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Comment: Re:I will never understand (Score -1, Flamebait) 99

by Dahamma (#49553929) Attached to: Vizio, Destroyer of Patent Trolls

There is the rub. They knew they were doing something wrong and did it anyway. They knew they were brewing coffee too hot as they had been warned several times before. They brew hotter so more flavour is extracted and less ground coffee needs to be used.

You aren't even a coffee drinker, are you? NONE of this even has to do with the BREWING temperature, so your conspiracy theories about saving money are irrelevant. It's the hold and serve temperature.

McDonalds claims their customers like the coffee at a higher temp (175-180) since they often commute and don't drink it for a while. The trolling lawsuits claim that's too hot too spill on your genitals safely. I'd agree with the latter, though also with the former. But that means I try not to spill hot coffee on my genitals, and if I do, not to blame the person who made the coffee, but my own clumsiness.

Similarly, I also don't blame knives for being "too sharp" when I drop one on my foot or lasers for being "too bright" when I shine one in my eye.

Comment: Re:I will never understand (Score 3, Insightful) 99

by Dahamma (#49553783) Attached to: Vizio, Destroyer of Patent Trolls

The manager of that McDonald's refused to pick up 50% of the initial ER bill.

The problem is, THIS is exactly what patent trolls rely on! You are saying even if they felt like they didn't do anything wrong, they should just pay a lesser fee to avoid a possibly larger one after litigation.

This woman had 3rd degree burns because she was 78 years old, in a car, and spilled a cup of 180 degree coffee on cotton sweatpants that she couldn't remove in 30+ seconds. That SUCKS. But on the other hand I (and most people) brew coffee at > 180 degrees at home every day and manage not to soak cotton sweatpants with it to cook our skin for 30 seconds. Because hot coffee is not intended to be pressed up against the skin for 30 seconds. It's intended to be sipped slowly.

McDonald's got fucked in this lawsuit because they were an arrogant megacorporation. Which I have to say, I don't pity them much for. But I also don't think the lawsuit made much sense.

Comment: Re:Sounds like upper middle class housing developm (Score 1) 536

by Dahamma (#49542951) Attached to: George Lucas Building Low-Income Housing Next Door To Millionaires

I don't think anyone here is worshipping him, just acknowledging a very generous act.

He's a my way or nothing sort of guy.

Eh, I think by giving up all rights to the Star Wars movies so someone else could continue the story pretty much disproves that theory. I'll give you once doing that he has said he doesn't want to be actively involved in it any more.

Until they break ground I wouldn't be surprised if the locals rezone to land to permit his original studio plan

He's already said he has retired, so he doesn't NEED a new studio any more. To quote: "I'm completely confident that Disney will take good care of the franchise I've built. At the same time, for me, I look at it as I'm investing in Disney, because that's my retirement fund."

There is a history of philanthropists working hard to amass their fortune and then working hard to distribute it - and once they reach the next phase they really focus on it alone. In fact, to quote Andrew Carnegie, his dictum was "To spend the first third of one's life getting all the education one can. To spend the next third making all the money one can. To spend the last third giving it all away for worthwhile causes."

Comment: Re:Sounds like upper middle class housing developm (Score 1) 536

by Dahamma (#49534309) Attached to: George Lucas Building Low-Income Housing Next Door To Millionaires

The poor could not afford the annual tax payments for these homes. Neither could the working poor, nor lower middle income. Even if sold at a discount to the market, qualifying for loans and affording annual expenses will most likely restrict buyers to the upper regions of "middle income".

Don't think anyone said they would be offered for purchase? More likely rental. And even if it was for purchase, in the Bay Area the "working poor" covers a LOT higher range than you'd imagine. A full time high school teacher in Marin is basically "working poor". Imagine how much more effective a teacher would be if he/she didn't have to commute 2 hours a day just to get to school.

Lets also not ignore that he wishes to make an example of those who opposed his earlier development plans.

That was speculation. He denies it. You can be cynical and not believe him, or realize that someone who has already committed half of his multibillion dollar fortune to charity might actually be trying to find a charitable use for his hundreds of acres of land that his douchey rich neighbors won't allow him to use for anything else.

Comment: Re:Well done! (Score 1) 536

by Dahamma (#49517693) Attached to: George Lucas Building Low-Income Housing Next Door To Millionaires

Except: that angle is bullshit. He has a ton of land and a ton of money, has already made it clear that he wants to use the majority of his resources philanthropically, so how *else* should he combine those two? A few new public Marin country courses for "disadvantaged" residents making less than $500k per year?

The spiteful nasty pop news angle is that it's for revenge, but there is no actual evidence that that had anything to do with it.

Comment: Re:Well done! (Score 1) 536

by Dahamma (#49517671) Attached to: George Lucas Building Low-Income Housing Next Door To Millionaires

Not to be cynical

No, you are being completely cynical.

He's 70. He sold off his cash cow (Star Wars) and pledged half of his multibillion dollar payoff to charity. He has no interest in building a new studio any more. He's basically retired and trying figure out how to best spend his money wisely to help others. How hard is that to imagine?

Comment: Re:Well done! (Score 1) 536

by Dahamma (#49517655) Attached to: George Lucas Building Low-Income Housing Next Door To Millionaires

Your math is as bad as your estimation skills.

First, Bay Area rents are closer to $3/ sq ft.

Second: $200 * 1000 = $200,000 ; $3 * 1000 = $3000 * 12 = $36000 * 10 = $360,000.

So the rule of thumb, yes, is bogus, but not in the direction you meant. And that's because the *land*, not the improvements, are the majority of the value of properties in this case. Your numbers are pointless if you don't include the land value.

Comment: Re:Thank god (Score 1) 229

Of course that won't happen - these companies are selling you, so they will do nothing that will reduce their user base, even if it makes it a higher quality.

Plus, remember, Facebook, Twitter, etc make their livelihood on ads, and one of the metrics they can use to justify ad prices (not to mention silly stock valuations) is "active users". You better believe those millions of auto generated FB accounts spamming every popular page/celebrity/etc posts are "active users" (very active!)

Comment: Re: And it's not even an election year (Score 1) 407

:) I don't make a salary, I own my own business... I suspect a lot of those houses are bought the same way, by people who have money, but don't earn a lot of money, if that makes sense.

Well, if you own your own business you probably *should* make a salary. Incorporating and paying yourself moderate salary (with the rest being profits as the primary/only shareholder, of course) is almost always going to be better for tax purposes. Thank the current ridiculous discrepancy between individual and corporate tax rates for that one...

And it turns out, that's not all *that* different from what I was saying - those houses are definitely bought by people who "earn" money, it's just not through their salary. Basically they took a risk (and were possibly paid less *salary* than they were worth) in exchange for stock options. If that risk was at Facebook, Twitter, etc (or one of the MANY other companies that either IPOed or was acquired) then they may have ended up with $$$ in stock options. That windfall then gets used to make a huge down payment on a house, since their *salary* just wouldn't be enough for an $8000/mo mortgage...

Comment: Re: And it's not even an election year (Score 1) 407

Not racism. I was describing the fact that compared to the USA, the places that a lot of these folks come from are much worse places to live, which is part of the reason they come here on H1-Bs.

Yeah, describing India or China (which is what we are talking about, since they make up the VAST majority of H1-B) as "Thirdworldhellholeistan" is not racist or derogatory at all.

It's funny, because really, it's not even accurate any more. I assume you have never been to either of those countries. China is rapidly approaching an even larger income gap than the US (Shanghai is more expensive than NYC), and India's college educational system for tech is making the US system as a whole look like a joke.

And I'm not sure where you are working, but SW engineering salaries have quite literally exploded over the past 5 years or so. It's not at all uncommon to see $400-500k+ offers (including benefits) these days


Well, sorry that you aren't being offered that, but it doesn't mean others aren't (and as I said that number includes all benefits, ie. insurance, 401k matching, profit sharing/options/RSR/etc). It is pretty mind boggling to someone who has been in this industry for a while, I suppose. But the demand for sr. developers/architects is insane right now, if you are good.

Comment: Re: And it's not even an election year (Score 1) 407

Perhaps, but someone is getting paid that, who else is buying the $3 to $5 million dollar houses out there?

Those house are bought with stock options. In fact, even with "normal" houses/condos (in the Bay Area that would probably be $800K-$1.5M) the estimate is 40% of the down payments are enabled by stock options. Despite what the media wants you to think, $3-$5M houses are still for "rich people", bought more specifically with "stock options from employees at the right place at the right time".

Almost no one here buys $5M houses based on a "salary". Most typical software engineers are still saving up for 15+ years to put a down payment on a $1M+ house. Note as well, the rent here is also ridiculous, so those high salaries don't mean as much if you throw away $3000/mo on a 1 BR apartment.

To summarize: if you like Dallas, by all means stay there! And anyway it's all subjective. You can live "nicely" on $250K ANYWHERE. To pretend otherwise is just being a first world jack off.

Money can't buy love, but it improves your bargaining position. -- Christopher Marlowe