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Comment: Unions (Score 1) 441

by Calsar (#47729505) Attached to: Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

I don't like unions, but this is one case where the lack of unions is hurting US tech workers. There is no lobbing group to call out companies on this kind of BS. You would need a very large well funded organization to even think of going up against the tech giants in the political arena. Maybe you could call attention to it on something like change.org, but I don't think it would be very effective without some lobbing money behind it. Anyone have any ideas that would actually work, because whining about isn't accomplishing anything as we've seen for many years now.

Comment: Missing Someting? (Score 1) 227

by Calsar (#47647787) Attached to: About Half of Kids' Learning Ability Is In Their DNA

Am I missing something here? The study showed a high correlation between math and reading skill in twins. So if one twin is better at math then they will be equally better at reading than the other twin. How do you derive from this that genetics is determining your intelligence? If it was than the twins should be equally good math and equally good at reading, but the study actually shows they are not equal since this is difference they are using to show the correlation between math and reading skill.

Comment: Re:boo hoo (Score 2) 113

I think a better analogy would be if you printing out your emails and web history and scattered the sheets of paper around your yard and the street in front of your house. Then someone driving down the road took a picture of your house and street which included the information you left laying out in the open.

Comment: Re:Long Overdue Use of "free space" (Score 1) 81

by Calsar (#47314991) Attached to: Maglev Personal Transportation System Set For Trial In Tel Aviv

Similar things have been done before like the PRT system in Morgantown
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M...

This system is quite old. It is faster than a regular transit system because you only stop at your destination. However, there are complexities in the track design and you have a lot of little cars to maintain instead fewer larger ones.

Comment: Re:Most qualified and motivated candidates? (Score 4, Insightful) 435

by Calsar (#47262229) Attached to: Yahoo's Diversity Record Is Almost As Bad As Google's

66% of Computer Science graduates are white, 15% Asian, 3% black, and 5% Hispanic. I'm surprised they have such a high percentage of Asian workers. Of course 60% of students graduating with master's degrees in computer science aren't Americans so maybe that's where they are coming from. Also 80% of Computer Science graduates are male and 20% are female, so it's not surprising that tech companies have primarily male workers.

http://cra.org/uploads/documen...

Comment: Prestige of Online Degrees (Score 1) 73

I received an under graduate and master’s degree from traditional universities. I also received two masters’ degrees through on-line classes. In my opinion programs like edX are the future of education, but on-line degrees are still not regarded with the same level of prestige as those received through traditional education. In part this has been due to questionable practices of some on-line educational institutions. How can this perception be changed and do you have and do you have any plans in that regard?

Comment: Re:Why aren't more women in science fields? (Score 1) 608

by Calsar (#44678201) Attached to: Could a Grace Hopper Get Hired In Today's Silicon Valley?

I got my CS degree in the late 80s and there were only a handful of women in the program. My son is majoring in CS now and I don't think the ratio has really changed the much over the past 25 years. That's just my observations the actual data seems to suggest that it was about 30% when I was in school and it's around 12% now. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women_in_computing.

Comment: Re:I dont see the difference (Score 3, Informative) 643

by Calsar (#43897421) Attached to: SCOTUS Says DNA Collection Permissible After Arrest

They aren't putting your entire genome into the database. They only collect 13 specific markers (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CODIS). The possibility that one of these markers is tied to a genetic disease is possible as referenced in Wikipedia. What you can determine from the DNA doesn't appear to be any greater than the information available in a photograph. DNA reveals non visible information, but a lot more information can be gleaned from a photograph.

Comment: Adobe has been working on something similar (Score 1) 57

by Calsar (#40218795) Attached to: Mozilla's Open Source Project Shumway To Translate SWF To HTML5

http://blogs.adobe.com/conversations/2011/03/flash-to-html5-conversion-tool-on-adobe-labs.html

Despite everyone's hatred of Flash, it exists because there was no other way to get that type of functionality on the Web until relatively recently. I remember when FutureSplash came out in 1995 and it was very impressive compared to state of what you could do on the Web at the time. When Macromedia added the programming capability it was even more impressive. However, the time has come to move on to next great thing. Such is the way of technology.

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