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Comment Re:Shoddy Workmanship (Score 1) 182

Couldn't agree more. You can thank bootstrap + CMS for that crowd.

And not just web development, but 'true' professionals all-around. So maybe this makes me appear pretentious, but I feel I work pretty hard to know all the tech hats I wear and do wherever I work that mix across all those specific job titles ITFA, but case in point: There's ALOT of self-proclaimed 'professionals' that are hobby-shop single-tech-specializers, one-dimensional in skills and horrible (I mean, HORRIBLE) at their job. It's not surprising most are unemployed if you're a poser and a resident shitbag expert in nothing. Tell me a sys-admin that doesn't need to know about network administration? Tell me a network-admin that doesn't need to know multiple OS's and their supporting TCP stack for tuning? Tell any IT related field that shouldn't know at least ONE type of scripting/programming language (low or high-level) to be better and more efficient/effective to their job? Many don't and that's why they make up that 5%.

I agree some markets and areas are harder to stay employed in with a cut-throat/downsizing/outsourcing mentality, but that still doesn't warrant always consistently being on the chopping block side of things.

Comment Ever thought of a wiki? (Score 1) 227

Many years ago, I started taking all my 'text-editor-alike' notes, setup up a wiki (dokuwiki plug, but there's definitely others like Mediawiki, ect.) and added a bit of light wiki markup to them equaled instant, half-ass-looking pro-like documentation with an authentication/group control wrapper around it (e.g. local accounts or AD/LDAP tie-in).

I don't know what organization you are in or what you can/cannot setup on a whim --- but that's what I'd do. It's SUPER cool to hear you actually care about documentation and daily note taking, ect., but the step beyond IMHO is a searchable and share-able interface to it.

And even taking documentation with you is a cinch --- I just recently changed jobs and I was able to take 8+ years worth of documentation/notes/you-name-it that wasn't company specific or had a NDA attached to it, tarball it up, set up a new wiki, unpack it and I was done.

At most if you really hate the wiki, just write a few reg-ex commands to mostly strip off your markup business and you're left with what you've started: ASCII text files again.

Comment Out of touch educators or just obtuse? (Score 1) 956

This is really unfortunate to see this happen and it's really no wonder why this kid got chastised for this. I'm sure it boiled down to this: Kid proud of his achievement (regardless if his own classmates were going to grapple the concept of what he did or not), . Heck, name one kid you didn't know that wanted to show something they bought/got/made/received to show their friends or a teacher they lookup to; my kids do it ALL THE TIME. Now with the larger population, not everyone is bringing in home-brew EE projects, but the majority of us can wrap out minds around what we're presented with. Get something slightly technical or outside our metal capacity or comfort zone and everyone starts shitting themselves and crying chicken little.

What you never hear in these situations is a success story where teacher/educator saw mind-blowing potential in this that their school system was never (repeat, NEVER) going to aide this student in, reached out to some maker group in the city and got the kid and his parents introduced and/or involved. Nope, we just see school board dick swinging to the 3rd degree and toss the quick-to-use endangerment card.

I wish I was dabbling with EE at 14 vs early 20's and I'm sure glad my boss hasn't labeled me a metal-box-bomb-toting-going-postal-terrorist and fired me for the nixie tube clock I am staring at right now while typing this.

Comment What's the wide-spread use of Watson for medicine? (Score 1) 53

Throwing out the idea that this is going to make radiologists jobs and half of their depended employed medical-field co-worker obsolete is kind of far fetched IMHO. I've lived in some pretty big urban areas down to po-dunk no-where and I've never had a diagnosis or analysis done with Watson. It's probably more with my sheer lack of knowledge on the topic and 'real' (not theoretical or proof-of-concept uses) of Watson in the real world. Maybe I'm the outlier here, but I've honestly never experienced them first hand (and no I'm not counting e-medicine or skype-like appointments). Has anyone else?

I support remote sensing science applications and regardless of how much image processing, trained models and HPC crush power for analysis we do, most of the scientist in our GIS department still prefer human analysis with the naked eye as the final approval. Not that GIS is anything close to medical field, but from a pure analysis perspective, human processing and interpretation still rule those domains.

The only real cool thing I've seen Watson do in my life is play an impressive game of Jeopardy and quite honestly, I wish it would have blasted Trebek SNL style. I hate that pompous guy.

Comment Re: What happened to basic training standards? (Score 1) 86

Ah. You're right. I was always viewed as a "hell of a good guy" vs "model soldier". You took more slanted patriotic stock in my opinion than it took me to give a shit to read yours.

One thing I did learn is how not to be a coward, than post as one and be a poser troll, to boot. Back to your cave, Taliban troll.

Comment What happened to basic training standards? (Score 4, Interesting) 86

Ah how the U.S. Military has softened up. I remember pushups, kick in the helmet, and more pushups, sweat in the eyes, drill sergeant fear and pushups to correct my shooting posture and shaking.

I am sure it is a cool corrective tool to use, but its a crutch. But we have been shooting guns for centuries and using less-than-accurate firearms than we have now, its a matter of attention, caring and wanting to be good with your firearm.

And icing on the cake: When I was in the 'motherland' for OIF, it was a great feeling to know I had good shooting mechanics and trusted my shot. I couldn't imagine being in the military and sucking at that.

Comment Re:Pressuring the majority? (Score 5, Informative) 866

Holy Heck, as a Non-American I thought your claim that there are states that ban atheists from being elected was probably an exaggeration or simply an interpretation of how it is hard in many places to be elected if one is a self-declared atheist. Hit a google search and figured i'd put this in there in case others were thinking like I was but don't bother to follow up.

Arkansas, Article 19, Section 1:
No person who denies the being of a God shall hold any office in the civil departments of this State, nor be competent to testify as a witness in any Court.

Maryland, Article 37:
That no religious test ought ever to be required as a qualification for any office of profit or trust in this State, other than a declaration of belief in the existence of God; nor shall the Legislature prescribe any other oath of office than the oath prescribed by this Constitution.

Mississippi, Article 14, Section 265:
No person who denies the existence of a Supreme Being shall hold any office in this state.

North Carolina, Article 6, Section 8
The following persons shall be disqualified for office: Any person who shall deny the being of Almighty God.

South Carolina, Article 17, Section 4:
No person who denies the existence of a Supreme Being shall hold any office under this Constitution.

Tennessee, Article 9, Section 2:
No person who denies the being of God, or a future state of rewards and punishments, shall hold any office in the civil department of this state.

Texas, Article 1, Section 4:
No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office, or public trust, in this State; nor shall any one be excluded from holding office on account of his religious sentiments, provided he acknowledge the existence of a Supreme Being.

from here and the wiki page they probably got it from.

If i had more time i'd look to see if there are cases of anyone actually being denied in the recent past or unseated after the fact but the fact that these provisions even exist to begin with is pretty awful.

The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that, you've got it made. -- Jean Giraudoux