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Comment Re:To be expected (Score 1) 242

Your bias is showing.

In many parts of the world, the majority of people don't need to use tax software or "do their taxes". For example, here in the UK many basic taxes are deducted at source and then reported and paid by the employer/merchant/bank, so many people never have to file a return at all. Those who do typically use an on-line system provided by the tax authority or work with a professional accountant who can then file on their behalf. None of these people needs to run the kind of tax software you mentioned on their own computer.

In the US, you are not required to file taxes period unless you owe money. The government is more than happy to keep any extra that may have been submitted via employers/etc on your behalf. Also, you can typically pick up the forms at a local post office.

So no, there is no requirement to use a computer to do your taxes in the US. It's just that there is a very large majority that is a lot larger than the U.S gaming market that do use software or on-line services to do their taxes. I wouldn't be surprised if it was similar elsewhere too.

Now it doesn't help that Intuit and others mail out copies of their software anticipating people will use it; it comes with some free access (typically Federal taxes) and then some paid access (typically States support). Nor does it help that the software is basically free even if you do pay for it as you can add the cost of paying someone to your taxes as a deduction.

Also, your stereotypes about gamers are way out of date. For example, the ESA's 2014 report suggests that interest in entertainment software is roughly equal between the sexes.

That doesn't change the reality that those using software to do their taxes are still a larger group than those playing games on their computers. However, you'll probably also need to look at the difference in there between (a) computer vs console games, and (b) whether there is a significant difference in the genders for those who will build specialized systems for their computer gaming. My guess is that the results of both will show a skew in computer gaming towards the males.

Comment Re:Well, that's embarrassing (Score 1) 613

So it is very likely they wrote the works themselves as they would have been sufficiently educated to do so. These aspects are typically not in question.

That doesn't seem consistent with Marcan priority, which is pretty widely accepted. For Luke to have written his own gospel he'd have to be in his eighties at least when he wrote it, if he were using Mark as a source. I'm not an expert on this, I'm just repeating what I remember from a course I took.

Possible for the Gospel of Luke; however, Luke also wrote several others which were more contemporary and in conjunction with Paul's writing - or rather, letters to the various Churches and people he visited. Peter was also known to have written several later in life.

Comment Re:To be expected (Score 1) 242

The registry. Windows 3.x had a registry! It was not new in Windows 95.

Well, there was a not very widely distributed version of Windows 3.x that had a registry, I've only heard it by the name "Win32s" and know it had a pre-Win95 early version of the Win32 API found in Win95; but it (the registry) was not by any means guaranteed to be available until Win95.

Comment Re:To be expected (Score 1) 242

For businesses, sure. For private individuals, gaming is one of the main blockers for migration to other systems today, and it seems reasonable to assume that this one affects many, many more people than tax software. After all, which of (a) the PC gaming industry and (b) the PC personal taxation software industry makes so much money that even Hollywood is jealous?

Well, gaming might be for males between 5 and 45; but far more people use tax software (TurboTax, TaxAct) to do their taxes twice a year than use a computer for gaming, and that doesn't include businesses.

Comment Re:Well, that's embarrassing (Score 1) 613

That's why the gospels were written in Greek? Wait, what's the reason you give? Lack of evidence for Jesus' existence is why the gospels were written in greek? How does that work? Greek was the "international" language, pervasive throughout the Roman empire at the time. Any information you'd want to spread would almost certainly be written in Greek. It held more or less the position that English does today. Jesus and his followers spoke Aramaic, they were also poor and it's virtually certain that they were illiterate.

While I mostly agree...if you follow the gospels, then at the very least Jesus was not illiterate as he read from Temple scrolls in public.

The gospel "according to Luke" is not a gospel written by Luke, it's a gospel attributed to Luke and written by someone else. Someone who wanted the information disseminated, and so wrote it in Greek.

Paul (also known as Saul) and Luke were both educated individuals. Saul being from a wealthy background and highly studied and respect Pharisee. Luke was a doctor of the day. So it is very likely they wrote the works themselves as they would have been sufficiently educated to do so. These aspects are typically not in question.

As to the rest of the Apostles, yes they were considered to generally be without much education.

Comment Re:Avoid INTERCAL (Score 1) 427

SAS should be killed with fire. It is the most frustrating piece of garbage I have ever used. SAS is a garbage language, made by garbage people. And when I say that I don't mean to denigrate sanitation workers, for whom I have the utmost respect. I mean the employees of the SAS corporation are humanoids, perhaps sentient, literally made of garbage.

I won't necessarily disagree there. I only used it for a couple months back in 2002 and at that because it was something we already had. It was decent; but it certainly had its limitations. The folks on the mailing lists weren't too happy about my embedding 6 or 7 layers of macros...but it worked; the main issue was being able to debug those layers if you needed to.

I wept tears of nerd joy when I convinced my workplace to drop SAS and adopt R.

Certainly agree there. R is far nicer.

Comment Re: Sorry, but Apple still deserves most of the cr (Score 1) 340

Intuitive? Are you kidding? Working on OSX...

OS X is not the MacOS of 1987, that would have been Mac OS 4 and Mac OS 5, both having releases in 1987 and were very different from the Mac OS you know as OS X today. OS X was a wholesale replacement for MacOS which brought in UNIX via NeXTStep OS and its lineage from FreeBSD after Apple both Steve Job's NeXT Inc.

Comment Re:Avoid INTERCAL (Score 1) 427

R is also only one of several even more obscure languages in that domain, including Julia and Stan... is MAPLE still a thing? Less obscure is MATLAB, and Mathematica... (all platforms as well as languages) they've all got their special strengths as usual.

Don't for SAS Macro Scripting (http://support.sas.com/documentation/onlinedoc/code.samples.html). Extremely influential in numerous science fields and among non-programmers.

There's also VHDL (popular for Engineers, again, typically non-programmers), and whether you like it or not even in the Windows world DOS-Batch is still very much alive though slowly getting converted to PowerShell (derivative of C#).

Comment Re:So it's not unlimited, then... (Score 1) 331

The thing with capping data is that if you say 5GB, it will be very hard for them to increase that if the market changes. At least not for the same price.

Except they already do that. When I signed up for my plan it was originally 300MB, then got upgraded to 1GB and later 3 GB without any changes - the 300MB/1GB/3GB numbers are for the LTE data; lower speed non-LTE data is completely unlimited, but they do change the cap in my favor (upwards) on occasion.

Comment Re: Isn't this thing already deployed? (Score 1) 490

But by then we'll have the F48 project which will be 15 years behind schedule and 2 trillion dollars over budget, which is way more than the paltry 3-4 years behind schedule and 200 billion over budget that they managed with the F35.

Well, that's always been the problem with JSF and similar programs, like the Space Shuttle, where you try to make one thing be the end-all-be-all of everything you do. Too many hands in the pot trying to make the pot everything from a Bunsen burner to a nuclear powered water boiler.

Comment Re: Isn't this thing already deployed? (Score 3, Insightful) 490

Why compare the F-35, a fighter with the A-10 a ground assault craft, wouldn't it make more sense to compare a ground assault craft to its replacement ground assault craft?

B/c they're trying to use the F-35 as a replacement for the A-10, something it's not really designed to do. It would make better sense to have a new plane designed for it but they've already sunk so much into the F-35 JSF program that they're trying to justify it.

Comment Re: Isn't this thing already deployed? (Score 1) 490

A jdam is a complete package of dumb bomb, sensors and guidance package. Think of it as the short range JSOW (all of the above + large fins that let it glide long range to target. Source - I'm a former EOD tech.

So we should report you? Or can you cite non-classified materials?

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