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Comment They stopped paying because the car does not run (Score 1) 907

Many people (numbers vary) stop paying because the car does not run and it is too expensive or not worth repairing. The problem is that many poor are taken advantage by paying $6,000 for a car that is not worth $2,000. The poor that need a car to get to their job do not often have the cash or knowledge to take the car to an independent mechanic to have it checked out before purchase. I have seen "low cost" dealerships try to sell cars with cracked blocks and bad transmissions. This device is a waste of money. What dealers need is device to find the car when it needs to be repossessed which has its own safety issues.

Comment Saddle up your horse before you cuss out the boss (Score 1) 224

The trick with whistle blowing is to make sure you have left the job BEFORE you blow the whistle. Snowden made sure he was out of the country. Others found employment elsewhere before blowing the whistle. With digital finger prints left in logs a whistle blower cannot assume that attempts to be anonymous will be successful.

Comment That is what Ruby is for (Score 1) 536

Ruby is a great Perl replacement. It generates really nice looking content and is very readable. Do more with it than Perl with spending hours trying to understand some else's "snoopy swearing" code in Perl. Please be sure to look into Rails and Rake as well.

Comment A new humanitarian ward (Score 1) 304

Being order by an Iranian judge to appear is akin to being nominated for a humanitarian award. I cannot image now proud I would be if asked to appear. Has anyone worked out some kind of award system for being asked to appear in foreign country or tried in absence for human rights work?

Comment B grade tallent (Score 1) 220

Testing work is seen as a horrid job in my opinion. I see more tester jobs posted than any thing else in my field due to turnover and a reluctance to fill the positions from within the company. What makes the matter worse is that since most engineers will only apply for the positions when they have no other option so it attracts B grade talent. Given this I would not higher someone with a Software Testing degree since I would see them a low grade talent no matter their performance.

To reduce the test team size and tighten the schedule I instead push for test driven development. The tester team should only have to pass off one the tests that the engineers already developed and crack the whip.

Comment Compressed earth is a much better choice sandstone (Score 1) 74

I love the idea of a 3D printer house. The original concept from Contour Crafting using quick dry concrete and plaster of Paris is better than the man made sand stone used by D Shape in both construction time and durability. The problem is how to add rebar to either design to make them earthquake resistant. Using Giant Compressed Earth Blocks (GCEB) are more environmentally friendly idea since no concrete is used. A machine can extrude giant earthen Legos that can then be assembled. Rebar can then be pounded or drilled in before the blocks cure in place.

How do they intend to put the rebar in the D Shape blocks?

Comment Get a certificate or college credit (Score 1) 364

Computer training option 1: Go to college

When I started at my local university there were several high school students attending classes through various programs. Junior colleges and state schools have free and reduced price classes for high schools who want to attend classes part-time. Your brother can also take classes full time at the local junior college by getting his GED. Classes from the Management Information Systems department (a.k.a. Computer Information Systems) will teach the basic computer usage skills you have requested.

Computer training option 2: Get certification

The problem with homeschooling is at the end of an excellent education you have no real way of proving your computer skills. After all, the SATs do not test your skills with Excell. Getting Microsoft or some other certificate would be an excellent way of to test your brother’s skills and have a curriculum to follow.

Does anyone have suggestions for what certificates a high school student should get?

Computer programming option 1: Java

The Advanced Placement tests that give high school students college credit assume the student knows Java. I suggest an online introduction to programming college course, however these are more often taught in Visual Basic or C rather than Java.

Computer programming option 2: Ruby

The Ruby scripting language would give you brother an easier starting point that Python or Java while still teaching object oriented programming concepts. The best part is that he can use “Why's (poignant) Guide to Ruby,” a short simple introduction to the language written by an insane man. I think the text would be very appealing to a high school student. Please check it out and enjoy the soundtrack.

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As of next Thursday, UNIX will be flushed in favor of TOPS-10. Please update your programs.