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Comment: In other countries... (Score 4, Informative) 253

by Dareth (#48874619) Attached to: IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

In other countries, the government collects payroll information and prepares a tax statement for each citizen. People review the tax bill and pay if they owe money. Or they amend any information on income and pay the recalculated payment.

In the US, citizens are made to calculate their tax responsibility, or hire someone to do it. The government then tells them if they have their calculation correct with threat of penalty if done incorrectly.

Comment: Learning in IT (Score 1) 249

by Dareth (#48793841) Attached to: Education Debate: Which Is More Important - Grit, Or Intelligence?

I often pursue a "fruitless path" trying to find a solution to a particular problem. Funny thing is, that is often when I learn something about some unrelated problems in IT. You can learn from all experience. Some are more useful than others for a particular problem, but learning in general is useful.

Comment: Experimenters (Score 1) 249

by Dareth (#48793815) Attached to: Education Debate: Which Is More Important - Grit, Or Intelligence?

There are brilliant research scientist willing to experiment and try something new. There are also people willing to jab a needle full of heroin in their veins for an experience. Both are experimenters, but one is good for society and the other is bad. Try and differentiate the two on a personal level and they may seem more alike that you are comfortable with.

Comment: Churn butter at home (Score 1) 840

Get a plastic container with a tight fitting lid. Get some heavy whipping cream. A small carton will do. Put the cream in the container, close the lid (yes I had to add this step), and then shake the hell out of it for a while. If you have multiple people pass it around and shake until it feels solid. What you get is butter. Add a little salt if you like and spread on some crackers. Good science project and pretty tasty butter too.

Comment: Depends (Score 1) 840

On my Toyota you can twist the socket base and slip in a new bulb with just a bit of cursing at the engineer who didn't give you that extra half inch of slack that would have made it much easier. On other cars you almost have to remove the front bumper assembly to get the lights out. Shops charge accordingly and make good money off labor on what "should" be an easy fix.

"Don't think; let the machine do it for you!" -- E. C. Berkeley