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Comment Re: There are good reasons for gvt bureaucracy, re (Score 1) 275

I remember being a lab manager for my college mentor when I was fresh out of undergrad school. The hoops we had to jump through for the most inane purchases were so obscene that we usually just worked to find a way around it. For example, we needed some electronic components. Oh but neither Digikey nor Newark are approved suppliers. They had looked into it before, but the school didn't buy enough from them for it to make sense. Oh but Allied Electrical and CDW are approved, see of you can use them. No, they don't sell the kind of crap we are always buying. So, you needed to show evidence of searching for each item at at least three approved sources to be approved to buy from an unapproved supplier, which usually amounted to printing internet search results. If there were a lot of components and it didn't coat that much, we would say screw it, buy it on our own dime and submit a reimbursement claim. Otherwise I would literally spend a whole day putting together the order and then wait a whole week for the office to process it.

Comment Re: Passed data with a ton of noise? (Score 5, Funny) 391

(or just go fiber)

Using fiber is a difficult expense for true audiophiles. The fibers typically used can contain a lot of impurities which distorts the color of the light signal, introducing noise into your audio. This is why when using fiber for audio, true audiophiles only use diamond fibers extruded through Emerald dies enchanted by a wizard after he puts on his robe and hat.

Comment Re:Subject (Score 3, Insightful) 212

This whole idea of looking at gender statistics and then deducing there is a problem is stupid.

That part isn't stupid. What is stupid is deducing that the solution involves creating new incentives for young women to go into computer science. It's a far deeper cultural phenomenon*. People don't like to admit this though because addressing deep seeded cultural phenomena require generations to change. That's no good for politicians who can't see any further than the next election cycle or executives who can't even see further than the next annual earnings report.


* Note I use the word "phenomenon" and not "problem". Whether or not any cultural phenomenon is a problem is besides the point.

Comment Re: Will universities still teach ugrads in 30 yea (Score 1) 89

After watching the collective fail of an overeducated millennial generation so far, we just want our kids to get out there and succeed. Whether or not they have the same diploma on the wall that dad, grandma or the neighbors do...not so much.

Unfortunately that same diploma is becoming increasingly essential for any employment all the way down to gas station attendant. If I had kids I would highly encourage them to find a trade and go to a trade school. Find a job that pays just well enough to do the things you actually want to do while giving you enough free time to do them.

Comment Re: Penn State did this back in 1983 (Score 1) 89

Most teachers I have had substantial interaction with do not repeat the same thing over and over every year. Each time they teach a class, their presentation becomes more refined. In addition, they answer questions and clarify concepts on the fly at the very moment that the questions and content are at the front of the student's attention. That has a substantial value over a video lecture or reading books.

Comment Re: Haggling for Rates (Score 1) 229

To be fair, it would be next to impossible to have a free market on cable TV. Distribution is the first big problem that is frequently discussed here. I don't want a ton of cable companies running their lines in front of my house. One I'd more than enough. Also, there is likely a very big cost of operation barrier since every new competitor needs to drop a huge investment in infrastructure to grab a fraction of the already saturated market. Sure there are cases where governments have explicitly stopped local governments from installing a competing service, but this is not common.

But the bigger problem now is the whole industry model. No ala cart pricing, and limited streaming. This spits in the face of market realities. I can't stomach paying for sports channels I will never watch and consider blocking in my household. Not to mention all the other trash channels I never watch. I am happy to pay a premium for only the channels I want, but this is not an option. On top of that, I want to watch what I want to watch when I want to watch it. This is why I ditched cable for a combination of roku, Amazon Prime, and Netflix. I am happy to pay for the shows I want to watch on Amazon Prime. I watch more TV than ever before and I pay a lot less for it.

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