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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

peter303 a million in my birth year is $8M now (453 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.

2 days ago
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Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

peter303 Apples simple GUI one of breakthroughs (266 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.

2 days ago
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Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

peter303 pen-tablets in late 1980s (266 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.

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

peter303 a million 401K isnt that large (453 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.

2 days ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

peter303 all IRS credit card payments have 2.49% charge (385 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%.

2 days ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

peter303 "magic of data mining" (629 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.

3 days 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.

4 days 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.

4 days ago
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Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

peter303 got it half right (578 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 a week 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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NASA Laying Foundation For Jupiter Moon Space Mission

peter303 2nd best "flagship mssion" for 2010s (100 comments)

NASAs most expensive mission over $3B. The highest ranked was a Mars sample return, which would likely involve three rockets. No flagship missions are funded for 2010s.

about two weeks ago
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Fifty Years Ago IBM 'Bet the Company' On the 360 Series Mainframe

peter303 repeated this strategy with IBM PC (169 comments)

Given its was not the best standard - 86x with BIOS. But it was a standard countless competing companies did optimaize until the profit level dropped below IBMs tolerance and they sold it to Lenevo.

about two weeks ago
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Australia May 'Pause' Trades To Tackle High-Frequency Trading

peter303 HFT algorithms already manage this (342 comments)

According to last years ACM issue on HFT algorithms, trades already presented in time-tic goups. Just currently much shorter than you propose. The ACM articles discussed tricks to jump to the head of a group/queue.

HFT also manages the randomness in order presentation. At millisecond resolution TCp/IP collisions cancelations become a serious issue. The smae ACM issues discusses how to game this.

Evey constraint you popose algorthmically will probably be beaten by another clever computer executed algorithm.

about two weeks ago
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Should Microsoft Give Kids Programmable Versions of Office?

peter303 there are probably better simpler examples (226 comments)

Office is a avery intricate application. Many mobile apps ae more self-contained. Plus a gaming type app might capture more attention of teens than a dull business application.

about two weeks ago
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Should Microsoft Give Kids Programmable Versions of Office?

peter303 MIT debating a computer science requirement (226 comments)

MIT has been debating to add a computer science requirement for over 30 years. Interesting Idaho schools has beaten them. MIT came pretty close a few years ago proposing to replace the 2nd required physics course with an engineering choice, one which could be computer science.

The arguments AGAINST this new requirment include that (1) MIT already specifies 7(*) of the 16 year long courses the average undergraduate takes. Another would start to eat in the requirments of intensive majors like engineering. (2) Most MIT stiudents know some computer programming before they enter MIT, although it is not of software engineering quality.


(*) Year of calculus, year of physics, year of chemistry/biology, four years of humanities. Even if you are a music major.

about two weeks ago
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Algorithm Challenge: Burning Man Vehicle Exodus

peter303 cell and wireless spotty at BM (273 comments)

So I've heard. The BM guidebook/FAQ says dont count on it. It is in the middle of a desert after all.

about two weeks ago
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Russian GLONASS Down For 12 Hours

peter303 shut off during war (148 comments)

So no one else could it. Might have been something to do with Ukraine issue.

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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