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Comment: a million in my birth year is $8M now (Score 1) 457

by peter303 (#46774005) Attached to: Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires
We had a decade of high inflation in the 1970s that contribute almost half of the dollar depreciation since my birth. I think my 'birth million" would feel like a real million, i.e. a decent retirement at any age. A millionaire in all those silly 1960s sitcoms was a real millionaire! conversely my fathers coworkers felt OK if they retired with a $100K or two.

Comment: Apples simple GUI one of breakthroughs (Score 1) 267

by peter303 (#46772375) Attached to: Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago
Most of the previous tablet GUIs tried to cram the complexity of multiwindow destop on to a small tablet screen. Apple mainly enlarged the simpler, single-window phone GUI. Samsung is hawking side-by-side Android screens this year. But you really dont want to get all that much more complex than that.

Comment: "magic of data mining" (Score 1) 630

by peter303 (#46756561) Attached to: IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt
I suspect some clever system analyst did a 'join" on survivor benefit recipients and IRS joint (marriage) filings to discover remarried widow[ers] in old records. Otherwise pure SS records would not have detected this situation. And tape-based computers before 1990 were too slow to attempt an inter-agency join like this.

So we have the means to detect financial crimes buried in records decades ago. But it feels unfair to be pursed so many years later, espcially for the actions of a dead relative. There so many financial crimes being commited on current returns like SSDI overpayments, fake EICs, etc., that data-mining effort would be better spent on current crimes.

Comment: got it half right (Score 1) 578

by peter303 (#46726067) Attached to: Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code
I think Bloomie meant than any one job category isnt going to a panecea for unemployement. That is you cant teach and motivate everyone to be coders or health workers or roustabouts. However, its dumb to say that any one particular profession cant learn another. A given miner may could become a great programmer. But not all of them.

% APL is a natural extension of assembler language programming; ...and is best for educational purposes. -- A. Perlis