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+ - CmdrTaco: Anti-Beta Movement a "Vocal Minority"-> 30

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Antipater (2053064) writes "The furor over Slashdot Beta is loud enough that even outside media has begun to notice. The Washington Post's tech blog The Switch has written a piece on the issue, and the anti-Beta protesters aren't going to be happy about it. The Post questioned Slashdot founder Rob Malda, who believes the protests are the work of only a vocal minority or readers: "It's easy to forget that the vocal population of a community driven site like Slashdot might be the most important group, but they are typically also the smallest class of users." The current caretakers of Slashdot need to balance the needs of all users with their limited engineering resources, Malda argues — noting wryly, "It ain't easy.""
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Comment: Re:The Beta should have a killswitch! (Score 1) 341

Why wait? Start the boycott now! You, you who was planning to post something critical of Beta in an unrelated article, stop what you're doing, log out, and never log in again, in, uh, protest, that's it!

I know, it'll be hard when you occasionally revisit and see that only people who like the new look or who are interested in actual on-topic discussions are left, but you'll feel better.

Comment: Re:DUI, collision, no jail time? (Score 1) 761

by karmawarrior (#41399755) Attached to: Can a Court Order You To Delete a Facebook Account?

In most parts of the country, it's illegal for developers to build homes and businesses in close enough proximity that public transportation and walking are viable options.

Bizarrely, it's the libertarians that are usually behind these laws, as nothing says freedom more than being forced to choose a particular form of transportation...

Comment: Re:Oh Boeing... (Score 1) 403

by karmawarrior (#40789289) Attached to: Flight 4590 Didn't Kill the Concorde; Costs Did

I used to live in Reading, which is a good 30 miles from Heathrow. I can tell you that Concorde flying over my home every day was loud enough to drown out the TV. It's fucking loud.

Boeing didn't invent anything. It was people in Concorde's flight path who complained about it, and then a rather bizarre set of "objective" methods that didn't measure noise were used to FUD us.

Comment: Re:No you cant (Score 1) 557

by Gaijin42 (#35407376) Attached to: Can For-Profit Tech Colleges Be Trusted?

Average nationwide tuition at a 4 year public school is 7.6k per year (30k total)
4 year private school averages 30k per year (120k! total!)
google says ITT costs 30k per year
google says devry costs 14k per year

Traditionally people at public/private schools are also going to pay for room and board as well, which many places double the cost. However, Since everyone has the option to stay at home or rent we can ignore that.

So these schools are more expensive than state school, and up to as expensive as the average private school (but significantly less than the elite private schools)

So i will admit my cost estimates were off, but I still hold that job prospects for the public school people are pretty bad too. For the masses/sheeple, going to community college or straight out into the workforce is quite often cost effective.

Those who can specialize in areas with shortages will be better off.

Comment: Re:No you cant (Score 1) 557

by Gaijin42 (#35407254) Attached to: Can For-Profit Tech Colleges Be Trusted?

I absolutely agree that education leads to higher earnings and better employment options. My point (perhaps poorly made) was that even accounting for your 2-3x better job prospects, employment in the chosen field (especially for "soft" degrees) is still bad (even though you are better off than someone with no degree), and the cost of that degree was huge.

My fiance has a masters in art history and metalsmithing. 80k in debt, and her one department (highly ranked and respected) turns out about 10-15 people like her every year. A few thousand of them across the country.

Nationwide, there are a handful of (mostly academic) positions, some industrial positions, and the rest are the proverbial "starving artist"

Other departments like english, the humanities, womens studies, etc are the same, except they don't have the industrial positions.

Comment: Re:No you cant (Score 0) 557

by Gaijin42 (#35406666) Attached to: Can For-Profit Tech Colleges Be Trusted?

I agree, and this somewhat reinforces my point.

Liberal arts colelges, for the most part, dump out hundreds of thousands of interchangeable people with no real skills. There are of course exceptions. Doctors, engineers, some of the scientists (although many are just recycled into faculty), some of the tech people (although in my experience any person with a masters or phd in comp sci is 100% worthless on the job)

Tech schools are focusing on areas where there are more shortages of workers (or at least the impression of shortages of workers). Now, they of course have a perverse incentive to make the shortage appear worse than it is, and continue its existence even after the shortage is no longer there. But they are responding to at least some level of market dynamics, which by and large traditional schools are insulated from completely.

There is a reason all schools (private and public) do not publish good salary or job sector data. They just give the number of people having any job. You might have gone to school for engineering, and be serving fries - thats a win to the school

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