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Comment: Re:let's be realistic (Score 1) 304

by roc97007 (#49384293) Attached to: Why More 'Star Wars' Actors Don't Become Stars

> Look at that stupid guy from that vampire series and his girlfriend. It was the only role they had that was any good. Anything they've done since has sucked.

I see what you did there.

But seriously, "since"? I only saw the first two sparkly vampire films, but it seems to me that either of the two principles could have been replaced with a lump of teak.

Comment: let's be realistic (Score 4, Insightful) 304

by roc97007 (#49383095) Attached to: Why More 'Star Wars' Actors Don't Become Stars

One could say that Ewan McGregor and Liam Neeson have done ok since then. Whatever one might think of Natalie Portman's acting chops [1] she has a fairly impressive body of work. Mark Hamill has been extremely busy since Star Wars, albeit often voicework. Carrie pretty much destroyed her career with drugs and alcohol, but managed to come back. As far as Hayden and Jake, enh. I think they both struggled as actors, so no surprise there.

[1] I submit that a lot of the woodenness in the prequels was directly linked to Lucas as a director, and not necessarily reflective of the actors themselves. A good director can get amazing performances out of a poor actor (Stanley Kubrick directing Ryan O'Neal in Barry Lyndon) and a poor director can get a leaden performance out of any actor. (Lucas directing pretty much anyone in any star wars film.) Portman was terrible in all the Star Wars films, but so was pretty much everyone else.

Comment: Re:TELL US HOW TO REGISTER (Score 2) 326

by roc97007 (#49373123) Attached to: Sign Up At irs.gov Before Crooks Do It For You

I just did it successfully, after getting the error you got the first time through. You're right, the website does not clearly have a place to log in -- you have to request a document or initiate a payment in order to get the login screen, wherein you can also create an account. In defense of OP, this may be the reason they did not include a link to a login page -- there doesn't appear to be one.

But to your point, there seems to be a bug in the form, where if you put any punctuation or special characters in the required passphrase, it misreports the issue as a bad password. Taking the exclamation point out of the passphrase caused my password (a different token) to be accepted. For what it's worth, YMMV, etc etc. (This is the government we're talking about...)

Comment: they don't make it easy (Score 1) 326

by roc97007 (#49373089) Attached to: Sign Up At irs.gov Before Crooks Do It For You

I just now created an account. There's no login button on the top page -- you have to enter into some kind of transaction before it'll give you the option of logging in or creating a new account. (I chose to view a transcript for a past year.)

Once the process gets going, it's a little *too* straightforward. The information you need to create an account could easily be socially engineered. Current address, age, full name and SS# are all required information on any loan application, for instance. It then checks your records and gives you a multiple choice test for outstanding loans and banking information that you need to answer correctly. Again, all of this is public record. It would take some effort, but creating an account on someone else's SS# is definitely doable.

Comment: Re:Carly Fiorina for President! (Score 1) 352

by roc97007 (#49368007) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Near Launching Presidential Bid

> I am surprised that no one has brought up her famous quote of "No one in this country has a God given right to a job"

It doesn't do the Democrats any good to bring it out now. Wait until she gets the nomination, and *then* bring it out.

> Why can't the Republicans offer a sane candidate?

I think because all the insane ones have all the political clout.

IF I HAD A MINE SHAFT, I don't think I would just abandon it. There's got to be a better way. -- Jack Handley, The New Mexican, 1988.