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Comment Re:Nurses or teachers? (Score 1) 209

I don't think anyone is saying they have figured out the perfect way to evaluate teachers

No, we do. You just said it in your last post. You said teachers believe we have perfect metrics for other professions. ALL other professions.

What's good for the goose is good for the gander. If there are teachers who believe other professions have perfect metrics, then there must be people from other professions who think we have or can have perfect metrics for teachers.

I said nothing of the sort. I sarcastically said they must believe that or else their argument is incredibly dishonest. I don't actually think they believe this; I think their argument is incredibly dishonest.

It is no different than saying "if you believe that then you must believe pigs fly." You don't actually think they believe pigs fly, you are making a comment about how ridiculous their other belief is.

Comment Re:Nurses or teachers? (Score 1) 209

Every other industry has limits on the raw materials they accept. Teachers are basically craftsman who don't get to pick their raw materials.

Even if I agreed with your premise (and I don't), you may be correct that someone decides what raw materials to accept but it is rarely the craftsmen. It is more likely their boss's boss's boss who found he could save two dollars per cabinet by buying lower grade wood. The craftsmen is still expected to do his job though, and have his ability be evaluated when it is time for a raise.

I don't think anyone is saying they have figured out the perfect way to evaluate teachers. It will always be difficult. But it is difficult for almost every profession, but we still do it anyway since it is still better than treating everyone as if they are equally capable.

Comment Re:The time off for teachers doesn't really count (Score 1) 209

Umm what kinda daycare do you use? I would think the amount of school children whose parents work during school hours and now need daycare because the kids are out of school would trump the few dozen (if that) teachers who now can care for their kids instead of using a daycare. Also since most teachers are under paid they need to work other jobs in the summer.

To be more specific they only reduce the number of part time workers / floaters. The school aged children are in a different center, so for all I know these part time workers are just shifted to a different location. I also go to a very expensive day care center in an affluent area, and being a teacher is among the few predominantly female professions with a high enough salary to justify daycare instead of just being a stay at home parent. This may be why it seems about 1 in 5 kids are out of daycare during the summer.

Comment Re: At what point do we reevaluate the position (Score 1) 188

Even then you have to ask yourself if it makes more sense to hire managers where the jobs are ... in India or China.

I doubt you have ever managed a team of workers across multiple continents.

I have been the lead developer on a couple of these, and I assure it makes more sense to hire managers where the users are, where the decision makers are, and where the jobs are. It also makes the most sense to have skilled staff members in all three locations. In both cases where I have worked with teams on multiple continents, the decision makers where in the US. This meant the most skilled workers were in the US. As long as the C-level executives and very top VP's are in the US, most of the top staff members will be in the US.

This is the main reason I am a strong proponent on programs like the H1B (even if management of it is a shit storm). Keeping a large pool of skilled workings in the US is what keeps the CEO's here. If other countries started having a better pool of tech talent, foreign companies will start to take over companies based in the US. Then your doom and gloom prophecies will start to become a reality. The longer we can take advantage of the brain drain of the rest of the world the better we will be. We may lose our preeminence regardless of our best efforts (simple population size works against us), but the longer we can hold on the better.

Comment Re: At what point do we reevaluate the position (Score 2) 188

It's also reducing the amount of jobs smart people can do. Outsourcing is easier than ever.

Considering the upper middle class is growing rapidly, this does not appear to be the case. In my anecdotal experience, outsourcing and increased H1B immigration drastically helps the employment opportunities of the top 20% of the workforce. I am far more productive when I have more workers to offload my more remedial tasks to. During one consulting gig, I was shocked at how useful a few dozen Argentinians who are willing to do months of repetitive semi-skilled work really are. I am conflicted on whether using cheap labor like this is a good thing, but from a productivity standpoint in made achieving a high level of data cleanliness incredibly easier.

Access to cheap labor, whether created by mechanical automation or low wage workers, greatly increased the gains to the elite in society. And this extends to the the top 20%, not just the top 1%. The bottom 80% are probably fucked though.

Comment Re:Punishing people who get degrees we need the mo (Score -1, Flamebait) 209

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 4, Insightful) 209

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) 209

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) 209

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) 209

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) 312

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 5, Informative) 312

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) 104

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) 246

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.