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Comment Re:Public Healthcare / Mental Healthcare (Score 1) 1136

Australia is at 0, since 1994.

I think you meant to say 0 rampage shootings in Australia since 1996 when Martin Bryant shot 35 people to death. But it isn't quite correct.

In 2002 there was a shooting spree by Huan Yun Xiang, a student at Monash University, but he only killed 2 people.

And of course the 2014 Sydney hostage crisis where 3 people were shot to death and 4 others wounded.

Also in 2014, there were 8 dead in Lockhart, NSW from a murder-suicide shooting spree by Geoff Hunt who killed his wife and three children before turning the gun on himself.

Even without guns, in 2014, 8 children aged 18 months to 15 years were stabbed to death in Cairns by Raina Mersane Ina Thaiday.

Comment Re:Age discrimination is obvious (Score 1) 337

I interviewed with 2 companies last year that were very up front about my being mid-40's was a problem.

In the US, that is a specifically actionable event under the Federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) of 1967. You could have sued all of them. Obviously these companies' HR people are doing a horrible job, competent HR people would tell all hiring managers never to discus someone's age, ESPECIALLY if you think they are over 40 and covered by ADEA.

Comment Re:duh (Score 1) 225

You said "the middle class is shrinking", which is not supported by the facts.

Your references support the fact that there are a small number of rich people in the US getting richer is true.

However you will also find that CBO numbers show income for the middle quintile rising from $61,200 in 1979 to $76,600 in 2010 (in 2010 dollars).

Comment Re:Gun-free zone? (Score 1) 1136

I was part of a college student group that sponsored a trip to the handgun range for those who wanted to do so for the first time. We had to pick up the students from the student union, then had to go off-campus (due the the Gun-Free School Zone Act) to a private house to have a basic handgun safety session before then going to the range. The outcome would had been no different than if we had the handgun safety session in the student union, but whatever.

Comment Re:Public Healthcare / Mental Healthcare (Score 1, Interesting) 1136

This situation will never really be fixed until the US wakes up to the fact that it is the only modern nation in the world that doesn't have a proper public healthcare system with guaranteed access to all, regardless of ability to pay.

Then how could a man stab 5 people to death in Japan?

You can make mental health care as free as you want, but it is not going to mean the mentally ill will come get care.

Comment Re:Is the NYT Racist? (Score 1, Interesting) 225

it takes away jobs from U.S. citizens

Jobs do not belong to U.S. citizens. Jobs are created by companies and can exist anywhere. If you are not competitive, you will not get the job, keep the job, etc.

Government can not protect you. In fact the "protection" that government tries to provide simply raises the unemployment rate and lowers incomes by harming the economy. The "protection" will be routed around like packets around an outage on the Internet.

Comment Light/Dopamine hypothesis (Score 3, Informative) 60

From here:

In 2009, Regan Ashby, Arne Ohlendorf and Frank Schaeffel from the University of Tubingen's Institute for Ophthalmic Research in Germany showed that high illumination levels - comparable to those encountered outside - slowed the development of experimentally induced myopia in chicks by about 60% compared with normal indoor lighting conditions

The leading hypothesis is that light stimulates the release of dopamine in the retina, and this neurotransmitter in turn blocks the elongation of the eye during development. The best evidence for the 'light-dopamine' hypothesis comes - again - from chicks. In 2010, Ashby and Schaeffel showed that injecting a dopamine-inhibiting drug called spiperone into chicks' eyes could abolish the protective effect of bright light

Comment Re:HP shouldn't lay off people (Score 2) 273

According to Glassdoor, there are 104,828 openings for software engineers in the US, and the average base salary is $98,074.

Just because one company is re-orging doesn't mean the entire industry is going under. There will continue to be plenty of new software engineering jobs both inside and outside of the US.

It is true that the number of people working as electrical engineers in the US declined by 29,000 last year, but the number of software developers increased by nearly 12%, or a gain of 132,000 jobs.

The US unemployment rate for electrical engineers was 2% last year, near its historical low, and for software developers at 2.5%.

Comment Re:It seems they lost the HP way long ago (Score 2) 273

I wonder what's left of HP that anyone should bother?

HP is currently the largest vendor for my employer, we buy a ton of servers. HP also has "Moonshot", the workload-optimized blade project. And they have a private cloud offering.

Cisco used to be our largest vendor (switches, specialty gear, UCS). For the time being, HP is very competitive on servers and switches.

Comment Re:Coincidence (Score 1) 273

Meg Whitman's salary in 2015 is $1.5 million, only 16 times the average $90K HP salary.

Her overall compensation package valued at $19.6 million (including a stock award valued at $8.1 million, stock options worth $5.3 million, a $4.3 million incentive award and $295,400 in perks, including $251,000 for personal use of private aircraft). This would be 218 times the average $90K HP salary.

Comment Re: Olga Khazan is probably smarter than my dog. (Score 1) 616

"From my experience, one thing you do need when learning to code is an ability to stifle your rage when computers donâ(TM)t do what you want.

I remember helping out my fellow classmates in the terminal room during my freshman C class [two hints to how old I am in that sentence!]. The biggest impediment I found was that they would get so upset and flustered at the computer that they could not calm down and try to figure out their errors! Once they relaxed, they typically quickly could see the problem.

Comment Re:not so obvious to everyone it seems (Score 1) 294

It is because the studios asked them for a monetary number well outside Netflix's ability to pay and still stay afloat.

Good content costs good money. Netflix doesn't even own its most successful shows (Media Rights Capital owns "House of Cards" and Lionsgate owns "Orange Is the New Black"). Their first cheap Starz streaming deal was a weird technicality. Everyone knew when it ran out that Netflix could not support its streaming of quality content by charging less than what a cable or satellite provider would for a collection of content of similar quality.

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