I am doing my taxes today. I hate TurboTax. It is such a scam. There’s a scummy ad every few clicks. I paid you money for software. Stop trying to sell me extraneous tax advice, debit cards, and Mint.com services. You all suck!
I also really don’t feel good about TurboTax saving my bank account number and routing number. I hope that’s saved locally and not in the cloud.
Update: And what the hell is up with the facebook button for “Brag about this!” Jesus, why is TurboTax such a scummy product?
Why hasn’t any major liberal/progressive writer written about this until now? Why is Paul Krugman always saving the world? Read The Daily Howler for analysis.
KRUGMAN (2/25/11): In recent weeks, Madison has been the scene of large demonstrations against the governor’s budget bill, which would deny collective-bargaining rights to public-sector workers. Gov. Scott Walker claims that he needs to pass his bill to deal with the state’s fiscal problems. But his attack on unions has nothing to do with the budget. In fact, those unions have already indicated their willingness to make substantial financial concessions—an offer the governor has rejected.
What’s happening in Wisconsin is, instead, a power grab—an attempt to exploit the fiscal crisis to destroy the last major counterweight to the political power of corporations and the wealthy. And the power grab goes beyond union-busting. The bill in question is 144 pages long, and there are some extraordinary things hidden deep inside.
We Dems are so stupid we have let this tactic work twice over the last thirty years. Split the lower- and middle-class public and private workers against each other. Classic “class warfare.” Why don’t major Dems talk about this and respond?
I really love the Japanese stores around 4th Avenue and 10th Street. Ippudo NY is supposed to be incredible ramen. The supermarket M2M is great. And Just Sweets Dessert House has cheap dumplings and fantastic desserts. And it is here where I find myself on Tuesday night after a long day at Tumblr. I was going to visit an apartment for a friend, but it turns out the apartment was taken by the visitor before me. So now I’m eating my dumplings next to four NYU students playings DUNGEONS & DRAGONS.
Surprisingly, I can say 2010 was a pretty good year for film…
Some of my favorites were The King’s Speech (which after much thought is my top overall pick; great direction, great script, great acting and most of all great story, see it if you haven’t yet), The Social Network, I Am Love, …
Some dear friends (@niamhhughes @norkor) recently asked Sandbox what social media tools they would recommend as part of a company’s marketing strategy in addition to twitter and facebook. I offered Tumblr as a suggestion. I posted before whenever a company I liked joined tumblr, but never…
Columnists just don’t get it. Especially ones like Maureen Dowd. They don’t do reporting. They just shoot from the top of their head. They generally have no facts or data to support any of their assertions.
When they get attacked in comments, they complain.
My take: Garbage Out, Garbage In.
How about: do ACTUAL reporting.
Develop a community of readers who are actually engaged with your arguments.
Design a system where good comments go to the top.
Remembering keyboard shortcuts for Gmail and Mail.app is kind of a hassle. But you can work so much faster. I need to decide how to handle work email in Mail and personal email in Gmail. Or just merge the two.
What we have here is a failure of the imagination.
I know of more than one town in the USA with at least 500 properties in foreclosure. Whole neighbourhoods could be bought for O(10⁴) dollars. But what could you do with such places that would make money?
Laws prohibit some kinds of things.
My suggestion is somewhat glib, but what about data centers? The buildings and land are worthless, but the electrical infrastructure is worth money.
I love the Le Monde iPhone App. The push notifications are completely unlike any other publication. I would say roughly 25% are death notifications. For example, the fairly minor French writer François Nourissier died yesterday. Today I just learned that former Tunisian President Ben Ali is in a coma. Being up-to-date on death is part of this Brave New World.
Why Do Google Maps’s City Labels Seem Much More “Readable” Than Those of Its Competitors?
For months, I’ve been trying to figure out why Google Maps’s city labels seem so much more readable than the labels on other mapping sites.
To me, Google’s labels seem to “pop” much more than the other sites’ labels. Major cities also seem to stand out much more.  And whenever you’re quickly scanning the maps, the label you’re searching for seems to stand out just a little sooner on Google’s maps.
My friend Serena was riding her bike in Williamsburg and was struck at the intersection of South4th and Wythe around 2:26 pm (Friday February 4th, 2011). She was struck by a motorist who, instead of stopping to see if she was okay, fled the scene and left her for…
Say what? Very late in this informative piece, we get some striking information: Carnival and Yahoo to the side, the averagerate paid by these 500 companies is 32.8 percent! To our own non-expert ear, that number seems extremely close to “the much-quoted federal corporate tax rate of 35 percent.” That said, here’s where that apples-to-oranges problem appears: The 32.8 percent includes all taxes, not just federal taxes. We’re never told what percentage these 500 companies pay in federal taxes alone. (Presumably, this is a shortcoming of the study from which Leonhardt is working.)
For the record, here’s something else we aren’t old: We’re never told how what overall percentage corporations pay in other countries. Conservatives constantly claim (or suggest) that corporations are forced to pay more in this country. Is that familiar claim true?
Here at THE HOWLER, we have no idea. Nor do we really know where to go to find out. The liberal world has largely slumbered and snored over the course of the past thirty years. Well-funded conservative think tanks have crafted pimped persuasive claims. But how accurate are these various claims? Our side has never bothered to form a real response.