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Comment: Re:Adding insult... (Score 1) 64

by vanyel (#49780565) Attached to: IRS: Personal Info of 100,000 Taxpayers Accessed Illegally

No, for the same reason you couldn't get away with not paying, you can't get away with ignoring the refund - the right tax return has to be filed. They could already tell if they cared to look, as my tax return is not simple and it's highly unlikely that the fraudulent one looks anything like the real one. The best case that would come out of ignoring it is an audit, and no one wants that.

Comment: Adding insult... (Score 1) 64

by vanyel (#49778109) Attached to: IRS: Personal Info of 100,000 Taxpayers Accessed Illegally

I'm in the process of dealing with something like that now: someone filed a tax return for me before I got around to it. As a result, I had to file on paper, including an "identity theft affidavit" and a copy of some id, but they still sent back a letter requiring me to verify my identity. The online system rejected me (probably because it was asking for information on the fraudulent return), requiring me to call in. After wading through a 5 minute phone tree to get to a human, the system says "sorry, we're too busy go away". OK, it doesn't say "go away" but says call back later and hangs up, which is effectively the same. In the future, I will definitely be using the system to get a PIN ahead of time... If I owed money, I'd probably say fine - if you don't want to talk to me, I don't care, but sadly that's not the case...

Comment: Failure should be celebrated (Score 4, Interesting) 353

by Dixie_Flatline (#49774447) Attached to: Can Bad Scientific Practice Be Fixed?

I think part of the problem is that nobody wants to publish a paper where the experiment failed--but they should.

Failures are useful; they're not wasted time. You've almost certainly learned something from a failed experiment. Maybe you learned that the setup wasn't rigorous enough, or maybe you just learned that a certain avenue of research wasn't viable for one reason or another. I get that journals are looking for breakthroughs, but it would be so useful to read a paper in your field and find out that someone already tried the thing you're attempting, and now you don't have to fail in exactly the same way.

But that requires a much more collaborative system, and one where the community is interested in finding answers, not glory.

Comment: Re: flat as a pancake: invasion pending (Score 1) 229

by Billly Gates (#49774059) Attached to: Microsoft Tries Another Icon Theme For Windows 10

The apeal is it makes it easier for consumers to identify the products.

McDonald's has a flat big Mac logo on it's bags. It is not photo gradient and easy to tell what it is without being distracting.

Android is but ugly too. It is a new thing and not a Windows 8 thing.

Windows 10 does have a aero glass start menu back so it is not so dang pastelish

Comment: Re: flat as a pancake: invasion pending (Score 1) 229

by Billly Gates (#49773985) Attached to: Microsoft Tries Another Icon Theme For Windows 10

Shoot it's 2015 man ...

I hated nested menus in Office 2003 with a passion! Microsofts own statistics showed back then 85% of users only used 20% of features or something silly.

Worse users requested features Office already had?

The ribbon changed this and shows it was better. It took a good week for me back in 2008 to learn. Now you couldnt pay me to go back. I am visual and can even hover my cursor to preview changes :-)

For the Unix geeks try this? Hit the alternative key? Notice the letters and numbers of the ribbon appear. With Office 2007 and later it is more keyboard friendly.

Comment: Re: Is a reduction (Score 1) 85

by Dixie_Flatline (#49773509) Attached to: Bats' White-Nose Syndrome May Be Cured

Unfortunately, those wind turbines also kill bats (a friend of mine is just finishing her PhD on that work). The good news is that the folks that operate wind farms aren't in it to destroy wildlife, so they're amenable to doing things that help reduce the number of bat deaths.

(Bat deaths due to wind farms are especially painful, since they often kill bats that are migratory which wouldn't be affected by white nose syndrome.)

Comment: Re:Great Recession part II? (Score 1) 724

That is a relief.

Thanks for the info. ... but your closing statement? You and I both know they won't. They elected an official who promised not to pay with thundering applause from the idiot citizens who voted him in. Wow.

As usual if you are I do not pay off our student loans the banks cash our paybacks and FORCE US to payback where not even bankruptacy starving ourselves and our kids. When nations do it and take down the economy of innocent parties then it is business as usual. No consequences etc.

I am not a socialist by any sense of the means about income inequality but man it does boil my blood as the bigger parties like whole banks, industries, and countries get off the hook but we are supposed to be responsible yada yada

Comment: Re:it's not "slow and calculated torture" (Score 0) 724

Do you even know the people who were elected? WTF? Communist, Marxist, etc. Did you know that up until a few years ago, Greece had an active left-wing group that was trying to overthrow the government by force?

And I love how the far left are somehow heroes, while on the other side of the coin, the far right are somehow crazies. From the middle, you both look the same. Something to think about.

Comment: Re:All the time (Score 2) 724

That's not really true. Rotating debt isn't the same as a giant monolithic debt. Paying a debt and then adding a new debt is still paying off a debt, even if you're borrowing from the same person.

But I understand what you're getting at and I definitely agree that we have (and should have) different expectations for debt when it comes to countries than when it comes to corporations, say. Debt isn't the same sort of liability for a country--I really hate it when politicians say that we should run countries 'more like companies'. It just speaks to how little they understand about countries (and probably companies).

Comment: Re:Great Recession part II? (Score 1) 724

But that line could change.

Psychology played in the Great Recession which magnified it after the math failed. No one trusted each other and banks borrowed from each other with credit asset swapping. (Why weren't they labeled expenses??)

So viola they all told each other you are no good. BOOM! Collapse and Uncle Sam had to come in and payback and buy the junk assets to try to have them trust each other again.

If Greece goes Italy will be viewed next (bad side). If they go fear will spread and those like Portugal WILL get shafted as investors know no one else will pay for their bonds so if you buy your money will be out the window etc. The bonds are worth as much as toilet paper as no one will buy them due to fear.

Yes this sounds nonsensical but in the great recession, 1929, and other events in history it has happened. I doubt banks hold less greek bonds unless the IMF bought them all? Why? Let's say you own them? Who in their right mind would buy them?! No one. You are stuck holding them or selling them at a HUGE loss.

Comment: Re:Great Recession part II? (Score 0) 724

Let's say you and I and a friend need some money.

We borrow from each other and swap the debt around and as long as the chain is good and we *trust* each other and pay back things run smoothly. Let's say I owe less but say I can't pay you 2 back. Then comes fear with you and the other guy saying to each other you are no good.

This sounds silly and nonsensical but happened in the USA in 2008. Psychology as no one trusted each other and said they were no good the assets instantly turned into expenses that no one could afford.

Yes, Greece is tiny. But what is to say spooked investors who lost tons of cash now look at Ireland and Italy next. Everyone does it and now Italy is no good because the other investors said so. It can't borrow to pay its bills, etc. Spain, then eventually the US.

Swapping debt assets seem stupid like the children's hot potato game where as long as you are not holding the potato when the bill is due you gain.

It seems intuitively obvious to me, which means that it might be wrong. -- Chris Torek