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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

Wycliffe Re:Holy shit (366 comments)

I did this while I was married with 3 kids. I still do it now that I'm single with 3 kids.
50k is solidly middle class where I live. Most of my friends who work at the local
university, etc... with bachelor degrees and sometimes masters degrees make less
than 50k as do most of my relatives. I could upgrade to a higher lifestyle but I have
no desire. My kids and I have everything we need and then some. We also have
more disposable income than most of our peers which would make it easy to keep
up with the Jones but I have no desire to keep up with anyone.
The USA is strange in that our spending on housing and cars goes up almost
linearly with income. This doesn't make sense to me. Why should I buy a
house or car twice as expensive just because I make more money?

7 hours ago
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

Wycliffe Re:Holy shit (366 comments)

I make 90k a year. Not an especially large amount for a computer programmer.
I spend about 50k per year which is more than most non programmers make.
That gives me 40k a year worth of savings. 1M/40K = 25 years to be a millionaire.
Some of the 40K is money spent on my house and other assets but I would say
that's pretty common. It's hard to spend 90k a year and not accumulate some
assets.

11 hours ago
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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

Wycliffe Re:Think of all those poor accountants! (406 comments)

Every time money changes hands it is taxed. That the person who held it before you [p]aid taxes is completely and totally irrelevant.

But the money didn't change hands. If Bill Gates owns Microsoft he pays corporate taxes on the money and then pays
capital gains on that same money.

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

Wycliffe Re:Think of all those poor accountants! (406 comments)

Not only are they already taxed progressively, the reason they are lower is because they are a double tax.
The corporation has already paid corporate taxes on that money. So capitals gains is an additional
tax on money already taxed.

yesterday
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Snowden Used the Linux Distro Designed For Internet Anonymity

Wycliffe Re:Anonymous on the internet? (164 comments)

makes all traffic go over Tor.

Doesn't this slow things down considerably? Can you do normal activities like ssh or youtube in this type of setup?

yesterday
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Seattle Bookstores Embrace Amazon.com

Wycliffe I prefer to browse the local library. (83 comments)

I tend to browse the local library rather than the bookstore. My local library even
has a coffee shop inside now. So I can browse at the library and if I decide I later
want to own the book, I buy it at amazon. I tend to only use the local bookstore
anymore for buying gifts.

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

Wycliffe Re:Depends on the apocalypse (723 comments)

There is quite a bit of those canned goods so maybe quickly means something like a year or so then.

Are you sure about this? Most industries now keep very little inventory.
My guess is that the average house has 2-3 weeks while the average grocery store probably only has
2-3 days. Less than that if there is a run on the store. I've seen shelves almost bare in the store
because of a small incoming storm. I doubt (locally at least) that the average town has enough canned
good to make it a month. There are probably a few more canned goods if you can get to where it is grown
and/or to a distribution center but even then I doubt they have much more than is required to make it to
the next harvest.

3 days ago
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Anyone Can Buy Google Glass April 15

Wycliffe Re:No thanks (164 comments)

I'm often an early adopter of technology, but I'm not interested in this type of product until it's far more unobtrusive and obvious.

I'm the exact opposite. I would be more likely to buy it if it was more obtrusive. More to the point, I see little function in a side monitor
while on the other hand allowing sunglasses with full overlay I think has alot more potential. For instance being able to enhance the
center line on the highway on dark rainy nights or show outlines of constellations at night. I can think of lots of cool uses for a full
wraparound wearable HUD but that's not what google glasses is.

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

Wycliffe Re:Not necessarily (723 comments)

We actually had events happen that killed 40 to 50% of the population, its called a plague. These unrealistic scenarios happened every 500 years or so. Even in our modern society if a plague kills so many that medical infrastructure is overwhelmed you can have a vaccine available but lack the means to distribute it or the quantity necessary to vaccinate most of the population.

That's assuming they even have a vaccine. Ebola has no cure and has a 90%+ kill rate.
Oh, and it's already in 3 countries and is continuing to spread: http://umap.openstreetmap.fr/f...

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

Wycliffe Re:Foundation of the Tech tree (723 comments)

Engineers may seem practical in a post-apocalypse situation but many engineers would also find their skills useless since the tech tree to apply their skill set may be disrupted or none existent.

I think the real problem is that it's highly likely that the tech tree takes more than a single generation to recover so
how do we preserve this "useless" knowledge for multiple generations so that we have it available when the tech
tree recovers to the point where it can be utilized again.

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

Wycliffe Re:Depends on the apocalypse (723 comments)

if a large portion of the population is killed, food won't be an immediate concern as the canned goods on the shelf of homes and super markets will last for years while production gets sorted out.

Rather than just dying, the more likely scenerio is that a large portion of the population quickly starves to death
using up all those canned goods before doing so.

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

Wycliffe Re:Some of the oldest trades become useful. (723 comments)

Gunpowder is ridiculously simple to make as are bullets for modern guns.

Blackpowder is easy to make but blackpowder would gum up a modern gun in seconds if it works at all.
Casings and primer and smokeless powder are extremely difficult to make. They aren't something
you are just going to be able to whip up in your backyard. Especially not safely.

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

Wycliffe Re:Medical doctor (723 comments)

No electricity means your failing at basic engineering. A coil and a moving magnet is not that hard to come by.

I would agree. Unless we end up with something like the show "Revolution" where the laws of physics are turned upside down
then having electricity on a small scale isn't a problem. The most likely scenerio in a collapse would be no cleanrooms, no
rare elements, and therefore no NEW computers so being able to cobble together existing technologies to help with irrigation
systems, etc... would be a highly useful skill. Even in a collapse computers are going to be useful. There will be plenty of tasks
that people will want done on computers and they will want someone to be able to repair them and repurpose them to more
immediate needs.

If we end up in a scenerio where an EMP, nuclear blast, sun spot, etc... fries all the chips then repurposing old technologies
becomes harder but we will still presumably have electricity but might have to rely alot more on crude relays, etc... rather
than abandoned computers. In this scenerio a hardware engineer or electrical engineer would have an advantage but most
computer programmers have at least been exposed to some of this at some point.

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

Wycliffe useless now vs useless in apocalypse (723 comments)

Some studies like medieval gymel are barely useful now. Can you even make a living at that now?
Others like blacksmithing are nothing more than entertainment now but would be highly useful in a collapse.
I don't think you can discount computer scientists though. Not counting my hobbies, my primary job as
a computer programmer is repairing computers, fixing systems, and making stuff work.
If we did suffer a total collapse, the problem solving and improvising skills used daily by computer
programmers not to mention the broad knowledge base could prove to be useful.
Most computer programmers I know are also geeks so they tend to dabble in stuff like bee keeping,
appliance repair, blacksmithing, etc... which would also prove to be very useful.

4 days ago
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Nat Geo Writer: Science Is Running Out of "Great" Things To Discover

Wycliffe Re:Meh, not this guy again. (290 comments)

Agree wholeheartedly. We "might" be saturated in physics but I doubt even that.
We are no where close to being saturated in biology. We don't understand a single
cell, we have yet to create a life from non-living matter, we are no where close on
actually creating any type of artificial life and/or artificial intelligence. We have
barely scratched the surface of the brain or conscienceness or dna. When we have
artificial intelligence, can repair the spine, can repair the brain, understand what
causes retardation and autism and can fix it, can cure cancer, can pick and chose
dna attributes for children, cure aging, reverse aging, regrow limbs, etc... then we'll talk.

about a week ago
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Australia May 'Pause' Trades To Tackle High-Frequency Trading

Wycliffe Re:Why not just a small transaction fee? (342 comments)

You're already paying this fee. The HFT are already scalping you probably more than this per trade.
But you're also apparently a day-trader which is basically a similiar type position as a HFT though
not quite as fast. Stocks are shares of a company's current assets and future profits. It makes no
sense to have the amount of churn we do as companies assets and profits don't change that fast.
In alot of ways we would be better off if there was a higher transaction fee and/or a minimum holding
period of 1 hour/day/week. Day trading and HFT is calculated gambling and is a zero sum game.
It should be discouraged.

about a week ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

Wycliffe Re:Philistines (641 comments)

I also wonder how the next generation will fair. It seems like things are getting more and more complex
so if you aren't exposed to them early you will have a hard time keeping up. Are we going to get to a
point where you need to have a degree just to use a computer. I thought they were suppose to be
getting easier for the layman to use.

about a week ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

Wycliffe Re:Philistines (641 comments)

It seems like the "It Just Works" thing only works with older stuff.

Part of the issue is that people keep expecting things to do more and more. You mention a second monitor.
I doubt OS/2 even supported a second monitor. I still marvel at dragging windows around. I remember when
it used to be wire frames. Do you know how much more cpu/gpu expensive it is to keep the contents refreshed
as you drag a window around the screen. This is extremely unnecessary eyecandy and there are hundreds
of things like it that cause modern OSes to consume a huge amount of more resources each generation.

about a week ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

Wycliffe Re:Good for you. (641 comments)

yes, but once it's been out for a while it's patched and/or recognized by virus scanners so you only
have to really worry about new threats. If you have an old system that noone is targetting then there
are not any new threats to worry about so there is no need for new security patches or virus definitions.

about a week ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

Wycliffe Re:Good for you. (641 comments)

My father in law runs windows 98SE. He says he doesn't have problems with viruses anymore
as all the viruses are written for the newer systems. It's not worth people's time to infect an OS
with a small userbase.

about a week ago

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