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Comment: Re:No (Score 1) 546

by japhering (#47819975) Attached to: Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

Probably the biggest reason behind all those thousands (if not milions) of failed projects in the industry is coderz who learned how to code without learning why to code.
A degree in computer science doesn't teach you how to code but how to think.

As well as constant scope creep and timeline reduction.

Comment: Re:HRBlock (Score 1) 386

by japhering (#46757497) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

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My only complaint is that e-filing should be free software provided by the government and not commercial entities. Seems like that's the prerogative of the Feds, but those under a certain income bracket do get free filing and software.

Do you really think that the Govt and in particular the IRS could ever get the software done? Look at how many millions if not billions of dollars the IRS has spent trying to upgrade their hardware ... and they still haven't managed to do it.

Comment: Re:technology vs law (Score 1) 168

by japhering (#43405651) Attached to: FBI's Smartphone Surveillance Tool Explained In Court Battle

Your list of potential crimes is insanely stupid and completely unrealistic. What next? Are you going to outlaw all sodas sold in cups 17 oz or larger? That will be the day.

That was the point .. the vastly increasing number of laws, rules, regulations and policies for which the American public is willing to surrender their constitutional rights. Yes, some sanity prevailed in the NYC case, but not common sense. The NYC ban was struck down because the judge decided it was unfair to say certain merchants couldn't sell 17+ oz sodas, but someone next door could because they were classified differently.

It all boils down to the rapidly disappearing concept of common sense. Everyone should know that consuming 2000 calories a day in sugary drinks is bad for you .. but people still do it.

Comment: Re:technology vs law (Score 1) 168

by japhering (#43404209) Attached to: FBI's Smartphone Surveillance Tool Explained In Court Battle

All I know is that, I've got nothing to hide, so I don't care, but, for those who do, they may have to switch to another provider....

And what happens when it becomes a felony to possess $100 bill, or to take 4 pain killers when the bottle says 2, .. speeding over 5 mph
not taking reusable bags to the grocery store ..

In this day and age .. no telling what will be the next big federal crime... streaming copyrighted video from a site not owned by the copyright holder comes to mind.

Comment: Re:Expect networks to run to Congress (Score 1) 373

by japhering (#40846891) Attached to: US Viewers Using Proxies To Watch BBC Olympic Coverage

And? So what? How does that harm the public?

It reduces the stream a licensing royalties the non UK BBCs pay, which in the end would cause the UK Tele license fee to go up.

And I guarantee any money made from overseas tele licensing wouldn't make up for the lost revenue from royalties.

Comment: Re:Expect networks to run to Congress (Score 4, Informative) 373

by japhering (#40843481) Attached to: US Viewers Using Proxies To Watch BBC Olympic Coverage

I'm happy for overseas people to pay to be able to get access. I see no reason why overseas subscription isn't an option. The BBC is wonderful and the content should be seen.

Basically, the oversite board ruled that if the BBC sold "internet license" to non-UK residents, it would be canabilizing the overseas alternatives like BBC-America, BBC-Canada etc. and thus reducing there profits

Comment: Re:Cue huge pushback from the AMA in 3...2... (Score 1) 392

by japhering (#39930877) Attached to: FDA May Let Patients Buy More Drugs Without Prescriptions

So yeah, there may be a certain value in not having to get a new prescription each year, but don't go overboard.

Seeing an ophthalmologist is more than just getting a new prescription. It is about catching the myriad of treatable disease before they make you go blind.

Comment: Re:Generally, when prescription drugs.... (Score 1) 392

by japhering (#39930713) Attached to: FDA May Let Patients Buy More Drugs Without Prescriptions

Depends on the drugs you require...

For me, without insurance, 1 drug is $10 per quarter( $40 for the year), the other is $900 per quarter($2,700 for the year) total outlay $2,740 .. with my insurance I pay an extra $120 a year for drug coverage so with my insurance I pay $10 per quarter for 1 and I pay $600 for a full years supply of the other for a total outlay of $760 for the same drugs ..

To get the drug coverage, I simply see my primary doctor 1 time (covered 100% by the insurance) and get 2 prescriptions for 90 days worth of meds with 3 refills.

If you are dealing with a chronic disease, you go in for an annual checkup and get prescriptions for a years worth of all your drugs and never see the doctor again until next year unless you get sick or hurt ..

Comment: Re:But... but... but.... what about piracy? (Score 2) 348

by japhering (#39869201) Attached to: Sony Put Video Service on Hold Due to Comcast Data Caps

I remember when Comcast put on the extremely low 250GB caps per month, a lot of people around here said that anybody using more than 250GB a month was probably a pirate.

Does anybody still believe that?

What 250GB caps really means is that your ISP won't invest in infrastructure, because its expensive.

It may have been slightly more true in some cases back then, but let's see:
1) GOG.com
2) Steam
3) Origin
4) XBLA/PSN demos, games and videos
5) Netflix instant watch
6) An occasional Linux ISO
7) Everything else

I've probably forgotten a few things, but I see it as pretty easy to hit 250GB on some months, even if not every month (seriously, if you bought Dragon Age complete pack from Amazon.com when it was on sale, that is 40 GB or more worth of downloading for those two games alone!).

For me it isn't a true cap .. at 250GB in month for the third month, I get hit with $2 per GB over fee. Been that way for the last 2 years.

Funny thing is .. in 2 years time the most I've ever pulled in a month was 160 GB.. that includes me working from home using the connection 8-18 hours a day running multiple vpns and ssh sessions, along with another 6-8 devices on constantly (3 of which are doing email/facebook/myspace/bebo/itunes for wife and daughter) and we collectively timeshift about 15 hours worth of shows a week via the internet ( it has become our DVR - replacing the 3 VCRs in the house).

Most months my usages ends up in the 80-100GB range..

Comment: Re:Roads don't build themselves. (Score 1) 932

by japhering (#36039400) Attached to: Draft Proposal Would Create Agency To Tax Cars By the Mile

We already charge by the mile via gasoline taxes; is there evidence to show that the current level of taxes is insufficient to cover the cost of road building and repair? Or is the problem that a large portion of such taxes is siphoned off to pay for mass transit, bicycle paths, transportation-related museums and other programs that are only tangentially related to road building and repair?

That is so wrong as to be funny. Gas taxes have NOTHING to do with miles driven. In fact as the average vehicle mileage climbs the amount of gas tax money falls. Which is why governments at all levels are looking at taxing by mile.. that way the bozo commuting to work 40 miles a day in SUV that gets 10 miles to the gallon will pay the same amount of taxes at the person driving 40 miles a day in a Prius.

The real trick is figuring out how many cents per mile will keep people driving and how rapidly it will drop off if you go higher.

Comment: Re:It needs to be a simple tax. (Score 1) 705

by japhering (#35800554) Attached to: Senator Wants to Tax Internet Shopping

You would need to provide a shipping address to get a tax amount, but it wouldn't be that hard to code. You can get a database of tax rates by zip code pretty trivially. I think (when I programmed for a brick-and-mortar that delivered all over the state of CA) that we paid $100 annually for a CSV of the whole state's data, and if my memory serves me correctly, a national database was $500. It was updated from time to time, when tax rates changed, but it was a matter of dumping the CSV into a MySQL database a few times a year. I don't think that Amazon could legally set a flat "tax rate" and charge that for purchases, but charging by delivery zip would not be that hard.

No one said it was hard. The issue is how current is the data. With the current 7,500 or more taxing jurisdictions all changing the data on some unknown period ( in Texas it could be monthly, quarterly, or yearly) .. depending on the jurisdiction and the whim of the people setting the rates or better yet changing the rules on what gets taxed.

Given that situation, you can bet that every jurisdiction will want to have every corporations books audited make sure they are being handed the right amount. Without a doubt New York, California, and Illinois will be the first in line claiming that online company XYZ under collected taxes for their state.

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