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San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

n1ywb Re:The bay area used to have affordable housing (352 comments)

THIS! And poverty is pretty closely linked to being DESCENDED FROM SLAVES. Africa had advanced societies before Europeans went in there and fucked everything up and kidnapped half of everybody (sometimes with the African leadership's consent but two wrongs don't make a right). The you got Jim Crow and various other social atrocities. "Hey I know lets stack the socioeconomic deck against the blacks and then blame them for not pulling themselves up by their bootstraps! Heheheh".

2 days ago
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Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

n1ywb Re:It's California (721 comments)

Obamacare subsidies are based on your MAGI, which is your AGI with some other income that only rich people have added back (dividends?), so for most people it's your AGI. AGI is your gross income minus business expenses and some other things (but not taxes, including self employment taxes). It's all on page 1 of form 1040.

about a week ago
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Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

n1ywb Re:It's California (721 comments)

No, I think I was just really paying the market rate for a reasonable plan. It WAS good coverage. It wasn't catestrophic, it didn't have a cap.

about a week ago
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Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

n1ywb Re:It's California (721 comments)

It's a significant difference for somebody trying to feed three dependents on one income on a tight budget, so yes I am complaining. That extra $3840 isn't just going to fly out of my ass. Also Bruce said he had coverage through his wife.

about a week ago
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Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

n1ywb Re:It's California (721 comments)

While that might lower my tax burden, I don't think it would affect my subsidy eligibility. It would just move the income from 1040 box 12 to 1040 box 13 or something. My MAGI and hence subsidy eligibility would remain unchanged.

about a week ago
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Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

n1ywb Re:Plan not grandfathered and minimum standard. (721 comments)

Old plan: https://swp.mvphealthcare.com/...

New Plan, closest to old plan AFAICT: http://www.discovermvp.com/con...

A big part of the difference is the cost of covering my kids. On the old plan, they were covered at a MUCH lower rate than my wife and I, only $121/mo. On the new plan it's pretty much the same for all of us, $400. To add insult to injury if I made somewhat less each year my kids would qualify for Dr. Dynasaur (VT expanded medicare for kids) which would be only $60/mo and of course my wife and I could get federal subidies for our coverage but then I couldn't pay my other bills. It's a catch 22. I'm glad somebody's getting something good out of obama care because I feel like I'm getting taken out to the woodshed. My only hope is that Vermont rolls out single payer on schedule and it sucks less.

VT has had relatively strict health insurance laws for some time. E.g. vermont insurers cannot discriminate by prexisting conditions if the customer has had continuous coverage. If you let your coverage drop you're screwed though. Well that's changed now I suppose.

about a week ago
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Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

n1ywb Re:It's California (721 comments)

Hi Bruce,

I also have my own company, with one employee. I have been purchasing coverage on the private market for my family of 4 for about $880 / mo. Now that plan is being cancelled by my insurance company because it's not grandfathered. To purchase an equivalent plan through my state exchange is going to cost about $1200 mo. I make just enough that I don't qualify for meaningful subsidies, and being self employed my subsidy eligibility doesn't take into account my huge self employment tax burden. So I am left with the unpalatable options of going with a crappy "bronze" plan with a huge deductable, or having to spend spend an extra $320/mo for the the coverage I already have. If the new state plan is "better" in some way than my old coverage it's not obvious to me how. I'm sorry you had so many issues signing up for private insurance, but for me it seems like ObamaCare is a significant net loss.

about a week ago
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Vermont Nuclear Plant Seeks Decommission But Lacks Funds

n1ywb Re:If you take the profits (179 comments)

But the legal effort to resist the state's efforts cost the utility money as did the public relation campaign.

The lawsuit cost them a trifle and they won an important precident for their industry. And the PR campain went on for decades and achieved jack squat. Entergy made it clear they couldn't care less about it. These are not the reasons they closed.

The real reason here is that electricity rates have dropped do to Natural Gas production and operating/decommissioning costs have risen since the plant was commissioned due to changing regulations. All this as conspired to give us the problem we now have and like it or not, pretty much everybody will be paying for this in some way.

Like I said. The real reason it closed is economics. Nothing else really mattered. If they thought the plant would turn a profit they would surely continue to operate it.

about two weeks ago
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Vermont Nuclear Plant Seeks Decommission But Lacks Funds

n1ywb Re:If you take the profits (179 comments)

Entergy is shutting it down because it's unprofitable. It's purely by choice. The state's efforts to shut it down were thrown out in court.

about two weeks ago
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$30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

n1ywb Re:Hoding a grey and yellow multimeter in my hand (653 comments)

Digital. Bought it years ago. The walmart web site has little to no relation to what they sell in the stores, in my experience. The store has different multimeters all the time.

about two weeks ago
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Weev's Attorney Says FBI Is Intercepting His Client's Mail

n1ywb Re:Sweet revenge (109 comments)

I'm sorry, who's email did he read exactly?

about three weeks ago
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$30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

n1ywb Hoding a grey and yellow multimeter in my hand (653 comments)

I am holding in my hand at this very moment a grey faced yellow bodies multimeter which was made in china and sold at walmart. I guess laws only apply to the little guys.

about a month ago
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Russian State TV Anchor: Russia Could Turn US To "Radioactive Ash"

n1ywb Re:Interfering West Again (878 comments)

My wife is Polish. Her grandmother lived through both the German and Russian occupations. She said she preferred the Germans; more polite, less rapey.

about 1 month ago
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Lies Programmers Tell Themselves

n1ywb Lie 10 (452 comments)

Lie 10: itworld.com has interesting, informative, insightful, and meaningful content.

about a month ago
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Agbogbloshie: The World's Largest e-Waste Dump

n1ywb Re:Worst of the bunch (117 comments)

We are still disposing of them, yes, there's always crates full of them at the dump (in Vermont). There's no used market for them though. I see people trying to sell them, but I never see anybody buy them. Their value is in the negative numbers; IE you typically have to pay to get rid of them. Even the thrift stores sell LCDs now. Only a fool would pay money for a CRT in this market.

about 1 month ago
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Rolls Royce Developing Drone Cargo Ships

n1ywb Worst. Idea. Ever. (216 comments)

I don't even know where to begin. The ocean is a harsh environment and ships work hard and maintenance and upkeep is a constant chore day in and day out both in port and while underway. The engineering crew is basically the travelling maintenance department. If the ship doesn't carry a crew, it will have to come out of service for maintenance and repairs, which means not only is it not making money, it's tying up an expensive berth in port. If it does break down while underway, how is anybody going to get to it? It could take days.

about 2 months ago
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Stack Overflow Could Explain Toyota Vehicles' Unintended Acceleration

n1ywb Not much (664 comments)

Honestly, not much, except perhaps demand better software. Better processes, better languages. I'm just hypothesizing here but it might not have happened if they had e.g. followed better development standards like the MISRA C standard, or don't use C at all, use Ada or something. Better QA processes might have caught it before it went into production, e.g. using a dynamic stack profiling tool, input fuzzing, whatever. Fundamentally a system like this should have an independant hardware watchdog timer to at least try and make it fail-safe in the event of a CPU crash. Finally any motor vehicle ought to have a manual cutoff switch wired into the fuel pump or ignition circuit so that when the CPU shits it's bits you can still turn the damn thing off before you crash crash.

about 2 months ago
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A Year After Chelyabinsk, NASA Readying Asteroid Response Mission

n1ywb Re:What could possibly go wrong? (64 comments)

They're talking about something the size of a boulder according to TFA. Earth gets hit by objects this size all the time.

The diameter of the biggest impactor to hit Earth on any given day is likely to be about 40 centimeters, in a given year about 4 meters, and in a given century about 20 meters.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meteoroid#Frequency_of_large_meteoroid_collisions_with_Earth

"There are other elements involved, but if size were the only factor, we'd be looking for an asteroid smaller than about 40 feet (12 meters) across," said Paul Chodas, a senior scientist in the Near-Earth Object Program Office at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

about 2 months ago

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Google 'Pressure Cookers' and 'Backpacks,' Get a Visit from the Cops

n1ywb n1ywb writes  |  about 9 months ago

n1ywb (555767) writes "Michele Catalano was looking for information online about pressure cookers. Her husband, in the same time frame, was Googling backpacks. Wednesday morning, six men from a joint terrorism task force showed up at their house to see if they were terrorists. Which prompts the question: How'd the government know what they were Googling?"
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Chinese hackers steal top US weapons designs

n1ywb n1ywb writes  |  about a year ago

n1ywb (555767) writes "Chinese hackers have gained access to the designs of many of the nation's most sensitive advanced weapons systems, according to report prepared for the Defense Department and government and defense industry officials,The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

The compromised weapons designs include, among others, advanced Patriot missile system, the Navy's Aegis ballistic missile defense systems, the F/A-18 fighter jet, the V-22 Osprey, the Black Hawk helicopter and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter."

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George "geohot" Hotz arrested for Posession of Marijuana

n1ywb n1ywb writes  |  more than 2 years ago

n1ywb (555767) writes "Goerge "geohot" Hotz, famous for being the first to jailbrake and iPhone and for his spat with Sony over PS3 jailbraking, was busted for posession of a small amount of marijuana at a US Border Patrol checkpoint in Texas on his way to SXSW. The shakedown goes like this; drug dogs are run around vehicles; when they sign, DHS searches the car and finds the contraband; DHS then turns evidence and suspects over to the local sherrif. Willie Nelson, actor Armie Hammer (who played the Winklevoss twins in The Social Network), and Snoop Dogg have all gotten in trouble at the same checkpoint under similar circumstances."
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What happens when Google+ cuts you off?

n1ywb n1ywb writes  |  more than 2 years ago

n1ywb writes "On Friday, Google tangled with the wrong Google+ user with an unusual name: Violet Blue.

Blue is a high-profile writer--at least in sex and technology blogging circles--who's even given two talks at Google. And she detailed her weekend-long Google+ ordeal at our sister ZDNet site today. She kept her account once she proved she really is Violet Blue, but Google lost an ally for some of its services when she found she was "guilty until proven innocent.""

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KDE-4 to be in Ubuntu/Kubuntu 8.10 Hardy After All

n1ywb n1ywb writes  |  more than 6 years ago

n1ywb writes "Previously it was reported on /. that there would be no KDE-4 support in Ubuntu/Kubunty 8.10 (Hardy Heron). It seems that these rumors were greatly exaggerated and that KDE-4 will be available in Hardy after all. The blueprint is on launchpad, and the Alpha 6 CDs are available for download. Quote from the blueprint:

Rationale: KDE 4 rocks, we should support it.
No word on how official the support is exactly, but it's there."

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My Resume as of April 28, 2004

n1ywb n1ywb writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Jeff Laughlin

222 McJay Dr, Williston VT 05495

W:(802)767-9321 H:(802)767-3607 n1ywb@hotmail.com

Education

        * BS CET, Vermont Technical College, Randolph Center VT, 1998 - 2003

Graduated with honors in May 2003 with Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering Technology. President of Solar Car Club, Amateur Radio Club & Video Production Club. Member of student government. Student liaison to administrative committees. Recipient of 2001 VTC Computer Engineering Technology Award for Academic Development. Recipient of 2001 VTC Computer Engineering Technician of the Year nomination.

        * Essex Technical Center, Essex Junction VT, 1995 - 1997

Completed Telecommunications (1996), and Printing & Computer Graphics (1997) programs. Telecommunications class president. Recipient of 1996 ETC Telecommunications Outstanding Student award.

Work Experience

        * LEDdynamics DBA LED Supply, Rochester VT, January 2003 - Present

Managing www.ledsupply.com. Duties include but not limited to site design, RTML programming, business analysis, 2nd tier customer service & technical support, and most other functions involved in operating a web based retail business.

        * XTRIA Health Care Systems, Williston VT, Summer 2002

Stress testing Java EE web application server. Modified Apache JMeter for better thread support & wrote custom data analysis tools in Perl.

        * LEDdynamics, Rochester VT, Summer 2001

Lab technician, PIC microcontroller programmer, and network administrator.

        * Vermont Technical College, Randolph Center VT, 1998 - 2001

Information Technology Dept. service technician & system administrator.

        * Together Networks Internet Services Inc., Burlington VT, 1996 - 1997

Technical support representative.

        * Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington VT, summer 1995

Intern field service technician in information services.

Skill Set

        * Computer engineering

I know Java, C, C++, Perl, SQL, HTML, and XML. I know several assembly dialects, including Microchip PIC, Intel x86, and Motorola 68HC12. I also have experience with Python, TCL/tk, ML, Forth, VB & VB Script, Linux kernel driver development, embedded system development, Bourne/BASH shell scripting, and HTTP CGI & TCP/IP client/server programming. I am familiar with all popular modern operating systems, including the complete Microsoft Windows family from 3.0 to NT, 2000 and XP, Linux, NetBSD, and other UNIX variants, and MacOS (9/X). I have a great deal of experience with TCP/IP and Novell Netware network administration.

        * Electronics engineering

I am skilled at digital, DC and AC circuit analysis and design. I have some experience with VHDL. I am an expert at using lab equipment such as oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers, logic analyzers, multimeters, etc. I am familiar with modern circuit construction techniques, and I am an expert at soldering. I have a good deal of practical radio frequency experience, and I hold an extra class license in the Amateur Radio Service.

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My Senior Project

n1ywb n1ywb writes  |  about 11 years ago

My senior project is a distributed radio direction finding system, known as the Distributed Amateur Radio Tracking System, or DARTS.

In traditional RDF systems, a single station takes direction readings at various geographical points and plots the intersections of the readings to determine approximately where the transmitter is located. Multiple stations may communicate to find the transmitter faster and with a greater degree of accuracy. This is a slow a tedious process.

My approach is to automate the process by interfacing a RDF unit to a computer, using a GPS to determine position and direction, and interpret the readings automatically to make the whole system useful to untrained individuals.

Multiple DARTS units may communicate via any network layer (EG 802.11, AX.25, EtherNet, RS-232, etc) to work cooperatively. DARTS units may be mobile or stationary. Obviously a single stationary DARTS unit would not be usefull, but three or more stationary DARTS units would allow for accurate radio loction within, and somewhat beyond their boundries.

I'm using a PowerMac 7500 running Yellow Dog Linux 2.3 for my development box. I'm devloping a USB interface for the RDF box. My mobile test unit is a generic K6-2 300, running Gentoo Linux 1.4.

My text editor is VIM, and my window manager is blackbox.

For my GUI interface I am writing a patch for XASTIR.

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n1ywb n1ywb writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Sometimes when I'm very bored I will spend several minutes quickly and randomly selecting random portions of text from random web pages.

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