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Comment Re:Consider the progression (Score 4, Insightful) 735

And yet you have those rights, which you are apparently willing to die for, because of idealists.

The irony club has beaten you like a baby seal.

Because you cannot beat Trump and maintain our standing in the world (what's left of it) by folding on basic rights, in the face of maniacs.

Comment Oh the Irony..... (Score 5, Insightful) 735

Ironic isn't it that Trump wants to kill the very instrument that would be most effective in de-radicalizing people?

Free speech and free flow of information does more good than harm. Seems counter intuitive to lock violent radicals out of the very information that could change their minds, educate the ignorant, and carry a non violent message.

Sure terrorists use the Internet to recruit. But how many people did not join up because of information on the Internet?

Are we really so scared that we will turn proto-fascist?

Comment Re:I'm a pretty nerdy computer guy ... (Score 1) 492

You made the right choices.

In January 2001, the major computer company I was working for in Chicago offered me $140k a year to move out to the "bay area". I also had another offer on the table around the same amount in Santa Cruz. Both had nice relocation packages.

At the same time I had a cousin working for Agilent. So I knew he was in a one bedroom apartment in Sunnyvale at $1600.00 a month. And that the house he owned, lived in by soon to be ex wife, was over a $1,000,000 mortgage.

I balked... and didn't take either position. Two years later I high-tailed it out of Chicago and moved to Michigan.

Best decision I ever made. Of course I had family, friends, and business associates told me I was crazy.

However, today I live on a hill, in a forest, about 200 yards from Lake Michigan.

Young IT people: Shiny... is shiny. But that's never enough.

Comment Re:Just such a stupid, stupid article (Score 1) 241

Why, when we are trying to encourage children to take up all things computing, is Programmers Day such a big flop?

Um, because the set of "${X} days/months" is a meaningless, stupid concept, curated by people without any meaningful claim to authority or unusual credibility?

This article's premise is about as sensical as asking why everyone named "Frank" isn't celebrating the fact that I live in North America.

Come to think of it... why not do that?

I like several people named Frank. Who's in?

Comment It's over.... (Score 4, Interesting) 233

I can see the writing on the wall, from the perspective of having my first IT job in 1983... It's over.

No one should really seek to enter a non development position in IT. Because it is being snuffed out by "big computing cloud services" and the "appliancezation" of IT infrastructure. There will always be some high end jobs around. But the numbers (and the pay) are shrinking- fast.

So pack it up kiddies. Almost 30 years of booming industry will be evaporating in 5 to 7 years.

It is truly time to find something else to do.

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