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Comment: Stevens never deserved that job. (Score 1) 1124

by jcr (#46771181) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

His antipathy towards our most important civil right, the right to self defense, shows that Stevens was never fit to be admitted to the bar at all. The second amendment doesn't need fixing, it needs ENFORCEMENT.

The right to keep and bear arms isn't for the government to grant or withhold, and the second amendment doesn't even presume to do so. It acknowledges the right as pre-existing, it cites one important reason for preserving it, and forbids the government from infringing it.


Comment: Re:Rewarding the bullies... (Score 2) 683

The sick fuck principal and the sick fuck vice-principal at my middle school just loved to paddle kids until their asses were purple.

Never encountered that in school, but by 9th grade I already knew what kind of damage you could do to someone if you knew their name, address and SSN.


Comment: Re:Are you kidding (Score 2) 650

by Rob the Bold (#46766523) Attached to: Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

I have no sympathy. In fact, many of you cheered it as a sign of greatness and freedom that America was doing this. Your allies, however, were fucking appalled. Let

Let me finish that sentence for you:

Option 1: "Let me just say that I laugh at your situation, secure in my knowledge that nothing like that can happen where I live."

Option 2: "Let me see this as a warning that despite rule of law, foundational documents, and all the trappings of representative government, this could still happen here. I will be especially on guard against those that try to subvert my country."

Comment: Re:Overseas comment (Score 2) 378

by Rob the Bold (#46757237) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

I like the UK system - if you're an employee and you're happy with the tax your employer has withheld on your behalf, you don't have to do anything. You get a statement at the end of the year telling you how much you've been paid and how much tax has been withheld - if you think they've got it wrong, or you want to claim deductions, you file a tax return saying so.

We could do this in the US. By could I mean, if we changed tax regulations -- the system is mostly in place already. Wage income is deducted "pay-as-you-go" here, too. All of my interest, dividends and gains were already reported (but not deducted) by the entities that paid them. The IRS could have just sent me a bill for that with what they already know. Most of the data I put on my 1040 is redundant for the IRS. The biggest impediment -- other than changing the law -- would be that not claiming all your deductions could result in paying far more than you really should owe, especially if you have a mortgage, give to charity, or need to report other such deductions.

Comment: Re:base it around my OS (Score 1) 378

by Rob the Bold (#46757061) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

. . . at some point you're clicking quickly because you just want to get shit done and accidentally upgrade yourself to a $120 tax package. After that, you literally cannot back out or restart.

You can, but it requires human intervention from customer service and takes a few hours. Obviously, this would be a problem if it happened at the last minute

Comment: Re:Tax Act vs Turbo Tax (Score 3, Interesting) 378

by Rob the Bold (#46757031) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

Although I am moving more and more to Linux I am GOING to keep at least one Windows machine around just to run Tax Act if nothing else!

Tax Cut (H&R Block) online works with Linux browsers. Turbo Tax online complains but works anyway. And Tax Act online at least let me start without any warnings. There really seems to be little difference in the online versions of these services vs the installable Windows program, FWIW to you. I replaced my Mom's XP with Ubuntu and switched her over from Turbo Tax for Windows to Turbo Tax Online. Except for the (apparently bogus) warning when first starting, it worked fine, and she didn't really notice a difference in the experience from last year.

The paranoid might be concerned about filling out their taxes online, but the truly paranoid would note that an installable program could just as easily "phone home" with your tax info, anyway.

Comment: H&R Block online (Score 4, Informative) 378

by Rob the Bold (#46756907) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

I used H&R Block online. Unlike Intuit's offering, it doesn't complain that I'm using Linux. (Turbo Tax seems to work anyway after ignoring the warning, though.)

My financial life is pretty simple, though: I didn't buy or sell a house, didn't buy or sell stocks outside of a retirement account mutual fund, and didn't move from one state to another.

Trading stocks and funds in a non-retirement account used to be a huge PITA at tax time. Good news on this year's 1040 is that you can consolidate all your capital gains (or losses) by short and long term and avoid entering a line for every single trade. This quite literally saved hours of work.

Comment: Re:For something that's actually happening.. (Score 1) 155

by jcr (#46752129) Attached to: Will This Flying Car Get Crowdfunded?

one big-ass rotor is far more efficient and generates far more lift than a bunch of small ones.

The trade off is that one big-ass rotor makes a hell of a lot more noise, and is a single point of failure. The multicopter can lose several motors before it's unable to stay aloft.

there is a reason basics of helicopter design has not changed in decades, nothing else makes sense.

The multicopter wasn't feasible in the days of mechanical controls. Computers are better/faster/cheaper, and make things possible that weren't possible in the past.



Will This Flying Car Get Crowdfunded? 155

Posted by samzenpus
from the what-about-my-jetpack? dept.
cartechboy (2660665) writes "We all just have too much money on our hands, and we really want a flying car, right? Well that's what Skylys thinks, as it's trying to crowdfund a flying car. According to its website, 'In detail we aim to create an urban dual-mode, hybrid flight and electric drive motorized vehicle that fits into sustainable mobility.' How much money does it need? Oh about $3,111,075. Apparently the company has run out of money and needs more to 'start construction on our two prototypes to confirm our technical specifications; pay the chaps in the legal department; industrial engineers and take up occupancy of our future offices in Silicon Valley, where our backers can of course pay us a visit.'"

When someone says "I want a programming language in which I need only say what I wish done," give him a lollipop.