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Comment: Re:...Because most teachers max out well before th (Score 1) 399

When you factor in the cost of living in CA, $70k doesn't go all that far....

Maybe not, but it beats the median household income in California by about $10k source. And it beats the median 1-earner income by $20k.

If teachers make $22k in Brevard, FL, that's pretty tragic, but this lawsuit is about teachers in California, who can be well compensated, depending on the district they're in. Also, as the post you responded to pointed out they get extremely generous benefits. It's easy to disregard them as you did, but the pension contributions and lifetime medical benefits are unimaginably expensive.

Comment: eMachines settlement (Score 3, Informative) 117

by ThatsLoseNotLoose (#43925625) Attached to: Class Action Suit Goodies Await Tech Users

If you purchased an eMachines computer with a floppy drive way back in the late 90s, you can get either $62.50 in cash, or $365 worth of Gateway or Acer stuff from their refurb outlet.


I'd forgotten I ever bought an eMachine until I got the notice last month.

Comment: Re:Surcharge (Score 1) 338

3 providers? Aren't there 4?. AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-mobile. T-mobile even dropped the contracts - sort of.

Also, there are an increasing number of no-contract and prepaid services that are becoming credible contenders.

Metro PCS, Virgin Mobile, Boost mobile, Straight Talk, Net 10. There are MVNOs for every one of the major services so you could stay with AT&T's network if you want.

Personally, I switched my family from AT&T to Ting 4 months ago (yeah, shamelessly putting my referral link in there). AT&T bill for a really pared back plan was $110, the Ting bill has averaged $40 and it's a better plan. But you do have to buy the phones.

Comment: Re:So which divs are "these pop-ups"? (Score 1) 282

by ThatsLoseNotLoose (#43197725) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Block Web Content?

That kind of element should not be blocked. A popup-like div does a fine job of alerting the user to something but isn't nearly as persistent or irritating as a javascript alert or a new window. Even if it's modal to the window it still dies when you navigate away from the spawning page.

Comment: Do people recognize your company's name? (Score 1) 433

by ThatsLoseNotLoose (#42420245) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: CS Degree While Working Full Time?

You might not need a degree as much as you think. You say you work for a company of 50,000 employees, so it's probably a well-recognized name.

I'm a high-school dropout turned tech-support --> developer. For the first 6 years as a dev I couldn't get an interview to save my life. I chalked it up to lack of degree. But once I got a lucky break and got a defense contractor's name on my resume, my phone won't stop ringing.

If you really want the degree, my advice is to do it and don't wait. I still want a degree, but at this point in my career, it would be more of an indulgence than a necessity.

Elegance and truth are inversely related. -- Becker's Razor