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Comment: Inflation means lots of millionaires (Score 3, Insightful) 446

by unimacs (#46772343) Attached to: Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires
I've got a rather dumpy house in a nice urban neighborhood. It's paid for and worth a bit over $200,000. Looking at long term trends and the increasing popularity of urban living, it will most likely appreciate a fair amount before I retire.

That alone will get me a good chunk of the way towards being a millionaire in terms of net worth.

Now add in the gobs of money that they recommend you save for retirement and by the time you do retire... well, you've got a lot of money. This assumes of course that you can navigate yourself past the agism that's also part of being a developer and remain a well paid part of the workforce until you retire.

Comment: Re:Dead? (Score 2) 109

by unimacs (#46771575) Attached to: Intel Pushes Into Tablet Market, Pushes Away From Microsoft
We've actually deployed quite a few tablets in the field to replace laptops that never worked very well for the task. Can't really use them while walking around.

For servers, desktops, thin clients, and laptops we have a number of different combinations of processors and operations systems including Windows 7 and 8, Ubuntu, OS X, debian, and VMWare ESX/ESXi. We also have a PBX, access points, routers, switches, modems, printers, gateways, Raspberry Pis, Arduinos utilizing various processors and OSes (though lots are linux variants). Then there are the company supplied and supported smartphones.

We have about 80 employees. We're not exactly a tech firm but close.

My point is the computing world is much bigger than Wintel even for companies that still rely on that combination. The non Wintel part of the technology world is growing. Intel would be stupid to pin its continued success on the future of Windows.

Comment: Re:Even a bestselling novel can have a typo (Score 2) 569

by unimacs (#46761305) Attached to: How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

More eyeballs usually do make bugs more shallow, but only if the eyes know what to look for.

And only if a significant number of sophisticated and knowledgeable eyes have the time and interest to dig through lines and lines of code looking for vulnerabilities.

The reality is that the majority of eyeballs looking at code are the ones that have other reasons to be looking at it. They aren't necessarily looking for vulnerabilities but maybe they spot something.

The eyes that might be interested in scouring code looking for vulnerabilities could be the ones wanting to exploit them rather than fix them.

Comment: Re:It's OK for Apple but not Microsoft? (Score 1) 565

by unimacs (#46756933) Attached to: Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support
Note: Over time as innovation in both smartphone/tablet hardware and software slows, and businesses come to rely on software that may not work with the latest IOS/Android update, there may be increasingly stronger calls for Apple and others to offer patches to older versions of their table/phone OSes rather than forcing users to upgrade.

Comment: Re:It's OK for Apple but not Microsoft? (Score 1) 565

by unimacs (#46756879) Attached to: Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support
With a different purpose and traditionally a different market than desktop computers.

Some of this has changed and will continue to change over time, but your typical IOS device is purchased by an individual rather than a business and replaced a couple of year later. While home users still purchase PCs they do it far less often than they used to. Businesses purchase far more than home users.

Further IOS updates are free and typically upgrading is simple and uneventful (typically). Most software is still compatible and those titles that aren't are usually updated quickly as well. New versions cost little or nothing.

So on the IOS side you typically have newer hardware and ease of updates. Plus most users are chomping at the bit to upgrade. There are exceptions. On the PC side it's different. Lost of home users have older hardware that may not support the update. Or they're worried the update will break something. Or they don't want to pay for it.

Businesses may have custom software that simply won't run under the new OS and would be expensive to rewrite. Large businesses tend to be slow to roll updates out to their employees even if they want to.

Comment: Re:99% certain deniers don't care how certain it i (Score 1) 852

I'm not offended by your position at all nor do I see you or really anyone else as "the enemy".

I am curious though. You don't seem to be convinced that global warming is occurring yet you are insulted that I implied that you're taking no action. So what actions are you taking in that regard and why are you doing so?

And if you're not parroting a narrative and don't trust climate scientists, nor climate change skeptics, why would you claim that the climate has been cooling for 15 years? It would seem to me that if you truly doubt both sides, you could come to no conclusion at all about whether the climate has been cooling or warming.

Comment: Re:99% certain deniers don't care how certain it i (Score 1) 852

You claim to to believe neither side, yet you repeat the (false) claims of the climate change skeptics. You basically admit you're choosing to ignore anyone who could reasonably claim to be an authority of the subject on the basis that they've likely been corrupted by grant money and because of contradictions you and others have exaggerated.

Maybe we should just stop all research that requires money. Surely nothing accurate can come from it.

I agree that not taking a stand either way is pretty convenient. You can disassociate yourself from the worst of the skeptics and chicken littles while at the same time not taking any action.

Has it occurred to you that that is maybe the plan of some of these folks? Create just enough doubt to keep any real change from occurring? Who are the ones really fighting against the idea of AGW? Aren't they the ones living the aristocratic lifestyles?

Comment: Re:99% certain deniers don't care how certain it i (Score 1) 852

If your opinions are based on "real science" rather than whatever happens to fit your world view, then how is it you could so easily come to a conclusion about my age that is so completely wrong.

Trust me. By the mid 70's I was much more than a "gleam" and I remember the ice age predictions. Perhaps you should go back and see what was being written in SCIENTIFIC publications and the National Academy of Sciences about climate at the time rather than was was being condensed into Time and Newsweek. I have. You might be surprised.

Regardless. The point of my original post is that people like you have made up your mind and it doesn't matter what the science really says. You're going to choose to believe whatever it is you wish. On the bright side, I'm apparently a much younger person in your world.

I'm afraid I'm doing what I told myself I wouldn't, -wasting my time arguing with closed minds.

Comment: Re:99% certain deniers don't care how certain it i (Score 1) 852

Oh Yes. I know, - since 1998. Like I said above, - that's a popular myth among climate changes skeptics but a myth nonetheless.

Ask yourself this question: What would it take for you to believe in AGW?

No. Really. What would it take? Is it even possible? Does it even matter what the science says as long as you can find a few credible sounding people that disagree?

My guess it doesn't matter how much consensus there is amongst the scientists who study these things. You've closed your mind.

Comment: Re:Warming exists? It is you who are in denial. (Score 1) 852

Check the math. There's been no warming since 98. If you had facts on your side you wouldn't need to use rhetoric like "denier".

This is not the holocaust.

Also, this wasn't "a few days of bad weather" this was two years of awful winters, cold springs and 100 year record cold in some places because of five polar vortexes in a winter that a) began a month early and b) ened late and c) was predicted in 2007 by a method the IPCC claimed had nothing to do with it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Excuse me but you're on the wrong side of the prediction credibility gap here. And all the rhetoric in the world won't fix that. You may lie, but the numbers do not.

The idea that there's been no warming since 98 is a popular myth amongst climate skeptics but it's still a myth. But it doesn't really matter, does it? I could cite 20 reputable sources saying so but you'd either not read them or just refuse to believe them.

I could again stress that local weather and global climate are not the same thing and also point out while this winter may have been cold in the Eastern half of the US it was very warm in parts of the West and ridiculously warm in Alaska. I could take it further and say that some people predicted that disappearing sea ice in the Arctic would cause this phenomena.

If I provided a link like this to a site that debunks David Archibald's predictions, what would you do?

Surprise me.

Comment: 99% certain deniers don't care how certain it is (Score 4, Insightful) 852

People have made up their minds unfortunately. Changes in climate can easily be brushed off as natural variation. A few days of locally cold weather is enough to re-enforce a denier's belief that global warming is a farce.

Over time the consequences will become increasingly hard to ignore and people will suffer. As is typical, the poor will suffer the worse. Ironically, many otherwise conservative organizations such as insurance companies will be willing accept global warming as fact because it gives them an excuse to raise their rates in coastal areas.

Comment: Re:Better answer - bring tech to problems of minin (Score 1) 578

by unimacs (#46727213) Attached to: Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code
The energy industry is moving away from coal because it's a dirty source of power and for now natural gas is cheap and plentiful. Coal power plants are being converted to burn natural gas instead.

This isn't just an issue with coal. All kinds of well paying jobs for unskilled labor are disappearing. Technology is actually part of the problem.

Comment: Re:they better learn something (Score 1) 578

by unimacs (#46727099) Attached to: Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code
Well, this is the heart of the problem. Some of the jobs you mention require training too, - and aptitude. You can't just decide you're a plumber and go out and get a job. There's training. There's a certification process. Same with welding. Low paying welding jobs don't take a lot of training, but high paying positions can take a few years of training and apprenticeship.

Manual laborers in the landscaping industry don't make squat plus it's seasonal work in most of the country. Same with agriculture. You can be a low wage seasonal field worker without a lot of training, but you're not going to earn a living. Same with carpentry or construction. Some of those jobs pay well, but they are the ones that require skills and experience.

There used to be a lot of union jobs that paid well for low skill workers in mining and manufacturing but those jobs are disappearing.

Comment: Re:no one would HIRE them, either (Score 1) 578

by unimacs (#46726649) Attached to: Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code
Just curious. Are you a software developer? What languages and tools were part of your most recent work experience? I'm not talking about what you may have picked up on the side.

I'm just wondering how often it is that older coders find themselves out of work because they themselves are old vs their skills being out of date.

Man is the best computer we can put aboard a spacecraft ... and the only one that can be mass produced with unskilled labor. -- Wernher von Braun

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