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Comment: Re:Student Loans (Score 1) 303

by drinkypoo (#46799057) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

US student loans have various humiliating processes you can use to get some deferments, but if you never actually start making money with or without your degree you still have to pay them back eventually and they never go away and if you have outstanding student loans you can't close escrow on a home, or do some other important things.

Comment: Re:I would think (Score 2) 107

by Antique Geekmeister (#46798971) Attached to: OpenSSL Cleanup: Hundreds of Commits In a Week

> Multiple eyes on code, security, these are things that are great about open source, except they aren't. This is a prime example of how bugs get through anyhow, major bugs. So it is now shown beyond a shadow of anyones doubt, open source is NOT superior in these respects.

Really, no. The horses are still pulling plows, and carts, and carriages, every day. The library is still in use in operating systems world wide.

This is more visiting the barn that had horses stolen and making sure the locks and doors actually work the way they should before it's trusted at all again.

Comment: Re:Porsche Boxster E (Score 1) 350

by drinkypoo (#46798749) Attached to: Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

Luckily Audi has a lot of experience dealing with corrosion, having produced an all-aluminum car in 1994 with the A8. Lots of warnings in all the service documentation about not using the wrong fasteners, about only using tin-plated ring terminals, etc. Unintentional grounding is a problem anyway... but only if you're not intentionally grounded, through a compatible terminal.

Comment: Re:I'm not worried about poor students (Score 1) 303

by Opportunist (#46798587) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

College degrees have been too expensive to the point where not getting one meant that you earned more money during your lifetime without one than with one for a while now. What I mean is that we're getting towards the point where you will die in debt from your college education.

But the scam is being perpetuated. By the same people that suffer from it. Because if I needed a college education that broke my back to get this job here, why should I hire you if you don't have one? You should suffer just as much as I did, for I would envy you your "free pass" if you didn't.

Comment: Re:Ahh (Score 1) 303

by AK Marc (#46798559) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?
Spain looks pretty good, but no, I'm not interested for myself. Maybe my kids some day, but I already have a master's degree. I don't need anymore. Though I need to see which countries in Europe allow dual citizens. France does, but has stricter requirements. Spain is easier to become citizen, but doesn't allow duality. Nor does Germany. UK does. So more important than cheap tuition, is someplace to get a third citizenship from. Gotta have options when the US finally self-destructs, and tries to take the rest of the world with it.

Comment: Re:THROUGH North Korea?! (Score 1) 194

by AmiMoJo (#46798527) Attached to: Russia Writes Off 90 Percent of North Korea Debt

It's an act. It's obvious because on some fronts they act very differently. In the last few years a lot of progress has been made on the issue of the historic abduction of Japanese citizens, for example. NK has been trying to open up to foreigners more, staging international sporting events and the like that were reasonably well attended.

Of course there is still a cult of personality, but if you read unbiased accounts written by people who visited the country you start to realize that it's not completely bat-shit insane after all. What you see on the TV is mostly a mix of propaganda and mockery, but those who actually deal with NK understand that it can be negotiated and reasoned with.

Comment: Re:THROUGH North Korea?! (Score 1) 194

by AmiMoJo (#46798519) Attached to: Russia Writes Off 90 Percent of North Korea Debt

It's not the sovereign debt that is the problem, it's the fact that China is investing in US companies and infrastructure. It's actually far worse in the UK were pretty much everything is foreign owned. Imagine if GM was Indian and Ford was Chinese. That's what we have. Our new nuclear power stations are going to be a Chinese/French venture, and most of our existing energy infrastructure is foreign owned. Most of our banks are foreign.

The only thing that mitigates it slightly for us is that we have so many different foreign owners their conflicting interests kind of cancel each other out a bit. We can't afford to piss off China though, or the investment will dry up and we will be screwed. China has similar political leverage in the US, where too much upset would be a big problem for companies they rely on Chinese investment and imports. Think about how screwed Walmart would be, for example.

Comment: Re:Well considering that.. (Score 1) 303

by AmiMoJo (#46798493) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

It's not about amassing wealth, it's about quality of life. Reaching 70 with a half million dollar fortune just means you missed out on those enjoyable things in life that depreciate or have negative ROI, like movies and concerts or eating out or holidays. Exchanging enjoyment and variety in life for a pile of money when you are probably too old to really enjoy it anyway doesn't seem like a good way to live.

Anyway, what happened to the concept of being rewarded for working hard? I thought that was the American Dream, not "do the same low paid job for 40 years and forego all of life's little pleasures". Also, why would a carpenter with three houses work out of a pick-up truck when he can clearly afford some kind of basic workshop that would allow him to grow his business?

"Stupidity, like virtue, is its own reward" -- William E. Davidsen