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Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

AK Marc Re:Ahh (330 comments)

Spain looks pretty good, but no, I'm not interested for myself. Maybe my kids some day, but I already have a master's degree. I don't need anymore. Though I need to see which countries in Europe allow dual citizens. France does, but has stricter requirements. Spain is easier to become citizen, but doesn't allow duality. Nor does Germany. UK does. So more important than cheap tuition, is someplace to get a third citizenship from. Gotta have options when the US finally self-destructs, and tries to take the rest of the world with it.

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Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

AK Marc Re:Ahh (330 comments)

Someone else indicated it was easy to get a "free" degree in europe. That doesn't seem the case. That's all I said.

How many people in France know Finnish? Almost none? Then your irrational hate is misaimed.

8 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

AK Marc Re:Ahh (330 comments)

The trouble to learn an unusual language to be able to get free tuition is not worth it, and most of the rest of the ones with the same rules for foreigners have higher fees for foreigners. And none of the languages are common first or second languages, so it would likely take extreme effort to be able to get anything from that "free" education.

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Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

AK Marc Re:Ahh (330 comments)

Name one. I did a quick look, and I didn't see any where foreign students on a student visa were tuition-free.

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Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

AK Marc Re:Ahh (330 comments)

You can't choose where you were born. You can choose where you live. If you are born in the US, you *can't* go to uni in Europe for free (without some unusual scholarships). There's no way to move to europe as a 12 year old on your own, and if you move there on a student visa, you are going to pay.

So the point was, the advice was correct, but 100% useless. What can a person, already born, do about it?

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The Design Flaw That Almost Wiped Out an NYC Skyscraper

AK Marc Re:Risk (161 comments)

I wonder if the emergency generators are in a basement that could flood?

No, that'd be stupid. The generators are on the top floor. But the fuel is under the basement for safety (and not fully sealed from water contamination).

Or, as I have seen in person, the grid power comes in the basement, and the generator feeds the basement cutover switch, but they put the generators on the roof, and the fuel on the roof of the parking structure (to reduce fire risk to the building), with a safe and reliable connection between the fuel and generators. When the flood hits, the electronics in the basement go, taking out the building and the generators. So the generators would be worthless in a flood.

Not too far off the N.O. floods. The flood pumps were water rated, and would have worked fine, but the electronics running them weren't sealed against water, so the pumps couldn't get power, despite being built to run underwater. So many people focus on the levees, they miss the hundreds of other lessons to be learned about disaster preparedness.

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The Design Flaw That Almost Wiped Out an NYC Skyscraper

AK Marc Re:yes, I've used a Professional Engineer. also a (161 comments)

Yeah, I paid a PE to review a deck design. I threw out his plans and re-designed it myself. About 2 weeks after that, a similar deck to what the PE designed failed, injuring 20. My deck is still standing strong. Like this article, the regs counted on one strength measure, ignoring all others (quartering winds ignored in regulation, because a traditional building is strongest against them). So they built it to the regulations, but the regulations were flawed. Same with me. The deck materials would support the weight, but the deck would fail in a single piece. I'd rather it not fail. The PE didn't understand that.

PEs are more like the military. You must be willing to follow the rules, even when the rules are wrong. Questioning and independent thought are not rewarded. You spend more time justifying your decision than making it, and whether it works is irrelevant, so long as you can prove it was proper. Let the guys who write the regs worry about what's proper.

That's the same thing CPAs sell - the market pays Price Waterhouse Coopers to find the truth, rather than skewing things.

Yeah, those CPAs auditing Enron did a bang-up job of it, didn't they?

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Peoria Mayor Sends Police To Track Down Twitter Parodist

AK Marc Re:Isn't parody protected in the US? (153 comments)

Weird Al gets permission because being right and getting sued sucks. Getting permission prevents such issues. It's expensive to win in court, even if you are clearly right.

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I expect to retire ...

AK Marc Re:Too poor (254 comments)

When I was poor, "Internet" was a trip to the library, a "trip" being a 5k walk. Yes, checking email once a week is bad if dealing with someone expecting instant responses, but that was what it took. Phone? Internet? These days, $20 will last you a month with a cell phone.

Not everyone has "luck" that allows $0 health care or other unlucky costs. Lots of low rung jobs leave little to no room for ladder climbing so a life time of savings can be trivially be knocked out with an almost certainty of risk and any insurance you'd want to buy to compensate for it will inherently cost nearly as much or more than your likely calamity unless the insurance is structured under some sort of risk pool, progressive pay system.

The best way to get out of that is look for jobs that include health care, or marry into health care (a person with health care through their job). I've had some pretty shit jobs without health care, and some surprisingly bad jobs with. Some even had few to no requirements (help desk jobs). Though, near the end of the dot com boom, I got rejected for an "entry level" help desk job where they required a CS degree and 5 years experience for a front-line help desk job for web-site support. But by then, I had 10+ years in IT, and got better jobs, but a lot of it is about finding the right job. And when I didn't have the right skills, I worked my way through college. Community college is cheap, and if you get in a 4-year first (in-state of course), you can do about half in community college, 18-20 hours a semester (yes, that's pushing it) and two 35-hour a week jobs (one days one nights) in the breaks, and you can put yourself through college debt-free. Feel free to ask me how I know.

And getting into college first, and taking community college classes ensures 100% count (presuming you do it right) and you don't waste time getting an AA or other associates degree. I've never once seen a place where an associates degree helped. Get the full thing at a large state uni, and you'll spend only a little more per class for the classes and can have something well recognized when you are done. AA followed by BS will cost you more than a BS alone, and take you longer. If you intend to do that, just get the BS from the state school first, and you'll be better off.

The real problem in the US is the belief that poor people deserve it. A small boost is all most poor need. Well, that and the belief that the system won't pull them right back down. But there's the belief that the poor are poor because they deserved it because they are dumb, or bad, or something. https://medium.com/editors-pic... I understand. The poor understand. That's why the poor vote for welfare. Not to prop themselves up, but under the hope that it'll help someone else out of the cycle of poverty enforced by the 1%. The rich see it as self interest. They just don't understand.

I remember growing up hungry because there were times I didn't have enough to eat. You know, if you ignore hunger long enough, it doesn't come around anymore. I just get hypoglycemic headaches if I don't eat. But not real hunger. The nice thing is that it's easy to diet. I just choose to not eat for a week, and I lose about 5 lbs. 3 lbs if I have one small meal a day to remain functional.

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I expect to retire ...

AK Marc Re:Too poor (254 comments)

Someone making $25k per year as a single person? After deductions, they should be under $2500 in federal tax. That's $1875 a month gross. When I was about that, I rented a place for about $200 (don't be above rooming with someone or renting a room in someone else's apartment), and made sure it was convenient to shops and work. No car, and with a roomate, that often doesn't mean no transport for the odd times you need a car. $10 a day for food - $300 a month. So $500 a month in room and board. $0 on health care (yes, that takes luck, when you have nothing, you depend on luck some). So with $1375 a month in disposable income, you could save. My first "home" was $80k. That takes $16k down, or about 2 years of tough saving. After that, I made over $1000 a month in appreciation. Get in when you can, where you can, and trade up. My experience is land appreciates, buildings don't. So don't buy condos or such if you can avoid it. And be willing to move to follow work and housing. Right now, there are places with insanely low housing (and not just Detroit).

Of course, it's easier for me, I was in the top 10% of earned income earners in the US, and moved out, to a place with higher cost of living, and higher pay. I managed to pay off my last US house, and it's rented out for a tidy profit, and I own two homes here (both with mortgage), sucking a large chink of cash, but appreciating at about $150,000 per year at the moment. Yes, I'm making more as a land owner than working. But you have to get on the ladder to climb it. And until I had my first place, I lived pretty frugally.

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I expect to retire ...

AK Marc Re:Too poor (254 comments)

You don't rent for that. You buy, as much as you can. 30 years, you'll at least be rent free. And in that 30 years, the land will appreciate. I've made more owning my home than working, and I make more than average.

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I expect to retire ...

AK Marc Re:Too poor (254 comments)

I always put the maximum I could into a 401k,

I've heard that a lot, but I put in 15k per year in a 401k (the max) even when I didn't make much more than 15k. Prospects are a result of location and skills. You should have changed what you could. I have multiple times, and always for the better.

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I expect to retire ...

AK Marc Re:Too poor (254 comments)

Do you blame people with cancer for their plight?

If they smoked.

What about victims of violence?

When they pick the "bad guys" to go for, get hit, and keep going back for more (and having children in that abusive environment).

You know nothing of context and come to a conclusion anyway.

The OP set a context, and his reply was well within that context.

The very definition of bigot.

A bigot is a person who sees someone laying in the mud as says "they are dirty". For all the bigot knows, they are trying out a new plastic spray that covers a person in an impenetrable field of clean. Or, the more likely explanation of "they are dirty" may be right, but you have to make the correct person feel bad for being correct to feel better about the existence of dirty people.

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UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

AK Marc Re:I've made a decision (386 comments)

I'm not sure you are the best person to take such advice from. If it worked, why haven't you tried it? If you have tried it, it obviously didn't take.

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UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

AK Marc Re:I've made a decision (386 comments)

That will help me stop pointing out your bad statistics?

3 days ago
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How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

AK Marc Re:The Real Breakthrough - non auto-maker Maps (193 comments)

Car manufacturers don't mind giving up control over things like the entertainment system provided it works better than what they can do.

A number don't like it, especially dealers. The base unit is a $50 piece of junk, the $500 option cost them $100, and the $5000 option cost them under $1000. $4000 extra profit per car is a nice thing.

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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

AK Marc Re: I'm on track. Are you? (457 comments)

Yeah, but if you are unemplyed, rob a bank to make up the difference. The best thing is, proceeds from robery are tax free, as the bank never files the 1099 under the right SSN.

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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

AK Marc Re:Of 1000? (457 comments)

A touring golf pro making $1,000,000 a year is scraping by. Paying 20-50% of that to fees and support staff, 25% on travel, and much of the remainder on training, they take home almost nothing. Same with some of the entertainers. I find it funny that so many people measure "wealth" by income. They are related, but certainly not the same thing. Wealth is power. Income provides an opportunity to generate and store wealth, but certainly isn't a guarantee. See Bobby Brown and Willie Nelson, and so many others. Made more in a year than most do in a life, and still went bankrupt. You have to store it and invest it to be wealthy. But the 1% is usually measured in income. But the wealth divide is much greater, and the core problem. But taxing wealth will never work. It's only ever tried with real estate, and even there is problematic.

3 days ago

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Loan Google Glass and Google will brick them remotely

AK Marc AK Marc writes  |  1 year,15 hours

AK Marc (707885) writes "Now, as those lucky enough to be given Explorer status will begin to receive their Explorer Glass devices, some may be surprised to find that, in a possibly un-Google-like manner, the company has written, Do not “resell, loan, or transfer” language in the user agreement.

So what will the penalty be if you fork over the $1,500 and then decide to pass your brand new device on to someone else? The company says they can remotely turn your device into a fancy-looking forehead ornament."

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Software developer Bob outsources own job and whiles away shifts on cat videos

AK Marc AK Marc writes  |  about a year ago

AK Marc (707885) writes ""All told, it looked like he earned several hundred thousand dollars a year, and only had to pay the Chinese consulting firm about fifty grand annually".
When a routine security check by a US-based company showed someone was repeatedly logging on to their computer system from China, it naturally sent alarm bells ringing. Hackers were suspected and telecoms experts were called in.
It was only after a thorough investigation that it was revealed that the culprit was not a hacker, but "Bob" (not his real name), an "inoffensive and quiet" family man and the company's top-performing programmer, who could be seen toiling at his desk day after day and staring diligently at his monitor."

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Slashdot Poll

AK Marc AK Marc writes  |  about a year ago

AK Marc (707885) writes "Where do you live
1) USA
2) non-USA North America
3) South America
4) Europe
5) Africa
6) Asia
7) Australia/South Pacific
8) Other (Sealand, moon, Antarctica)"
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Last Chance to Save Buckyballs/Zen Magnets

AK Marc AK Marc writes  |  about a year and a half ago

AK Marc (707885) writes "Comments close today on the magnet ban. The CPSC doesn't have to follow submission preferences, but it helps them stand up to the "you killed my kid" mothers who fed their children magnets until dead to say "the democracy chose to allow you to protect your own child". And yes, my attention was drawn to this by Zen Magnets who sent me an email about this issue, indicating that the last day for comments is today (well, will be by the time most of you read this)."
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