At the big companies maybe. Although the better big companies are smarter than that. At the startups not at all- generally because there is no HR department and the engineers/former engineers are hiring directly. Working at them, the only time I've seen someone hired for a particular skill instead of problem solving ability and intelligence is when we had a short, hard deadline and needed a subject matter expert for just a month or two.
The ironic thin is if you actually talked to the people who wrote those maps (who are generally pretty good programmers) they'd be on your side of the argument. The STL was written to be good enough and to be as generic as possible. There's a ton of speed optimizations that can be done if you're willing to make a few assumptions or a few different tradeoffs. Or just willing to simplify the STL API and drop parts most people don't need like allocators.
You don't think discrete math is CS? I don't think you know what those two things are.
Participation in fraud and selling stolen goods is hardly capitalism.
Maybe you should look at how things work in the real world instead of believing what a bunch of philosophers tell you they think ought to happen. Hint: Karl Marx and Ayn Rand both developed economic theories that were entirely logical and self-consistent.
Other way around. If you learn the new hot skills, you can get a low level job where you'll struggle and work poorly because you don't really know what you're doing. Then when the buzzwords change, you'll be unhirable. If you learn the theory and fundamentals, you'll write better code more quickly and be able to easily pick up new technologies as they come along. Theory always trumps "real world" skills.
Someone rapes your daughter? Fsck the courts, hunt down and kill the bastard!
On topic, some sick fuck out there running around taking upskirt photos in public places? Yep, a couple good solid right hooks to the face by every male around would do wonders to curb such socially-deviant behavior.
selling US government secrets to the remnants of the old Soviet Union is now called 'free market capitalism'
Yes. Yes, it is.
What, you were expecting something more idealistic? Sorry, sucker, welcome to the real world.
"Our bodies are attuned to the day/night cycle."
I have a feeling that most Slashdotters are more attuned to the CPU cycle.
Think of the chores that need doing around your house: would you rather have a specialized robot for each task, or a humanoid robot than can do all, even assist in 2 man jobs like putting up a shed?
That does not require a humanoid robot. A spider-type robot would probably be more effective.
And why not have a specialized robot for each task? You don't see too many hybrid microwave oven/vacuum cleaner/cars do you? Why build a general purpose robot that needs a vacuum cleaner so it can clean the house? You're back to buying individual machines AND a machine to operate them.
On the other hand, Katy's a bit more expensive than other nearby areas. You can find plenty of 3 or 4 bedroom houses in, say, San Antonio proper for around 120k.
Of course, your monthly payment will also vary significantly based on things like the length of your loan, how much you put down, how many discount points you got, and whether you're paying your taxes through escrow or not. I'm paying a bit under $700/month for a two story, three bedroom/2.5 bath house.
Then I assume since you grew up surrounded by cars you have managed to become an adept mechanic?
Or since you've been surrounded by books from an early age you have become a proficient writer? (hint: the answer here is 'no' based on your grammar and spelling).
Or any number of other examples of things you were surrounded by since birth but might not have become expert at.
Which tradition are we talking about? Selling women as property or not allowing them to vote, or maybe something else?
That's way too high of a rent estimate. Even in San Francisco, you can get a decent place for 1 person for $3000/month.
To be fair, that's still an insane amount to somebody living in central/south Texas. You can buy a house suitable for a four-person family in a decent neighborhood for under $1000/month.
Yes. This is an important distinction. "They also laughed at Bozo the Clown."
Hoyle wasn't purely a crank, of course. He was a very good scientist, who had made major contributions to his field, but who just couldn't accept new ideas past a certain point, and thereby became a crank. This phenomenon isn't universal by any means, but it's sadly common.