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Comment Re:Millenials... (Score 1) 214

I think it's a little of both - I provide tech support to a lot of college students, I see random samples of their writing from abandoned printouts and such...and honestly i'm not sure how a lot of them make it through classes when finishing high school left them barely able to write coherent sentences, they can't handle basic "click X to do Y" computer tasks, etc.

If this is at all representative of people with high school diplomas lately, I kinda can see why employers are heading that way.

Comment Re:Staying still can lead to financial suicide... (Score 1) 214

It happens - not everyone lives (or wants to live) in California/NY/LA/etc and/or can find a nice high-paying position right away.

Job before this one, I was making ~$29k in sort of a tier 1 + 2 combo help desk position - yeah, the pay sucked by most standards, but it was enough to let me make a move and get established in a nicer area with lower cost of living, so the sacrifice was worth it till I found something better a few years ago.

Comment Re:"our business" (Score 1) 395

I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that you think console/PC games aren't "adult enough" either?

Some people like what you don't like, man/woman - not everyone is looking for their entertainment to be SERIOUS BUSINESS/based on something super obscure/etc.

There's really not much other way to explain it.

Comment Re:You're not saving nearly as much (Score 1) 622

As for your faulty math - $60/month over 6 years is $4320 - but that's if you got a loan for ZERO PERCENT. Even with excellent credit you're looking at 4.5%.

Heh, the last time I had to pay that sort of rate on a car was 9 years ago, when I was not too long out of college with almost no credit history.

Traded that car in a couple of a days ago, got 1.9% with no hassle whatsoever.

Comment Re:More than one city supplies a home (Score 1) 180

Hey, if you have the option and market available to do that, awesome. But something like 30% of the US doesn't, last I read.

And I bet a lot of the "choice" that the other 70% has is actually between the one cable company or DSL/satellite/dialup at 1/0th the speed or worse.

I'd love to have a real choice personally - even the smallish regional cable company around here is full of profitmongering jerks. But I can't justify going from 25 meg service down to 1-3 meg DSL just to stick it to em in a tiny way.

Comment Re:Yes, yes, give it a year or two... (Score 1) 954

Yep, so very much this - I see this sort of thing almost every time I go to the nearby Kroger also.

Sure, gotta be the self-checkout's fault that you couldn't scan something right after 4 tries, can't figure out how to use a touchscreen properly, can't read the instructions on the credit card swipe, tried to use expired coupons multiple times, etc...

My "favorite" are the ones that start yelling/cursing at the machines - if you can't use simple technology without starting an argument with an inanimate object and forcing the cashier to handhold you through every step, maybe modern society just isn't your speed.

Comment Re:Why wait over a year? (Score 3, Informative) 110

Because...well, because it's the DC Metro and it's run by horrible people.

The only thing they seem to actually care about is how much money they can make, while pushing things to the absolute limit in terms of customer service and equipment.

I spent 6 years using the system to get back and forth from NoVA to downtown DC every day for work....and if I had to move back there now, I would be driving and paying for parking, absolutely no hesitation, even though it'd probably be at least twice the cost.

See https://twitter.com/unsuckdcme... for many, many examples.

Comment Re:Where I live there are no mail trucks (Score 2) 277

Do you feel the same way about all other aircraft, many of whom weigh much more and travel at much higher altitude, with the potential to cause a lot more damage if they fall out of the sky?

Or automobiles, with which you have to trust that a generally unknown driver has: maintained their vehicle properly, knows the traffic laws, actually decides to *follow* the traffic laws, hasn't been drinking, isn't distracted by their cellphone, has decent vision, etc.

Comment Re:Do longevity tests account for crappy power? (Score 2) 602

Are you implying that people who don't have awful-quality power aren't running with "real-world" power sources? What you're describing isn't normal by almost any stretch of the imagination.

Personally i've been using CFLs in all our lamps for close to 10 years, I think maybe 1 or 2 have failed out of about 9 or so during that period.

Comment Re:Past due not reported by companies (Score 1) 570

You use a check for Rent?? Mine is paid using PayPal (for both of my rental spaces)

I would quit writing a check in a second if I could, but unfortunately my property manager is stuck in the stone age...it's hard enough getting them off their asses to fix maintenance issues, let alone set up Paypal rent payment.

I can tell you I may never deposit a check in person again though - the remote deposit app on my phone is a godsend.

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