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Comment Re:Unpossible (Score 2) 107 107

It's fishier than that. From the link:

The $1 million investment goes specifically to OB1, the newly formed company headed by CEO Brian Hoffman, previously a cybersecurity and IT consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton,

Some background on Booz Allen:

Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. is an American management consulting firm headquartered in Tysons Corner, Fairfax County, Virginia in Greater Washington DC, with 80 other offices throughout the United States. Its core business is the provision of management, technology and security services, to civilian government agencies, as a security and defense contractor[5] to defense and intelligence agencies, and to civil and commercial entities.

Former Booz Allen guy running it? I hate to be the tinfoil hat guy (Ed note: liar, he really does) but that makes me skeptical.

Comment Re:Pick a different job. (Score 3, Insightful) 548 548

enough of a Randroid to want to give people their money's worth.

Oh the irony.... Your individual contributions have negative value if they cannot be used and leveraged by the entire project/team. No one is an island. Software development is a team sport and there is nothing more useless than a cowboy who doesn't believe they have to follow standard process and methods.

Comment Re:Incompatible (Score 2) 996 996

There is nothing lucky about having good public transportation infrastructure. It requires sensible public policy, a populace willing to pay taxes and an electorate that votes for it. Perhaps after a few thousand people lose their drivers license they may be inclined to support it.

Comment Re:Age old "issue" (Score 2) 426 426

The cost of non billiable hours are built into what you pay for parts and labor. Ever wonder why list prices for construction materials and auto parts are so high and the contractor and mechanics get discounts? It's to pay for overhead costs. If the people doing micro work have built this into their rates, than there is no difference. However, the nature of these sites makes it difficult to include that cost, so people accepting the work are enabling self exploitation.

Comment Re:Duh? (Score 1) 586 586

Technology is providing the ability to exploit unequal labor markets and avoid the regulations that force capitalism to provide broad based benefits. A middle class doesn't happen by accident. It requires government policy to enforce and making work location independent through tech has done much to destroy the middle class.

Comment Re:One question (Score 2) 453 453

All relationships take work. When the cost of replacement is low, you are not committed to putting in the effort to make a relationship work and instead find someone else that you refuse to commit to because thee might be someone better out there and you don't want to feel like you "settled".

Comment Re:Critical illness (Score 3, Insightful) 468 468

You are assuming you will never have a significant medical need. This is a very poor assumption and it is obvious that you are not capable of doing the necessary risk/cost calculations. Bear in mind that one hospitalization will run you $10k, if you need to have a major procedure done that will likely cost you $25k or more. These are just for one time events. If you get a chronic condition, these numbers can go way up.

The reason insurance is required under the new plan is that people are stupid and short sighted.

Comment Re:LTE? How about Android and IPhone (Score 1) 299 299

Not really. I didn't (and basically still don't) care about streaming video and other high bandwidth activities, I just wanted the damn browser to display things properly. These were all issues that existed for BB in the 3G era and hitching it to the roll out of 4G is a bit of revisionist history.

Comment Re:LTE? How about Android and IPhone (Score 2) 299 299

It was a 9700. I really liked many of the devices features, particularly the keyboard and battery life. WRT the browser, there were lots of sites that wouldn't display properly and the small screen made surfing for anything but the most basic of information an exercise in frustration. Speed was never an issue for me. I was considering getting a Torch, but a number of my coworkers had them and the reviews were uniformly bad.

When my BB broke last year I ended up replacing it with an iPhone 4. There are many things about the iPhone that annoy the piss out of me. The UI is far less intuitive than the apple fan-base would have you believe and there is no unified contact management and messaging as there is on a BB.

The browser on the iPhone works perfectly and I can even read the NY Times on it without too much trouble when the situation calls for it.

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