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Comment: Isn't this obvious? (Score 1) 185 185

Tim Cook doesn't give a shit about minorities or women for that matter. The reason he is saying this is so there there will be more programmers in the pool to choose from. More programmers means that Apple and others can get away with paying lower wages, since there will be more qualified candidates to choose from. It's the same reason that they all support more H1-B visas - flood the market with programmers and drive down salaries.

Just like everything else in business, it's all about the money.

Comment: Re:Coming next ... Office desk telephones (Score 1) 395 395

I believe that Blackberry has something similar to this. It allows you to separate business from personal data. So if the phone is lost or stolen the company could wipe the business half without touching the personal half. I haven't used it personally but it sounds like a good idea in theory.

Comment: Good riddance (Score 1) 395 395

I remember going into one place a few years ago and if I wanted to use their phone system I had to sign up for a training course. A training course...to use a fucking phone. I told them no thanks...catch me on my cell.

If someone wants to get in touch with me then send me a text...or hit me up on Skype. If I'm available I'll answer right then and there. If I don't answer right away it means I'm busy and I'll get back to you when I can. Simple. Calling me out of the blue imposes your schedule on me.

Part of the problem is the anonymous robocalls. If I don't recognize the number I'm not picking up. If you don't leave a message then I know you are a pest and I'll block your number.

Next up, email. Biggest time waster in corporate America.

Comment: Re:That'll annoy Oracle (Score 1) 212 212

I can only deduce that Oracle is under some sort of licensing agreement with Ask that was written back when Java belonged to Sun. An agreement that forces them to bundle in the Ask toolbar with Java downloads. Anything other than that makes Oracle look really bad. I could see if Oracle was giving away their software for free and Ask was some sort of way for them to pay the bills. But that is hardly the case here.

Come on Oracle - ditch the cheesy toolbar. Let's all be adult about this.

Comment: Re:Real banner week for the TSA... (Score 1) 166 166

"What makes you think this is serious?" - Well, if we are expecting these clowns to protect us from terrorist attacks then it's serious. From my perspective they are doing a pretty piss poor job at the moment.

"Since there isn't, the TSA isn't publicly humiliated..." - Yes they are. On a random security audit the TSA failed 95% of the tests. 95%. Barely above no security at all. In other words, fucking awful. Now we find out that they don't even have the proper access to do their jobs? Yeah...publicly humiliated.

Comment: Re:Sooo (Score 1) 166 166

Or perhaps the same inter-departmental politics are still going on? Agencies don't trust one another and are reluctant to share information, for fear that the other guy will take credit. Same reason the NSA was set up - to solve bickering between the FBI and the CIA. Yeah, well, that didn't turn out so well either.

Comment: Re:Real banner week for the TSA... (Score 4, Insightful) 166 166

Spot on. The TSA is utterly useless. A complete waste of taxpayer money. Worse than that, it gives Americans a false sense of security where none exists. Let's see if any of the Republican candidates have the guts to sack the entire thing. Rand Paul or Ted Cruz are the only two that come to mind.

Comment: Re:Real banner week for the TSA... (Score 2) 166 166

"It's not like the private companies that they replaced were any better" - Agreed - BUT, remember what a big deal was made by the government about how much better they could do than the private companies? Plus, the private companies were paid by the airlines (who admittedly turned around and passed the cost to the traveler). Now, every taxpayer is paying for this fiasco, whether they fly or not. At, I'm certain, many times the cost of the private companies. And every airline ticket has a TSA surcharge to boot.

If the private company screws up we can replace them. What are we to do with these clowns in the TSA? Does anyone really think that the agency will go away? Like ever?

"Good luck having a conversation about the proper balance between security and liberty in that environment." - Good point. I would be happy to give up some liberty if there was some assurance that what the TSA is doing is actually yielding positive results. Instead of one embarrassing screw up after another. Just like the VA. And the IRS. The list goes on.

Comment: Real banner week for the TSA... (Score 5, Interesting) 166 166

First there was the disastrous results of the audit (95% failure rate). Top dog resigns. Now we find out that the TSA does not even have the proper inter-departmental authority. If this wasn't a serious matter it would absolutely hilarious.

Cue the Benny Hill theme in 4...3...2...1

Comment: Going to College is a business decision... (Score 1) 1032 1032

as such, you need to consider carefully your course of study and the school you choose to attend. The fallacy in the article is that by going to college there is some implicit guarantee of a job at the end of it. There isn't.

First, the course of study. If you choose to pursue a degree in Humanities that's great. But just know that in today's job climate you will have a tougher time finding a job than an Engineering graduate. It doesn't mean that your Humanities degree is worthless, just that there is less demand for those skills. Your career options are probably limited to teaching and writing and even then you will probably need an advanced degree.

Next, the school you choose to attend. Tuition prices vary wildly from one school to the next. Attending an in state school can be much cheaper. Lots of scholarships are available.

So, in the end, it comes down to you. Before you sign up for that History degree give it an honest assessment. Will I be able to get a job at the end of it? Can I handle the debt load? If the answer to either of those questions is No then you have to consider seriously whether or not it is a good idea.

Comment: Diversity Drones are asking the wrong question.... (Score 1) 287 287

The question should not be "What percentage of your IT staff is African American?".

The question should be "What percentage of qualified African American IT applicants were hired?".

If Google is only getting 5 AA applicants for every 100 white applicants (or asian, or whatever...) then it puts Google in a tough position. Should they be expected to hire all 5 AA applicants, regardless of merit, to give the appearance of "evening things out"? Even if they do hire all 5 then someone will still complain that only 5 AA's were hired vs. X amount of white applicants.

This is what the race haters like Sharpton conveniently ignore. The problem is that companies are not getting enough qualified AA applicants, not that the AA applicants are being discriminated against.

If there is a low percentage of AA grads in IT programs I don't see that as a problem. I see it as a choice. People gravitate towards what they enjoy and what they are good at and employment opportunities and family/lifestyle choices.

Comment: Perfect timing... (Score 2) 357 357

Just as we are discussing the renewal of the Patriot Act. The Patriot Act, just like the TSA, has been absolutely worthless in stopping any terrorist attacks. I knew that the TSA was doing a poor job but a 95% failure rate is laughable. Basically that means that they are only doing 5% better than if there were no security whatsoever.

I remember back when this whole farce was unfolding and how the government was going on about how we shouldn't trust the airlines and their subcontracted security folks and how Uncle Sam can do it so much better.

Well, 7 billion a year later this is what we have to show for it. 95% failure rate. Numerous scandals within the TSA. Not a single potential terrorist attack foiled by the TSA. And every single airline passenger is inconvenienced as a result of it.

Those subcontracted rent-a-cops that the airlines used to hire are looking pretty good right now.

Comment: Former iPhone user.... (Score 1) 344 344

I have owned several iPhones, starting with the original one. But I switched to Android. Here's why....

To get the most out of the iPhone you have to commit to the entire Apple ecosystem - Macbook, iPad, iTunes...the whole ball of wax. I'm not willing to do that because, for me, there are better alternatives. My Android phone seems to work equally well on OSX or Windows or Linux and I think that is a big plus.

As far as the OS itself, it seems to me that OSX is getting worse and Android is getting better. I'm running the newest version of Android (5.0.2) and I am very impressed. It looks better and runs better. Battery life is very good. I have more control over how things work than I did with OSX.

All of the Apps I will ever need, and more, are available in the Play Store. It seems that there are more free ones than what Apple offers.

The iPhone is nice but I just can't find a compelling reason to switch back to it. I'm sticking with Android.

There is very little future in being right when your boss is wrong.