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Comment: Re:A "millionaire" isn't what it used to be. (Score 1) 360

by PrimaryConsult (#46773291) Attached to: Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

As a renter, if your apartment burns down, you don't still have to mail in a monthly check for a smoldering hole in the ground. Yes, this is what homeowner's insurance is for, but the disaster that destroyed your house may not have been covered. Other reasons not to own:
-They may build a sewage treatment plant down the block and you want out. Of course your property value has plummeted for the same reason you want to leave.
-Your town jacks up the property taxes.
-You may meet the love of your life in another city.
-As the sibling AC said, you may need to chase a job somewhere.
-You're not mechanically inclined and don't want to have to do your own maintenance.
-You'd rather not worry about security.

On a personal level, if I had a full time telecommuting job, I would want to travel the world by living in a different city every month. Being able to divert 100% of my stationary living expenses into travel expenses would make that financially feasable.

Comment: Re:Jeez (Score 1) 564

by PrimaryConsult (#46755511) Attached to: Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

If the permission issue is small, you can at least *find* the permission problem in Redhat with rpm -Va and look for anything flagged as having [M]ode, [U]ser, or [G]roup discrepancies. For Windows (at least back in the XP days), the standard solution seemed to be to recursively give Administrator ownership and full permission everywhere.

I don't know if there is similar on Debian, I've simply never had that problem. I only know the RedHat command as it's useful for security auditing.

Comment: People have an indirect choice (Score 0) 106

by PrimaryConsult (#46736691) Attached to: The Comcast/TWC Merger Is About Controlling Information

While people don't directly have a choice, indirectly many do - anyone near the border of the respective service areas. Go two towns over and it's Comcast land. In my case, apartments in Comcast territory were automatically excluded from consideration. If Comcast ever got so terrible that people fled their areas for Time Warner, it could actually affect property values. As it is, apartment complexes in Fios territory advertise this fact and are able to charge just as much as the ones 5 miles closer to the city center. Quality of internet adds value.

Comment: Re:PBA Cards (Score 2) 324

by PrimaryConsult (#46735367) Attached to: Can You Buy a License To Speed In California?

Have you ever actually observed a truck on the highway? Just drive behind one for about 10 minutes. If you played a drinking game over how many times it fouls the other lane, you'd be DUI before the time is up.
1. Trucks are wider so they have less margin on each side of the lane.
2. When taking a curve, if they are on the outside lane, they are guaranteed to foul the inside lane, simply because a straight line is the shortest path between two points.
3. If the trailer is empty, the wind will cause it to sway erratically.

Also count how many truck tire blowouts you see. That has to cause at least a small loss of control, woe is he that is next to the truck when that happens.

Plus the kinetic energy. Just two days ago: somehow I think the bus would have fared better if it was a mini cooper that crossed the divider... bus-and-fedex-truck-collide-on-i5-bus-in-flames.

Basically, anyone driving adjacent to a truck for more than the 10 seconds it takes to pass one is applying for a darwin award.

Comment: Re:Correlation MIGHT be causation (Score 1) 116

For me, getting a pre-emptive gg meant the game has now changed to "find the pylon." The pre-emptive gg-er desperately wants me to quit, so after finding the pylon, rather than killing it, they will usually do something silly like draw pictures with buildings in the middle of the map. Of course, I'd have alt+tabbed to watch a movie or TV show at that point. When I come back to find he eventually killed the pylon, I feel smug in knowing that the last 45 minutes of my life were slightly more enjoyable than his. And sometimes I would get a surprise and find that he d/c-ed :).

I miss starcraft bw *sniff*.

Comment: Re:For God's Sake, Internet is a LUXURY not a UTIL (Score 3, Informative) 223

by PrimaryConsult (#46682633) Attached to: Why There Are So Few ISP Start-Ups In the U.S.

And compared to using the internet, every one of those alternatives is either more expensive, more time consuming, or both. As time goes on, the brick and mortar method will become 'depricated' as anyone still catering to that group will be less cost effective than their online-only counterparts. Obligatory car analogy: Once upon a time, people could get anywhere they needed to go via public transportation or by simply walking. Automobile travel enabled the 'big box retailers' model, and local businesses in small towns evaporated.

Same thing with cell phones: People once used a combination of pagers and pay phones. Now there's very few pay phones, so that model is no longer viable.

Comment: Re:So...? (Score 1) 240

by PrimaryConsult (#46649303) Attached to: Daylight Saving Time Linked To Heart Attacks

I think you missed what I was getting at... that the time zones are more often than not, "off by one" while in standard time during the winter months. I am agreeing that we should stop messing with the clocks, and just pin them to DST. Since we spend 8 months out of the year in DST and 4 in ST, it is already almost there. The net result could very well be a national shift of time zones "to the left".

What you are suggesting is that during the winter months, people change office hours to start earlier, to counteract the meddling with the clocks. How is that better than my solution of not meddling?

Comment: Re:So...? (Score 1) 240

by PrimaryConsult (#46617737) Attached to: Daylight Saving Time Linked To Heart Attacks

Did you read my post? Work is starting at 8 and it's *still* too dark at the end of the day during the four months of EST... I've noticed this problem in other time zones as well (JST, AST). I am guessing that the pre-alarm clock "up with the sun" mindset is why the time zones are the way they are, but if you poll people with a simple question "do you prefer sunlight before work or after" the answer is a resounding after.

Comment: Re:So...? (Score 1) 240

by PrimaryConsult (#46616625) Attached to: Daylight Saving Time Linked To Heart Attacks

During EST, my upstate NY city has hardly any sunlight after 4:30 PM. As a result, it seems the local businesses are all on a 8-4:30 work schedule. A few weeks ago I overslept and was amazed at how freely traffic flowed when trying to get to work at 9.

And, we *still* want it to be EDT year round. I don't care if it's completely dark on the drive in to work, but driving home in the dark is depressing (it's dark because "the day is already over" versus "the day hasn't begun yet").

1 Billion dollars of budget deficit = 1 Gramm-Rudman