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Comment: Re:Oh why not? (Score 3, Insightful) 313

I've said this before, the US Military does obliterating an opposing force quite well. Which serves well when the objective is the liberation of a territory from hostile occupation, where the US can go in, win, and then the local populace can quickly get things back the way it was. It does not do occupation very well nor really has outside of the Wester Hemisphere.

The exception being post World War II with the Marshal Plan. Which planning for that began in 1943 and by 1945 the government had managed to twist the arms of a lot of academics, economists, finance, and high ranking industry officials to spend two years post war to help rebuild western Europe.

Comment: Re:This is one thing I love about it (Score 4, Interesting) 544

by ducomputergeek (#46649999) Attached to: 60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S

A friend of mine just bought a Tesla. As far as I know it maybe the only one in the St. Louis area. I recently bought a Chevy Volt. We were at an event and the topic came up. One of the people there asked me why I went with the volt. And the answer was fairly simple:

My wife's commute is 15 miles round trip a day. Maybe 20 if she does some afterwork shopping. So the vast majority of the time it's running on electric. But my Dad lives ~ 70 mile round trip from us. He's older and I'm usually out there once a week to check up on him or help him clean out gutters or whatever needs to be done around his house. I have farms that are 300 mile round trip that need seen after. That is certainly a problem with a Tesla.

Also my budget for a new car was between $25,000 - $30,000. With lower base price for 2014, tax credits, and GM card earnings the Volt fit in the price range and was a little bit smaller of a car than the Malibu Eco, which meant it fit in the garage better. (I really wish we had a 3 car garage, but...)

Finally, there are a dozen Chevy and GM dealers around the city. I'm not even sure there is somewhere here that can do work on a Tesla.

Comment: Re:Without her permission? (Score 1) 367

It would be interesting because if this were to go onto an actual court battle I'm not sure the kid would win. There is a legal concept in common law called: In loco parentis. In a nutshell it gives institutions such a schools quite a bit of leeway as long as it doesn't "Infringe Civil Liberties" and in the United States we've ended up with the Tinker Doctrine. But that covers more of the limitation of Freedom of Speech in a school than other items.

But In loco parentis has longed been used to allow justification of locker searches. The argument being a parent is allowed to search the room of their child, therefore the school is allowed to the right to search the locker of a student. None of those cases have actually reached the Supreme court to really have a final ruling on where the lines are actually are as far as schools are concerned with In loco parentis. I don't think any schools want this court to make a ruling and set precedence about the limits of In loco parentis because Clarence Thomas has been a critic of the Tinker Doctrine in the past and school may lose a lot of their legal power over students if it ended up there.

Comment: Re:The Big Data Crash (Score 1) 43

by ducomputergeek (#46583845) Attached to: Google Cuts Prices On Enterprise Cloud Services

I think we've seen the shift away from Time Share 2.0 (What I call "Cloud Computing) back to applications hosted in house similarly to what happened with the adoption of the microcomputer (PC). I figured the shift would start occurring around 2015 - 2020 after a some major disaster or if companies and people suddenly realized they no longer controlled their data. Well it was the later with the NSA that is probably the catalyst.

And that's not saying that the "cloud" is all bad. I use services like iCloud to store my pictures and to sync calendars across computers, etc.. My wife and I use Evernote to share grocery lists etc.. But we don't keep things like financial information etc. in the cloud.

Comment: Re:changed my view of it for the better (Score 2) 192

by ducomputergeek (#46480353) Attached to: Recent news events re: Bitcoin ...

This. Back in Janurary a client of mine and I had a few meetings. He wanted their company phones to get a push notification every time someone filled out a form on his website. But during our conversation he talked about some friends of his who were into bit coin mining and said we should go into a venture. And I said no. I think I mined 4 bit coins through a pool once many years ago, mainly because I've always been fascinated by various distributed computing things over the past decade and was interested in seeing what they had done. But it was clear to me it was going no where, especially when I read about the ASICS and then all the shenanigans about those a couple years go.

Well when I delivered the solution to the push notification thing two weeks ago I asked him what he though about bit coins now. Apparently his buddies lost nearly everything, something like over a year's worth of coins, when Mt. Gox closed down. Not sure if he ever went in on a new rig with his buddies or not, but he knows I've done fairly well for myself owning and selling a couple of businesses in my young life. He's the the type where he's looking for the next billion dollar idea and will never get there. I look for ideas and projects that have a solid idea with realistic expectations.

Comment: Re:Still worth it (Score 1) 276

by ducomputergeek (#46477651) Attached to: Amazon Hikes Prime Membership Fee

We ended up Amazon Prime after me or the wife forgot to uncheck the box and were billed for it during the christmas holidays. We were ordering a lot during that period and it wasn't until a month later when we got the credit card statement that we realized it. Well we looked and quickly found Amazon Prime had everything we were watching on Netflix plus a few shows no longer available on netflix. So we cancelled Netflix and kept prime.

The biggest reason why we've kept it now is because my wife and I are both busy professionals now with young kids. We don't have a lot of time to shop and the two day shipping makes it convenient for a lot of things.

So for $99 a year we'll take the expedited shipping and as far as I'm concerned the streaming is just a nice bonus.

Comment: Re:Been there. (Score 2) 172

Seriously this. Before I owned my company, had a start up which we turned into a successful company and sold for enough that I now can live comfortably.

After about a year off, I had spent the last 5 working 70 hours a week or more at times, a new start up approached me. They had all the technical talent they ever needed, but wanted some help on the business side. I had been in their shoes and I worked about 30 - 40 hours a week for the first 5 months developing and getting their sales/marketing implemented.

Well here we are a year later and I really only do about 15 hours a week of work if that. Things have been successful. We are meeting sales goals, now have 3 sales people plus one trainer on staff. Literally I got to sales meetings on Tuesdays & Thursdays and then spend a couple hours making sure emails are being sent and going over numbers. And I get paid salary for 40 hours a week. The other 30 hours a week really are "In case something comes up". That may happen once or twice a month where I spend 20 hours actually doing work instead of 15.

Comment: Re:The day it is cheaper to have my own insurance (Score 1) 578

by ducomputergeek (#46475417) Attached to: White House: Get ACA Insurance Coverage, Launch Start-Ups

This. For the past 6 years I've paid for my own health insurance or had a HSA depending on the state I was living in. Past four years I had a plan that worked for me. Cost was a little under $100 a month for health insurance plus dental. And I used the dental coverage more than the medical side. I was in my late 20's early 30's and pretty healthy. I spent more on dental work during that time than medical. Other than my annual check up, provided free under my plan, I think I had one other doctors visit for a sinus infection. Medication was $4 for generics and I don't think they even billed my insurance. Deductible was $2500 with max out of pocket of $11,000. While that maybe "high" to some people, it was an amount that if I really needed it I could afford to pay out of pocket and it wasn't going to bankrupt me.

Well last October I got a notice stating my plan was "Catastrophic only" and I no longer qualified for it under the ACA because I was over 30. So I go shopping and the "Plan closest to mine" was 3x the cost. The deducible was $5500 and max out of pocket $21,000. When I bring this up in conversations I get told by ACA supporters, "Well that's because before you had a crap Catastrophic only plan and now you'll have a better plan". Well I compared point for point and as far as I can tell, at least on the things that really matter to me, the two plans are nearly identical on what they cover. This new plan appears to be Catastrophic Only, only now if I actually have to use it it's going to hurt my pocket book even more. Typically I only kept around $25,000 in cash on hand in my money market and another $5,000 in checking/savings. Now I'm going to have to look into doubling that over the next few years.

I'll end up going on the plan offered through my fiancé's job when we get married in a few weeks, but there is a big question of whether that will be available next year. So far indications are it's going to be far cheaper for her company to pay the fine and push everyone to the exchange than continue to provide health coverage.

Comment: Re:And... (Score 1) 676

by ducomputergeek (#46460923) Attached to: 70% of U.S. Government Spending Is Writing Checks To Individuals

Sorta. The largest direct recipient of "Farm Subsidies" a few years ago was Riceland. Which is a coop technically. When people who own farms like me and my family sell Riceland our rice or soybeans or wheat they cut us a check including the subsidy from the government. That is how we get any subsidy payments for crops. The check doesn't come directly from the government to us. It goes to Riceland first (or ConAgra or Bunge, etc..)

The person who's taking you to lunch has no intention of paying.