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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

RabidReindeer Re:A million is easy (334 comments)

If you can't find a way to get to a million by retirement, something is wrong.

Here is a simple way to do it. Put $16,000 in your 401k and $5,000 in your IRA every year. Investing in a good S&P500 index fund which will return about 10%. In 18 years, you will be a millionaire.

Now getting to $10 million is tough.

Actually, the hard part is getting the first million. Then it feeds itself. Especially since the second million, etc. aren't being held back for basic living expenses.

5 hours ago
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Pollution In China Could Be Driving Freak Weather In US

RabidReindeer Re:So stop buying (so much) chinese stuff (138 comments)

The real reason why manufacturing is cheaper in China is labor costs, though. Which is why stuff that's heavily automated is often done in the US, despite the more stringent environmental restrictions.

Then again, my position on toxins is that everything that a factory emits that isn't a profitable product means someone hasn't been thinking efficiently. Coal tar, SO2, heavy metals, ash - if they're reclaimed and put to gainful employment you get a cleaner environment and more profit.

5 hours ago
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Pollution In China Could Be Driving Freak Weather In US

RabidReindeer Re:Butterfly (138 comments)

except it's a butterfly dropping dead from the lack of breathable air.

"Let a thousand butterflies drop dead".

Mao. Or maybe not.

10 hours ago
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Pollution In China Could Be Driving Freak Weather In US

RabidReindeer Re:So stop buying (so much) chinese stuff (138 comments)

They cannot be expected to adopt first world environmental standards that took decades for the west to develop.

Why not? We developed the products and now they make them. Why can't they employ the pollution-control technology we developed?

10 hours ago
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Pollution In China Could Be Driving Freak Weather In US

RabidReindeer Re:Polution tax (138 comments)

Actually, I think my microwave oven cost me closer to $1000. But that's because I bought it long before cheap crap from China. Unlike the cheap crap, it still works fine. Amortized over the years, it's been cheaper than the Wal-Mart junk.

10 hours ago
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How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

RabidReindeer Re:whine (203 comments)

21st Century Business Logic:

1. Multi-task. Never devote your entire attention to one task when you could be juggling 7.

2. Run Lean. Why hire a dedicated expert developer, a dedicated sysadmin, a dedicated DBA and a dedicated network engineer? Make one person do all those things (see #1, above).

3. Run 100% and demand 110. Who needs expansion room for when things inevitably go pear-shaped? Which Murphy guarantees even when you don't tempt him with #1 and #2.

4. Run cheap. Demand maximum expertise from the lowest bidder. There's always someone in a third-world country who'd be GLAD to do items #1, #2 and #3 for pennies a day!

5. Use easily measured things to determine employee effectiveness. Lines of Code, Time on Phone, stuff that's easily objectively measured, unlike less tangible things like customer satisfaction (what, you think we bother to ANSWER those silly surveys?), externals (like poisoning 6 downwind countries) or time to do the job right the first time. Use these as weapons to demand more of #1, #2, #3 and #4.

6. Subscribe to overpriced buzzword-laden management fads to assist in accomplishing all of the above.

10 hours ago
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How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

RabidReindeer Re:Wat? (525 comments)

Actually, my first disassembly efforts were directed against the IBM System/370 FORTRAN runtime libraries. When I later took integral calculus I instantly recognized the algorithms as well as the tricks used to fold values over to make them converge more rapidly.

Just because SSL is encryption doesn't mean that the algorithms should be more cryptic. We're still talking polynomial math here to do the heavy lifting. In fact, "clever" code will generally make the encryption less secure, since the more complicated you make things, the more places they can fail.

11 hours ago
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How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

RabidReindeer Re:Wat? (525 comments)

All source is open if it's worth it to someone.

That's what disassemblers are for.

I reverse-engineered the old Microsoft assembler for CP/M to give it an advanced feature it lacked and did it strictly on my own time and for my own private benefit (pre-DMCA).

You can be certain that open or closed, SOMEONE whose business is penetrating security has people dedicated to ensuring that there's source code to pore over for exploits.

yesterday
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Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

RabidReindeer Re:We don''t do tax returns in the UK,you insensit (379 comments)

Dammit %19...is that including state? Mine is %35.

You're either in the 1% with bad tax advisors or need to look at how you're calculating things.

I haven't paid 35% since people had lifetime employment and could travel without stripping naked.

yesterday
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Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

RabidReindeer Re:We don''t do tax returns in the UK,you insensit (379 comments)

What software do you use that adds up all your sales tax, property tax, fuel tax, and all the other taxes plus the fees that are passed on to you that are hidden in the costs of the goods and services you consume?

You want everything AND a pony. Most of us can get enough blood pressure off the reported Federal rate alone, which is all the 1040 is intended for anyway. If that's not enough, next time you buy gas, read the numbers printed on the fuel pump. The lowest one is the actual gas price, the next highest one is the gas tax and the shockingly big one is the sum of them, which is what you pay at the register.

My property tax I know because the annual statement I get gives me a number that can be used as a deduction off Federal tax. State taxes you do another form for unless you're one of the lucky states, sales tax is what makes everything not cost what the sign in the window says it does.

Merchants are at liberty to find whatever tax solutions they can, but don't expect them to itemize out what they spent or saved on your sales receipt.

yesterday
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

RabidReindeer Re:Over 18 (612 comments)

No. The heirs are not responsible for the debts of the estate. The debts are paid by the executor out of the assets of the estate.

I think I see what's happening now. It's been sensationalized. What's happened is that the estate was settle and the heirs were paid. What the IRS is going after is not the daughter's assets per se but the inherited assets paid to her improperly out of the estate because the estate didn't settle its debts with the IRS.

It's been double-sensationalized. The headline would lead one to believe that the IRS could steal your refund to pay for what your brother-in-law owes.

yesterday
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

RabidReindeer Re:Over 18 (612 comments)

Just make sure that your "business" is profitable so it doesn't become a hobby (thus business expenses can't be counted).

A business does not have to be profitable to be considered a business rather than a hobby.

Within certain limits.

yesterday
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How Amazon Keeps Cutting AWS Prices: Cheapskate Culture

RabidReindeer Re:AWS is NOT cheap (143 comments)

Yes, I've heard of Xen, and I've even run it in production, both Xenserver and Oracle VM flavors, and both sucked horribly. Back when VMWare tried the v.Tax I contemplated switching to KVM using RHEV but Redhat took almost 30 days to even get me access to a RHEV download by which time VMWare had backed off on their pricing.

As to the crack about redundancy and scalability, I've got a better uptime metric than any cloud provider, zero unplanned downtime in the last 5 years (vmotion + svmotion makes replacing both hosts and storage a breeze) thanks to redundant generators, UPS, chillers, and internet connections.

There was a time when I ran Xen because a paravirtual VM ran MUCH faster than an VMWARE guest OS. Not so true these days and on modern hardware, but back then, the difference was immense.

Xen has always been reliable for me. The main problem was what it did to networking. And it added injury to insult by zapping the MAC addresses on my NICs on a routine basis.

Supposedly Xen4 fixes that. They make YOU do all the network setup. Which ordinarily I'd resent, but at least when magic elves aren't meddling around in the configuration, I have a much easier time of it.

And that goes for NetworkManager, too!

yesterday
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Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

RabidReindeer Re:Will it help them get a job? (428 comments)

If the text written using this method can be read as easy and fast as text written according to the rules, what really is the problem?

The problem is that a lot of people with the power to hire and fire may pretend that they cannot read the text "as easy and fast as text written according to the rules". HR may judge a prospective employee as "uneducated" for not following traditional prescriptive rules.

Not just hiring and firing, but anywhere where you wish to be accepted seriously based on how you write.

The problem is non-standard writing is that every deviation is "speed bump" to comprehension. Sure, my relatives in Kentucky may own "worshing machines", but it's one thing to hear them say it and another to see it in print. Bad enough dealing with tyres on the quay through the month of February on Wednesdays, but at least we are used to seeing this kind of slop and don't have to stop and double-check while speed-reading.

Silly rules are silly, but no rules are confusion.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

RabidReindeer Re:magical scenario where (723 comments)

In the 1700s, people started seriously experimenting with electricity, magnetism and general chemistry (as opposed to alchemy).

By the late 1800s we had thermionic valves and semiconductor rectifiers.

In 1949 we figured out how to combine semiconductors in order to make a "transfer resistor" (trans-istor). Followed rapidly by integrated circuits and avalanching into sophisticated nanometer circuitry.

There are still people alive who grew up on farms thinking that diodes and triodes were pretty neat new technogy and you can almost construct stuff like that using bear skins and stone knives. The hardest part, in fact, is the glass-blowing technology required, assuming you don't opt for some other similar vacuum-tight container.

A lot of modern civilization wouldn't be that hard to re-construct if we had the resources available. The knowledge is what took us so long to get here, and unless we lose all the knowledge and the knowledge about the knowledge, recovery wouldn't be a problem. What would hurt more is if we lost our transportation services. Most of what goes into modern electronics is not locally produced where I live.

So one of the most valuable professions might very well be landfill-miner, since the easiest way to get materials would be to extract them from what is now often buried as garbage.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

RabidReindeer Re:WHAT? (723 comments)

electricity is not a hard thing to make.

That's what potatoes are for.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

RabidReindeer Re:Huh? (450 comments)

You haven't answered the question. Rather, you stated an arguably subpar alternative you prefer. What if the ability to run QuickBooks Pro 2013 is required for business reasons?

Well, if I prefer it, I evidently don't consider it subpar. And I do use it for my business.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

RabidReindeer Re:Huh? (450 comments)

Really? What if the company is using software that is Windows only and doesn't run right under WINE? What if they need QuickBooks Pro 2013 which runs like garbage?

FTFY

Actually, I prefer GnuCash. It isn't perfect, but at least it's not welded into Windows to the point where even exporting to Excel requires that the Gnucash machine actually has to have a copy of Excel. Because Intuit likes to launch the *CENSORED* Excel instead of doing a CSV or XLS export like everyone else does.

about a week ago

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