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Comment Re:Backported to 2.6? (Score 1) 90

Compiling your own more modern kernel is an option for almost every system. (You might need to install a more recent gcc, depending on the age of the distro)

For many distros, once you find the documentation of their prefered way to package and install the kernel, it is almost trivial to build a new kernel.

Comment Re: Pro Bono? (Score 2) 90

That sounds about right. Contesting a mortgage in court one would expect to cost about $100,000 or so, if it is a fairly straightforward breach of truth in lending laws. That's why there are so many self represented litigants. Laws are only for people who can afford a six figure unexpected expense. Most Americans can't even afford a $600 unexpected expense

Comment Re:Sexy job (Score 1) 205

While that works to have some developers like that, you at some point need developers that can look at the program as a whole and figure out that with a minor refactoring you can delete 40% of your code, because it is essentially redundant.

High end developers are not needed for a lot of things, but having a couple on staff can make the other developers a lot more productive.

Comment Re:Actually... (Score 1) 372

In an interesting twist, coop owners of profitable coops in California frequently make $16.50 plus "share". Share meaning the owners share of the profits, minus retained profit. This is because "share" currently seems to be allowed by the IRS to be declared as long term capital gains and not earned income.

There are dev shops in California where the junior employees make $39.90/hr and the senior employees make $16.50/hr. (of course the Senior employees generally have a higher total compensation.)

Comment Re:Actually... (Score 2) 372

California has some, shall we say interesting, minimum wage laws.

  • Minimum Wage $8.25/hr.
  • Minimum Wage for Management (people that spend > 50% of there time supervising people), if you don't want to pay overtime, but instead offer paid time off. $16.50.
  • Minimum Wage for Computer Professionals if they are not management and you want to treat them like management $39.90/hr and $83,132.93/year
  • Minimum Wage for Physicians that you want to treat like management even though they spend less than 50% of their time managing other employees: $72.70/hr.

The back story of these laws was that there were some companies that were hiring HB-1 visa holders at far sub market rate and using their immigration status to keep them in essentially indentured servitude. One of the results of this has been that desirable locations in California have become heavily populated by computer professionals.

Comment Re:Next thing you know... (Score 4, Insightful) 372

Except that it is more profitable to produce housing that is 25% occupied that is priced at > two million a unit than lower priced units that are actually occupied by residents of the city.

The 25% occupancy rate was a fairly recent number from One Rincon Hill With units going for between $700,000 and $30,000,000. That is some of the densest housing in San Francisco.

One of the effects of Prop 13 is that in California when your property goes up in value, your taxes go up no more than 2% annually, and when your property goes down in value you get a new lower cost basis for which to limit your annual increase from. This means that housing shortages that predominantly effect the young and entrepreneurs minimally effect the large voting block of older voters allowing rather unique real estate economic systems to form. Many of them encouraging a concentration of wealth.

Comment Re:1st post. (Score 2, Interesting) 303

It was mostly due to microsoft cutting a check to godaddy to not show apache traffic server in the headers.

Godaddy runs IIS on linux. Well, they run IIS behind apache traffic server so which webserver to count as the webserver is a bit of an academic question. The moral here is that godaddy hosts a lot (hundreds of thousands, if not millions) of inactive sites that they collect 9.95 or so a year for hosting.

Comment Re:So sue 'em. (Score 1) 569

Um, Zimmerman was found not guilty. So, what harm was done to Zimmerman by withholding the evidence?

He might have been found not guilty after a shorter deliberation? The Judge is probably going to rule that any misbehavior by the prosecutors office is moot because they lost. Sort of like one of my chemistry professors in college couldn't be bothered to do more than inform the class that he knew that some people cheated on a test when the high score of the cheaters was a failing grade.

Comment Re:no formal training (Score 2) 208

https://android.googlesource.com/ and your favorite dev environment (whether that is vim and various shell tools, emacs, eclipse, netbeans, visual studio, or whatever) Is the definitive source of android documentation. But, not what you want.

If you want to see the basics of writing an android app look at the source for phonegap and titanium. Those two frameworks combined with The New Boston will allow a programmer to come up to speed quickly

But, you seem to want to through together an app that you built yourself, without having to actually learn java and such. For that Buzztouch http://www.buzztouch.com/ is a pretty good solution, and you might not need more than that, depending on what your app does.

Comment Re:wtf (Score 1) 662

Not quite

If you voluntarily go to the police station without being asked. and refuse to answer a question, but don't say that you are invoking the fifth the lack of answer can be used against you.

The theory is that you instigated the conversation, so you had the chance to talk to an attorney before the conversation. (unrealistic for the general population, but the people that made this ruling have never dealt with low level civil law where over 25% of the litigants are self represented, and thus have a warped view of the world)

The big can of worms that this opens is that does it mean that you should not call 911?

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