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Comment: Re:Smart customers can avoid being exploited for d (Score 2) 60

by albeit unknown (#46878521) Attached to: Why Does Amazon Want To Sell Its Own Smartphone, Anyway
I used to worry about that, but, for books, I realized I just don't care. Only novels are acceptable for me to read on a Kindle. Technical materials must be in paper form or PDF. Once I've finished reading a novel, with very few exceptions, I'll never read it again. If I do, I'll find a hard copy. Life is too short for obsessive hoarding.

Comment: Re:Very possible (Score 1) 467

by albeit unknown (#46773747) Attached to: Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires
I would like to be married with children but am not. I have chosen to rent and invest the difference. Obviously I have made some "sacrifices". I also receive zero tax credits and writeoffs. My point was to treat savings as a necessary expense on par with food, health care, and basic shelter. If something will cut into your savings rate, such as a larger house, a nicer car, or HBO, YOU CAN'T AFFORD IT. I know I must be prepared for opportunities in tech to be more scarce once I reach age 50. I don't view this as a plan to get rich. This is a plan to avoid being poor.

Comment: Very possible (Score 1) 467

by albeit unknown (#46772457) Attached to: Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires
This is certainly achievable for a technical professional. I've done it. I'm close to the million dollar threshold at age 40, and have done it while working solely at "competitive pay" (HR-speak), non-management, no-stock-option jobs. The secret? Save 20% or more of my income and start saving on day one out of college. My first job paid $50k but I treated it like $40k. I don't have cable. I don't drive a fancy car. I don't take out loans to buy things. Barring a major life calamity, I can now coast the rest of the way if needed.

Comment: be careful (Score 4, Funny) 59

by albeit unknown (#45799189) Attached to: NASA Could Explore Titan With Squishable 'Super Ball Bot'
Caution: Super Ball Bot may suddenly accelerate to dangerous speeds. Super Ball Bot contains a liquid core, which, if exposed due to rupture, should not be touched, inhaled, or looked at. Discontinue use of Super Ball Bot if any of the following occurs: itching, vertigo, dizziness, tingling in extremities, loss of balance or coordination, slurred speech, temporary blindness, profuse sweating, or heart palpitations. If Super Ball Bot begins to smoke, get away immediately. Seek shelter and cover head. Do not taunt Super Ball Bot.

Comment: Don't worry about it. (Score 2) 108

by albeit unknown (#42468309) Attached to: Best Tech Colleges Are Harder Than Ever To Get In
When I hire new graduates, it usually matters little what school you went to, as long as it's a real, accredited program. I look for project involvement like the solar car, co-ops and internships, little side jobs of a technical nature, and so on. Unless you have that, your resume looks just like everyone else's: Name of school, list of classes, GPA. Who cares? Your resume might as well be one line. I know what classes are required for an engineering degree, don't repeat the school catalog to me.

Comment: The purpose of Instagram (Score 1) 105

by albeit unknown (#40918573) Attached to: Forbes Likens Instagram Purchase To Myspace Deal
The value of Instagram to Facebook has nothing to do with photographs per-se. Mining trends based on GPS location coordinates embedded within the EXIF data of the file, deriving nearby businesses from this, the time-of-day, and identifying groups of people based on facial recognition are the purpose. Then string together multiple photographs over time. These data sets are then correlated and sold. As long as people keep submitting pictures it's worth a fortune.

Comment: Re:Neat, but... (Score 5, Funny) 380

by albeit unknown (#34422164) Attached to: NASA Confirms Discovery of Organism With Phosphorus-Free DNA

This is neat and clearly an important discovery and all, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little bit disappointed.

Cheer up, the broadcast is still going. They're just using the phosphorus-free DNA as a red herring to make the final part more shocking. You know, the last minute where they reveal Bush tied to a chair, take a good grip on his nose, and pull off the human mask to reveal a reptilian overlord beneath.

and he would have gotten away with it if it weren't for you meddling kids!

Mr. Cole's Axiom: The sum of the intelligence on the planet is a constant; the population is growing.