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Comment: Re:Anybody know the plate# for each scotus? (Score 2) 429

by Curunir_wolf (#46824727) Attached to: Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

It's not a false report if you use enough soft language. "I *think* I heard something about something and they may have a thing in their car now!"

Just do what politicians do - use performatives. "I want to report ..." or "I think it's important for you to know about it if...", etc. Anything after the phrase is modified by your performative, thus true in that space. "I didn't say he actually did it, just that I wanted to report it..."

Comment: Re:By what definition of "rich"? (Score 1) 306

by Curunir_wolf (#46816877) Attached to: In the US, Rich Now Work Longer Hours Than the Poor

That's great but it's not based on what you think, it's based on your income.

It's really not. This is from the US Department of Commerce report titled "Middle Class in America".

Income levels alone do not define the middle class. Many very high and very low income persons report themselves as middle class. Social scientists have explained this by defining “middle class” as a combination of values, expectations, and aspirations, as well as income levels. Middle class families and those aspiring to be part of the middle class want economic stability, a home and a secure retirement. They want to protect their children’s health and send them to college. They also want to own cars and take family vacations. However, aspirations alone are not enough; middle class families know that to achieve these goals they must work hard and save.

Comment: Re:OneNote is very good (Score 2) 167

by Curunir_wolf (#46801755) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Professional Journaling/Notes Software?

Wrong. It's only free if you want to be locked into Microsoft's cloud service. Did you honestly think anything from Microsoft would ever actually be "free" (speech or beer)?

You do NOT need a Microsoft account to use OneNote. You can store your notes locally, or on a fileshare, or anything that ES File Manager can get to.

Comment: Re:We've come a long way since the 1880s (Score 3, Insightful) 199

by Curunir_wolf (#46799533) Attached to: Obama Delays Decision On Keystone Pipeline Yet Again

Nuclear is a fairly startling breaktrough, although it uses steam for power generation. And solar. Get fusion working, and it will be a big change (but again, it will use steam).

There are ways to directly generate electricity from fusion reactions. Lawrence Livermore Laboratories actually demonstrated it in the lab and came out with greater than 85% efficiency from this system (heat-based systems max out near 50%). Before I'm criticized for even mentioning it, yes, it's more complicated and difficult that just hooking up a turbine. It's still feasible, and should not be dismissed out-of-hand as an area of research in fusion power generation. In the long run, it would be much cheaper.

Comment: Re:Burned once (Score 1) 194

by Curunir_wolf (#46762891) Attached to: How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

The 30-pin connector was in use for about a decade, and you can get an adapter to use Lighting connector devices with 30-pin connector accessories. This is a non-issue.

The adapter, when used with the car head units designed for 5 - 6 gen iPods, does not supply power, and that IS a MAJOR issue!

The solution is NOT a $30 adapter, it's a $250 iPod classic!!

Comment: Re:Burned once (Score 1) 194

by Curunir_wolf (#46762829) Attached to: How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

Uh, Apple does make an adapter for it... I know it's $30, but it's at least a solution. (Our car has a USB port, so it's just a matter of changing the cable for us.)

Except that unlike the old cable, with the adapter it doesn't provide a charge, only the connection. So it drains the battery as it's used, then I have to charge it by connecting it to the car charger. There doesn't seem to be a way to connect it to the stereo and charger at the same time, at least with the adapter.

Really renders the whole thing useless. The cheapest fix is to return this iPod, and buy an iPod classic for about $250. Way more capacity than I need, and more money than I wanted to spend, but it does have the 30-pin connector like my old (!!) 5th gen, so hopefully it would work the same...

Comment: Burned once (Score 1) 194

by Curunir_wolf (#46762443) Attached to: How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

Car stereo salesmen and installers around the country are hoping Apple's CarPlay in-car infotainment system will have a big presence in the aftermarket car stereo industry.

Well, it could have, but after investing in a head unit with the expensive licensed connector for my iPod, then finding when my out-of-warranty iPod died that my new one would not work with the very expensive head unit any more because they changed the connector ... well.

As the saying goes: "Screw me once, shame on me, screw me twice, Fuck you Apple - NEVER AGAIN!!"

Comment: Re:It kind of makes sense...but it doesn't (Score 1) 631

by Curunir_wolf (#46759695) Attached to: IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

Or is this one of those cases where some judges have already decided that their preferences and policies are more important than what the Constitution says?

Oh, judges decided long ago that due process does not mean "having your day in court." A bureaucracy simply has to publish their administrative procedure, which includes some provision where they are supposed to read any letter sent in by the defendant, and the administrative procedure is automatically considered to be all the "due process" required.

Comment: Re:Ex Post Facto Law (Score 1) 631

by Curunir_wolf (#46759651) Attached to: IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

BTW, can you be jailed for failing to pay the IRS? Makes me wonder how 'civil' that infraction is then...

Actually, no you can't. They can seize all of your bank accounts and assets (including your home, if you owe more than $5,000), but they cannot jail you.

But, they can jail you for tax evasion and tax fraud. Those are both felonies.

From Title 26:

  1. Willful failure to file a tax return is a misdemeanor pursuant to IRC 7203. In cases where an overt act of evasion occurred, willful failure to file may be elevated to a felony under IRC 7201, Tax Evasion.
  2. If failure to file a return is fraudulent, a civil penalty known as the "fraudulent failure to file (FFTF) penalty" may apply under IRC 6651(f). This penalty may apply to all returns due after 12/31/1989 (determined without regard to extensions).
  3. The civil fraud penalty may be applied to all returns required to be filed on or before 12/31/1989.

Comment: Re:Bush Vetoed this, apparently (Score 1) 631

by Curunir_wolf (#46759541) Attached to: IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

It does not really make any more difference whether a candidate is a Democrat or Republican. What is really important in the next election is to vote against whoever is in office currently and vote for their opponent most likely to throw them out.

Hear, hear! This is always my default position - vote for the non-incumbent. There are over a dozen senators and more congressmen that have held office for at least 30 years! Way past time for a clean up.

FORTRAN is a good example of a language which is easier to parse using ad hoc techniques. -- D. Gries [What's good about it? Ed.]