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Comment 3% - 9% in 15 years a boom? (Score 0) 327

From the article: "In 15 years, ERCOT predicts between 3% and 9% of its electricity generation will come from the sun, though that could be slowed by low natural gas prices, according to the grid operator and energy company officials.

West Texas “is flat, the land is open, available and cheap and there is a lot of sun” said Raiford Smith, vice president of corporate planning for CPS Energy, a city-owned utility in San Antonio. “It is an ideal place for putting solar.”

So how much is energy consumption increasing nation wide? What about states that aren't flat arid deserts? The goal here I think is to take federal taxpayer funding, produce minimal results and get rich. How many of the solar panels are produced in China or other slave wage countries as opposed to US, EU etc. We would all be getting are our energy from solar if it were really the most cost effective. And not before.

Comment Re:What a clusterfuck (Score 1) 676

OMG! Take off the tinfoil cap. Classified information does not come from random monkeys typing on computers. Information that is on your computer that is classified came from somewhere. When you get a security clearance you get briefings on how to handle classified information. If it passed it on to you, its not you who goes to jail. Its the guy with the knowledge that it was classified who passed it on to you. If your computer is confiscated, don't blame the government blame the person who passed that on to you. And comparing it to copyright is comparing apples to oranges. You are way off base.

Comment Re:What a clusterfuck (Score 4, Interesting) 676

What a bunch of crap! She was 'in charge', she had all the available briefings and security clearance. Not only should she have known, she was breaking the law by conducting official business on a private server. I had a Top Secret SCI clearance for years. The first rule is 'if there is the potential that information is classified' treat it as it were classified and safe guard it until such time it is deemed not classified. If I had done what she has I would be in Leavenworth! Its always the same with Clintons they can do what ever the hell they want and idiots will defend them. What do you think would happen to a Military member or even a civil servant if he was caught have sex with subordinate in his office? Bill Clinton was the commander in chief of the armed forces! What a Clinton says one day is no longer true latter. First she said: "I didn't have classified information on it, it is all personal correspondence". Then she said: "None of it was classified at the time" Then she said : "It wasn't marked" Newsflash! If I tell you verbally something classified, its still classified even if I don't have a classification stamp on my forehead! The idiots are those gullible to believe anything she says!

Comment Re:Just the beginning (Score 4, Interesting) 190

Or they get fixed fast, you go to work only to find out your getting replaced by a foreigner , the jobs market will continue to suck but the numbers will be manipulated and the economy will tank just prior to the 2016 election or just after depending on who's turn it it is to flip the switch.

Comment Re:I never use algebra!!! (Score 1) 179

I'd like to see a source for these numbers that you're using as an excuse to give us your political views.

"MissionLocal has a two-page SFUSD flyer on the project, which aims to illustrate the "importance of computer science" with the same jobs infographic that Microsoft used to help achieve its stated goal of creating a national K-12 CS crisis, and demonstrate "disparities in accessing CS education" for SFUSD's 57,000 students with a small-sample-size-be-damned bar chart of the racial demographics of the school district's 209 AP Computer Science participants (181 Asian, 0 African American, 6 Latino, 1 Native American, 14 White, 7 Other)."

Usually one reads the initial story before commenting.

Comment CS is a dead end career (Score 4, Insightful) 288

These companies aren't really concerned about a lack of coding talent. They are concerned that pay is too high and will use any excuse to flood the market with people of these skills especially H1B visa holders and women who traditionally have been easy prey when it comes to pay disparity. Microsoft couldn't careless about your child. There plenty of women in my CS classes in college many of them thought they would be rich developing websites. I have a had 3 women co-workers that became school teachers so they could spend more time with their kids. There are many reasons for the disparity. Lack of opportunity isn't one of these.

Comment Re:Amazing what the absence of govt really means (Score 2, Informative) 148

No lack of government here.

"The Enron scandal, revealed in October 2001, eventually led to the bankruptcy of the Enron Corporation, an American energy company based in Houston, Texas, and the de facto dissolution of Arthur Andersen, which was one of the five largest audit and accountancy partnerships in the world. In addition to being the largest bankruptcy reorganization in American history at that time, Enron was cited as the biggest audit failure" -- Wkipedia

"fraud was accomplished primarily in two ways:

Booking "line costs" (interconnection expenses with other telecommunication companies) as capital expenditures on the balance sheet instead of expenses. Inflating revenues with bogus accounting entries from "corporate unallocated revenue accounts".

In 2002, a small team of internal auditors at WorldCom worked together, often at night and secretly, to investigate and reveal $3.8 billion worth of fraud." -- Wkipedia

Taylor,Bean & Whitaker:
"Taylor, Bean & Whitaker was a top-10 wholesale mortgage lending firm, the fifth-largest issuer of GNMA securities.
On August 5, 2009, following an FBI raid and suspension by the Federal Housing Administration from issuing FHA mortgage loans and Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities, it ceased business operations. In April 2011, its majority owner was convicted of 14 counts of securities, bank, and wire fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud, and sentenced to 30 years in federal prison.

Deutsche Bank and BNP Paribas have sued Bank of America, the trustee and collateral agent of Taylor Bean's Ocala subsidiary, over $1.75 billion in losses stemming from the subsidiary's fraud." -- Wkipedia

Bernie Madoff:
Bernard Lawrence "Bernie" Madoff (/medf/;[1] born April 29, 1938) is an American convicted of fraud and a former stockbroker, investment advisor, and financier. He is the former non-executive chairman of the NASDAQ stock market,[2] and the admitted operator of a Ponzi scheme that is considered to be the largest financial fraud in U.S. history. -- Wkipedia

Comment No School Can Teach Every Technology (Score 1) 546

You will always not have some skill listed on the requirements. When was the last time you seen : Wanted someone fresh out of school with 0 years experience in the technologies we are currently using. Though you might see:

Wanted unpaid/paid intern!

Usually what you will see is something like:

Wanted highly motivated individual with at least 5 years experience C#, and MCPD certification is mandatory. Experience with Agile and SCRUM is highly preferred.
You won't get that anywhere except by taking entry level position. And then you still could have your job taken by an H1B visa holder. Many if not most technical schools teach you to pass a certification exam and that's it. Having the certification without the experience isn't going to impress anyone but the the HR person with a checklist, you still need to get past the interview. I have interviewed at least a dozen applicants for positions over the years. I have discounted people because they had the certifications paper but not the skills. Or no breadth of knowledge. The job I ended up with my CS degree not only required programming, but also a good foundation in higher mathematics, physics and chemistry. You won't get that at a technical school. Bottom line pick a goal and get the training for that goal and a CAREER PATH after attaining that goal.

Comment Real Reason for funding this (Score 5, Interesting) 126

From the extract:
"This service could mitigate the diffusion of false and misleading ideas, detect hate speech and subversive propaganda, and assist in the preservation of open debate. "
Or more aptly:
"This service could mitigate free speech, detect anything we don't agree with and allow us to control the message"

Comment Re:let me correct that for you. (Score 1, Interesting) 619

If you want a social state then you can't have high immigration and a porous border. A social state works when most citizens are productive. It breaks down when you have more parasites than producers. If you limit immigration then you can absorb the losses and eventually reach a relatively stable economy. But if you allow unfettered immigration, the whole thing begins to collapse and your prison population swells. All of this below comes from wikipedia: A "new anti-immigrant" movement has become apparent in some European countries, especially the Netherlands, Scandinavia, and Switzerland, during the early 21st century. The issue of immigrant crime plays an important role in the political debate in these countries. Denmark According to the figures from Danmarks Statistik, crime rate among refugees and their descendants is 73% higher than for the male population average, even when taking into account their socioeconomic background. A report from Teori- og Metodecentret from 2006 found that seven out of ten young people placed on the secured youth institutions in Denmark are immigrants (with 40 percent of them being refugees) Finland According to official statistics, 21.0% of rapes have been committed by foreigners in Finland.[8] Foreigners comprise 2.2% of the population.[8] In contrast, the rape support helpline Tukinainen reports that 6% of all callers and 11% of 10–20-year-old callers say that the rapist was a foreigner.[9] Additionally, Finnish rapists are more likely to be known personally by the victim, increasing the threshold to report. Furthermore, there are great asymmetries between nationalities of rapists.[10] In Switzerland, 69.7% of prison population had no Swiss citizenship, compared to 22.1% of total resident population (as of 2008). The figure of arrests by residence status is not usually made public. In 1997, when there were for the first time more foreigners than Swiss among the convicts under criminal law (out of a fraction of 20.6% of the total population at the time), a special report was compiled by the Federal Department of Justice and Police (published in 2001) which for the year 1998 found an arrest rate per 1000 adult population of 2.3 for Swiss citizens, 4.2 for legally resident aliens and 32 for asylum seekers. 21% of arrests made concerned individuals with no residence status, who were thus either sans papiers or "crime tourists" without any permanent residence in Switzerland.

Comment Re:Ah. (Score 4, Informative) 752 A large passenger aircraft Boeing 777, performing a flight between Amsterdam and Kuala Lumpur, was shot down in the eastern part of Ukraine. According to the General Staff of Ukrainian Armed Forces, the airplane was shot down by the Russian Buk missile system as the liner was flying at an altitude of 10,000 meters. Ukraine has no long-range air defence missile systems in this area. The plane was shot down, because the Russian air defence systems was affording protection to Russian mercenaries and terrorists in this area. Ukraine will present the evidence of Russian military involvement into the Boeing crash. The leader of the terrorists Igor Girkin (Strelkov) immediately commented on the airplane catastrophe, believing that it was the Ukrainian jet that crashed down: “In Torez An-26 was shot down, its crashes are lying somewhere near the coal mine “Progress”. We have warned everyone: do not fly in our skies.”

A committee is a group that keeps the minutes and loses hours. -- Milton Berle