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Comment: Why we hate the rich. (Score 1) 1

Perhaps Warren Buffet should try eating only food that has no ingredients that have been inappropriately patented. Then he might get a clue as to why we are a little fed up with corporations and the wealthy using their power to squeeze ever more blood out of our turnips.

Comment: Fallacy much? (Score 1) 2

I wonder if Mr. Buffet eats at all? Does he know that it won't help him live forever? So why should he eat at all?

Because the time he does have left so much more tolerable.

No one expects a livable wage to end the wealth gap. And almost no one has called for or expected that. All we want is for the wealthy to stop thinking that their continued hoarding should take precedence over the other 99.9% of the world NOT being miserable. Is that too much to frikin' ask?

Comment: What about the older newbies? (Score 1) 429

by GrantRobertson (#49642807) Attached to: Why Companies Should Hire Older Developers

Everyone is assuming that all "older" workers are experienced, have more family obligations, and are unwilling to learn new things.

What about all the people who are getting into development as a second or third career? I STARTED my CS degree at 45. Before that I had 12 years of experience as a network manager supporting hundreds of users. I was top in almost all of my classes and was often asked to tutor other students. Yes, the 22 year-olds asked me to tutor them, both because I knew it better AND because I could explain it better.

I have mature attitudes about writing clean code while still being creative in what I think can be done. One can be creative without being chaotic. I also have twelve years of experience helping users figure out how to use crappy user interfaces, so I also know what not do do UI-wise. My son is 34 years old and I am not in a relationship. I would love to just be able to hang out at the office all day working on code, eating catered meals, and talking with other developers. I am even willing to work cheap because it beats doing any other job for even less pay. So, I don't fit hardly any of the stereotypes.

There are going to be a lot more people like me coming into the development workforce. Hopefully, companies will be able to figure out what to do with us.

Comment: Re: Makerspace.... (Score 1) 167

So Tim O'Reilly can sell books, magazines, and conference tickets. He invented the term as a way to rebrand making shit yourself.

But, if you read the magazine (don't but it, just read some of it at the library) you will see that most of the projects are really nothing more than taking expensive pieces that someone else has prepared for you and spending a few minutes putting them together. There are very few explanations as to how it really works. You just buy the parts, download some prewritten code, put it together, and call yourself a "Maker."

Comment: There are two things I don't understand... (Score 1) 634

by GrantRobertson (#49569245) Attached to: How To Increase the Number of Female Engineers

... about this "debate":

1) Why nerdy men/boys don't want to be around more women.
2) Why more women don't have the imagination to see that any/all engineering can be turned toward a socially conscious purpose.

Have all these nerdy men just gotten bitter and given up on ever "getting" a woman? Do they now not want to even be around women so they won't be reminded of what they can't have. Maybe, just maybe, if more women "went into" STEM then more would eventually "be _into_" STEM. Then they would appreciate the nerdy guy's interest in it.

When I was young, I was interested in tech mostly because it was interesting in and of itself. As I got older, and even more liberal, I came to see how tech could be used for the good of humankind. Perhaps it would be good for both women _and_ men to be introduced to all the ways tech can help humanity (and still be hugely profitable) rather than see it as either just a nerdy hobby you can get paid for or just a way to make lots of money.

Dead? No excuse for laying off work.