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Comment: Re:Dealerships HAVE become more cost competitive (Score 1) 649

by Malenx (#49518087) Attached to: Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars

Walmart's non-synthetic basic oil / filter change is cheaper than what I can buy the oil / filter for individually unless I turn to the internet. They make like $2 profit off each job, so it was really worth it before I switched to synthetic.

A few of my local dealerships are pretty competitive on prices, though one in particular happens to be great; selling parts for my cars cheaper than the local auto parts stores and most of the internet after shipping. The repairs are almost always quoted cheaper than other dealerships and are higher quality, but they have a huge repair shop to make up the profit via volume repair.

Comment: Re:Ridiculous, but so are college degrees (Score 1) 173

by Malenx (#48343283) Attached to: Codecademy's ReSkillUSA: Gestation Period For New Developers Is 3 Months

I am incredibly glad that I earned my CS degree through a liberal arts college (Hope College). To this day, I feel the liberal arts requirements were just as valuable to my overall growth as my core CS classes were at helping me land a great job straight out of school.

Comment: Re:Good for you! (Score 1) 314

by Malenx (#43681693) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Becoming a Programmer At 40?

I'm a 31 year old married programmer just getting out of college and looking forward to kids soon. Working a nice 40 hour a week paid internship with decent money and moving into a full time gig starting with generous pay, salary, and pension system in a great mid sized company. All of the programmers on my team are 35+ years old in a very highly successful and growing company. The latest hire is a 60 year old main-framer who's looking forward to retirement in 5 years and just enjoying the work until then.

Terrible experiences being taken advantage of are no more the norm than great companies who do not age discriminate and offer great compensation, hours, vacation time, wages, and other benefits, they just get more attention.

Comment: Re:history repeating (Score 3, Interesting) 216

by Malenx (#43343643) Attached to: Why You Should Worry About the Future of Chromebooks

A large portion of consumers have repeatedly stated the Chromebook is exactly what they want. It's cheap, handles basic computing needs (word processes, etc), handles online streaming, and is nearly virus proof with little to no learning curve. There is also no slow degrade of speed over time as your not installing any software. For a lot of non-techies, it's a dream come true.

Looking forward to getting a few more bucks saved up to get my wife another as she's used her old Chromebook into the ground (the monitor is literally held on with tape as it was a beta product and she's a rough user).

You may not agree, but I find it hard to believe you formed your opinion on the realities of what the common computer user wants.

In English, every word can be verbed. Would that it were so in our programming languages.

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