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Comment: Re:A reason why they SHOULD have... (Score 1) 41

by drinkypoo (#46765409) Attached to: Ubisoft Hands Out Nexus 7 Tablets At a Game's Press Event

I actually picked up FOUR 7" Android 4.x tablets from DealExtreme for ~$35 each last year, during a half-price sale...and I doubt they'd let even such a sale as that rob them entirely of profits...

Dealextreme is like BG Micro. Sure, they buy stuff to stock and sell, but much of what they sell is some crap that someone else couldn't sell, which they got for a song. Just because DX got a bunch of tablets nobody wanted to buy in a store for $20/piece doesn't mean someone will sell you new, supported ones for that.

Comment: Re:Mr Fixit (Score 1) 467

by drinkypoo (#46763325) Attached to: How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

We should remember that FLOSS reacted very quickly to the "revelation," but the bug itself has been sitting there for years, which isn't really supposed to happen.

Unfortunately, the very same thing happens in proprietary software. And "isn't supposed to happen" is a misunderstanding. It's just supposed to happen less, and it's supposed to get fixed easier. The latter, at least, has been proven out.

Comment: Re:not at those prices, it won't fly off the shelv (Score 1) 165

by drinkypoo (#46763285) Attached to: How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

like the other poster said, all I want in there is an amp and speakers with a jack for audio input

That's what I put in my truck. You can't listen to optical media in it unless you have a heavy load, because the suspension is too hard. So I have a $20 amplifier with stereo in and four outputs.

I'd like my 1964 Dodge back. fixable, the controls fall where your hands are, no menus, and no nonsense.

Yes, if I had perfect foresight instead of excellent hindsight, I'd have kept my 1960 Dodge. It got over 20 mpg on the freeway and it was stupid simple. But I didn't know how to rebuild a brake system then (dirt simple, as it turns out) and so I couldn't afford to keep it.

Comment: Re:Why spend another $700 for a car stereo (Score 1) 165

by drinkypoo (#46763257) Attached to: How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

It's more reliable. Bluetooth Audio is miserably finicky. The only thing that ever worked right with my JVC was AT&T Fuze. With a couple different Android devices now including the Nexus 4 I get occasional skips. I used to use an Xperia Play, that skipped a lot. Flawless using the headphone cable in my truck instead.

I'm going to try adding bluetooth to my car anyway, switching into the line inputs from the changer with an audio signal relay, and using an ultra-cheap receiver. but i'm also going to have line in, just in case.

Comment: Re:Not even much money (Score 1) 385

by Obfuscant (#46761519) Attached to: Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

I also don't doubt that there are times when 3rd parties are served or even well served by the outcomes of such lobbying.

So lobbying can have good outcomes.

But these things ought not be decided based on who has money and who doesn't. I am all for impacts being analyzed and plans being made to make sure people are not unduly disrupted, but decisions should be made on merit.

It is difficult to separate the feelings that someone bought a result you don't like from an objective analysis of whether what you wanted them to do was rejected after an analysis of the issues. In this case, a "tell me how much I owe" version of federal taxes -- I seem to recall that there was such a system in place many years ago (1970's?) where the taxpayer would send in a form saying "tell me what you want" and the IRS did. I don't hear much about that anymore, so I suspect that it died, and why it died may give a clue to why it wasn't a good idea to bring it back. I don't know.

We should not allow buggy whip manufactures to be able to lobby to ensure their livelihood.

Why not? If you grant that there are sometimes good outcomes from lobbying, just how do you write this new law prohibiting buggy whip makers while still allowing the useful lobbying?

What SHOULD be the rule is that decisions are made based on merit, and anyone who wants to lobby should have the right to make that speech.

Comment: Re:Not even much money (Score 3, Informative) 385

by Obfuscant (#46759473) Attached to: Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

Let's face it, there are a lot of people employed as accountants and I guess nowadays, a fair amount of software developers and business.

The people who this simplified "let the government figure it out and send back what they think I deserve" plan wouldn't apply to the vast majority of people who use accountants or probably even most of those who use TurboTax. They're using an accountant because they want every penny back that they deserve. Yes, I said deserve -- the legal amount.

There are already several free tax filing systems. TaxACT Online, H&R Block, The IRS, and even TurboTAX, the very company that is being slammed for allegedly standing in the way of free tax filing. If you are a die-hard, you can download the forms and send them in for the price of a stamp or two (my state forms, seven pages of paper, cost $0.70 to mail.)

Comment: Re:A win? (Score 1) 316

by drinkypoo (#46758203) Attached to: Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

Incoming water is also charged a sewer fee, essentially doubling the cost. I can put a separate meter on my outside nozzle so that when I fill the pool, wash the car or water the garden, I'm not also being billed for the (not directly used) sewer fee.

Just wait, the city will start to tax you for evaporation for water released into the outside world...

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