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Comment Re:Oh I just love (Score 1) 475

If you're going to go that far, ditch 24 hours and go metric: 100 hours per day, etc. Minutes and degrees of longitude are a holdover from the ancient Egyptians who used base 60 numbers.

Babylonians, not Egyptians. ;-)

Comment Re:I bought a house (Score 3, Interesting) 651

Money on hand DOES NOT correlate with having good credit... if anything, it's the opposite.

I 'bought' my house at age 23, cosigned by my father and with a down payment provided by my uncle. I've made the payments myself. And 5.5 years later, I still can't get a credit card because I _only_ have one line of credit.

My uncle paid cash for his house and cars, and had something like half a million dollars in his bank account when he died. He deposited money (which earned interest!) with the DMV instead of paying for auto insurance. And I'd bet a hefty sum that his credit rating was much worse than mine is now.

The credit system is seriously screwed up. It rewards irresponsible spending. Every now and then I think about getting a credit card, but then get reminded why I hate that industry and want nothing to do with them.

Comment Busted (Score 1) 290

Hmm, I think I may have interpreted the last option (which I selected) differently than it was intended...
Wikipedia is functioning as intended. But it's certainly got enough link content to be 'busted' under the proposed legislation.

Comment I'm not even going to try to calculate that... (Score 1) 298

A) It's unspecified whether this is all books ever purchased, or just the ones that are still owned. Since I'm a book nerd, I've bought and re-sold quite a few books over my lifetime and expect to continue this trend for the rest of my long life.
B) Most of the books I read are ones that other people purchase for me. I don't buy myself all that many nowdays. And the ones I do buy generally go on the top of the to-read pile and so don't stay unread for very long.

Comment Weeks! (Score 1) 254

I typically charge my phone every 1.5 to 2 weeks... and I'm sure I could get a few extra days out of each charge if I was willing to wait until the phone powered itself off before charging.

Verizon LG, minimal actual use. Dumb phones rule!

Comment Don't. (Score 1) 659

If he's showing any interest whatsoever in peer interactions, then school-sponsored sports and art clubs and such are a good option. More likely he'll thrive even MORE in group activities that include people of a range of ages such as Parks & Rec sponsored sports and arts clubs loosely affiliated with your local university. Examples from my own life that I still have fond memories of include karate training at a dojo that had three age categories (under 5, kids, adults; teenagers got to choose which class they wanted to go to) and a board gaming group that were all ~20 years older than me.

DON'T FORCE him to go to public middle school and/or high school... that's a recipe for coming out with PTSD that'll take a long time to resolve. If he's got friends and likes it there, cool; if not, pack him off to community college. Because community colleges have a wide range of non-traditional students, that's a better integration to adult life than a four-year college where the idiots who just got out of mom & dad's house have nothing better to do than drink way too much. College will also offer more options for diversifying education in the arts and such than middle & high school... look up what the generals requirements are for a science degree are and have him get started on those in addition to the technical classes.

Comment On a Virtual Machine (Score 1) 417

... for the sole purpose of using specific applications that haven't been ported over to Linux. I don't really count that as running Windows.

7 and Vista should have been separate options. My current computer came with Vista, which was what pushed me over to the dark side (Linux). I would have been willing to continue using Windows if I'd had 7.

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