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Comment: Re:Gentrification? (Score 1) 263

by nine-times (#46766779) Attached to: San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

If you're paying more than $1,500/month rent to live in a one bedroom apartment anywhere in the US, you're very rich. If you're paying $2,500/month to live in a one bedroom apartment anywhere in the US, you're super rich.

I don't think that's quite fair. In some places, rent is just very high. Some people pay a half of their net income (or more) on rent. So you might meet someone paying $1,500 in rent per month and only making $50k. Or you might have a couple sharing a $2,500k/month one-bedroom, each only making $40k each. Now I'll admit that those people are better off than the truly "poor" who can't make ends meet, but it's hardly "super-rich".

Comment: Re:Looks like methodology "canceled out" grass roo (Score 1) 437

by sandytaru (#46766417) Attached to: Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy
The problem is that many "grass roots" organizations get their funding from big anonymous donors. Or not so anonymous. AARP and NRA charge membership dues, some of which does go to a lobbying arm, but many of the Tea Party folks don't even know where the money is coming from. My in-laws went on a Tea Party rally to Washington thing. Someone else paid for a charter bus to take them there and they had at least 3-4 catered meals along the way. When I inquired about how they were paying for it, my mother-in-law did not know. They basically had their trip subsidized by an unknown person or group in order to get more bodies into DC for photo optics.

Comment: Re:Are you kidding (Score 1) 437

by sandytaru (#46766395) Attached to: Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy
We actually have more success on the local level. Our city government where I live has 4-5 parties represented (there's a Green and a Libertarian in addition to the standard Republican and Dem). That's probably because we eliminated party primaries and everyone is in one big runoff from the start, so we're more likely to vote for a person than a party.

Our city is still pretty dysfunctional, but at least the potholes get filled, which is better than 99% of the rest of the country these days.

Comment: Re:A reason why they SHOULD have... (Score 1) 38

by drinkypoo (#46765409) Attached to: Ubisoft Hands Out Nexus 7 Tablets At a Game's Press Event

I actually picked up FOUR 7" Android 4.x tablets from DealExtreme for ~$35 each last year, during a half-price sale...and I doubt they'd let even such a sale as that rob them entirely of profits...

Dealextreme is like BG Micro. Sure, they buy stuff to stock and sell, but much of what they sell is some crap that someone else couldn't sell, which they got for a song. Just because DX got a bunch of tablets nobody wanted to buy in a store for $20/piece doesn't mean someone will sell you new, supported ones for that.

+ - Bill Gates Patents Detecting, Responding to "Glassholes" 1

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "As Google Glass goes on sale to the general public, GeekWire reports that Bill Gates has already snagged one patent for 'detecting and responding to an intruding camera' and has another in the works. The invention proposes to equip computer and device displays with technology for detecting and responding to any cameras in the vicinity by editing or blurring the content on the screen, or alerting the user to the presence of the camera. Gates and Nathan Myhrvold are among the 16 co-inventors of the so-called Unauthorized Viewer Detection System and Method, which the patent application notes is useful "while a user is taking public transportation, where intruding cameras are likely to be present." So, is Bill's patent muse none other than NYC subway rider Sergey Brin?"

Comment: Re:Mr Fixit (Score 1) 428

by drinkypoo (#46763325) Attached to: How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

We should remember that FLOSS reacted very quickly to the "revelation," but the bug itself has been sitting there for years, which isn't really supposed to happen.

Unfortunately, the very same thing happens in proprietary software. And "isn't supposed to happen" is a misunderstanding. It's just supposed to happen less, and it's supposed to get fixed easier. The latter, at least, has been proven out.

Comment: Re:not at those prices, it won't fly off the shelv (Score 1) 154

by drinkypoo (#46763285) Attached to: How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

like the other poster said, all I want in there is an amp and speakers with a jack for audio input

That's what I put in my truck. You can't listen to optical media in it unless you have a heavy load, because the suspension is too hard. So I have a $20 amplifier with stereo in and four outputs.

I'd like my 1964 Dodge back. fixable, the controls fall where your hands are, no menus, and no nonsense.

Yes, if I had perfect foresight instead of excellent hindsight, I'd have kept my 1960 Dodge. It got over 20 mpg on the freeway and it was stupid simple. But I didn't know how to rebuild a brake system then (dirt simple, as it turns out) and so I couldn't afford to keep it.

Comment: Re:Why spend another $700 for a car stereo (Score 1) 154

by drinkypoo (#46763257) Attached to: How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

It's more reliable. Bluetooth Audio is miserably finicky. The only thing that ever worked right with my JVC was AT&T Fuze. With a couple different Android devices now including the Nexus 4 I get occasional skips. I used to use an Xperia Play, that skipped a lot. Flawless using the headphone cable in my truck instead.

I'm going to try adding bluetooth to my car anyway, switching into the line inputs from the changer with an audio signal relay, and using an ultra-cheap receiver. but i'm also going to have line in, just in case.

Comment: Re:So it's the "tech industry", so what? (Score 1) 280

by nine-times (#46762339) Attached to: Bachelor's Degree: An Unnecessary Path To a Tech Job

I'm not sure that sysadmins, network engineers, and the other better IT jobs have to start out at the bottom rung.

I'm sure it's not always the case. There are various reasons why people get hired to jobs-- some better than others. However, I'll tell you that I wouldn't hire someone as a sysadmin who hasn't had experience as a sysadmin unless I knew that they had prior troubleshooting and support experience in a real-world setting. There are lots of reasons for that, some of them more obvious than others. I'll also comment that my position seems to fit along with other people that I've known who would hire a sysadmin or network engineer, though that's still all anecdotal.

It's ok. Like you said, to each his own.

Yup. Honestly, I've found I just don't like programming. I don't even like scripting and web development. I like logically solving problems, product design, and I'm even interested in some of the math involved, but I don't enjoy the process of actually coding or the project planning involved. I actually prefer the support side, though it's not tons of money, and it's been a long time since I was tier-1. Also, even when I was tier-1, I wasn't doing the sort of work where people read a script sitting in a huge support farm.

Yes. That is true. And if you DO have an education, you typically start at a higher point in said path, end at a higher point, and have vastly greater chances of reaching the upper echelons than if you do not have an education. Depends on the career.

Starting at a higher point... I think it probably depends on the industry. In my experience in IT support, it's definitely not the huge determining factor. We're always looking for young people who can be trained. I think you have a better point in saying, "have vastly greater chances of reaching the upper echelons", but I suspect it's for a weird mix of reasons. I do expect that there are bosses who won't promote you to a certain level without having the "college degree" box checked on your records. I also think that, to some degree, there are qualities that help you be successful in business and also make you more likely to go to college, e.g. a tendency toward conformity and willingness to jump through required hoops, or the idea that people with a certain kind of intelligence are more likely to be able to finish school and do well in business.

Actually though, it's true that there are businesses who will hire IT purely based on college education and certificates. Those people tend not to know what they're doing.

Comment: Even a bestselling novel can have a typo (Score 5, Insightful) 428

by sandytaru (#46761141) Attached to: How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?
We're surrounded by tiny errors in the world. Heck, they're even built into our DNA. The vast majority of tiny little errors do no harm, and we don't notice them. We gloss over them, like a typo in a book. It's just that every once in a while, a tiny little error can occur that snowballs into something much greater. Like cancer. Or a massive, accidental security leak.

More eyeballs usually do make bugs more shallow, but only if the eyes know what to look for.

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