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Comment Re:Cities (Score 1) 490

Yes. There are cheaper ones. In the area I am in, specifically Highlands Ranch, good luck finding something that isn't a condo or townhome for under $300,000. I'd prefer to stay where I am. 5 minute commute to work, good schools, good neighbors.

Comment Re:Cities (Score 2) 490

That is true. I also differ than most Millennials in that I have worked for the same company, a school district, since I could work. I make decent money, but what is even better, I have a pension plan and am able to retire with over 30 years at age 50. We just have too many people moving here. There are a ton from California and Texas. A lot of them are here for the weed. No lie. There is one area of town where there are 15+ pot shops in a single mile. Legalize it in the US and have everyone stay where they are. And forget about trying to go skiing on the weekends, It takes a good 3 hours to get to the closest resort because of the traffic. And that is if you leave by 5:30 or 6 am. It used to take 90 min at most. I'm rambling here. I feel like an old man "Get off my lawn, ya damn hippies!"

Comment Re:Cities (Score 2) 490

I'm technically considered a Millennial, but I feel more Gen X than anything, 34 Years Old. I hate living in Cities. I prefer the suburbs or rural areas. My problem with owning a house right now is price. I live in the South Denver area. A 1200 sq/ft. home with a tiny yard where I currently reside is going for $350,000+. I recently sold my 496 sq/ft Condo in the same area for $140,000 less than 2 hours after it hit the market. Moved back in with my parents and am saving for a down payment on a house. Real Estate is just way too expensive. I could have rented my condo out if my HOA would have approved, (a whole other issue). A rental like that is going for around $1000 a month. It's ludicrous.

Comment Re:Theft. (Score 1) 143

Apple actually has a couple of great services they offer educational institutions that can help mitigate thefts. Their Device Enrollment Program combined with any sort of MDM server works like the Activation lock on iOS devices with Find My iPhone turned on. The district I work for has leveraged that and have not had one instance of theft yet. It basically bricks the device if they remove if from the school and erase it. We have it set up so they need to be on our secure network and login with AD credentials to be able to set up the device at all. It was pretty easy to set it up. We are using JAMF's Casper suite to manage them. It is fantastic. I have tried many times to break the lock in multiple ways with no success.

Comment Re:Logitech MX1000 Laser Mouse (Score 1) 361

Never been a fan of the trackball style, but to each his own. I have had a little issue with the contacts for charging the mouse, but they still work. It DOES take a bit of wiggling, and sometimes it takes a nice bristle brush to clean off any corrosion. Thinking of getting out the old soldering kit and replacing the contacts on the mouse.
Privacy

Ontario Court Wrong About IP Addresses, Too 258

Frequent Slashdot contributor Bennett Haselton comments on a breaking news story out of the Canadian courts: "An Ontario Superior Court Justice has ruled that Canadian police can obtain the identities of Internet users without a warrant, writing that there is 'no reasonable expectation of privacy' for a user's online identity, and drawing the analogy that 'One's name and address or the name and address of your spouse are not biographical information one expects would be kept private from the state.' But why in the world is it valid to compare an IP address with a street address in the phone book?" Read on for Bennett's analysis.
The Internet

Researchers Warn of Possible BitTorrent Meltdown 294

secmartin writes "Researchers at Delft University warn that large parts of the BitTorrent network might collapse if The Pirate Bay is forced to shut down. A large part of the available torrents use The Pirate Bay as tracker, and other available trackers will probably be overloaded if all traffic is shifted there. TPB is currently using eight servers for their trackers. According to the researchers, even trackerless torrents using the DHT protocol will face problems: 'One bug in a DHT sorting routine ensures that it can only "stumble upon success", meaning torrent downloads will not start in seconds or minutes if Pirate Bay goes down in flames.'"
Businesses

Inside Factory China 135

blackbearnh writes "While China is attempting to pull its industry up out of mere manufacturing mode, for now the country is the production workhorse of the consumer electronics industry. Almost anything you pick up at a Best Buy first breathed life across the Pacific Ocean. But what is it like to shepherd a product through the design and production process? Andrew 'bunnie' Huang has done just that with the Chumby, a new Internet appliance. In an interview with O'Reilly Radar, he talks about the logistical and moral issues involved with manufacturing in China, as well as his take on the consumer's right to hack the hardware they purchase."

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