The drone was able to dodge scorching debris and lava at temperatures of up to 1,200 degrees Celsius, record the footage and still return safely to its owner."
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Running a recent version of Linux Mint with the MATE desktop
Create a big 4GB casper file on the USB stick.
Have it mount the existing hard disk and create shortcuts so they can get to their photos and stuff.
Maybe put on http://www.playonlinux.com/en/ to help get some of the old Windows software working under Wine
Bring a new stick with you over the holidays with upgrades.
They may or may not use it (they can just remove the USB stick and reboot to go back to their old getup), but at least you feel good that you've done "your part" without spending more than a few hours downloading and twiddling while you're there, and they don't go running off to all their friends complaining about how you came and now their computer is all different.
Meh, I get that when I start hyperventilating. You should just have your blood pressure checked.
I kinda thought that I didn't like music either, then some slashdot post recommended one of the streams at http://somafm.com/ . Since then I've actually spent some money on an album or two. Though I still don't have an "entertainment" budget set aside to speak of.
Also want to put in a plug for http://sleepbot.com/ambience/b... , which is generally "not music", at least not as you know it.
There will be a four-digit user along any moment to put us in our place.
Yep, telling us about Hot Grits, Natalie Portman and $$$ Profit.
No, you're thinking of the 3-digit UIDs.
Seems like they could have launched some kind of lifeboat or three up to dock with them within 30 days.
How long would it have taken the Russians to prep a Proton rocket to deliver unmanned Soyuz capsules (and an airlock adapter) to them?
Eh, it would have looked bad to ask for help from the Russians. Nevermind.
Mod parent up!
This is exactly what is going on. There isn't a shortage of STEM workers at all. There is a shortage of STEM workers willing to work for minimum wage. What companies want is H1-B factories. Cheap foreign labor. I don't know who will buy their products when nobody has a high enough paying job to afford them though.
Eh, wealth is power... concentrating the wealth into the hands of a few means they get to tell everyone else what to do.
But wealth is also mostly on paper... the people who do the work and generate the productivity should still be able to get by once everyone realizes all that paper wealth/power is imaginary (or more likely, collapses under its own accord from all of the wealth multiplication schemes / scams).
But in the near term, globalization will sweep away the power of nations to be replaced with corporate multinationals. Which might be OK, since the concept of national sovereignty is merely some sort of institutionalized quasi-racism anyway.
Good story. I essentially did this too about 2 years ago, under similar conditions.
Grew up in the DC area most of my life, and had some good jobs there working for various "Beltway Bandit" engineering firms, with the security clearance, unlimited overtime, occasional 2 week travel... it felt like a scam. Despite all of the perks, I was certain I didn't want to live that way the rest of my life. Plus, vitamin D deficiency from working in SCIFs all day was starting to eat my bones. But I saved up enough money to move the family out to the west coast to finally live a little.
It was a pretty substantial pay cut, but the cost of living out here West ended up being lower too. We now rent a house 3x the size of our old 2br condo. We're on a strict budget now that the wife stays home to tend to the kids, but everyone is a lot less stressed and doing better in school, and we eat better now than when we hit restaurants half the time. People out here are workaholics in comparison to DC ("Southern Efficiency; Northern Charm"). But they play much harder too. First week at the new job and my boss hands me a beer from his mini-fridge, which would never happen back East. And we have a whole bevy of new places to explore on weekends after having exhausted most of our old haunts.
So yeah, "follow your heart", but be sure to think it through... you don't want to be changing jobs every year, but you don't want to stagnate at one place for more than 5-10 years without growth either. See the good parts of whatever you end up doing, be prepared to make the sacrifices you're willing to take to make the changes you want in your life, and consider what is your "path of least regret".
1. I'd say it's possible to get ahead using a credit card, but you need to be very disciplined. The agreements are very much structured as a deal with the devil, as soon as you get behind one payment they start charging you as many fees and interest charges as they can. That said, you can win by:
Getting a card with 0% APR, and paying off the balance in full each month.
ALWAYS paying your balance off in full every month before the due date. Do not carry a balance, since this means they start charging you fees.
If you miss a payment, you LOSE. Minimize damage by paying off your entire balance completely (including stuff that hasn't hit your statement yet) and stop using the card until they stop charging you fees and you return in good standing. This may take 2-3 billing cycles. They will continue to charge you fees for several months, along with interest based on your "average daily balance" (i.e. not the balance of $0 if you pay it off before your statement date comes around). If it's your first time paying late, MAYBE you can give them a phone call and have all the fees waived once.
Set up automatic payments from your savings/checking account, so you never miss a payment
Make sure you always maintain enough money in your savings/checking account so you can completely pay off all the balances on all your credit cards and still have enough to live for 3-6 months. This probably takes the most discipline, since it means you probably want to live on a strict budget until you hit that number.
Profit! Pay your credit card statements as late as possible, but no later (I usually schedule them about a week before the due date). If done right, you essentially end up floating the money you spend with your credit cards for 1-2 months... meaning the money you spend will stay in your bank account (earning interest, however meager it is these days). And if you have good credit score, you can probably get some percentage rewards on your credit card purchases (1% - 5% is common).
Share the wealth - of course, cashback from the credit card essentially means the merchants you frequent are paying you a percentage whenever they run your credit card (or, er, the credit card company is giving you a small cut of what they charge the merchant for transactions). So if there's a merchant or restaurant you like, consider paying cash, especially when tipping waitstaff (who might then be able to go on and, er, underreport their tips to reduce their tax burden, which is illegal but I'm sure it happens and doesn't really have anything to do with you other than they will love you for it).
2. Yes! Don't be afraid to be your own accountant, tax forms are all written towards an 8th grade comprehension level (ha ha). But really, tax incentives are there to help shape your behavior and a lot of it is actually very level-headed for something that comes out of government - there are little rewards you can score at the end of the year for improving your energy efficiency, supporting good charities (more money donated to stuff you actually want to support means slightly less tax dollars for congress to throw at things you don't like). But by all means use an online service like taxact or turbotax to take the liability off of you if there's an honest mistake that slips through.
3. Yeah, life insurance doesn't work the same way it does in the Game of Life for some reason. Usually if you can snag some from your employer for little to no contribution, that's worthwhile to make sure your family has enough money to bury you if you die, and keep the house and family car running until they can cozy up with another breadwinnar.
4. Compound interest might be the only useful financial advice you can get out of a high school education these days. But they still don't really give you a lot of rules of thumb that fall out of that, such as:
Inflation means everyone's money depreciates about 3% each year. If your bank account's interest rate is less than that, you're not going to be living off of interest income
A typical 30-year mortgage means you'll probably pay the bank back twice the amount of the original loan.
Don't buy a house that costs more than 3x your annual income.
5. Rings true, just pick the index fund with the lowest admin fees. You're in it for the long run, and lots of smart investors have repeatably demonstrated that index funds, even fairly random ones, tend to outperform "managed" mutual funds over the long term.
6. Yes, don't turn down free money! In the same vein, you can help teach your kids to save money by setting up an e.g. a 50% parent-matching contribution for whatever pocket or present money they put in their bank account instead of blowing on candy and toys.
Oh, just make it more like Windows and use
Then you can set up passwordless ssh with no passphrase to all your systems do stuff like
for H in `cat myhosts.txt` ; do ssh -qt $H "sudo rm -rf
Yeah, the NPR reporting on this last week pretty much indicated that WhatsApp is extremely popular in the developing countries (BRIC, etc.). Facebook bought their user base, and are probably not all that interested in their app, so none of us should really be interested in it either.
US has always been weird with respect to SMS, what with them charging extra for low-priority data packets that essentially piggyback on the cell tower control packets "for free". But chalk that up to the "ingenuity" of Amurrican marketing and productization.
For my part, I just use the Google Voice app to do SMS on my existing data plan. But I never got into doing SMS via Twitter, which is probably closer to whatever it is that WhatsApp does.
Another thing the NPR coverage touched on was the $1 / year paid subscription model that WhatsApp uses, and that the Russian (Ukrainian?) developer is pretty against any kind of embedded advertising, so it'll be interesting to see what Facebook does with this. I'm frankly kinda surprised I haven't read much coverage about this on any of the tech news sites, it's really weird getting deeper coverage about $random_software on mainstream broadcast radio, compared to what would have made the news just a decade or so ago.
So I don't really understand why utility quality doesn't seem to affect realty prices. Maybe if Zillow and Craigslist started including broadband rankings from broadbandreports.com for homes and rentals alongside listings, we'd get somewhere. Thus far, it doesn't seem to appear on the radar, somewhere far beyond "school rankings in standardized testing" and even "price of garbage collection".
Of course, then the internet availability score might start to have some impact on assessments used to determine property taxes, which could start having unintended consequences. But I'm pretty surprised thus far that more people don't really shop for residences by FTTP availability.
Oh, over on Eastside I have Frontier FiOS (formerly Verizon). It's pretty great.
6.023 x 10 to the 23rd power alligator pears = Avocado's number