On It's Heating Season In New York City

@jfruh My sister's place in Chicago has one thermostat for the entire building. Same old steam heat as I've had in NYC. She has the added plus of having single pane windows so when you're taking a shower in the winter, the steam condenses at the top of the window and freezes by the time it hits the middle.

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 1:34 pm 0

On Want a Job in the Sciences? Good Luck Navigating the "Unsustainable Hypercompetitive System"

@Glen Raphael@facebook That's been my findings in CS also. My dad would agree from the Biochem/Chemical engineering angle too. His view was that PhDs always got too into the theoretical/research side to be valuable in a practical engineering environment. They were needed to come up with the new ideas or solutions but BS/MS was more useful day to day.

Posted on October 10, 2014 at 2:00 pm 0

On It's Not the Clocks That Are the Problem

Maker here. It'll be done when it's done. People hate me!

Posted on October 7, 2014 at 2:08 pm 1

On What Will You Do With Your Extra $200?

@Allison Yeah, that's kinda my point. After you max it out, it's easy to forget it's a percentage rate at all. After the max, it's not a percentage, it's a flat rate of $7254.

Posted on September 30, 2014 at 2:06 pm 0

On What Will You Do With Your Extra $200?

@Allison As evidenced by my query below, one thing is you'll forget it's a percentage rate since you're just paying the max anyway.

Posted on September 30, 2014 at 12:40 pm 0

On What Will You Do With Your Extra $200?

I don't get it, why would this be a good thing? My company takes the max amount for the year, $7254 and divides it by 12 and I pay the amount over the course of the year. If you're done paying it in September, doesn't that mean you've just been paying too much in previous paychecks?

Posted on September 30, 2014 at 12:13 pm 0

On Overapologizing in The Modern Age

I used to be a chronic overapologizer...until I was chastised by, of all people, an overseas telemarketer! He called my parents' home line and asked for some stranger's name. I replied "Sorry, you've got the wrong number" and was about to hang up when the tirade came: "Why are YOU being SORRY? You don't need to be sorry when it is I who am doing the calling and got the wrong number." I guess he heard sorry one too many times from an overapologizing American? Now I always catch myself before saying sorry too much, and definitely don't apologize when the other person dialed the wrong phone number.

Posted on September 29, 2014 at 2:03 pm 0

On 'Submissive Students Do Not Make Good Computer Scientists'

@stealthkit I didn't at first but after re-reading that section, she does seem to make some judgments and assumptions about "quiet people" that say more about her own prejudices than reality. She also seems to conflate "quiet people" with submissive unimaginative students. As for doing well in the industry, I think CS is one of the places where introverts can actually excel. When it comes down to it, it's you and a computer. But you'll rarely be working on projects by yourself so balancing things and being able to work with others becomes increasingly important as you grow out of "coder in a closet" status to project lead.

Posted on September 26, 2014 at 5:10 pm 0

On Secret Debt Threatened My Marriage

@Shaina True but student loan debt doesn't have nearly the stigma or shame associated with credit card debt.

Posted on September 25, 2014 at 1:57 pm 0

On How The Toast Does Money

@HelloTheFuture Ha. Sorry, it was a reference to Mallory Ortberg's Ghost character from The Hairpin a few years ago!

Posted on September 24, 2014 at 10:23 am 1