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Comment: Re:Bad data (Score 2) 105

by hackula (#45171685) Attached to: Tech's Highest-Paid Engineers Are At Juniper
Anyone have any idea how the schools can stay so bad, even with all the upper middle class engineers in the area? It stands to reason that they would not be AS good as the places where all the high dollar investors and execs would live, but 150k average for a few given neighborhoods should provide plenty of taxable income to maintain a decent, safe school district.

Comment: Re:that ship has sailed (Score 4, Insightful) 264

by hackula (#45127223) Attached to: RMS: How Much Surveillance Can Democracy Withstand?
This. It is not about everything being private all the time. It is about choosing who sees what. Corporations should be required to disclose disclosures of my information, and the government should have no ability to circumvent that without a warrant. I have no problem with the plumber coming into my house while I am at work. I do have a problem if said plumber is forced to allow the police in at the same time.

Comment: Re:Or Maybe... (Score 1) 175

by hackula (#44698099) Attached to: Silicon Valley's Loony Cheerleading Culture Is Out of Control
This has been the opposite experience of me and just about every programmer I know. It is trivial to get a job these days as a programmer. If you do not know any of the hip languages, then learn one over the course of a month on your weekends. A competent programmer in XYZ obscure language from the 80s can pick up Rails or .Net well enough to get through an interview in no time.

Comment: Re:Dominican Republic, Iran and Thailand stats (Score 2) 322

by hackula (#44645815) Attached to: Open Source Mapping Software Shows Every Traffic Death On Earth
I just got back from the DR... wholly shit driving is insane there. Having a motorcycle driving towards you on the wrong side of the highway median at night with no lights on the bike was a regular occurrence. Also, basically every driver on the road after 7pm is 100% hammered drunk. Driving in Santo Domingo feels like real life Frogger.

Comment: Re:at some point... (Score 1) 827

by hackula (#44597937) Attached to: The College-Loan Scandal
My tuition at the time was ~3000 per year at the community college. We did have a grant in my state which gives you 2500 as long as you have a 3.0 or higher (trivial at most community colleges in the first 2 years). In fact, if you do a science degree, they double it to 5000/yr, which means you would actually be getting paid to go to school. I paid more for books during those years than I did for tuition.

Comment: Re:at some point... (Score 1) 827

by hackula (#44587733) Attached to: The College-Loan Scandal
6k is the current instate tuition for the top state school where I live. Add on housing (around 6k for an ok, kinda dumpy, but acceptable apartment), and other expenses at about 8k (you could probably live on a lot less) and it comes out to about 20k total per year. Go to a community college the first two years for practically free (and save while you do with a part time job ~10$/hr, which can be found in any restaurant job). Pay full on the junior year with the savings and continued income. Get a co-op in your senior year and just pay cash (engineering internships regularly pay 20/hr+). Even if you cannot make it work, take out 5-10k in debt to get by, not 100k to bankroll the entire thing.

Comment: Re:at some point... (Score 1) 827

by hackula (#44587557) Attached to: The College-Loan Scandal
I did the same thing, but from 2007 to 2010. I spent the first year at a community college which is practically free in most states, but the credits all transfer. Then I went to a state university. I worked my way through. I did end up with 2k in debt, but I was able to pay it off in a few months after graduation. I honestly missed out on pretty much nothing. Most degrees take about 25 hours of work per week, then the rest of the time you have free for working or video games.

"What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite." -- Bertrand Russell, _Sceptical_Essays_, 1928