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Comment Re: Poor on $100k? Sure (Score 1) 467

I'm in that situation. because the apt. complex I live in has 'vaulted ceilings' on the top floor, its VERY expensive to heat or cool those units.

you pick them for lower noise levels; but you end up paying a lot more in heat/ac.

and fwiw, my heat has been broken the last 3 weeks and while the bay area is not super cold, usually, with no heat for weeks and high ceilings, its COLD, man!

(and even with my high rent, building mgmt has taken their nice sweet time fixing it. they have my rent money; they could really not care less what condition I'm in. sigh..)

Comment Re:Poor on $100k? Sure (Score 1) 467

I live in mtn view, I rent (I have never owned; looks like it may be YEARS before I can even think of owning) and my rent is over $3300/mo for 2br/2ba

yes, its insane. I moved from a house in santa clara just a year ago; 3br/2ba, single fam home (no shared walls), full front and back yard, and yet the rent was $3k. $300 less for a HOUSE than for a stupid-assed apt!

its insane.

plus, employment is not stable. I can't count on constant income, else I would have had a house by now. when they let you go every year or so, you just cannot depend on your income! ;(

the 'disposable older employee' is my curse. they keep letting us go, no matter how good we are. we are 'expensive' and so we don't tend to stay years at places. THAT is the main problem.

Comment Re:No, they didn't (Score 1) 67

Also unless they actually tell you what it will cost with taxes and fees.

TMO is throwing everything to the wind and doing what makes life simple for the consumer. Everyone else is trying to play catch-up and generally failing.

I do laugh at the comments 'oh but their network' ... you're a year or three behind the times if you're still thinking that. Coverage is virtually equal and unless you live in the ~1% of the population that it makes a difference to you won't even notice....except for the monthly bill of course.

Comment Re:Taxes and Fees (Score 1) 67

Google it. Really.

Basically anything not labeled a 'Tax' or 'Government mandated fee' is a BS surcharge by the provider padding their bill.

BS Surchages that are just $ to the provider:
'XYZ recovery fee'
'Administrative fee'
'Payment fee' (I love places that charge you to pay them)
'Ugly surcharge'

Examples of actual taxes not going to the provider:
'Sales tax'
'State 911 fee'

Now, some of the provider fees MAY be related to internal things that cost money. The fact that they decided to break that out of their monthly service charge is BS and just lets them advertise a lower cost while charging you more. It's virtually exactly the same thing the airlines used to do before their pricing was standardized by law (of course then they started charging for 'extras' like checking luggage.)

Comment Re:Buy AMD & Support a Healthy CPU Marketplace (Score 1) 205

I don't love intel, the company. but their chipsets have always been better than amd.

sata on intel chips is as good as it gets for consumer boards. same with intel's gig-e chips.

their cpus are very low power, these days, too. i7 with 4 cores and 8 threads being 35w of power.

if amd can match these ideas, I'd gladly give them a chance again.

also, intel's hd video on-chip is now good enough to sofware decode just about any movie, even on an i3 or 'pentium' style chip. wonder if amd's video playback is that good, now?

Comment Re:i7 8 Core 16 Thread = $299 (Score 1) 205

intel is a cheap company. I used to work for them as a contractor. I saw it first-hand.

they sit on a ton of money but are stingy as hell.

typical american big corp. sigh ;(

maybe if they fired their 'diversity officer' (yes, that's a real job at intel) and hired based on skills and need rather than quota by race and gender (and h1b, of course) they'd be able to lower selling costs.

but of course, any lowering in real cost never makes it to the consumer sales price. the ceo's keep all the booty, again, as usual for US corps.

Comment Re:Micro Center! (Score 2) 205

things were great in the sf bay area - until MC moved away and never came back ;(

pretty sad. I prefer to NOT go to frys and MC was a good alternative.

I really miss MC. wish they'd consider coming back to the bay area. of all places, it makes sense for them to be here, even with 'high priced' real estate (their claimed reason why they sold their only bay area store to wally world..) ;(

Comment Re:"Police found Purinton 80 miles away at Applebe (Score 3, Insightful) 1082

the dangerous ones in the US to worry about are a certain kind of gun owner.

they wear blue uniforms when they go to work each day.

you know what I'm talking about.

those gun owners are scary and can end your life. try to avoid them, even talking to them.

then, chances are, you'll generally be safe in the US.

Comment Re:How is FILMING "speech"? (Score 0) 176

except....

in the US, you can LOSE YOUR LIFE if you go against a cop.

you can be right.

dead right.

they are not to be trusted. they do not represent most of us, they definitely have an 'us vs them' mentality, and, for a current pulse on the mentality of cops, check this out - its current:

http://io9.gizmodo.com/kentuck...

still think cops are your friends? THINK AGAIN.

its war and they have no plans to de-escalate.

I fear cops. they can end you life and get away with it. while I like your idea of challenging them, its just - well - not good for your health, these days.

dammit.

Comment we have slack at work, and I don't understand why (Score 4, Interesting) 66

I am from the era where 'net news' (nntp) was popular.

for a few years, I was at SGI and they were HUGE into nntp. in fact, one of the most memorable ones was 'sgi.ba' and ba stood for 'bad attitude' (seriously). first day there, getting the HR orientation, they told us all about the usenet hier at work and how its GOOD to be aware of, and reading, sgi.ba. you'd hear about complaints but also the reasons behind them. HR was ok with that! those were the cool days in silicon valley, when it was still fun to live and work here, and companies were still pretty fun to work for.

anyway, I never understood what's wrong with usenet for internal threaded and persistent chats? you WANT it to stay around so you can find out the reasons for why this or that design was done. its part of the company history. but slack, unless you pay, fades away. how stupid! and yet, when I asked for nntp at work instead of slack, no one seemed to even KNOW what nntp was and to this day, they have no plans to implement it.

'chat' programs seem the most useless things; fully redundant to the MANY other forms of e-communication that we ALREADY have.

when usenet mostly 'ended' and web forums took over, I was sad. seems we continue to throw out old, free, WORKING tools for newfangled OH SHINEY! bullshit.

I don't get it. I really don't.

Comment Re:Shocking!!!! (Score 1) 192

your caring for fellow man is SO TOUCHING....

current phrase that the kids, today use, to describe folks like you:

"I GOT MINE, FUCK YOU."

that's the phrase. as long as I get what I want, the hell with everyone else.

selfish prick, you are. and everyone else like you who trumped the US to that orange doofus.

Comment Re:The Million Regulators March on Washington (Score 1) 119

How fucking stupid do you think we are, anyway?

we have a failed TV reality personality running our country.

nuff said ;(

(to the world: I am sorry. I did not vote for this clown, he does not represent me or even the majority of my country and I'm sorry you and us all have to suffer thru this next 4 years. I'm really sorry, world. you and we both deserve better.)

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