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In the US, Rich Now Work Longer Hours Than the Poor

peter303 employee overhead approaching 100% (276 comments)

Benefits are about a third of that. Office space, management and computers the rest.Then you make existing employees work more instead of hiring additional ones.

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Women Increasingly Freezing Their Eggs To Pursue Their Careers

peter303 guys save young sperm too (325 comments)

For should they want to reproduce in middle age. A few conditions like autism are blamed on aging fathers. And/or chemo or trauma ends sperm production.

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NYC's 19th-Century Horse Carriages Spawn Weird, Truck-Size Electric Car

peter303 electric, steam, internal combustion alternatives (199 comments)

All vying with one another until IC pulled ahead in the 1910s. I've seen the famous "steamer" at the Stanley Hotel in Colorado.

yesterday
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Expert Warns: Civilian World Not Ready For Massive EMP-Caused Blackout

peter303 large solar storm can do this too (265 comments)

The 1859 solar flare resulted in anaurora visible at the equator. It damaged telegraph lines and lighning rods. If it happened today it would be expected to fry most power line transformers and cell phone towers. there are only 5% enough spare transformers at most. Plus industrial production could have come to a halt.

This extra radiation appears to have created extra C14 from atmospheric nitrogen) at that time. Scientist have exampled tree rings, ice cores, and lake sediments for other such super storms. There is a hint of one in 774 AD . The historical records and istopes have not been studied enough to determine the recurrance of large storms.

2 days ago
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Why Portland Should Have Kept Its Water, Urine and All

peter303 ambient bird pollution (330 comments)

I suspect the ambient daily bird and other critter droppings in the reservoir per day exceed what these stupid kids did. 38M gallons will dliute it all safely. only idiot public officials would worry about a miscule harm.

2 days ago
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Why Tesla Really Needs a Gigafactory

peter303 replacements rare on Prius (189 comments)

I know several people who have been driving prius more than twice the battery warranty period without replacement. i recall Consumer Reports did a article on this too.
When I was car shopping ten years ago i was worried about expensive battery replacements. but that doesnt seem to be the case.

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

peter303 a million in my birth year is $8M now (464 comments)

We had a decade of high inflation in the 1970s that contribute almost half of the dollar depreciation since my birth. I think my 'birth million" would feel like a real million, i.e. a decent retirement at any age. A millionaire in all those silly 1960s sitcoms was a real millionaire! conversely my fathers coworkers felt OK if they retired with a $100K or two.

about a week ago
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Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

peter303 Apples simple GUI one of breakthroughs (267 comments)

Most of the previous tablet GUIs tried to cram the complexity of multiwindow destop on to a small tablet screen. Apple mainly enlarged the simpler, single-window phone GUI. Samsung is hawking side-by-side Android screens this year. But you really dont want to get all that much more complex than that.

about a week ago
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Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

peter303 pen-tablets in late 1980s (267 comments)

Touchscreens were not really around at that time. "pen computing" was VC rage then. Apple had their own entry a fe years later called the Newton. MicroSoft unsuccessfully hawked is Pen-Windows for years.

about a week ago
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

peter303 a million 401K isnt that large (464 comments)

It has an annual safe return of $40k to $50K. For younger developers who may not retire until 2050, that is not much after several decades of inflation.

about a week ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

peter303 all IRS credit card payments have 2.49% charge (386 comments)

You could compute and file by pencil, paper and mail. Ans till chose to pay owed taxed by CC. The CC vendor would still ding you 2.49%.

about a week ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

peter303 "magic of data mining" (630 comments)

I suspect some clever system analyst did a 'join" on survivor benefit recipients and IRS joint (marriage) filings to discover remarried widow[ers] in old records. Otherwise pure SS records would not have detected this situation. And tape-based computers before 1990 were too slow to attempt an inter-agency join like this.

So we have the means to detect financial crimes buried in records decades ago. But it feels unfair to be pursed so many years later, espcially for the actions of a dead relative. There so many financial crimes being commited on current returns like SSDI overpayments, fake EICs, etc., that data-mining effort would be better spent on current crimes.

about a week ago
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Anyone Can Buy Google Glass April 15

peter303 test drive one if you can (167 comments)

You may or may not find its limitations annoying. The two I found annoying are the short battery life 9two hours if using the camera) and relatively slow internet speeds. I expect them these to improve in the NEXT version.

about a week ago
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Bachelor's Degree: An Unnecessary Path To a Tech Job

peter303 during slow economies credentials count more (286 comments)

During booms like now, experience is most important. But during slow times employers will add more requirements, a degree being a bigee. believe or not the CS industryis cyclic and it has had down periods.

about a week ago
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Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

peter303 got it half right (580 comments)

I think Bloomie meant than any one job category isnt going to a panecea for unemployement. That is you cant teach and motivate everyone to be coders or health workers or roustabouts. However, its dumb to say that any one particular profession cant learn another. A given miner may could become a great programmer. But not all of them.

about two weeks ago
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SF Evictions Surging From Crackdown On Airbnb Rentals

peter303 Airbnb to collect hotel tax in some markets (319 comments)

S.F. is one of those markets.

I wonder of the IRS will get into the game too. Rentals more then 14 days are taxable income (minus expenses).

about two weeks ago

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data mining suggested serious flu 18 days early

peter303 peter303 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

peter303 (12292) writes "A Washington state biosurveillance firm raised the first warning about a possible outbreak of swine flu in Mexico more than two weeks before the World Health Organization offered its initial alert. I've heard of similar claims to monitor increases in certain search engine requests for looming medical and other disasters."
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Ant-trust action against Google?

peter303 peter303 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

peter303 (12292) writes "The Wall Street Journal suggests the Justice Department has begun an anti-trust investigation of Google's large lead in online advertising profits as being monopolistic. I wonder who may have complained to the Justice Department :-) Google joins a long list of super-successful IT predecessors- AT&T, IBM, and MicroSoft- who have undergone this scrutiny. Perhaps this story has contributed to large recent drops in the GOOG stock price."
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new book "The Dumbest Generation"

peter303 peter303 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

peter303 (12292) writes "In the latest round of generation bashing, Mark Bauerlein wrote The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future (Or, Don't Trust Anyone Under 30). Mark's thesis is that new digital devices instead of enhancing student intelligence and education, they degrade them. He reviews a large number of studies that young people are anti-intellectual, rarely read, and rarely attend fine arts events. He blames this on young spending an average of six hours a day on "screen devices"- cellphones, video games, internet, television, etc.- in entertainment and gossip and not intellectual pursuit.

I thought it was an interesting thesis, but not a new phase of American culture. Americans have always been accused of anti-intellectualism. GenY's boomer parents were derided for spending too much time in front of television. What this book does is modernize this complaint to the current generation, and cite a mind-numbing number of studies supporting it."
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peter303 peter303 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

peter303 (12292) writes "The recently activated Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter snapped a photo of the the Mars Opportunity Rover with enough detail to see its platform and and camera tower. In the previous best picture from the Mars Global Surveyor (from the same manufacturer Malin Space Science) could only resolve the rovers as a four pixel splotch. This give hope of solving the mystery of the failed Beagle landing which has only been guessed at in the Surveyer low resolution photo."

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