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Comment: Re:Is that really a lot? (Score 1) 274

by ranton (#49140009) Attached to: Drones Cost $28,000 Per Arrest, On Average

So your position is that the law is irrelevant. If someone wants to come in, anyway they can is OK by you.

I bet you think you have the right to download free shit from the internet too.

While I don't pirate software / music / movies, there are still plenty of laws I break. I usually go 5-10 miles over the speed limit if traffic if possible. I roll through stop lights when turning right routinely. I don't pay use taxes. I also bend laws such as doing Roth IRA conversions to bypass income limits.

And you are correct that I think if someone wants to come in, anyway they can, it is OK by me. I don't think people who won the "parent lottery" have any more right to live here than any immigrant. Anyone who has the dedication to leave their past life and come here to build a new one is welcome in my book.

I am fine with limiting access to some public services such as social security and welfare to newly arrived immigrants, but I see no reason to keep them out or deport them. Most immigrants I have known embody the American spirit far more than most native born Americans.

Comment: Re:Think about it. (Score 1) 379

by ranton (#49139275) Attached to: Lawmakers Seek Information On Funding For Climate Change Critics

Well the moderators are correct in marking this as informative, because it clearly shows where your misinformation is coming from. That paper does two things to manipulate the research done by Cook et al. (where the 98% figure comes from):

1) It ignores all implicit endorsements that humans are the primary cause of global warming.
2) It includes all papers giving no position when calculating the consensus. (No position really means no position, there was another column for "expression of uncertainty"
3) It tries to say that Cook et al incorrectly labeled papers as explicitly and quantifiably endorsing man-made climate change as the primary cause

So instead of comparing the 3937 papers which at least implicitly endorsed significant man-made climate change with the 78 papers which at least implicitly rejected it, he compared those 3937 papers with all 11,944 papers (including those that took no position, that made up 66% of all papers). This would be laughably ridiculous if not for the fact that some online readers are actually convinced by these arguments.

To show that his methodology for rating a paper as an endorsement was accurate, Cook et al. also performed a survey of the paper authors to see what they felt about their papers' findings. Of the 1200 responses (which comprised 2142 of the papers), 97% of the selected papers endorsed significant man-made climate change. So regardless of any possibly mislabeling of each paper's endorsements, the survey helps validate the mislabeling did not significantly affect the results.

This is exactly why citing your sources is so important. Now you don't have to continue to believe this ridiculous study.

Comment: Re:Is that really a lot? (Score 1) 274

by ranton (#49138315) Attached to: Drones Cost $28,000 Per Arrest, On Average

I wish you morons understood the difference between Legal and Illegal immigration.

I wish you morons understood the difference between various illegal acts. There is a large moral difference between illegal immigration or pirating music, and robbing a liquor store or killing someone. Everyone who wants to reform our immigration system understands illegal immigrants have broke laws. Some of us just think the punishment for that minor infraction should be of similar magnitude as being caught speeding, rather than committing a violent or other major crime.

Comment: Re:from a psychologist that has helped children gr (Score 4, Insightful) 684

This is an amazing list. I only have one thing to add (along the lines of your #10):

12) Tell her about yourself. Your daughter is old enough to remember you, but she isn't old enough to have really gotten to know you. That is something she is bound to be very curious about. She will get information from your wife, your family and friends that are still around, but hearing things directly from you could also be helpful. Tell her about important moments in your life. What were your goals dreams when in high school / college / your 20's. I enjoy talking to my mother and father about their lives, and now that I am in my 30's with my own daughter I have a different perspective.

Comment: Re:Interactive (Score 4, Insightful) 684

If my father had a set of videos like this for me to see after he died, I would want to watch every video anyway. If he had a video about what to do if I became a farmer (a route I didn't take) I would still want to watch another unique moment he took the time to create for me.

Comment: Re:Not too surprising (Score 4, Interesting) 145

by ranton (#49118823) Attached to: Attention, Rockstar Developers: Get a Talent Agent

You know, giving away 20% of your income in agency fees is ok if you make 20 mln per year, not so much if you make 100K.

I have used recruiters who have been very helpful in finding companies that need someone with my skill sets at my level of expertise. It is much easier than dealing with companies that say they are looking for senior staff but end up only wanting to pay $90k in salary. When I look for work through a recruiter I know the general salary range and a detailed description of the work and company culture before I ever talk with someone at the company. The recruiter generally gets about 20-25% of my first year salary, but that doesn't really come out of my salary (since I don't adjust what I will accept based on if I used a recruiter). The companies pay the fees because now they don't have to waste as much time hiring, which can be very costly.

Comment: Re:iPad too fucking expensive (Score 1) 139

by ranton (#49106165) Attached to: L.A. School Superintendent Folds on Laptops-For-Kids Program

That whooshing noise is you missing the point. The parents shouldn't have to work three jobs to put food on the table. Their absence in their children's lives is the result of the Haves screwing the Have-Nots on a living wage.

The Haves are the one who understand the difference between a job meant for part-time / high school / second earner employees, and those meant for breadwinners. Most Have-Nots probably understand this too, but who can fault them for trying to spin their situation in a way that makes someone else seem at fault for their plight?

Comment: Re:iPad too fucking expensive (Score 1) 139

by ranton (#49106085) Attached to: L.A. School Superintendent Folds on Laptops-For-Kids Program

Had the same job for 17 years. Pays close to 90k. I get 5 weeks of vacation a year, and in fact have a pension.

Where do I work?

In one of the few union jobs left most likely. Some will be safe for another 50 years, but many of those union jobs won't last another 10-20 (just look at the number we have lost in the past few decades). Off-shoring destroyed many of our union jobs. Technology will get rid of many more, and legislation will help the government to get rid of the rest. Almost anyone under the age of 40 is kidding themselves if they think it isn't a large gamble counting on their union job and pension will still being there until retirement.

Businesses had no other options when those union contracts were put into place decades ago (or even just years ago for government unions). Now they have offshoring, technology, and deregulation as weapons, and after the last financial crisis showed people how plush those union contracts were the unions no longer have public support.

Comment: Did you read TFA? (Score 2) 286

by ranton (#49105893) Attached to: An Evidence-Based Approach To Online Dating

Anyone who follows this advice deserves what they get.
The age old advice still stands: be yourself.

There is nothing in this article recommending what to lie about or how to trick someone into dating you. It is about how to put your best foot forward online. It is no different than telling someone to dress nice when you first meet someone or don't talk about yourself too much on a first date.

It has advice like "ask open questions", "respond promptly", "introduce humor", "do smile", "pay genuine compliments", etc. Oh how manipulative these recommendations are!

Comment: Re:Yes where your degree is from matters (Score 1) 131

by ranton (#49090605) Attached to: Carnegie-Mellon Sends Hundreds of Acceptance Letters By Mistake

So what? It does not hurt anywhere to have a degree from a good school. But he already proved that a cool degree from MIT or Carnegie-Mellon is not a strict requirement at Google.

Who cares if he proved that? It is irrelevant to the conversation. The only question is whether or not the degree is a factor in hiring. The original post by "sjbe" already conceded it might not be of primary concern.

Comment: Re:Yes where your degree is from matters (Score 2) 131

by ranton (#49088901) Attached to: Carnegie-Mellon Sends Hundreds of Acceptance Letters By Mistake

After a job or three, basically nobody that knows shit cares were you went to school or even if you went to school.

So you are saying where you went to school is very important, since it has an impact on your early career. How you spend the first 5-10 years of your career has enormous impact on your entire career. There are obviously exceptions, but by definition most people are not exceptions.

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