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Comment: Re:Hold on a minute (Score 2) 191

by mooingyak (#48189195) Attached to: Developers, IT Still Racking Up (Mostly) High Salaries

In rural Illinois you'd pay $500/month mortgage on a reasonable 3 bedroom home in a safe middle class neighborhood, in Dallas you'd pay maybe $700, in Albuquerque you'd pay $800, in Miami you'd pay $1200. So, the biggest gap there is $700/mo. That's $8,400 a year.

I paid around $1300 / month to rent a 2 bedroom apartment roughly 30 miles east of Manhattan. Was a decent but not great neighborhood. And this was 10 years ago. Mortgage + taxes for a decent sized house in NYC suburbs can easily run you over $3k / month. Now your biggest gap is $2500 / month, or over $30k a year. Other expenses add up as well. I've often joked that the nice thing about being a tourist from the NYC area is you barely notice how much you're getting gouged for food at tourist traps. It's a comparatively small markup.

Comment: Re:Hold on a minute (Score 2) 191

by mooingyak (#48187717) Attached to: Developers, IT Still Racking Up (Mostly) High Salaries

And your sister might make that, but the average salary for a teacher in the US (across all levels of experience) is close to $50k.

Going to quote a bit selectively from various spots for a second here...

My sister-in-law is a teacher for a high school in NJ, and makes over $80k a year.

If those high salaries are in Silicon Valley or New York, though, they might not seem as high as half the same rate would in Omaha, or Houston, or Raleigh.

Emphasis mine.

If the highly paid programmers are skewed towards certain high cost of living markets, then it's fairer to compare salaries against other professions in those same markets, and not nationwide averages.

Comment: Re:Not MY language! (Score 1) 547

by mooingyak (#48104219) Attached to: Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

I suppose this is where I'm supposed to be indignant because the language I use got listed. But, I suppose it's fair. Ruby has always been one of the trendier languages, regardless of its utility.

Really struggling to avoid defending it, though.

Feel free. I mean, perl is on that list, and as much as I'd love to see every line of perl vanish from the face of the earth, there's no way in hell I'd say the language is on the verge of extinction.

If you're thinking that ruby isn't headed for the trash heap, you'd be right too. And you don't have to like (or dislike) it to see that.

Comment: Re:Fusion isn't "expensive", it's lossy (Score 4, Insightful) 315

by mooingyak (#48096863) Attached to: Fusion Reactor Concept Could Be Cheaper Than Coal

The problem [is] that the energy output is less than the energy inputs.

Are you saying that science has found a way around the second law of thermodynamics?

There's always one in the energy stories...

It's not about 'creating' energy, it's about accessing the energy already stored in things. Think of it like a gold mine: Just owning the gold isn't enough. You have labor costs and other overhead. if it costs you $50 to mine $100 worth of gold, you're doing better than breaking even. If it costs you $150 to mine $100 worth of gold, you're better off leaving it where it is. At no point in the process are you creating gold.

Same idea with energy. Existing processes don't create energy, they get at existing energy. It takes a certain amount of energy to access that existing energy. Some (coal, oil, fission) are like the first gold mine, producing enough energy to make the process worth it. Fusion energy is currently like the second gold mine: you can get gold out of it, but it's going to cost you more than the gold is worth to do it.

There's probably something wrong in there (sorry, I'm rusty), but it's close enough to get the idea.

God made machine language; all the rest is the work of man.