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Comment Re:Repurposing Macs significantly harder than win/ (Score 1) 223

MacOS support for older hardware is not terrible. While it may not stretch back a full decade, it wasn't until recently that you could say Windows worked on decade-old hardware.

And since you bring up Linux... Linux is a great way to bring modern software to old Mac hardware.

Comment Re:WOW! (Score 2) 88

For those who didn't read the article, the house is not pure concrete, but includes insulation. And while the price breakdown was for local labor, it did include interior finishing.

The frame is not the largest expense, but the time and expense to get a closed in frame is one of the largest barriers to providing affordable housing. It is the least flexible part of the equation, and it requires the most up-front money and simultaneous labor. Everything else can be done on a budget or as time permits. That they were able to include interior walls that needed little more than paint is an impressive extra bonus.

Comment Natural selection at play (Score 4, Insightful) 74

The lesson here is that returning beached whales to sea just returns them to the gene pool, harming the whale population at large.

If you want to save the whales, you must let the beach-weak whales die. If we keep returning them to the sea, we'll simply have a whale population that's dependent on humans to survive!

Comment Pay will be important (Score 1) 261

Being young with no responsibilities is a great time to do something fulfilling regardless of pay, but you WILL find pay to be important later. If you make good money now, you won't have to worry so much about it later. And fulfilling work and work that pays well are not things that are mutually exclusive.

Don't get complacent with pay, and make sure that you are well aware of what someone at your experience level can expect to make. As someone in IT--especially with software engineering skills--you should also be prepared to settle in the few places where you can have a career with those skills.

If you are sacrificing pay for fulfillment, make SURE it's worth it. Most jobs will try to base your pay on the pay you made at your last job. It's terrible, but it's hard to fight. Aiming high for your first job is one of the best things you can do to help your financial prosperity through the rest of your career.

When I started, I had work I enjoyed, but it didn't pay well and it didn't provide me with experiences I would cherish for a lifetime or anything like that. It took time to gain the experience to realize I had a sucker's position, and it took time to get out of the mindset with "I can be happy getting by with this". Realize that "getting by" is not enough. You don't have to expect a mansion or a Tesla out of life, but you *do* have to expect well more than subsistence. The numbers will look different when you have a family and an emergency and no savings because you've been getting "just enough".

If I'd known what I know now and pursued salary, I could have still been in environments that challenged me... but I would own a house outright and have a hundred thousand (or few) in the bank, not to mention command a higher salary today. I'm not ashamed or regretful of the choices I made, but I had no one to tell me better. I advise you to not sell yourself short.

Comment Zombie alerts probably accident rather than malice (Score 1) 41

I can absolutely see the public getting zombie alerts... but by accident rather than as a prank.

I was involved in setting up these alerts at one mobile carrier. What do you think our test messages said? We lived in fear of accidentally sending our zombie alerts to the general public... but that didn't keep us from using it in testing.

Comment It is all about what games you play (Score 3, Interesting) 179

If you are a gamer that wants to know you'll be able to pick up the Big New Thing on Linux... we aren't there yet. That day may come soon-ish, but we aren't.

But if you are someone who is primarily interested in--or at least sufficiently satisfied by--the wide indie game market, Linux has been there for a little while now. Hungry indie game studios generally build with tools that make building for Linux easy, don't build games that hit driver edge cases, and they are hungry for the money the smaller Linux market provides.

I know one minimally technical gamer who uses Linux exclusively for work and games. He's very satisfied by the indie game market. He's an exception... but he's a sign of times to come.

Comment Re:weakly disguised hit-piece (Score 1) 328

The very article you linked to describes NeXT as having a clear technical direction rather than aimless development. In fact, it specifically says that NeXT was carrying on with the same technical direction that had been going on inside of Apple.

Insisting on this change in direction was part of what got Steve Jobs the ax from people more interested in short-term profitability.

Comment Re:Bullshit. (Score 2) 127

> The MIT or Harvard, for a degree in Computer Science doesn't offer you superior education, it just looks nice on your resume.

Computer Science is severely improving in many universities, but the top-tier univeristies for Computer Science really do provide a CS education that's a step above what's available in most places.

This isn't liberal arts where it's money and alumni politics. Berkeley, MIT, Stanford, Carnagie Mellon, and Harvard have *fantastic* undergraduate education for computing and engineering. There are a good number of state schools that have become comparable, but they've earned their reputation for a good reason.

This comes from someone without a degree.

Comment Re: It doesn't cost any more to serve more data (Score 1) 479

I'm not sure if you can get a 100 Mbps link for $45/mth, but you definitely can get a 1000Mbps link for $450.

Transit is so cheap these days that it's almost free; it's very cheap, keeps getting cheaper, while many other costs are not getting any cheaper (electricity prices don't ever seem to go down, for example). As a result, transit seems to be making up a smaller and smaller percentage of costs.

I agree with you on the general principle involved here (and the pricing scheme being discussed here is nonsensical), but transit is only that cheap at major junctions. When you get farther away, it gets much more expensive. Additionally, in rural areas, fewer customers have to support cost of the backhaul infrastructure to make it out that far (and trying to economize .

It gets expensive for rural customers on both levels.

Comment It worked out well for me. (Score 1) 285

As a kid, my mother's record collection introduced me to music from her past, and Nick at Night introduced me to television from her era. Shared culture is an ongoing story, and being able to see the earlier parts of that story really helped me to be able to appreciate the later parts. As well, understanding a medium from its simplest implementation to its most complex helps to create a more informed taste.

I don't have children yet, but my little brother is about 25 years younger than me. I've introduced him to old video games that are accessible to him. He loves them, and he's building experiences that will allow him greater appreciation of things he's going to run into later.

If my future children take an interest in technology, I won't force them to use an old PC... but I will certainly drag one out and set it up for them to fiddle with!

Comment Re:Scam (Score 5, Informative) 148

Did you even read the article?

It's not a diploma mill. Amazon is funding tuition for any accredited school, as long as the coursework is in the list of in-demand fields. There aren't kickbacks (Although if there were, so what? It would just mean it's not as generous, not that it's a scam.).

Amazon is also willing to pay for 95% of the cost, up to their annual limit. At a community college, that will generally cover everything. There is no saddling anyone with ridiculous debt.

This is a genuinely good program. There is no scam or any taking advantage of anyone. How did you even invent this in your imagination?

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