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Comment Re:cable (Score 1) 249

Seriously. Time Warner shut off the internet to my fiancee's (now wife's) apartment on Christmas fucking day when the service was supposed to end January 2nd. I hated having to talk to a poor customer service agent that had to work on Christmas, but Time Warner... Just don't shut off service on a holiday and then you don't have to pay people to work on a holiday to restore service. We sure weren't going to sit in a half boxed up apartment with no internet for a full day when pretty much everything was closed.

Comment Re:Speaking of crappy ads (paid posts) (Score 1) 212

Where are you seeing that?

I don't see anything like that on my system

I don't think they show up in the RSS feed either. I pretty much never go to /.'s homepage anymore. ttrss grabs the summary for me, and if it's interesting, I'll click through. It and Full-Text RSS have also been useful for some sites with broken layout that won't show up properly in desktop browsers anymore (National Review, I'm looking at you).

Comment Re:If you don't like the textbooks, (Score 1) 337

Well you can go live in the communities with the people who want free college and I'll happily keep my community. Calling me a simpleton and then outright refusing to accept that economics has anything to do with the discussion is kind of ironic if you ask me. But I'll just keep this note describing me as a simpleton next to my degree and professional engineering license.

Comment Re:Yes, yes, i'll buy a Tesla. (Score 1) 207

In most "high cost of living" areas the higher wages don't make up for the house prices.

QFT. My sister just learned that lesson and is moving back to Dayton, OH after a few months near Boston. She was being paid more, but probably all of the extra pay (and then some) was sucked up by the $1900/month rent for a tiny old house with no A/C and no garage (or even off-street parking). She was previously paying probably a bit more than half as much for something much newer, larger, and better-equipped.

All she has to do now is let the movers pack up and unlearn driving like a Masshole. :-) (Speaking of which, she gets to get away from those. :-P )

Comment Re:If you don't like the textbooks, (Score 1) 337

Philosophy degrees (and many others) don't give anyone skills to invent or supply goods or services to benefit me. If they wanted to help me, they could have skipped college and became a skilled worker that is lacking in new labor like welding, plumbing, or electrician work. I hire those guys out all the time and the only good ones are ageing fast.

I would support free education for degrees that have an economic benefit to society. But those degrees are easy to pay off after college. The people who want free education are the ones going into majors that won't pay back the loans they are taking out or are so overcrowded with graduating majors that they have flooded the market.

Comment Re:If you don't like the textbooks, (Score 1) 337

No, no study has shown this. Yes there is a correlation between a wealthy society and high education. But it could just as easily mean that richer people can afford to educate. Rural poor in 3rd world countries aren't poor because they don't have an education. They don't have an education because they are poor. Educating them may improve their chances of moving up the economic ladder, but it sure isn't any guarantee.

Comment Re:If you don't like the textbooks, (Score 1) 337

So you mean me? The civil engineer who designs the pipes to get the shit out of your house? Yeah, I really want your life to be shit. Stop assuming just because people don't want to hand out free educations to people with no economic reason to get a degree that they are horrible people who want to shit all over your life. Fuck you and the horse you were handed out. I volunteer all the time and contribute when I see someone doing the best they can. I went to college. The people not able to pay back their loans were the lazy asses drinking and partying for 5 years to get a degree with no job prospects. No amount of philosophy degrees improve my life. But they have done a good job at raising the barrier of entry into a lot of jobs. It used to be that you only needed a high school education for a lot of entry level jobs that would raise people out of poverty. But now there are so many unemployed degree holding people out there that employers have raised the bar to requiring a 4 year degree with nothing to show for it.

Making a 4 year degree a benefit for everyone will just make a 4 year degree the new high school diploma except now the poor have another 4 years with no income before they can get a slightly above minimum wage job.

Take your work seriously but never take yourself seriously; and do not take what happens either to yourself or your work seriously. -- Booth Tarkington