The NSA and other intelligence organizations routinely buy exploits for big bucks. A programmer could make a nice living devising hard to spot exploits, putting them in their projects, and then discretely selling them to their home country's intelligence agency. When and if the exploit is detected the programmer can… » 4/09/14 5:03pm 4/09/14 5:03pm

Thanks for speaking up against vocational tracks. The unwritten code of school is the upper class kids study hard and get good grades, and working class kids don't take school as seriously and get poor grades, and everyone conforms to these stereotypes because people behave the way they sense others expect them to… » 3/11/14 8:18pm 3/11/14 8:18pm

Hey wait a second. Aren't these workers paid so little that they fall into the 47% who pay no federal income tax? No need to worry about them!

"There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what...who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims. ...These are people… » 2/28/14 1:06pm 2/28/14 1:06pm

Thank you for saying that. It doesn't really matter that "responsible" gun owners are safe. The world is full of idiots, and as long as guns are freely available to anyone with a pulse there are going to be boatloads of irresponsible gun owners out there putting themselves, their families, and everyone else at risk. » 2/27/14 8:34pm 2/27/14 8:34pm

Here is my families monthly budget. Only one of us works (so no child care), kids ages 9 and 2, mortgage paid off, 10 year old car witth no car payments. This is only expenses, I don't list how much we put in savings, but it is well over 20%. » 2/12/14 5:42am 2/12/14 5:42am

For years I have cheerfully mocked David Brooks, but reading his "other people's views" column made me suddenly feel protective of him. He is obviously having a some kind of breakdown and is not really able to do his job right now. His editor at the NY Times should never have published this, and should instead have… » 2/09/14 9:05am 2/09/14 9:05am

We have a substantial amount in US stocks and they have done great over the last 2-3 years. We had the exact same stock holdings since circa 2006 haven't bought or sold a share since then. Our US stock holdings are only about a quarter to a third of all of our savings, and I have no plans to need the money in stocks… » 2/04/14 6:04pm 2/04/14 6:04pm

The ACA has freed me from a situation where I had to work full time regardless of how much money I saved, and I will be leaving the labor force this spring. My family has lived frugally for years, and inherited some money, so we had saved up enough to live on for the rest of our lives, but I had to keep working full… » 2/04/14 5:26pm 2/04/14 5:26pm

Something doesn't add up in this story. Once they determined that the daughter was not genetically related to the husband, how did they jump from there to looking up relatives of Thomas Lippert on genealogy websites? And then it was those relatives told them that he worked at the clinic? Why were they looking for… » 1/10/14 9:57am 1/10/14 9:57am