It's amazing how quickly that happens. I work in an industry where we have a very cyclical business climate, so we have frequent layoffs. It usually keeps the engineering staff pretty top-notch. We haven't had a down cycle since the 2008 crash, so the cruft has certainly built up. I can only imagine what happens at a place like Google where the only turnover is people quitting!
I feel the need to plug the Pandas module for Python. It does a lot of R-like operations on huge datasets. It takes care of time-series alignment and has many other nicey-nices. Basically almost everything you think you need to invent to manipulate your dataset is probably already implemented in Pandas.
Or a gigantic application, like Photoshop or MATLAB, that sits in your "Applications" folder. Have you guys never heard of the term "killer app"??? Am I that old?
I think "app" came naturally to long-time Mac people, since there has long been an "Applications" folder which a lot of (most?) people just called the "Apps" folder. This lingo followed the jump to mobile on the iPhone and Windows people were introduced to the term for the first time. MATLAB has long been an "app" for Mac folks.
I actually agree on the "old style" Thinkpads, but recent models look more and more like Lenovo's other stuff so I don't know how confidant I am. We all have Thinkpads at work and even the last generation was uneven, with the cheaper models acting... well, cheap. The old-school stuff was very high-quality.
I think what has changed is the definition of crime and the idea that punishment should match the crime.
Punishments have not gotten weaker, instead there are fewer crimes being committed. I'm sure people will make all sorts of claims why... the Freakonomics guys claim it was abortion, others say the end of the crack epidemic, and others point to the crackdown on crime and harsh sentences enacted during the late 80s and 90s. Whatever the reasons, the jails are not filling up because there are fewer criminals - not because we've changed attitudes.
Between going to hourly contracting and having kids, I value my time more than ever. That afternoon is worth several hundred dollars IMHO. I was very different as a young man.
In a calamity where resources become scarce, I'd bet on the non-pacifists. The Amish would be completely screwed without their food stocks, farmland, and livestock.
No matter how you look at it, they are completely dependent on the good will of the society around them.
If the MTBA on a high-end PC is six years (though you can pick any number), and I buy a 3-year-old machine (again, pick any number), I've just doubled the time that I spend setting up a new machine. Honestly, I just don't enjoy that process anymore.
This has been my experience, too. They make good quality hardware, and you will save in the long run, even if they make an insane profit from you in the short term. I'm sure someone on here can point out similar quality PC hardware, but I find other manufacturers to be very uneven. For instance, I got my mother-in-law a high-end HP in 2004 and she is still using it. But some HP machines are absolute garbage.
So your submission is incorrect.
I think your diagnosis is what is incorrect. Go around and ask some of your friends if they get the "cash discount". I'm betting that you know a higher number of "sociopaths" than you think.
You might even be a "sociopath"... when is the last time you reported an online purchase on your state taxes?
all it'll take is one of those contractors being caught and ratting you out.
First of all, no that will never happen. Second, no, it has never happened.
shady contractors doing substandard job,
"I paid cash" is not a crime.
Keep boasting of being a sufficiently insignificant flea to go unnoticed if that's the most impressive thing about you.
Insults don't work on sociopaths.
Call me all the names you want, but I saved 10% and you didn't. I can't be caught or punished. I submit that the system is stupid, not me.
I have a feeling I'd be jealous of your climate. We have 150A 220V service and the panel is completely full (electric ovens and two AC units...).
I wasn't talking about spaces before full-stops. Never seen that.
The Amish are thriving.
They exist completely at the whim of their benevolent neighbors. They are here precisely because the Swiss were coming down on them rather hard. If we all became Amish, "we" wouldn't be around for very long.