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Comment Re:This (Score 1) 393

I call bullshit. I also hated high school, and went to college instead. The college classes translated back to high school requirements, and I only needed to take the regents (state exam). And, after college level english / history / physics this was a joke, and I scored in the highest percentile.

While I would have liked to have skipped physics, it was a requirement I had to take, and they wouldn't let me into college unless I agreed to this weird course schedule

Comment Re:Smart man (Score 1) 378

People make this kind of choice for their kids ALL THE TIME. Just look at refugees coming in from Syria. People can and do make the choice that it's better to risk their children's lives, and relocate themselves and all future generations to a culture where fundamentally they're considered outsiders, BECAUSE they believe it will be a better life.

Comment Re:No excuse for committing a crime (Score 1) 201

If the engineers did something that they knew was wrong then they deserve to be blamed and punished for what they did.

The interesting thing is most software these days is abstracted out. If you're working on a big, enterprise level project, you won't get asked to draw a big picture: you'll be given a module you need to create that takes a given range of inputs and transforms them to a given level of outputs on a specific platform.

It's very possible that this wasn't something the whole engineering department would've known about. You could very easily have a number of different "modes" and then just have one guy link the modules together (in the damning behavior)

Comment Re:I have no debt and a hefty savings account (Score 1) 386

Actually this makes sense if you think it through.

One of the key indicators lenders are looking for is a change in your financial situation, which they use your behavior as a proxy.

If you are routinely paying off all your cards, and suddenly you want to spend $100k, it's fishy because it hints at something going on.

Maybe a sudden medical diagnosis will push you into bankruptcy.
Maybe a lay off will mean you'll borrow as much as possible before missing payments and going into bankruptcy
Maybe you just want to buy something expensive over a few months, and are not a credit risk.

The point is the banks can't know, so they may make the choice of not taking a chance (because someone who suddenly takes on debt could have heads or tails kinds of prospects)

Comment Re:Productivity of office workers? (Score 1) 360

Well Japanese suicide customs go beyond assisted suicide. I remember one example from the book: someone killed themselves as "death testimony." Basically the idea was they were giving witness (like in a court of law), and this was a way to prove they weren't lying. Or the idea that once your purpose is spent you should die (even if of full body and mind)

There's other, more complicated examples, that would be hard to explain if you haven't read the book

Comment Re:Productivity of office workers? (Score 1) 360

Japan actually has a history of embracing death and suicide in its culture. It's a bit wacky, but sometimes you're supposed to kill yourself if you're a good traditional japanese (and I have references!)

Read the book Shogun by James Clavell for an interesting perspective on it. It really shines a light on a non-western perspective, where death is something to be embraced at the right time (and that it's important to die a good death), as opposed to something that should be avoided at all costs.

Comment Re:one word (Score 1) 602

What most people don't realize about general non-competes is to be enforceable, your old employer needs to PAY you for the period of the non-compete -- a non-compete clause is not allowed to deprive you of work.

Note that a GENERAL non-compete is different then a specific non-compete. It's generally permissible for a company to enforce a non-compete against a few competitors (e.g. you worked for google, now may not work for Apple) but they can't have an across the board stoppage of all work unless they pay you

Comment Re:Highest Profit (Score 1) 712

Indeed avoiding police may be the best course of action, but what do you do if you have to run into them?

Take a real world example, let's say you're in a march for gay rights (or pick your favorite controversial protest)

If a cop comes up to you, says he hates homos, and that you deserve a night in the slammer, you STILL will get in trouble for resisting arrest.

Much better to go quietly (and non-violently).

Sure they may still give you a "ride" or do horrible things to you, but whereas it's pretty much guaranteed you'll get a beat down if you resist, you are less likely to be injured if you go quietly. (Although it might still happen)

Comment Re:Well.... (Score 1) 712

I remember that study. Basically, officers are trained to think tasers / etc are not lethal and all they do is incapacitate suspects. In actuality, for a small percentage of the population with heart defects and other health issues, a taser can be lethal. After deploying tasers deaths of suspects actually went up -- because an officer was more likely to pull the trigger on a "non-lethal" option than a gun.

Comment Re:Highest Profit (Score 1) 712

Except a police officer has the legal right to hurt you (up to taking your life) if you resist arrest. That's why so many shit bag police officers go free: they can fall back on the "well they were resisting arrest" argument. Standing up to bullying in this case should involve submitting to arrest by the officer, but following up with formal complaints later. A cop doesn't have a leg to stand on if you can say "Well I came peacably but the reason for the arrest was wrong and he beat me even though I kept saying I'd come peacefully"

Comment Re:dont try tmobile (Score 1) 142

I love all these T-Mobile bashing threads because everything boils down to what happens when you're out of a city. I travel for work and T-Mobile works fine. Why? I'm either in a major metropolitan area or I'm in the air. I never drive out into the country, and if i do, I don't mind the disruption of LTE service because it will always be there when I get back to a metro.

The only place this gets annoying is if you are trying to use Google Maps, but price it out. T-Mobile w/ Unlimited Data + a Tom Tom or Verizon with a cap.

Personally, I'll take T-Mobile because you can abuse your unlimited data (I download movies over LTE all the time and can set up a hot spot that beats whatever hotel wifi will have). Yes, YMMV. You need to really look at where you're going to be. Flying into NYC or Boston for the week for work? T-Mobile. Driving around in the middle of nowhere and using GPS? Don't T-Mobile

(p.s. If you buy a T-mobile iphone they'll lock the mobile hotspot to only 5GB / month. You may be best off with a 'droid device if that's going to be your primary use because that won't be locked -- although you can download unlimited data to your phone and transfer it over e.g. with Airplay)

Make it right before you make it faster.