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Comment: Re:Maybe, but you won't make it past HR (Score 1) 255 255

Excel is pretty good at doing a quick sanity check on a CSV before handing it to an importer. These tools would not have survived as long as they have or be considered as indispensable as they are without being at least marginally useful.

Only if you only use the comma to separate your fields. I use an export from a database that has commas in the fields so I use the pipe (|) as my delimiter. Excel will not properly open that csv file and will only split the fields on the commas. Open/Libre Office let me select the delimiter - best feature ever.

Untrue. Excel will open a text file using any symbol of your choice as a delimiter. Maybe old versions didn't use to be able to or something.

2010 doesn't and doesn't give you the options that I can tell. And I don't control the version.

Comment: Re:Zombies or fail over? (Score 2) 107 107

I've been in IT Management for 15+ and I can assure you it is a good thing you are not in management. I would lose my job in a heartbeat if production server decided to take a dump and I had shut off all our fail-over servers.

It's not just a matter of what those fail-over servers costs. It's the question "Can we afford (financially) to NOT have fail-over servers?". If you stand to lose more due to a production server failure than the cost of running a fail-over for a year then you will not EVER wish to be caught without one.

How is it a failover server if no data has traveled into or out of the machine in six months? Wouldn't you want to keep a failover server up to date (data and software updates) so you don't notice the failover? What good is a failover server if you have to load six months of data from tape? The machine could be off until you need it in that case.

Comment: Re:Maybe, but you won't make it past HR (Score 1) 255 255

Excel is pretty good at doing a quick sanity check on a CSV before handing it to an importer. These tools would not have survived as long as they have or be considered as indispensable as they are without being at least marginally useful.

Only if you only use the comma to separate your fields. I use an export from a database that has commas in the fields so I use the pipe (|) as my delimiter. Excel will not properly open that csv file and will only split the fields on the commas. Open/Libre Office let me select the delimiter - best feature ever.

Comment: Re:Purpose slowing down of packets (Score 1) 88 88

I think that certain traffic is slowed/delayed to give people the impression they need a faster link.

The traffic that takes the longest to get to me is the 47 pages of included javascript someone convinced a web site creator to use. My page load times would be greatly reduced without all that extra garbage.

Comment: Re:So? (Score 1) 310 310

This is just smart trading. I know 100 guys that COULD do this, assuming they had the requisite margin. As long as you place trades on the book that you're willing to fill based on the rules of that market there's no reason why you should be called a 'crook' for that.

I don't think he was actually willing to fill the trade.

Comment: Re:One has to wonder (Score 1) 253 253

But the work doesn't lessen with a bad economy. There is still case work to be done and offers to be considered. Most case work is a three to five year or longer look back period. And when the ten year statute is close to closing they tend to really step up enforcement and collections efforts. The year you don't file your own return is the year someone claims your kids on their return or a sleazy preparer convinces you to file return that somehow gets you a much better refund. The year someone is on mostly unemployment income is the year they try to get whatever is coming that much faster - more returns and more fraud.

Comment: Re:One has to wonder (Score 2) 253 253

The problem is that IRS is not following the law, none of these organizations have any right claiming tax exempt status under the law: From uscode.house.gov 501c (4)(A) Civic leagues or organizations not organized for profit but operated exclusively for the promotion of social welfare, or local associations of employees, the membership of which is limited to the employees of a designated person or persons in a particular municipality, and the net earnings of which are devoted exclusively to charitable, educational, or recreational purposes. But from the IRS pages the wording is changed to To be operated exclusively to promote social welfare, an organization must operate primarily to further the common good and general welfare of the people of the community (emphasis mine)

Comment: Re:One has to wonder (Score 1) 253 253

The IRS computer systems upgrades are years in the making. Hell, on the linked article is another article about how much IRS had to pay as they hadn't gotten XP upgraded across the agency. And anything that takes longer than a year will by default spread across filing season, which is actually through Oct 15 or longer as they now accept prior year returns electronically.

Comment: Re:One has to wonder (Score 1) 253 253

Technically yes. Fewer people working means fewer people paying income tax, and fewer refunds. It may be a negligible amount though.

No. They have far more cases of fraud than anyone wants to believe. Cut the IRS budget but don't cry when your refund goes into someone else's account and it takes years to straighten out your identity mess.

Comment: Re:pointless (Score 2) 165 165

There are still too many sites that only properly work on IE, business sites that have been clubbed into only working with IE. Once MS has decided that your OS is in their extended, security only, support phase you don't get the new "features" that the IE only sites add on or move to and the proverbial gun to your head is to upgrade the whole OS over one piece of software that should have been broken out into a separate division (open source or not) a long time ago.

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