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Comment Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics (Score 3, Insightful) 444

The underlying assumption of this, and of "tech employee representation" being that any given subgroup retains all the demographics and characteristics of the larger group and any deviation from that is an anomaly.

Get back to me when there is outrage that men are only 10% of the population in teaching and nursing careers. Why aren't we channeling funding to make teaching and nursing careers appealing to male students? Oh, because male students get to choose careers while minorities and female students are weak and unable to pursue the repressed interests that statistics say they must secretly harbor.

Comment Re:It's all about the money, honey (Score 1) 164

Also, I saw this news story. Maybe the local paper is in the bag for TWC, AT&T, and the other competitors (GASP! In the telecom industry?) but they certainly make some seemingly fact-based points that are more solid than the usual misdirection.

Comment Re:It's all about the money, honey (Score 1) 164

1% of all property taxes going to subsidize internet service for a handful (3,000 accounts) of businesses and residents seems like a lot. Salisbury is not a booming metropolis, that's a lot of people who probably can't even afford a $45 a month internet package paying higher taxes and utility rates to keep those prices down. Meanwhile they are paying $15/mo for a 2Mb connection with Time Warner Cable because their local government can't offer them anything less than that $45 package.

Comment It's all about the money, honey (Score 3, Informative) 164

In 2014 they generated $4.8 million in revenue and after expenses had $229,000 to show for it. Add in depreciation (a substantial expense for a capital intensive company), amortization, interest, and other expenses and they were taxpayer funded to the tune of $144,110. That's almost 1% of all property tax revenues.

It will be interesting to see if they can be profitable as their services scale past 3,000 customers and service more of their 33,000 residents and even more businesses.

Comment Psychology (Score 4, Insightful) 157

That's because economics is a blend of math and psychology. The math assumes a rational actor with all the necessary information. The psychology is rarely rational and involved decision making influenced by the decisions of others, highly varied interpretations of historical events which preclude deterministic mechanisms, and imperfect information viewed through personal biases and strengths. Inaccuracy results from improperly weighting the relative value of these two in economic outcomes and from difficulty in modeling the psychological elements. Bad math is the least of the challenges facing economics.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 2) 288

Same pattern happens in reverse -- take Illinois voting returns, for example. Rural precincts with fewer voters compile and report their results quickly, so Illinois goes deep red. Then Cook County (Chicago), which represents 1,635 of Illinois' 57,915 square miles, or about 2.8%) reports and the state goes blue.

Using 2012 as an example, Cook County contributed 1.94 million votes to a 5.1 million total. So 2.8% of the land area represented 40% of the results that decided 100% of the electoral votes of the state. I'm pretty sure the 97.2% of Illinois that works that land to feed the remaining 2.8% feels pretty crappy about that imbalance.

Comment Skip it (Score 2) 87

Don't bother learning a specific language, instead invest time in understanding basic principles of software structure and design. Understand object oriented principles, data structures, algorithms, and the basic concept that various blocks of the software work through interfaces. Focus on a higher level of abstraction than the specifics of a given language and he'll understand enough to say "and then this section of code needs to pass this information on to the next section of code which does this stuff with it, then passes the result to this next stage."

Comment Re:I call bullshit (Score 1) 676

Which is exactly what I'm saying -- information from outside the government comes in, and from the point of that transfer it is classified and must be so marked before it leaves the possession of the case officer. The source of the information and the fact that it is known to the government are fixed at the time of transfer, and those are the details that must be protected. The marking is an administrative formality that doesn't change the sensitivity of the data.

Comment Re:I call bullshit (Score 4, Informative) 676

That's bullshit too. Do you think a case officer's notes of a meeting with an agent aren't classified just because the case officer doesn't carry around a big red "CLASSIFIED" stamp? Information is classified based on the information and source, not the markings. Classified information not so marked isn't unclassified information, it's misidentified information and anyone with a security classification is trained to recognize and address that issue.

Comment Re:Smoke meet fire (Score 0) 676

I'll also add that if she didn't follow security procedures in evaluating and applying proper classifications to materials she interacted with, then she is still guilty of mishandling classified information. Information is classified even before being so marked by appropriate authority (including the Secretary of State). Information derived from classified information (such as a summary sent to the SoS by a staffer) is also classified regardless of whether it is so marked. To think otherwise is lunacy.

Comment Smoke meet fire (Score 0) 676

If Clinton did not have contact with classified information during her tenure than she wasn't doing her job. Wasting federal funds. If she had every classified email printed out to read then she was wasting federal funds. There's no good way this can be spun and these actions from an Obama-directed justice department are just the bare minimum they can bring themselves to do against Clinton in this situation -- believe me, if there was any way they could find to drop it, they would do so.

Comment Re:ham radio (Score 1) 368

How about you make it ham radio -- use FCC regulations to prohibit the piloting of radio controlled aircraft on anything other than available ham bands. There are already transmitters and receivers used for exactly that purpose on the 70cm band, and FCC regulations require the remote station to be identified and to carry the callsign of the operator in the signal (usually via on-screen-display video signal).

So license information is required to be both on the drone itself and trackable via signal. No need to register the drone any more than you register a radio, it just needs to be operated by a licensed operator.

Comment Re:Shoot them (Score 1) 268

Don't get me wrong -- I shoot XTC high power, CMP, IDPA, etc. I'm pretty familiar both with the types of gun owners found in a club environment and those that just saunter up to the counter at Cabella's hoping the clerk can give them good advice. I'm pretty sure there are far more gun owners in category B than in category A. I like to hang out with the category A folks but I'm not fooling myself that they represent the majority compared those who buy a shotgun because "I won't have to aim much if I need to use it" while shooting it down a 4yd hallway (2-4" pattern) and never shoot it, or who keep a 28" over-under loaded with birdshot when it's not out taking ducks.

"The urge to destroy is also a creative urge." -- Bakunin [ed. note - I would say: The urge to destroy may sometimes be a creative urge.]