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X Window System Turns 30 Years Old

babyrat Re:DECwindows ;) (204 comments)

There are projectors that support bluetooth connections and network connections. The current status quo need not be the status quo.

I also gave a presentation in a location that required using a proprietary (to that projector) usb dongle. That one was a bit scary.

about 3 months ago

You Can Now Run Beta Versions of OS X—For Free

babyrat Re:Apple...Free (201 comments)

we get it - you don't like Apple.

The OP wasn't gloating - he was correcting an error in the summary.

You can go back to your secluded shack in the woods now.

about 5 months ago

Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

babyrat Re:401k (467 comments)

What do you mean you won't get a tax deduction for IRA contributions at all? The amount of tax deferred income you can contribute to an IRA is not dependent on your salary, although it is much lower than that which you could contribute to your 401(K).

Sorry the 401(k) at your place of employment doesn't have choices that suit you - mine has many index funds that are basically no-cost and over the 15 years or so I've been part of them, have generated returns of nearly 10% (yes, that includes the recent downturn)

It's great that you are saving a lot of money, and paying down your debt...if you made smarter choices, like using a home equity line of credit instead of credit card financing to do your insulation work you'd save even more.

about 5 months ago

Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

babyrat Re:How is this remarkable? (467 comments)

Where did you get 25 years from? Also, interest is compounded much more frequently than once a year...not a huge difference, but if you are going to claim to be doing the math, you might as well be doing it right.

about 5 months ago

Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

babyrat Re:8x Salary (467 comments)

Ooooh - come invest your money with me - I'll pay you the zero interest you are expecting and we'll both be happy.

about 5 months ago

Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

babyrat Re:Holy shit (467 comments)

From what it looks like you must pay a 10% early withdrawal fee and income tax, so it's a lot less worth to have $1 in a 401(k) than in a regular bank account.

Yes - and that is how official net worth calculations are generally done.

about 5 months ago

Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

babyrat Re:Holy shit (467 comments)

The article is about developers - I would guess not many developers make less than $50K and the average is probably significantly higher than that. If you are in a career that starts at $50K and goes up from there and DON'T expect to save a million dollars in your lifetime, then exactly how are you expecting to retire?

And the GP specifically started with $100 TV subscription and find other ways to save - the point being there are lots of things we spend a lot of money on, that we could eliminate to save more, while still having a pretty good standard of life now.

about 5 months ago

Software Uses Almost 1/2 the Storage On 32GB Surface Tablet

babyrat Re:Considering this is Windows... (471 comments)

All my non-geeky friends have micros sd cards in their android phones - when they buy a phone, the sales persons says they need it and they get it. And the sales person is mostly truthful for a change.

about 2 years ago

Solar Panel Breaks "Third of a Sun" Efficiency Barrier

babyrat Re:yet another solar tech not available to the pub (237 comments)

first, google gdp vs stock market.

Then google stock market returns.

Then google doubling time of money.

Then google stock market returns in the last 12 months.

While the economy may not be super strong, the stock market has been doing quote well recently. 14% for the S&P 500 the past 12 months. At 10%/yr you will make over 400% on your investment in 25 years.

about 2 years ago

Solar Panel Breaks "Third of a Sun" Efficiency Barrier

babyrat Re:**YAWN** (237 comments)

Solar panels started being deployed in the 70s. They all still work and were expected to give 10 years service.

All of them? Every single one installed in the 70s?

about 2 years ago

Solar Panel Breaks "Third of a Sun" Efficiency Barrier

babyrat Re:Solar cells (237 comments)

Almost "why bother?", considering how inexpensive the commercial models have become.

Even with gov't subsidies, you are looking at a 15 year ROI - you think that is why bother?

about 2 years ago

Verizon Worker Arrested For Copying Customer's Nude Pictures

babyrat Re:Scary Charges (282 comments)

This is why companies (and I'm sure Verizon does) have ethics training that employees must complete as part of our employment with our companies. This is the exact situation they do this for. They show that they trained the employees not to do crap like this, so that when an idiot employee does, they are less, or not, liable.

about 2 years ago

Apple Hides Samsung Apology So It Can't Be Seen Without Scrolling

babyrat Re:Does the EU ever get tired of being someone's m (743 comments)

So neither Apple nor Samsung nor microsoft invented NFC...

Noise cancelling is licensed from Audience...

But Apples superior screen resolution is a revolutionary feat by Apple, and not simply sourcing a high resolution display form whatever non-Apple company makes them?

about 2 years ago

Using Graph Theory To Predict NCAA Tournament Outcomes

babyrat Not enough time? (91 comments)

You don't have time to follow sports, but you have time to model "information from 5242 games played during the 2011-2012 season".

You could be honest and just say you don't really care, but get involved in the playoffs because everyone else is talking about it.

I'm guessing your level 80 warlock probably doesn't 'have time' either. :)

more than 2 years ago

Another Windows 8 Pre-Beta Surfaces

babyrat Re:The task manager is definitely the best feature (534 comments)

If they can't understand a sorted listview with the process names and information organized in columns, how the hell is nesting the processes in a treeview going to make it any easier for them to understand?

So should all our filemanagers look like this?

Filename Parent Directory GrandParent Directory
test.exe \test c:\

or is the nested model that explorer, nautilus and most other filemanagers use more intuitive and easier to understand? I mean it's just a sorted listbox - why not use it for everything?


more than 3 years ago

Hands On With Apple IPad 2

babyrat Re: Not enough (432 comments)

because there are many uses for the iPad other than Kindle, youtube netflix etc?

more than 3 years ago

Kinect Creators To Make PC Controller

babyrat Re:Room size (96 comments)

Why do you think they can't and won't tweak the technology to scan gestures from a chair position?

They do have these things called wide angle lenses.


more than 3 years ago

Homeland Security Drops Color-Coded Terror Alerts

babyrat Re:A programmers approach (183 comments)

the problem is the new system is just as much bullshit as the last.

From the summary:

                Although it is unknown what, if anything, will replace the color-coded alerts

So although it is unknown if the old system will be replaced, the new system (which doesn't exist) is bullshit?

more than 3 years ago


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