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Comment: Re:Use TaxAct instead (Score 1) 450

by rjune (#48801721) Attached to: Intuit Charges More For Previously Offered TurboTax Features, Users Livid

I switched years ago and it is just as easy and convenient as Turbo-Tax. It costs a lot less too. Companies occasionally attempt a massive price increase, not understanding that there are alternatives. A massive loss of sales and market share will be the slap in the face that Intuit needs to be reminded that this is a competitive market.

Comment: Re:"This is windows support calling... (Score 1) 129

by rjune (#48425415) Attached to: Court Shuts Down Alleged $120M Tech Support Scam

I talked with one of them on Saturday. After spending about 25 minutes acting like a total doofus - I asked him if it made any difference which enter key I used because they are shaped differently. It was really fun thinking up stupid things to ask him. After about 25 minutes, we were at the point where he wanted to open an internet connection, I called him out and hung up. (I had also drank a lot of coffee and really needed use the bathroom) He called back 5 times to cuss me out. Name an insult and he used it (I have one, but I'm not one!) After the third call, my wife wanted to talk to them and he asked her for oral sex, she accused him of stalking and said she would notify law enforcement. Perhaps we could start a contest to see how badly the scammers have been annoyed.

Comment: Re:Going Cable! (Score 3, Informative) 135

by rjune (#48029851) Attached to: FCC Rejects Blackout Rules

The Packers had games blocked out? You've got to be kidding, every one of the home games was on the Milwaukee station. The average wait for season tickets is 30 years: See bottom of page. I think a playoff game might not have sold out due to some refund policy, but that was an aberration. The 3 biggest religions in Wisconsin are Lutheran, Catholic, and the Green Bay Packers and I'm pretty sure I have them reversed.

Comment: Re:Should be a medal and a discharge (Score 1) 192

by rjune (#47335661) Attached to: An Army Medal For Coding In Perl

I think we were talking about two different things. When I wrote my comment I was referring to your comment about the use of Excel for database functions. I think you read way too much into the comment as I was not referring to the examples that you cite or the environment. In fact, for the two examples you cite in your latest post, we agree. The process used by the military for getting software applications is as convoluted and inefficient as the one used for building construction. Viven was talking about using non-approved methods for his support job because of the time factor and my post was written in the same context.

Comment: Re:What's so Hard to Understand? (Score 4, Informative) 192

by rjune (#47334085) Attached to: An Army Medal For Coding In Perl

If you have been in the service it's not hard to understand at all. I received an Aerial Achievement Medal during Desert Storm. Some of the things that I did was to write a DOS Batch file that backed up our flight plans (routing etc. was coordinated with other units to prevent midair collisions), fixed a glitch in the Mission Planning software (ANGPLAN forever!), and prepared more mission packages than I can count. This helped our unit earn a Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (we did not miss a single refueling) Everybody has to do their job for a unit to perform at peak level.

Comment: Re:Speculation... (Score 1) 455

by rjune (#47270647) Attached to: NADA Is Terrified of Tesla

In regard to: "Internet sales" for the win. Get a bid, no negotiating. You walk in and THAT'S the price you will get. No ripoffs... no talking to the manager.

That's how we bought our last car, except they forgot the doc fee. Our old car was dead and we were in a bind. They stuck us for that, an extra $100. The delivery consisted of here are your keys, good bye!

Next time I buy a car, I'll be ready to walk as soon as the bull starts. The previous posters are right, most dealers are scum!

Comment: Re:Caravan (Score 2) 310

The Air Force developed celestial precomp programs for the HP 41CV. It was nice because if you were doing day celestial you didn't have to remember whether or not the declination of the sun was "contrary" or "same" and it supplied the GHA and declination. (No Air Almanac required for sun shots) You could plot out of your DR position and not have to worry about an assumed position. (This made for small, easy to calculate intercepts) It also applied the coriolis/rhumb line correction. Also, with regard to Hamsterdan, Wikipedia is correct in that you needed to plug in a card reader to update the programs. The N size batteries were kind of a PITA to find, but all in all it was a really useful piece of technology. It kind of funny that this thread was spawned by someone posting in a SAS context. I use Enterprise Guide every day so I guess I span a long range of technology. (Or I'm getting old - but I keep updating my skills)

Comment: Re:Autoimmune disorder... (Score 1) 350

by rjune (#46988237) Attached to: Canadian Teen Arrested For Calling In 30+ Swattings, Bomb Threats

The 911 location technology has its limits. I use Vonage and I had to configure my account to enter the address information so that it will come up on 911. I suppose that I could have entered the address of the police station. I think it's time to look at modifying the system to make this more difficult to accomplish. I originally used prevent, but I'm sure that no matter how rigorous the security is, someone will break it.

Comment: Re:Busy protecting the cartels? (Score 2) 76

by rjune (#46963887) Attached to: Milwaukee City Council Proposal Would Pave Way For Uber, Lyft

There is some substance behind the charge that the current system favors the cartels. The Institute for Justice, has some interesting background on this. The current system freezes all newcomers out of the market and gives the current (limited by law) permit holders a monopoly. The present system has been ruled unconstitutional: The ordinance as drafted: "The proposal requires permits for all public passenger vehicles, and all vehicles must be inspected. In addition there are penalties for operating a public passenger vehicle without a permit and driving a public passenger vehicle without a license." so public safety is protected. Lyft and Uber could require drivers offering rides to have the proper licensing. These services aren't going to go away, its time to completely legitimize them.

+ - Milwaukee City Council proposal to pave way for Uber, Lyft->

Submitted by rjune
rjune (123157) writes "Ald. Robert Bauman is drafting a proposed ordinance that, if approved by the Common Council, would change the way public passenger vehicles are regulated and licensed.
The proposal, expected to be outlined on Friday before the Common Council's Public Transportation Review Board, not only lifts the cap on taxicab vehicle permits but accommodates new smartphone app services such as Uber and Lyft. Both Uber and Lyft are already in the marketplace."

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Comment: Re:Overly Paranoid (Score 1) 245

by rjune (#46929209) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Back Up Physical Data?

The additional information certainly changes things. You said you contacted the State Department. How about the constituent services office of your Congressman or Senators? Most government agencies don't like to have to answer congressional inquiries. It may or may not help, but it will draw a lot of attention to that individual - something that his supervisor's won't appreciate.

"Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain." -- The Wizard Of Oz