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Comment Encryption pushes toward equality (Score 3) 291

The more power you accumulate in one place, the more that place will attract greedy psychopaths and power-mongers. Imbalance of information knowledge is power and the key to domination. Encryption while on the grid is one of the few ways we have to prevent an accumulation of power that can be abused by those attracted to it. It puts everyone closer to the same footing. Equality of power in each citizen is what made our country strong. If we want to save lives from devastation over the next couple of generations, maybe we should make encryption stronger and invalidate any secret courts and secret laws... because... you know... imbalance of information.

Comment Re:I like it (Score 1) 80

One of the first things I did was to learn how to put the google ecosystem on it along with the play store. Then it became as useful as most other androids.
A quick search should give you one of several pages with instructions.

Comment There's still lots of improvement opportunity (Score 3, Interesting) 100

Because it searches for correlation between faces and DNA, and it's getting arguably discernible results already. I'm expecting it to improve as it gets more sample data, more processing power, and more researchers identifying distinguishing facial characteristics for it to attempt a DNA correlation to. Further, when they find out how to show examples at different milestone ages, then that would lead to even more interesting applications. Imagine knowing what your baby will look like before they are born... and the societal questions that that brings.

Comment Taxact (Score 1) 119

I always felt frustrated paying over 50 bucks for tax software.
I went to Taxact 8 years ago because of price (22 bucks or so for deluxe state and federal and federal efile, $19 if you buy early). I had tried turbotax and H&R block. They are all roughly equivalent.
The only negative is that they don't seem to import my stocks directly from one of my brokerages.
But it's well worth the avoided hassle of the big names, though.

I'm not avid over tax software, but I like these guys because I think they charge a fair price and don't try to screw you.
(I have no affiliations)

Comment Re:I wish they'd fix the missing functionality (Score 1) 148

Things I use LibreOffice Calc for because Excel does them poorly or not at all.
1) An independent window per spreadsheet without having to start a new excel program and then load the file for each one.
2) Diff or compare documents. Libreoffice is awesome at this one, highlighting the cell and showing a list of all changes.
3) importing some CSVs with carriage returns. I can't remember the details, but Excell won't import cells with carriage returns and Calc will.

That said, Excel has its own advantages too.

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