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Comment: Re:base it around my OS (Score 1) 386

by fahrbot-bot (#46759193) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

It doesn't do you any good if you don't itemize your deductions though.

True. In my case, even being debt-free (including mortgage paid off) itemizing is a must to get full benefit - any my accountant computes my return both ways to be sure. IANAA but imagine that anyone with a mortgage and/or a few grand in charitable donations should be itemizing, especially if living in a state w/state taxes.

Comment: Re:base it around my OS (Score 1) 386

by fahrbot-bot (#46758309) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

I payed someone at H&R a good hundred bucks just to give me the exact same information. Sad day, but a lesson learned for next year I guess.

Just remember to deduct that $100 next year (for those that don't know, tax prep fees are deductible).

And to answer the article question, I use an accountant and e-file. I'm debt-free (including my mortgage) so my taxes aren't difficult, excepting some charitable donations, associated tax-credits and dividends, but the $245 I pay is less than my salary for the time I would spent and I like having someone else review my situation to make sure I'm not doing anything stupid.

Comment: Re:Don't bother. (Score 1) 509

by fahrbot-bot (#46658731) Attached to: The Problem With Congress's Scientific Illiterates

All you can do with somebody like that is just look them over, wince, be perplexed for a moment, and then move on. They aren't interested, nor would they listen to any attempt to aid their understanding.

It's not a winnable battle, so don't start the fight.

In other words: You can't argue with stupid.

Comment: Re:13 deaths? (Score 1) 518

by fahrbot-bot (#46631309) Attached to: Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory

Things like mandatory rear view cameras for people who are too lazy to look in the rear view mirror...

Of course you realize that, when backing up, it's better to turn and actually look out the back window - right? In addition to directly seeing what's behind you, you also get a better view out the side windows for things that may be moving toward the back of the car...

Comment: Re:AutoPlay Audio is EVIL (Score 1) 142

by fahrbot-bot (#46631231) Attached to: The Inside Story of Gmail On Its Tenth Anniversary

Please have an option to turn that audio OFF.

I added a filter to my Proxomitron proxy to strip out the "autoplay" tag from the audio element on /. pages. (Am considering stripping out the audio element all together.) Regardless of whether this is an April Fools day joke or not, the person who decided to use the "autoplay" tag should be taken out back and beaten into unconsciousness.

The first version always gets thrown away.

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