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If Tech Is So Important, Why Are IT Wages Flat?

darkshadow88 Re:Because youre a bunch of cowards (660 comments)

I wonder if you interviewed with the same place I did--it was, likewise, an advertising-related startup in Manhattan. I was interviewing for my first job out of grad school, and right after the phone interview (literally within an hour or two), I had the CEO of the company call me practically begging me to work for them. I saw the offer, which I thought looked alright (having not seen any other offers prior to that one), but then I got the offer from my current employer, which was nearly 50% higher. After I turned down the offer and mentioned that I was accepting the other offer, I got three further emails, exceeding the original offer by $10k, $15k, and then $20k (though still well below the other offer). So not only was the offer cheap, but they knowingly offered me WAY less than they were prepared to pay me, hoping I'd take the bait.

And yes, the position looks to still be open. And not for a lack of qualified applicants--with the way they were fawning over me, I clearly had the right skill set for the job. But you're not going to get an algorithms engineer for cheap.

about 2 years ago
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If Tech Is So Important, Why Are IT Wages Flat?

darkshadow88 Re:tech is a fairly broad category (660 comments)

s/alternative/irresponsible

Just because you can't buy a house in a given area doesn't mean it makes sense to go blow all your money.

about 2 years ago
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If Tech Is So Important, Why Are IT Wages Flat?

darkshadow88 Re:tech is a fairly broad category (660 comments)

Really, eating restaurant meals 3 times a day? That's part of your problem.

I also make $125k and likewise, my take-home is about $6100. I spend even more on rent for a 1-bedroom than you, and my student loans are higher, and I do just fine:

  • $6100 take-home after taxes/insurance/401k
  • -$1800 rent
  • -$ 250 utilities (soon to be $190 once I'm sure I like the 100min/5GB $30 T-Mobile plan)
  • -$ 400 cost of living ($8 lunch each day, one $20 dinner a week, and about $150 in groceries a month)
  • -$ 900 student loans

Leaves me $2750, much of which I can put toward paying off my loans faster, after which I'll start really focusing on saving. As for transportation, I walk to work. The central location is why my rent is so high, but I offset that by not having the expense of a vehicle. I get free public transit, but even if I paid for it, my transit trips would probably only cost me about $20/month. If I really want to drive somewhere, there's Zipcar.

I grew up in a working poor family, so maybe I just know how to manage money better than some people. As it is, I feel guilty about my $8/day lunches when I could probably pack my own lunch for $1/day. That's ~$150/mo I could be saving, all without any real decrease in quality of life.

And let me emphasize: that $2750 I'm left with is more than most people in this country gross. The median personal gross income in the U.S. as of 2005, among people over 18, was $24,062. Adjusting for inflation (I couldn't find current data), that's $28,500, or $2375 a month. Even if you look at the over 25 numbers (I'm under 25, btw, and I suspect you are, too), my spare cash after all my expenses still exceeds the median net income (though not quite the gross).

TL;DR: We have more disposable income than more than half the people in this country gross. Even with your wasteful spending, you have $1555 a month left, which is far more disposable income than most people in this country have. You have no reason to complain.

about 2 years ago
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App Auto-Tweets False Piracy Accusations

darkshadow88 Re:Legal liability (231 comments)

This is textbook libel.

Or rather dictionary libel.

about 2 years ago
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Viacom and DirecTV Reach New Agreement

darkshadow88 Re:Math (139 comments)

$600M is the amount of the increase. Viacom was already receiving about $3B from DirectTV.

more than 2 years ago
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Viacom and DirecTV Reach New Agreement

darkshadow88 Re:It doesn't add up (139 comments)

The increase was $600M vs $1B, not the total amount! This suggests that Viacom was already receiving about $3 billion per year, and that now they'll be getting $3.6B instead of $4B.

more than 2 years ago
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FDA Approves HIV Home-Use Test Kit

darkshadow88 Re:It's only 92% accurate ... (186 comments)

... lest you guys start thinking that this kit is a heavenly sent, that you guys will be 100% protected ...

This test kit is only 92% accurate

While 8% does not seem to be a big number, it still matters in this case for AIDS is still incurable

The test's accuracy is much higher than 92%. The test has 92% recall (it will correctly detect 92% of the true positives). In determining the accuracy, you need to take into account all the people who don't have HIV (which it will correctly detect 99.98% of the time). Based on the CDC's numbers, about 1 in 250 people in the U.S. have HIV, so the accuracy of this test would be (249/250)*99.98% + (1/250)*92% = 99.95%. The precision here (the probability that a positive returned by the test is a true positive) is the probability of a true positive detection over the total probability of a positive test result, or (1/250)*92% / ((1/250)*92% + (249/250)*0.02%) = 95%. In other words, if the test says you have HIV, there's a 95% chance it's correct. Doing the same for a negative result, you'll find that a negative result is correct 99.6% of the time.

Your point that the test fails to correctly detect 8% of the true positives is a reasonable one, but accuracy is not the metric you should be using to evaluate. To better illustrate why accuracy is a terrible metric to use, consider a test that always returns "no". Since 99.6% of people do not have HIV, the test is 99.6% accurate, yet totally useless (0% recall and undefined precision due to no positive results). Precision and recall are what you should care about.

TL;DR:

  • Accuracy: 99.95%
  • Precision (positive): 95%
  • Precision (negative): 99.6%
  • Recall: 92%

more than 2 years ago
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Artist's Catcopter Causes a Stir

darkshadow88 Re:I can't decide... (360 comments)

If one cannot give a corpse a higher purpose, then it's best to leave it alone.

The catcopter does give the corpse a higher purpose--about 5 feet in the picture and probably much higher if taken outside.

more than 2 years ago
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60TB Disk Drives Could Be a Reality In 2016

darkshadow88 Re:What's the useful limit? (293 comments)

You're kidding, right? By my reckoning, that's 25 years of high bitrate MP3s.

Now, ripping to FLAC I can understand... But, if you don't have a hojillion dollar speaker system, I can also understand not ripping to FLAC.

Your reckoning is way off. 500GB would be about 145 days of 320kbps MP3s.

more than 2 years ago
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My PC use accounts for __% of my computing time

darkshadow88 Re:I'm assuming PC/Laptop versus Smartphone/tablet (296 comments)

Perhaps you should pay attention to the third word, "use". As written, it doesn't mean "use of my PC", but rather "my use of any PC". Even if you're using someone else's PC, it's still your use of their machine.

more than 2 years ago
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Doctors "Fire" Vaccine Refusers

darkshadow88 Re:serves 'em right (1271 comments)

Are there schools that ban unvaccinated children from attending? I think that'd be a more effective way than kicking them out off the doctors list.

I believe most do (at least in the U.S.), unless there is a valid medical reason for not having a vaccination.

more than 2 years ago
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AT&T Caps Netflix Streaming Costs At $68K/Yr

darkshadow88 Re:Bandwidth costs (433 comments)

Actually, the wear and tear on a road is proportional to the fourth power of axle weight. Thus, if, as you say, the number of axles is directly proportional to the weight of the vehicle, the axle weight would be the same no matter how many axles there are, and thus the wear and tear on the road would be the same.

Now, assuming that your premise is wrong and larger vehicles really do have more weight per axle, the analogy is still terrible. A doubling of axle weight causes 16x the wear on a road, whereas the doubling of data usage does not cause any damage to or "wear" on the network. If you're worried about bandwidth hogs, the right thing to do is throttle them when a node is congested. Some people will complain about throttling, too, but those people need to recognize that wireless spectrum is a limited resource that needs to be carefully managed to keep the service usable for everybody. Smart throttling (which is already being done to some extent) should obviate the need for usage caps, as the "bandwidth hog" problem will solve itself. When a person tries to download 5GB in the middle of the afternoon, it will get throttled so that other users can have the bandwidth to check their email and stream Pandora. At 3 AM, when the network is not congested, that download would complete quickly, as few other people are using the network.

You can't have it both ways, though. To throttle people when the network is congested and still charge them for data usage is pure greed. The throttling alone manages the network sufficiently to guarantee reliability for the other users, and does not require excessive charges to restrict users' usage of the service.

more than 2 years ago
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2011 Was the 9th Hottest Year On Record

darkshadow88 Re:There is no denying the Earth is getting hotter (877 comments)

That's because of La Niña, which results in cooler temperatures. Despite being the 9th hottest year overall, 2011 was the hottest La Niña year on record.

more than 2 years ago
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EU Scientists Working On Laser To Rip a Hole In Spacetime

darkshadow88 Re:The article asks "Why?" (575 comments)

and admittedly it will eat giga-watts of electricity)

Well, yes, it's 200 petawatts, but the amount of energy is less than that of an incandescent lightbulb running for an hour. 200 quadrillion watts * 1 trillionth of a second * (1hr/3600s) * (1 kWh/1000 Wh) = .05556 kWh (in other words, the amount of energy used by about 56 watts over the course of an hour).

about 3 years ago
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Sprint Customers Face 5GB Hotspot Data Cap, As of Oct. 2

darkshadow88 Re:New Pro-Consumer Regulation (222 comments)

I don't see anybody falsely advertising unlimited data. In the case of T-Mobile, your speed goes down once you reach a threshold, but it's still not limited (that said, the speed once you cross that threshold is pretty terrible). If we're going to make new regulations, we should be regulating a minimum acceptable bitrate for unlimited data. An unlimited service at 1kbps would be unlimited, but I think we can all agree that it wouldn't be usable. T-Mobile's throttling falls into the "just barely usable" category.

more than 3 years ago
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Sprint Customers Face 5GB Hotspot Data Cap, As of Oct. 2

darkshadow88 Re:Stop this BS (222 comments)

You're making the all-too-common error of conflating "unlimited" and "infinite". "Unlimited" means the provider is not imposing a limit on how much you can use, but you are still constrained by the infrastructure involved--in your Netflix (Qwikster) example, that constraint would be the postal system. In the case of streaming, the constraint is the (e.g.) 720 hours in a 30-day month (you obviously can't watch 5,000,000 hours of content in 720 hours). In the case of Internet service, that constraint is the speed of your connection (there's only so much data you can download given your provisioned bitrate, congestion on the network, and your network interface).

If, no matter how much you use, the provider will not cut you off or tell you that you used too much, then you're getting unlimited. If you want infinite, you'll need to make the speed of light infinite. In this universe, c is the limit, no matter what you do.

I leave you with a Fawlty Towers quotation:

Basil: "The sky's the limit!"
Sybyl: "22 rooms is the limit."

more than 3 years ago
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Sprint Customers Face 5GB Hotspot Data Cap, As of Oct. 2

darkshadow88 Re:Stop this BS (222 comments)

You read that sign wrong. What it said was "2GB of high-speed data". They (T-Mobile, clearly) don't limit how much you can use, but once you cross 2GB, you will be dropped to 2G speeds.

more than 3 years ago
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RMS: 'Is Android Really Free Software?'

darkshadow88 Re:Of course not (433 comments)

They should have done what they did with Chrome, calling the fully open-source project Chromium. That way, there are two different brand names and it's clear which devices are certified. Call the open-source project something other than Android, and let those who use it advertise something to the effect of "compatible with Android apps", making it clear that it's not Android.

more than 3 years ago
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RMS: 'Is Android Really Free Software?'

darkshadow88 Re:Of course not (433 comments)

GP is talking about the old-style iPods, not iPod Touches. I used the Rockbox firmware on my iPod back in the day, but to my knowledge there are no alternate OSes for the iPhone or iPod Touch.

more than 3 years ago

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