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Comment: Re:Prison == New Free Cinema? (Score 1) 186

by BrokenSoldier (#47044059) Attached to: Ohio Prison Shows Pirated Movies To Inmates
Having worked in a maximum security prison for a year, as a housing unit officer, yard officer, and adseg officer, I don't have a problem with most of this. The demoralizing dehumanizing factor of prison is the incarceration itself. Inmates are put there to segragate them from society, and to attempt rehabilitation. They don't go to prison to then be punished-prison IS the punishment. Its a subtle difference, and one lost on most anyone that has never had any aspect of their life under total control. The closest thing I can come up with as a civilian equivalent is BCT- years and years of BCT with no graduation, no promotion, and no relaxation of the structure, that you normally would get as a trainee.

Comment: Re:Certainly (Score 2) 387

by BrokenSoldier (#46133501) Attached to: Should Everybody Learn To Code?
THIS. I learned, C++, C# and a little bit of Python in my Mgt Info Systems courseload as electives because it wasn't offered as required at the time (2008) I have checked back and it is, now. I may not 'be' a coder, but in my current position knowing the basics of it helps me describe bug errors in our software testing to the people that can fix it in a manner that they understand better than "I clicked this button in the web app and it didnt' work....". I talk to my kids freely about my job and my 14 yr old son has an interest in Legos and game level design, and I stress the importance of knowing how to program, along with math, art, and basic graphic design elements so that he has some idea of what goes into making a program and interface work, rather than thinking its all magic smoke. I feel that knowing the use of basic Windows applications like Office, Excel, knowing a bit about Macros, and for g*ds sake knowing how to type are almost essential for most any entry level job now. Many of the managers older than me by about 10 years that I know (im 37) wouldnt be able to re-interview for my job as a mid level support tech with their demonstrated lack of knowledge of basic computing.

Comment: Re:silicon valley looking for cheaper IT workers (Score 1) 109

by BrokenSoldier (#45516967) Attached to: San Quentin Inmates Learn Technology From Silicon Valley Pros
Same thing happened to me when I discharged out of the Army in 2002. I applied to the TSA and was not hired. One of the guys hired that day raped a teenage girl a few months later and then killed her. He was a Marine, too. We had the same clearance and the same screening, and my scores were a little better than his. *shrug*

Comment: Re:This is so exciting, my leg is tingling... (Score 1) 109

by BrokenSoldier (#45516859) Attached to: San Quentin Inmates Learn Technology From Silicon Valley Pros
You really don' t know much about the current state of corrections and criminal arrest, do you? In Nebraska, the maximum security prison has 2 entire housing units full of check kiters and people with non-injury DUIs serving time alongside murderers and rapists.

Comment: Re:I want a burning Tesla! (Score 2) 526

by BrokenSoldier (#45390365) Attached to: Man In Tesla Model S Fire Explains What Happened
Three is not 'a number of.....' except in the most hyperbolic sense of the phrase. Yes, its a number. No it is not an accurate description of the number of Tesla fires relative to any other car fire. The car itself is designed around the possibility of a battery breach-what more do people want? They built the car, designed failsafes around known possible risks that they could not engineer out. Guy walks out of burning car, that had the courtesy to warn him first. What more do people want?

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