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Comment: If They're so Smart, Then why is this Problem? (Score 1) 102

by dcw3 (#47764501) Attached to: Statistics Losing Ground To CS, Losing Image Among Students

Efforts to make the field attractive to students have largely been unsuccessful."

You would think they would know which efforts work and which don't. I'm only being a bit sarcastic with the Subject line, but seriously they should be able to figure out what does and doesn't work.

Comment: Re:Okay... and? (Score 1) 316

by dcw3 (#47742599) Attached to: For Microsoft, $93B Abroad Means Avoiding $30B Tax Hit

So, it's wrong to put the burden of proof upon the taxpayer as to what they owe?

Absolutely, if the government claims you owe money, they damn well better provide the documents. Your banks and employers send it all in every month. They are the ones who should do all the paperwork. That's one of the things my taxes should pay for. Internal Revenue Service, not litigators.

They do tell you how much you owe. But, if you wish to pay less, it's your responsibility to do so, not theirs. The bureaucracy is already too big, we don't need more of them to do your work. Yes, they have all the data you indicated. What they don't necessarily have is access to all the data and reasons you deserve deductions.

Now, I personally think we all pay too much, and get too little, but if you're one of those who think all taxes are evil, well I can't help you.

Comment: Re:tax by transaction (Score 1) 316

by dcw3 (#47741905) Attached to: For Microsoft, $93B Abroad Means Avoiding $30B Tax Hit

I'm not sure where you live, but that's incorrect here.
States that tax groceries (rate if not fully taxed): Alabama, Arkansas (3%), Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois (1%), Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri (1.225%), Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee (5.5%), Utah (1.75%), Virginia (1.5% + 1% local option tax), and West Virginia (5%).

Comment: Re:Sigh (Score 1) 273

by dcw3 (#47741749) Attached to: Among Gamers, Adult Women Vastly Outnumber Teenage Boys

Just my $.02, but this is the most insightful post here.

The definition of the word gamer in the summary is seriously lacking. There's a big difference between someone who spends fifteen minutes playing Solitaire, or Candy Crush, and someone else who's spending twenty hours a week raiding WoW. That said, for the companies who make the products, it's all about who they can pull the most Benjamins from.

And just back to the definition. I have a mother-in-law, so spends about 30min/week playing Solitare, and aunt who is on Simpsons Tapped Out every other day, and my mom who likes the occasional slot machine. All of these ladies are in their 60-70s, and I'd probably be frowned at if I were to tell them that they were "gamers".

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