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Comment: Re:Of 1000? (Score 1) 360

by AvitarX (#46773645) Attached to: Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

I think that's a little extreme (1,000,000 unearned), but agree in principal.

I was pretty upset that the "tax the wealthy" bill was called such, to say that earning $250,000/year makes one wealthy is absurd. Those people will likely become wealthy at some point, but they hardly are wealthy when they start.

I'd say wealthy means you have enough to be getting 6 figures after reinvesting to match inflation, and millionaire would be someone with over 1000000 liquid and disposable.

Comment: Inflation means lots of millionaires (Score 3, Insightful) 360

by unimacs (#46772343) Attached to: Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires
I've got a rather dumpy house in a nice urban neighborhood. It's paid for and worth a bit over $200,000. Looking at long term trends and the increasing popularity of urban living, it will most likely appreciate a fair amount before I retire.

That alone will get me a good chunk of the way towards being a millionaire in terms of net worth.

Now add in the gobs of money that they recommend you save for retirement and by the time you do retire... well, you've got a lot of money. This assumes of course that you can navigate yourself past the agism that's also part of being a developer and remain a well paid part of the workforce until you retire.

Comment: Re:Dead? (Score 2) 96

by unimacs (#46771575) Attached to: Intel Pushes Into Tablet Market, Pushes Away From Microsoft
We've actually deployed quite a few tablets in the field to replace laptops that never worked very well for the task. Can't really use them while walking around.

For servers, desktops, thin clients, and laptops we have a number of different combinations of processors and operations systems including Windows 7 and 8, Ubuntu, OS X, debian, and VMWare ESX/ESXi. We also have a PBX, access points, routers, switches, modems, printers, gateways, Raspberry Pis, Arduinos utilizing various processors and OSes (though lots are linux variants). Then there are the company supplied and supported smartphones.

We have about 80 employees. We're not exactly a tech firm but close.

My point is the computing world is much bigger than Wintel even for companies that still rely on that combination. The non Wintel part of the technology world is growing. Intel would be stupid to pin its continued success on the future of Windows.

Comment: Re:Superior pilots (Score 1) 98

by TheLink (#46770667) Attached to: Your <em>StarCraft II</em> Potential Peaked At Age 24
Check your monitor, mouse and keyboard latency. A decade earlier you might have been using a CRT with lower latency than a slow LCD monitor.

In my experience add them all up and it can make the difference between having a < 200ms response time and a > 250ms response time.

Try digging out an old CRT if you have one and see if it makes a difference in your reaction times on those reaction time websites.

Comment: Re:I have serious doubts.. (Score 1) 98

by TheLink (#46770499) Attached to: Your <em>StarCraft II</em> Potential Peaked At Age 24
Even so, Starcraft also rewards those who micromanage units - like a Terran floating a building as bait to distract unmicromanaged enemy troops while the Terran troops destroy the enemy. All while
micromanaging other stuff and building.

The real life command and control interfaces you mention assume the units won't need to be micromanaged.

Comment: Re:Why spend another $700 for a car stereo (Score 1) 177

by Hadlock (#46764015) Attached to: How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

That's pretty much the exact opposite experience I've had. I've never had an issue with BT audio, even once. Range seems to top out at about 30 ft and for music listening, is perfect. I've run in to audio lag (20-40ms) issues when streaming audio to bottom tier $20 adapters but it's completely replaced physical audio cables in my house. The sounds system in the living room and bedroom both use it exclusively and I just stream to either/or from my phone as the "head unit" and use the speaker system as a dumb Amp.

Comment: Re:Even a bestselling novel can have a typo (Score 2) 526

by unimacs (#46761305) Attached to: How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

More eyeballs usually do make bugs more shallow, but only if the eyes know what to look for.

And only if a significant number of sophisticated and knowledgeable eyes have the time and interest to dig through lines and lines of code looking for vulnerabilities.

The reality is that the majority of eyeballs looking at code are the ones that have other reasons to be looking at it. They aren't necessarily looking for vulnerabilities but maybe they spot something.

The eyes that might be interested in scouring code looking for vulnerabilities could be the ones wanting to exploit them rather than fix them.

Comment: Ted Unangst's article (Score 4, Informative) 279

by grub (#46758065) Attached to: OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

Ted Unangst wrote a good article called "analysis of openssl freelist reuse"

His analysis:

This bug would have been utterly trivial to detect when introduced had the OpenSSL developers bothered testing with a normal malloc (not even a security focused malloc, just one that frees memory every now and again). Instead, it lay dormant for years until I went looking for a way to disable their Heartbleed accelerating custom allocator.

it's a very good read.

Comment: Re:It's OK for Apple but not Microsoft? (Score 1) 564

by unimacs (#46756933) Attached to: Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support
Note: Over time as innovation in both smartphone/tablet hardware and software slows, and businesses come to rely on software that may not work with the latest IOS/Android update, there may be increasingly stronger calls for Apple and others to offer patches to older versions of their table/phone OSes rather than forcing users to upgrade.

1 Billion dollars of budget deficit = 1 Gramm-Rudman