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Comment Re:The view fails to account getting &*#@ed (Score 1) 546

Oh wait, I get what you mean, the stock market crash of 2008. The RE "crash" around here followed which people often cite as a buying opportunity, but it was 2 weeks long and only on paper.

I was fully invested during and after the 2008 stock market crash. I invested my house proceeds at the top of the market and got slaughtered, but nobody in their right mind sells low. The markets did nothing for roughly 8 years, but there's a tiny, tiny uptick in my portfolio.

In terms of the house, it sounds like you didn't take the boomer's advice to "buy what you can afford, save a good downpayment" or you were born a few years earlier than me. Congratulations.

Comment Re:The view fails to account getting &*#@ed (Score 1) 546

I did buy one, but sold it a few years later for personal reasons. Didn't make a lot of money at it.

I've saved over $400k, but houses where I'm renting are over $2M now.

Real-estate is highly local, so the 2008 crash around here was 2 weeks long. Emergency measures kicked up prices at double-speed until 2015 and faster still in the past three years.

Comment Re: It has its uses (Score 1) 417

Java (like Flash) was always designed as a plug-in, running side by side with the browser, not an integrated part of the browser. T

Uh, what?

Just because Sun developed a Java plug-in doesn't mean that Sun's vision was ever that Java was primarily supposed to be used that way. Java has always meant to be used as a standalone programming language, and the percentage of Java development targeted at the plugin is absolutely tiny. Most of it is focused on back-end applications, websites, and the occasional desktop app.

I'm not sure where this "Java = applets" thing comes from, and it's especially hard to understand why software developers would think this given it's pretty hard to work in this industry for more than a few years without being given a Tomcat/etc application hosted in a JBoss environment to fix up.

Comment Absolutely not (Score 2) 387

It should be positively encouraged. I also believe offices should be furnished with beds, so we can take a nap when we want. And we should all have an additional computer with an up to date graphics card and 4K monitor that we can install Steam on.

This seems reasonable to me. What say you, fellow programmers?

Comment Re: Ponzi Scheme?? (Score 1) 101

Bitcoin transactions need to be "confirmed" by miners to be put into the blockchain and made official. In order to incentivize miners to do this, the Bitcoin protocol supports a transaction fee in the transaction that goes to the miner who confirms it.

Currently, the floor fee most miners will use is 220 satoshis per byte, or 49,720 satoshis for the median transaction size (https://bitcoinfees.21.co/). That's about $0.66.

If the reward of mining bitcoins drops below the cost of the electricity to do so, it would be balanced by an increase in the transaction fee. Theoretically, the reward of mining bitcoins could drop to zero and transaction fees could still make it profitable by confirming transactions.

More info: https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Transaction_fees

Comment Re:The view fails to account getting &*#@ed (Score 1) 546

Ditto, almost every bit of advice from a boomer has been bad advice.

Every year, houses increased more than 4x my annual savings, even when I packed away $80k/year in after-tax savings, it wasn't enough to make my downpayment more effective than if I bought 20 years ago.

The lesson is the rules will change to suite the majority. The millennials will do fine.

Comment Re:Troglodytes (Score 4, Insightful) 201

All of them, and make no mistake Hillary would have been just as bad.

No, I'm pretty sure she wouldn't have been. I think it's reasonable to assume she would have continued the same kind of policies as Obama. And it was Obama's FCC that started to take Network Neutrality seriously to begin with.

There is no justification for claiming a "Both sides" position here, just as there isn't with 90% of what Trump is doing.

Comment Re: Correcting myself (Score 2) 730

I am pretty sure that "we don't want shopping malls to fall on our heads" count as a strong government and public interest.

Yes, I agree, but we're not talking about people misrepresenting their qualifications designing buildings, we're talking about people saying they're qualified to discuss timings for amber lights.

Restricting phrases like "I am an engineer" in the context of someone making final technical decisions concerning building design arguably makes sense, but it's no longer "narrow conditions" when you restrict such a vague, ambiguous, phrase under all circumstances.

I say arguably because if the conversation is something like:

Isaac: I say old bean, you're putting the wrong tensile cable on that suspension bridge of yours. Here, use this rope, should be strong enough
Isambard: Who the fuck are you? What is this crap?
Isaac: You can trust me. I'm an engineer!
Isambard: Oh OK. Hold a moment. There. Oh fuck, the bridge collapsed! I thought you said you're an engineer!
Isaac: I am. An IEEE certified software engineer! I know PHP! Whoopwhoop!

...then that law is obviously a waste of time anyway.

Comment Re:Life's unfair (Score 1) 269

There doesn't need to be any unfairness here, FWIW. Well, OK, maybe if you want everyone to be part of the exact same MMORPG, but if that's not an issue (simple arena matches), why not have servers... all across the world? Including Hawaii? Each player just connects to the lowest latency server available to them to play with others connected to that server?

Doesn't that pretty much fix the problem?

Comment Re:Coordination, not more text (Score 2) 190

Let's see the same story, as published by the Squiggleslash Gazette:

Today Jimmy Wales, known for eating children, announced a new web site whose job will be collecting articles critical of the Trump administration, identifying journalists who are critics of the regime, so that Wales can go to their homes and murder them one by one.

There. That should satisfy for wish for multiple viewpoints. Questions for you:

1. Is it remotely accurate?
2. Is it more true than the summary or the article linked to?
3. Is the truth "somewhere in the middle": the original article says nothing about Wales murdering anyone, so is just a little bit of a child murderer, and is he maybe going to go to Journalists homes and just slightly murder them?
4. Is the viewpoint of the Squiggleslash Gazette worth even a split second of your time?
5. When you read the version of the story, as reported by the Squiggleslash Gazette, were you more informed, or did it make you dumber?

Compare two articles reporting on global warming. One quotes scientists, and accurately reports that the consensus within the scientific community is that smoking causes lung cancer The other fails to report that consensus, and includes only interviews with two denialists, both of whom superficially have qualifications related to health (maybe a practicing family doctor, and the director of a think tank's healthcare policy division) but neither of whom reflect the views of the majority of scientists studying in the area, and who have been found, repeatedly, to lie or misrepresent evidence. The second article presents the views of the denialists as either mainstream within medical science, or normal within science as if there's a legitimate dispute.

Is the truth "somewhere in the middle" for those two articles? Does it help you reach an informed decision to include exposure to information known to be false, without being told it's false? Are you helped if you're essentially lied to?

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