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Comment Re:That kind of pricing makes no sense. (Score 1) 374

Quite honestly if someone at 18 could borrow a 1/2 million I would probably be better advice to lever in on capital investing in the form of stock portfolio than for education.

This is very insightful. We do our young people such a disservice with ideas like "college is always worth it, no matter the cost" and "follow your dreams and get any degree you like".

Before allowing a teenager who has never balanced a checkbook or is able to handle the monthly commitment of renting an apartment to rack up 5- or 6-figure debt, we should be requiring some level of financial education, especially with a focus to cost/benefit analysis and budgeting.

If mom and dad can't afford $500k for college, we should not be handing blank checks out to junior to spend any way they see fit on college, especially given the current trends to force the public to pick up the tab on defaulted or forgiven student loans.

Comment Re:Worth Every Penny... (Score 1) 374

Not all colleges cost $500,000. In-state public colleges are still a good deal and worth the money.

Right now, yes, most colleges don't cost $500,000. The article is projecting ahead 18 years. Saying they are a "good deal and worth the money" is highly subjective; some academic tracks might be worth the money, but many are not.

Comment Re:Worth Every Penny... (Score 1) 374

...If you go to college for the right reason (knowledge).

If you're going there for a job, you're in the wrong place. If you're going there for money, you're REALLY in the wrong place.

Guess what institution has the highest publicly paid individuals in every single state? Keep using college for something other than education, and they'll keep using YOU.

That's all well and good, for those who can afford to attend for the quest of knowledge. Before the GI bill got involved as the thin end of the wedge, college was for those whose families could afford it, and those who couldn't just didn't go to college. Only the rich could afford to pursue becoming a "well-rounded" individual with a liberal-arts approach.

I would argue exactly the opposite to your statement: that the only reason to attend college today is to qualify for a profession. If you can't see a real future career track as the potential payoff of your expected degree and your family is not independently wealthy, then attending college is a bad investment of your time and money.

Comment Re:Good bye to Solaris (Score 2) 171

Amen to this... what Solaris is good at, it is shockingly good at.

Linux's internals look like the worst possible design-by-committee abomination possible.

The problem is that all the cool kids are using Linux, and Solaris has been dying on the vine for years. Unless you're buying hardware from Oracle, it's getting increasingly difficult to find drivers supported on Solaris; vendors are not investing the time and effort to support their new hardware on the 20-year old Solaris platform. At least, that's what my experience supporting x86 Solaris 10 has been...

Comment Re:The human fund (Score 1) 399

Alphabet likely would have spent around the same amount of money on its holiday gifts, so it’s not exactly a cost-saving move

Just wanted to flag that when donating to a charity the value of the donation MAY be tax deductible. So it's possible that Google / Alphabet recouped [their marginal tax rate] x [$30 million]. Of course this would vary across tax jurisdictions.

Having said that, even the full $30 million would be peanuts for those entities.

Plus, they got rid of 70,000 Chromebooks that were sitting too long on the books. Win-win!

Comment Inspection of property? (Score 1) 67

I wonder if potential bidders will be allowed to inspect these coins for validity? Would suck to buy $1.6m of Bitcoin to find out they are worthless/already spent.
This would be like buying a box of confiscated iTunes gift cards; which of them have been used or had the PINs copied off before being put in the box?

Comment Re:"Lockdown" (Score 1) 173

Let's gauge my level of commitment to "burning the midnight oil" in the two scenarios:

  • The lives of my coworkers are in danger and we have 4 days to get them home
  • The boss is feeling threatened because a competitor has had the audacity to develop an ad- and cat video-delivery platform that might compete with our own.

Comment What a stupid idea (Score 1) 381

This is not an interesting idea at all. I hate to say it, but this level of stupidity is beneath Dr. Hawking. Even after solving all the technological problems standing in the way, in some accelerated miracle fashion, we will have accomplished what? Sending a single piece of space junk across the galaxy with no way to receive any sort of data back from this "probe?"

I saw a brief snippet about this on the local news last night, complete with animations of the solar sail and some guy holding a 4" x 4" PCB up to the camera, like it was some sort of launch-ready kit.

My hat's off to the con men who convinced private investors to fund their cushy research project career.

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