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Comment Re:Poor on $100k? Sure (Score 2) 555

So then the lone tech worker is stuck in an apartment forever effectively, without pairing up with someone else's income, and how do you fit kids into that picture, if both have to work, etc.

You don't fit kids into that picture. Kids are infeasible in today's society unless you're on welfare or extremely wealthy. Just leave raising the next generation to them.

Comment Re: Poor on $100k? Sure (Score 3, Insightful) 555

Wrong.

I'm sure plenty of software engineers realize this, and have realized this for a very long time now.

The problem is that it's not up to them. It's up to managers and executives, who don't like remote workers. From what I've seen, telecommuting is becoming more and more rare; it was more common 10 years ago. Now the managers all want everyone on-site, and they want them working in noisy open-plan offices, sitting at open tables with no partitions whatsoever.

Comment Re:Easy to do with an iPhone (Score 1) 275

oh, fuck it. just stay home. it's better. really.

No, you don't need to go to that extreme. If you're a non-American, it's simple: there's dozens of civilized, developed nations that you can travel to without worrying about Nazi-like interrogations at the airport. Just go to any of those for your vacation.

Comment Re:Cash trumps your privacy (Score 1) 83

Get a Mazda; there's nothing there spying on you as far as I can tell. The infotainment systems in the latest models do not have cellular modems, so they have no way to communicate with the outside world unless you pair it to your phone, which is entirely optional. These systems are also easily hacked into, and enthusiasts have done this and made all kinds of changes; if there were spying going on, someone would have noticed by now.

There is a downside, however: the biggest complaint people have about Mazda's system is that it does not support CarPlay or Android Auto. (There is an unofficial mod to add AA to the system, but it's very buggy and of course not at all supported by the mfgr; if it bricks your system they won't fix it under warranty.)

So while the likes of GM probably are spying on you and selling that data somewhere, not every car company is. But Mazda doesn't even bother advertising this, probably because, as you pointed out, very few people give half a shit about it.

Comment Re:Why is my car any different than my phone? (Score 2) 83

Google owns both Google Maps and Waze. They're getting data from other users of these services. On Waze, it'll even show little icons on the map to indicate other Waze users, so of course they're getting traffic data from other users.

Obviously, this is much more useful in denser locales.

Comment Re: Unnecessary (Score 1) 71

The discussion in this thread is about users protecting themselves. Work computers are irrelevant: if your work computer is taken over by hackers, so what? If you were putting your personal info on there, that's your own dumb fault. It's not your computer, it's your employer's. The only thing that should happen when your employer's computer gets hacked is your employer suffers data loss and other problems, not you. You only need to notify the IT department that your computer isn't working right and let them fix it for you.

Comment Re:just like lightbulbs in a transition economy (Score 1) 316

Why would you hate your LED flashlight? As you said, it's very bright. It's also extremely energy-efficient, something very important in a flashlight. It sounds like you don't like the color spectrum that some LEDs have, but while that is an understandable complaint with LED room lighting, who cares about the color spectrum of a flashlight? All that's important is that it's bright and lasts a long time on a battery.

There's good LED bulbs out there for lamps and other room lighting; you probably picked cheap, crappy ones.

Comment Re:Are people still using that? (Score 1) 135

No, you seem to not get it. The "real" women are American, and hence are overwhelmingly obese. The trannies aren't.

If you guys find obesity attractive, then more power to you, but obesity is extremely unhealthy so from an evolutionary biology viewpoint, it's perfectly normal for a man to not be attracted to obese women.

Comment Re:Are people still using that? (Score 2) 135

When I was using Tinder (up until a few months ago), I did notice a LOT of trans-girls (men dressing and acting like women). There used to be hookers, but those seem to have disappeared; perhaps Tinder got a lot better at dealing with that problem. But for the 25+ ages, and esp. the 30+ people, it's all real people AFAICT. But there are a lot of trannies, at least in my metro area, though they all seem to be between 25 and 30. The sad thing, however, is that the trannies are, on average, a lot prettier than the real women. American women these days really look awful.

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