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Comment Advice from a late gen boomer (Score 2) 540

I hope I don't come off as sanctimonious since I once thought I would never be able to save enough to retire. I thought, knew actually, my parents generation had it much better with plenty of jobs and pensions for when they stopped working. I decided to do what I could fully expecting social security to be bankrupt when I needed it. I still am not sure how that will play out since I'm not collecting yet but I started saving earnestly some 30 years ago, weathered some tough market swings and still came out ahead. The stock market is really the only way to generate enough wealth to beat inflation unless you have an inheritance coming your way. There is plenty of useful, free advice to assist you on your journey. I recommend the Boglehead forum as a good place to start. As you close in on your retirement goal reduce risk and expect market volatility. So live below your means, save as much as you can, don't pay unnecessarily for financial advice and stay the course. Nobody knows the future. I mean this with great sincerity.

Submission + - Is Google planning to include an ad blocker in Chrome? (gizmodo.com)

OffTheLip writes: According to the Wall Street Journal, Google is considering building an ad blocker into the Chrome browser. Ads that don't comply with the Coalition for Better Ads list of standards would be blocked. Chrome browser market share could force web sites to be more compliant and reduce the need for third party ad blockers such as Ad Block Plus which allow companies to pay their way onto an “Acceptable Ads” list. Is this another way for Google to force their version of standards on web advertising?

Comment Re:Fiber can be a PITA (Score 1) 108

For the most part the problems were between the floorbox panels and the workstations but our facility had roughly a thousand movable workstations connected by fiber patch cables. When fixed core problems came up they were hard to troubleshoot, e.g. shining light down the fiber path. This was a number of years ago so perhaps things have improved.

Comment Fiber can be a PITA (Score 1) 108

I worked for many years in a secure US government facility operating at the classification of secret and top secret/SCI. Fiber was the only permitted network infrastructure and we spent countless hours chasing down broken fiber tips, and crushed cables. Expertise required to retip fiber was much harder to come by than simply crimping twisted pair cable, which was shielded anyway. Emissions was the reasoning behind using glass to transmit the electrons.

Submission + - Young girls less likely to think girls are "really, really smart" (npr.org)

OffTheLip writes: Girls in their first years of elementary school are less likely than boys to believe they are smart according to research done by Andrei Cimpian, professor of psychology at New York University.

The study, which appears Thursday in Science, comes amid a push to figure out why women are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, fields. One line of research involves stereotypes, and how they might influence academic and career choices.

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