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Comment statistics (Score 1) 196

There are three types of lies:
1. Lies
2. Damn lies
3. Statistics

In a poverty-stricken community of 1000 people where 999 people earn $10000 per year, one person earns $100000000. That results in an average (mean) income of $109900 per person, which is not at all representative of the poverty. The problem with economic statistics is that they are painfully skewed by the top incomes.

Comment Re:RightsCorp (Score 1) 196

Yes, I saw that link, but I was trying to illustrate the average income and how it isn't representative of the average person. I know plenty of married households where husband and wife (combined) earn less than $40k\year. When I worked as a software tester at Deere, about half of the engineers I knew didn't even make $70k.

Comment Re:RightsCorp (Score 2) 196

Sorry, I forgot to respond to the other things.

I take care of myself by eating reasonably well, exercising, and visited the dental wing of a local college when I needed work. I was in a car accident when I was 20. My car insurance payed for the hospital expenses and work I missed. Clothes, housewares, appliances? Thrift stores and rummage sales. By the time I was 28, I had over $20k in savings. I guess I'm fortunate with regard to my student loans. My first degree was an AAS from a state school that I paid for as I attended, and my BA was at a private college (I know now, THAT was stupid), but I graduated with only about $55k in loans.

For about the last year, I've been making around $20\hr, and I still shop at thrift stores for almost all of my goods.

I'm not insisting that everyone can live like I do, but I'm telling you it's possible.

Comment Re:RightsCorp (Score 1) 196

I don't have the statistics handy, but last year I crunched some numbers to figure out estimates of the total working population. If the average income per person in 2012 was just shy of $43k (http://bber.unm.edu/econ/us-pci.htm), that's about $13.4 trillion (using the population numbers from http://quickfacts.census.gov/q...). Assuming everyone who works is working full-time or better (60% of the population? That's about 188.3 million people), we have an average income of $71155 per person. Of course, these are fuzzy numbers that I put together in just a couple minutes.

Comment Misdirection. (Score 2) 196

Does this smell anything like the platform that our current president ran on, twice?

We don't need to pay more in taxes, we need to stop spending so much on things like war, unnecessary civil developments (Silent railroad crossings?), corporate welfare, politician pensions, etc. You're addressing a symptom of the problem, not the root: government spending and thieving to support private interests that are funneled through government spending.

Comment Re:RightsCorp (Score 1) 196

Please, get off your soap-box.

monthly expense
500 apartment
300 groceries
300 transportation expense
100 utilities
total necessary expenses = 1200

Granted, I live in a smaller city, but Minneapolis is about the same cost, unless you need to go a great distance for work. Just outside of DC is also about the same. A nicer home, car, and children are not necessities. As an adult, I spent 10 years working for less than $10\hr. A large number of people I know make less than $10\hr. In fact, I made less than $8\hr until I was 26, and I was still able to live rather comfortably because I didn't waste money on things that I didn't need.

Does this mean that I think things are fine? No, I agree that income disparity is a horrible problem in a country where the "average" income is $75k\year, but very few of us know anyone who makes that much money.

Comment This _is_ a way. (Score 1) 223

Mod parent up! Wireless opens up many doors for ISPs. Infrastructure is the biggest cost, and wireless infrastructure makes it possible for just about anyone to become a tier 3 ISP.

Want a neighborhood ISP? Fast and easy: just put a tripod on your roof with a couple sector 3.65Ghz APs, and connect it to a router with a fast backbone. Add more components to improve security, or whatever you want. It's not hard. My friend sold his rural ISP late last year, and he had just negotiated for a 500Mb/500Mb up/down backbone for $3k/month. Each month, they are getting about 10 new customers at $50-70/month. The last I heard, his customer count was about 900, and that was before he signed away financial responsibility in November 2013.

The guy started this company about eight years ago, and was just a network engineer at a hospital when he did. Yes, almost anyone can start an ISP.

Comment Ban it, and something worse will come along. (Score 1) 376

You can bet food manufacturers will not just decide "Well, I guess we can't use this anymore, so we'll just switch to lower shelf-life products."

Interesterified oils? As bad, if not worse.
TBHQ? WAY worse. Looking for DNA damage? Look no further.

Meet the new boss, worse than the old boss.

I'm all in favor of telling people that something is a potential danger, and letting them make the decision on their own. I don't buy "low sodium" cheese because it taste worse. I do buy "low sodium" V8 because it tastes better. Then again, what do I know? I don't work for the nanny state.

Comment not completely pointless (Score 1) 64

You've never worked a helpdesk, have you? There are few things more painful than spending 40 minutes on a call with someone who can't figure out how to copy and paste, or type their username and password into the provided and labeled fields.

These are people working for some of the biggest engineering firms in the world. I only wish I were joking.

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