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Comment: Re:Salary versus cost of living in each city (Score 1) 132

by Rob Riggs (#48892973) Attached to: By the Numbers: The Highest-Paying States For Tech Professionals

Cost of living (COL) is one thing... quality of life (QOL) is another. I moved from Colorado to Chicago. I did that because the pay was better and it seemed that the COL was about equivalent based on a number of online COL calculators. What one realizes when one gets here is that the COL for the same QOL is actually quite a bit higher. Now, I feel like I came out ahead, but not as far ahead as I had imagined.

Here's the deal: the COL is based on the average cost of housing, food, energy, transportation, taxes, etc; the stuff that makes up the average household budget. Housing and taxes typically account for the largest factors in COL differences. For Chicago, housing prices includes some real hell-holes, where the likelihood of getting shot is higher than some places in the world we consider war zones. This accounts for a surprisingly large part of the city's south and west sides. Buying a home in a "safe" part of the city is rather expensive, or one lives way out in the suburbs and spends hours and $$$ commuting each day. Overall, the average quality of life for the same income in Chicago is much lower.

So, if you consider moving for money, take into account not just COL but also QOL.

I have yet to see an online COL calculator take both into account. If you know of one, post a link.

+ - The Mystery Of Glenn Seaborg's Missing Plutonium: Solved

Submitted by KentuckyFC
KentuckyFC (1144503) writes "In the early 1940s, Glenn Seaborg made the first lump of plutonium by bombarding uranium-238 with neutrons in two different cyclotrons for over a year, The resulting plutonium, chemically separated and allowed to react with oxygen, weighed 2.77 micrograms. It was the first macroscopic sample ever created and helped win Seaborg a Nobel prize ten years later. The sample was displayed at the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley until the early naughties, when it somehow disappeared. Now nuclear detectives say they've found Seaborg's plutonium and have been able to distinguish it from almost all other plutonium on the planet using a special set of non-destructive tests. The team say sample is now expected to go back on display at Seaborg's old office at Berkeley."

Hands On With MakerBot's 3D-Printed Wood 72

Posted by Soulskill
from the how-much-wood-would-a-wood-printer-print dept.
angry tapir writes: 3D printing has lost a bit of its novelty value, but new printing materials that MakerBot plans to release will soon make it a lot more interesting again. MakerBot is one of the best-known makers of desktop 3D printers, and at CES this week it announced that late this year its products will be able to print objects using composite materials that combine plastic with wood, metal or stone.

Comment: Re:ASN.1/SMI (Score 1) 242

by Rob Riggs (#48749145) Attached to: Little-Known Programming Languages That Actually Pay
Well, they are not languages that you will be paid to program in either. The are domain-specific knowledge that a programmer in a common language (C++, Java) may need to know for a specific job. Companies may be looking for a "C++ programmer for network development that preferably knows ASN.1". If they are hiring an "ASN.1 programmer for network development that preferably knows C++", run away fast.

Comment: Re:some modern electronic gagets can not be fixed (Score 1) 840

With the exception of BGA a decent soldering iron is fine for SMD. I can solder a 144 pin 0.5mm QFP quicker than I can solder a through hole 40 pin DIP component.

I would love to see you fix a board with a bad QFP with only a soldering iron. A hot-air rework station is a far more appropriate tool for removing said QFP if it is in need of replacement. We are talking about fixing broken electronics after all.

What this country needs is a good five cent ANYTHING!