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Comment The big advantage to high pay/cost of living... (Score 1) 805

Is your retirement fund. Being working poor and earning $150k a year will be a bummer but if you've done it right you'll likely come out the other side with assets like a plump 401k, options and real estate. Putting in your time under those conditions, assuming the stress doesn't kill you first, makes for a pretty sweet retirement. Dump those assets and move somewhere cheap and spend the rest your days (maybe retire at 50) living liking a king.

Comment By Netflix they mean streaming services... (Score 1) 316

We owned media in a time where the burden of re-acquiring it was too great. Now that I can rent just about anything from Amazon or iTunes from the comfort of my couch precludes the need for me to permanently store it on site. Very few of the films I still own are available on Netflix. I doubt Netflix is solely to blame, it is the ubiquity of media on all the various services many of us subscribe. And if we've learned anything from the music industry, the film industry should be cheering this since subscription services are outstripping the revenue once seen by the music industry from media sales alone.

Comment Re:In this economy? (Score 5, Insightful) 564

For a machine that will likely have had no maintenance and many consumable parts? If you don't mind paying half price adjusted for inflation for a used machine I've got 2000 Toyota Camry for sale right right now. Adjusted for inflation from what I paid new 2000 ($24,000) at half price (adjusted) that comes to $16,000. Current blue book is about $3000. I've probably got a washer/dryer set in a similar vintage I'm willing to make that same sweetheart deal on.

The internet is full of comments like yours so I'll pretend to take you seriously for a second. I think the reason the price is so high right now (whereas they were pennies on the dollar a few years ago) is obviously the market is hot but more importantly there is a scarcity problem. My very high end Sony ES apparently died without me realizing it despite being kept in a production setting, though never used. So many of the rubber and plastic parts have degraded on these machines in 20 or more years that many of them didn't make it into the new century. That of course and many probably went into the dust bin long ago.

Comment Re: In this economy? (Score 3) 564

Essentially, yamaha MT120. I thought about just playing them in my standard tape deck and using software to flip it around and align the tracks but as I mentioned in my first post, my tape deck is broken too and I've been pissed about how expensive they are to replace. Getting back on topic though, I'm with everyone else in this thread, tapes really provide no value in this modern world. They were a hacky solution at best meant to solve the home recording problem. As a v1.0 they met the criteria but bring nothing to the party in 2017 other than sentimental memories.

Comment Re:In this economy? (Score 5, Interesting) 564

Clearly you haven't been paying attention. If you find a cassette deck for $.25 I strongly suggest you pick it up and throw it on ebay. My broken tape deck is selling in the neighborhood for $100 on ebay currently. I tried to buy an old 4 track recorder to salvage some band recordings I made in my teen years and I couldn't justify the expense at the current rate. They are selling for as much used as I paid for them new 25 years ago.

Comment Re:eating less (Score 1) 256

And, honestly, it STILL comes down to "YOU need to eat less". Short of individually tailored micromanagement of your gut, you're not going to ever really change what's in there.

The same could be said of anything though. Your legs work YOU just need to fight through your crippling joint pain. Easy right? When you can't eat "normal" portions because your body is metabolizing the energy differently that everyone around you and you are constantly fighting hunger urges, there is an undeniable psychological weight on your being. Eating less is the right solution but to only half of the problem. The second half is the sticky bit and means either suppressing those urges (the wrong way as these solutions have been around for a long time and tend to kill you) or by addressing how your body metabolizes food (gut biome). One address the symptom and the other addresses the cause.

Comment Re:Not surpised (Score 1) 96

This. I just bought a new Maytag washer/dryer set a few weeks back and the installer said they were nice units. He said most of the new stuff is pretty good, everything but Samsung. Said he won't even install them for the reason cited above. I used to work in a music shop and all the repair guys had their conspiracy theories about what was shit and what is great and chalked it up to that. Had no idea the problem was as pervasive as this.

Comment Re:So many problems with IFTTT (Score 1) 177

It's hard to complain about something free but you couldn't be more right. That, and the granularity of the features is garbage at best. Automating lights can only be set to a quarter of an hour. Poor feature support where certain aspects of a service cannot be controlled at all despite the API being exposed. The potential for IFTTT is immense but the execution leaves much to be desired. I'd pay for a full featured, responsive service but I'm left with only what could be. But hey, it is free.

Comment Re:Industry won't cooperate (Score 1) 264

This. Rarely does a DAW need to just lay down tracks like we did in the old days. Most of your effects are all digital and depending on the setup, some or all instruments as well. Compatibility with plug-ins is a must and Audacity, while it love it, doesn't cut it when up against ProTools, Cubase or Sonar. If you have an old school outboard rig, and you can find a compatible interface for Linux, you can recreate an old school 8-track system pretty easily. I don't think we're there yet for complex digital works with 3rd party plug-ins.

Comment Rewrite? Don't you mean correct? (Score 1) 228

From the summary, this sounds like a tool that corrects or adds additional clarity to an otherwise ambiguous phrase. The word "rewrite" almost always has a negative connotation associated with the intent of obfuscating fact. Not sure why the submitter chose to use such a loaded term. I suppose it's possible it was copied from TFA but who reads that?

Comment Re:School isn't there to enrich lives (Score 1) 246

Same. I believe the idea was that high school kids would often have after school jobs and that was certainly true at the time. These days though few high school-er's have job, hell most college kids don't have jobs. I was on the football team and we had mandatory 0 period weight lifting which meant getting in at 6:30am. That was not great.

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