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Comment Re:Houston (Score 1) 394

What works for Houston isn't likely to work for Seattle. Seattle has significant geographical constraints and land isn't cheap. We just can't spread out in the same way that other cities can. The more sprawled Seattle gets, the more stress gets put onto our transportation system. Remember that the geography is very isthmus-like, so just about everybody converges on just a few north-south corridors. It all boils down to land use. We don't have much of it, so we need to use what we have as efficiently as possible, and combine that with high capacity transportation. But that's not an easy (or cheap) problem to solve.

Comment Here's what I did. (Score 2, Informative) 540

I got my degree in computer science and began grad school, but dropped out after one quarter. Not having had any real world experience, I felt like I was up a certain creek without a certain instrument. I began to use a local placement agency (one that specialized in tech jobs) to find a job in the Seattle area, and after a few searches I found one that looked interesting. No, it was not a full-time job, it was an internship, but it was a development position with an up-and-coming company that would, at the very least, get me some real programming experience. They offered me the job and while I got very few benefits and a fairly low wage, I took it anyway. I worked in my internship for an entire year without being offered a job. However, I made a very good impression with the company (this is important). After my internship ended, I accepted a QA job contracting at a different company. I did not enjoy this job at all, but stuck with it and kept in touch with my former employers from time to time. Finally, an ideal full-time programming position opened up at the first company, I interviewed, got offered the job, and happily accepted. It's been over a year since then and while I still have a lot to learn, I have a full-time development job and I love it. At first I did not like the idea of accepting an internship because I already had a bachelor's degree, but in retrospect, it was the best decision I could have possibly made.

Submission + - Scientists create pollution eating trees (

mabersold writes: University of Washington scientists have developed poplar trees that could remove dangerous chemicals such as benzene and TCE from contaminated areas. How did they do it? By splicing in rabbit DNA, of course. It'll be a few years before we start seeing the mutant trees planted in actual polluted soil, but tests are currently being carried out in laboratories using tiny trees grown in chemical solutions.

Philosophy: A route of many roads leading from nowhere to nothing. -- Ambrose Bierce