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Why Does Amazon Want To Sell Its Own Smartphone, Anyway

albeit unknown Re:Smart customers can avoid being exploited for d (60 comments)

I used to worry about that, but, for books, I realized I just don't care. Only novels are acceptable for me to read on a Kindle. Technical materials must be in paper form or PDF. Once I've finished reading a novel, with very few exceptions, I'll never read it again. If I do, I'll find a hard copy. Life is too short for obsessive hoarding.

about 5 months ago

Implant Injects DNA Into Ear, Improves Hearing

albeit unknown Re:use hearing protection now (34 comments)

Also: Not just power tools - hammering nails or anything else. Sharp blows are terrible for your hearing because your inner ear bones don't have time to adjust and attenuate the signal.

about 5 months ago

Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

albeit unknown Re:Very possible (467 comments)

I would like to be married with children but am not. I have chosen to rent and invest the difference. Obviously I have made some "sacrifices". I also receive zero tax credits and writeoffs. My point was to treat savings as a necessary expense on par with food, health care, and basic shelter. If something will cut into your savings rate, such as a larger house, a nicer car, or HBO, YOU CAN'T AFFORD IT. I know I must be prepared for opportunities in tech to be more scarce once I reach age 50. I don't view this as a plan to get rich. This is a plan to avoid being poor.

about 5 months ago

Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

albeit unknown Very possible (467 comments)

This is certainly achievable for a technical professional. I've done it. I'm close to the million dollar threshold at age 40, and have done it while working solely at "competitive pay" (HR-speak), non-management, no-stock-option jobs. The secret? Save 20% or more of my income and start saving on day one out of college. My first job paid $50k but I treated it like $40k. I don't have cable. I don't drive a fancy car. I don't take out loans to buy things. Barring a major life calamity, I can now coast the rest of the way if needed.

about 5 months ago

State Colleges May Offer Best ROI On Comp Sci Degrees

albeit unknown Re:Bullshit. (127 comments)

You're right, a 4.0 deserves a phone screen, but not for the reason that most think. The purpose for phone screening a 4.0 is to make sure they took the time to have a few beers once in a while, to make it more likely they'll be able to work in a team.

about 6 months ago

An Iowa ISP's Metered Pricing: What Will the Market Bear?

albeit unknown no problem (479 comments)

I have no problem with this, as long as it's stated clearly up front. What I would have a problem with is not treating all data equally, such as throttling Netflix because it's perceived as competition.

about 8 months ago

NASA Could Explore Titan With Squishable 'Super Ball Bot'

albeit unknown be careful (59 comments)

Caution: Super Ball Bot may suddenly accelerate to dangerous speeds. Super Ball Bot contains a liquid core, which, if exposed due to rupture, should not be touched, inhaled, or looked at. Discontinue use of Super Ball Bot if any of the following occurs: itching, vertigo, dizziness, tingling in extremities, loss of balance or coordination, slurred speech, temporary blindness, profuse sweating, or heart palpitations. If Super Ball Bot begins to smoke, get away immediately. Seek shelter and cover head. Do not taunt Super Ball Bot.

about 9 months ago

Best Tech Colleges Are Harder Than Ever To Get In

albeit unknown Don't worry about it. (108 comments)

When I hire new graduates, it usually matters little what school you went to, as long as it's a real, accredited program. I look for project involvement like the solar car, co-ops and internships, little side jobs of a technical nature, and so on. Unless you have that, your resume looks just like everyone else's: Name of school, list of classes, GPA. Who cares? Your resume might as well be one line. I know what classes are required for an engineering degree, don't repeat the school catalog to me.

about a year and a half ago

Disney to Acquire Lucasfilm, Star Wars Episode 7 Due In 2015

albeit unknown Obligatory (816 comments)


about 2 years ago

Google Docs Ditching Old Microsoft Export Formats On Oct. 1

albeit unknown Re:doesn't this also apply to closed source? (199 comments)

You may not have the licenses around to legally do so, particularly in a business environment where you may have hired more people over time. This is not an issue with open source.

about 2 years ago

Astronaut Neil Armstrong Has Died

albeit unknown Threes (480 comments)

After Phyllis Diller and William Windom died this week, I thought about the proverb of death coming in threes. Crap.

about 2 years ago

Neal Stephenson On Fiction, Games, and Saving the World

albeit unknown Re:Messiah Complex (91 comments)

Harry Potter had a major impact on the number of children who spent time reading. The resulting intellectual development has to have had some positive impact on the world.

more than 2 years ago

Forbes Likens Instagram Purchase To Myspace Deal

albeit unknown The purpose of Instagram (105 comments)

The value of Instagram to Facebook has nothing to do with photographs per-se. Mining trends based on GPS location coordinates embedded within the EXIF data of the file, deriving nearby businesses from this, the time-of-day, and identifying groups of people based on facial recognition are the purpose. Then string together multiple photographs over time. These data sets are then correlated and sold. As long as people keep submitting pictures it's worth a fortune.

more than 2 years ago

NASA Confirms Discovery of Organism With Phosphorus-Free DNA

albeit unknown Re:Neat, but... (380 comments)

This is neat and clearly an important discovery and all, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little bit disappointed.

Cheer up, the broadcast is still going. They're just using the phosphorus-free DNA as a red herring to make the final part more shocking. You know, the last minute where they reveal Bush tied to a chair, take a good grip on his nose, and pull off the human mask to reveal a reptilian overlord beneath.

and he would have gotten away with it if it weren't for you meddling kids!

more than 3 years ago

Call In the Military To Blast Rogue Satellite?

albeit unknown Turn in your nerd card as you leave (243 comments)

You should know that the Space Shuttle can't make it anywhere near geosynchronous orbit.

more than 4 years ago

Voyager 2 Speaking In Tongues

albeit unknown It's the Bobs (260 comments)

Bob 1: We did some digging and found out Voyager was actually canceled five years ago, but due to a glitch in the payroll system, it was still getting paid and transmitting data. Bob 2: So we just fixed the glitch

more than 4 years ago

Entire Moon Added To Google Earth

albeit unknown Obviously not real (109 comments)

Where are the blaster towers, and the small thermal exhaust port, right below the main port?

more than 5 years ago


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