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Comment: Re:Can we have another poll? (Score 1) 230

by Bigbutt (#49791605) Attached to: In a 5-star rating scheme, the new Mad Max film ...

It appears the site is necessary. As this is a new installation of CentOS7 and NoScript, I hadn't gone through the list of sites to review and approve yet. Once I started testing plugins and then tested the sites on NoScript, the problem went away.

(trying to be more original; just responding to the places where I complained about the update.)


Comment: Poor Performance (Score 1) 205

by Bigbutt (#49783391) Attached to: Clinton Foundation: Kids' Lack of CS Savvy Threatens the US Economy

Wait, why aren't there initiatives to determine why STEM in general is experiencing "poor performance"?

I know! Not enough women!!

But if there's a problem with the US falling behind and not doing well, could it be a problem with teaching methods? If we don't have enough people in STEM but the ones in STEM are doing well, then it's a problem with not enough people in STEM. But if the people in STEM are doing poorly, is it a problem with the teachers? Why add more people if the teaching methods are not working?


Comment: Re:Kill the entire H1B program (Score 1) 636

by Bigbutt (#49584877) Attached to: Disney Replaces Longtime IT Staff With H-1B Workers

We had to train the Indians who took our jobs managing TSA and IRS security systems before we were moved to new contracts.

I paid money out of my own pocket to get training on Veritas vxvm in order to be placed on a specific contract (one I wanted). Granted, it wasn't training for a job that was already filled.

I do self study for other things such as learning about Red Hat 7 although I suspect the company would pay for me to go to the class if I asked.


Comment: Re:truly an inspiration. (Score 2) 494

by Bigbutt (#49559137) Attached to: Woman Behind Pakistan's First Hackathon, Sabeen Mahmud, Shot Dead

It was extremely interesting to visit Prague and visit the Jewish area to read the history. The Jews were constantly being segregated into their own towns or areas in cities and not able to have very many jobs. Since Money Handling was against the law for Christians, the Jews became money lenders, bankers, etc. And in reading the historical plaques and documents, you can see how that 'The Final Solution' was just the culmination of years of persecution and segregation.

Very enlightening.


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