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Comment Re:Oh yeah (Score 1) 199

and I have some of the best dark skies in the country. Most people have never seen a dark sky, and underestimate its value.

Oh man, I envy you there.

I'm wanting to try my hand at some astral photography, but I dunno when I'll get a chance to find somewhere to go that isn't trashed with urban light pollution.....

It was just before Katrina, when I went with a girlfriend to a little beach house type thing in Mexico, well away from the large cities, that I last saw a nice, unpolluted nighttime sky.

I'd forgotten what a beautiful display a black night full of stars and planets looked like.

We got there and just sat on the deck with a couple beers that first night (and most nights afterwards) just staring into the night sky and marveling how wondrous it was...

Comment Re:Wonder why (Score 1) 199

Right now, as a retiree, urban suits me because we don't need or want a large footprint and we don't want to be driving into town for most of the things that we need and want to do.

I can see your point on this for sure.

However, with SO many things now being able to be delivered at a reasonable price to your home door....even living out more suburban, you don't have to drive quite as much for shopping, etc....and with things like Uber, you can cheaply let someone else drive.

So, things like that might make living out of the urban areas even more attractive to some.

Comment Re:If self driving cars take off (Score 1) 199

If you like your car/motorcycle/doctor, you can keep your car/motorcycle/doctor. Just because there will be more options in the future doesn't mean you have to give up your motorcycle.

The reason I ask..is that I'm foreseeing that if self driving cars become the norm, they will then be mandated and human driver vehicles will not be allowed to occupy the same roads as driverless.

IMHO, a very real possibility and I'd hate to lose that option....

Comment Re:If self driving cars take off (Score 1, Insightful) 199

I'm still not seeing how all these self driving cars will work....

Will they also be able to drive out out of the city and go off roading?

Will they be able to pick up your boat and drive it to the launch, drop it in and then park with the trailer to wait for you?

Does this do away with motorcycles? Geez, I'd be hard pressed to want to give up the freedom and fun my motorcycle affords me on my days off....

Not everyone uses a car/vehicle strictly to go to/from work or other mundane, utilitarian usage.

Comment Re:Exactly (Score 4, Interesting) 199

I don't know why you are downmodded troll. The demographic trend has been going on for this reason for over 50 years. Most Americans want to avoid a life of ignorance, violence, and fear.

Well, in general, you do see less violence in the suburbs than the densely populated urban areas, and the school systems are often much better away from the inner cities.

You can't blame people for wanting to try to raise their families in a much healthier environment.

Comment Re:Wonder why (Score 2) 199

That's hardly the entirety of the decision. Aside from the pros/cons of renting vs buying, if that apartment is 30 minutes closer to work, you just saved 250 hours a year of your personal time. What's that worth?

Well, of course there are trade-offs for everything.

I personally cannot STAND sharing walls with people.

I have a pretty high end sound system, and I like to crank it up from time to time for music or maybe just watching the Flintstones at concert volume....without having to worry about people complaining.

And too...many of us enjoy having a bit of room in our own yards to stretch out..have a nice patio. I love to grill on my Big Green egg....or fire up my smoker and do BBQ (slow and low for up to about 18 hours or so).

I might want to fire up the big pot outside and have a crawfish boil with friends.

You can't keep a stack of smoking wood, that many cookers or even often use a grill with real fire on an apartment balcony.

I also like to have my own garage or carport for my car(s).

Sure there are trade-offs between living in the greater metropolitan/urban areas, you have to decide about your lifestyle and what suits it best.

Where I live, people engage in a LOT of the things I just mentioned, I won't even go into the number of people that have boats at their houses they take out quite often for fishing, skiing, etc. You can't do that stuff readily in an urban setting.

I have friends that like to be even more out, almost rural...that's not me, but I do like to stretch my arms out a bit in my own house and yard.

Comment Re:Poor business (Score 1) 384

Don't forget his sage advice about wearing American flag t-shirts in America on cinco de mayo.

Ok, while I've never heard of this before...what exactly is the problem with this? I mean, this *is* still the United States of America, right?

ANY day is a good day to display and be proud of the country's flag...

Comment Re:also in the news ... (Score 0) 469

Good thing it takes longer to work someone to death if you're paying them a little bit. Slavery is for suckers.

The thing is....NONE of these "gig" jobs are there for you to make a living on...that's not their purpose.

They are there to allow you to make some money on the SIDE, when you have free cycles.

Not every single job out there is one meant to make a career and living from, when did this thinking come about?

Am I supposed to pay the neighborhood kid a living wage, offer a 401K and health benefits for just mowing my fucking lawn...?

If someone is stupid enough to think they can earn a living doing "gig" work like these, I think the problem isn't the job, it is somewhere between their ears.

Hell, go wait tables, you can make a LOT more money that way if you have to have a job between "real" jobs. I did it. Hell, depending on the market, be a bar tender, you can make some good money that way that people actually live on.

But trying to do fiver or lyft or the like for a living just shows a person that isn't thinking straight.

Not every job out there, is meant to support you for a living.

Flamebait...seriously?

This is a legitimate question....

Comment Re:also in the news ... (Score 0) 469

Great for you. Not everyone is as awesomely brilliant as you. But that's their tough shit, right?

I don't even remotely consider or promote myself as brilliant.

I do tend to act like an adult when it comes to my working life, and I am responsible for myself.

I expect the same from other working adults....you should be responsible for your life, work and family...and we really don't need any MORE govt. intrusion.

If you are an idiot and can't be an adult..well, then yes...fuck'em.

You gotta grow up some day, its a big old world that doesn't give a shit about you and you have to compete.

I tend to try to rely on multiple sources of income and am always looking for new revenue streams.

Comment Re:also in the news ... (Score 0) 469

The point of the study is that the "gig" economy is "you can work as little or as much as you want" is a way around labor laws, things like 40 hr weeks, paid time off, overtime.

No, it is a little something that has gone on for a LOOOONG time, but apparently many people somehow don't know about it these days...

It's called contracting...aka independent contracting.

It is perfectly legal and it has been around for a long, long time...

Now...not every contract gig is something you make a living off alone. Many people make a living off of multiple contracts.

With the exception of one W2 "gig" in the middle for a couple years, I've been working 1099 contracting and making a healthy living off it for the better part of 10 years or so.

Now, do I take every "gig" I can? No. But the ones where I can negotiate a bill rate, and I do make big boy decisions as to how much I need...to cover paying my insurance, fund retirement, and yes to cover 3-4 weeks a year vacation/sick time off I allow myself (no work no pay, has to be calculated in)...I accept those contracts.

I can assure you that I am not the only person out there doing this for a living...especially in IT.

So, are you saying this should be done away with entirely? That just because some people mistake side gigs for full time employment, that those of us who can do and prefer to make our own decisions, work our own hours, work what jobs we want...should have this capability removed, so as to cater to the lowest common denominator?

That's what I seem to hear you saying. Because a contractor, is a contractor, is a contractor....doesn't matter the duration of contract nor the bill rate.

I consider myself the same work category as a Uber/Lyft or other contractor type work relationship, I just happen to make more money at the contracts I enter into.

If I wanted, I could do Uber on the side too...I just don't need to.

But I VERY much enjoy the freedom I have to make my working, investment and retirement decisions myself.

What's wrong with that?

Comment Re:then go somewhere else (Score 0) 469

I'm not aware of people saying "gee, I really don't want that nine-to-five job, I want to be an uberer/fiverr/lyfter". They* are taking those jobs because they don't have anywhere else to go

Nowhere else to go?? Really? Who's holding them back? There are PLENTY of jobs out there.

Why not try waiting tables or bartending? I made a living doing that before I got a "real" job?

There's work to be done out there, may not be your "ideal" job that gives you self esteem, but you can work and earn a living till you get that job, and it does not have to be 'gig' work...although doing some gig work on the side can help supplement your restaurant job.

Whether they were intended as full-time work originally or not, they most certainly have morphed into that.

So,we should do a way with, ban or regulate out of business, those companies that offer this choice of a side contract gig...just because some people are too stupid to realize that it is not a primary source of income.

We have to cater to the lowest denomination because some people can't make correct decisions with regard to employment?

Hell, should we do away with contracting in general? It works for me, but because others don't know how to negotiate, manage money and paperwork, I shouldn't be allowed to either because others might get hurt or do things wrong?

I'm sorry, I cannot see your arguments here, until I see the gun being held to someones head forcing them to do this gig work....

Comment Re:also in the news ... (Score -1, Flamebait) 469

Good thing it takes longer to work someone to death if you're paying them a little bit. Slavery is for suckers.

The thing is....NONE of these "gig" jobs are there for you to make a living on...that's not their purpose.

They are there to allow you to make some money on the SIDE, when you have free cycles.

Not every single job out there is one meant to make a career and living from, when did this thinking come about?

Am I supposed to pay the neighborhood kid a living wage, offer a 401K and health benefits for just mowing my fucking lawn...?

If someone is stupid enough to think they can earn a living doing "gig" work like these, I think the problem isn't the job, it is somewhere between their ears.

Hell, go wait tables, you can make a LOT more money that way if you have to have a job between "real" jobs. I did it. Hell, depending on the market, be a bar tender, you can make some good money that way that people actually live on.

But trying to do fiver or lyft or the like for a living just shows a person that isn't thinking straight.

Not every job out there, is meant to support you for a living.

Comment Re:With cellular plans starting... (Score 1) 141

With american cellular plans starting to offer reasonable amounts of "unlimited*" data, it's getting easier to actually cut the cord.

Well, that's just fine when you're out and about or traveling and want to watch stuff....

But when I'm at home, I want full quality and no limits....

I didn't buy 55" OLED 4K tv's to just watch them at low rez, and have to worry about data caps/slowdowns hitting...

I suppose if you watch your media on nothing ever bigger than a 8" screen, then this would work, but for many that made a reasonable living and have nice TVs at home, you need a larger, more dependable pipe...

Comment Re:Forest Priest (Score 1) 141

I pay $70/month for 100 Mb/sec from Comcast.

I was about to suggest folks look into seeing if they offer business internet in their area.

I've had a Cox cable account for a LONG time at $69/mo. No caps, I can run servers (no blocked ports)...etc.

Granted, my plan is so old, it isn't offered anymore to the public, but I"ve checked and the ones offered currently are still comparable in price and possibly more in speed.

It's not like you have to show a lot of proof you are a "business"....

I happen to need mine as that I work from home. When I cut the cord, I didn't calculate it into the mix. But prior to this, I had UVerse U200..was about $115 or so here a month.

I ditched that, put up an OTA antenna hooked to a tivo and tivo minis to each room for DVR and watching my local HD channels, and paired with with amazon FireTv units on each tv that stream Playstation VUE for $35/mo, which also has DVR capabilities and provides all my "cable channels".

I only lost 2 channels I used to kinda watch, Velocity and AXS....but I'm doing fine without those.

So, cutting the cord, I went from $115/mo to $35/mo.

But do look around and look into business connections and you should be able to find internet for a reasonable un-bundled rate.

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