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Comment: Re:How is this remarkable? (Score 1) 466

by jonsmirl (#46772663) Attached to: Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

How do you get 200 years? Money in the stock market makes returns.

Use this calculator

Put in $5,000 payment
Nothing at start.
43 years (65 - 22), 6.3%
Do this in an IRA so there are no taxes involved.
You will have $1,018,527 at the end.

6.3% is reasonable. I have been averaging over 8% for last 20 years including the big meltdowns.

Comment: Re:Level of public funding ? (Score 1) 292

by jonsmirl (#46721071) Attached to: Nat Geo Writer: Science Is Running Out of "Great" Things To Discover

Long story short, Horgan's thesis isn't "oh noes we aren't funding basic research," it's more along the lines of "there is just nothing as huge to discover left, no matter how much money you pour onto it.

Anyone here think that the computer science revolution is anywhere close to being finished? In my opinion it probably has another hundred years left in it. I also think we are just scratching the surface in biochemistry. It is scary to think of where that field will be in a hundred years. Physics can go figure out dark matter and dark energy. That's sure to stir things up. Maybe figure out sustainable fusion while their at it.

Comment: Cash vs accrual accounting (Score 4, Interesting) 128

He got into these problems with revenue matching because he is running his business on cash basis accounting. In general only very small businesses can be run on cash basis accounting almost all manufacturing oriented businesses use accrual accounting. With accrual accounting you would book the Kickstarter money as a customer deposit and then recognize it as income when the product ships.

Comment: Re:Silicon Valley driven by military requirements (Score 2) 382

I think this more about stopping funding of things like this:

Dr. Li’s project will develop, implement and evaluate a venue-based alcohol and HIV risk reduction intervention center for establishment-based female sex workers in Guangxi, China. The sex trade is more prevalent in Guangxi, Dr. Li said, an area ranked third in the rate of HIV among provinces.

If you're going to study hookers, they have to be American hookers.

Comment: Re:Aaron Seigo's retort (Score 1) 419

by jonsmirl (#45174153) Attached to: Mark Shuttleworth Complains About the 'Open Source Tea Party'

That would be fun to see. I still can't see any reason for the MIr split other than Canonical's contributor agreement which lets them sell the code. Does Canonical really think Redhat/Intel/etc are going to write code and then give it to Canonical so that they can resell it as closed source?

But I would much rather have one fully working graphics system than four or five half working ones. Much more interesting would be to work towards a merger between Wayland and Surfaceflinger.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 5, Insightful) 256

by jonsmirl (#45069617) Attached to: AMD Intentionally Added Artificial Limitations To Their HDMI Adapters

Why do you assume that AMD did this voluntarily? Much more likely that this is caused by some idiotic DRM requirement for for HDCP 'protected audio path' or working around some idiotic patent. Likely reason - a DRM requirement to stop people from plugging in devices that strip HDCP.

Comment: Trust Microsoft??? (Score 5, Insightful) 182

by jonsmirl (#45046335) Attached to: Microsoft Reportedly Seeks To Put Windows Phone On Android Devices

My memory is fuzzy on this, but I believe Microsoft took Toshiba to court and made them stop dual booting Linux on their laptops about 20 years ago. At the time Toshiba owned a Linux distribution so they prevented Toshiba from shipping their own code.

This is the same Microsoft that is extorting everyone over unnamed Android patent infringements.

Why would you want to work with them? Every company that works with them ends up dead or wounded.

Comment: Re:OpenWRT (Score 3, Insightful) 193

by jonsmirl (#45045533) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Open Source Project For a Router/Wi-Fi Access Point?

OpenWRT is the way to go. Just buy a new, cheap commercial router and replace the software with OpenWRT. Don't mess with the laptop. It chews too much AC power and the wifi is probably not as powerful as the radio in the commercial router. You can buy fine 2.4Ghz router hardware for $30.

DDwrt is a mess, OpenWRT project organization is much better.

Comment: Re:Ummm, ya (Score 1) 278

by jonsmirl (#44768105) Attached to: Jury Finds Google Guilty of Standards-Essential Patents Abuse Against MS

Microsoft shipped these products without first negotiating a RAND royalty rate. They just picked their own rate of 'zero' and shipped. Motorola then filed suit to force a negotiation and payment. Google has nothing to do with this, this all happened before Google bought Motorola. Of course Motorola was annoyed about having to file suit to get paid so they picked a high number.

The first version always gets thrown away.