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Comment: Social Skills, Competition skills (Score 4, Insightful) 298

by Rinikusu (#49727963) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tech Skills Do HS Students Need To Know Now?

My 15 year old me is kicking me for saying this, but learning how to integrate into society, listening to other people's thoughts, and learning how to agree and disagree without going all Fox News screamy-shouty goes a long way. Learning to know how to build consensus or at least know when to build consensus (and when to go your own way).

Competition: learning how to win and how to lose without making a complete douche of yourself in either instance. You won't win every battle in the workplace, in your academic endeavors, in your love life; learn how to deal with it, learn how to learn from it, etc.

Learn how to set goals and how to take steps to achieve those goals.

These aren't tech specific, but I'd wager if a student can master any of these, they can do well in whatever field they wish to enter.

Comment: Re:Hate for Uber (Score 1) 132

by Rinikusu (#49641527) Attached to: Voting With Dollars: Politicians and Their Staffers Roll With Uber

The only real problem I have with Uber is their insistence that they are not a taxi service. Their weasel wording attempt at trying to redefine their business using semantics triggers every bullshit alarm and it sounds like they're trying to pull a fast one. If they would just admit to being a taxi service, require their drivers to carry full commercial insurance, and focus on being the best goddamned taxi service in the world and following the rules that are in place to protect consumers (and drivers), I'll be happy to support them. If they wish to overhaul the taxi regulations, I'll be happy to hear their arguments and then vote (literally) my decision. As it stands, I can't support such asshattery disguised as "freedom". I can't wait to see a startup that dumps radioactive waste into the ocean because they're just tired of the radioactive waste lobby preventing new players from entering the market and besides, who needs the invasive regulations of the EPA? While we're at it, let's get some child labor up in here. Tiny hands = tiny solder joints.

Comment: Re:ADA? (Score 1) 267

by Rinikusu (#49623349) Attached to: Is It Worth Learning a Little-Known Programming Language?

What region are you in? Most of the COBOL stuff I've been exposed to are with .gov contracts. The USPS still has mainframes and the shop I used to work at had around 15 graybeards (and one quickly graying 30 something developer they poached from another team). FedEx may still have a COBOL team if they haven't migrated from their mainframes yet (they may have completed their migration to java), and that whole DC/VA corridor is apparently full of government contract companies that still write and maintain COBOL codebases. In Silicon Valley? Not so much. Maybe Sacramento, I think they still have a ton of payroll and tax stuff. Chances are, most of these positions are already filled before they even list the job. They bring some "bright" person over from accounting or they poach from the local community college that still has a COBOL class or two (Southwest Tennessee Community College, for example, still has a COBOL based track as of 2002; but not sure how it is now.. AS/400, etc).

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