Well, probably depends on the context in which you meet them. I pretty much always lose courtesy competitions at doors and traffic intersections. They supposedly have a reputation for being awesomely passive-aggressive, but I have yet to hit any examples anecdotally. But I'm from Thailand, which is even more passive-aggressive by any account, so maybe I'm just oblivious to it by now. I know I certainly notice how rude people are in person and in traffic whenever I travel back East now.... what you mean I have to force my way into this merge lane?
I managed to move to Seattle about 2 years ago after "casually" trying for about 10 years. Was in the DC metro area, which was "home" but that I had been desperately trying to escape for something new.
I finally ended up changing my address in monster.com to the Seattle Public Library in an attempt to get monster to honor my location preferences. I still got most of my recruiter calls and emails from DC, SoCal, and various "flyover" states, and I still do today. I figure those are simply places hurting for techs because techs don't want to live there.
Believe everything you hear and read about the culture in Seattle. They're the nicest, most polite, least jaywalking people you'll ever meet. And they probably don't want you here, particularly if you're from California. They work hard. They play hard. They have an internal energy that keeps them warm from within, and drives them through the long, cold, wet, dark seasonal affective disorder (SAD) season.
I took a pay cut and self-relocated my family across the country. I also don't get nearly unlimited overtime like with my federal contracting gig. I bought a bike, then another, and a set of cross-country skis for the family. We get a lot of use out of our annual state and national park passes all year round.
There's a huge cottage industry of tech contracting firms (Volt was extremely nice, Insight Global was more "just business" but had a lot of contacts in industry). All of the people who do real work for MS and others are mostly contractors, just like everywhere else. A lot of contractors at MS would work for 1 year and then take 3 months off to avoid getting paid real benefits like healthcare and vacation. I live in Redmond by work downtown Seattle, which is good, since rush hour traffic actually is worse to/from the MS campus.
I figure we'd hang out here for about a decade or so until the kids go to college, making sure to hit most of the trails and mountains and islands on our ever-growing list of PNW things to do, then probably take a big fat offer with relocation for somewhere else. This has been something of a working vacation for us, but it certainly isn't for everyone.
This is the first hexagon movie of its kind, using color filters, and the first to show a complete view of the top of Saturn down to about 70 degrees latitude. Spanning about 20,000 miles (30,000 kilometers) across, the hexagon is a wavy jet stream of 200-mile-per-hour winds (about 322 kilometers per hour) with a massive, rotating storm at the center. There is no weather feature exactly, consistently like this anywhere else in the solar system.
"The hexagon is just a current of air, and weather features out there that share similarities to this are notoriously turbulent and unstable," said Andrew Ingersoll, a Cassini imaging team member at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. "A hurricane on Earth typically lasts a week, but this has been here for decades — and who knows — maybe centuries.""
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If they work, they'll work big time, but I really worry about lawsuits.
I tend to think the lawsuit fears are overblown. In the U.S. alone, 35,000 people die each year due to human drivers, at a cost of about $200 billion annually, paid for by everyone's insurance. We seem to have no problem living with that.
If autonomous cars can cut that fatality rate to 3,500 or even 350 deaths a year, the savings will be so enormous that it will be cost-effective for the auto companies to partner with insurance companies and create a general fund to reimburse those people who may be injured due to an automation failure, regardless of fault. The federal government already uses this concept with the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. It provides no-fault reimbursement of vaccine-related injuries, because letting vaccine makers be sued out of business would result in more deaths and injures in the long run.
And keep in mind that accident rates will only continue to drop as the automation improves with time. Moore's Law is inexorable.
Does this mean we'll all gain the constitutionally protected right to fling poo at each other?
Private Online Reserve Notes!
I have no idea how to implement it, but good things should have good names!
In what dream world do adjuncts earn $15k per 3-hour course??
I should have been clearer about that. That $15K included maintenance and supervision of two different teaching laboratories, on top of teaching a 3-hour class. So essentially it was a $30K / academic year salary for what was practically a full-time job. Not surprisingly, they still found a Ph.D. willing to do it.
You're right, typical adjunct per-course fees (without additional responsibilities) do run about $5K for STEM classes at a decently large school. No one is going to choose that over a full-time industry job.
Additionally, tenured professors will be bullied by the administration if they underperform. That can get very nasty.
On the other hand, I can tell you (based on first-hand observation) that you'd be astonished how much bullying underperforming tenured professors can tolerate.
These types are not going to give up guaranteed employment. They simply grow a thicker skin. Furthermore, they learn how to strike back. For example, if the department chair tries to increase the teaching load of a non-performer, the inevitable result is horrible teaching reviews and angry students changing majors. The administration very quickly learns to just leave the non-performers alone and wait for them to retire.
The better alternative, of course, is to hire non-tenured faculty. Much easier to get rid of (if necessary), and in general more productive researchers and better teachers.
Most people don't realize that the tenure-track faculty position is rapidly disappearing at U.S. universities. Tenure is instead becoming a tool to accomplish two goals: (1) recruit superstars, hopefully with the goal of increasing your school's numbers in the USN&WR college rankings, and (2) reshape the demographics of the faculty, e.g. increased female and minority hires.
Otherwise, tenure has outlived its usefulness, at least to university administrators. Go to any major university, and you'll find tenured professors who "retired in place" years ago, and who are worse than useless as researchers or teachers. To them, academic "freedom" translates to "leave me alone, you can't tell me what to do". University administrators have had their fill of those types. It's the old "10% making the other 90% look bad" syndrome, and consequently the other 90% must bear the brunt.
The future of academia is one-year to five-year contracts with non-tenured faculty. If you can bring in research contract money, your academic salary will still be reasonably competitive, at least in engineering and the hard sciences. If your research contracts dry up, your contract won't be renewed, and you'll need to move on. Otherwise, you'll be working as an adjunct instructor, teaching 3-hour semester courses at $5K to $15K a pop. You'll find plenty of those at every school nowadays.
As to the original article, the drug lord vs. drug seller analogy is largely a side effect of the economics of Ph.D.s in liberal arts and soft sciences. There are only so many university positions available in sociology, history, english literature, etc., and almost zero positions outside of academia to absorb the surplus. So if you truly love Medieval European History, and cannot conceive of doing anything else with your degree, you're going to fight tooth and nail doing academic scut work for slave wages in the hopes of making yourself more competitive for a rare tenure-track opening.
The analogy falls apart with engineering and computer science, because a good Ph.D. can usually find a relevant job in industry, and quite often at better wages than in academia. Ph.D.s in liberal arts don't have that luxury. For them, it's either academic grunt work, unemployment, or getting a job completely unrelated to your degree.
Our Black Friday will be driving out to the middle of nowhere for the long weekend, looking out at the night sky, and freezing our keisters off.
Apparently he also would have no idea that firing as the motorcade was approaching the turn was about 1000x easier a shot. The ground was level, it wasn't too close to the building so as to make it an uncomfortable shot, and he'd have had enough time for 5 or 6 shots easily (though he'd only need 1). Seriously, check out the game "JFK Reloaded" which actually gives a good perspective on the view from the spot where Oswald supposedly took the shot. It's ridiculously easier to take the shot as the motorcade is approaching. Taking the shot when Oswald supposedly did is insane; the angle is terrible, elevation is changing, direction is changing, there are trees in the way; it's just awful. Shoot straight on and you get a clear, level, easy shot that just about anyone with minimal training could make.
ah, awesome, thanks!
Hey, speaking of which, is there any way to get the old zoom in/out buttons on the new Google Maps? Pinch-to-zoom is a real, real pain in the ass to use one-handed, even with my phone in a mount. There's supposedly some "alternative" way to make it zoom in/out by holding and then moving up/down, but I can't get it to work. I just want some simple onscreen buttons, dammit!
heh, I saw some guy in a bimmer texting with his nose last week, so I'm getting a kick out of these replies.
But I suppose a cop in a tall SUV wouldn't be able to see him.