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U.K. Supermarkets Beta Test Full-Body 3D Scanners For Selfie Figurines

mooingyak Re:Do wee wee... (158 comments)

If you're fat enough, that's not really a problem.

yesterday
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Developers, IT Still Racking Up (Mostly) High Salaries

mooingyak Re:Hold on a minute (194 comments)

In rural Illinois you'd pay $500/month mortgage on a reasonable 3 bedroom home in a safe middle class neighborhood, in Dallas you'd pay maybe $700, in Albuquerque you'd pay $800, in Miami you'd pay $1200. So, the biggest gap there is $700/mo. That's $8,400 a year.

I paid around $1300 / month to rent a 2 bedroom apartment roughly 30 miles east of Manhattan. Was a decent but not great neighborhood. And this was 10 years ago. Mortgage + taxes for a decent sized house in NYC suburbs can easily run you over $3k / month. Now your biggest gap is $2500 / month, or over $30k a year. Other expenses add up as well. I've often joked that the nice thing about being a tourist from the NYC area is you barely notice how much you're getting gouged for food at tourist traps. It's a comparatively small markup.

3 days ago
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Developers, IT Still Racking Up (Mostly) High Salaries

mooingyak Re:Hold on a minute (194 comments)

And your sister might make that, but the average salary for a teacher in the US (across all levels of experience) is close to $50k.

Going to quote a bit selectively from various spots for a second here...

My sister-in-law is a teacher for a high school in NJ, and makes over $80k a year.

If those high salaries are in Silicon Valley or New York, though, they might not seem as high as half the same rate would in Omaha, or Houston, or Raleigh.

Emphasis mine.

If the highly paid programmers are skewed towards certain high cost of living markets, then it's fairer to compare salaries against other professions in those same markets, and not nationwide averages.

3 days ago
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How Lobby Groups Rejected the Canadian Government's Plan To Combat Patent Trolls

mooingyak What "uninteded consequences" ? (56 comments)

Are these concerns listed anywhere? I don't want to assume they're unreasonable or far-fetched without having seen them. Or is "unintended consequences" about as much details as was given during lobbying?

3 days ago
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If Your Cloud Vendor Goes Out of Business, Are You Ready?

mooingyak Re:AWS losing $2 billion a year? (150 comments)

Yeah, couldn't help but notice that the basis for the whole article is also the piece with nothing to back it up.

about two weeks ago
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Interviews: Ask Florian Mueller About Software Patents and Copyrights

mooingyak Re:Who can you think of that is less popular? (187 comments)

That would at least be interesting. And you might even get some straightforward answers. Though I think the overall hostility might be greater. Florian isn't getting questions like "How do you think your enemies will kill you?"

about two weeks ago
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Interviews: Ask Florian Mueller About Software Patents and Copyrights

mooingyak Who can you think of that is less popular? (187 comments)

Is there anyone out there who you think would be even less well received by the slashdot audience than you? If so, who?

about two weeks ago
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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

mooingyak Re:Not MY language! (547 comments)

I suppose this is where I'm supposed to be indignant because the language I use got listed. But, I suppose it's fair. Ruby has always been one of the trendier languages, regardless of its utility.

Really struggling to avoid defending it, though.

Feel free. I mean, perl is on that list, and as much as I'd love to see every line of perl vanish from the face of the earth, there's no way in hell I'd say the language is on the verge of extinction.

If you're thinking that ruby isn't headed for the trash heap, you'd be right too. And you don't have to like (or dislike) it to see that.

about two weeks ago
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Fusion Reactor Concept Could Be Cheaper Than Coal

mooingyak Re:Costs (315 comments)

I'd need to have more data about the energy costs associated in forming the nearest one at that scale to say whether or not it's doing better than break even.

about two weeks ago
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Fusion Reactor Concept Could Be Cheaper Than Coal

mooingyak Re:Fusion isn't "expensive", it's lossy (315 comments)

The problem [is] that the energy output is less than the energy inputs.

Are you saying that science has found a way around the second law of thermodynamics?

There's always one in the energy stories...

It's not about 'creating' energy, it's about accessing the energy already stored in things. Think of it like a gold mine: Just owning the gold isn't enough. You have labor costs and other overhead. if it costs you $50 to mine $100 worth of gold, you're doing better than breaking even. If it costs you $150 to mine $100 worth of gold, you're better off leaving it where it is. At no point in the process are you creating gold.

Same idea with energy. Existing processes don't create energy, they get at existing energy. It takes a certain amount of energy to access that existing energy. Some (coal, oil, fission) are like the first gold mine, producing enough energy to make the process worth it. Fusion energy is currently like the second gold mine: you can get gold out of it, but it's going to cost you more than the gold is worth to do it.

There's probably something wrong in there (sorry, I'm rusty), but it's close enough to get the idea.

about two weeks ago
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Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"

mooingyak Re:Systemd AND PULSE AUDIO (993 comments)

Or, in car analogy terms:

If one guy tailgates you and then passes you on the right, he's an asshole.

If 50 people tailgate you and then pass you on the right, take a goddamn hint.

about two weeks ago
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Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?

mooingyak Re:Pigs are dependent on humanity? (481 comments)

Not so much 'none' as 'a whole lot less' (or maybe 'more likely to become extinct than they are now'), and much of the land they currently occupy would then be put to other uses.

about three weeks ago
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Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?

mooingyak Re:Pigs are dependent on humanity? (481 comments)

Maybe on Mars.

Is there a secret New Yorker colony on Mars that I'm not aware of? I woke up late today.

Yes, much like cows. How many pigs and cows do you think there would be if we didn't raise them?

about three weeks ago
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Train Derailment Dumps Two 737 Fuselages Into Clark Fork River

mooingyak Re:Alcohol (187 comments)

Well sure, if the drunk guy grabs the driver's tits.

I had my headrest removed and then used to smack me in the back of the head while driving around a bunch of drunk friends once. Fortunately though, none of them tried to grab my tits.

about 4 months ago
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Study: People Would Rather Be Shocked Than Be Alone With Their Thoughts

mooingyak Re:Sad, sad times... (333 comments)

Not if most people are one or the other.

about 4 months ago
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Study: People Would Rather Be Shocked Than Be Alone With Their Thoughts

mooingyak Re:Sad, sad times... (333 comments)

I'm both extrovert and introvert

So do they cancel out? Does that mean you're just verted?

You dirty vert you.

about 4 months ago
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Study: People Would Rather Be Shocked Than Be Alone With Their Thoughts

mooingyak Re:Just 15 minutes? (333 comments)

What kind of idiots did they pick for their study?

Most people don't get shocked very often. Sit in a room, think to yourself, "I wonder what that's like". Try it once, realize it sucks, and leave it alone would be the behavior I'd expect from most people.

about 4 months ago
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Exploiting Wildcards On Linux/Unix

mooingyak Re: Question... -- ? (215 comments)

Yeah, that's how I did it after some research the first time around. But rm ./-- would have worked just fine without knowing about the -- option.

about 4 months ago
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Swedish Farmers Have Doubts About Climatologists and Climate Change

mooingyak Re:"Surprising"??? (567 comments)

Because they're not in the US? Just supposed to be US right wing doubting climate change.

about 4 months ago
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Exploiting Wildcards On Linux/Unix

mooingyak Re: Question... -- ? (215 comments)

The painfully obvious solution I never thought of....

about 4 months ago

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