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Comment: Not too many, but instead, LOUSY ones. (Score 1) 128

Seriously, the more that I see of today's profs the less impressed I am. Have you noticed how many announcements are made about various new items that never make it to market, or even to change the R*D? In some cases, it is all predicated on lies. The profs that the universities are hiring are HORRIBLE, and getting worse. Bad R*D and bad teaching.

The American universities are falling apart, in no small part, because of the quality of ppl being hired.

Comment: Re:Technically if an NSA backdoor existed (Score 1) 167

by PopeRatzo (#46760577) Attached to: First Phase of TrueCrypt Audit Turns Up No Backdoors

Thanks for the info. That's what I'd assumed, and hoped.

So I'm not sure where this idea that these audits are "American only" or that there is something preventing someone from pointing out a vulnerability comes from.

Generally, I trust stuff that has lots of eyes on it.

Comment: Re:base it around my OS (Score 1) 357

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) 357

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.

The person who's taking you to lunch has no intention of paying.