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Comment: Re:Illegal (Score 1) 182

by ktappe (#47766219) Attached to: Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report

So as a consumer, why do I care?

1) Because hopefully you're a moral being and recognize that this is immoral, wrong behavior on Uber's part.

2) Because in the long run this is going to cost you money. If Uber runs Lyft out of business, you can be sure Uber will be able to raise its prices. Further, even if they don't, this is raising Lyft's costs and they will pass those on to you. Or Lyft won't have a taxi available when you need one because it was on another Uber-induced wild goose chase.

But I really hope #1 is the main reason you'd object. I'm sorry if #2 is.

Comment: Re:Free market means exactly that ! (Score 1) 405

by ktappe (#46039051) Attached to: Network Solutions Opts Customer Into $1,850 Security Service
  • Fraud would be charging without notice, and without offering an opt-out.

Sorry, wrong. Fraud is intentionally charging someone for something they did not order. This falls right into that category. OP is under no obligation to read his email to prevent being charged thousands for an item he did not want.

Comment: Re:I Use Excel To Model The Form 1040 (Score 2) 237

by ktappe (#45469577) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can You Trust Online Tax Software?

Anyone who pays for tax software is probably an idiot.

Or doesn't know how to program. Not saying I'm one of those, but there is a place in this world for nurses and cooks and carpenters who know their trades quite well but not how to construct an algorithm in a computer.

Or were you trolling?

Comment: Re:I Used a Popular Online Tax Service... (Score 4, Insightful) 237

by ktappe (#45469521) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can You Trust Online Tax Software?

You know, employing skills that software doesn't do well..

I'm not following this. Software (I use TaxAct) is quite good at making sure to ask you a lot of detailed questions about your life events and situation. Software can make sure to ask these questions and not forget one like a human can. If you, the end-user, neglect to check a box that says (for example), "I donated a car this year", then that's your fault not the software's. If you're trying to say the accountant would ask "Hey, are you sure you didn't donate a car?" and you respond "Oh're right, I did," then OK, the human is better at coaxing info out of you (or inducing you to lie.) Personally, I'll stick to software.

Comment: Re:Automatic upgrade (Score 1) 153

by ktappe (#45464315) Attached to: Netflix Users In Danger of Unknowingly Picking Up Malware
  • Can we get someone on the Slashdot staff that has actually some experience of the operating system in use by 96% of the population please?

It's not even correct for the other 4%. On Mac OS X, Silverlight absolutely alerts the user that their version is out of date and a single "OK" click will download the new version for them.

Comment: Re:I'm weird, I like it. (Score 1) 462

by ktappe (#45342911) Attached to: Re: Daylight Saving Time, I would most like
You're not weird at all. The big difference between the island time and ours is that they have year-round warmth. We are trying to maximize the daylight when it's warm outside and we want to be out. We then pay for it in the winter when we might as will be inside when daylight doesn't matter. Your reaction is normal.

Comment: You don't get it (Score 1) 462

by ktappe (#45342905) Attached to: Re: Daylight Saving Time, I would most like
I hate to be blunt about this, and I'll probably get downloaded to oblivion, but I don't think most of you understand the reason for daylight saving time. It's really cool when it's warm out to get home and have a lot of light available to you after work to be able to do things outdoors. In June I play tennis until almost 9 PM. That is super cool to be able to do. I really don't understand why everyone is so against it, other than ignorance. The alternative is for the sun to come up at 4 AM, which doesn't help anybody at all. It's just wasted daylight. DST is one of the cooler things that mankind has devised. Its advantages should be quite obvious by now. And yet I see three out of four people are still against it. I feel like I'm living in a bizarro world where people think up is down and left is right. Your reactions are truly that stupefying to me.

This system will self-destruct in five minutes.