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Comment Re:You spelled Lesser Britain wrong (Score 1) 614

Northern Ireland would only stay in the EU if they vote to leave the UK and unify with Ireland.

Scotland is definitely leaving the EU along with UK. If they vote for independence, they could reapply to the EU. But this is far from automatic, since there are other EU members that are struggling to discourage their own secessionists.

Scotland could always do like Northern Ireland and join Ireland to form the United Republics of the British Isles or some such.

Comment Re:Bull twaddle, Seattle is best (Score 1) 253

You can buy a 2 bedroom no garage townhouse in Fremont (in Seattle) for like $250k. Your mortgage will be half what rent would be. I pay way less for my mortgage than my friends who rent.

You. Are. Doing. It. Wrong.

Ya, but you're forgetting to mention the HOA, plus the risk that comes with all apartment neighbors, but you can't easily move away from them. Just went through all the searching and weighing options last year. I opted for the extra space and fixed costs. My commute went from a 20 minute walk to a 30 minute drive because I test drove for the various neighborhoods first. Still, the housing market last year was insane considering what it was two years ago when I started looking and I haven't heard of it getting any better. Looking on Redfin now, there's nothing in Freemont till you hit $325k and chances are you'll need a good escalation clause on that because not much has been going for asking cost in the last year and a half.

Comment Re:I see it. (Score 1) 120

Elon Musk in the time-traveling Jack the Ripper from the future who fled backwards in time to us. Now he needs the technology to build his own time machine and does this step by step by 'inventing' the necessary parts.

He already has one, but it's on Mars. A few trivial repairs, some power batteries, and interface method and his plans can come to completion.

Comment Re:Yeah, nah. (Score 1) 365

I pay cash at the filling station, at the grocery store, at restaurants, and more. Why? Because it tends to be faster. While others are waiting for their card to clear through the computer I've got my change and I'm gone.

On what planet do you live?

Could be OR or the other state that still has gas station attendants do everything. Then with routine, you drive up say put in $20 worth and hand them a $20 bill. Likewise, grocery store is sort of a wash as the self checkers will take cash just fine and as fast as credit card, cashiers aren't that much slower either. At a restaurant, you just throw down money and walk without having to way for the waiter to come get your card, disappear forever with it, and then return.

Comment Re:three reasons: (Score 2) 224

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) 313

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) 127

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) 127

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) 127

= = = 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.

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