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Comment: Re: just now? (Score 1) 398

by cualexander (#43923821) Attached to: Keyless Remote Entry For Cars May Have Been Cracked
My car is a Nissan Maxima and the problem with this is that I've accidentally left the key in the car in the console under the radio and the car locked because the key fob lost contact with the car for a few seconds. So even though it wasn't supposed to be possible to lock yourself out of the car, it has happened to me twice. I just use the real key now. The wireless keys are solving a problem I never had and causing more problems for me.

Comment: Reminds me of a funny story (Score 5, Interesting) 175

by cualexander (#42651761) Attached to: PayPal Preparing To Address Frozen Funds Policy
PayPal once froze my account. I didn't realize how much they take those comments seriously and several years ago I sent some money to my wife with PayPal and put "For Sexual Favors" in the memo box, just kidding around, the way people would do on checks back in the day. Well, apparently PayPal thought I was actually paying for sex with PayPal and froze the funds. After I called them and explained the situation though, they quickly released the funds.

Comment: Verizon pushed me to an iPhone (Score 0) 207

by cualexander (#39902501) Attached to: Why Verizon Doesn't Want You To Buy an iPhone
A few months ago, I was switching from AT&T to Verizon. As an iPhone user of many years, I wanted to try Android. I told this to the Verizon salespeople and they told me to stick with iPhone because I wouldn't be happy. I didn't listen because relying on salespeople for technology advice is not a good practice. I went with the Thunderbolt. The 4G was incredibly fast, but so was the speed at which my battery drained. I gave Android a serious shot for about a week, then I had to go back to iPhone. I went in and they refunded everything and swapped me out for an iPhone with no hassle. The salespeople were right, but just this once.

Comment: I can't believe that no one pointed this out yet. (Score 1) 391

by cualexander (#36700674) Attached to: PayPal Predicts the End of the Wallet By 2015
Cash doesn't require batteries! You can have all the money in the world sitting on a website, but when the phone goes dead, guess what, so do you chances of paying with Paypal mobile app. At least your debit card can't go dead. I don't want to be standing on the side of the road somewhere, trying to beg people for a charge so I can pay the tow truck company. No thanks. You are pretty much SOL at that point.

Comment: You can stop wi-fi, but you can't stop 3G (Score 5, Insightful) 312

by cualexander (#33187310) Attached to: Some LA Coffee Shops Are Taking Wi-Fi Off the Menu
Cutting off wireless access is pretty pointless. The better solution is to give 2 free hours and then give a code when you buy something else that gives you another 2. That at least keeps the freeloaders at bay. Caribou does something similar to this already. You aren't going to keep people from sitting there and surfing the internet though just by cutting off wi-fi. I like to take my iPad to coffee shops and read the news and it's tethered to my phone so I still have free internet regardless. I think had you done this in the early 2000s yeah, you would have stopped people from turning your coffee shop into an internet cafe, but in 2010, it's a little late.

Comment: Re:Stupid Lawsuit (Score 0, Troll) 203

by cualexander (#31294300) Attached to: Microsoft Wins Windows XP Downgrade Lawsuit
Whatever. This isn't flamebait. Just because everyone on here hates microsoft doesn't mean they don't make decent software. I ran Vista for over a year with absolutely no problems whatsoever. Stupid Lawsuits like this are what bogs down the legal system. If anything this lady should be sued for being stupid.

Comment: Stupid Lawsuit (Score 1, Flamebait) 203

by cualexander (#31294228) Attached to: Microsoft Wins Windows XP Downgrade Lawsuit
So this lady was suing because of what? Being slightly inconvenienced? And Vista wasn't bad at all. Especially with a new machine that had the proper drivers. All you had to do was turn off UAC and set it to classic theme and you couldn't tell the difference between it and XP. Windows 7 rocks. This lady was just trying to make a quick buck off a frivolous lawsuit.

Comment: Re:Dear FSF (Score 1) 1634

by cualexander (#30939162) Attached to: iPad Is a "Huge Step Backward"
Nope. Try again. I've owned 3 all generations of iPhone. Jailbroke every single one. Never bricked the device ever. You can't brick it jailbreaking. Maybe if you drop it and break the device, but jailbreaking nope. And you are only banned from Push if you don't use AT&T in the US. You can't unlock and goto T-Mobile and have Push work, but Push works fine on Jailbreak. Read up buddy. You are severely misinformed.

Comment: Re:As an accountant, I can say this won't work (Score 1) 613

by cualexander (#30881568) Attached to: Why the IRS Should Automatically Fill In Returns With What It Knows
Tax preparer software isn't as remedial as TurboTax and other consumer-based products because it would slow down the preparation. It checks some things, but sometimes mistakes can slip through. We would always check and double-check and even have another accountant review the complicated ones. Sure there are bad accountants, but good accountants are looking to get you the most money back they can because people feel better if they get a good refund. You think the IRS gives a damn if you get a big refund? Nope. They just want you to pay the taxes you owe and could care less about everything else.

Comment: As an accountant, I can say this won't work (Score 1) 613

by cualexander (#30879996) Attached to: Why the IRS Should Automatically Fill In Returns With What It Knows
I have since gotten out of this business, but I used to prepare tax returns in a small town. People would come to us with 1 W-2, and a few dependents to claim. Take me all of 5 minutes to do the return, especially if they were a previous client as it would pre-fill prior information. We would collect anywhere from $150 to $200 for a return like this, because we would file it rapid refund so they could get a check back from the bank the next day. I told people they could E-file the whole thing for $75 and get the money in a couple weeks, sometimes less than that if you timed it right, but they wanted the money the next day. Sometimes people would even pay more and get $1000 instantly, and the rest the next day. These same people wouldn't drive 2 blocks down the road to the public library and file for free and wait for their refund, so what makes you think they would file it for free with the IRS? Also a lot of these people were lower income people who didn't even have a bank account because they don't trust banks, what makes you think they are going to trust that the government is not screwing them on their tax return? I wouldn't trust the IRS. I personally saw many mistakes the IRS would make processing people's returns, which would cause them lots of time and money to get straightened out. For the above reasons, this will never happen.

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