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Comment: Re:Way to lose an easy case... (Score 1) 126

by Rinikusu (#46772729) Attached to: Lavabit Loses Contempt Appeal

IIRC, weren't these "orders" given in a non-disclosure format, so even talking to a lawyer about this could result in contempt/criminal charges? If so, how does one prevent this type of pro-se incompetency argument if one can't even talk to a lawyer about the issue at hand? Or should one talk to a lawyer anyway and let the courts figure it out later while risking imprisonment?

Comment: Re:Are you kidding (Score 5, Insightful) 771

by MrNaz (#46766273) Attached to: Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

In many European countries, citizens' rights are upheld, they are not treated like cattle for the crime of wanting to travel through an airport, they are not taxed to breaking point to fun pointless wars that enrich a tiny, politically connected clique, they have access to free education and healthcare and they have faster access to the internet.

You can argue about definitions of "aristocracy" and who is or is not in de facto control until you're blue in the face. However, the outcomes speak for themselves.

Comment: Re:Gentrification? (Score 1) 352

by Rinikusu (#46764041) Attached to: San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

Not really. I know a bunch of people who live in $2500/month apartments, that they have to share with 5 other people so they can afford it. Seriously, not even kidding. Girl I was dating paid $400/month to sleep on a couch in the living room with 3 other people, with 4 other people splitting the 2 bedrooms. I have friends in SFO who do similar. Just because the rent's $1500/month or $2500/month, don't assume circumstances...

Comment: Re:San Francisco is just an extreme example... (Score 3, Interesting) 352

by Rinikusu (#46764031) Attached to: San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

Not to mention, a lot of those "rich areas" were "cheap areas" when those roots were laid down. Which is kinda what the people in SFO are bitching about: "It was cheap and perfectly fine before the .coms showed up. Now everyone wants to live in the cool part of town, and I'm part of the reason it's the cool part of town, but because they make so much money, they can price me out of my own home. So I move, but where? My job is down the street and I can't afford to live in the neighborhood, so where to? Oakland? HA!" And there's plenty of people who would say "tough titties, life's a bitch" to that. It's even worse when you've got someone living on fixed income and suddenly finds themselves having to move at age 80. Can you imagine apartment hunting at that age? I certainly can't.

Comment: Re:San Francisco is just an extreme example... (Score 1) 352

by Rinikusu (#46763995) Attached to: San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

I could pack up and move to Hemet (fucking) CA if the only consideration was cost of living. But I also don't want to drive 3 hours to get to work and there's certainly no work in Hemet. With modern "corporate" america killing telecommutes (because it makes the managers nervous that you might be fucking off on the internet) but have no qualms about outsourcing that same work to some guy around the globe, who may or may not be fucking off on the internet or even qualified for the job, but he costs a third of what you make, so fuck it) it still means many of our jobs that could easily be done anywhere broadband is available are brought back in house. I could easily do my job pretty much anywhere in the country. I imagine most start-ups could do the same thing. "Oh, but I can't bug the guy next to me!" You obviously haven't discovered Hangouts, then. :) But seriously, if what you need is "face time" then I'll turn on the webcam and you can watch me watch hulu.. I mean code and do the cam "walk by interruption". And I don't even have to put on pants or spend any gas money to do this.

I guess the point is, people move to where the jobs are. That hasn't changed in a couple hundred years.

Comment: Re:Simple problem, simple solution (Score 2) 352

by Rinikusu (#46763033) Attached to: San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

Los Angelean here: I make pretty good money as a software engineer and I have a shower and 350 beautiful square feet. I don't pay a huge amount, comparatively speaking, but that's because I'd rather spend my money servicing my student loans and other debts and making sure my retirement is being taken care of. The "luxury" apartments don't appeal to me all that much.. I mean, they're nice, but not worth spending half or greater my income on it (I mean, what's the point of making a lot of money if you're just spending it right back out on a fucking apartment?) and I certainly don't want roomates to bring the cost down. If I could find a place to buy for around the same that I pay in rent, I'd definitely consider it.

I've looked at moving up to SFO for the tech industry. My friends are making extremely nice paychecks up there, but all of them bemoan the fact that even with those generous paychecks, housing eats up a huge amount of it, especially if you've got kids and the like. So, if you have to make $200k to live like you make $150k in Los Angeles, to live like you make $100k in, I dunno, Denver, it's a very hard decision. The benefit of SFO is that if you become unemployed in the tech industry, currently you don't have to wait very long to get another job. Los Angeles tech is a little different, and living in Denver, I'm sure the employment opportunities are even more limited.

Hey Google X: Why don't you work on building the Google House: Affordable housing for middle class people? Update Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian Automatic with modern building techniques and modern building codes (steel and concrete are still cheap, add some SIPS and maybe ICFs for modern versions), make the whole house "network aware", put a Tesla Charger in the carport, and subsidize the cost of building or buying and just collect the data. I'm sure people would love it. Build a whole subdivision of those in Mountain View with a Google Apartment Complex done the same way, open it up to more than just Google employees, and maybe you'll find it easier to get approval?

Comment: TurboTax (Score 1) 383

by Rinikusu (#46757327) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

it's good enough for my relatively uncomplicated situation and the ability to import my last year's information helps a bunch. Also, since I've been looking at buying a house, the ability to print out my last few years W2s from the site was great vs. digging out my print copies and then then schlepping them to work to scan and email to my mortgage broker.

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