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Comment: Re:Good news (Score 1) 418

by dcollins (#48890831) Attached to: Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

Bullshit, and a pox on the prequel apologists. As an adult in the last decade or so I've seen all kinds of movies (et. al.) that fill me with equal enjoyment as the original Star Wars movies when I was a kid/teen. Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings movies, most of the Marvel superhero movies, etc., truly amazing works of wonder. But Lucas' prequels were appalling, offensive crap. Even among the original movies the standout is Empire which he didn't direct.

Comment: Re:I live in Montgomery County, MD... (Score 1) 779

by dcollins (#48833323) Attached to: Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

"My wife and I are even considering allowing our older child to take the Metro (public transit) to ballet by herself next year when she's in middle school."

That's totally the culture here in NYC... around 3pm when the schools get out the sidewalks, buses, and subways are mobbed with kids traveling from school to wherever on their own. I'm guessing, like, on the order of a million every day. It's so strange to read about such a different culture just a couple states down.

Comment: Re:Biased Institutions FTW (Score 1) 779

by dcollins (#48833181) Attached to: Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

For what it's worth, here in New York City (I live in Brooklyn) there are kids all over the place commuting between home & school by themselves all the time. Around 3pm when the schools get out the sidewalks and city buses are literally swarming with the little folks, definitely all ages from elementary through junior high school. They all seem pretty confident, content, and safe about it (if rambunctious). The idea that half the city would have to mobilized to follow around this million-magnitude number kids one-at-a-time would immediately gridlock the entire metropolitan area!

Comment: Re:Just hire a CPA (Score 1) 450

Please. We have all of those things in our household, and every time we ever interview a CPA they only thing they can do is (a) remind us to put receipts in a folder, (b) type the info into probably the same software, and (c) boil us with a multi-hundred dollar charge. I let that happen to me once at H&R Block and vowed never again.

My partner has interviewed other CPAs, and when we ask how they can improve our process and they say, "remember to put your receipts all in a folder", we roll our eyes and thank them for their time.

Comment: Re:where did Amazon service suffer as a result? (Score 5, Informative) 155

by dcollins (#48752213) Attached to: The Fire Phone Debacle and What It Means For Amazon's Future

False, the effect is not very great. Plus, do you not know what an index fund is (per GP)? The fund management takes care of that for you.

For example, the Vanguard 500 Index fund is indeed up 48% in that time period. If you'd invested $10,000 in the fund on 12/1/2012, then the value in your account would today be $14,843.15, with zero additional work on your part.

The best book on programming for the layman is "Alice in Wonderland"; but that's because it's the best book on anything for the layman.