Agreed. If any cager puts BEEMER on his Bimmer, he needs to have his head examined.
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.
The real trick is that the gov can track video receiving equipment (by the frequencies they use to decode the video)
What is this some Michael Bay "the signal that hacked your network" shit? How could they detect a passive receiver?
Strikes and unions just don't make sense for unskilled labor. And just because it's electronics doesn't make it skilled - if you're doing something that could be replaced with a robotic arm, it's not "skilled", skilled refers to mental skills, not physical.
Actually, unions make far more sense for unskilled laborers. As an engineer, I don't need a union to bargain for my wages. My bargaining power lies in the fact that my skills are in short supply. Companies must pay me competitive market wages because it would take them years to train someone to replace me. Contrast that with an unskilled laborer. They have no bargaining power by themselves because, by definition, they can easily be replaced by anybody else the company hires. Only by joining with all the other unskilled workers do they gain any sort of bargaining power. A single unskilled worker threatening to quit has no real effect on a factory, but the entire group of laborers can effectively shut down the factory in the short-term.
Unions can be pretty fucked up in practice, but in theory they represent the only way unskilled laborers can gain any sort of bargaining power.
Anyone halfway competent with a Comp Sci degree could easily make six figures with your 7 years of post-degree work experience, and those degree holders who also have your passion for self-training are making far more than that.
It's not that people can't do well without a comp sci degree but that they would almost invariably be doing far better with one.
Old accounts were grandfathered in, but all new accounts require you to go through Facebook. I think they changed this a year ago. I learned this the hard way recently when I tried to create a Spotify account. I've deleted my Facebook account, and I have desire to create a dummy account for bullshit like this.
The "That's what she said" and other sexist jokes are definitely a problem, but I don't see anything wrong with the rest of your stereotype. If girls don't like the geek culture, fuck 'em. The same goes for all the guys who think they're too cool for it. I like that an argument in the break room is as likely to be Star Wars vs Star Trek as it is to be emacs vs vi. I want to be able to say "The cake is a lie" without explaining myself.
No, he is not. First, I doubt you can find investments with GUARANTEED returns, ZERO risk, and 100% liquidity that beat his mortgage rate. Maybe he does not want to work for a living.
His house is not 100% liquid, as the housing bust shows, but your point is still very good. He says he could have gotten a 4% mortgage rate. Here is how a guaranteed investment compares to the major stock indices over the past 15 years:
4% guaranteed: 80.1% return
NASDAQ: 114.8% return
S&P: 70.5% return
DJIA: 87.3% return
Taxes would have been paid on the investment returns, so the after-tax gain would be lower. However, mortgage interest is also deductible, so the guaranteed return would be lower too. Let's assume the two roughly would cancel each other out. That means that for a guaranteed return, paying off a 4% mortgage is in the same ballpark as putting the money into stocks. Given that some (many?) people clearly value being loan-free, it's foolish to say that it was a poor use of his money.
Do you have anything to back up your assertion? I'm going to guess you don't live in the valley, aren't an engineer, or both. Wages are going up all over the valley. Decent engineers are getting good salaries and excellent engineers are getting even more. Beyond my anecdotal observations, check Glassdoor if you think valley companies are paying low wages to good workers.
If you can't find a software development job in the Bay Area, the problem isn't foreigners, it's you. As a developer who just switched jobs in the past year, I can tell you that jobs are plentiful. Tech companies are doing well as a whole, and the success of the biggest employers (Google, Facebook, Apple) has put excellent pressure on the market, from an employee perspective. Yes, even considering their no poaching agreement, they're driving up wages across the valley.
Don't be so quick to resort to the usual (and frankly, warranted) pessimism. Yesterday may have been a pivotal moment when the power of the technical community was finally realized. Multiple senators dropped their sponsorship of PIPA. My senators' phone lines were busy all day long. While it's certainly a possibility that everything will return to business as usual, we finally saw a glimmer of the numbers of the masses overwhelming the influence of the money of the few. We have so few other avenues left, so we might as well see if this can effect real change.
"along the lines of Gaddafi and Assad"? As in, he has brown skin? While not meeting the western standard of good, you can just as easily lump Obama in the same category for failing to veto NDAA. Let's use a tiny bit of perspective.
As in they are all part of the larger Arab Spring movement.
And yes, Obama's signing of NDAA, assassination of al-Awlaki, and litany of other civil rights violations are unequivocally reprehensible. However, until he rolls tanks into a Republican campaign event, it's absurd to put him on the same level as Arab despots.
Bahrain beat and killed its own citizens because they dared to demand rights. The rulers are evil tyrants along the lines of Gaddafi, Assad, et al. Kicking an Australian out of the country for what he posted on Facebook is nothing compared to the far more vile atrocities they have committed.