Mr Neilson outlined four factors he argued undermine the case for housing as an investment: 

• property returns were often exaggerated by inflation; 
• the cost of taxes, rates and maintenance can absorb half of one’s rental yield; 
• long-term value is determined by affordability; 
• and “to be optimistic about residential property prices rising in general much faster than inflation is a supreme act of faith”.

Billionaire investor Kerr Neilson puts shares ahead of property

You don’t need to be an expert in order to achieve satisfactory investment returns. But if you aren’t, you must recognize your limitations and follow a course certain to work reasonably well. Keep things simple and don’t swing for the fences. When promised quick profits, respond with a quick “no.”

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Buffett’s annual letter: What you can learn from my real estate investments
In an exclusive excerpt from his upcoming shareholder letter, Warren Buffett looks back at a pair of real estate purchases and the lessons they offer for equity investors.

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Good developers have a passion for coding, a passion for helping others, and a passion for communicating

• Stack Overflow doesn't use many unit tests because of their active community and heavy usage of static code.
• Performance As A Feature 
• Hardware is cheaper than developers and efficient code. You are only as fast as your slowest bottleneck and all the current cloud solutions have fundamental performance or capacity limits.
Garbage collection driven programming. StackOverflow goes to great lengths to reduce garbage collection costs, skipping practices like TDD, avoiding layers of abstraction, and using static methods. While extreme, the result is highly performing code.
• The cost of inefficient code can be higher than you think. Efficient code stretches hardware further, reduces power usage, makes code easier for programmers to understand.

StackOverflow Update: 560M Pageviews a Month, 25 Servers, and It’s All About Performance – High Scalability –

The folks at Stack Overflow remain incredibly open about what they are doing and why. So it&…

The Bug-A-Salt air-powered RIFLE takes out creepy crawlies with a single blast of SALT

• The Bug-A-Salt is an air-powered rifle that blasts a pinch of normal table salt at such high velocity that it is lethal to creepy-crawlies
• Unlike fly swatters, which often leave smears of dead fly after they have been squashed, the only clean-up this remarkable device needs is a quick brush
• The device was designed by a Santa Monica, California-based artist

Bug-A-Salt: The Original Salt Gun
Fly problem? The Bug-A-Salt gun fires ordinary table salt to kill flies and other pesky insects. Experience the thrill of shooting the original salt gun to eliminate the common housefly.

There are web services mocking tools like latest SoapUI 5.0,  focused on improving the REST testing capabilities, and UltraESB mocking a typical ESB in SOA environment.

Now there is WireMock, an extra light weight tool by creating an actual standalone HTTP server response stubbing, or embeded within an application, even as mocked stub in unit test.

WireMock | WireMock
WireMock¶. WireMock is a flexible library for stubbing and mocking web services. Unlike general purpose mocking tools it works by creating an actual HTTP server that your code under test can connect to as it would a real web service. It supports HTTP response stubbing, request verification, …