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Comment: Re:TurboTax (Score 2) 385

by i.r.id10t (#46756825) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

Same here... I use hte $50 version, fed taxes only (Florida has no state income tax). Worth every penny, and since I've been using it every year for the past 6 or so it imports my prior returns and uses them as a starting point. Handles investments (stocks), mortagage interest,etc. and lets me efile. Works great in Firefox on Mint (and Ubuntu and Debian before that).

Comment: true universal remote in the 60s and 70s (Score 1) 130

by i.r.id10t (#46696849) Attached to: Apple, Google, and Amazon's Quest For One Remote Control Is Futile

There was one at our house. Well, lets be honets, it was me. As the youngest, I was told to change channels (only 2 to choose from on OTA broadcast so it was a binary selection), wiggle the rabbit ears, adjust volume, turn the TV on or off, move the TV stand a little to change the viewing angle, etc.

Now my kids have it lucky. I just make them find the remote controls :)

Comment: Re:Community college (Score 1) 370

by i.r.id10t (#46580669) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Fastest, Cheapest Path To a Bachelor's Degree?

Quoth subby - I have an Associates degree in programming and systems analysis

Hey fluttering twatwad - where does it say he has an AA degree?

I have the same degree. It is an AS. Which means no, it isn't the first half of a Batchelor's degree. Some of it is, but in order for me to go to a Comp Sci BS program (which is part of the college of engineering at the local university, so same prereqs for *all* engineering majors regardless of type of engineering) I'd have to take a 3rd english, a sociology, an art, etc. and then the real prereqs for the BS degree - get thru Calc 2 w/ differential equations, 2 physics classes, 2 chemistry classes, statistics, etc.

Comment: Re:Do WOLVES hunt in a sustainable manner? (Score 1) 180

by i.r.id10t (#46512617) Attached to: Why Did New Zealand's Moas Go Extinct?

Thing is, is that we (humans) have broken our Darwinian evolution template ... we (humans) can take and plunder and consume not just other animals, but all sorts of resources that also affect other animals in a negative fashion - straight up extinction, denial of use of breeding/nesting areas, wiping out food sources, etc. For a while, we (humans) can "get around that" by becoming better at taking the resources to consume, but eventually they will all be consumed.

On top of that, our opposable thumbs along with our brain power and creativeness have allowed us to create all sorts of nasty stuff that has a negative effect on our environment and all the other life forms that depend on it.

So... either we need to voluntarily reduce our population to about 1% of what it is today (but please make plans for the bodies first!) or we need to be stewards, 'cause if we (humans) don't then in a few hundred years it will be too late.

Comment: Re:What he's really saying (Score 1) 281

by i.r.id10t (#46502569) Attached to: Eric Schmidt On Why College Is Still Worth It

And at the same time, working in the trades wtih no degree or "just" a certificate (not even a complete AA or AS) can also make you some serious money. Yes, for some trades you'll end up going to specialty schools for a few weeks or a few months, and pay several thousand to do it, but just like IT these are extra certifications ontop of the base job.

Comment: Re:"Tell the families"? Really? (Score 2, Interesting) 461

by i.r.id10t (#46459405) Attached to: The $100,000 Device That Could Have Solved Missing Plane Mystery

Part of these resources are being provided by people or organizations or governments who just want to Do The Right Thing.

Some more of these resources are being provided by those who see others Doing The Right Thing and thinking to themselves that "gee, if A can do it I should do it to show I'm just as good at DTRT as them".

And the last little bit are doing it for a positive karma, so they can get away with Something Bad later on...

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