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Comment: Re:A million dollars isn't *that* much (Score 1) 457

by neminem (#46776063) Attached to: Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

Oh, I completely agree. I'm not saying having a million dollars is meaningless. I certainly don't have anywhere near that *now*. I'm just saying that having that much at some point in your life might give you the right to call yourself financially stable, but it doesn't give you the right to call yourself "rich" anymore. Unless you're like 25. Even 30. Not 65, though. I'm not saying I would expect that the average person on the planet is likely to have that much by the time they retire - just that the average currently-employed software developer in America is.

(And incidentally, I do know people who make 80k a year and who have legitimate reason to say that their life is terrible... yes, they don't have to worry about being able to afford necessities, and yes, if given the choice I'd rather work 14 hours a day including weekends and crash exhausted in a new condo than work 14 hours a day including weekends and then crash in a dump in a slum that I'm worried I'll get evicted from, obviously. But it still blows hard having a stressful, neverending job from hell even if it pays well.)

Comment: A million dollars isn't *that* much (Score 4, Insightful) 457

by neminem (#46772175) Attached to: Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

I think I have a good shot at becoming a millionaire in my lifetime - not from hitting it big, just from saving more than I spend (especially into my 401k, with company matching).

And what *about* the current state of the economy? It seems to me that it's mostly recovered at this point. And it's not unreasonable for white-collar workers to expect *some* kind of raise at least every couple years, even if it's just a raise on par with inflation.

Comment: Re:the pink elephant in the room: capitalism. (Score 0) 324

by neminem (#46757723) Attached to: Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

The problem is, capitalism is *supposed* to regulate that by means of free market competition. Which would totally work, if there were any. The problem you mention is totally an issue when it comes to moral questions, like "should a company dump toxic waste in the ocean", or "should a company hire hitmen to cover up the fact that they're dumping toxic waste in the ocean". When it comes to screwing over their own customers, though, the problem isn't capitalism, it's the fact that our recourse *should* be to find a better ISP, except there aren't any anymore.

Comment: Re:I don't believe him (Score 1) 445

by neminem (#46727371) Attached to: Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

And by questioning you mean bullets?

(I totally don't condone killing this guy. I am, however, baffled as to why he would admit to being the one who committed this bug, as it wouldn't surprise me if *someone* from some large corporation decided to call up their secret hitman line and get even for the billions of dollars the guy lost them.)

Comment: Whatever, there are always others (Score 1) 240

by neminem (#46715969) Attached to: Ends Free Dynamic DNS

I use no-ip. Actually, they were having a sale a few months ago, so I threw them some money for a year. I don't use any of the fancy features, though it is pretty nice not getting the monthly nag email. Still, their free offering is fine, you just get a monthly nag email (which I'm sure gave you something similar too).

Comment: Re:What about my oscilloscope? (Score 1) 650

by neminem (#46714685) Attached to: Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

Why is your oscilloscope on the internet? Killing support for WinXP certainly doesn't mean every computer running XP is now a brick (side-note: that's why I would never trust cloud-only services, because I'm sure Microsoft would *love* if they *could* remote-brick every computer running XP). Just means they won't be updating it anymore. If people can't log in remotely to your oscilloscope, how exactly is it going to get hacked or have viruses installed on it?

Comment: Re:Or the real question . . . (Score 1) 223

by neminem (#46714623) Attached to: Why There Are So Few ISP Start-Ups In the U.S.

No, they were all over. I remember them with fondness - though I don't remember what they were *selling*, namely dialup service, with fondness. I assume they all died because dialup is crap compared to cable or dsl, and it's way harder to resell dsl or cable than it was to resell dialup service, for one reason or another.

Comment: Re:Prophylactic immunization (Score 1) 351

by neminem (#46709245) Attached to: Isolated Tribes Die Shortly After We Meet Them

Alternatively, they could say, "frack this, this whole running water, modern medicine and color tvs thing looks far too enticing". I know that's what *I'd* do, if I were part of such an isolated tribe and then civilization caught up to it.

My understanding is that that would be counted as "dying" too - there's no longer an isolated tribe, it's been assimilated. (Terrible for anthropological and linguistics research; not necessarily so terrible for the people actually involved.)

Comment: I was sad near the end (Score 1) 195

by neminem (#46709199) Attached to: Comcast Takes 2014 Prize For Worst Company In America

Comcast totally deserves to be up near the top - I was just sad because for a while, the race was shaping up to be "banks vs. telecoms", which would have been a way more hilarious semifinals to watch. (More specifically, I was really hoping the *final* would come down to Comcast vs. Time Warner: Whoever Wins, We Lose!)

Comment: Re:And to think things were better just ten years (Score 1) 218

by neminem (#46704865) Attached to: Why No One Trusts Facebook To Power the Future

In what way exactly has rss been "thwarted"? I've used it since forever. I still use it. The vast majority of the sites I care about support it. Google Reader's demise was pretty lame, but there are more better rss readers now than there were a year ago, for obvious reasons.

Comment: Re:WTF.... (Score 1) 641

by neminem (#46694397) Attached to: Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

Win7 on the backend was definitely superior in just about every way to XP (other than the way where it requires more RAM and a ton more disk space). On the other hand, Win7 out of the box proffers a distinctly inferior user experience. Whereas, you mention Win2K - it was trivial to get XP Pro to look and feel almost like Win2K just with a few tweaks, without having to install anything. Whereas I spent a lot of time prodding Win7 and installing things to get it to feel more like XP (by which I really mean more like 2K).

Though I will say one thing - I'm glad Win7's native explorer sucked enough to make me look for a replacement, because while XP's was Good Enough, now that I've gotten used to having a file manager that supports tabs, I couldn't possibly go back.

Comment: Re:*sigh* (Score 1) 256

by neminem (#46543307) Attached to: Firefox 29 Beta Arrives With UI Overhaul And CSS3 Variables

They really freaking wouldn't be. There will *never* be a shortage of products that really freaking actually need proper UX experts, to fix actual UI issues, sometimes really freaking glaring ones. They do not have to resort to fixing not-broken things until they're broken to have job security. The world is *full* of crap UIs. The problem isn't job security, it's people who don't realize that their job as a UX expert is to actually make things more useable, not just "prettier".

Comment: There are totally still racial inequalities... (Score 1) 397

by neminem (#46534427) Attached to: Jesse Jackson To Take On Silicon Valley's Lack of Diversity

But they happen *way* the crap earlier than with people trying to get jobs. You want to fix things? Fix things at like the elementary school level. People living in poverty will have kids that will also be living in poverty. Kids living in poverty are not nearly so likely to a. value getting a good education, or b. be able to get a good education even if they do value it. People who don't get a good education are less likely to get good jobs. People who don't value a good education are less likely to even *want* to aspire to have a good job, or even know where to look.

So, there are totally still racial inequalities... but it isn't really fair to blame Silicon Valley companies, who I can't imagine for the most part would really care what color your skin is, as long as you're the best at whatever job they're hiring for, and can at least like speak English more fluently than not.

Comment: Re:Obvious Course: Take the Money, Steal the Film (Score 1) 243

In this case, I'd much rather steal the film, then send the appropriate amount of money directly to the content creators. Would be nice if there was a way to do that. (I didn't get in on the kickstarter; only started watching Veronica Mars a few months ago. Looking forward to watching the movie in a couple more months, when I've finished watching the show as much as exists.)

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