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Comment: Re:how many of these people don't want to retire? (Score 2) 323

by khr (#46778275) Attached to: I expect to retire ...

When I see ages like 75 and never, I wonder if these are people who don't want to stop working, or people who financially can't stop working. My grandfather is 92 and still choice.

It's a money issue for me. I screwed up by not saving money starting earlier in my career, so I have nothing to fall back on once I start working. I'm still not doing a good job saving money, despite knowing I probably should.

Comment: Re:Ain't no body got time for that (Score 1) 606

by khr (#46345279) Attached to: 'Google Buses' Are Bad For Cities, Says New York MTA Official

I cook from scratch most of my meals, and in doing that, I dine much healthier and cheaper than if I were buying junk food and dining out at the usual middle of the road chain type restaurants

As a younger man, I used to cook for myself all the time. I was never very good at it, but I could come up with simple, satisfying meals for myself (I've never mastered getting two dishes to get ready at the same time). That was in Oregon, with an electric range...

But then I moved to India for ten years and had my first experience cooking on gas. Continuing now in New York City it's much the same. With gas I haven't figured out how to cook food. Everything is either undercooked or burnt, and only rare flukes turn out right. After several attempts at baking cheesecakes, which I had mastered long ago in an electric oven, and completely failed in gas, I sort of gave up. It was frustrating to fail, and I was spending a lot of money on expensive ingredients for food that was inedible...

Fortunately Manhattan has lots of restaurants that aren't junk or middle-of-the-road chains... Lots of really good stuff, fresh ingredients and all that... And a variety of prices, so it's possible to eat well for fairly cheap. And in many cases, ordering a full meal is cheaper than buying a similar quantity of the ingredients at the grocery store (Manhattan is seriously expensive...)

Comment: Re:Ain't no body got time for that (Score 1) 606

by khr (#46336523) Attached to: 'Google Buses' Are Bad For Cities, Says New York MTA Official

Yeah, but who actually eats out all that much?

Until recently, me and my wife... Or order in, there's hundreds of restaurants that'll deliver to our address in under an hour...

But she just started learning to cook last month (she grew up in an Indian household with servants and never had to cook before, but now decided it was time). I think our food bills have gone up as we've switched from ordering most meals to home cooked. We order dry and packaged stuff from Amazon to save some money and get it delivered right to our door, but fresh things cost a fortune in our neighborhood...

Comment: Re:Translation: (Score 1) 606

by khr (#46335431) Attached to: 'Google Buses' Are Bad For Cities, Says New York MTA Official

The problem is, there's no reasonably-priced housing anywhere near that location (or anywhere in Manhattan for that matter), so people have to take long commutes from other places like New Jersey or Connecticut to get to these jobs.

There's perfectly reasonably priced housing in Manhattan... I got a great deal on a fabulous 350 square foot, 3rd floor walk-up in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood for the great, low price of only $2,200 a month! The apartment across the hall from is vacant. It's about the same size, but no closet in the bedroom and only half the kitchen cabinet space for much less, at $1,995 a month...

Of course, I ride the train for 1-1.5 hours a day because I work in Crown Heights, Brooklyn... Go figure...

Comment: Re:Ain't no body got time for that (Score 2) 606

by khr (#46335203) Attached to: 'Google Buses' Are Bad For Cities, Says New York MTA Official

away from urban area ... cheaper food

I live in a somewhat urban area (Midtown Manhattan) and as for restaurant food, there are more and cheaper options than farther out. Sure, there are expensive ones, but in the heart of the city I can easily get much cheaper restaurant food than in suburbs. There's a plethora of $1 a slice pizza joints (most suck, better to spend double that and go for $2 a slice places) or tasty, plentiful street food where a huge meal costs all of $6.

Groceries to make your own food cost a ton more, though...

Comment: Re:Buying users and eyeballs (Score 1) 257

by khr (#46298259) Attached to: WhatsApp: 2nd Biggest Tech Acquisition of All Time

Any one know the overlap in numbers of FB and WhatsApp users? My guess it's nearly 100%, I don't know for sure.

The vast majority of WhatsApp users I know (granted, it's a small enough sample to count on one hand) don't have Facebook accounts. Of course, the total number of people "purchased" increases because I don't use WhatsApp, but I'm in all of their phones' address books, so I'm as good as being in WhatsApp...

Comment: Re:If you're going to use Canadian music for tortu (Score 1) 271

by khr (#46175201) Attached to: Skinny Puppy Wants Compensation For Music Used in US Interrogations

I would think that Celine Dion or Justin Bieber would be much more effective at breaking the will of even the most stanchly determined Jihadists.

Ug, those are pretty bad. Skinny Puppy is great stuff, I don't see how it could be used for torture. It couldn't be that effective...

Comment: Outlived Former Department Coworkers... (Score 1) 177

by khr (#46165727) Attached to: At my current workplace, I've outlasted ...

While the company is long out of business, I've outlived quite a few people from the department I worked in at the second job I had.

We had seven people, and five have died. Vehicular accidents and cancers...

If I had a tinfoil hat I'd suspect someone was bumping off those of us who read the white paper on our software's undocumented parameters. So I'd better watch myself.

Comment: Re:When will companies be held liable? (Score 1) 137

by khr (#45977385) Attached to: Starbucks Phone App Stores Password Unencrypted

So this story means new people are hearing about Starbucks for the first time?

Not necessarily for the first time. I wasn't thinking at all about coffee, but now there's an article about a big coffee vendor, so it comes to mind. Maybe I'll stop in on my way home, since I walk past several... (but who am I kidding, they're always crowded and I've never ordered coffee on my own before, so I'm not sure I know how to do that without making a fool of myself...)

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