I expect to retire ...
Haha, now I know you're a troll for sure. Enjoy living in your fairy dreamland where everyone with good money management skills is guaranteed a golden retirement no matter how little money they make. ;)
I expect to retire ...
I always put the maximum I could into a 401k, but most of the low-end jobs I had early on didn't offer one, and later on I was chronically underemployed. I only buy economy cars and keep them at least 10 years. I've never taken a vacation, buy no luxury items (Ex; jewelry, high end gadgets, etc.) I've gone through two recessions/depressions, and now I'm at the age where career prospects only go downward if you haven't made it to C level.
So... yes, you can blame my poor prospects for retirement entirely on my inability to earn lots of money, but not on managing my money. It's not magical: if you don't earn enough money you aren't going to be able to retire.
I expect to retire ...
I'll never be able to retire. Never made enough money, and never had enough, early enough for a useful 401k. Two bubbles bursting killed what little I was able to afford to put away. My parents technically didn't retire either, they just got too old, sick and tired to keep working. Unlike them I have no kids to help support me so when it's my turn in the next few decades I'll be out on the street.
Social Security my ass.
Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!
Did you get the idiots from Ars Technica to do this? It's ugly, inefficient, and hard to read.
Security Researchers Want To Fully Audit Truecrypt
It's time to assume that all forms of encryption and communication have been compromised and probably have been for many years. There's no coming back from this when the most powerful country on Earth intends to keep things this way.
Facebook Comment Prompts Arrests In Cyberbullying Suicide Case
People defend bullies and call a 12 year old suicide a "coward." It disgusts but does not surprise me:
1. ... that people want bullying to be considered protected speech.
2. ... that the bullied are expected to physically beat down their tormentors or else they must deserve what they get.
3. ...that some poor child that is so desperate that they kill themselves is branded a coward.
Human society will always raise up the violent and support their efforts to eliminate the weaker members as if we're all animals and need to cull impure genes from our species. We are no more advanced than we were 2,000 years ago, just a loose collection of intelligent, slavering beasts in business suits and yoga pants.
Mitsuku Chatbot Wins Loebner Prize 2013
I spent alot of time on the website for this chatbot and was surprised by how awful it was. I remember using the old Eliza chatbot for Mac back in 1987 and this is barely more advanced. I used the website's "Turing test" page and on the very first answer to a simple question the chabot gave me something nonsensical. Every time I see one of these stories the chatbot in question always turns out to be just as clumsy as all the rest.
Exxon Charged With Illegally Dumping Waste In Pennsylvania
This could cost Exxon HUNDREDS of dollars!
Decommissioning San Onofre Nuclear Plant May Take Decades
It's nice to see another monument to short-sightedness being dismantled. The atomic era of investing heavily in a technology that burdens human beings with the most poisonous substances on earth for literally thousands of years needs to be put to rest and this is how we do it. Decades of hearing pro-nuclear people hem and haw about what will be done with nuclear waste is enough. Decades of continuous safety violations by the companies that run nuclear power plants is enough. The promise of truly safe nuclear power will never be delivered upon due to human greed and incompetence.
Jeremy Hammond of LulzSec Pleads Guilty To Stratfor Attack
Criminal acts sometimes have personal consequences.
Iranian Hackers Probe US Infrastructure Targets
Thank you for contributing to the overall naive attitude American industry has for securing critical systems.
Ask Slashdot: What Magazines Do You Still Read?
I still read lots of magazines. National Geographic, Smithsonian, several history magazines, Car and Driver, Outdoors, Discover, FlyPast, and so on. I prefer the print format for being easy on the eyes as well as lighter and easier to manipulate than any tablet. At this point I don't have even the slightest interest in digital subscriptions to magazines.
Korean Artist's Intentionally Useless Satellite To Launch This December
I don't know much about art but the idea of someone launching random street junk into space as a "satellite" made me laugh, and I think a big part of art is about provoking a reaction.
Senate Cybersecurity Bill Stalled By Ridiculous Amendments
I know this is the way our government works, tacking on all sorts of stupid shit but it still seems absurd.
PC Sales Are Flat-Lining
Yes, on a graph it will be a flat-line. But "flat-lining" is when someone's heart is no longer beating.
Adopt the Cloud, Kill Your IT Career
It doesn't matter if the processes that create the output are in your office, your server room or even your building. You're providing the services that produce the output the business needs and the business management wants. If I.T. has made the transition in your workplace to service provider you will always have a place as the person making sure the desired output is delivered. If management still sees I.T. as the people who take care of the computers then yes you'd have something to worry about.
US Approves Two New Nuclear Reactors
Now the legions of contractors and subcontractors will sweep in on a tidal wave of self-service and mediocrity to see who can offer the lowest price for their labor and the best kickbacks to the politicians and NRC people in charge of protecting us.
It doesn't matter how good your design is or how strict your regulations are when the people that build, own, maintain and oversee nuclear power plants prize money over all other things, including the safety of the population. This is why we continue to have huge industrial disasters. Not because nuclear power is unsafe, or drilling for oil in the gulf is unsafe. It's because the people in positions of responsibility are weak, selfish idiots.
Jobs Wanted To Destroy Android
Would've made for a more interesting article.
Who Killed Videogames?
If you expose a product to at least 100 million people you're going to collect some of those who have addictive personalities. If you think it requires modern marketing analysis to create an addictive game, replacing "real" content with material designed to addict then you must have missed out on the late 1970s/early 1980s when kids were glued to arcade games. Space Invaders, Pac-Man et al were drawing children intro scrounging for every last quarter just for one more play. This happened worldwide, with none of the benefit of the cold, computer-aided fine-tuning that we're told is luring people in.
Can they make a video game more addictive? Possibly, but the idea that only specialized work on a title is what makes people addicted to it is not accurate.
DHS Goes Ahead With 'Pre-Crime' Detection Project
We're probably 20 years away from that if you consider how much testing will need to be done prior to extensive legal challenges and official tests in various cities and states. It will be the greatest legal tool for oppression mankind has ever known.
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