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Comment: Re:Mod parent DOWN (Score 1) 381

by PopeRatzo (#47571755) Attached to: Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

You seem to think the institutions are racist because they wanted some "very sharp" kid to get a GED ?

Not at all. I don't think the institutions are racist at all. I think they saw talent.

And because of (and in some cases, despite) the efforts of people who have fought these fights for many decades, there are now such opportunities. There was a time, not that long ago, in my lifetime in fact, when this young man would have not gotten the opportunity because of the color of his skin and his station in life.

Now his job is to make sure he gets as much out of them as they get out of him. That is the hard fight.

Comment: Re:It's not a marketplace.. (Score 1) 151

by PopeRatzo (#47570371) Attached to: Is the App Store Broken?

Yeah, hate that $13 billion *developers* have made so far.

That money's been spent a long time ago. A lot of it on development of more apps that have not been profitable.

Assuming your figure of "$13billion" is correct, of course.

Anyway, this article is about the marketplace, not about the relative handful who have scored big on an app, then hired a staff, invested in their businesses, took venture capital and private equity and now are well and truly fucked.

Comment: Re:Appropriate punishment (Score 1) 248

Why, in theory, build out municipal fiber when internet service is already offered by two respectable private businesses?

Because places have done it and saved the population money and provided better service?

If there's been consolidation to the point where there are only two providers, I completely understand a municipality providing the competition. I lived in a town with municipal power generation. It was cheap and the service excellent. Until a group of Koch-backed corporatists got elected to the county board and privatized the service without public hearings or comment.

Home energy bills doubled within six months.

Comment: Re:Experience outside the valley (Score 0) 381

by PopeRatzo (#47569209) Attached to: Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

As a former government worker, I can tell you: no. Its far and above closer to the 75% mark in the public sector.

It just looked like 75% because you find black people so scary.

Fact is, in many government offices, what you're actually seeing is a more representative workforce for the community in which you live. You're not used to seeing that because racism is so pervasive in hiring.

Comment: Re:Mod parent DOWN (Score 0, Offtopic) 381

by PopeRatzo (#47569169) Attached to: Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

he wants to shakedown businesses for money for his organization and those of his cronies.

Unlike the Chamber of Commerce or the "Club for Growth"? Or "Americans for Prosperity" or...what's the name of Karl Rove's PAC that had like a 8% success rate..."American Crossroads"?

Cracker, please.

Comment: Re:Mod parent DOWN (Score 4, Interesting) 381

by PopeRatzo (#47569119) Attached to: Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

If Jesse wants to wage the next race war, he should start by getting more black kids interested in STEM and education in general

I would keep an eye on that space. Since January, I've visited two very impressive inner-city STEM programs. One's run by the University of Michigan and is in Detroit, of all places, and the other is right here in Chicago, at Lindblom High, run by a friend of mine.

The real interesting part will come in a few years, when these incredibly smart and capable kids start showing up in tech jobs. Then we'll see how many cries of, "affirmative action" we start to hear when a young black kid who grew up in a rough neighborhood gets promoted. We'll learn a little more about whether racism is a thing of the past or not.

Seriously. At the Detroit place (it can't really be called a "school" because it's more of a maker space with a bunch of very sharp faculty), there was a kid who was coming out of the program and he had some very impressive schools recruiting him (but they wanted him to get his G.E.D. first, for some reason). He ended up getting his G.E.D., but then took a job with a well-known tech firm, because why would he go all NCAA, when the pros were calling, you know?

It's going to be an interesting time.

Comment: Re:Citing Wikipedia (Score 1) 153

by drinkypoo (#47567411) Attached to: An Accidental Wikipedia Hoax

It doesn't even take any depth. I've cited wikipedia on my website (the intent was to link to more information, not to utilize it as an exhaustive source) and later gone on to visit that link to make sure it still says what I want it to say only to find out that since I cited the article, the article cited the very page on which I had cited it. Whoever cited my page was either too lazy to check the bibliography, which was at the foot of the page as normal, or didn't care that they were potentially creating a circular reference one reference long.

Comment: Re:Any Help Is Good (Score 1) 54

by drinkypoo (#47564773) Attached to: Airbnb Partners With Cities For Disaster Preparedness

I am glad that someone is thinking about disaster aid but the most neglected problem is the potential for a severe hurricane in highly crowded areas. South Florida can not be evacuated.

If it's not safe in the event of a disaster, then it's not safe now. Therefore, we should be evacuating it now, at least down to a reasonable level of population. You know those maximum capacity numbers that get written inside of businesses? Florida should have one, too.

Comment: Re:A critical need in disasters is housing (Score 1) 54

by drinkypoo (#47564763) Attached to: Airbnb Partners With Cities For Disaster Preparedness

This is a great idea. Getting people to think about opening their homes in times of a disaster before the disaster happens. Sort of like the organ donation sticker on your drivers license.

I don't have an organ donation sticker because there have been paramedics who have outright announced that they don't work as hard to save donors. I will continue to not donate until this is no longer true. If I were to join an organ donation scheme it would involve reciprocity. I might well, although I forget the name of the one I liked the look of, and of course the google results are all scientific papers. They must not have paid google for ad placement, so it's not coming up at all.

Comment: Re:The American Dream (Score 2) 514

by PopeRatzo (#47564651) Attached to: 35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Socialism is fascism.

This is the theory of Jonah Goldberg, who is a half-bright propagandist who got his job through nepotism, his mother being a famous madam. It has gained some currency among people who are outraged that they are required by law to have health insurance, but nobody else.

And I didn't think it was possible to misrepresent as many citations as in a single post as you have. Believe me, I've tried.

Imitation is the sincerest form of plagarism.

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