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Comment: Re:Of 1000? (Score 1) 260

by AK Marc (#46772873) Attached to: Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires
I'd want $5,000,000. I have 15-20 years until retirement. I'm on track. Are you?

I'd re-define "millionaire" (as in the rich with no money cares rich) to be people with unearned income greater than a million a year. That's the level of comfort people think of for millionaire. The millionaire next door type (I know quite a few) don't live that well. A tiny 2-bedroom house, raising one child, one new car every 10-20 years. Saving most of their disposable income. Having just enough so that when their health fails, they can go into a nice home, rather than the worst ones (and there's quite a difference). Maybe leaving a little for their child. Of course, the one I'm thinking of managed to put their child through medical school, paying her whole way, so she got her inheritance early. Each generation better off than the one before. Not like my father who left us nothing. Well, piles of bills that will never be paid. But my plans never counted on that anyway.

Comment: Re:Holy shit (Score 0) 260

by AK Marc (#46772751) Attached to: Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires
Not all issues are negative. Relatives die, leaving you things and such. I've had a similar plan, and am still on track to retire at 55 with $5,000,000+ in net worth. 15 years into the plan, and still nothing that set it off track. That includes a few layoffs, some major medical issues, no accidents.

It's simple. It just takes a plan, and some self control. Why aren't you a millionaire?

Comment: Re:Great start (Score 1) 108

by AK Marc (#46772615) Attached to: Inside the Stolen Smartphone Black Market In London
No. Texas was recognized as an independent country for 10 years before it joined the US. Even Mexico recognized it, I think (not to clear on the details, they become moot after a 100+ years and other treaties recognizing the independence). So the US had no direct dealings or conflict with Mexico with regards to Texas.

Comment: Re:BS (Score 1) 325

by AK Marc (#46764433) Attached to: San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained
So if you bought a house for $500,000 10 years ago, and it's now worth $5,000,000, the taxes will be no more than (0.02 * 500,000 * 1.20) = $12,000, but if you sell your $5,000,000 place to buy another $5,000,000 place, your tax will be no more than 0.02 * 5,000,000 = $100,000. The massive financial disincentive to selling also helps inflate prices, making the problem worse.

Comment: Re:Low hanging fruit (Score 1) 90

by AK Marc (#46763875) Attached to: Lack of US Cybersecurity Across the Electric Grid

In my area the sub-station already has those safety features in place, if you tried a attack with a 'bow and arrow, with think wire" it would do anything, other then disrupt the system for a few minutes, before it determines whether there's something wrong like a short, before powering back up. And the company responds quickly to any sub-station issues, to make sure the system reset, or to physically inspect any problems..

About 5 years ago, a snake took out my substation for 5+ days. I think you greatly over-estimate the level of monitoring and response times.

Comment: Re:BS (Score 1) 325

by AK Marc (#46763791) Attached to: San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained
I also heard that if you sell a CA house, and buy a CA house, you pay taxes on the fist house, plus the difference between the two, so you buy a house for $50,000 (and are paying taxes on $50,000) and sell it for $1,000,000 and buy another one for $1,050,000 and pay taxes on $100,000. But then, I've never lived in CA, so I wouldn't really know or care how it works. It's just funny that so many claim it works one way, then someone else will correct them. For something that's so simple, it seems very complex.

Comment: Re:tie that to K'nect camera (Score 1) 105

by AK Marc (#46762447) Attached to: 52 Million Photos In FBI's Face Recognition Database By Next Year
You can request your FBI file. If they have your picture, are they required to disclose as part of their response? You have to give your fingerprints to get your file, so asking for your file results in a file being made, if one didn't exist. So the FBI and State of Texas have my prints on file. Though nothing to associate the prints with, other than my name (no actions, no arrests or the like).

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