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Comment Re:Punishing people who get degrees we need the mo (Score 1) 157

Let's drop this 'age' bullshit. If you can join the army at 18

The stupidity of most 18 year old's is what allows the US to not require a draft to staff our armed forces.

I have no sympathy for this morons, especially when they skip community college and other state schools to go to a private school knowing full well they are POOR.

Having no sympathy for people who have made mistakes in their life is a very unfortunate stance. Having sympathy is not the same thing as believing there should be no consequences.

Comment Re:Punishing people who get degrees we need the mo (Score 2) 157

THIS. Seriously, treating 18+ year olds as children incapable of making their own informed choices is one of the reasons that student loan debt is an enormous problem.

We don't treat them as children incapable of making their own informed choices. If that was the case they couldn't enter into these contracts in the first place.

No one is even asking for that. They merely want laws governing student loans to take the disparity in maturity and available information between an 18 year old and a bank into account.

Comment Re:Nurses or teachers? (Score 1) 157

which should be wrong IMO. Get paid for the job you do, not the paper you have

Teachers unions claim they are the only profession where it is impossible to judge performance well enough to allow performance to adjust wages. They must believe all other professions have perfect metrics that are impossible to game, such as lines of code written per day.

Comment Re:Nurses or teachers? (Score 1) 157

At the same time, I am a Middle School teacher with an MBA. With over six years of experience, I am still under 50K/year. While it is more than I would make if I were not a teacher, it is well under the "six-figure" salary that the author seems to think business majors earn.

Teacher pay varies so widely across the US that its hard to paint the whole profession with the same brush. Teachers in my area with only BAs make the same as you in their first year. And considering their pension it would be closer to $75k per year right out of college their pay is not only competitive but borderline excessive. And this is an area where you can buy a 2500 sq ft house for $300k, so I'm not talking about Manhattan or Silicon Valley here.

We do pay much more in property taxes than the national averages though, so this is by no means the norm across the country. And our teacher's pension program is virtually bankrupt (Illinois) so any new teacher would be foolish to assume they will get the full pension they are currently promised.

Comment Re:The time off for teachers doesn't really count (Score 1) 157

they're expected to prep for the school year and keep working on their skills during that time or face layoffs. I've got a lot of friends/family who are teachers. Summer is _not_ a 3 mo vacation for any of them.

Your friends / family either complain too much or work in one hell of a crappy district. My daycare has to reduce its staff because of the teachers who take their students out of daycare during the summer. If you are actually working, you don't have time to take your toddlers out of daycare.

The teachers you know probably do put in a few hours of professional development here and there over the summer. But it is nothing like working full time. At best you could consider it a 2 1/2 month vacation instead of a 3 month vacation because of the little work they need to do.

Being a coach of a team that plays in the summer is a little different, but they either get paid extra or are a sucker.

Comment Re:BUILD (Score 1) 296

But the problem is that alienware is over priced shit, not that prebuilt boxes in general has a large margin. My local example would be a configurator like vs for the raw parts. Don't know what your local equivalent is, but it would be nothing lile the alienware outlier that you are using.

The prices at your seem pretty similar to alienware. I looked at the Komplett Gamer Xtreme i75 - G-SYNC Edition, which is pretty close to the Alienware I listed in my post (with cheaper processor but better video card), and the price came to $2860 (25000 Swedish Krona). Still about $1k more than building it yourself.

So it doesn't look like Alienware is an outlier here. All PC builders I know of mark up their high end systems very dramatically.

Comment Re:BUILD (Score 4, Informative) 296

And what if a pre-assembled PC is cheaper than your custom built PC by $300-$400 provided certain minor things are inferior to your custom PC?

This never happens. Not for a high end gaming PC anyway. For budget computers that are sold for a few hundred dollars that may be true but not for anything that will accommodate high end gaming. It is in fact the other way around, where a custom built PC can be up to and above $1000 cheaper than a pre-assembled one.

Take a simple example of an Alienware Area-51 PC with an i7-5930K, 16 GB 2133MHz DDR4 RAM, GTX 970, and 512 GB SSD. Not top of the line but certainly a great gaming PC. It costs $2750. Going to Newegg, I can get the processor (460), motherboard($150), ram (100), video card (350), intel 480 GB ssd (270), a high endcoolermaster case w/850W PS (280), and OS(100) for $1710. That is a $1000 difference. When looking for a higher end machine with 32 GB RAM and dual GTX 980 the difference came to almost $1250. That is pretty extreme.

Comment Re:I am sorry (Score 1) 101

The thing about English is that it has survived 1500 years of mangling by our nasty foreign tongues, mostly by bending itself to accommodate different ways of using the language.

Survived the mangling, yes, but it became, well, mangled.

Any other constructed language that survives the process of actually being used by billions of people would become mangled as well. Perhaps a little less mangled, or perhaps a little more. I would put a little more faith in another 50 years of English evolving than I would in constructing a better language with the goal of 3 billion people using it in the same time frame. Only a little more faith though.

I find it likely we create universal translators within the next 30 years that makes translation between languages trivial. I'm not sure if this would lessen adoption of a lingua franca (whether English or another option) or increase its usage. Both seem plausible.

Comment Re:This is *SO* unethical ! (Score 1) 244

There's a HUGE difference between "these changes will be effective immediately" and "these changes will be effective retroactively."

I don't see anything being done retroactively. They are merely changing the code for displaying user names going forward. Without a time machine they cannot retroactively change the HTML generated in the past. But effective immediately, the database field user names will be pulled from for display purposed will change from User.Alias to User.FullName. Nothing retroactive about it, from a legal stance that it (although IANAL). From a moral stance, it is more murky.

Comment Re: Getting a car repair (Score 2) 471

You sound like you've never heard of the independent mechanic that as far as I can tell

You sound even worse. An independent has to specialize in a topic, like transmissions. Would you trust him to work on the cars computer system? A dealership say Ford, has to be able to work on all aspects of fords, same with gm, chyrsler and Toyota. And stand behind their repair.

You absolutely proved him correct when you claim an independent has to specialize in a topic as narrow as transmissions. Most independent mechanics I have used have been able to work on a wide range of automobiles. There has been some very specialized work, such as with more rare hybrids like the 05-07 accord hybrid, where I have had to use a dealer in the past. But I have only had one car repair in 20 years that needed a dealer. And if dealers did not exist, the market would compensate for those rare cases in their absence.

It is funny you stand up for dealers because of their repair services, when generally that is the department people like the least at dealerships. I thought it was general knowledge to never go to a dealership for service unless your car was under warranty. They are overpriced and refuse to use after market parts.

Comment Re:That doesn't work (Score 4, Interesting) 365

Tax rates can be negative if the money comes somewhere else.

And there you have your answer. Tax something that cannot leave the country, like land. Tax the income of employees and management who physically live in your country. Tax sales of products that occur in your country. There are plenty of things to tax which make far more sense than corporate taxes.

Comment Re:Look at the bean counters for your answer (Score 3, Insightful) 169

After spending time as both a full time employee (FTE) and consultant, I find the dynamic can quite often be the opposite of what you describe.

To an employee, you are a paycheck / insurance / vacation-time /etc. If they do a great job they will get the same paycheck as if they do a mediocre job. Maybe they will get an extra 1% raise. As long as they don't royally fuck up, they will not get fired. As Peter Gibbons put it, an employee relationship will "only make someone work just hard enough not to get fired."

To a contractor, you are a gold mine. They can make enough in 4-5 months to match what an FTE gets in a year, even counting benefits. And their ability to get more of these gigs in the future is mostly dependent on making each client happy. If they do a great job, instead of a 1% raise they get another 1000 billable hours at $225 each. This is quite the motivation to do a great job.

Both your scenario and my scenario happen. Finding a great employee and a great consultant are both rare and incredibly valuable.

Comment Re:I sent my comment (Score 2) 55

When a judge rules against you though you just ignore it and carry on business as usually.

What are you talking about? From what I read in the links, the judge ruled that the government did not properly provide a public notice and comment period before enacting the extension. The judge gave the government six months to apply the extension again, but with a public notice and comment period. The government has now done that, the comments were overwhelmingly in favor of the extension, and now the extension will be applied again.

No one is bypassing any rules. A mistake in process was made, and it has now been fixed. This is our judicial system and lawmaking system working well together to enact important changes.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 110

Shmoozing with other execs, both within their company and outside it, is a very large part of the job description.

Yes. From a sane viewpoint this is called cronyism, but in the current business environment this is called "networking".

I remember the moment in my 30's when I matured from someone who thought he was above politics to someone who realized no one is. I had been in the corporate world long enough to know that being capable of creating the best technical solution to a problem is not nearly as important as being able to persuade a company to enact those solutions. Not even close to as important.

Since then I have made sure that my career growth is as much on the business side as it is on the technical side of my industry. If I really felt my goal was to provide the most positive impact on companies I worked for, I needed to stop stubbornly thinking that being technically competent was my primary skill set. It is perfectly fine for an employee to decide they just don't want to venture from the technical aspect of their career, but that is a conscious decision to not be a significant decision maker.

Technically competent people do not enact change (or at least very rarely do). Those with the business acumen to shape policy within their organization enact change. Those people may or may not also be technically competent, but that is of secondary importance.

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