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Comment: Fragmentation & specialization (Score 1) 404

by RogueWarrior65 (#49354349) Attached to: Millennial Tech Workers Losing Ground In US

Aside from the long standing problem of professors teaching what was the hot thing when they were working in the private sector and now passe or obsolete, there is not much more fragmentation and specialization in STEM careers. 20 years ago, if you knew C, C++, and Unix, you had one foot in the door of most places. Now, employers need to fill positions that often use obscure development tools and environments. They're less likely to hire a generalist and less likely to be willing to train a generalist. That said, it's now vastly easier to search for a job than it was 30 years ago. You may have to go far afield to get one.

Comment: Re:Careful, they might shoot back (Score 2) 335

There's only one problem with an otherwise perfect hypothesis: Most soldiers on base don't walk around armed. Hell, even Marines guarding embassies overseas aren't often armed. Look at stock photos and you can see that while they may be walking around with M16s, there are no magazines in the gun.

Comment: Re:False assumption (Score 1) 1089

by RogueWarrior65 (#49301613) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

States don't all get the same number of electoral votes. California currently has 55 electoral votes.
Here is the electoral map by county for the most recent presidential elections:
Yet all of California's votes went for the Democrat. People living in eastern California haven't voted for the Democrat since 1968. Do they feel represented or do they feel like the bastard stepchild of L.A. and San Francisco?

Comment: False assumption (Score 4, Insightful) 1089

by RogueWarrior65 (#49295761) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

The assumption is that money buys votes. It doesn't. It buys advertising on a lot of levels along with all the people who are needed to promote a given candidate. By requiring everybody to vote, candidates would have to spend even more money to be sure that they reach the half of the voting population that doesn't vote.

What we really need is to get rid of the winner-take-all for state electoral votes. Imagine you live in a county that regularly has a majority vote for one party but because a little more than half of the rest of the counties in the state regularly voted for the other party. Your votes no longer count because the electoral votes got flipped. What if this happens over and over? How represented would you feel?


In Historic Turn, CO2 Emissions Flatline In 2014, Even As Global Economy Grows 283

Posted by Soulskill
from the getting-better-at-not-getting-worse dept.
mdsolar sends this report from Forbes: A key stumbling block in the effort to combat global warming has been the intimate link between greenhouse gas emissions and economic growth. When times are good and industries are thriving, global energy use traditionally increases and energy-related carbon dioxide emissions also go up. Only when economies stumble and businesses shutter — as during the most recent financial crisis — does energy use typically decline, in turn bringing down planet-warming emissions.

But for the first time in nearly half a century, that synchrony between economic growth and energy-related emissions seems to have been broken, according to the Paris-based International Energy Agency, prompting its chief economist to wonder if an important new pivot point has been reached — one that decouples economic vigor and carbon pollution. The IEA pegged carbon dioxide emissions for 2014 at 32.3 billion metric tons — essentially the same volume as 2013, even as the global economy grew at a rate of about 3 percent. Whether the disconnect is a mere fluke or a true harbinger of a paradigm shift is impossible to know. The IEA suggested that decreasing use of coal in China — and upticks in renewable electricity generation there using solar, wind and hydropower — could have contributed to the reversal.

Comment: Innovation vs. Commodity (Score 4, Insightful) 392

Apple has never been a commodity computer company. Herd mentality always seems to head in the direction of the cheapest tech out there even though there are far superior offerings out there. Just look at how VHS won out over Beta. That's video tape for those of you too young to know or care how we got where we are.

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