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Comment: Higher priorities (Score 1) 190 190

Apple should have higher priorities than force touch.

For instance, make a power-on button that works for more than a couple years.

Last three iPhones my wife and I bought had the power switch become less responsive (requiring heavy pressure to register) after about three years.

Or, of course, just expect everyone to throw away their phones in 2 years. That seems to be what everyone does, anyway.

Comment: Re:Is there one lawyer who isn't a lying fuck? (Score 1) 75 75

My experience is a bit better. Most of the lawyers I've dealt with were aggressively defending my rights.

That being said, those were all fairly high-priced lawyers who have had decades of experience before I chose them. In addition, they were all highly recommended before I ever contacted them.

I guess it's just another example of 'you get what you pay for'.

Comment: These are live donors... (Score 1) 130 130

A lot of the posters are missing the point here.

These are live donors who have joined a group of other live donors who made a promise to give a kidney now (while they are alive) in return for a kidney to be donated to a loved one in the near future (as the case may be). With the advent of national databases they were able to find a sequence of matches (involving 9 donors) so that they were able to get a kidney donated to their loved ones.

This is more a networking or graph design problem than a organ donation issue. I expect more of these sort of things in the future with other live donations (ie: liver, pancreas, bone marrow).

(I had a friend give a kidney to his twin brother. Wasn't a big deal. They just had to run a load of tests to make sure the healthy twin wasn't otherwise at risk for renal failure.)

Comment: Re:Just GBE everywhere! (Score 1) 557 557

Uses for cat6 in the media room:
1 - Smart TV
2 - Receiver
3 - Bluray Player
4 - Video game system
5 - AppleTV
6 - Media Computer

Frankly, I'm putting 4 next to my media room in the basement right now. (There's no way in hell I'm attaching my TV to the internet. Ditto for the bluray player, if I were to even own one of those. The receiver will be on the local network but firewalled from the internet.)

Comment: Re:Nitpicks (Score 1) 557 557

We had a central vacuum when I was a kid, and we hated it. The best use for a central vacuum system is to rip out the vacuum and use all the tubes as conduit for wiring. I guess that's really very much a matter of opinion. In any case, be sure you test one out before insisting on putting one in.

Agree that you have to try one before you get it. (My previous house had it.) I love the relocated sound, it's a lot quieter (still a little noise due to all the air motion, though). The newer ones have power-attachments available for carpeting. My builder's central vac guy gave cheap-o attachments. I bought new ones from amazon.com afterwards.

You also missed it on the power in the garage. You want 50A, not 30A. You can download the recommended installation guide from Tesla for a NEMA 14-50; use that and you should be good for anything. It's always better to overspec and then not need it than to underspec and have to go fix it.

LOL. I HAVE a Tesla. Didn't realize it was 50A (or just forgot). You're absolutely correct.

Speaking of garage doors, you can get some really great openers. My in-laws got some professional Lift-Master openers that are absolutely silent. That's nothing like what you get when you buy your own at Lowes Depot. (They even have some that attach directly to the torsion rod if you have that kind of door, so there's nothing overhead.)

Agree about the garage doors. I have the Lift-Master as well and it's fantastically quiet.

Comment: A few tips... (Score 5, Informative) 557 557

I built a custom home a few years ago.

A few tips:
  - Cat6 everywhere. At least 4 near every TV/Receiver
  - In wall/In ceiling speakers in all rooms These should be tied into setups for receivers in most rooms. For the dining room (if you have one), kitchen, patio, and other areas you wouldn't want a receiver, have them go to the basement. When you buy receivers, make sure they have a cat5 input so that you can control them remotely.
  - Wire for central alarm system for fire alarms, burglar.
  - Wire the front door for a video camera. You don't need to install it, but having the wiring done is a nice thing to have just in case.
  - Run empty pipes to each room from the basement or attic so you can pull wire easier in the future.
  - Have your basement ceiling be 1 foot higher than your first floor ceiling. It costs little to do in the planning stage, but makes the basement look humongous when you finish it.
  - Just before they drywall everything, take pictures of every wall. This is your x-ray vision for the future.
  - 240V/30A line to the garage. Who knows, you may get an electric car in the future.
  - Have one closet on each floor which has a power outlet and cat6 cable.
  - Central vacuum. Once you have it, you will never go back.

Comment: Start saving early... (Score 3, Insightful) 583 583

1. Start saving early.
2. Live below your means.
3. Keep debt to a minimum. Never put on a credit card more than you have in your savings account.
4. Debt isn't evil, but you should treat it as if it was. Keep it to a minimum.
5. If you're buying a house, don't take out a mortgage for more than three years gross salary. And when you do get a mortgage, get a fixed mortgage.
6. Invest as much as possible in low expense ratio index funds.
7. Open up a Roth IRA early and maximize my investment in it every year.
8. NEVER use an investment advisor. Read a book instead. (Common Sense on Mutual Funds by Bogle is an excellent start. If you want something simpler, The Boglehead Guide To Investing)
9. NEVER buy investments through your insurance company.
10. When you start having kids, start a 529 plan for each ASAP.

Comment: Re:They're missing the point... (Score 1) 278 278

Space travel is hard.

The point is, we have to try. The sooner we are independent of Earth, the better.

So what if it takes a few trillion dollars of effort and resources? There will always be people who could be better off. That's the human condition.

We are either meant for the stars or we are not. I choose to believe the former. Would I go myself? No. I'm too old. Would I invest my money and encourage my children to go? Absolutely.

Comment: Not sure how I can believe this. (Score 2) 241 241

The writer is saying Apple came out with a MacBook that cannot smoothly run the OS that was preinstalled on it?

Frankly, I can understand if it was a 4 year old laptop with the latest OS, but Apple's usually pretty good about integration. Can anyone else verify that the latest MacBook that OS animations aren't smooth?

That does not compute.

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