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Comment Re:Transit and Biking will give you more free time (Score 1) 233

Given 160K in the midwest vs 220K in SV it's no contest for me.

As a bonus, driving in the midwest is normal speed and there are a minimum of hipster douchebags running around.

Don't know why you are cherry picking economic data from 6 year old census data when you can see the obvious
economic indicators every quarter. It's pretty obvious that SV housing and rent are not sustainable while wages
are stagnant in the valley due to huge amounts of imported labor.

Besides ... the place is pretty much a dump outside the wealthy enclaves.

Comment Re:So... (Score 2) 274

Apple works very hard to track down and disable such unlicensed devices. There is usually a few unlicensed accessories knocked off with each each update.
I suspect one of the reasons for changing to the lightning connector was that the unlicensed accessories had gotten too difficult to defeat.

Comment Re:I think the difference is (Score 1) 131

The *current* E2 requirement is basically 1 Million USD investment at risk and Documentation of 10 jobs created by said investment.

Even the old Canada (similar system) has bumped from a pathetic 100k upto 500k to 1M, due to abuses. They also have a problem where
immigrants can show a lesser amount when settling in Toronto ... but the majority get in and immediately relocate to Vancouver.
If you have been to both cities you know why :-)

So this is really a seems to be step backwards in terms of helping ensuring that investment based visas are not being further abused.

Heck this will seriously help some people I know so in a way I'm happy for them, however I don't think this is really a good thing for the country as a whole.
Perhaps this is yet another hint is starting to take a serious downward spiral .. or maybe it's just another big FU by Obama, who knows?

Comment Re:High failure rate (Score 1) 209

Yes. There are specific mechanical differences in build quality around stability and vibration dampening between enterprise and consumer level drives. It's more than just flashing some different firmware (but that may be a part of what differentiates drives).

The best indicators are length of warranty and specification of purpose, in my experience.

Comment Re: Nope (Score 1) 675

*Most* banks give a you debit/credit combined card.
It says VISA on it (or MasterCard but I've not seen one of those).
You can use it at an ATM (or Store with Purchase) to take out cash.
You can use it at a store to Charge your purchase.
There is no advantage to the consumer with regard to charging vs debit however, as the purchase is immediately deducted from your account. There *may* be advantage to the store as to the transaction fees to VIsa/MasterCard vs the bank ATM network. It may also depend on the purchase amount ... a large purchase is quite likely to be cheaper over the ATM network as opposed the the percentage charged by Visa/MasterCard.

Comment Re:It wouldn't surprise me if .NET phases out JAVA (Score 1) 243

Java catching on had only to do with Sun's marketing and nothing to do with the 'quality' of the language and clearly nothing to do with the 'quality' of the implementation. .NET catching on also has nothing to do with C# or VB.NET ... it has to do with the fact the Microsoft marketed it heavily and made using native C/C++ on their platform arbitrarily more painful by deprecating APIs and making some new APIs only accessible via the managed (.NET) interfaces.

Comment Re: Lies (Score 1) 287

All work creates entropy so all work done to "reverse" entropy makes more entropy.

Think of entropy as heat. Think of an entropy reversing machine as a fridge.
You can 'reverse' the heat (entropy) of something inside the fridge, but the net result is an increase in total heat (entropy) due to inefficiencies of the compressor and insulation.

Hence the 'heat death' of the universe.

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