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Comment Re:Trading one set of problems for another (Score 1) 787

We had a babysitter when our son was small who told us, after having stopped by a real estate open house down the street, that based on the price they were asking, we could sell our house and buy the fanciest house in the little town in North Dakota where she grew up, and have enough left to not work for ten years. And we pointed out, Yes, but then we'd be in the little town in North Dakota that YOU LEFT TO COME HERE. :-)

Comment Re:Trading one set of problems for another (Score 1) 787

You're a family of one. You didn't mention much about school, or the future, or a companion, or kid(s), or even a pet. You're doing just fine by yourself, and maybe don't have any school loans to pay off either, and I tip my hat to you. BTW you also don't mention a car, which is one of the expenses mentioned in the post you replied to (but of course I agree in NYC you don't need a car . . . unless you want to drive out of the city now and then . . ) Point is I don't think I'm 100% out of touch if you add on some very realistic expenses, and especially if you want to be able to quit your job and do other things that cost any money, like travel. We WERE talking about "being suddenly wealthy", right? not just getting by comfortably? (BTW I grew up in Manhattan, live a few miles from the GW Bridge, and my son lives in a Manhattan co-op now. I know what NYC costs.)

Comment Edinburgh Fringe Festival, all 3 weeks, every year (Score 1) 787

Renting an apartment within a few blocks of the Royal Mile, of course. Plus a second or third apartment to invite friends and family for their vacation times; I'm assuming there's enough wealth to share generously here. Then on to other events and activities around the calendar and the world, with exceptions for special events (weddings, birthdays, whatever) as they come up. In more practical terms, all of the young generation in that friends-and-family category will get all the education they can get admitted to. Experiences can have a longer-lasting impact than things.

Comment Re:Please (Score 1) 194

I disagree; the book DID feel sensationalist and BDSM. The 10-page descriptions of torture even overshadow the 5-page descriptions of meals. I never started watching the show precisely because I figured the shock moments would disturb me more than the awe moments would please me - and besides, I can see the dragons on youtube. :-)

Comment How many applications will THIS break? (Score 1) 272

Windows 3.x to Win95, most thing worked, but I lost some applications and/or games. 98 to XP, lost again. XP to 7, lost a LOT of applications *and* a perfectly good printer that HP didn't feel like writing drivers for, plus some old USB accessories ditto. Every time Microsoft changes, I lose things. It's a great racket for them, but what's in it for me?

Comment Re:Tubes ... MMMMmmmm... (Score 1) 434

As a computer science professional who remembers when "pipes" were introduced as terminology in Unix (and IBM mainframe people scoffed), and worked in telephony where logically "nailing up timeslots" hearkened to physically nailing up a copper wire, I accept your rebuke for a cheap shot. But he deserves it.

Comment Nobody noticed her return address all those years? (Score 2, Interesting) 434

She was Secretary of State for 4 years, and before that a Senator for 8 years, and in all that time NOBODY noticed that emails came from (and went to) a non-government address? And nobody said anything about it? Even assuming that most of the elected officials have less of a clue than the average citizen ("It's a series of tubes!"), they know about handling classified material, because they get lectured about it every year. And nobody seemed to think there was a problem all that time.

Comment Re:"Truthers" don't believe in *air* (Score 4, Informative) 321

Umm . . . they DID withstand plane collisions. Both of them. No toppling whatever. And when they collapsed from the heat of a Jet-A fueled fire (give the bad guys credit for picking the right strategic planes - fully fueled for long flights), they collapsed straight down rather than taking out multiple blocks in all directions. Sorry, I think your rating of "subpar" is incorrect.

Comment Re:Planet Earth Failure Modes (Score 1) 265

That's assuming that the transportation mechanisms work. Bridges come down; roads and rails get damaged. I recall photos after quakes of what used to be a road separated by a dozen feet both horizontally and vertically. That's even assuming that people are willing to ship food rather than hoarding it for their own region.

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