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Comment Re:San Antonio, TX (Score 1) 464

I'll second that! I used to live there, but I thought about moving to Austin. I had a development job at "Fort Sam Houston" (which confuses people, because Fort Sam Houston is in San Antonio, not Houston). For several years, I rented a 1/1 apartment with my wife for less than $700 per month in a fairly nice area.

The funny story is that one day it looked like my dream was coming true; I was brought on as a temp-to-hire for a company in Austin. I was asked to spend the first two months on-site with a client in Denver, at company expense, which was awesome because I had no rent payment for two months! I was placed on a dysfunctional team and let go after a few months. After that, I decided to just take another job in Denver since I had already vacated my apartment and I love mountain sports so much.

The best part of the story is that I had a chance encounter with someone I regularly saw at the client site. He said that the project crashed and burned, so I think you could say that getting fired from that job would be like getting ejected from the Titanic before it left port.

Comment Re:Silicon Slopes (Score 1) 464

I've been to Utah on vacation several times. It is perhaps the most beautiful state in the US, scenery-wise. (5 national parks!) My brother says that his wife briefly lived in Utah as a child and discrimination against non-Mormons was a serious problem for her.

If you're out in Utah, I would suggest taking a walk around Ancient Art sometime, near the town of Moab. It really looks like a landscape straight out of a "Dr. Seuss" book. Canyonlands is amazing, too!

That being said, last time I checked, there are a fraction of tech jobs in Utah that there are in Colorado.

Comment Denver area (Score 3, Informative) 464

I've lived in the Denver area for about two years now. I live in the suburbs on the south side of town. The traffic downtown is abyssmal, but there is one thing that really stands out for a town this size besides the number of tech jobs (check Dice, there are lots!)

There is an area about 10 minutes south of downtown known as the "Denver Tech Center". This area is HQ for a number of tech companies and it's extremely convenient because you can get a decent tech job there, live in the 'burbs, and not have to drive downtown every day.

The skiing and other mountain activities nearby are phenomenal. There is a lifetime supply of camping, hiking, and mountain climbing opportunities. I'm told that the nearby town of Evergreen has America's largest outdoor ice-skating park, as well.

Comment Re:Austin? (Score 2) 464

I was in Austin about three years ago to take on a new job. It didn't work out and I don't live there anymore, but traffic is a nightmare in Austin. The desirable neighborhoods are poorly served by the major highways. Even looking at the Google Maps streetview, you can see that the cameraman taking the photos from the Google car (or whatever it's called) was stuck in traffic!

Comment Re:It also does away with national sovereigty! (Score 1) 247

I am sympathetic toward changing minds. I know some people who have unbendable beliefs about politics in their minds: that certain things are always a certain way, and they pick up nuggets that reinforce their beliefs and cast off everything else. Those people scare me.

Hillary is not one of those people. Hillary is a political animal who tells people what they want to hear. She probably had more knowledge of what was in TPP long before most of the rest of us. She knows better, and she knew better. She was trying to line the pockets of the rich and powerful, plain and simple, and now wants to deny it.

Comment Re:worked out well for manufacturing, right? (Score 1) 607

I must say that there is one thing that recruiters are really good for: you can comfortably ask them questions about the job that you wouldn't want to ask at the interview. For example, you might ask questions about remote work and paid holidays to the recruiter, while those same questions could raise doubts about your candidacy to the hiring manager.

Comment Re:It also does away with national sovereigty! (Score 1) 247

I wish more people understood it the way you do. In the USA, the law is that Congress cannot bind a future Congress to enact any particular policy. This is an end-run around this law by those who want to permanently cement their place at the top of the pyramid.

By the way, Trump and Sanders both oppose TPP. Clinton was for it before she was against it ::ducks::

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