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Comment: Re:Adding insult... (Score 1) 85

by vanyel (#49795901) Attached to: IRS: Personal Info of 100,000 Taxpayers Accessed Illegally

Gave up on trying to call into the IRS and went down to the a nearby (well, 40 miles) office yesterday early afternoon. It wasn't actually crowded surprisingly, but the guy that handles real things (as opposed to taking checks and other minor receptionist duties) wasn't there, so I had to come back today. Got there bright and early and got it taken care of with a "they say up to 180 days for your refund". The receptionist had said "he can push it through" but apparently not really. Oh well, hopefully it won't take that long. They recommend filing a local police report, so I stopped in on my way to work and did that too. That actually took longer because they had to call a cop in off the street to take the report!? Although this tax refund fraud isn't usually taken beyond that to real identity theft, I filled out a form with a password that puts a flag on me so that if they deal with someone who claims to be me, they ask for the password to make sure it's really me and not an imposter.

But at least my state refund got deposited last week...

Comment: Re:Adding insult... (Score 1) 85

by vanyel (#49780565) Attached to: IRS: Personal Info of 100,000 Taxpayers Accessed Illegally

No, for the same reason you couldn't get away with not paying, you can't get away with ignoring the refund - the right tax return has to be filed. They could already tell if they cared to look, as my tax return is not simple and it's highly unlikely that the fraudulent one looks anything like the real one. The best case that would come out of ignoring it is an audit, and no one wants that.

Comment: Adding insult... (Score 1) 85

by vanyel (#49778109) Attached to: IRS: Personal Info of 100,000 Taxpayers Accessed Illegally

I'm in the process of dealing with something like that now: someone filed a tax return for me before I got around to it. As a result, I had to file on paper, including an "identity theft affidavit" and a copy of some id, but they still sent back a letter requiring me to verify my identity. The online system rejected me (probably because it was asking for information on the fraudulent return), requiring me to call in. After wading through a 5 minute phone tree to get to a human, the system says "sorry, we're too busy go away". OK, it doesn't say "go away" but says call back later and hangs up, which is effectively the same. In the future, I will definitely be using the system to get a PIN ahead of time... If I owed money, I'd probably say fine - if you don't want to talk to me, I don't care, but sadly that's not the case...

Comment: Re:Help me out here a little... (Score 1) 533

by vanyel (#49507095) Attached to: Utilities Battle Homeowners Over Solar Power

In my case, I assume it takes a load off the local distribution - when I'm producing more than I'm using, I'm basically feeding my neighbors power and reducing the amount coming in on the neighborhood feed. If we all had solar, such that it started backfeeding upstream, I can see at a point that might be an issue, and is probably what Hawaii and a few other sunny areas are running into. Even so, I can see partly cloudy days with clouds abruptly changing the power flow being a real problem in cases where the cloud covers a large enough area. Fortunately, I think battery technology is soon going to make the issue moot, and we won't be feeding the grid at all.

Comment: Re:Removing the CNNIC ROOT on OSX (Score 2) 100

by vanyel (#49439943) Attached to: Apple Leaves Chinese CNNIC Root In OS X and iOS Trusted Stores

They apparently *really* don't want me to get rid of it:

+ grep SHA-1
+ security find-certificate -a -Z -c 'CNNIC ROOT' /System/Library/Keychains/SystemRootCertificates.keychain
SHA-1 hash: 8BAF4C9B1DF02A92F7DA128EB91BACF498604B6F
+ security delete-certificate -t -Z 8BAF4C9B1DF02A92F7DA128EB91BACF498604B6F /System/Library/Keychains/SystemRootCertificates.keychain
security: SecTrustSettingsRemoveTrustSettings (user): No Trust Settings were found.
+ security delete-certificate -t -c 'CNNIC ROOT' /System/Library/Keychains/SystemRootCertificates.keychain
x: line 5: 92884 Segmentation fault security delete-certificate -t -c "CNNIC ROOT" /System/Library/Keychains/SystemRootCertificates.keychain

Comment: Re:Sounds like good TV (Score 1) 104

by vanyel (#49237131) Attached to: Some of the Greatest Science Fiction Novels Are Fix-Ups

I think Grimm is doing it about the best of any of them: you have the "Wessen of the week", there's the small arcs of various things happening in Portland and then you have the larger arc of the Royals/Resistance/Keys (which they could devote a little more time to admittedly). Combined with interesting characters and it's no wonder it's one of my favorite shows at the moment.

Comment: Sounds like good TV (Score 2) 104

by vanyel (#49235041) Attached to: Some of the Greatest Science Fiction Novels Are Fix-Ups

Although this isn't news, it does make me realize that it is very similar to a style of TV show I rather like: episodes that can stand on their own, but with a strong story arc that plays out over a set of shows. Typically arcs run over a season or even several, though I would like to see them run over say a half dozen episodes so a given story arc is re-watchable in a reasonable amount of time.

Comment: Re:Uprising? (Score 1) 331

by vanyel (#49184603) Attached to: 'The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress' Coming To the Big Screen

Not the same thing at all, though editors have been known to screw up authors' stories as well (they don't have the track record Hollywood does there though).

If you're planning on bringing a well known story to the screen, you want to make sure it's easily identifiable, which means keeping the title so people know what you're doing and what to expect. You don't distance yourself from it right at the start. At the very least, it's disrespectful to the author and the fans, and is a strong signal that you're not planning on being any more faithful to the rest of the story.

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