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Comment: Re:Something wrong at the foundation - (Score 1) 427

by mellon (#46822669) Attached to: Oklahoma Moves To Discourage Solar and Wind Power

Right. People should be free to drive at whatever speed they want on the public roads, because it's authoritarian to tell them to do otherwise. Who cares if they hurt someone? That's the problem. Society as a whole will not just let you die, but we will refuse to treat you when you _aren't_ dying. So this creates a really bad situation where on the one hand you can't stop the disease when it's cheap to do so, and on the other hand the people who can afford to wind up paying for your emergency diving-catch health care when you are actually dying. So by not joining the risk pool, you are creating a hazard for everyone else.

Maybe you would prefer to live somewhere where, if you choose not to pay for health care, your neighbors would collectively just let you die when your gamble didn't pay off. But you don't live there. Part of the price of living in a place where people respect human life is that we have to pay for taking care of it. ACA sucks in a lot of ways, but it beats the alternative. Refusing to participate because it's "authoritarian" is just tribalism forcing you to go against your own best interests.

Comment: Re:A "millionaire" isn't what it used to be. (Score 1) 466

by mellon (#46772495) Attached to: Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

And as the knowledge economy shifts to the point where non-local geeks are just as good as local, the value of that house will go back down to something sensible. You are in a bubble. It's not out of the question that it will continue for the rest of your life, but I'd suggest a wee bit of diversification, just to be sure.

Comment: Re:Holy shit (Score 0) 466

by mellon (#46772405) Attached to: Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

You need more than a million to retire comfortably. If you start banging 20% into your 401k every year, you'll reach a million fairly quickly on a developer's salary. So I would restate that as you need to earn a million more than your run rate, because retirement isn't entirely optional. Of course, you may get hit by a truck and never get there, but that seems like a lousy outcome to plan for.

Comment: Re:The CA should not revoke the certificates, (Score 5, Informative) 151

by mellon (#46742661) Attached to: Private Keys Stolen Within Hours From Heartbleed OpenSSL Site

It doesn't matter who revokes the keys. Right now only Firefox and Chrome ever check for revoked certs, and Chrome at least has this disabled by default. If you are running iOS or Android, your browser doesn't check the CRL before trusting the cert. So it's great if web sites revoke certs, but it doesn't actually change anything on the end user side, for the most part. I'm not saying anything about Windows platforms because I don't have access to any; it's possible that they do support CRLs. You can check whether your browser supports CRLs by going to this test URL. If you don't get a warning from your browser, your browser isn't checking CRLs.

Comment: Great for learning programming, too! (Score 1) 101

I am not thrilled that this is considered a good idea. In principle I suppose you _can_ learn to program on a Chromebook, but only in a very limited way. If this is the wave of the future in education, some thought needs to go into how to design a programming curriculum that can work with these devices.

Comment: Re:Knowledge (Score 1) 1037

by mellon (#46701459) Attached to: How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

No, the bombing came after they'd annexed Tibet, as part of the Destruction of Four Olds campaign. Religion as a whole was explicitly targeted for elimination. The rhetoric was explicit in targeting religion as the reason for destroying the monasteries, killing monks and nuns and sending other monks and nuns to concentration camps. Soldiers forced monks and nuns to lie with each other at gunpoint so as to break their vows. Twist and spin all you like: this was very much done in the name of atheism.

The first version always gets thrown away.