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Comment: Wait. How long has there been vice? (Score 1) 107 107

This article got me thinking about the history of vice. From Old Testament harlots to Summarian smugglers, has there ever been a time when our institutions like religion and government were not at odds with some kind of vice? How does an anonymous distributed market for illicit goods change things? It feels to me more like a footnote in history and not a game changer.

Comment: Author has BA in Journalism (Score 1) 597 597

According to CE Pro Website, author of article is Jason Knott. According to LinkedIn, Jason Knott, Editor at CE Pro/EH Publishing, has a BA in Journalism from USC (1984). Also, from CE Pro's "About the Author" section: "Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990. He joined EH Publishing in 2000, and before that served as publisher and editor of Security Sales, a leading magazine for the security industry." If The Onion wrote this article, the title might be:

          "Area man parlays journalism degree into low-voltage DC career, then hypes low-voltage DC".

On the plus side, marine systems will likely stay DC for the foreseeable future. Perhaps Tesla batteries will be a boon to yacht owners? At the very least, it would make for a better article.

Comment: taxes, civil servants, (Score 2) 328 328

My knowledge of Greek economics doesn't go much beyond NPR, but the changes needed seem pretty straightforward:

1. Reform civil service
2. Aggressively prosecute tax fraud
3. Tax church assessts (i.e. church either make is assets poductive or sells them to someone who will)

An angry coalition leftists and iconoclasts might be pretty good at 2 of these things. Maybe all 3?

Comment: SOTU (Score 1) 200 200

I read that state of the union speeches were a big thing under President Franklin Roosevelt. I don't feel the content of speeches has been important in my life time. Maybe the pageantry is important?

The only thing I remember from a SOTU is the hydrogen economy and a man on Mars. It feels like I could make money betting against SOTU pronouncements. So why all the fuss?

Comment: Re:Yeesh (Score 1) 584 584

I am the father of two girls. They are only 3 and 7. The older one wants to be an artist and the younger one wants to be a a fairy princess (when she wants to be anything at all).
Would I be remiss if I didn't introduce them to science and software? Yes.
Would I be flattered if they chose to follow in my footsteps career-wise? Yes, I would be flattered.
Will I use guilt, or gifts, or some other form of subtle coercion to force them down the STEM road? Absolutely not. It be would be selfish and egotistical of me to do that. As a father I want to encourage their curiosity and support them in the pursuit of their dreams. To expect that their interests and my interests must align is silly; I'm not out to make female Mini-Mes.

Comment: Re: Given how most spend their time in college... (Score 2) 226 226

I'm with you for two reasons. First, a lot of enterprise IT is adding new fields, changing a web page or link, or changing a db connection. There is usually a legacy application that provides a framework into which changes can be retrofitted.

Second (and maybe a little of topic) was my experience working in Switzerland. Developers, business people, and such typically attended two year technical institutes. Those institutes graduated competent employees who formed the bulk of my co-workers. The system was very successful. A degree from an ETH was not a prerequisite for being a useful Dev.

Comment: Re:Good attitude but rarely much aptitude (Score 1) 299 299

...not one of them is an actual geek... If it isn't something they're trained in they just don't do very well.

As a general comment, I'd say there is nothing wrong with that. It can be unreasonable to ask people to be good at something for which they have no training. I'd like to think I'm some kind of exception-- a person who can adroitly accomplish any odd ball request thrown at him. The truth is that I'm much more likely to be successful if I have been trained to do the work.

If the code and the comments disagree, then both are probably wrong. -- Norm Schryer