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Comment: Re:I must be in the minority. (Score 5, Insightful) 457

by MalleusEBHC (#46775589) Attached to: Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

I'm tired of all this "six figures is just-getting-by" bullshit. I'm a software engineer in the valley who only a few years ago was making almost exactly six figures, and I was doing far, far better than just getting by.

I bought a house even before making $100k. It's a small house in a good part of San Jose. I probably would have had to get a roommate for the first few years had my then-girlfriend not been chipping in rent, but that's somewhat expected with a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage. My monthly payment will stay the same forever, and inflation and salaries, even for non-engineers, are generally only going up in the long run.

Even with the house payment, I've always been able to stuff a significant amount of money into my 401(k) and IRA. By starting early and investing in index funds, I'm going to easily have enough money in retirement.

Even after putting a lot of money into a house and retirement, there was still plenty of money leftover for fun stuff. I was able to go out to nice restaurants, I bought myself nice toys like laptops and bicycles, and I generally didn't have to worry about money.

Admittedly I don't have kids and wasn't trying to support a family by myself, but a second income would also balance that out.

Are you able to buy a 5 bedroom, 3,000 sq ft house in Palo Alto on $100k? Hell no, but you can still live an extremely nice life. It's an insult to the people living paycheck to paycheck to say that six figures is just getting by.

Comment: Re:This is unholy (Score 3, Insightful) 107

It's not a perfect analogy, but German and Belgian beers are a good example of what you can do with narrow and open views on ingredients, respectively. The Germans were limited by the Reinheitsgebot to what they could use in their beers, and they produce a relatively narrow range of lagers which are, in my opinion, unspectacular. In contrast, the Belgians use a much wider range of ingredients and adjuncts. They produce what are widely considered some of the finest beers in the world, and they have a much wider range of styles.

Comment: Playing devil's advocate (Score 2) 500

by MalleusEBHC (#46349817) Attached to: Supreme Court Ruling Relaxes Warrant Requirements For Home Searches

Fernandez objected to a search, Fernandez was arrested, and Rojas consented to a search an hour later.

At what point does Fernandez's objection to a search become invalid? If the cops came back one year later for a different issue, and only Rojas was home, I think most people would agree that Fernandez's objection would no longer be valid. How do you define when the objection is no longer valid?

I think the Supreme Court got this case wrong because the police were trying to conduct the same search, but how do you define that legally?

Comment: Re:Interactive map (Score 1) 79

by MalleusEBHC (#44669869) Attached to: How Engineers and Scientists Cluster In the U.S.

Fantastic link. That's much more useful than TFA.

Zooming down from a national view to the valley is a perfect example of how that map is useful. CA as a whole shows up as about average nationally. Zoom in a little, and Santa Clara County is a bright spot pulling most of the weight for the whole state. Zoom in further, and you can identify the tech mini-corridors like the Sunnyvale/Cupertino/Mountain View triangle (software-heavy), the North 1st Street chunk (hardware heavy), and SOMA (the app-development heavy pit where VC money goes to die). ;)

Comment: Re:Wow, Oakland must have changed (Score 1) 109

by MalleusEBHC (#44643893) Attached to: How Oakland Is Turning Into an Art and Maker Mecca

In short, it has. The article briefly touches on this, and it was also discussed here a few weeks ago. All these people are getting pushed out of SF because of the rising cost of living, and that's having a smaller gentrification effect on Oakland. It's by no means completely changed, but I fully expect to be reading stories in a few years that are basically copy/pasted with s/San Francisco/Oakland.

Comment: Re:Allegory (Score 2) 372

by MalleusEBHC (#44570989) Attached to: New Tech Money, Same Old Problems

There's only Caltrain which is a sad joke.

Caltrain isn't perfect, but it's far from a joke. Ridership has been steadily increasing over the past decade. You can get from SJ to SF in an hour. That's barely longer than driving, and you can drink on the train instead of fighting for parking. Again, you can drink on the train instead of driving.

Caltrain's biggest problem is it's lack of dedicated funding. It has to beg for money from SF, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties, and they're all hesitant to pony up despite the fact that Caltrain gets a greater percentage of its revenue from fares than any Bay Area transit service except BART. They could also use some more late night trains, especially on Thurs/Fri/Sat nights. But despite these warts, it's still a very useful and popular service.

Comment: Scary because it's so effective (Score 4, Insightful) 48

by MalleusEBHC (#44425403) Attached to: Bahrain Activists Battered By IP Tracking Attacks

If you're going to be a repressive tyrant, at least do it right. While the false positive rate on true dissidents probably limits the effectiveness to some degree, the much more chilling effect is to make people afraid to read any anti-regime news. That's probably much more valuable to them in the long run than nabbing a few people they consider troublesome.

Comment: Re:Why listen to Spector when he created shit game (Score 1) 132

The dumbing down of DX2 was necessary for consoles...

Admittedly I never played Invisible War, but Human Revolution shows that you don't need to dumb it down for consoles. I played DX:HR on Xbox, and I thought it was a fantastic game. It fell a little short of the original Deus Ex, which I had played on a Mac, but that has nothing to do with console vs computer.

Comment: Re:Cry me a river. (Score 1) 660

by MalleusEBHC (#42201035) Attached to: If Tech Is So Important, Why Are IT Wages Flat?

Actually, poorer women tend to have higher birth rates. Education and access to contraception are two of the most relevant factors in a lower birth rate, and these are woefully lacking for most poor American women. I found this Census Bureau paper with some data from 2006 showing that women in lower income brackets have much higher birth rates.

"If you want to eat hippopatomus, you've got to pay the freight." -- attributed to an IBM guy, about why IBM software uses so much memory