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Comment Re:MySQL built for it (Score 2) 100

Well put. I would add that working remotely works well for some companies and not others -- regardless of the industry. One might think Yahoo! being a tech giant would automatically mean remote-friendly. But as you said, it depends on culture and planning. I'm willing to bet Ms. Mayer did her homework before coming to this conclusion. Perhaps the majority of their remote workers really were either not pulling their weight or were becoming hermits.

Comment Re:Says Something About High-Schools in the US (Score 2) 728

While I don't disagree that America's public education system is lacking, the stats in this article point more toward job scarcity than anything. Something else to consider is how easy it is to apply for a job these days. Technology lets us copy/paste/save/email resumes out a hundred times a day without breaking a sweat. I'm willing to bet that, while employers are seeing a greater number of applicants for each open position, applicants are applying for a greater number of positions.

Comment In other news... (Score 1) 96

...Former governor Richardson, Google's Schmidt arrive in North Korea

I suspect a correlation between Google's move in China and Schmidt's "private, humanitarian" visit to NK. Methinks the almighty dollar may be taking precedence over principle.

Comment Hey Oregon: (Score 5, Informative) 686

Awesome idea! Please impose a per-mile tax on fuel efficient vehicles such as hybrids.

By the way, you might want to review your existing $1500 rebate for purchasing said hybrid:

[reaches into bag of applicable figures of speech]

Let's see:

Left hand doesn't know what the right hand... no, wait...

Rebates giveth, and per-mile taxes taketh... WAIT, NO I GOT IT!

Stop being stupid.

Comment Re:Good for him (Score 1) 576

In other words, the electoral college system creates a distinction between types of voters depending on which state you're in. For example: a republican voter in CA is less represented than a liberal voter in TX due to the political "lean" of those states. And this is precisely what bothers me about the system.

Comment Re:And the cost (Score 1) 282

Not really. Your $700K home, even if you get it for a cheap 4% interest rate, will cost you $3341.91 per month in mortgage. At the end of 30 years, you've paid an additional 1/2 million in interest, hundreds of thousands in taxes and maintenance, and then it you don't buy a home of equal or higher value Uncle Sam will tax you on the capital gains!

If you live in the house for at least 2 years then sell it for profit, you don't pay capital gains on the first $250k you made ($500k if you're married). Also, after age 55 you may "downsize" to a less expensive and/or smaller home and retain your property tax base from the previous home. Thanks, Prop 13.

Real computer scientists like having a computer on their desk, else how could they read their mail?