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Comment Summary:Help! The kids are going to steal my job! (Score 1) 352 352

The history of computing shows us that this technology is becoming more accessible. Both to consumers and the providers. You no longer have to use punch cards to write computer programs. Or use assembly. Modern languages and development tools are much easier to work with for an average person. And that trend is going to continue. There is nothing you and I or Apple/Facebook/Google can do to stop the march of progress.

Unfortunately for you, that means you will have to continue to learn new technologies to remain marketable to employers.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 72 72

> It is used more and more like a currency rather than for speculation.

I know some places say they accept Bitcoin as a payment method. However most of them quickly convert it to dollars or another currency. Is there a demand from users to be able to pay in Bitcoin instead of their regular currency? I can understand that need when buying things where privacy is really needed (illegal drugs etc.), but for regular stuff?

Comment Hardware keyboards are overrated (Score 2) 113 113

I have owned Blackberry devices in the past and currently own an Android phone. I have always loved hardware keyboards and for the longest time insisted on phones with hardware keyboards including Android phones. However, over time, I have observed that software keyboards have improved a lot. And I mean a lot. To the point that I no longer wish to dedicate precious real estate on my phone to a hardware keyboard.

Hardware keyboard is an idea that is now dead on mobile phones. It will never (I usually advise my kids to never say never but I am making an exception here) be popular on mobile phones again. It takes too much space and many can type faster on a software keyboard. Speech recognition function has also come a long way. And usually, for me, that is the fastest way to enter text.

Comment Re:Why GPS? (Score 1) 837 837

> This law seems to be a good reason to leave Oregon.

This isn't a law. At least not yet. And people leaving Oregon would be a good thing for the rest of us. Portland population is growing rapidly. Too fast for some of us. Portland area population is expected to swell by about 1 million in the next 6 years.

Comment Re:Not my type of show either.... (Score 2) 148 148

You're not alone. I mostly like science fiction. Star Trek, BSG, Firefly yes. Star Wars no. And LOTR and Hobbit did not do anything for me. But, Game of Thrones is in another league. I love Game of Thrones. For me, it is as good as the hype suggests it is. I was surprised by that.

Watch first first season of Game of Thrones and then come back and give us your feedback here. I am interested in finding out if your opinion changes.

Comment Re:Sounds good (Score 1) 599 599

"As for your fiance, you should thank me. My insurance went up 90% while my deductibles went up over 200%. What? You thought your fiance's insurance was in a vacuum?"

Horse shit!

Provide evidence to back up your claim. Provide the name of the policy you had before. Cost and what it covered. And the provide the name of the new policy you have. Cost and what it covers.

Comment Re:Sounds good (Score 4, Informative) 599 599

"Congratulations, I'm glad it worked out for you. For many others, not so much."

I don't think there are many legitimate cases where it did not work out. People who had junk insurance (insurance where you pay money but get nothing of value) had to drop it. Sure. I'll give you that.

In my particular case, I was denied insurance. And I did not even have any existing conditions. I went 8 years without insurance or having to see a doctor. I guess I saved some money. But now they can no longer deny me insurance. I fail to see Obamacare as a bad thing.

Comment I am not sure what the hoopla is about (Score -1, Troll) 307 307

I for one was not surprised by Snowden's findings. It merely confirmed what most people already figured NSA does. It spies on people. That is what they are supposed to do. If you think other spy agencies do not do that, then I have a bridge in NY to sell you.

How many surrealists does it take to screw in a lightbulb? One to hold the giraffe and one to fill the bathtub with brightly colored power tools.