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Comment Re:Don't forget about your government spending (Score 1) 743

Maybe if you get them at Whole Foods. Vegetables can be very economical if one bothers to shop carefully.

Dry pinto beans: $0.99 per 2,000kcal. Bread flour: 28 cents per 2,000kcal. Cheapest bag of frozen mixed vegetables I can find: $11.63 per 2,000kcal.

Don't forget about the $2000 EVERY person in America (on average) pays to have a ludicrously oversized military, the $750 every person pays for interest on our national debt, the $1500 or so the government "borrows" from you from you every year to fund our government

Actually, I was only accounting for consumer spending out of their take-home income, and not taxes. So the government takes all that shit and consumers today spend vastly more of their take-home money on luxuries and much less on necessities.

By the by, that "borrowing" is voluntary: the Government sells treasury debt objects, and people buy them under the belief that they'll mature in 20 years to be worth more than inflation, thus acting as a source of investment income. The government doesn't raid your paycheck; you go to the government and offer them a loan.

Oh and those safety net programs the conservatives hate so much? They cost around $1000 per person every year per person - curiously barely more than the interest on the debt we pay every year to finance their aversion to taxes.

Actually no. The total cost of those programs is roughly $1.68 trillion in 2013. I know this because I did a lot of math, risk analysis, and transitional planning to design a much better system that takes over $1 trillion less from American taxpayers while moving more support more reliably to the needy. It's notable that current HUD puts 75% of qualified applicants on a waiting list and never pays them benefits; while Social Security retirement benefits pay less out for the poorest and more out for the wealthier, with as little as $728/month going to a full-time minimum-wage worker who worked 40 hours every week his whole life, and zero going to one who averaged 30 hours (didn't make enough money, so you get nothing).

We've built a system that takes $15,000 from a middle-class income and inadequately shelters the poor and transitionally-unemployed; we can transition it to a system that pays full benefits to all adults while grandfathering current beneficiaries (notably Social Security retirees) and still lower taxes, with no corresponding tax raise on anyone, anywhere. The next generation ends up breaking even, on average, in terms of welfare benefit; except everyone is covered, completely, reliably.

You seem to overestimate the available capital in the current system, underestimate the current cost of welfare, and not understand the full extent of what's actually achievable. America isn't wastefully throwing away its riches into government programs that keep everything running and provide little services like defense; it's hurling tons of money into a Welfare black hole that doesn't do its job. That's largely because of progress: implement the Universal Social Security I designed in 1950 and the United States economy collapses faster than the USSR; do it in 2013 and tax burden falls like crazy, poverty vanishes entirely, markets get stronger, and the income hierarchy remains unchanged (just the people at the bottom aren't starving and neglected, and the people in the middle are a fair deal richer). It's time to change.

Comment Re:Poor on $100k? Sure (Score 1) 743

Yes but he had claimed that a person making $120k is paying about 25% to the Federal government. The problem is you're paying 21% to the Federal government by the time you hit $38k, and then above that you're paying 31% or more. That's more than what was claimed to come out of taxes excluding State taxes.

Comment Re:Poor on $100k? Sure (Score 1) 743

and it's rare that individuals working 12 hour days would come home and bake their own bread

Lulz, I did it. It's faster than shopping, except you usually shop in bulk for things. Honestly, though, making a couple loaves of bread takes half an hour. Also, "working 12 hour days" isn't a thing; if it is, your $170,000 salary is $54/hr, while a 40-hour worker making $110k is getting paid a better wage. Yes, I've been 24-hours on-call before; and I worked 9-5 doing it.

The food analogy and bread baking thing was actually more interesting because it shows we can solve things like poverty by new types of welfare because those things became cheaper. Otherwise it was an extreme; you can still spend $100-$120 on pre-packaged meals and cook them in the microwave, you slob. I make sandwiches for the week in 20 minutes. I used to make my own sushi for lunch in the morning and then bicycle 7 miles to my IT Security job--it took me 20 minutes to cook breakfast while making sushi, and then I spent 15 minutes eating, and in that time managed to also prep everything else to leave for work including doing 15 minutes of Wii Fit. Cooked half a cornish hen or whatever else for dinner. Spent about 90% of my not-at-work time playing around on the Internet.

Maybe you're just slow.

Comment Re:Poor on $100k? Sure (Score 1) 743

I wish I could find a reasonable sized 960 sq foot home in a decent neighborhood. instead all you can find is giant oversized homes that really stupid people want because they hate their families.

Yeah, it's a society thing, and a market thing. Low-demand goods have higher margins because the market is high barrier to entry (easy to supply, but if you try to supply it you'll be trying to grab for a very small spread of customers, and competing with highly-experienced businesses with wide margins and stronger negotiating power with suppliers). If you want a small house, you have to pay for a custom job--and it's not going to save you much now, oops.

Basically, nearly 100% of Americans decided or accepted that houses are just big. The middle-class moved out of small houses as the generations rolled around, and now that shit gets handed off to the poor--ghettos full of 1300sqft houses inhabited by two-worker minimum-wage families pulling $30k/year. As a result, neighborhoods where people with actual money want to live have big ass houses; if you want to live in a small house, you can live in a slum. Don't like it? Pony up an enormous amount of money to have a tiny house built on your own tract of land.

Comment Re:anit trust issues! (Score 1) 273

If there's something you want to install that's not in the windows store(apps already vetted by MS), simply disable it!

Provided you even can. The existing Windows RT has shipped with this feature forced on. Besides, let me know when even something like Visual Studio is available as a UWP application.

Comment Re:Only Apple sells macOS code signing certificate (Score 1) 273

Those macOS (and iOS) Developer Certs are FREE, as in Beer

Only for programs that you compile and run on machines associated with the same ID.


Ad hominem, uncalled for.

It only costs if you want to be listed in the Mac App Store (or iOS App Store).

Or if you want other people who have Gatekeeper configured for "identified developers" to be able to run your software. From "Distributing Apps Outside the Mac App Store":

Only team agents belonging to either the Apple Developer Program or the Apple Developer Enterprise Program are allowed to create Developer ID certificates and sign apps or installer packages using them.

From Apple Developer Program: How It Works:

enroll in the Apple Developer Program. The cost is 99 USD per membership year.

As far as I can gather from the pages I linked, a valid Apple Developer Program membership is required to sign a macOS application for distribution outside the Mac App Store to Gatekeeper users, and renewals thereof are required to sign updates to said application that are also distributed outside the Mac App Store to Gatekeeper users. Perhaps you were confusing it with the relatively recent decision to allow a copy of Xcode associated with a particular Apple ID to sign for an iOS device associated to the same Apple ID, which is not distribution. Please help me and other readers of this discussion by explaining what I misread.

Comment Re:Seek competitors (Score 1) 273

Businesses that can neither switch from their current major version of Windows nor switch from their current applications ought to plan an exit strategy that shall be put into effect once their current major version of Windows becomes no longer supported and a vulnerability is found that threatens the security of the personal information that these businesses are storing on behalf of their customers.

Comment Computer Science Spreads as Graduation Requirement (Score 1) 273

Why do you focus so much attention on young people?

I focus on situations similar to those to which I am exposed, and there are young people in my family.

Most high school students DON'T have comp sci 101 homework

Don't, but will. (Source: "Making it Count: Computer Science Spreads as Graduation Requirement" by Allie Bidwell)

Comment Re:Or a car. Maybe a bouncy house (Score 1) 226

So pretending that getting hit by two pounds of plastic is the same as getting hit by a two-pound hammer is stupid.

If I had claimed that it was, you would have a point. But you don't. In fact, I've claimed explicitly that it isn't. My point was that comparing it to a pillow is far more disingenuous than comparing it to a hammer. A standard pillow will not knock you unconscious no matter how high it falls from, because its terminal velocity is insufficient to the task. This drone did knock a woman unconscious, and she may well have died if she fell over and hit her head. While comparisons to hammers are unfair, comparisons to pillows are fucking retarded.

Comment Re:Nice... (Score 3, Interesting) 72

You frequently make a lot of sense on Slashdot, but this time something seems to have flipped in your head :)

Your statement only makes sense if you ignore all the other comments in this thread exactly like mine. I am far from the only one who can't get his hands on a Pi Zero for a reasonable price. My biggest complaint, honestly, is the ongoing characterization of the Pi Zero as a "$5 computer" since it is clearly nothing of the sort for the majority of people. It costs more than twice that, shipped, if you can even find one. This new device will be the same story all over again.

Comment Re:tubalcain (Score 1) 64

I also have no plans to actually do any machinist stuff, but I find the videos absorbing.

Harbor freight has a small desktop lathe that's supposed to be quite good. And a desktop mill that you install under a drill press, which is also supposed to be pretty good if you take it apart and de-burr it like they should have. Maybe it would be an entertaining hobby. I mean, what are you going to do when Slashdot finally implodes?

Comment Re:Another new headphone connector! (Score 1) 127

Trust Apple not to implement that. Of course it requires an audio amplifier, probably a chip so small it's difficult to see. There's also some extra logic around the USB chip, because that's a relatively high-current low-impedance task. But Apple has already driven its users to a different solution, and has no reason to admit that analog headphones are just fine, and that it can support them.

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