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Comment: Re:By what definition of "rich"? (Score 1) 310

by Enry (#46815555) Attached to: In the US, Rich Now Work Longer Hours Than the Poor

Sure I do. But what's happened over the past 30 years is that the lower class has expanded by population and the upper class has expanded by wealth. What was middle class (which I see as owning one house, maybe two cars, reasonably comfortable, and salaried employment) is getting pushed at both ends. 100 years ago I'd probably be upper class. Now I'm upper middle, but that doesn't mean I'm upper class.

Comment: The definition of work has changed too (Score 1) 310

by Enry (#46814663) Attached to: In the US, Rich Now Work Longer Hours Than the Poor

If I reply to an e-mail or write code at night, is that considered work? It's not like I can serve McDonald's or sweep floors or tighten a bolt just after waking up and rolling out of bed. I had yesterday off (I'm in MA) but still put in a few hours of work because there was stuff I wanted to get done.

Comment: Re:Lobbying aside (Score 1) 422

by Enry (#46759095) Attached to: Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

If you're not itemizing your taxes, then you don't need to worry bout those kinds of deductions.

And there's nothing preventing you from entering your deductions during the year similar to Intuit's It's Deductible. Enter in your charitable contributions including item donation and it takes care of the rest. If the IRS wants to audit you then it's your responsibility to make sure you have supporting evidence.

Comment: Re:Amazing Insight (Score 1) 161

by Enry (#46666099) Attached to: Illustrating the Socioeconomic Divide With iOS and Android

Android phones haven't been inexpensive until fairly recently. I wanted to test T-Moble without spending a lot of money or porting my phone over, so I got a fairly decent Android 4.3 phone for $150. It doesn't have a removable battery or SD card expansion, but for what I wanted it was perfect and I've decided to keep it and give it to my daughter in a year or so when she's old enough to have one.

Comment: Re:IPX (Score 1) 149

by Enry (#46665207) Attached to: TCP/IP Might Have Been Secure From the Start If Not For the NSA

This. I remember back in the early 90s when I worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs and lots of data needed to be encrypted. It was fairly simple encryption by today's standards (DES?) but still required a separate encryption card in order to operate at sufficient speed. Adding that to every TCP/IP packet? It would have stopped Linux in its tracks.

Comment: Re:The Cloud! (Score 2) 145

by Enry (#46661011) Attached to: GameSpy Multiplayer Shutting Down, Affecting Hundreds of Games

Did you just come out of a wormhole or something? Some of that might have been true 5 years ago, but none of it is now. There is some DRMd iTMS music that I purchased 10 years ago, but everything recently has been without DRM. I've been able to download from both Google Play and Amazon across multiple mobile and desktop/laptop devices.

Comment: Re:The Cloud! (Score 5, Informative) 145

by Enry (#46660681) Attached to: GameSpy Multiplayer Shutting Down, Affecting Hundreds of Games

This is different for a few reasons.

When you buy music from iTunes, Amazon, or Google Play you can download the content and store it locally without DRM.
Kindle content can also be downloaded and saved separately but does require that the device is already authorized.
In the case of e.g. Netflix, you never own the content, merely use of the content they provide for the time they have it.

In the case of GameSpy, it's required to play online. It'd be like Steam or XBox Live being shut down.

Comment: Re:I went back to corporate America because Obamac (Score 1) 578

by Enry (#46473599) Attached to: White House: Get ACA Insurance Coverage, Launch Start-Ups

Copayments are more likely to get you to go to the doctor/dentist on a regular basis for checkups and equalize the price in services from differing providers. You can go where you like (in general) and still pay the same price. How many people are driving around in vehicles that should have had the oil changed thousands of miles ago? Money spent on preventative medicine (including regular checkups) has a massive return.

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