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Comment Re: PhD Student? (Score 1) 116

Heck, I had a Bright House modem that decided to jam all WiFi in my house, and it did it for free. That was a fun conversation with support. Trying to help a "just reboot" monkey to understand that when the modern was on, every WiFi networks within 100 meters on it became useless.

Comment Re:Why didn't his teacher stand up for him? (Score 1) 956

I've tinkered and brought things in to school that I made before because I wanted to show them off. I was a kid, I liked my teacher, I wanted the teacher to be proud / impressed at what I did. It's not suspicious at all. Kids like feeling special / validated and seek out encouragement. Good teachers respond in kind.

The article said he showed it to his engineering teacher (who told him not to show it to anyone else). I suspect it's because the engineering teacher knew how his or her racist peers would react, and that's even sadder.

Comment Re:Slavery 2.0 Rocks!!! (Score 1) 396

If you're going to rant, you should at least rant with realistic numbers. A $500k house at 4.5% (which is still historically crazy low) interest is $2.5k / month. That's before the "TI" part of "PITI" which would probably add another $500 or so a month. So... about $3k.

Let's assume another $1k / month for 2 cars, gas, and insurance. Now we're at $4k. (PS: if you want to assume they don't have cars and can use public transportation, then the house costs will likely offset the car savings).

Let's hopefully believe they are putting some money away in a 401K. Another $1k / month, so now we're up to $5k.

About $2k are lost to taxes & health insurance. We've just hit $7k.

That leaves behind $2k / month in spending money. The chances of putting another $900 away every month seems unlikely, regardless of "basic budgeting skills and self control".

The good news is that they actually have that $2k per month in spending money... Most families can't pretend to have even that much.

Could they get a cheaper house and save $1k off of their housing costs to put away? Well, if you use $300k rather than $500k then the same search you used to justify slamming this hypothetical family now returns exactly 30 results for a 3 bedroom house, as opposed to "hundreds".

Comment Re:Russia's longer hours... (Score 0) 381

"Only about 55% of job-able people are working"

Even if it were true, and I'm not convinced that it is, that's actually a decent number. You'll always have your very rich who don't have to work and your very poor who choose not to, so 100%'s not realistic. Then subtract from that the fact that there still are a lot of single income households where the spouse takes care of the kids rather than working and 55% sounds like a good number over all.

Comment Re:Eclipse (Score 1) 443

Yeah, I'm holding on to Eclipse until the last possible moment. Android Studio is horribly slow for what I'm doing. The UI editor is much nicer, but I almost never use that aspect. Simply typing spikes AS up to 100% CPU and kills my laptop's battery when I try to code off A/C power. The compilation process is even worse. No errors until you compile, as opposed to Eclipse's immediate error-on-save feedback. I find it funny that people consider Eclipse "slow" for Android development. In my experience, Eclipse runs like a coked out rabbit in comparison to Android Studio's three-legged sedated turtle.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 3, Informative) 193

Apparently you stopped following things back in 2006. California is not bankrupt and is doing quite fine financially. They chose actual economics over the "tickle down" nonsense of the likes of Texas and Kansas. With the massive drop in oil prices, Texas is hurting (their financial "success" during the recession was always due to rises in Oil & Gas rather than any special policy). California has other issues, but they aren't financial.

Comment Re:Auditing (Score 1) 262

I don't know... I almost had the power cut at my house because some idiot called up and 1) asked to turn on power at my address and then 2) called back a few days later saying, "oops, I gave the wrong address, please turn power on at my correct address instead." So clearly, the power company went back, looked at the long-running multi-year record that I had with them, figured out the mistake, and silently fixed things; right? No... They marked the account as canceled and promptly mailed a letter saying my power will be turned off in 3 days if I do not call and set up a new account by then. If this can happen with something as critical as electricity, it's entirely possible Comcast really does have no idea who made these changes.

Comment Re:If support calls you an A, it's a badge of hono (Score 2) 262

Having worked Tech Support for a dial-up ISP years ago, I can attest to the "100 idiots for every intelligent person" problem. You call and believe the CS rep to be an idiot, but you need to understand that the CS rep probably thinks the same about you. Don't get me wrong, in my experience, most CS reps *are* idiots. But having worked as one briefly, most customers are too.

All I ask is a chance to prove that money can't make me happy.