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Comment: You could see Obama's character in '08 (Score 5, Insightful) 210 210

When riding high on his popularity, he voted for the telecom immunity bill. If he'd voted against it, he'd have been able to walk into the debates like a rock star because he'd be one of the only big names who actually acted on his promises. Even many of his opponents would have given him props for sticking to his guns.

Ironically, if Obama had done even half of what he promised to clean up the government, he could have asked for a Cuban-style health care system and his popularity would have made it impossible for the Republicans to stop him. We've reached the point where an honest politician with balls could practically control the federal government just by sheer force of the people's awe at his honesty.

Comment: Speaking of TV shows (Score 4, Insightful) 292 292

Family Guy and Firefly were more or less sabotaged by politics. The reason Family Guy came back was Fox executives looked at the sales numbers of the DVDs and basically said "WHO THE FUCK CANCELED THIS?" With Firefly, they wouldn't license it to the Sci Fi channel under any terms, even though they had a commercial success with the Stargate franchise. Even when they pitched a home run with Battlestar Galactica, they wouldn't reconsider.

Not long ago, Longmire was canceled by A&E for bizarre reasons. It had good ratings and was pulling in a few million viewers. They said "the demographic is too old." Uh, ok, anyone in your marketing department notice that young viewers (ie millennials mainly) are the poorest generation in the market right now?

A show getting canceled is not necessarily indicative of anything about its quality or marketability. A large part of the problem is just the delivery mechanism. If all TV were content on demand, you'd probably see a lot more quality shows and many shows currently on getting canceled.

Comment: Not enough punishment (Score 0, Troll) 198 198

But repairs are costly and penalties are not stiff enough to deter would-be vandals.

If the courts hadn't moved to declare hard labor "cruel and unusual" then it would be non issue. About six months of hard labor would be scarier to most low level offenders than five years in prison. Heck, in the South we could really amp it up just making them do chain gang duty with no bug repellant in the middle of the summer.

Comment: Just get familiar with it (Score 1) 125 125

I don't know about other toolkits, but Angular uses it for a number of tasks. There's a lightweight clone, but plugging in jQuery to replace that is very common. I've used jQuery with ExtJS as well because Ext's equivalent was pretty bad (as of 3.X and 4.X) for doing straight forward DOM access. Learn the very basics of querying the DOM with it and adding new elements, then move on.

Comment: Irony (Score 4, Insightful) 256 256

Asians make up less than 6% of the population according to Google, whereas blacks are 13%. Yet the former are over 40% of the company at Facebook. If Facebook were to be made to "look like America" then a significant percentage of its labor force would have to be laid off.

There's nothing "woeful" about these numbers. They tell us nothing about qualified black and Hispanic candidates not getting jobs. Given the interest in diversity, it's perfectly reasonable to rule out the probability that there were any because the interest in diversity would have almost invariably lead to them being given hiring priority if they applied.

Comment: God forbid the law applies to elections (Score 3, Insightful) 1083 1083

Being as he was one of the unelected lawyers who selected our president in 2000, he apparently has no sense of irony.

There is no irony here. None. Florida fucked up its election process to hell and back. The US Constitution provides no mechanism--none--for redoing such an election or extending a presidential election until that state can get its head out of its ass and finish its election.

All they did was decide based on the law when and how to finish the vote tallying and force the state to declare a winner. It was the best decision they could constitutionally make.

You know why you should thank your lucky stars they didn't keep it going until everyone had warm fuzzies? Because then the SCOTUS would have arrogated to itself the power to let a sitting president stay in office beyond his constitutional term or allow a man who is not legally entitled to assume the presidency assume it.

Do you really want to live in a society where the SCOTUS can hold up an election so long that the President has to stay in office illegally or resign and then the VP can assume that office via succession law until the election is all hunky dory to all parties?

Comment: Well they're getting closer to the truth (Score 5, Insightful) 473 473

"Because boys get more informal opportunities for computing experience outside of school, this lack of formal computing education especially affects girls and many youth of color."

Inch by inch, the social justice warriors are getting closer to the truth that boys dominate these fields because of all of their informal experience. Why? Because boys tend to be more willing to go against peer pressure and do what interests them. Male nerds and geeks may resent peer pressure and bullying, but they'll stick to what they like. Never met a single boy who took the attitude that he couldn't pursue his hobbies because of peer pressure unless those hobbies were things you don't mention in polite society (and maybe even make the avante garde squeamish).

No, girls don't need "more pushing." It would be a problem if a family let the sons fire up an IDE, editor + interpreter, etc. and told the girls that that was forbidden for them. I can pretty much assure you, that in the vast majority of American households, even religious ones, that doesn't happen. What naturally happens is that the boys will say "this is cool" and try it out and the girl will make all sorts of excuses ranging from lack of interest, to what would her girlfriends think.

And no, boys by and large don't put pressure on girls to not share hobbies with them. I've never met a red-blooded male who thought a generally feminine female who shared most of his interests was a bad thing.

Comment: They'd have people fighting to do overtime (Score 1) 381 381

If productive overtime, especially that built business, meant whoever involved got performance incentives. In contracting/consulting circles, it's common to draft the grunts who don't get those incentives to help write contracts. I guarantee you that if you took 50% of management's bonus pool and shifted it to a general pool for encouraging workers to pitch in on new initiatives and stuff like that, you'd have people fighting to pitch in.

Comment: And if they really want to make nice (Score 3, Interesting) 229 229

The board should direct the termination of the executive responsible in such a way that it is termination for failing to abide by Disney, Florida and federal labor guidelines so that they don't get a severance. Since most of the employees are still there, there's no wrongful termination lawsuit they can bring against Disney so the risk to Disney by admitting that they caught an executive violating the rules and acted accordingly should be small.

Comment: It's not a recruiting problem (Score 5, Insightful) 298 298

It's a leadership problem, as shown by this:

sapped by alternating day and night shifts with little chance for academic breaks or promotion

I can't believe any other part of the military would push people in combat arms that hard with so little chance of academic breaks or promotion opportunities. Especially promotions. This is part of a general rot in the US Air Force that has been documented in various places, such as strategic forces being considered a loser's job and the antagonism to flying the A-10 warthog to provide close air support for ground units instead of sexy modern aircraft.

Comment: Like Google, they missed some big opportunities (Score 1) 80 80

Just as Google basically ceded the high end enterprise market to companies like Autonomy by refusing to package their software for individual and group licensing, GitHub's enterprise fees were ridiculous for what you got from them. When they openly advertised the prices, it was like $5000/year/20 users. $10000 for 50 users for a perpetual license? A lot of companies could have gotten into that, but a subscription is ridiculous especially when you consider that things like issue tracking are terribly simplistic compared to systems like Jira. You'd have to run something like Redmine in many environments and at that point, what are you really paying for except a bunch of slickness and coolness on top of Git?

The computing field is always in need of new cliches. -- Alan Perlis