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  1. Equifax Hack

    This really can't be emphasized enough. I have seen so many websites and servers get hacked due people being lax about applying security patches--it is by far the most common way for an internet connected system to be compromised, and the easiest to avoid.
  2. Extraordinary Savings......

    My wife explained to me, when she was in college and working at Pizza Hut, that the toilet paper goes over the top for a very specific reason: so that your hand doesn't accidentally touch the wall behind the paper roll when you reach to pull. In other words, you gain a buffer between the wall and the paper you grab which is greater than or equal to the diameter of the paper roll (depending on the design of the holder) I don't know if Pizza Hut affects everyone's digestive system the same way, but during her time there, she had witnessed some incredible scenes in that restroom not unlike a painting by Jackson Pollock. Call it PTSD if you wish, but she prefers to touch as little of the environment as possible when using a public restroom.
  3. Equifax Hack

    The feature on the website that tells you whether or not your information may have been part of the hack can't be trusted. Making up a last name and putting in 6 random digits for the end of the SSN returns a random response... at least that was my experience over the weekend. Other people have reported that they have checked their own information multiple times, only to get different answers each time. I think it's safe to say that the website isn't returning results based on actual data. I guess that explains why they suggest you proceed as if your information has been compromised, no matter what the results of that query are--I expect they have no idea who has been affected.
  4. Equifax Hack

    Oh yeah, no disagreement here, but It's hard to feel outraged every single time some stinking rich a-holes do something like this without consequence. It's just the world we live in.
  5. Equifax Hack

    About the arbitration clause, there was quite an uproar about it, and they have since come out saying that it doesn't apply to this security breach. This update was added today on https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/
  6. Quite the new look!

    I had a security patch to apply, and rather than just do the patch I went (somewhat hastily, I admit) with an upgrade to the latest version of the forum software without realizing that it was a medium sized upgrade to 4.2 instead of a small incremental update to 4.1.x. Then the whole forum broke for about 45 minutes while I scrambled around like an idiot fixing issues that cropped up. Sorry about that! I do remember the last time I did a major update there were some complaints about the low-contrast between certain visual elements in the new design. Many(all?) of my customizations are still in place to fix those issues, but if anyone has any trouble with this new design, please speak up and I'll do what I can to tweak it.
  7. NT: Nerd Alert

    It sounds like technobabble from star trek. It's easy to solve if you disconnect the photonic tetryon coupling and reroute though the trans-warp wavefront matrix.
  8. Hello?

    Three guys are hiking through the woods, when they find a magic lamp. One of them picks it up, rubs it, and out pops a Genie. It booms "You have finally freed me after all these years, so I'll grant each one of you 3 wishes." The first guy immediately blurts out "I want a billion dollars." POOF, he's holding a printout that shows his account balance is now in fact 1,000,000,003.50 The second man thinks for a bit, then says "I want to be the richest man alive." POOF, he's holding papers showing his net worth is now well over 100 billion. The third guy thinks even longer about his wish, then says "I want my left arm to rotate clockwise for the rest of my life." POOF, his arm starts rotating. The Genie tells them it's time for their second wish. First guy says: "I want to be married to the most beautiful woman on earth." POOF, a stunning beauty wraps herself around his arm. Second guy says "I want to be good-looking and charismatic, so I can have every girl I want." POOF, his looks change and the first guy's wife immediately starts flirting with him. Third guy says "I want my right arm to rotate counter-clockwise until I die." POOF, now both his arms are rotating, in opposite directions. The genie tells them to think very carefully about their third wish. First guy does, and after a while says "I never want to become sick or injured, I want to stay healthy until I die." POOF, his complexion improves, his acne is gone and his knees don't bother him any more. Second guy says "I never want to grow old. I want to stay 29 forever." POOF, he looks younger already. Third guy smiles triumphantly and says "My last wish is for my head to nod back and forth." POOF, he's now nodding his head and still flailing his arms around. The genie wishes them good luck, disappears, and the men soon go their separate ways. Many years later they meet again and chat about how things have been going. First guy is ecstatic: "I've invested the money and multiplied it many times over, so me and my family will be among the richest of the rich pretty much forever. My wife is a freak in the sheets, and I've never gotten so much as a cold in all these years." Second guy smiles and says "Well, I built charities worldwide with a fraction of my wealth, I'm still the richest guy alive and also revered for my good deeds. I haven't aged a day since we last met, and yes, your wife is pretty wild in bed." Third guy walks in, flailing his arms around and nodding his head, and says: "Guys, I think I screwed up." It's better as a physical joke, giving the punchline with your arms and head going.
  9. Political Discussion

    The ACA is a great example--we have an entire forum dedicated to it. Those threads might not be as exciting as the poor excuse for a sporting event / distraction we've got going on in the media, but what's here is real, and impacts you as a tax preparer right now. I think it comes down to whether the discussion is about the law itself and what actually affects you as a tax preparer. If you can't separate that from the people and parties involved, then leave it alone. We're not going down that road again. It didn't work before, and it's not going to suddenly work now--nothing has changed since then. Anyone who feels strongly about politics isn't being honest with themselves if they think political discussion here won't become combative and antagonistic. The thing is, some people enjoy that kind of argument, but that's not the atmosphere we're going for here. Nobody is getting kicked out for their political views. We don't care about anybody's political views. We take not caring so seriously that we don't even want to know about anybody's political views. I guess you could call it the "don't ask, don't tell" approach. PS: Borg got his balls removed yesterday, poor bugger.
  10. Political Discussion

    They're still thinking about the name. They might keep the name he came with from the shelter, Moses, or Mo for short, but Borg fits better than any I've heard so far
  11. Political Discussion

    Prepare for thread derailment! I have cats and dogs and don't have a strong preference either way. Soon after I moved into my first apartment, my girlfriend (now, wife) brought me a cat that we named Jack--black and white like the label on a bottle of Jack Daniels. She smuggled him across the Canadian border with her friend 16 years ago. He never did learn to bury his poop in the litter box, and we always joked that it must be an American cat custom. Jack was a naughty cat, constantly eating ribbon and plastic and either barfing it up or pooping it out, and had a serious addiction to carbs. We couldn't leave out a loaf of bread or a box of donut holes in the open without him tearing into it--he once ate a good portion of my roomate's banana bread, baked with love by his mother. Anyway, Jack passed away this past spring. He used to sleep in the bed with my son, who took his passing especially hard. We have another cat, Marty, and he's a great hunter, but he's never been comfortable around our kids (6 year old twins). He'll spend all day sleeping in our bedroom closet, and only comes downstairs to eat and visit with my wife and I after the kids are in bed. Anyway, my wife will sometimes take the kids to the local "petting zoo" (animal shelter) just to see and play with the animals, and make a donation... but the last trip was different. There was a cat there that looked very Maine Coon-ish, and he loved the kids. He was happy to let them pick him up. He was very playful yet gentle. I got about a dozen texts with photos of kids, bottom lips protruding while they took turns holding this cat. I refused all day long, trying to explain the beautiful mathematical symmetry of being a 2 adult, 2 kid, 2 pet household, but eventually gave in to the pressure the next morning. My wife and kids picked him up early that same morning as soon as the shelter opened. He'd only been there about a week, and hadn't been neutered yet. At this particular shelter, they handle these situations by requesting a check for $100 that they will hold on to, and won't cash unless the pet isn't spayed/neutered within a certain period of time. We figured we could get him into the vet quickly, but unfortunately it's going to be about a month. We called every vet in the area, and nobody can do any better, so we put ourselves on the cancellation list at our regular vet and will hope for an opening soon. We set up an unused dog crate in our sun room, with a littler box, food, and water, and we let him out when we can pay very close attention to him, to make sure he doesn't spray. It's not ideal, but the crate does give our other cat and dog some time to slowly get used to the new arrival on their own terms as well. Hopefully we'll get a call from the vet soon, and he can finally make himself at home.
  12. Political Discussion

    Upon re-reading it this morning, I felt like it came off a little angrier than I meant at the time. And I know it's true--My wife has family who are quite outspoken on the left and the right. It's a real show. Even so, that might be considered obscene, haha
  13. Political Discussion

    I should apologize for the tone of my initial post. I was in a bad mood yesterday after finally giving in and allowing my kids to bring home a cat from the shelter. He hasn't been neutered yet, and I have been regretting my decision ever since. Spanking as a form of punishment on the forum might also be against the rules? I'm not sure, I'll have to give that some thought.
  14. Political Discussion

    I've added links in the first post to the terms. You can also use this URL to link directly to the page without the popup: http://www.atxcommunity.com/terms/
  15. Political Discussion

    It's a recurring thing, but the posts are hidden from view. Judy is an efficient mod, so it's likely that she hid the posts before many (if any) members saw them. It happens often enough that it has become tiring to have to keep explaining the rules to people who disagree with them.