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Comment: Re:Bad data (Score 2) 105

by francium de neobie (#45171663) Attached to: Tech's Highest-Paid Engineers Are At Juniper
Well, I'd rather save $2k - $3k every month and have housemates. That's $36k per year of extra cash for Christ's sake. You roll that into Tesla in the beginning of this year and now it's $150k (okay you'd need to be quite lucky to do this); or you roll that into BitCoins whenever there's a panic; or you just save it up and wait for the next market crash. But as you can see.. if you save and invest that, it becomes Porsche or even Ferrari money pretty quickly.

... and... that's still not enough for a good house :(

Comment: Re:Bad data (Score 1) 105

by francium de neobie (#45170971) Attached to: Tech's Highest-Paid Engineers Are At Juniper
If you're a fresh grad or a young person making good salary, you can always rent a single family house and share it with a few teammates. I've been doing this for 2 years now and rent expenditure has been pretty low for me.

The real problem though.. is even if you make $200k+ per year here, it's still difficult to buy a house in a decent school district.
Android

Apple and HTC Settle Patent Dispute 179

Posted by samzenpus
from the come-together dept.
An anonymous reader writes "HTC and Apple have reached a global settlement that includes the dismissal of all current lawsuits and a ten-year license agreement. The license extends to current and future patents held by both parties. The terms of the settlement are confidential. From the article: '"HTC is pleased to have resolved its dispute with Apple, so HTC can focus on innovation instead of litigation," Peter Chou, HTC's chief executive, said in a statement. Tim Cook, Apple's chief executive, also expressed relief in a statement. "We will continue to stay laser focused on product innovation," he said.'"

Comment: Sell it! (Score 1) 358

by francium de neobie (#41896691) Attached to: Should a Teenage Entrepreneur Sell Out To Facebook?
There's a lot of trash talk in startup circles (the, I work 120 hours per week and everyone in my team is a rockstar, kind. or, I'm sure my company will be worth 10x more than Facebook, kind. etc.) - but in the end of the day, $million dollar offers don't occur every day considering how many people are looking for exactly what you're being offered. I once had a $2M offer for my startup when business was good, but as soon as business went south for various reasons, everything is gone. I don't regret it too much - I got a nice job in a different company after my startup folded - but I'm not a millionaire now.

Yes, I'm sure you think your company will be worth $10B+ in a 5 years down the road right now - everybody does. And I can bet a big part of that perception is caused by the VCs and other entrepreneurs you talked to. Let me give you a clear answer to that as someone who has-been: even considering you're someone extraordinary, that's extremely unlikely. I don't mean to break your spirit, but you need a lot more than just being smart, hard working and charismatic to do that.
The Courts

Judge Suggests Apple, Motorola Should Play Nice 140

Posted by samzenpus
from the keep-your-litigation-to-yourself dept.
sl4shd0rk writes "Federal Judge Richard Posner seems to be a man who gets the screwed up patent system in the U.S. As Apple pressed for more injunctions against Motorola regarding alleged patent infringement, Judge Posner has stressed the two companies should just 'get along' and pay each other royalties. A jury trial set to start last week was cancelled when Posner ruled that neither side could prove damages, and grilled Apple's legal team saying an injunction against Motorola would be 'contrary to the public interest.' Furthermore, as Apple tried to plead its injunction case concerning four patents, Posner called the U.S. patent system 'chaos' and said an order barring the sale of Motorola phones could have 'catastrophic effects.'"
Transportation

8 Grams of Thorium Could Replace Gasoline In Cars 937

Posted by Soulskill
from the it's-cheap-on-the-auction-house-too dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Thorium, an abundant and radioactive rare earth mineral, could be used in conjunction with a laser and mini turbines to easily produce enough electricity to power a vehicle. When thorium is heated, it generates further heat surges, allowing it to be coupled with mini turbines to produce steam that can then be used to generate electricity. Combining a laser, radioactive material, and mini-turbines might sound like a complicated alternative solution to filling your gas tank, but there's one feature that sells it as a great alternative solution: 1 gram of thorium produces the equivalent energy of 7,500 gallons of gasoline."

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