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Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 1032

Well, there is a bigger issue at stake here. There are lots of things in this society that get paid for without public support [mostly though back room deals]. Mostly corporate subsidies and tax breaks. Even things like economic and military support for Isreal.
I think these students think that they can play the same game as the elite.
So, if Donald Trump, the Hunts brothers, American oil investors in Mexican pipelines (1990's) or major banks make bad investments [by changing regulations governing commercial investments bailouts and "antiquated" regulations enacted after the 1930's ], they get time and allowances to reorganized. But don't think that you can play that game too.
Even shit like imminent domain allows the transfer of wealth from those who don't have it to those who do [and have the political clout to keep this going on].

Comment Re:One small problem (Score 1) 509

I am white and affluent. I was arrested for a drug charge and did not cooperate by refusing to answer any of their questions. They put handcuffs on my wrists facing palm outwards and tossed me into the back of a cruise.
After 20 min, I was ready to confess to both of the Kennedy assassinations.
I told my lawyer (former DA of the town) about pressing charges.
He told me "Do you want to make this any more difficult than it already will be?"

Submission + - AI Experts Are in High Demand (

An anonymous reader writes: The field of artificial intelligence is getting hotter by the moment as Google, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft and other tech companies snap up experts and pour funding into university research. Commercial uses for AI are still limited. Predictive text and Siri, the iPhone’s voice-recognition feature, are early manifestations. But AI’s potential has exploded as the cost of computing power drops and as the ability to collect and process data soars. Big tech companies like Facebook and Google now vacuum up the huge amount of data that needs to be processed to help machines make “intelligent” decisions. The relationship between tech giants and academia can be difficult to navigate. Some faculty members complain tech companies aren’t doing enough in the many collaborative efforts now under way. One big gripe: Companies aren’t willing to share the vast data they are able to collect.

Comment reverse algorithm (Score 1) 210

How about an algorithm which tells you if it is time to leave your current job and where there might be greener pastures.
The factors involved might be:
Your salary compared to those around you.
Contracts landed or performance of competitors and market.
Your performance relative to others.
Your leverage (favors).
Ability to relo.

Comment Re:THIS is a "golden age"? Yikes. (Score 3, Interesting) 71

Shatner was a lousy actor, egotist, and greedy bastard who would steal smaller actors lines, according to Takei, Doohan, and others. I didn't realize this until I was 17. I re-watched my favorite episode, "City on the Edge of Forever" when I just realized how campy and overdone was his acting style. Stuff that appealed to me when I was 14 just fell out of favor later on in life.

Comment Re:We need agents (Score 1) 145

1) I don't know how many top companies that I have worked for that think that they have work which requires a rockstar? Half the time, the the programming job is not all that. By the time the job is spec-ed out, all the creativity has been beaten out of by a BA.
2) Many times, I see jobs advertised for which I apply. About 2 days later, a recruiter will call me about the job. I'll say that I applied, but they will retort that the can get you in due to their established business connections. Half the times I feel that they are using me to make contact with a hiring manager rather than the other way around. Within 4 days, I get a 10 calls from recruiters half way across the country wanting me to represent me.

Comment silos within the profession (Score 2) 323

I see that there are lots of silos within the SW profession. The 2 biggest camps are MS dotNet and Java EE based tech. Then there are lots of sub types. At one time, I use to be a Jovial programmer working on big DoD projects until I got laid off. Most of the interviews questioned lots of language specific stuff. However, I felt that my biggest strength was in SW design and analysis, and SDLC. No one asked me questions about that, as I suppose they thought it was hard to evaluate an answer.
Lately, I have become a Java programmer and had a C++ interview. I use to know C++ quite well, but after being away from it for a while, I even forgot a lot of that. My first observation was that if you don't keep up, you fall behind quite rapidly. On top of that, it is easy to juxtapose knowledge between the two. For example, while working on Generics in Java, I could not keep my syntax straight and used patterns from C++ templates.

Comment GLUT of CS (Score 1) 120

There is NO shortage of teachers trained in CS. There is a GLUT of middle aged people who were former programmers and engineers [in old programming languages which are out of date] who have decided to become teachers. I don't think that most of them are incapable of picking up Java or C# in one year to be able to teach kids. Maybe after learning a new language, they again become employable and leave.
Visit your local IEEE or ACM meetings.

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