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Comment: Re: This is silly (Score 1) 658

by creimer (#48231303) Attached to: Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

Depends on your definition of wealth. The definition of wealth that I follow is not how much YOU MAKE but how much YOU KEEP. If I'm keeping $500 at the end of each month, I'm wealthier than people who have NOTHING (like my poor brother) at the end of each month.

As for having a decent car, I would never pay $18,000 (36 months X $500) for a brand new car. Whenever I had a car, I paid $1,600 in CASH for a 15-year-old car, and budgeted $400 for liability insurance, $1,500 for fuel and $1,000 for repairs PER YEAR. Collision and liability insurance for a brand new car would exceed the annual cost of an old car. I'm taking the express bus to work for $140 per month, as I don't have an urgent need for a car.

I didn't mentioned in my comment about how much money I'm putting away into my retirement accounts. The final figure will be much larger than $150,000 plus interest in 25 years. The $500 per month is what I stashed into savings.

If you want to learn about true wealth, read The Millionaire Next Door. It's isn't about having a brand new car.

Comment: Re:School is just fine. (Score 1) 504

by creimer (#48230353) Attached to: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills
I wasn't interested in computers at the time. Although I was into the BBS scene, the Internet was a distant whisper that I had no clue about. The funny thing is that people kept telling me to get into computers for years. I accidentally got into an software testing internship, became a video game tester for six years, and later went back to school to learn computer programming to advance my technical career.

Comment: Re:The problems is... (Score 1) 504

by creimer (#48225799) Attached to: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills
I was a video game tester for three years and lead tester for three years. Six years at the same company. I started earning my "not a game player" creds when I went back to school to learn computer programming after I became a lead tester. As a video game tester, you're not suppose to have an exit plan. I went on to make more money in help desk, desktop and security remediation support.

Comment: Re:The problems is... (Score 2) 504

by creimer (#48224689) Attached to: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills
As the lead video game tester, I was told during a code release meeting that I wasn't a "team player" by the PR flack because I couldn't approved the code release and another two weeks of testing was needed. My response was, "If you're so confident about the quality of this video game, let's code release RIGHT NOW and let the video game magazines write their reviews." Absolute silence. We got another two weeks of testing, which didn't save the game from getting horrible reviews. The blame, however, rested on PR for pushing this through and ignoring QA in the process.

Comment: And now the opposite view. (Score 3, Insightful) 504

by khasim (#48224197) Attached to: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

Way too many people don't realize that our current economic and political system would not survive if critical thinking skills became commonplace.

Possibly. Although the same can be said of every other economic and political system as well. Which is a bit of a problem. People are messy. And each person has his/her own priorities and beliefs and weirdness.

We are destroying our own planet in the name of making 0.01% wealthy, and most of us, most of the time, are perfectly content to participate in the process in any way that pays decently and offers "interesting" work.

Just because someone exercises critical thinking does not mean that that person will come to the same conclusions that you have. They probably aren't starting with the same objectives as you.

Which is why companies DO NOT WANT real critical thinking skills.

They want people who think like they do and who come to the same conclusions that they do based upon the same information that they have.

Comment: Re:School is just fine. (Score 2) 504

by creimer (#48223649) Attached to: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills
I was misdiagnosed as being mentally retarded in the public schools, as everyone thought I was an idiot. I skipped high school and gone to community college to earn an associate degree in general education in four years, where I learned critical thinking skills. The only thing I learned in the public schools was not to pay attention to the idiots treating me like an idiot.

Comment: Re:Not News (Score 1) 504

by creimer (#48223593) Attached to: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills
The 2012 presidential election was illuminating. Governor Mitt Romney didn't bother to wait a concession speach for an election that he expected to win. Political genius Karl Rove has a meltdown on Fox News when the election results are announced. President Obama wins a second term with 51% of the vote when everyone expected him to be a one-term president. A serious lack of critical thinking skills that night.

Comment: Re:This is silly (Score 1) 658

by creimer (#48223251) Attached to: Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

If he can't sell his house, can't cover his monthly expenses, and can't retire in ten years, he's poor. The funny thing is he doesn't know he's poor because he's living the American dream of having it all.

OTOH, I'm weathy. I lived in the same studio apartment for 9+ years, take public transit to work, buy my clothes at D.D. Discount, and put $500+ into savings each month. Unless there's another Great Recession, I should be retire in 25 years. Of course, I'm not living the American dream by living a modest lifestyle.

Comment: Re:um, BIG difference omitted... (Score 1) 150

by swb (#48223215) Attached to: How To Beat Online Price Discrimination

We had slavery in the US once, it was "legal". That doesn't make it "right".

As it turns out, "most people" didn't like competing against slave labor in the labor market or against giant slave-staffed plantations for farmland.

It's cute that you think that slavery ended because the populace and the government felt high-minded and righteous about it.

Comment: Re:This is silly (Score 4, Funny) 658

by creimer (#48222985) Attached to: Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes
My brother is poor. He has a $800,000 house with an underwater mortgage that he bought with a down payment from his wife's 401K plan, leases a new car every other year, and wear $180 designer jeans. He bitches and moans about not being able to retire in ten years. This is the American dream.

Comment: Re:This is silly (Score 1) 658

by creimer (#48222861) Attached to: Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

All the Republicans and Tea Party folks claim it was a FREE iPhone that the government was handing like candy to keep President Obama in power. Every time I asked for the iPhone link, I either get silence or links to the Obamaphone. Where's the FREE iPhone that these Partriot Americans (tm) are talking about?

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