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Tech's Highest-Paid Engineers Are At Juniper

francium de neobie Re:Bad data (105 comments)

Well, I'd rather save $2k - $3k every month and have housemates. That's $36k per year of extra cash for Christ's sake. You roll that into Tesla in the beginning of this year and now it's $150k (okay you'd need to be quite lucky to do this); or you roll that into BitCoins whenever there's a panic; or you just save it up and wait for the next market crash. But as you can see.. if you save and invest that, it becomes Porsche or even Ferrari money pretty quickly.

... and... that's still not enough for a good house :(

1 year,2 days
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Tech's Highest-Paid Engineers Are At Juniper

francium de neobie Re:Bad data (105 comments)

If you're a fresh grad or a young person making good salary, you can always rent a single family house and share it with a few teammates. I've been doing this for 2 years now and rent expenditure has been pretty low for me.

The real problem though.. is even if you make $200k+ per year here, it's still difficult to buy a house in a decent school district.

1 year,2 days
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Tesla Working On Autonomous Cars: Musk Wants Teslas With Auto-Pilot

francium de neobie Re:Pointless (287 comments)

If you're driving for fun.. you should go to a track.

about a year ago
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Python Creator Guido van Rossum Leaves Google For Dropbox

francium de neobie Re:Guido is overrated (261 comments)

The language works. The libraries work. The programmers like it. And there exist a fairly big set of products and services built from it that are successful as well.

That, is what matters in the end. By your own logic, languages like C shouldn't have existed at all.

about 2 years ago
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No More "Asperger's Syndrome"

francium de neobie Re:C'mon, idiots. (602 comments)

If a person with AS, who knows he has AS, doesn't find his AS attribute negatively affect his progression in life...

Then, there's little reason for him to regard it as a disorder.

It doesn't matter what you think of him, you are not him. You can only make educated guesses, at best.

about 2 years ago
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Bitcoin Mining Reward About To Halve

francium de neobie Re:Bitcoins built-in failure (600 comments)

Correction: It should be 0.1 billion, or 100 million discrete units, for each BitCoin. Anyway, it's enough granularity for most practical purposes.

about 2 years ago
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Bitcoin Mining Reward About To Halve

francium de neobie Re:Bitcoins built-in failure (600 comments)

A BitCoin can be divided up into 8 decimal digits. So one BitCoin contains 1 billion discrete units that can be used for transactions.

about 2 years ago
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Should a Teenage Entrepreneur Sell Out To Facebook?

francium de neobie Re:Massively uncomfortable feelings about this.... (358 comments)

An offer of a few million dollars is quite common for just talent acquisition. It's extremely unfair for the rest of the world, but it's also no biggie.

about 2 years ago
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Should a Teenage Entrepreneur Sell Out To Facebook?

francium de neobie Sell it! (358 comments)

There's a lot of trash talk in startup circles (the, I work 120 hours per week and everyone in my team is a rockstar, kind. or, I'm sure my company will be worth 10x more than Facebook, kind. etc.) - but in the end of the day, $million dollar offers don't occur every day considering how many people are looking for exactly what you're being offered. I once had a $2M offer for my startup when business was good, but as soon as business went south for various reasons, everything is gone. I don't regret it too much - I got a nice job in a different company after my startup folded - but I'm not a millionaire now.

Yes, I'm sure you think your company will be worth $10B+ in a 5 years down the road right now - everybody does. And I can bet a big part of that perception is caused by the VCs and other entrepreneurs you talked to. Let me give you a clear answer to that as someone who has-been: even considering you're someone extraordinary, that's extremely unlikely. I don't mean to break your spirit, but you need a lot more than just being smart, hard working and charismatic to do that.

about 2 years ago
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Solyndra's High-tech Plant To Be Sold

francium de neobie Re:Tempest in a teapot (233 comments)

The total default rate is 3.6%, out of an expected 12% - that's better than expected, and that's what matters. If you want to be shocked by big numbers you need to look elsewhere. On a national level a measly $0.5B is nothing.

more than 2 years ago
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Battleheart Developer Drops Android As 'Unsustainable'

francium de neobie Re:Seems to be common (649 comments)

I see. I suppose you must be selling your application profitably on every single platform - from toasters, TVs to smart phones and desktops, with hundreds of millions of devices in the field, then? If it's that easy, what's your ranking in the Forbes list?

more than 2 years ago
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Linux 3.2 Has Been Released

francium de neobie Re:Btrfs (271 comments)

There's no fsck.. So unless you're 100% sure your Linux machine never crashes and your power supply is never interrupted - don't.

more than 2 years ago
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Stanford 'Intro To AI' Course Offered Free Online

francium de neobie Re:Well, it'll sell textbooks for sure... (148 comments)

Knowledge is valuable. If you don't value the bit of knowledge taught in the course at $100, that's your choice. But I'm sure there're people who think it's well worth it.

more than 3 years ago
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US Patent Regime Is Absurd

francium de neobie Re:Adopting the Business Model (202 comments)

Yes... they're just cut 20% from you, even though you obviously have little negotiating power compared to them. Maybe you should look at how record companies treat their artists.

more than 3 years ago
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Six-Drive SATA III SSD Round-Up Shows Big Gains

francium de neobie Re:I'll stick with Intel (129 comments)

If your data is important then you wouldn't store it in just one drive.

more than 3 years ago
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Massive Black Hole Devours Star

francium de neobie Re:Harmful? (77 comments)

Worst case, they give you tumors, which we'll take care of.

more than 3 years ago
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Chinese Spying Devices Installed On Hong Kong Cars

francium de neobie Re:The article is kind of pathetic (171 comments)

You need to watch and understand the video of the report to understand its severity: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGFsHhu7sJ0

The devices are supposed to be for identification purpose only - an RFID device can very well do that. So the fact that it needs a battery is already fishy - why use a more expensive device that needs more maintenance instead of cheap, readily available devices that need almost no maintenance?

The professor in question had actually disassembled the device in question, and it was the professor who pointed out the existence of microphone and voice ADC chip on the device - there's totally no need for such things for an identification tag that passes you through customs.

more than 3 years ago
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CERN Ups Antimatter Confinement Record to 15+ Minutes

francium de neobie Re:If that's not playing God, (206 comments)

That's because you've set your bar of a "God" way too low - it's not like they've changed the vacuum speed of light, or the gravitation constant, or made 1+1=3 for everywhere in the universe, yet.

more than 3 years ago
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PayPal Co-Founder Gives Out $100,000 To Not Go To College

francium de neobie Re:Neat! (418 comments)

Then please go check out this page, from the horse's mouth:

http://thielfoundation.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=26&Itemid=19

The "impossible" biotech guy you just talked about, has been working at a PhD degree in Stanford when he was 19 - ok, his startup is in the education field instead, I can give you that. But do you seriously think that guy still needs another degree?

And, outside of the list, Linux 2.4 was maintained by a 18-year-old, and that's a very non-trivial job as well.

more than 3 years ago

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