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Comment: Re:This is completely bogus! (Score 1) 52

by Rob Riggs (#49166419) Attached to: Interactive Edition of the Nuclear Notebook

Given the neighborhood and Iran's intent to make their own nukes, can you blame them?

Uh... you know *why* Iran wants nukes, right? It is precisely because a nearby military rival has them. Israel is right to be scared by that prospect, but they will only have themselves to blame in the end. I don't see things working out well for that area of the world long term.

Comment: The Summary Claims Effect is Cause (Score 1) 33

The Aurora Borealis are not "are an electromagnetic phenomena that can adversely affect power grids and communications and navigation systems." They are but an effect of the solar wind, intensified by a solar flare pointed in our direction, interacting with the Earth's magnetic field.

Comment: Re:Aha (Score 2) 212

by Rob Riggs (#49000385) Attached to: The Search For Neutrons That Leak Into Our World From Other Universes
I was pretty young when I first read THGTTG and my vocabulary was still developing. Being an American, I had no idea what a "biro" was at the time. The gist of that section went completely over my head. It wasn't until re-reading that book later in life, with a suitably expanded vocabulary, that the true humor came through. Re-reading those books at that point was like reading them anew.

Comment: Re:Salary versus cost of living in each city (Score 1) 136

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.

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