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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

mellon Re:A "millionaire" isn't what it used to be. (458 comments)

And as the knowledge economy shifts to the point where non-local geeks are just as good as local, the value of that house will go back down to something sensible. You are in a bubble. It's not out of the question that it will continue for the rest of your life, but I'd suggest a wee bit of diversification, just to be sure.

4 days ago
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

mellon Re:A million dollars isn't *that* much (458 comments)

It's recovered for us, for the moment, but it's still pretty brittle. I wouldn't get too attached to the "recovery" if I were you.

4 days ago
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

mellon Re:Holy shit (458 comments)

You need more than a million to retire comfortably. If you start banging 20% into your 401k every year, you'll reach a million fairly quickly on a developer's salary. So I would restate that as you need to earn a million more than your run rate, because retirement isn't entirely optional. Of course, you may get hit by a truck and never get there, but that seems like a lousy outcome to plan for.

4 days ago
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Private Keys Stolen Within Hours From Heartbleed OpenSSL Site

mellon Re:The CA should not revoke the certificates, (151 comments)

It doesn't matter who revokes the keys. Right now only Firefox and Chrome ever check for revoked certs, and Chrome at least has this disabled by default. If you are running iOS or Android, your browser doesn't check the CRL before trusting the cert. So it's great if web sites revoke certs, but it doesn't actually change anything on the end user side, for the most part. I'm not saying anything about Windows platforms because I don't have access to any; it's possible that they do support CRLs. You can check whether your browser supports CRLs by going to this test URL. If you don't get a warning from your browser, your browser isn't checking CRLs.

about a week ago
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Phil Shapiro says 20,000 Teachers Should Unite to Spread Chromebooks (Video)

mellon Re:Great for learning programming, too! (101 comments)

A properly locked-down Chromebook doesn't let you do stuff like that. You have to enable developer mode. Presumably the point of using chromebooks is that they're easier to maintain, and that won't be the case if they aren't locked down.

about two weeks ago
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UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

mellon Re:shenanigans (386 comments)

How does that contradict what the previous poster said? Segregation is a bad idea. Your anecdote supports that conclusion.

about two weeks ago
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Phil Shapiro says 20,000 Teachers Should Unite to Spread Chromebooks (Video)

mellon Great for learning programming, too! (101 comments)

I am not thrilled that this is considered a good idea. In principle I suppose you _can_ learn to program on a Chromebook, but only in a very limited way. If this is the wave of the future in education, some thought needs to go into how to design a programming curriculum that can work with these devices.

about two weeks ago
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UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

mellon Re:shenanigans (386 comments)

No offense, but us bleeding hearts also blither on quite a bit about income inequality. I think we blither on about that a lot more than we do about gun control, actually.

about two weeks ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

mellon Re:Knowledge (1037 comments)

No, the bombing came after they'd annexed Tibet, as part of the Destruction of Four Olds campaign. Religion as a whole was explicitly targeted for elimination. The rhetoric was explicit in targeting religion as the reason for destroying the monasteries, killing monks and nuns and sending other monks and nuns to concentration camps. Soldiers forced monks and nuns to lie with each other at gunpoint so as to break their vows. Twist and spin all you like: this was very much done in the name of atheism.

about two weeks ago
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A 2560x1440 VR Headset That's Mobile

mellon Re:Transparent OLED (135 comments)

Unlikely. Easier to use video cameras to do the overlay. Less worry about matching light levels. It would certainly be cool if we could get a version of this that was more like a pair of Oakley shades than a giant set of opaque goggles, but I'm skeptical that such a thing will be useful.

about two weeks ago
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A 2560x1440 VR Headset That's Mobile

mellon Re:Done with Oculus (135 comments)

I actually ordered a DK2 after the facebook announcement on the theory that it will be less likely to be broken by facebook than later models. It remains to be seen of course, but July is a pretty early timeframe for Facebook to have completely destroyed the company.

about two weeks ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

mellon Re:Knowledge (1037 comments)

Excuse me, but suppression of religion in favor of atheism is _exactly_ why it was done. Otherwise they wouldn't have bombed the monasteries—they would have just taken over the country.

about two weeks ago
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AMD Unveils the Liquid-Cooled, Dual-GPU Radeon R9 295X2 At $1,500

mellon Re:this is the future (146 comments)

What the hell does this have to do with high performance 3D graphics cards? And which would you rather eat: oil, or food?

about two weeks ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

mellon Re:Knowledge (1037 comments)

I do agree, but a communist personality cult isn't communism. It's a personality cult that uses communism as an excuse for its existence. North Korea is nominally, but not actually, communist.

about two weeks ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

mellon Re:Knowledge (1037 comments)

Yes, they were done in the name of atheism. Marx said religion was the opiate of the masses. A lot of religious people have been killed or tortured in service of that claim. Hard to see how that's not atheism.

about two weeks ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

mellon Re:Knowledge (1037 comments)

The Chinese bombed most of the major monasteries in Tibet and killed about fifty thousand monks and nuns. Just because it's not happening at the moment doesn't mean it's never happened nor that it's not possible for it to happen.

about two weeks ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

mellon Re:unfiltered information will make people THINK! (1037 comments)

What you are talking about, "God/Jesus" and "Allah/Muhammed" being incompatible, is only the case for fundamentalists. The core of any religion is the part of it that makes it work to the benefit of society and of practitioners. That tends to be the same across religions. I have no trouble at all relating to sincere Christian and Muslim and Jewish practitioners. Indeed, I quite enjoy talking with them about what they believe and what they practice. It's only the fundamentalists who pick fights.

about two weeks ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

mellon Re:Correlation is not causation. (1037 comments)

Yup. I'm tempted to speculate that what's actually causing these reductions in numbers is the self-evident hypocrisy of the "christianity" we see in the media. If I were a pastor or a priest who still followed the old ways, I would be very discouraged.

about two weeks ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

mellon Re:Correlation is not causation. (1037 comments)

That's a weird measure. I have a religious practice I do every day. I never attend services. By this measure, I would be counted as completely irreligious. So maybe what's changing is that people are learning to be more self-reliant. A lot of Christian churches rely on teaching people that what matters is that you believe, not that you do, and we can see this reflected in the weird representation of Christianity in the U.S., for example, where compassion and charity are no longer considered Christian, but ostentatious demonstrations of faith, which were specifically advised against by Jesus in the new testament, are considered the most accurate indicator of piety.

about two weeks ago

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