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In the US, Rich Now Work Longer Hours Than the Poor

Enry Re:By what definition of "rich"? (282 comments)

Sure I do. But what's happened over the past 30 years is that the lower class has expanded by population and the upper class has expanded by wealth. What was middle class (which I see as owning one house, maybe two cars, reasonably comfortable, and salaried employment) is getting pushed at both ends. 100 years ago I'd probably be upper class. Now I'm upper middle, but that doesn't mean I'm upper class.

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In the US, Rich Now Work Longer Hours Than the Poor

Enry Re:By what definition of "rich"? (282 comments)

I consider myself middle class, but by income standards I'm in the top 10% of income earners in the US. And I don't have a mansion or yacht.

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In the US, Rich Now Work Longer Hours Than the Poor

Enry The definition of work has changed too (282 comments)

If I reply to an e-mail or write code at night, is that considered work? It's not like I can serve McDonald's or sweep floors or tighten a bolt just after waking up and rolling out of bed. I had yesterday off (I'm in MA) but still put in a few hours of work because there was stuff I wanted to get done.

yesterday
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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

Enry Re:Lobbying aside (420 comments)

If you're not itemizing your taxes, then you don't need to worry bout those kinds of deductions.

And there's nothing preventing you from entering your deductions during the year similar to Intuit's It's Deductible. Enter in your charitable contributions including item donation and it takes care of the rest. If the IRS wants to audit you then it's your responsibility to make sure you have supporting evidence.

about a week ago
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Illustrating the Socioeconomic Divide With iOS and Android

Enry Re:Amazing Insight (161 comments)

Android phones haven't been inexpensive until fairly recently. I wanted to test T-Moble without spending a lot of money or porting my phone over, so I got a fairly decent Android 4.3 phone for $150. It doesn't have a removable battery or SD card expansion, but for what I wanted it was perfect and I've decided to keep it and give it to my daughter in a year or so when she's old enough to have one.

about three weeks ago
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TCP/IP Might Have Been Secure From the Start If Not For the NSA

Enry Re:IPX (149 comments)

This. I remember back in the early 90s when I worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs and lots of data needed to be encrypted. It was fairly simple encryption by today's standards (DES?) but still required a separate encryption card in order to operate at sufficient speed. Adding that to every TCP/IP packet? It would have stopped Linux in its tracks.

about three weeks ago
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GameSpy Multiplayer Shutting Down, Affecting Hundreds of Games

Enry Re:The Cloud! (145 comments)

Did you just come out of a wormhole or something? Some of that might have been true 5 years ago, but none of it is now. There is some DRMd iTMS music that I purchased 10 years ago, but everything recently has been without DRM. I've been able to download from both Google Play and Amazon across multiple mobile and desktop/laptop devices.

about three weeks ago
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GameSpy Multiplayer Shutting Down, Affecting Hundreds of Games

Enry Re:The Cloud! (145 comments)

This is different for a few reasons.

When you buy music from iTunes, Amazon, or Google Play you can download the content and store it locally without DRM.
Kindle content can also be downloaded and saved separately but does require that the device is already authorized.
In the case of e.g. Netflix, you never own the content, merely use of the content they provide for the time they have it.

In the case of GameSpy, it's required to play online. It'd be like Steam or XBox Live being shut down.

about three weeks ago
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The Inside Story of Gmail On Its Tenth Anniversary

Enry Auto play audio? (142 comments)

Screw you. If this is an April Fools joke, go back to OMG PWNIES. If you're rolling this out for good, seeya.

about three weeks ago
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Nature Publisher Requires Authors To Waive "Moral Rights" To Works

Enry Re:2014/04/01 (82 comments)

Maybe that's over on beta?

about three weeks ago
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The 3D Economy — What Happens When Everyone Prints Their Own Shoes?

Enry Re:What do the cartridges cost? (400 comments)

You're not limited to one vendor of material. Some printers support different kinds of material, and I seem to remember seeing something (on slashdot?) with a way of making your own filament from chopped up plastic bottles.

about three weeks ago
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Tesla's Fight With Car Dealers Could Help Decide the Next Presidential Election

Enry Re:Rubio was doing so well (282 comments)

Almost. As a parent, I'm the customer since I'm the one buying and paying for it. My daughter is the consumer, since she's the one that wants the bear/ipod/minecraft shirt

about a month ago
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White House: Get ACA Insurance Coverage, Launch Start-Ups

Enry Re:I went back to corporate America because Obamac (578 comments)

Copayments are more likely to get you to go to the doctor/dentist on a regular basis for checkups and equalize the price in services from differing providers. You can go where you like (in general) and still pay the same price. How many people are driving around in vehicles that should have had the oil changed thousands of miles ago? Money spent on preventative medicine (including regular checkups) has a massive return.

about a month ago
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Android Beats iOS As the Top Tablet OS

Enry Re:Slightly biased... (487 comments)

You need 4 devices, I can use 1.

(ok, so I really have 4+ as well, but I could and usually do collapse down to 1 or 2, usually the nexus 7 and my cell phone)

about a month and a half ago
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Android Beats iOS As the Top Tablet OS

Enry Re:Slightly biased... (487 comments)

I got a cover for it, so it's pretty easy to tell which side is up. And even then, Android is pretty good at screen rotation, even if upside down.

about a month and a half ago
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Android Beats iOS As the Top Tablet OS

Enry Re:Slightly biased... (487 comments)

The reasons I upgraded were pretty simple, but two best reasons are that the new one has T-Mobile LTE on it (the old one was Wifi only) and I bought both for less than the cost of a comparable iPad (even mini).

about a month and a half ago
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Android Beats iOS As the Top Tablet OS

Enry Re:Slightly biased... (487 comments)

I'm wondering, if you wanted a 7" tablet, why you didn't buy an iPad mini instead?

I need to think more before posting. My wife has the iPad mini (not the air, though I understand they have the same size). Anyway, the mini is too wide to easily hold in one hand for reading in bed/bus/car/anywhere. The Nexus is about the largest I'd want to go for something I'm going to be using for hours at a time.

about a month and a half ago
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Android Beats iOS As the Top Tablet OS

Enry Re:Slightly biased... (487 comments)

What do you think my 2012 Nexus is going to be doing?

about a month and a half ago
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Android Beats iOS As the Top Tablet OS

Enry Re:Slightly biased... (487 comments)

Oh, and I'm biased because I've been using Android since the OG Droid, on my 4th Android phone now.

about a month and a half ago

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Barnes & Noble to spin off Nook?

Enry Enry writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Enry (630) writes "Maybe the Nook isn't doing as well for B&N as hoped:

"The bookseller has been banking on the Nook for growth, so news that holiday sales of the basic touchscreen e-reader were disappointing raised investors' fears that Barnes & Noble was struggling to keep up with Amazon.com Inc's Kindle.""

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Job hunting

Enry Enry writes  |  more than 12 years ago

I hate getting fired from newspapers! Or at least being laid off from VA. Yes, I'm one of those poor saps that got caught when VA decided to get out of the hardware business. Sad thing, really, but the severance was nice. Too bad the great Commonwealth of Mass doesn't want to pay me unemployment due to the amount of the severance. Oh well.

Trying to stay in the Linux market. There's a lot of opportunities out there for an all 'round Linux person. Good thing.

I interviewed with a Linux company in California last week. Short review: don't take America West airlines. The jerks didn't hold the plane from Las Vegas to Boston, so I arrived in LV from San Jose just in time to watch the Boston flight pull out of the gate and leave. Without me. And 3 other people. You'd think they would hold the plane for 5 minutes since they knew people were coming in from SJ. The SJ->LV flight was delayed since the oxygen mask for the pilot was defective. I normally would have had about an hour in LV, but instead I had an 8 hour layover and got to take the redeye back to Boston.

This week is another interview with another Linux company. Time to see who makes the better deal. I don't think I'll go wrong either way. But wish me luck.

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