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Comment: Re:DoB, SSN & Filing Status?? (Score 1) 85

by magarity (#49777783) Attached to: IRS: Personal Info of 100,000 Taxpayers Accessed Illegally

you can get most of that (SSN & DoB) by looking at someone's Driver License in most States

Are there still states that want to use SSN as driver's license id number? I lived in a state that did that (VA) years ago but you could refuse and have them generate a DL number. The employees at the DMV hated that request and tried to bully you out of it, but would eventually relent. I thought I heard they started generating DL numbers for everyone though, so what's with your assertion?

Comment: Re:Do people really take this risk seriously? (Score 4, Insightful) 236

by magarity (#49752773) Attached to: Asteroid Risk Greatly Overestimated By Almost Everyone

like heart disease induced by obesity

That's probably what got the woman in the picture of 'only person to be directly hit by a meteor'.

What I don't get is the jump from: 1000 people were injured in Russia two years ago, to: because only one person was ever directly hit by a meteor therefore strikes should be of no practical concern.

A detection system for the size of meteor that can injur 1000 might yeild all kinds of interesting side discoveries and technologies beyond just being a detection system.

Comment: Re:Apple ][ was a great product (Score -1, Troll) 74

by magarity (#49744477) Attached to: In 1984, Jobs and Wozniak Talk About Apple's Earliest Days

I worked at a Byte Shop in 1978-9 as their repair department

I remember belittling an Apple owner back then because he paid $50 to have a technician just like you re-seat a ram chip that had come loose after he moved. Otherwise to break the sticker and do it himself would mean no authorized dealer would be allowed to work on it for real repairs.

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