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Comment Re:three reasons: (Score 2) 222

Don't blame this boomer for their problems. My children are doing just fine -- good-paying jobs, nice houses, and new cars. Of course, they chose career paths and degrees that would result in good jobs, not some worthless degree that would lead nowhere. My son posts here on a regular basis. He can tell you the same thing.

Hey, that's great and resembles me and my father, however, it's just a case of selection bias. My father says things like you did but only because his company didn't outsource his department till he hit retirement age unlike the other competing companies. He has this conflicting dialogs of "only dead wood ever get laid off and real workers will have careers" along with "I was lucky my company didn't outsource or I would have had to find a new job at an old age for less money and be forced to relocate to take it". If you really want to find anything out, you can't just look at one set of data, you need to actually to look at impartial studies and see what they actually say.

Comment Re:inb4 (Score 1) 307

He is cutting NASA's budget for this year (from $19.5B to $19.1B) but is expressing support for a goal that will cost WAY more than that AFTER HE LEAVES OFFICE, so paying for it will be somebody else's problem.

Just like Bush and Obama who also promised Mars missions. (Actually, I think they both increased the NASA budget just enough so it kept up to date with inflation.)

Comment Re:The end? (Score 1) 200

"Some of us are competent and just want a job and not worry about the other external bullshit."

You've presumably never worked in a unionized workplace. You'd just swap one kind of BS for another.

There's a lot of internal busllshit also. A friend of mine that helps organize unions says 'bad management is the cuse of unions'. What drove part of my workplace to unionize was bad management. People who don't like unions suddenly change when their long planned vacation is cancelled by the manager because somebody else was fired and then expect that person to pick up slack. This leads to constant arguments, combative workplace, and hostility. Union was brought in and now both sides have certain and strict rules. Now even the managers that were originally part of the problem admit they would never go back to a non-unionized environment because things work so much easier now. My own IT group tried to unionize when some people were told they had to come in early and stay late for no other reason than the boss thought that would be nice. The charge for us to unionize was led by two Rush Limbaugh listening, retired military guys. Everybody else joined in because he was an incompetent manager who had yelled at everybody for things that were mostly likely his own fault, had multiple harrassment, including sexual, issues brought up with HR, but HR has stated openly "we're here to help the managers solve their problems".

Comment Re:Seattle.. (Score 1) 126

Seattle may be affordable for Amazon/MSFT employees, but that's only because Seattle is about 5 years behind SF. Housing prices, traffic are skyrocketing and if you have a job where you don't get options (teacher/fire fighter for example)... it's time to leave.

It seems that is because, unlike SF, Seattle is tearing everything down and building new housing. Luckily, most all of our historic old buildings are in Pioneer Square. Old housing and commercial spots though most of the city are being replaced with giganormous dual use complexes. However, while this does provide lost of new housing, it's all expensive because it's brand new. All the cheap housing of Seattle have disappeared.

Comment Re:Funny, that's not what I've heard about Seattle (Score 1) 126

It's all relative to how much you make. I pay $1600 rent to live 15 minute walk from work (1 bedroom) and still manage to have 20K left over every year in my entry level job (that includes generous contributions to retirement). If I had a family, I probably would take that $1000 house rental that is an hour drive away.

Sounds like me and I was living right on Capitol Hill. Still, I realized my rent would only go up and $1600 is a mortgage. Now I have a 30 minute commute but have the $1600/month locked in, and extra rooms for hobbies, guests, parties, etc. I was tempted by condos closer to work, but HOAs scare me and I wanted that extra room for hobbies.

Comment Re:News stories say that is true. More detail: (Score 1) 126

= = = Seattle: Together with abusive companies and bad city management, Seattle is a miserable place.

Houses in Seattle are expensive: Seattle bumps Boston as the most expensive U.S. housing market that's not in California. []

Rent is expensive: Seattle rent is 5th most expensive in U.S. [] = = =

Your points 2 and 3 and difficult to reconcile with point 1, at least from a microeconomic point of view. And all techies are good free market purists, right?


I've been in Seattle for the last 20+ years. I don't find it miserable and neither do my friends. Housing has exploded in the last couple of years and rents are increasing but remember that WA has no income tax and gets taxes through property taxes which is included in rent, so when comparing, you need to compare WA rents to other places rent plus stat income tax. People are having to move out of Cap Hill and central Seattle and many are buying houses. Two years ago I was looking at $200k houses five miles away from downtown that hit all my bullet points, half a year ago when I finally got serious, that had become ten miles for $350k and a high chance of getting out bid anyway. Traffic is horrible, mostly because of geography since Seattle is a penninsula with lots of hills and the main highway goes through the middle of town, was built in the 60's, and has no room to be expanded. Most of the people I've known that have worked for Microsoft have liked working there, but the past constant re-orgs make that difficult and some groups do suck. Amazon also sucks but you have to understand that both the company and the workers with a clue are gaming the system by having unexperienced employees work to death for 18 months when they leave with their padded resume for a better job.

Not to say that parts of Seattle are no longer there as the population has doubled since the .com boom. The small venue new music aspect of Seattle was killed in the late 90's. Cheap dive bars are hard to find in Seattle proper if any still exist. Things are too expensive for a good art culture which has been moving out to places like Georgetown since the .com boom also, and now they are being forced out of there. Not sure where it will be moving next. Tacoma is cheap (houses were a quarter of what they are in Settle 30 miles away) but the commute is an hour and half one way and apparently art and culture are controlled by entrenched locals who drive off new people. Olympia seems to be the new place to go.

Comment Re:Is the tech bubble official yet? (Score 1) 77

... This is irrespective of whether there is such thing as a soul. ... That would depend on whether there is or is not a soul. ...

I don't quite think that is the case. Even where spirituality is abandoned for science, the base needs of the human condition that cause religions will still be there. I'm sure that there are ancient philosophers that have said "there are no gods." and made a good case, yet still, religion and spirituality survives and dominates because it is not just tied to belief in a god, but rather the need for a philosophy, community, and participation in something greater than ones self for the average person. Given acceptance of a harsh reality of no spiritual afterlife, especially one of data dominated world, the "soul" will not disappear but will instead be described to be the data. Even in the past it will be that which was passed on to children, friends, and the people you meet and affect in life. The human condition requires a 'soul' (as well as other requirements), what the soul is will be described in current beliefs. Those descriptions have changed before, they will change again.

Comment Re:Capitalism is killing everyone and everything (Score 1) 110

That was one of the few significant flaws that came out in Roddenberry-controlled Star Trek, it's not really possible to meet the needs, wants, and desires of everyone because some people cannot be satisfied at any cost.

Well, the thing with Star Trek as well as other post scarcity civs like the Culture, is that they say that people get all their needs wants and desires met, they don't mean the ones people decide for themselves, but rather what society determine are reasonable. Furthermore, although there is no money, there is usually a system of getting more than somebody else by doing more than that somebody else. In the Culture stories this was pointed out by many people, but most just didn't care. Star Trek it was baked into the mores of their society that people would contribute to society as a whole. Anybody who wants to be lazy would be looked at as being mentally disturbed or at least abnormal, like somebody today who wanted to be poor and destitute. It wasn't that they were capable of satifying everybody, but rather they could satisfy the needs, wants, and desires of most people. The few that aren't but aren't willing to meet societies standards to get what they want are still seen as deviants, but they are sufficiently few to ignore except by those not-police and judges who are calling themselves security and councilors.

Comment Re:Leave the original (Score 1) 542

remake 2 & 3. They were garbage.

Eh, I'll give you 2, but 3 wasn't bad for a Matrix movie. When they made the Matrix, the Wachowski brothers (at the time) admitted they just wanted to make movies that looked great and push the limits of cinematography. Matrix did that but really had a plot that trucks could be driven through and mediocre acting. 3 had some good points with the twins jumping the ceiling while shooting guns and the entire Neo/Smith fight scene which I figured would form the technical basis of future of superhero movies. 2 however, just fell flat on pushing the limits of cinematography and had sloppy plot and acting. Look at the big fight scene on top of the moving semi. That would have been a great thing to do with a long spiraling shot as the truck went down the road, or some other long shot so you had to sit there and wonder "did they really film that in one take on top of a moving truck?" Give me a really awesome fight scenes and everything would have been forgiven like in the first movie. Instead it was a lot of close ups with lots of convenient cuts and looked like any other movie.

Comment Re:Wrong! (Score 1) 210

I don't think so. If it has energy, then that energy can be transferred, and heat is the transfer of energy. Absolute zero is an energy-less state....

I think that's sort of the point, you can't have a energy-less atom. Otherwise the electrons would merge with the protons and you end up with neutrons. You could take a lone neutron and declare it at absolute zero compared to the rest of the universe, but that would be trivial. I'm sure trying to cool a hypothetical neutronium substance would also have difficulties. You can say that heat just deals with systems but the system will be the sumation of the energy of the system will be at least that of one atom. Still, that there are electrons around the nucleus of an atom indicates energy in the system and some minimum amount of energy and wobble and therefore heat. I seem to remember calculating such for a hydrogen atom early in undergrad quantum mechanics class. I seem to remember it being 5/3K or some nice fraction like that, but that was 30 years ago and I may just be imagining things.

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