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Comment: Re:Too poor (Score 1, Informative) 341

by rbanzai (#46781639) Attached to: I expect to retire ...

I always put the maximum I could into a 401k, but most of the low-end jobs I had early on didn't offer one, and later on I was chronically underemployed. I only buy economy cars and keep them at least 10 years. I've never taken a vacation, buy no luxury items (Ex; jewelry, high end gadgets, etc.) I've gone through two recessions/depressions, and now I'm at the age where career prospects only go downward if you haven't made it to C level.

So... yes, you can blame my poor prospects for retirement entirely on my inability to earn lots of money, but not on managing my money. It's not magical: if you don't earn enough money you aren't going to be able to retire.

Comment: Too poor (Score 5, Interesting) 341

by rbanzai (#46777459) Attached to: I expect to retire ...

I'll never be able to retire. Never made enough money, and never had enough, early enough for a useful 401k. Two bubbles bursting killed what little I was able to afford to put away. My parents technically didn't retire either, they just got too old, sick and tired to keep working. Unlike them I have no kids to help support me so when it's my turn in the next few decades I'll be out on the street.

Social Security my ass.

Comment: 2013 and people are as terrible as ever (Score 2, Insightful) 734

by rbanzai (#45143971) Attached to: Facebook Comment Prompts Arrests In Cyberbullying Suicide Case

People defend bullies and call a 12 year old suicide a "coward." It disgusts but does not surprise me:

1. ... that people want bullying to be considered protected speech.
2. ... that the bullied are expected to physically beat down their tormentors or else they must deserve what they get.
3. ...that some poor child that is so desperate that they kill themselves is branded a coward.

Human society will always raise up the violent and support their efforts to eliminate the weaker members as if we're all animals and need to cull impure genes from our species. We are no more advanced than we were 2,000 years ago, just a loose collection of intelligent, slavering beasts in business suits and yoga pants.

Comment: No better than twenty years ago (Score 1) 78

by rbanzai (#44859101) Attached to: Mitsuku Chatbot Wins Loebner Prize 2013

I spent alot of time on the website for this chatbot and was surprised by how awful it was. I remember using the old Eliza chatbot for Mac back in 1987 and this is barely more advanced. I used the website's "Turing test" page and on the very first answer to a simple question the chabot gave me something nonsensical. Every time I see one of these stories the chatbot in question always turns out to be just as clumsy as all the rest.

Comment: Re:US Epic fail (Score -1, Flamebait) 266

by rbanzai (#43956289) Attached to: Decommissioning San Onofre Nuclear Plant May Take Decades

It's nice to see another monument to short-sightedness being dismantled. The atomic era of investing heavily in a technology that burdens human beings with the most poisonous substances on earth for literally thousands of years needs to be put to rest and this is how we do it. Decades of hearing pro-nuclear people hem and haw about what will be done with nuclear waste is enough. Decades of continuous safety violations by the companies that run nuclear power plants is enough. The promise of truly safe nuclear power will never be delivered upon due to human greed and incompetence.

Comment: Lots! (Score 2) 363

by rbanzai (#43477553) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Magazines Do You Still Read?

I still read lots of magazines. National Geographic, Smithsonian, several history magazines, Car and Driver, Outdoors, Discover, FlyPast, and so on. I prefer the print format for being easy on the eyes as well as lighter and easier to manipulate than any tablet. At this point I don't have even the slightest interest in digital subscriptions to magazines.

With all the fancy scientists in the world, why can't they just once build a nuclear balm?

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