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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

Stormy Dragon Re:A "millionaire" isn't what it used to be. (456 comments)

If only there was some sort of product available that would, if you house burned down, reimburse you for the lost value.

2 days ago
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

Stormy Dragon Re:401k (456 comments)

If you don't understand why people want the ability to save large amounts of money without paying taxes on the principle, interest, or dividends until they withdraw it, I'm not sure you're as well off as you think you are.

2 days ago
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

Stormy Dragon Re:How is this remarkable? (456 comments)

Why is your retirement savings in a savings account?

2 days ago
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

Stormy Dragon Re:How is this remarkable? (456 comments)

No, if you save $5k per year with a 50% employer match and a 5% average rate of return, you'll have over $1 million in 43 years.

2 days ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

Stormy Dragon Well Duh? (797 comments)

In a country with 400 million people, how can "the preferences of the average American" have anything but "a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy", regardless of organization? With that many people, it's impossible for everyone to have an impact on public policy that is both equal to everyone else's AND significant.

3 days ago
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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

Stormy Dragon Re:When the IRS Is Your Accountant (415 comments)

Unless the IRS thinks you were failing to report income, in which case it's 6 years. But more to the point: if I have to verify everything in the IRS return anyways, how exactly does this system save me time?

3 days ago
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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

Stormy Dragon When the IRS Is Your Accountant (415 comments)

And when the IRS inevitably discovers they messed up on the "return-free" return they generated for you five years ago, who is liable for the resulting penalties and interest? Because I'm betting it's not going to be the IRS.

3 days ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Declines To Rule On Constitutionality of Bulk Surveillance

Stormy Dragon Re:Constitutional Court (141 comments)

You do realize there were almost 2 million federal cases last year? Even if the Supreme Court was in session 24/7 for the entire years, they'd have to hear arguments, rule, and write an opinion every 20 seconds to avoid ignoring any of them.

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

Stormy Dragon Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

There's a distinction between "free speech" as a legal concept, and "free speech" as a moral concept. Yes, this doesn't infringe on his right to free speech from a legal standpoint. But then again, I've not seen anyone suggesting boycotts like this should be legally banned.

But this is ultimately an "argumentum ad baculum", which I consider immoral behavior even in cases where it's legal to do so.

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

Stormy Dragon Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

Was his resignation actually voluntary? Or was this one of those "you can either resign, or we're going to fire you" deals?

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

Stormy Dragon Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

We ought to be fighting to discourage the practice, not demanding more of it.

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

Stormy Dragon Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

Corps shouldn't dig into employee lives. But if we want that to be the social norm, we can't threaten to boycott companies for not doing a sufficiently good job at it.

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

Stormy Dragon Re:Moral of the story... (1746 comments)

Don't forget that while your actual votes are secret, whether or not you voted and which party you are registered for is public record. What happens if your employer decides maybe he doesn't like having so many registered Democrats/Republicans on the payroll?

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

Stormy Dragon Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

And conversely, we have the right to criticize your criticism.

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

Stormy Dragon Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

I work with a number of people I don't particularly like. As long as they're doing their job and act professionally, I don't care. I'm not there to party.

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

Stormy Dragon Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

So where do you draw the line?

The office door. Eich's employment shouldn't be based on what he's doing in his personal time. If he says something intolerant at work, then yeah, fire him.

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

Stormy Dragon Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

If he'd said any of that at work, you'd have a point. But think of the precedent here. Do you want your employer monitoring your political views outside of work and firing you if they think one of your opinions could prove embarassing to the company in the future?

about two weeks ago
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Are DVDs Inconvenient On Purpose?

Stormy Dragon Because They Don't Have a Choice (490 comments)

Why do movie studios allow Netflix to send out DVDs to their subscribers by mail, but not to allow the same option in the form of "virtual DVDs" that you could "check out" through their website, and stream them while they're checked out to you?

DVDs are covered by the first sale doctrine (c.f. Bobbs-Merrill Co. v. Straus) and the movie companies have no legal basis to stop Netflix from renting out the DVDs. Digital copies aren't covered by the first sale doctrine and thus require licenses.

about three weeks ago
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Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

Stormy Dragon Re:Problem with Kickstarter (535 comments)

Who said anything about regulation? I'm not saying Kickstarter should be illegal, I'm just saying it's foolish to participate in for things like this.

about three weeks ago
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Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

Stormy Dragon Re:That makes no sense, you can still use same cod (535 comments)

Code you develop under the old headset will still run on the new ones

Will it? Why would it? Facebook gets no future money form you, why would they care if your old dev kit code still works?

you just migrate to newer versions of the SDK and make whatever tweaks are needed to keep running

How much is that newer version gonna cost? If the upgrade to SDK 3.0 is $3500 instead of $350 are you still going to buy it? What if the new SDK isn't for sale to the public at all, just companies that Facebook wants to work with?

about three weeks ago

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