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Comment Not always a sign of financial trouble. (Score 1) 570

I'm in that 35% - I had an overdue library book that got sent to collections (for a whopping $80 - where are they buying their paperback books?). I'm now in the weird situation where it's actually better for me NOT to pay it. If I pay, the mark stays on my credit report for an additional 5 years from the date I paid. If I don't do anything about it, it will drop off my report next year.

Comment Re:Master of manipulation (Score 5, Insightful) 311

Jobs was well known to be a sociopath. He cared nothing for people or anything that didn't directly further his vision. That's part of what made him such a successful artist and business man, but it's very obvious to anyone that spent any time at all with him that he just didn't care about the law or anything that he saw as standing in his way of getting what he wanted. Just watch any video with him talking about his competitors. He's dismissive, and rude, and obnoxious. And for some reason, people loved him for it.

Comment Re:Alternative Minimum Tax (Score 2) 199

That will never happen. Since congress has the sole authority to set taxes, they realized way back that they can get a ton of leverage by negotiating for new tax rules. You want to push a new law through? Tax rule to grease the palms. McDonalds overcharged you for a Big Mac? Tax rule. Your best friend works in the Petroleum industry? Tax rule. It's 2PM on a Tuesday? Tax rule. Hell, the taxes are so complicated, entire industries have grown around figuring them out - and they're actively lobbying to prevent the simplification of tax rules, since that would be bad for business.

Comment Re:Nail My Kids? (Score 1) 632

You might be screwed. It's quite a bit more complicated than this. You ARE required to file every year with the IRS as an American citizen, even living overseas. Just because you live in Asia does not automatically remove your tax liability. In fact, not filing specifically makes you ineligible for the FEIE.

Comment Re:Ah, the Planet Pluto (Score 1) 138

When we're talking about small files, it's not a huge deal. However, when we get into enterprise-level storage, you damn-well better be unambiguous. For instance, I design security systems for a living. If I have a customer with 100 1080p cameras that wants to retain video for at least a year at standard settings (8 FPS, H.264 encoding, 30% compression) recording 24/7, I would need to give them roughly 1 PB of storage. 1 PB of storage (1,000,000,000,000,000 bytes) is not even REMOTELY close to 1 PiB of storage (1,125,899,906,842,624 bytes). If I tell my supplier to give me a SAN with 1 PB of storage when I REALLY mean 1 PiB of storage, I'm going to be ~126TB short. That's a 5-figure screw-up that's going to come out of my paycheck (well, they'd probably just fire me, but you get the idea).

Submission + - Deeper Insights Into The Prisoner's Dilemma (

cold fjord writes: The American Scientist reports, "Prisoner’s Dilemma has been a subject of inquiry for more than 60 years, not just by game theorists but also by psychologists, economists, political scientists, and evolutionary biologists. Yet the game has not given up all its secrets. A startling discovery last year revealed a whole new class of strategies, including some bizarre ones. For example, over a long series of games one player can unilaterally dictate the other player’s score (within a certain range). Or a crafty player can control the ratio of the two scores. But not all the new strategies are so manipulative; some are “generous” rules that elicit cooperation and thereby excel in an evolutionary context."

Comment Re:Required South Park Reference (Score 1) 318

You're missing the point. If you want to get down to money, you have to talk about TCO (Total Cost of Ownership). My electric company charges $0.11/kWh. Now, that's on the low side, so let's guess $0.13 is a good national average (if a bit high). If an 85kWh battery can get me 265 miles, and we assume 85% charger efficiency, that means I need to spend $13 on electricity to get me 265 miles. The Chevy Camaro ZL1 has an EPA rating of 12/18 MPG. Lets assume all highway driving to make it even more stacked against me. The current average gas price for Premium (as of 02/24/14) is $3.78/gal, as per . To go 265 miles in that Camaro, I need to spend $55.65 in gas. If I travel 1060 miles per month (to make the math easy), that means the Camaro costs me $170.60/month more than the Tesla does in gas. That's a $2047.20 difference per year. The Camaro costs $60,555 for the base model. The Model S costs $72,400 for the normal 85kWh or $85,900 for the high performance option. The standard 85kWh would just about pay for the difference over the 5 year period of the loan, meaning the difference is basically a wash if you're financing with a low interests rate (which, let's face it, you probably are). The high performance version would still have a $12k delta or so, but the Tesla is a LOT more practical for daily commuting, and that balances it out for me.

Comment Easy (Score 1) 75

Pfft. You're over thinking it. What they want already exists - it's called a checksum. Therefore, the answer is to create any hardware you need to be secure as a software emulator. Now, you'll need to get around the fact that most emulators have a Big O notation of O(N!) or so, but that's a problem for an engineer. I'm an idea guy.

Comment Re:tl;dr no change except more outsourcing (Score 4, Insightful) 359

It's pretty obvious what's going on. The administration knows it needs to do something to save face, and wants to do it on their own terms preemptively before they have to respond to proposals by people that AREN'T working for the NSA's best interests. If Obama cared, he would have done something about it BEFORE it was a PR nightmare.

"What people have been reduced to are mere 3-D representations of their own data." -- Arthur Miller