Is anyone making sense of this? I know what all the terms are but the facts are more or less jumbled up together in ways that don't lend themselves to meaningful comparison.
If you haven't taught yourself programming by now, there isn't much point. Just move on.
While the demand for good developers and engineers is strong and well publicized, demand for UI/UX people and tech writers is also pretty strong.
It also doesn't hurt you to know multiple spoken languages in those fields.
None of that is appealing? Create a YouTube channel of explaining the topics that you like. If you really are good at explaining and demonstrating, someone will offer you work. The ad revenue makes a nice bonus.
You should have told him to hire a brick layer and given him your two weeks notice.
ASM, C are no where near the abstraction level of LabView.
C++ is higher but so complex that it's useless for rapid development.
Labview is at a much higher level of abstraction. Of course it's designed essentially for hardware folks to do software with a low learning curve.
Comparable level text-based languages would be something like Python or Matlab. Have you tried those?
HTML5 was created despite the W3C and without its blessing.
1) W3C is more interested in bureaucratic solutions than useful technology.
2) W3C is bought and paid for by groups whose interests align strongly with the MPAA whose essential policy is to monetize all forms of expression and total control over distribution of content.
At this point, the standards are seen mainly as a way of keeping unapproved "vendors" from creating a user-agent that might allow too much access. They seem to espouse the notion that there is still an ocean of "content" that hasn't made it to the web because there hasn't been sufficient monetary incentive to put it online. Two seconds of thought about how cable companies restrict access to their online streams (e.g. HBO Go) shows that there's no technical barriers to having more content on the web, only corporate barriers.
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I agree. And there's no evidence that it would be different under McCain or Romney or Clinton.
What's the point?
1. you use less parts and cheaper parts in the power supply.
2. you have fewer and shorter cables
3. you use 5V, 3.3V, regulators that are the right size for the job. this saves space and saves material
4. you get to choose where to put these regulators so that heat management can be more optimal
5. it's easier to integrate the 12v battery with the space saved
What will that question get for you? How about asking, "Will you take a stand with me against sexual harassment in the hacker sub-culture?"
We live in a broader culture where that kind of harassment and assault is illegal. The way the sub-culture is doesn't matter. Want to make a difference? Don't act that way or tolerate those who do.
The jobs that these people do is harmful to the economy.
I'm not saying that we shouldn't continue some of the programs that are currently administered by these departments. Some of them obviously should be continued (I believe that there is a place for government in funding science and research. There are, however, other things that the government shouldn't be operating. The network of weather satellites should be sold off to private interests and the government should put out contracts for gathering weather data. The data itself should be made available to the public by the government (and the right to do so should be enforced in contract terms) but there is no reason to have a bureau that operates these things.
EDU: The federal government has absolutely no concern with funding or regulating education at any level. It's not interstate commerce. It's not national security. It's just an excuse to medal and win political points with naive voters. It is each citizens own responsibility to pursue his own education. That's not a function of government, be it national, state or local. The only thing that the loans and the grants, the regulations and the national standards do is make the whole business more expensive to manage and operate and create opportunities for waste and abuse. Every major function of EDU is duplicated by or originated in private institutions already. We waste money paying people to work for a department whose only practical function is to make education more expensive and less accessible.
HUD: This is the analog of the department of education which primarily serves the interests of the real estate and construction industries.
Energy: This is a bureaucratic black hole into which we dump money for pet projects and graft. It exists to serve giant energy companies and the military-industrial-national-security leviathan.
Interior: Other than the national park service, the USGS, fish and wildlife, it's hard to say what useful work goes on here. Many of the regulatory services exist to serve entrenched interests. Some of them are doing absolutely no useful work (this is the department that rubber-stamps oil rigs, pipelines, etc. leading to such disasters as the recent gulf oil spill). I can pretty much guarantee that Indian affairs has no legitimate use. That's a function for the state department.
Commerce: This is where made-up government economic statistics originate. They also specialize in interfering with trade.
My initial reaction was to categorize your remark as meaningless noise due to the following scoring:
-1 Tone: Shouting, Belligerent, Rude
-1 Name Calling
-1 Making up a "fact"
However, I realized that this is about on par with the general level of "political" discourse in the U.S. So your post is now useful insofar as it is an example of how not to discuss an issue. Finally, I should note that there are no points given for minor creativity with phraseology such as "head-crushingly stupid". That stuff has no value when you're honestly trying to communicate to solve a problem or understand an issue. It only gets the attention of those who have no real interest in a legitimate discussion.
Please consider this before you make your next contribution to the topic. Otherwise, shut up. We can easily find meaningless, know-nothing shouting and banter on any of the scores of TV and news networks offered up by the mass media. The rest of us here would like to have an adult discussion.
There is a thing called an odometer. It's in every car. There's nothing wrong with requiring a car inspection every year and taxing mileage based on the odometer is a much cheaper and simpler and less intrusive way.
If they want to track you, they've already got your cell phone.
This GPS stuff is idiotic.
How about the government just stops using networks. It's not like they're doing anything productive right now anyhow.
In the united states there are several layers of laws that apply: International, Federal, State, County, City. Each layer is composed of written, common and case law. Additionally, there are at least four layers of regulation that can affect your actions as well religious and cultural norms. Just because the federal government isn't allowed to restrict some act, doesn't even come close to giving you the right to do it. In fact, if any one organizational layer was allowed to override all the others, we would live in a much less viable society.
Is it stupid because it's true and horrifyingly bad or stupid because it doesn't fit into your world of ignorance?
True cost of bailouts: over $12 Trillion.
Wall St. has the most highly privileged position of any industry in the world (including defense contractors and oil companies) and we all pay to keep them from being exposed to market forces of any real substance. They collectively have control over the mechanisms of corporate commerce and the whole money supply. You think that this conglomeration of power is somehow benign or beneficial to you?
Do you think that just because Wall St. is reporting good corporate profits and banks are lending a little money here and there that the real economy is somehow on track? Unemployment is still terribly high, taxes on most of us are higher than ever and climbing and so is public debt. Real incomes for most Americans and Europeans are falling or stagnant. Trillions of dollars were misspent on ridiculously overpriced housing and the asset base of the middle class has been eviscerated.
The sad thing is that most people are never going to wake up to the reality that taxes come in many forms. It's not just what you pay to the IRS and the states. You pay by inflation. You pay by being forced to buy myriad overpriced goods and services (healthcare, banking, insurance, food, energy, housing, drugs
So yeah, keep telling the rest of us how stupid we are for making the connections. Don't worry. The economy and government are big and complicated. Keep telling yourself that no one interest or group has enough leverage to push the whole thing in their favor, or that all the little levers pushed by the rich players aren't tilting the whole thing over into an unsustainable landslide that could, and probably will end in catastrophe.
Let me tell you that it's not some giant conspiracy. It's just some rich people looking to protect their assets. They push a little here, they get a little richer. They get more power to push a little harder and over the years, and the layers of corruption get deeper. The harbors of safety for the top players become institutionalized. Every generation of elites pushes a little harder to grow their fortunes and consolidate their advantages. Look at one of the symptoms: big complex tax codes. Another symptom: Banks too big to fail dictating their own regulations.
It doesn't require a huge amount of greed or evil by any one party. It's just the rich and powerful people saying to themselves, "I'm rich because I work hard and I'm smarter than most of these other people and I'm going to use my advantage to make sure I stay rich by screwing the rest of them over just a little." When that happens millions of times for a few hundred years, it leads to what we've got today. A million "just a little" things turn into a big burden for the folks who play by the rules that others make.