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Comment: Re:So? (Score 1) 310

by pfleming (#49526869) Attached to: Futures Trader Arrested For Causing 2010 'Flash Crash'

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

by pfleming (#48898175) Attached to: IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts
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

by pfleming (#48877641) Attached to: IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts
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

by pfleming (#48876675) Attached to: IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts
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

by pfleming (#48876631) Attached to: IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

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

by pfleming (#48865495) Attached to: Time For Microsoft To Open Source Internet Explorer?
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.

Comment: Re:Whatabout we demand equal time of our views ins (Score 1) 667

by pfleming (#46557611) Attached to: Creationists Demand Equal Airtime With 'Cosmos'

personally I want to see taxes get slashed accross the board and spending at a federal level cut by a drastic number as well. Let the people and states keep their money

You do realize that states that think this way tend to take more from the federal government than they send.

Comment: Re:ODF (Score 1) 275

by pfleming (#45682205) Attached to: Munich Open Source Switch 'Completed Successfully'

You don't always have a choice. If a document is required and specified to be uploaded in a Microsoft format (and generally this is the case because only geeks believe there's still a fight regarding which format to use, even though the world's decided on doc/docx years ago and fucking MOVED ON), you have to submit in said format.

At some point people have to understand that the world doesn't revolve around them. Sometimes they need to just use what other people use to promote maximum communication. It doesn't matter what the ideal is - it matters what the practicality is. Otherwise you're just manufacturing stress and effort when there doesn't need to be any.

The world decided that IE was the only browser that mattered years ago, too. Times change.

Comment: Re:Outbreak, not "plague"; dont be sensationalist. (Score 1) 668

by pfleming (#44353167) Attached to: Fifteen Years After Autism Panic, a Plague of Measles Erupts

Not exactly true; there are other factors. Our son was born very premature, 2 lbs 12 oz. You could hold him in one hand. (He is a big strapping 13 year old now) They are finding that there is a higher rate of autism in preemies compared to normal births. 'Decades' ago, there is a good chance he would not have survived, thus there is a higher incident of autism simply because preemies are surviving instead of dying.

Thank you for taking the time to point this out. I don't think this is properly taken into consideration.

Take an astronaut to launch.