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Comment Re: Nerdgasm (Score 1) 224

If you're in a state job, yes. Truth is, many pensions are underfunded and many pension fund managers take dangerous investment risks to try to make up for those underfundings. Yes, pensions bet on markets the same way you would in your 401k to produce gains, its not just a cash slush savings where a set amount is paid in and out per employee.

Now, for the scary part: underfunded pensions go into emergency mode and seek additional contributions from the companies involved. Problem is, retirement and pension funds are a 50-80 year endeavor for most employees and industries do not last as long as they used to. Industries can dry up in a decade and all their companies vanish. You're left with an underfunded pensions and no one to foot the bill, and get screwed when pension benefits get reduced to prevent fund insolvency.

Pensions work well for the govt, at least until you pull a Greece. Pensions for the private sector can be more dangerous than 401k options because of the speed of our technological advances and economy.

Comment Re:Nerdgasm (Score 1) 224

You really, really, really need to take a class or a few webinars on investing. Unless you're in your 20's, you shouldn't have your entire 401k in stocks, and you have the option of investing in bonds, index funds, or cash via 401k anyway. Stocks and bonds have an almost inverse relationship, so if you balance your 401k investment (what all those 'balance your portfolio' commercials are trying to sell), you will avoid the peaks and valleys of boom-bust cycles and average a similar rate of return to if you were trying to predict peaks.

Biggest thing, as someone else mentioned, is company matches. If you aren't taking advantage of company matches you're making a huge miss. Even if your 401k was to earn 0%, if you had a 1:1 match on 5% with your employer and you made $50k, that means you put in $2,500 and your employer gave you an additional $2,500, a 100% return on your personal contribution. You'd have to be really shortsighted not to take that advantage.

Comment Re:Not different than the rest (Score 1) 336

It has similarities to Friends, for sure.

The biggest and most obvious one, and the one that gets people feeling that way, has to be the set layout. The sets for the two apartments are almost identical and shot from the exact same perspective. The only difference is that the kitchens are on opposite sides of the room.

Comment Re:Why New Mexico (Score 1) 190

Not only that, people move. If you do well enough to get into college and leave town (because a town of 6000 rarely has a college) you can usually make more than that part time in the college town than you could working at home. Lack of opportunity in the home town, once you finish your education, calls for immediate relocation in almost all circumstances. Its a chicken and egg - without a critical mass of jobs in the town to attract college grads, none will stay there, so the town has a low education rate and makes it a less lucrative office location for companies. Employers rarely open an office in a town like that unless the benefits (cost of living, geographical advantage) outweigh the downside (low talent pool, lack of infrastructure, low desirability among applicants). Most towns that are small and stay small do so because they are an awful place to live for one reason or another.

Comment Re:136 lbs? (Score 1) 178

They wear special g-suits to somewhat constrict blood flow. When they perform G maneuvers they do have to flex and hold certain muscle groups, including their breath and take in small gasps of air - think constipated shitting - to keep blood from rushing out of their head and blacking out. So yes, for this reason, tall fighter pilots are rare and smaller pilots are typically better performers.

You wouldn't think it, but fighter pilots do have to stay in great shape and take an absolutely ridiculous toll on their body from what they do. I had a teacher, retired air force pilot, who looked about 15 years older than he looked pretty worn out. That constant G exertion on the body does serious damage to blood vessels.

Here's a short demonstration of the kind of training they do, I'm sure you can find more if you look around. Looks pretty awful.

Comment Re:As a dentist, I'd like to explain a few things (Score 1) 565

Not a dentist, but just wanted to chime in on this one too.

I drink those G2's as well, typically when I work out, and they tend to add about 10 more minutes of productivity to my workout. However, after workouts I do know that you already have some increased acid production in your stomach even without that gatorade. It can be significant enough in my case to end workouts. My mouth feels funny after workouts regardless of G2 consumption, and with G2 its more noticeable, so what I do is brush my teeth after I take my shower after a workout anyway.

I do know an alternative though: Protein shakes. All of the serious gym rats drink a couple of sips of a homemade protein shake instead of gatorade. I personally can't be assed to make it before a workout because I like it cold after a workout, blended with ice. Not sure if its better for the teeth or not, the dentist would have to answer that.

Comment Re:Donna Ford is racist (Score 2) 444

I've always wondered what it would be like to grow up in a household where family traditions haven't been passed down. Just think, your parents learned from your grandparents who learned from...you get the picture. Then you come to the AA subset of the populations, where Africans were taken forcibly hundreds of years ago, families broken apart, and lived doing manual labor with no true family until slavery was abolished, destroying family traditions. I'm not talking about traditions like a Sunday dinner, I'm talking about how you call your mom up when you have a baby and look for guidance. Some people didn't have that and had to make it up as they went along, and I think it shows through with some of the family unit issues.

Comment Re: How much will it cost. (Score 2) 396

Or, she's fairly normal as a nice neighbor and you're the exception. Possibly because you're a cynical asshole know-it-all and no one wants to associate. Claiming to know what everyone in your office does on their spare time with their vehicles is incredibly pompous.

No one wants to borrow a car, everyone wants to borrow a truck, especially people with big yard projects. Most people I know who have trucks, actually use the trucks, and all of them have helped others with their truck. Of the who guys with the bigger trucks that always look clean, one has an RV and one has a boat.

But, if demonizing people who own trucks makes you feel better, keep on keeping on. And for the record, I own a standard commuter and have received truck help twice, once from the mother and once from a neighbor.

Comment Re: How much will it cost. (Score 1) 396

Let's be fair here, when you own a truck, you will never only use it for grocery shopping. When you own a truck, you become everybody's best friend. Towing, furniture, and lawn supply requests from neighbors become a regular occurrence, almost weekly. If you aren't helping directly, they'll definitely ask to borrow the truck for a day or two. I never owned one, but my mother did for her business - she couldn't have been happier the day she got rid of it for the very reasons I mentioned.

Pickups tend to end up partly as community vehicles, and because the person who has one sees it get so much use, a lot owners want to keep it around for that reliability. There are a lot of daily towing and carrying needs in the suburban community lifestyle.

Comment Re:Group work in school (Score 1) 307

The only way to beat this situation is good leadership, something woefully undereducated in early schooling. If you take over the leadership role quickly, divide the work out based on your expectations of the members including pairing who you think will work OK together, and still divvy yourself a big portion to ensure success, you can manage to win these situations. If you don't have the charisma to do it naturally, your best choice is an appeal to authority. Estimate time to complete each task and then volunteer for one task yourself, giving them no choice but to fill the other tasks themselves. The fact that you're introverted and seen as 'smart' gives your time estimations a veil of authority.

Really, what wins these situations is the ability to be a manager, not necessarily an extrovert.

Comment Re:Two major problem with phone benchmarks (Score 1) 213

While this article is targeted as a chip review, I can't really get behind the idea of outlawing 3d game benchmarks on phones based on pixel resolution. In any case like a desktop where the screen wasn't a big part of the device, I can get behind what you're saying, but with phones its not like you can simply swap out the screen. I think it should be tested because no matter how good the processor is, it doesn't matter if you don't scale the phone performance demand properly. If your processor is pushing a screen with 20% more pixels than it can handle and constantly throttles itself or lags, that would show up in these tests, and that's the metric that matters most.

Comment The elephant in the room... (Score 1) 250

Gaming, up until about 5-7 years ago, has always been heavily dominated by males. Mobile games and Facebook games have made it more socially acceptable for girls to game, whereas previously it was a "boy" thing. Based on the extremely high percentage points in all the game categories, its likely a simple polling of all kids instead of kids who responded to a gaming-specific survey. As such, the decreases may be somewhat artificial - more people are identifying as gamers because of casual games rather than significant playerbase reductions on consoles and PCs.

Comment Re:I almost puked ar SIGGRAPH (Score 1) 90

Oddly, the weirdest one for me is the sensation when you get off a treadmill, so its essentially the opposite of VR - no visual sensation of movement but physical sensation of movement. However, many people report that the sensation I experience gets less frequent and of lower duration the more often you do it, so maybe there is some truth in the idea that we'll adapt to VR if we do it a lot. I would imagine that any adaptation would result in dulling the senses associated with inner ear balance, which would be interesting to say the least. Society full of clumsy dolts.

Theory is gray, but the golden tree of life is green. -- Goethe