in moderation, healthy symptoms. Young things ought to want to grow. But to carry on into middle life or even into early manhood this concern about being adult is a mark of really arrested development. When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.â

Comment: Re:Simple math (Score 1) 245

by CronoCloud (#46740211) Attached to: PC Gaming Alive and Dominant

You'd think they'd have another bundle that included that DVD-RW, HDD, and Win 7 for 299.

I'm not a PC gamer, bout the only things I do on a PC that needs a video card are Second Life and STO, but I have a similar box purchased back in 2010 (dual-core).

So anybody that says gaming can only be done on some $1200 monster is frankly full of bull.

While I agree, some PC enthusiasts and some of the PC gamer oriented media tend to think that $1200 is a baseline rig and to be a "real" PC gamer you should spend more.

Comment: Re:Don't do it. Linux sucks as an XP workgroup (Score 1) 451

by CronoCloud (#46733437) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

Me either. But that's what the manual says.

Lucid Lynx...2010. Hmm.

The Fedora docs from that same period are these:

http://docs.fedoraproject.org/...

Which tells you to use system-config-samba, which is the standard GUI Samba configuration tool, not a third party "hack". You can still do it manually, but you don't have to.

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