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Comment: Re:Refunds indicate bad tax planning (Score 1) 629

by Malc (#46753787) Attached to: IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

How much interest are the banks currently paying on $2K? If you got a lump sum locked away for a year: lucky you. How about the interest on $170 saved on a monthly basis?

Probably the interest is so small it's barely worth the effort spent planning and budgeting. Getting $2K back is a nice bonus if you've already been ok with your pay cheque.

Every person in the US owes a huge amount of money anyway. How significant is the interest on $2K compared with that? Think of the amount of taxes you pay each year just to pay for the interest payments on the national debt. You would do better to vote for politicians who will both cut spending and increase taxes and try to reduce the debt.

Comment: Re:... really 13 years to update? (Score 1) 341

An organisation the size of the NHS can demand better prices, which we see in what it pays for drugs.

This is political... now the problem has been pushed until after the next general election, so this government has successfully delayed a big expense whilst trying to slash the funding to the NHS.

Comment: Re:Three words (Score 1) 323

You're too paranoid. This has nothing to do with the customer and everything to do with the content creators being petrified of a single distributing becoming so big that they can make whatever demands they like. Netflix's customers for instance won't be happy about paying the fees Netfilx would have to charge to cover licensing that would allow them to provide all new releases.

You're right though: they are greedy. We'd all be helped if Hollywood stopped paying stupid money for actors, and if large parts of society stopped being so celebrity obsessed. There's a lot of good acting talent out there, and most of it doesn't appear in poor quality Hollywood blockbusters.

Comment: Odd survey (Score 1) 268

by Malc (#46426035) Attached to: It's True: Some People Just Don't Like Music

What is the difference between "agree" and "completely agree"? You agree or you don't.

All my scores were in the range 32-48, which seems oddly low considering I can't work without music and can get agitated or distracted without it. Yet some people's choices of music (e.g. crap like Celine Dion) also have the same effect as silence.

Comment: Re:Programming is not about rote memorization (Score 1) 627

by Malc (#46329395) Attached to: Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?

I don't suppose these anti-IDE people have deleted all the man pages from their system or removed their web browser to discourage looking things up online. AFAIC autocomplete is just a more efficient way to look things up, or just an advanced form of tab-completion and saves a bunch of typing.

Pissing competitions are for people who are over-compensating for other issues. This whole discussion is ridiculous. Use the tools you like, but don't be an inconvenience to your colleagues because you run in to or cause problems through your own pig-headedness and decision to work in a different way to everybody else.

Comment: Re:Classic Slashdot (Score 1) 463

by Malc (#46171043) Attached to: Fire Destroys Iron Mountain Data Warehouse, Argentina's Bank Records Lost

A lot of sites have shifted over to this kind of design, so Slashdot is far from alone. Advertisers like it for various reasons - mostly it comes down to ads being more eye-catching - and of course advertisers control the purse strings.

You'd think there'd be a higher proportion of people here using browser plugins like AdBlock Plus. For this of us who do, what's left of the new /. with the ads removed? Maybe comments and discussion don't bring enough value encourage enough repeat visitors of people who do get the ads?

Comment: Re:Not going go down well (Score 1) 273

by Malc (#46107563) Attached to: UK Government May Switch from MS Office to Open Source

Having switched to the Mac at work a few years ago, I suspect your boss will disappointment. I absolutely love the Mac hardware and OS X compared with Windows, but Office is buggy and crippled compared with the Windows version. It works better than OpenOffice did last I tried it though.

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