I was having similar problems (Uverse though, not Comcast). On a lark, I dug an old Ethernet cable out of storage and ran it from my gateway router to my desk. Problem solved.
That's not faking delivery though. The data is actually being delivered, just from a different source. I don't give a shit where the data comes from our how it gets to me*, I care about how fast my page loads.
* except for the handful of times per month I do something sensitive, like online banking, but that's all encrypted.
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Seriously. Every huge, impossible project is made up of a bunch of smaller projects that are totally doable, plus maybe a couple that are actually hard. Divide and conquer is one of the most important skills you can develop as a programmer. Start with the first easy thing you can think of that you'll need to do before you get to the big hard thing, and get some code on the screen. Keep doing that. Pretty soon you'll find you have most of it done.
And as for the reading thing, you should expect to be spending more time reading than writing code. I think my time is about 50/50 now, and I've been coding professionally for three years, after doing a BS and about 70% of a master's in comp sci.
Creditors who do not act in a timely manner when an estate is closing or a corporation is being liquidated are simply SoL.
You might consider Reading The Fine Summary. I know, that's Crazy Talk! But, if you had, you might have noticed something about the statute of limitations (lawyer speak for "timely manner") has been lifted on these types of debt.
I've never seen microwave popcorn burned by accident. It's always been intentional to cover up the smell of smoking pot.
They aren't hitting one guy. They are contracting with the city to guarantee that there will be at least one cop in the specified area 24/7. That actually works out to 4 or 5 cops once you figure in shifts, days off, etc.
This. FBX is terrible. The best I can say about it is that it's not quite as bad as Microsoft's OpenXML formats.
Depends on the industry. I do know a few people who only develop for the web, but that's because they work in web development. As a tools dev contractor in the game industry I have never been asked to write anything web based. Not even by my clients who are developing web games.
It's how unions work in the USA, too. GP is an idiot, and has obviously learned everything he "knows" about unions from Libertarian ideologues.
I think other authors have done a better job with postulating advances in technology. A few examples:
Charles Stross - Accelerando - One of the more believable and compelling projections of computer tech that I've read in a long time.
Linda Nagata - Vast - Similar projections for computer tech as above, plus genetic engineering. This was a recent random find in a used book store for me, and apparently the fourth book in a series called The Nanotech Succession. I will definitely be looking for more of her stuff.
Paolo Bacigalupi - The Windup Girl - Definitely the best I've seen for projection in biotech, and it hit me in a similar way as the first time I read Neuromancer a few decades ago. Definitely not for children, though. Pump Six And Other Stories is a collection of short stories set in the same world, but I don't know how well they would hold up on their own without the deeper context that TWG provides.
But if you really want to rant, perhaps you should encourage more men to become K-6 teachers or nurses or therapists, to even out the gender gap there.
There's plenty of discussion about how we need more men in nursing and K-6 education, it's just happening on forums you aren't paying attention too. Perhaps you could pull your head out of your ass and google yourself up a bit of education on those topics. I can't speak to therapists, but then all of the relatively few therapists I've met are men.
Nobody is complaining about the paucity of male elementary school teachers.
Yes, they are, you just haven't been paying attention to the forums where those conversations are happening. A tiny bit of Googling would educate you.
Wrong. That might be the case in particular jurisdictions (LA and SF would not surprise me) but it certainly isn't that way in the whole state. All that's necessary is 30 days written notice naming the person(s) on the lease/rental agreement and however many John/Jane Does you think are necessary (it's recommended that number be generous). No need to get cops involved unless the tenant(s) refuse to vacate, but I suspect that's the case in every state.
Jack, and shit. As someone who worked in construction for 10 years and now has 3 years experience as a software developer, allow me to present a rebuttal:
The bricklayer is an independent contractor who signed a contract to deliver a finished wall on a certain date for a certain price. How much or how little time it takes him to complete the job is his own business. He gets paid the same amount regardless. Whether he's super awesome and completes the wall in half the time, or he's a screw-up who ends up putting in 80 hour weeks tearing down sections and rebuilding them, he gets paid the same.
That contract was created in the context of a STRICT waterfall development model. The dimensions, materials, and probably even the pattern the bricks are to be laid in have already been specified, in detail, by the architect/engineer. All the bricklayer has to do is lay bricks. He's not doing any design work. If there's a design flaw in the wall, that's not his fault, and fixing it will cost you extra. If the design changes after the contract was signed, that's probably also going to cost you extra. If modifications are made after the the bricklayer completed his work on a section of wall, any structural weaknesses introduced by those modification are not his fault and fixing them will cost you extra. You see where this is going, right?
In cases where the bricklayer is an hourly employee rather than an independent contractor, there is no way in hell he's fixing anything on his own time. You are paying for every minute he's working. Period. If you hired a screw-up bricklayer (probably the cheapest one you could find), you're eating those costs.