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Comment Re:Luckily you don't need just a CS degree (Score 3, Insightful) 212 212

Alright I have to say it... if there are 140k US jobs for CS each year in a decade that will be 1.4 million jobs and will employee over one third the entire population not the workforce which is smaller the population includes everyone. Anyone with a CS degree should be able to get great pay in their field since only 28% of new jobs will actually be filled, and that doesn't appear to be the case.

No I think there is something funny with their claim.

Comment Re:*Sigh*...I miss the simple cars of yesteryear.. (Score 1) 56 56

I have owned an 82 cavalier, datsun 310, buick century, and pontiac 6000 all of them except the datsun 310 got that or better. The datsun was a stick, I was 16, and drove it like I was on a race track. A lot of those engines went from 1.7 - 1.8 to being 2.0 in 83-84 and they also had new emissions systems and new throttle body type not compatible with the 82.

Comment Re:*Sigh*...I miss the simple cars of yesteryear.. (Score 2) 56 56

I do miss simple, but I don't miss 12 miles per gallon like I got in many older vehicles, nor do I miss having to make seasonal carburetor adjustments to keep it running decently.

The early 80s had a lot of cars that broke the 50mpg barrier and throttle bodies didn't require seasonal adjustments, they also had timing chains instead of belts that are supposed to be changed every 30k miles like some of the mid 90s models. A yearly tuneup took about 45 minutes and involved a timing light, cap, rotor, plugs, and maybe plug cables.

Comment Re:*Sigh*...I miss the simple cars of yesteryear.. (Score 1) 56 56

I wouldn't mind interior door handles made from die-cast aluminum as apposed to cheap plastic either. {$30 for a plastic door handle, you're kidding?} My current vehicle has so many design flaws that didn't exist in older vehicles I've owned I sometimes think we are going backwards.

Comment Re:Good point, but Uber is a bad example (Score 1) 432 432

I live in one of the least regulated states and Uber left because they couldn't convince the state to allow them to operate without commercial minimum liability insurance. Which is silly because any insurance company would drop them if they were in an accident while driving for Uber on a personal liability policy.

Comment Re:Concorde 2.0 (Score 1) 238 238

There is nothing hypothetical about a vehicles gearing ratio being optimized for the current highway speed to run at lower rpms to promote efficiency and less wear on engine parts and some of the sports packages are optimized for 10-15mph above those speeds.

Yes drag is a problem but it doesn't change the fact that a vehicle well designed with aerodynamics and gearing in mind can be more efficient at 10-15mph above the speed limit than say a boxy oversized 4wd crossover at the speed limit or even a modern hybrid if we toss emissions considerations.


Comment Re:Concorde 2.0 (Score 2) 238 238

The speed limit here is 75mph about 120kmh and it's not uncommon for people to drive 90mph about 145kmh whether it is efficient or not is entirely dependent on the car's design and gearing. Over the years fuel efficiency has taken a big hit due to emissions laws. Cars with the throttle body carburetor of the late 70s and early 80s get better gas mileage than todays hybrids although they couldn't pass an emissions test.

Comment Re:Haven't you guys see the *TRUE* picture yet? (Score 1) 173 173

My first tech job was as a support tech for DSL, when I applied there were fewer candidates than positions and the interviewers were asking me if I knew anyone else that went to my school looking for a job. The vo-tech and state university here have been pumping out computer related degrees like an assembly line since I went to school and now when I see people interviewing for new positions there are hundreds of associated degrees and dozens of bachelors lining up.

If you told me their goal was to flood the workforce with far more qualified workers than they could possibly employ to bring down wages I would say you are correct.

"There is such a fine line between genius and stupidity." - David St. Hubbins, "Spinal Tap"