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Americans Uncomfortable With Possibility of Ubiquitous Drones, Designer Babies

netsavior Re:Why fear designer babies? (155 comments)

you have entirely too much logic. The skymonster will punish us all.

4 days ago
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I expect to retire ...

netsavior Retire into "freelance" (315 comments)

I am not the entrepreneurial type, but I get offers for side projects all the time... I would never do them if my livelihood depended on it, because I am just too risk averse, So I will work a "straight job" until I have a big enough nest egg to retire, then I will start working on fun projects (or you know play video games in my underwear till I die, more likely) but the plan is "retire" into non-corporate work.

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

netsavior "Millionaire" - The Middle class retirement goal. (465 comments)

Developers are white collar workers, who can do math. If you ask any white collar worker in america "Do you expect to become a millionaire?" If they answer no, they are either bad at math or bad at retirement planning, or both.

Now I am not saying "everyone will be a millionaire" but I am saying that if you asked the same thing of a Nurse, pharmacist, professor, regional manager at Jack-in-the-Box, or a School Administrator... they should have the same answer, as they have similar salary levels to a "Developer."

Any young-ish person in the $75k+ salary level should answer yes to that question... or should seriously downsize their spending.

about a week ago
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

netsavior Re:AT&T also sucks (325 comments)

cool, I hope it helps. Keep in mind Uverse TV won't work through google DNS, so you need to connect your receivers (if you use them) to the naked Uverse network, and have your computers connect to your personal router.

about a week ago
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

netsavior Re:AT&T also sucks (325 comments)

Posted this in another parent comment, but it is even more relevant to you: Try switching to google DNS servers (8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4). Uverse sucks at finding even their own locally hosted Netflix peering boxes. Something about needing to completely screw over DNS in order to serve up digital TV channels you don't want (and in some cases don't even get). On Uverse default config, my netflix content was streamed from Seattle to my location in Texas, which worked, except during peak hours. After overriding to Google DNS (which you have to do on the OS level, or buy a seperate router to do, since it is hard coded on their router) my content was streaming from an AT&T IP address, which was about 25 miles from my house (as estimated by IP address location website). The irony of course, is that it was their own server that their DNS couldn't find.

about a week ago
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

netsavior Re:VERIZON! (325 comments)

Try switching to google DNS servers (8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4).

Uverse and Verizon suck at finding even their own locally hosted Netflix peering boxes. Something about needing to completely screw over DNS in order to serve up digital TV channels you don't want (and in some cases don't even get).

On Uverse default config, my netflix content was streamed from Seattle to my location in Texas, which worked, except during peak hours.
After overriding to Google DNS (which you have to do on the OS level, or buy a seperate router to do, since it is hard coded on their router) my content was streaming from an AT&T IP address, which was about 25 miles from my house (as estimated by IP address location website).

The irony of course, is that it was their own server that their DNS couldn't find.

about a week ago
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Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi

netsavior So wait, shotguns are more accurate than the bible (307 comments)

"And he made a molten sea, ten cubits from the one rim to the other it was round all about, and...a line of thirty cubits did compass it round about....And it was an hand breadth thick...." — First Kings, chapter 7, verses 23 and 26

30/10 = 3

Bible Pi = 95.493% accurate
Shotgun Pi = 99.67% accurate

about a week ago
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A Bid To Take 3D Printing Mainstream

netsavior Re:My new book (143 comments)

Book will be available once we meet our funding goal!

about two weeks ago
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How Many People Does It Take To Colonize Another Star System?

netsavior Re:Different assumptions (392 comments)

The only thing we have that is human that can hibernate is embryos... but that is enough. (at least if we can forego our humanity a little to doom 1000 generations of women to a life of "birth the next daughter then die")

about three weeks ago
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How Many People Does It Take To Colonize Another Star System?

netsavior 60k female embryos, 30k male (392 comments)

Generation ships are impossible** for humans, which will likely cause our extinction.

Although technically and logically, it is not an insurmountable problem. You need a small crew, 6 or 7 women per generation. A high number of frozen male and double that many frozen female embryos (which we will assume are viable forever, though we don't know).

All crew members birth one daughter. If one is not successful, one crew member births 2 daufghters.

They are raised to be the next generation of crew.

Many generations later, strict population control (through gender homogeny) 6 or 7 women will land on target planet (or more likely orbit it)

Exploratory team of males/females are raised during the last "transport" generation, then they are sent on a lander as a pilot program, meanwhile another generation of female crew is needed.

If pilot program is successful and either farming is not needed (if gatherer lifestyle is possible on destination) either send more landers, or land the craft and begin large scale birth-rate increases, with every female birthing 6 or more embryos as health allows.

While using up the rest of the embryos (which will be an exponential thing) Ease humanity into a reproductive lifestyle, as it will be culturally foreign to them.

**This requires so much space culture cooperation and "unethical" planning that humans would never do it. We are more likely to spend all of our natural resources to make a GIANT space ship that crashes and kills thousands of people instead, because of the "religion/culture" problem, which is unsolvable.

about three weeks ago
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60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S

netsavior The noise problem is not just a TV one. (544 comments)

This, combined with something I saw in a parking lot yesterday make me think again about electric cars.
I saw a guy text-walking in a parking lot, he nearly hit by a prius which was in low speed electric mode. (yeah that is a user problem, but the guy wouldn't have walked in front of a glass-packed V8 mustang.)

People expect cars to make noise. Television is a decent example since it just happened, but in real life, cars make noise, which warns peds, motorcycles, bicyclists, and other cars that there is 2 tons of metal, plastic, and rubber about to hit them.



Nearly silent, high performance cars remove one of the basest instinct protections we have against current squids driving fast cars (they are loud, so you know they are doing something stupid even before you see them). I imagine some detroit dinosaur who owns a few dozen politicians could latch on to this and require electrics to make some kind of noise.. which will be pretty funny once the hacker/teenager crowd starts modding them.

Mine will probably play Yakkety Sax until I get a DMCA takedown notice,

about three weeks ago
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State Colleges May Offer Best ROI On Comp Sci Degrees

netsavior "Education" vs "degree" (127 comments)

I know very few people who actually went to university to get an education. And even fewer employers who care more about "Education" than "degree." Nearly all of the people I work with and went to college with went for a degree.
If you could do the job you want to have for the rest of your life the day you leave high school (like most software engineers who actually write code for a living - assuming some learning on the job) then your greatest ROI is to get an accredited diploma from the cheapest, fastest university you can go to.

You are filling in a checkbox, not seeking an education... don't fool yourself.

A degree is a practical expense for most people. An "education" is a luxury afforded only for the very rich. Don't go into crippling debt to get an education, you (basically everyone) can't afford that crap. You can study and learn on your own, later. You are there for a degree, and don't forget it.

An entire generation of people seem confused about this. They think an "education" is worth going into massive debt, they think an "education" will get them a job that will pay the bills... well, I should use the past tense, because nobody thinks that anymore. According to what I have read about "Millennials"

Degree as part of a structured career plan = good idea
Education as a "career will follow" plan is OVER, it was the case in 1965, but you will enjoy a lifetime full of debt and meager earnings if you use that "plan" now.

If it seems harsh and anti-education I am sorry. I am all about learning, but novelty $100,000 sheepskins, sold at 4% interest to first generation college students with no career plan - really boils my blood.

It is really disappointing that in my lifetime we have managed to shift seeking an education from an empowering experience to hopelessly and permanently hindering the lives of middle and lower class people.

about three weeks ago
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Facebook, Google Battle To Bring Internet To Remote Locations

netsavior One practical problem with 3rd world internet... (49 comments)

I think universal access to information is great, socially it is empowering and amazing... but FB and Google are not charities. As tfs says "Facebook and Google only make money from people when they can access the Internet"

The internet is only available to the the richest 30% of the world.

Advertisers currently access to the eyeballs of the top 30%

Accessing the eyeballs of the very poor or extremely remote populations does not make sense from an advertising standpoint.

about three weeks ago
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Diablo 3 Expansion Reaper of Souls Launches

netsavior Re:From someone who gave up on the game... (166 comments)

Epic?
there are Legendary [orange/brown] and Set [green]items
I assume that is what you are talking about.

Playing for 40 hours without a drop is supposed to be impossible.
There is a timer called "safety net" that is ticking away any time you are in combat killing monsters. If you get a legendary or set item, the timer goes to 0. If the timer gets to 2 hours, your chance to get a legendary item steadily ticks up until it is at 100%, then you get a drop, then it goes back to 0.

the most you can play (actually play, not just sit there) is just over 2 hours before getting a legendary. If not, you should record a video of you playing for 5 hours straight with no drops and put it on the youtubes, because you are bugged.

Blizz claims most people will not have to rely on the safety net, only the truly unlucky... but my experience is, you can set your watch by the 2 hour gap between legendaries.

about a month ago
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A Call For Rollbacks To Previous Versions of Software

netsavior Re:The ones I really hate... (199 comments)

Are the updates where the hardware requirements have changed so much that you effectively have to buy new hardware. Obviously, not an issue for phones

Clearly you have not tried to use an iPhone 3s or even iPhone 4 (non-s) lately. If you follow Apple's recommended IOS upgrade path, your device becomes unusable, which has been a pretty sound business model for them, I suppose.

about a month ago
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Valve Prepping Source 2 Engine For VR

netsavior My doubts about VR (49 comments)

Maybe it is a problem that screen resolution and headmounted cameras can fix, but every time I get excited about VR, I think about how often I get to look at my computer screen TO THE EXCLUSION of the real world (never).
A full face headset is a 15 minute toy at best for me, because life is not generally set up for total immersion except in very rare situations.

I have a hard enough time finding a chance to play games without a pause button, I can't imagine how little time I would play one that requires you to don and remove a facemask in-between distractions.

I mean there are lonely otaku that could live in this thing, but the vast majority of people *even geeks* actually have to log into the real world more often than you'd think.

I know I know, games aren't geared toward old dudes with disposable income and kids and wives... but really, VR seems to have a deceptively small use-case

about a month and a half ago
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'Data Science' Is Dead

netsavior 100% disagree (139 comments)

In my career I have worked for boring banks and boring monolithic enterprise software giants.

If there is one thing I know for certain it is that big enterprise will ALWAYS have a huge appetite for quantification of data. It almost doesn't matter if it actually does anything for you, executives at giant corporations have to DO SOMETHING have to REVIEW SOMETHING. Large scale data aggregation and reporting (one of the many things that go by "big data") might not have sciency uses, but any time a V level can provide a C level with "something" that says "We are doing stuff" there will be a huge market for it.

Basically what I am saying is, even if "Big Data" is nothing but a placebo, like say "HR Training", "Wellness programs", "performance reviews" or "teambuilding" it is a permanent fixture in the big, boring, high paying, stable job providing corporate world.

about a month and a half ago
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Pro-Vaccination Efforts May Be Scaring Wary Parents From Shots

netsavior Re:Flu Shots are Ruining Vaccinations (482 comments)

FYI the flu shot question is part of medicare/medicaid funding. If they don't ask you, then it doesn't count as a completed examination, and since they don't really know/care if you are medicare or self-funded, they ask everyone. They aren't pushing it, but if they don't ask they get a paddling from the government.

about a month and a half ago
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Woman Attacked In San Francisco Bar For Wearing Google Glass

netsavior It is not about the video, it is about emotion (921 comments)

I think the visceral betrayal feeling is deep-rooted in the human psyche, and has nothing to do with the "camera". For a very long time, human beings have used eye-contact as an establishment of trust and social connection. Replacing that with ANYTHING is extremely emotionally difficult for some people. Hell, people threw a fit about dark sunglasses in the 80s, and I believe the Glass-hate is actually closer to the fear of sunglasses than it is to the fear of "big brother."

It is actually a lot more socially acceptable in modern times to be a-typically social (read: Geeky, Autistic, Introverted, Gay) when it is consciously recognized, but people are still just as xenophobic and reactive when it is below the surface, when something strikes a nerve with their core psychological infrastructure.
When you wear Glass or dark sunglasses, some people think you are SCREAMING "I get to see your inner emotions and private thoughts, but you do not get to see mine." It is in the head of the attacker, not the glasshole, but it comes from an icky feeley place and not a place of reason.

Case study: Nobody gives a shit about dashboard cams or GoPro.

about 2 months ago
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The Emerging RadioShack/Netflix Debacle

netsavior Re:RS is liable (122 comments)

It is awesome that your radio shack is still a radio shack. Mine is not. You know those drawers full of switches and other breadboard components? Yeah those are gone, 'cause of some superbowl rebranding, or something.

about 2 months ago

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