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Comment Re:Who wants to retire? (Score 1) 325

Retirement for me isn't stopping doing things, but choosing to do things that I want on a much more frequent basis than now. Also, probably a greater variety (work on 3 separate things for 10-15 hours per week, rather than the same thing for 40). Finally, a more flexible schedule, including no commute, the ability to skip days without giving an excuse, and the ability to pick which hours I'm busy. I won't stop being productive in some fashion until I'm physically unable, but it won't be "work" in remotely the same way.

Comment Re:Opposite (Score 1) 325

I hear you. Fresh out of college, I figured I was smart and impressive enough to find a way to retire by 50. Preferably by becoming a world-famous novelist in the next few years, or a dot-com millionaire by the turn of the millennium. Basis: nothing but wishful thinking, and the belief that I sure as hell couldn't keep doing this work crud five days a week for half a century. (Oh yeah, I can also distinctly remember telling my brother, "I really think I'm meant to win the lottery. I know the odds are against it, but it should happen to me.")

By 35, married, dual income, no kids, I had a plan, based on actual, mathematical evidence (if with some optimistic assumptions) that I could retire at 60, with a paid-off house and a decent retirement fund.

In my mid-forties with kids and a spouse that stays home, past one really terrible financial mistake with a house, plus several minor financial setbacks at work, I'm now looking at 65, more likely. I still have my doubts about the sanity or feasibility of doing this work crud five days a week for a few decades, but at least I've now worked almost half of the mandatory time, so there's that.

Submission + - Devuan Jessie 1.0.0 stable release candidate announced (

jaromil writes: Devuan 1.0.0-RC is announced, following its beta 2 release last year. The Debian fork that spawned over systemd controversy is reaching stability and plans long term support. Devuan deploys an innovative continuous integration setup: with fallback on Debian packages, it overlays its own modifications and then uses the merged source repository to ship images for 11 ARM targets, a desktop and a minimal live, vagrant and qemu virtual machines and the classic installer isos. The release announcements contains several links to project that have already adopted this distribution as a base OS.

Comment Re:Do you code? (Score 1, Interesting) 388

Also you have interface complexity. Adding these features requires some way to use the features, possibly including configuration options, menu items, hotkeys and so on. Prior to the Ribbon, Microsoft tried to fix this in Word by hiding all the menu items you had not used yet, so you'd never know those features were there to be used. My boss constantly asks me to remove menu items and "simplify" but he never has any answers on where he thinks users should go to access those features if they're no longer in the menu. Relevant Dilbert.

Comment Re:Super Metroid (Score 1) 94

Heh. I bought a SNES back in the day. I know I had at least a few games for it, but for the life of me the only one I actually recall playing is Super Metroid. Later I discovered emulation and I've played the heck out of dozens of NES titles, but again, for my SNES emulator, the only game I can remember ever firing up is Super Metroid. So I saw this product, and I thought, oh, that would be neat, I could play Super Metroid. Guess I should see what else is available, as I'm sure there's more games out there.

Comment Re:Don't buy this (Score 1) 438

I find this unaccountably negative. It's not "stupid" for people to be disposed close/clean up tools when they're done, or to require special instructions to use basic household gear. By contrast, I'd argue it *is* actually stupid that a device cannot be closed when it's done being used, and actually defaults to *trying* to close itself if left in the default state, and needs to be jury rigged with a home-made propping device in order to prevent a device from self-destructing.

Can't speak to her experiences with my other relatives, but I generally think of them as smart and attentive. Just the knowledge that the device is prone to self-destruct, and that anyone who isn't especially informed of this design flaw would have no reason to suspect it, is reason enough to be paranoid.

Comment Re:Your headphones are spying on you. (Score 3, Insightful) 230

There's nothing special about the right to privacy, and stigmatization doesn't have to have anything to do with it. Anything you don't want to reveal, you ought to be able to keep to yourself. Religion and sexuality get cited a lot, because they're commonly things people might not want to reveal to strangers, corporations, etc.

Comment Re:Microsoft...why couldn't they do this? (Score 1) 218

Yep. Apple is much worse in this respect. My 2006 Mac Pro had processing power and memory that is still on par, or better than, the current Mac mini once you upgrade the video card. But Apple stopped supporting new OS versions on it, which quickly renders the whole Apple ecosystem defunct. You can't update iTunes, so then you can't sync a new iPhone, for example. And finding compatible browsers starts to be an issue too, as new software for OSX tends to just not run on older OSes. I had to resort to end-user hacks to load the modern OS on it, but when I did, it worked very nicely.

The irony is that the most straightforward solution to the iTunes problem is to install Windows on it. Even Windows 10 is perfectly fine with the older hardware, and happily runs the newest version of iTunes.


Comment Re:Don't buy this (Score 1) 438

Ah, good to hear. My mother-in-law has a front loader that's about 10 years old, and she goes into a panic if anybody even breathes near the machine. She will do our laundry for us if we visit, it's constantly propped open, and she's given me paranoid lectures when I've simply walked through the laundry room on the way to the garage. It's made me wary of them.

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