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Comment: Re:Over 18 (Score 1) 630

by SumDog (#46753405) Attached to: IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

You still need to file. If you make over $90k USD, then it is taxable. Otherwise you don't need to pay, but you still need to file.

I just filed yesterday with $0 liability/return.

Fun fact, the United States is one of two countries in the entire world that taxes citizens on their income, even when they don't live in the country. The other is Eritrea which has a 2% tax for citizens living abroad.

Comment: No properties (Score 1) 302

by SumDog (#46520397) Attached to: Java 8 Officially Released

...and still no properties. Seriously? getBlah()? setBlah()? I'm so glad I switched to Scala for newer development and that I even convicned my company to let us do more Scala development. The devs who are using Scala like it better and seem generally happier.

Java 8 == Absolutely none of the features we wanted and a lot of stuff I could care less about.

Comment: Re:Bill specifically about Glass is a bad idea... (Score 2) 226

by SumDog (#46339965) Attached to: Google Fighting Distracted Driver Laws

Google Glass is not a heads up display. But a real heads up display is actually really helpful. It's focused at infinity so your speed seems to be part of the world in front of you. Yes, you shouldn't focus on it; but it does allow you to keep your eyes up and looking around, not going back down to the speedo to make sure you're not more than 10 over the limit.

Comment: Re:Bill specifically about Glass is a bad idea... (Score 2) 226

by SumDog (#46339947) Attached to: Google Fighting Distracted Driver Laws

So in Australia, talking on your phone in a car is baned, not just texted. Although you can talk on your phone if you have a handsfree (bluetooth ear piece or built-in to the car; you can only look at your phone to answer it).

I avoid the issue entierly because I sold my car two years ago.

Comment: Re:What everybody missed: Was" best country (Score 1) 357

by SumDog (#46271335) Attached to: US Plunges To 46th In World Press Freedom Index

> North Korea, not having any Netizens, presumably gets a perfect score in this regard. I suggest the whole thing is hopelessly biased.

Even with the new metrics, The DPRK had a score of 179, 2nd from the bottom of the list!

Seems acculturate too, since speaking out against the government (or even being accused of speaking against the government) of North Korea leads almost immediately to a labour camp. (DPRK is classified by many indexes as a "Slave State" based economy.

Comment: Pilots (Score 1) 445

by SumDog (#46225313) Attached to: FBI: $10,000 Reward For Info On Anyone Who Points a Laser At an Aircraft

It is actually a serious problem. A laser hitting the cockpit windshield reflects and temporally blinds the pilot...very dangerous during takeoffs and landings.

That being said, I totally agree with the previous commenter being bat shit crazy. Harsher penalties won't stop the action. You need to fix the plans so they don't have issues when it with lasers.

Comment: Ummm (Score 1) 445

by SumDog (#46225297) Attached to: FBI: $10,000 Reward For Info On Anyone Who Points a Laser At an Aircraft

Ummm...that's...insane. Let's bankrupt a 13 year old who just doesn't know any better.

Here's a better idea. What if airplane manufactures could design their aircraft windshields in such a way as to let in normal light, but reflect high intensity lasers. Hey, that would help in parts of the world where laws like this are totally unenforceable, like international pilots who fly into low and mid income nations.

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