Free Switched iPhone app - try it now!
AOL Tech

jknichols

Member since: Jun 18th, 2007

jknichols's Latest Comments

Blog Activity
Blog# of Comments
Autoblog8 Comments
ParentDish19 Comments
Gadling4 Comments
AOL TV1 Comment
Download Squad1 Comment
BloggingStocks1 Comment
AOL Video Blog2 Comments
News Bloggers1 Comment
Switched5 Comments
Asylum1 Comment
WalletPop16 Comments
PopEater1 Comment
Lemondrop1 Comment
AOL Jobs2 Comments
Daily Finance7 Comments
Rented Spaces1 Comment
Just So You Know3 Comments
Shelterpop1 Comment
Housingwatch4 Comments

Recent Comments:

Think Twice: Teen Fined $2900 for Illegally Downloading a Movie (Just So You Know)

Apr 13th 2011 2:12AM Nice try, but your story has too many holes in it:

1) It takes way longer than 2 days to get a subpoena.
2) Once Warner Brothers subpoenaed your name, they would have filed legal action against you or tried to blackmail you into paying them money under threat of legal action. Your only warning would not have come from your internet service provider.
3) Your internet provider does not have the authority to confiscate your computer or to fine you.
4) Only a very, very small percent of people who download illegal get caught. The chances of it happening to two people from the same family is ridiculously small, and therefore, very unbelievable.
5) No one has ever gone to prison for illegal downloading. Although in theory it may be a criminal offense, in reality It is a matter handled by the civil courts.

Think Twice: Teen Fined $2900 for Illegally Downloading a Movie (Just So You Know)

Apr 2nd 2011 12:40AM Anyone who is stupid enough to download illegally without first masking their IP deserves to get caught! I'm too cheap to pay for internet service, so I just tap into my neighbor's wireless (idiot left it unsecured!). I'm polite enough to mask my IP, though, so that he doesn't get in trouble for my downloading. People need to just think a little before they download illegally. Learn to do it right or don't do it at all!

Think Twice: Teen Fined $2900 for Illegally Downloading a Movie (Just So You Know)

Apr 2nd 2011 12:28AM I do alot of illegal downloading and I've NEVER seen an ad in the middle of the movie. I think you're thinking of sites like Hulu, which are LEGAL.

Cheerleader Suspended for Facebook Photo (Lemondrop)

Oct 25th 2010 4:16PM I think the school has gone too far. It would be one thing if the picture showed her at some wild teen party living it up, but she was at her sister's wedding with presumably her parents in attendance. The school needs to butt out and mind its own business!

Graco recalls 2 million strollers after 4 infants strangle (WalletPop)

Oct 20th 2010 11:30AM If Americans made the strollers, then nobody would be able to afford to buy one. It's easy to say we shouldn't outsource to China, but does anyone really want to pay (or can afford to pay) for the cost of products made here? Also, in this case it was a design problem that allowed the babies to be strangled, not a manufacturing defect. The designers were more than likely American, so it wouldn't have made a difference if the strollers were made in the U.S. or not, the same design defect would still exist. Even so, a little common sense (i.e. strap the kid in!) and parent supervision would eliminate the problem and save Graco millions in the cost of a recall.

School Shopping List: Pencils, Notebooks and, Oh Yeah, Your Own Toilet Paper (ParentDish)

Aug 18th 2010 5:11PM These lists really have gotten quite ridiculous. This year, my 3rd grader came home with a list that included 6 boxes of 100 count Ziploc bags (MUST be Ziploc), 3 boxes of crayons, 100 sharpened pencils (MUST be Ticonderoga), 3 reams of paper, 5 boxes of staples, 10 containers of hand sanitizers (MUST be Purell), and 5 boxes of tissue (MUST be Kleenex brand). What I don't get, is if every kid is supposed to be bringing in enough for the whole class, aren't they going to have about 30 times the amount of supplies they really need? I mean, do they really need 180 boxes of Ziploc bags, or 3000 pencils? And if generic is good enough at home, why is it not good enough at school?

I went through the list and bought only what I thought was necessary for my son's personal use. I bought a box of 10 pencils (and I will supply him more, as needed), no Ziploc bags (I will supply him GENERIC bags if/when a project arises that requires them), no hand sanitizer (I don't believe in it. Good ole fashioned soap and water will get the hands plenty clean.), a pocket-sized package of tissue (to be replenished as needed), and a notebook of paper for his personal use.

How almost half of all taxpayers pay nothing in federal income tax (WalletPop)

Aug 2nd 2010 5:40PM Think of me however you'd like. I did it because I wanted a baby. The money was just an added benefit. Since this is a discussion on tax credits, I thought it appropriate to relay my experiences. Believe me, I don't go around "bragging" about it in everyday life. Instead, I spend the time bragging about my adorable baby boy (now 3 months old).

How almost half of all taxpayers pay nothing in federal income tax (WalletPop)

Aug 2nd 2010 5:38PM Think of me however you'd like. I did it because I wanted a baby. The money was just an added benefit. Since this is a discussion on tax credits, I thought it appropriate to relay my experiences. Believe me, I don't go around "bragging" about it in everyday life. Instead, I spend the time bragging about my adorable baby boy (now 3 months old).

How almost half of all taxpayers pay nothing in federal income tax (WalletPop)

Aug 2nd 2010 5:26PM Yes, the credits listed (as well as others not listed) can move a person who would have paid taxes into the category of not paying anything. I am a prime example.

In 2008, I paid no taxes because of educational credits and charitable deductions.

In 2009, I paid no taxes even though I made over $50,000 thanks to a combination of educational credits and mortgage interest deductions. I actually received a refund of $8,000 even though I paid nothing due to the refundable homebuyer's tax credit.

In 2010, I will pay no taxes thanks to a combination of mortgage interest deductions and deductions I can take for my newly adopted child. I will actually be receiving a $13,500 refund even though I have again paid nothing due to the refundable adoption tax credit.

In 2011, I will also likely pay no taxes thanks to a combination of mortgage interest deductions and deductions for my child. I also plan on adopting another child in 2011, which means I will receive another $13,500 refund due to the refundable adoption tax credit.

So I have paid nothing for 4 years in a row and for 3 of those years, I not only didn't pay anything, but I received large "refunds" of money I never paid in the first place. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining. I'll take all the free money the IRS wants to send my way! I just wanted you to realize that these credits can make the difference between paying taxes and not paying taxes, and between paying taxes and getting large "refunds".

How almost half of all taxpayers pay nothing in federal income tax (WalletPop)

Aug 2nd 2010 4:55PM I have not paid a dime in federal taxes for two years (2008 and 2009) even though I made over $50,000 per year and had no dependents. In 2009, I not only paid no taxes, but I got an $8,000 refund thanks to the refundable homebuyer's credit.

This year (2010) will be even better! I recently adopted a baby, so I not only will not pay a dime in federal taxes, I will get a refund of $13,500 thanks to the refundable adoption tax credit! I plan on adopting another baby in 2011, so I should get $13,500 refunded for that year too. And now that I have a child to deduct (and soon two), I doubt I will ever pay federal taxes again. Gotta love the system!