* Posts by mptBrain

14 publicly visible posts • joined 22 Dec 2018

If you could forget the $125 from Equifax and just take the free credit monitoring, that would be great – FTC


Re: "unexpected number of claims"

Math(s) is hard for us Americans.

Fed-up graphic design outfit dangles cash to anyone who can free infosec of hoodie pics


Did you have to use up every last available stock image for this one article? What will poor Kristin use with her next article now?

He's coming home, he's coming... Hutchins' coming home: British Wannacry killer held in US on malware dev rap set free by judge


Glad someone in this country has some sense...

This whole case embarrasses me. I'm glad the Judge has sense to see that this was BS, give the minimum required sentence to the guilty plea, and let the poor sod go home!

Our country is a bully, and also a laughingstock.

Guess who reserved their seat on the first Moon flight? My mum, that's who


Awe, your mum looks so sweet. Sorry for your loss.

It's quite amazing what you find when the time comes to clean out your parents house.

Ok Google, please ignore this free tax filing code so we can keep on screwing America


The free link should be a little more prominent for anyone that needs it: https://www.irs.gov/filing/free-file-do-your-federal-taxes-for-free

I've always had to start at that IRS website to get the free version of H&R Block to work.

And, yep, the free version does all it can to try to make you upgrade to the paid version.

Earning less than the 66k is the easy part.

Work 3 or more jobs? Out of luck, free version only accepts TWO W2s...

Get a bonus? Job consider you an independent contractor? or whatever other reason you get a 1099 MISC form? Can't use Free File.

Want to import the info from your previous year so you don't have to type it? Out of luck; it's not available in the free system, even if you filled with the same company! ("The free system and paid service system don't 'talk' to each other", states the friendly webchat guru; though it oddly knows when you don't enter a value that should match the previous year...)

Want to file a state return using the info you just put in for your federal tax? They'll charge you for that. Even better, live in a state that has no state income tax? They still offer to charge you to file a non existent state income form! (and I'm not just talking about if you hypothetically live in New Hampshire and might have to file in Maine if you worked across state lines for a particular year... No, the system specially offers to file your NH State income tax forms for you, even when all your income was earned in New Hampshire... Wonder how much they charge you to tell you your state doesn't collect income tax...)

Not all free preparers will give you all the tax breaks you deserve. One year, I compared a few different sites, and 2 of them didn't calculate the tax savings for investing in the company 401K. What else do the free versions hide from you?

So many different ways they try to get you to pay instead of filing for free.

And every company has different caveats for the free filing, not just H&R Block. It's like you have to be a detective to find the truly free file that gives you all the tax breaks you're eligible for...

So, yeah, you can save some money by checking out the IRS website first, but you typically have to click thru from IRS to the tax preparer website to activate the "freeness" each and every year...

Like the ending of our national anthem says:

Secret Landing-page for the "free", and the home-page of the paid...

'Sharing of user data is routine, yet far from transparent' is not what you want to hear about medical apps. But 2019 is gonna 2019


Shouldn't Alphabet and Facebook be listed under the Marketing sector instead of Technology?

That marketing email database that exposed 809 million contact records? Maybe make that two-BILLION-plus?


Who the hell is verifications.io? I have never heard of this company until I received an email from haveibeenpwned, but apparently they had 3 email addresses from a personal domain.

So what information did they have on me besides just my email address. How were they "verified"?

Sus as shit!

Edit: even Hunt says. "I’d never heard of the company until now and I certainly can’t ever recall consenting to their use of my data. Of course, it’s entirely possible that buried in some other service’s terms and conditions it says they’re allowed to pass my data around in this fashion, but that’s not really consistent with my expectations of how my data should be used." - from a wired article about this story.

Fancy a .dev domain? They were $12,500 a pop from Google. Now, $1,000. Soon, $17.50. And you may want one


So I have to now be a commercial .gay instead of a community .gay? They're going to probably charge us through the roof for this, since we apparently have more disposable income and all that jazz...

Unearthed emails could be smoking gun in epic GDPR battle: Google, adtech giants 'know they break Euro privacy law'


Re: Death to advertisers!

Death? They need to be locked in a cell surrounded by screens and screens of ads selling advertisement 24/7 which include loud screaming audio inquiring if they want to make more money. When they click to mute an ad, two new windows will pop ¡under! Both which play different deafening crappy music in different keys. These ads will circumvent any adblock systems.

After Amazon's Bezos exposes Pecker, National Enquirer pushes back, promises to probe itself


"It's a lot of ifs"...

ands, or bits er butts umm n/m...

Hi, Jack'd: A little PSA for anyone using this dating-hook-up app... Anyone can slurp your private, public snaps


Can you report these security flaws directly to Google and Apple? If both stores removed Jack'd then the company would probably get to fixing the problem rather quickly, since they wouldn't want to lose income!

Dutch boyband hopes to reverse Brexit through the power of music


Come (Back)

'You've even got the rap verse, which begs Blighty to "(baby, come back) think of what you're leaving behind" as the boybander, amazingly, rips his shirt open and gestures towards his six-pack.'

I'd come back for that 6 pack! (That's the safest "come" back line I can post)

But, what's this have to do wit IT?