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Comment Re:So, does this super earth... (Score 1) 38

Indeed. I think it's telling that if we could clone our solar system, stick it many light years away, and astronomers were able to detect Venus from this distance it'd be the most Earth-like planet we've ever found.

It's rocky, close to the same size and mass, same type of star as Earth's, and it's right on the inner edge of the star's habitable zone . . . yet being able to make direct observations we know that Venus is a hellish rock with no chance to harbor life.

Don't get TOO excited when we find "Earth-like" planets.

Comment Re:Free (Score 5, Insightful) 259

Yes. Not directly for quite a few years, but even in modern times I'll tip girls on cam sites and such. Not huge amounts (probably no more than $20 per month in total), but I try to support the content I like in some way. I also subscribe to a few Twitch streamers and am a Patreon of a handful of Youtubers.

If you don't, eventually the content goes away.

That said, while I think they'll certainly sell more issues with nudes, the whole concept of nude vs non-nude isn't Playboy's problem. The problem is that it's a magazine. While people might still be willing to pay for content, they're not willing to pay for content in that particular format anymore.

To a large degree I the shift the in the market is just making huge companies with a big staff just not profitable. Sure some things like a blockbuster movie is hard to do at home, but what Playboy is selling can be provided by any pretty girl with a camera in her bedroom. She can provide the product with a LOT less overhead than a huge company.

Comment Re:Interesting, but I'm not sure I trust it (Score 4, Insightful) 180

You say that as someone who isn't enduring it.

To many people anything less than what they have now is completely unbearable. To the rich they think if they were poor they'd kill themselves - despite many poor people living happy lives. To the young many think that they'd rather die than grow old - even though "old" is a moving target that keeps getting a little farther out as you age.

The will to live is strong - those without it don't pass on their genes as readily. Don't presume to know whether they'd want to live unless you're in their situation.

Comment Re:Oracle worked very hard at making a closed ecos (Score 1) 198

Depending on how you're deploying it putting your database system in the AWS cloud doesn't require a software rewrite at all - the whole thing can be transparent to the application (much like just using a virtual server over a physical one already was).

Changing the database from Oracle to something else isn't quite so simple.

Comment Re:Just inflate history (Score 1) 435

It's a perfectly valid thing - understand that nobody wants their time wasted. We're hiring for a Network Admin right now. Realistically about the max that H&R is going to approve is $75k-80k. Yes, that's underpaid, but that's what we have to work with. We've had quite a few applications come in from people who are CURRENTLY making $100k-125k, but it's not worth contacting them or offering an interview. It would literally be wasting their time and ours, so we wait until someone who comes along that we can afford. They're probably not as talented or experienced as some of the others, but it's what we can pay.

Comment Re:Wow (Score 2) 41

Not only do things like this take batteries, but the human body is a surprisingly well evolved "machine". If you got one of these merely as a preventative measure the odds are likely great that the device would break before the heart it was supposed to assist did.

Granted, for people already having trouble I'm sure it'll be great, but I don't see it as being some routine precautionary thing.

Comment Re: Mod parent up (Score 4, Insightful) 540

These are solid middle class jobs that are not super specialized anymore.

If they're not super specialized it shouldn't be an issue to find someone locally to do it for less than $100k. The H1B program was supposed to be for filling those really difficult to fill jobs.

And if you truly can't find anyone to do it locally, then it should be worth $100k to you.

Comment Re: Conclusion: (Score 1) 375

It kinda reminded me of a funny scene I saw once. There was a healthy restaurant (it was a non-chain place - can't remember the name but they served a lot of vegetarian dishes and almost nothing fried). Next to it was a Captain D's.

Despite the fact that one was supposed to be good for you and one was supposed to kill you, everyone at the Captain D's was 65+ and it seemed like it was almost all 20-somethings going into the health food place.

I'm not saying it's not bad for you, but those old people still got up there eating that unhealthy stuff. Heck my grandfather made it to his late 70's and I don't think he knew you could cook meat any way other than frying it.

Comment Re:Conclusion: (Score 1) 375

access to above high school education isn't a given in a rural area

Poverty aside, the most people who attend a traditional college live on campus anyways. I grew up in a VERY rural area (the nearest gas station was 15 miles away - don't drive home if you're close to empty) and was actually from a poor family but when it came time for college I took out loans and lived on campus.

When I was done I ended up moving back to the general area (I live in a small town of about 8,000 people now, but it's within 20 miles of where I grew up). Having had a taste of more urban life in college I decided that I wanted to live somewhere a little more developed (ie, there's still stores and restaurants and such here), but still in the same general location. I've got broadband and the cost of living is low (my house payment is right at $700/month). There's hunting land close and within 15 minutes I can have my boat on salt or fresh water so the fishing is great.

I don't fault anyone for wanting to live in a bigger city, but I'm perfectly happy where I'm at.

Comment Re:Oh great (Score 1) 285

There's nothing wrong with cutting costs and reducing pollution.

No, but I have a STRONG suspicion that these bullets will not "cut costs" and will be significantly more expensive than their old versions.

I have no issues going green when there's a financial incentive to do so (ie, LED bulbs over their lifespan are now far more cost effective than incandescent - I'd use them even if energy saver bulbs weren't mandated).

Comment Re:I don't see where the "threat" is... (Score 1) 376

In over 50 years I have not heard of anyone's fridge being the source of a fire.
Or are they installing lithium batteries now to backup power for its wifi connection that we don't need to begin with?
A fridge needs only 2 things - power and a thermometer - to keep me safe.

I think you need to have your sarcasm meter replaced. Make sure it's not one of those cheap Chinese ones off of eBay . . .

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