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Comment: Re:And? (Score 1) 288

by UnderCoverPenguin (#49766309) Attached to: Study: Science Still Seen As a Male Profession

Gender studies majors do. See, they make their career out of pushing to get more women into careers that nobody is keeping women out of ....

Maybe not keeping them out of, but many women and girls are discouraged from entering STEM fields. Both my girlfriend and our daughter were strongly discouraged from STEM fields by teachers, advisors and others. Those people claimed that such careers were "not appropriate for girls." They both said "BS, I'm going to be an engineer." My girlfriend is an engineer and our daughter will soon get an engineering degree. Very few of their classmates who were also interested in STEM (and got A's in highschool science classes) actually went on to pursue STEM degrees.

Comment: Re:Solution in Search of Problem (Score 1) 825

This is pretty short sighted, and my hope is that you are not on any committees or groups planning for anything in the future, as you seem to not be able to think ahead. EV's are a small segment now, but it is growing fast, and there will be a point in the future where it will become an issue having EV's essentially free from any sort of tax that allows for maintenance on the roads they use. Oregon is simply experimenting with ways to work through that scenario, and working on a plan for the future.

EV's do have to be charged. A suitable metering system could be built in to the battery packs. Make tampering with the battery pack a tax evasion crime.

Comment: Re:Tolls? (Score 1) 825

The rich live close while the poor have to commute

It's funny that those living way out in the suburbs are "the poor".

Where I live, the moderately wealthy neighborhoods are built around the up-scale office parks in the suburbs. The poor neighborhoods are the ones around the factories (mostly defunct, but a few still operating). While the middle class neighborhoods are in between. Also, the middle class often can't afford to move when they change jobs, so many live in one suburb and have to commute 2 or more suburbs to get to work.

(The very wealthy, however, do tend to live further away in semi-isolated suburbs.)

Comment: Re:Government Intrusion (Score 1) 825

Every US state with a sales tax taxes stuff you buy out of state (in theory anyway). They just call it a Use Tax, but it really amounts to nothing more than imposing a tax on commerce that took place in another state.

The legal theory that allows this "use tax" is that the items were purchased for use in the purchaser's state of residence.

Comment: Re:Government Intrusion (Score 1) 825

That doesn't work. Oregon can't tax the miles you drive outside Oregon--the US Constitution explicitly forbids state taxation of anything outside the state. They *have* to know not only how far you've driven but where you drove it to impose this tax.

As pointed out in another post, the device could calculate the miles drive in Oregon (or whatever state) and only report that.

Of course, I'd want proof that was all it was reporting.

Comment: Re:Government Intrusion (Score 1) 825

How about leaving the gas tax, but also wager a electricity fee against registered electric car users? Just an a matter of figuring out how. Require a second odometer that tracks mileage that uses the electric drive train? This is getting hard.

For pure electric vehicles, build a kilo-Watt-Hour meter into the battery pack that monitors the power used to charge the battery. This would be similar to a gas tax.

Comment: Re:Eclipse (Score 1) 441

by UnderCoverPenguin (#49732541) Attached to: Choosing the Right IDE

For me, at least, Eclipse provides decent support of the languages I need to code in. If all I coded in was C/C++ and/or Fortran, I'd probably use Code Blocks. CB's support of other languages is mostly because it uses Scintilla as the core of its editor. Maybe in time CB's plug-in ecosystem will provide better support for more languages, but, for now, Eclipse is doing a much better job of meeting my IDE needs. At least for an open source IDE. If you include proprietary IDEs, then Slick Edit is the one I like best. Used that at work until recently. (After finance demanded we reduce our recuring tool support costs, the company directed us to use open source tools as much as possible, so good-bye Slick Edit (despite the fact its license is perpetual for the specified version).

Comment: Re:The problem with older developers... (Score 1) 429

by UnderCoverPenguin (#49641509) Attached to: Why Companies Should Hire Older Developers

I am a Team Leader / Lead Engineer. I report directly to the Software Manager, who reports to the Product Development Manager. I am on the same "level" as the Project Managers, who report to the Program Managers, who report to the Product Development Manager.

I do the (mostly) technical aspects of managing my team[1]. But most of my work is still design and coding. The PjM handles the project level administrivia while my manager and the PgM handle other administrivia.

That works for me, so I am reasonably satisfied with my work situation.

For a different employer, I've been as high as Product Development Manager, but I disliked 90% of the work. Even as Software Manager, I disliked 80% of the work. As a Team Leader / Lead Engineer, I only dislike 30% of the work. (When I was a Senior Engineer, I disliked 20% of the work.)

( [1] For me, team management involves delegating tasks, discussing effort estimates with team members, overseeing design and code reviews and other things entwined with the technical realm. While I do provide input on the technical aspects of my team's performance, I am not responsible for doing performance reviews, nor other administrative things.)

Comment: Re:For those who can read... (Score 1) 237

Ever heard of "Private in public" doctrine? Or has the US lost that part of privacy rights?

Another detail that the founders could not have predicted at the time. Though the founders attempted to provide for the unforeseen in the 9th Amendment.

Back then, staying several meters from other people meant that while you and whomever you were talking with could be seen, you could not be heard - at least not without the would be snoop being painfully obvious[1]. The founders had no concept of "wireless bugs" nor today's tiny, super direction microphones and highly sophisticated signal processing nor other surveillance tools.

( [1] In theory, even back then, some one with a small telescope could attempt lip reading, but lip reading is not reliable and requires a lot of context. Depending on the presumed context, a snoop could easily turn totally innocuous speech into dire threats.)

Comment: Re:News? (Score 1) 425

by UnderCoverPenguin (#49621431) Attached to: The Programming Talent Myth

A downward slope would just be non-normalized data. If there are a lot of bad ones, bad just becomes the mean. Programming talent, like most things, probably falls neatly into a bell curve.

In terms of programmers most of the employers I know would deem employable, they are only looking at the best programmers so they only see a few percent at one end of the slope. The rest are just increasing numbers of increasingly unacceptable programmers. The shape of the curve doesn't matter to them.

Comment: Re:Entry level... (Score 1) 553

Entry level implies no experience.

For some job postings I've seen, "Entry Level" means less than 4 or 5 years experience. And when you factor in "internships", having a recruiter or HR staffer say "you don't have enough experience" to an applicant for an "entry level" job is no longer the oxymoron it once was.

Comment: Re:Up-to-date education (Score 1) 553

If employers lose lawsuits over this, they'll probably change it to "up-to-date education" and "3 years of active use of a major social network, iOS or Android operating system, and electronic bill payment". This allows older people to technically qualify by having taken a relevant class at a local college and joining Facebook.

My employer already requires its employees to keep their education "up-to-date" (at our expensive, though the company will pay for any classes it requires us to take). I happen to use an Android device - but not for accessing company resources as the company expressly forbids that. I also happen to use electronic bill payment - for my convenience. The company doesn't care. And while my employer happened to find me through Linked In, they don't care about my "social network" usage (I last used it during my last job hunt, years ago). (The closest the company comes to "social media" is an internal IM/VOIP conference system they have us use instead of using conference rooms for meetings.) They also don't care that I've contributed to open source projects unrelated to the company's business. (They would care if I contributed to a project they view as competition, of course. Nothing new or surprising about that.)

Unless the job I was applying for actually involved working with social media, Android, iOS or electronic bill payment, such requirements would be improper. Unfortunately, it would still be a major pain to get yet another ruling to that effect.

Wernher von Braun settled for a V-2 when he coulda had a V-8.