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Comment: Re: Bad comparaison (Score 1) 135

by HappyDrgn (#48928369) Attached to: The American App Economy Is Now "Bigger Than Hollywood"

If you want their content you play by their rules for distribution.

This isent a problem for the software industry to solve, it's a legal one over personal use of paid content. Collectively us consumers can potentially solve it via litigation, voting for increased personal rights for digital content or with our dollars; if you don't like it, don't buy it. The majority of consumers are lazy and / or don't care however, so it'll never change. Outside slashdot you don't actually hear most average joes complaining about region locking or DRM, it dosent affect their ability to play a bluray disc on a bluray player they bought at Walmart so why should they?

Comment: Re:Tax (Score 1) 521

by HappyDrgn (#48925253) Attached to: Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

Actually you can, and I do, every year.

You claim head of household and itemize all your annual expenses. It's tedious, requires excellent record keeping, and takes quite a bit more time... so most people don't bother. As an aside... you can just pay someone, a CPA for instance, to do all this for you. The fees they charge are also tax deductible. I also file business taxes which are not much different than personal taxes that are itemized.

Alternatively you can just take the standard deduction, which is what it sounds like you do every year.

Comment: Re: America, land of the free... (Score 2) 720

by HappyDrgn (#48545653) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

You've never seen a background check report have you? It lists state and county, date of conviction, the severity of the crime, what crime was committed and penal code section. It's a bit more detailed than just showing a yes/no for convictions, no one has to investigate what happened as it's pretty plainly detailed in the background check.

Comment: Re: *Sigh* (Score 1) 171

by HappyDrgn (#48539323) Attached to: Preferred Type of Game?

Lookup Friday Night Magic locations, they typically play all kinds of various games. When a friend and I got back into fantasy type games, and none of our other friends would play, so that's where we went. Met new friends, had fun, learned new games.

Part of course correcting social discomforts is to actively seek social interaction... Meeting new people with an already established shared interest ( like at a comic book store playing d&d ) is a lot easier to handle than say some stranger at a night club...

Comment: Re:Disturbing (Score 2) 331

by HappyDrgn (#48282091) Attached to: Colleges Face New 'Gainful Employment' Regulations For Student Loans

Sure, they should have known better than to voluntarily sign up for something they could not pay back. Thats easy for me to say being someone who's always had an aptitude for these things, but to a certain extent we've all failed to provide most high school graduates with the tools to be normal well adjusted and functional adults. The first time I learned to balance a checkbook was when I got a checking account, the first time I saw a car loan was when I bought my first car, the first time I learned how taxes worked was when I did my taxes for the first time. These are all things that should augment basic freshmen high school math classes as mandatory subjects you learn in public school before getting put into the wild, but they are not. I'm positive that I am not part of some minority that learned this on my own as an adult, and I am equally positive that there's a fair percentage of us who are just not as well equipped to learn this on their own, those are the ones that these types of organizations will pray on. The problem with just brushing these off is that there was predatory intent to financially exploit a subset of the population who are already in need and looking to make something better for themselves.

All that being said, I'm not necessarily in favor of this regulation. IMO it ignores the greater pre adulthood education issue.

Comment: Re:So they got their reservation using deception? (Score 3, Informative) 1007

by HappyDrgn (#48242727) Attached to: Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

Does not appear to be deception, but rather no one bothered to ask what it was about in any detail. Additionally, it seems that the faculty does not really care...

University officials say they have no plans to interfere with the event. “Free speech is at the heart of academic freedom and is something we take very seriously,” said Kent Cassella, MSU’s associate vice president for communications, in a statement. “Any group, regardless of viewpoint, has the right to assemble in public areas of campus or petition for space to host an event so long as it does not engage in disorderly conduct or violate rules. While MSU is not a sponsor of the creation summit, MSU is a marketplace of free ideas.”

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