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Comment: Intuit will lose a service, but gain another. (Score 1) 416

by dmomo (#46759119) Attached to: Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

Simplified filing is meant to be just that. Simple. That doesn't necessarily mean it's the best way for a tax-payer to file.

A new service from Intuit would offer, for free, to calculate, but not file your taxes. It would then compare the results to the "simplified filing" scenario. If it's in the tax-payers advantage to have Intuit file, Intuit can do so for a fee.

Intuit will lose out on lots of cases where a person's tax scenario really IS that simple... but they'll still have plenty of money to get in the middle of.

Comment: Re:Another case for open source firmware. (Score 0) 240

by dmomo (#46684405) Attached to: Ends Free Dynamic DNS

No. I bought the router because it had dynamic dns as a free feature. Free dynamic dns was listed as a feature. So yes. I did pay for the feature by buying the router. It would have been a simple matter for netgear to allow us to choose our own provider, but the current interface has a dropdown with ONLY dynamic dns. Do you understand the fairness now?

Comment: Another case for open source firmware. (Score 1) 240

by dmomo (#46684193) Attached to: Ends Free Dynamic DNS

Looks like I'm going to My netgear router to tomato or dd-wrt
The current software has a dynamic dns setting, but it's a dropdown and Dyn DNS is the ONLY option. I hope they release a new firmware relaxing this restriction, but I have not seen any updates in a few years for my model.

Effectively, they are taking away functionality that I have already paid for. Sony did this when they made us choose between PSN (and effectively any internet communication) or Custom Operating System, changing the terms of our original purchase.

Thank god for open source. But, I wasn't looking forward to this side-quest. I'm sick of things I own ceasing to work just because some external entity wishes to make it so.

Comment: Should this not be a bulb's job? (Score 2) 176

by dmomo (#46632411) Attached to: The Connected Home's Battle of the Bulbs

But the job of the socket or outlet? I'd prefer to see some sort of USB/bluetooth-esque standard where the plugged-in device, be it a bulb in a socket, a lamp in a wall outlet, or a toaster oven could all be monitored and controlled through the same interface. A device would not even have to comply to the standard for this to be useful. We'd already be able to tell if it is on or off, and chart out power consumption. Devices in compliance could extend the functionality in the same way any number of USB devices could be controlled via the PC, so long as they have the right driver.

Comment: Sounds Reasonable (Score 1) 232

by dmomo (#46627063) Attached to: Judge Overrules Samsung Objection To Jury Instructional Video

That sounds like a reasonable objection to showing the video. The article doesn't mention why the judge overruled that objection. I'd be interested to know. With a very large amount of money on the line, would it really be too much trouble and expense to create a less biased version of the video?

Comment: Collector's Value? (Score 1) 221

by dmomo (#46467651) Attached to: The Future of Cryptocurrencies

Suppose Bitcoin went the way of Napster. This would mean the currency might become worth less and less. People would, over time, abandon wallets and there would simply be fewer known Bitcoins to be found. Many will have simply been irrevocably deleted. At some point, wouldn't this scarcity prevent the value from dropping further?

Years from now, we'll likely be using some form of crypto/digital currency. Bitcoin will at least be an interesting historical note. Suppose my grandson steps forth with a digital wallet containing some bitcoin. Wouldn't that be worth something simply because it is rare and of historical interest?

Comment: Good. (Score 2) 465

by dmomo (#46416315) Attached to: Apple Refuses To Unlock Bequeathed iPad

It should be hard. The will may have said they could have the ipad. I didn't see anything about the data on it. Soon enough, it will be basic will-writing protocol to include any necessary keys to data as it is with access physical objects.

Wills aside, I'm glad to see one more hurdle in the social engineering chain.


What Are the Weirdest Places You've Spotted Linux? 322

Posted by timothy
from the upside-down-mig-while-communicating dept.
colinneagle writes "Bryan Lunduke recently pulled together a collection of the weirdest places he's found Linux, from installations in North Korea and the International Space Station to a super-computer made out of Legos and computer engineer Barbie. Seen any weird places for Linux not mentioned in this list?"

Comment: BS. The issue isn't with trying something new (Score 4, Insightful) 2219

by dmomo (#46181603) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

If you're really listening, then you'll say:
"We get it. You don't like Beta. So, we're going to commit to allowing you to keep classic if that's the site you are loyal to."

You've been working on Beta for a long time. We've been aware of that. We're not responding to trying something new. We're responding to this bit from the message you retracted:
> "The new site is a work in progress so Classic Slashdot will be available from the footer for several more months."

We're responding to the implication that the functional site we love will be fully replaced with the awful beta; no takesies back. This very slim time frame of several months makes it clear that in your eyes, the new "slashdot" is nearly complete. The problem is, the real reason Beta sucks is because it's a different paradigm all together. It's not something you can fix by listening to feedback and tweaking over the next few months. It's a concept that needs to be scrapped.

I think I speak for many when I say the issue goes beyond ugliness. It's a frame of mind. It's what this site represents that you're changing. We are nerds. You really need to understand nerds better if we are your intended audience anymore. We like this site because it's functional and doesn't get in the way of OUR discussion. You're turning the site into buzzfeed. Save that crap for Slashdot BI.

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