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Comment: Re:This means nothing without context (Score 1) 265

by FictionPimp (#47327359) Attached to: Tech Workforce Diversity At Facebook Similar To Google And Yahoo

Having interviewed for both Google and Facebook I think this really does come down to skills (knowledge and ability). Being a white male didn't do shit for the fact that I simply just didn't understand linux file systems, networking and software development as well as I thought I did. In fact I didn't get a single question as to my age, race, or sexual preference during those first phone calls where I was ripped to shreds with technical questions. It was quite apparent after 5 minutes of the 2nd interview that I wasn't going to get the job, and I had a LOT to work on in my chosen field.

These are not racially bias questions where you need to be white, unless netmask questions and being asked to write a program are racially bias.

Then again, it is google, they probably know more about me then I know about myself. The interview was probably just to gather metadata to advertise to me better.

Comment: This means nothing without context (Score 5, Insightful) 265

by FictionPimp (#47324369) Attached to: Tech Workforce Diversity At Facebook Similar To Google And Yahoo

What is the percentage of black, women, etc people with the skills and training that google, facebook, etc is looking for?

Are there out of work fully qualified programmers that can't work at facebook because they are black? Maybe the ratio is the way it is simply because there are not enough minorities looking for high end development work (Unlike baseball). That doesn't make it Facebook's fault if it is truly hiring the most qualified workers.

Comment: Re:Speculation... (Score 1) 455

by FictionPimp (#47270893) Attached to: NADA Is Terrified of Tesla

You can get them to give you a price? Last car I bought I had trouble with that. I see a car I like, ask the cost. I'm told, "That's not how we work here. Let's talk about what monthly payment you would like."

No thank you, I don't care about my monthly payment. I can do math myself. I want to know how much I'm going to pay for a car. Then I can negotiate on price. Once that is done I'll worry about finding the best deal on a loan.

I told one dealer the price was too high. His response was to offer a 5 year loan to lower my payments....

Comment: Re:Cold Weather Package (Score 1) 106

by FictionPimp (#47158325) Attached to: Tracking Tesla's Quiet Changes To the Model S

I seriously wanted a tesla. I love high tech cars and wanted something seriously high tech. But honestly at the price point there are many "features" that should be standard.

My Audi A4 has standard features that are 'upgrades' for an $80,000+ car. That is just silly.

I'll keep with my gas for now and wait for the Tesla to start making cars that meet the class I expect in that price point.

Comment: Re:...but that doesn't explain... (Score 3, Interesting) 584

I'm burning a well deserved mod point to post this.

I'm not so sure the NRA doesn't use FUD as their primary tactic to keep themselves funded. I'm a gun owner, I have a carry permit, and I own scary 'assault rifles'. I joined the NRA to support my right to own firearms.

Then the NRA started sending me letters.

First, Obama was going to take away all of my guns. Next it wasn't just Obama, but the entire UN coming after my guns. Next the single greatest threat to this nation was Obama. It just kept rolling on and on. Most of the arguments presented in the letters were pure FUD, the kind that would make old Microsoft proud. It was enough to ensure I never give them money again. I've donated to state groups and I'm still looking for a sane national gun lobby.

In regards to the topic of smart guns. I personally don't want one, but I don't see anything wrong with them. I don't think that mandating smart guns will have any effect on gun violence. If I can steal my dads gun to go to school, I can steal the watch it uses to fire. If I'm going to commit a crime with a gun I bought, I bet I bought the device to fire it. That's no reason to stop working on smart guns, but this technology should remain the choice of the end user.

Comment: Re:Electric. (Score 1) 659

by FictionPimp (#47001509) Attached to: Future of Cars: Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Or Electric?

I'm not really interested until I can get a reliable 300 mile range. This lets me go visit my parents, do some moderate driving while I'm there and still makie it back home on one charge. I could probably get by with the Tesla S 85, but the cost is out of my league. 60k is the top end I can afford for a car and it needs to have the same luxuries as a similarly equipped BMW, Audi, Mercedes, etc.

This means leather, heated seats, high-end audio, GPS, collision detection, cameras, etc pretty much standard at that price point.

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