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Comment: Re:Don't Mess With Taxes (Score 1) 379 379

by w_dragon (#49747753) Attached to: Student Photographer Threatened With Suspension For Sports Photos
You see this a lot in Canada, where you generally have at least a couple choices of publicly-funded schools in any area. Catholic schools are considered slightly better than secular, and French are better than English (outside of Quebec and New Brunswick, anyway). The reason is just that the default choice is secular English. The more work the parents have to do to get their kid into a school, the more support there will be at home for the kid to succeed.

Comment: Re:Registered to vote != Voted (Score 1) 609 609

by w_dragon (#49730943) Attached to: The Demographic Future of America's Political Parties
There are always rare cases where someone is declared legally dead before word reaches their body, sometimes by many years. There will also always be people who voted by mail then die before the election. It's possible the law they were debating was for these sorts of things.

Comment: Re:Only Two Futures? (Score 1) 609 609

by w_dragon (#49730863) Attached to: The Demographic Future of America's Political Parties
Maybe an American can answer this for me: Why must a third party focus on the Presidency?
It seems like the easiest election to win would be in the house, and the balance between the current 2 parties is so tight that a handful of seats would provide a balance of power position to a third party, allowing them to push through some legislation, which may at least make the news before dying in the Senate. Why does this not happen?

Comment: Re:You have a patent (Score 1) 125 125

by w_dragon (#49686669) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Security Certification For an Old Grad?
You're kidding, right? About half the people I work with have at least 1 patent. Every large company brags about how many patents they have and every patent has a couple people listed as inventors. While patent numbers and titles should be on your resume, they don't differentiate you from anyone who worked at a company large enough to employ a team of lawyers whose job is to search for patentable work.

Comment: Re: if that were true (Score 1) 348 348

by w_dragon (#49221037) Attached to: Obama Administration Claims There Are 545,000 IT Job Openings
I've worked in companies from 80 people worldwide to over 100000 people worldwide, and I have never actually seen this. The process in every company I know is about the same. Your resume hits an HR person or recruiter, who does a very preliminary scan, and if your resume has one of the dozen-or-so skills we want your resume comes directly to the developer or manager who will be interviewing, in a pile with all the resumes who passed this filter. I once made the mistake of asking my HR person for the reject pile, as I couldn't believe how low the quality was in a stack of about 30 resumes. I spent half a day going through resumes that had so many typos they weren't understandable, had no indication the applicant had ever worked with a computer, or were so full of things that are illegal to consider for employment that they just scream 'interview me and get sued if you don't hire!' After that I have no desire to ever go through a reject pile ever again. If you can't get a resume past that filter you don't want to work for me, you will never be able to meet my communication expectations.

Comment: Re:26% seems a bit high (Score 1) 54 54

This isn't about the 'enlarge your penis' level of spam, this is about the website you gave your email to 5 years ago that still emails you daily with the broken unsubscribe link. This is about forcing companies to not be annoying and incompetent. After all, if they want to operate in Canada they should learn how to be polite.

Comment: Re:I should think so! (Score 2) 107 107

by w_dragon (#49156387) Attached to: Blu-Ray Players Hackable Via Malicious Discs
I was actually thinking I could probably use this to overcome the region restrictions on my blu-ray player. This seems like the type of hack that is used by the owner of the device to do things Sony didn't want the player to do, not so much the make-this-device-a-bot type.

Comment: Re:Good grief... (Score 1) 681 681

by w_dragon (#49123961) Attached to: Bill Nye Disses "Regular" Software Writers' Science Knowledge
Clearly one undergrad course can bring you up to date on what Intel, AMD, and ARM have had teams of researchers working on for decades. I did a basic architecture course in second year, it is an introduction only, it does not qualify you to say that you understand modern computer architecture.

Comment: Re:Good grief... (Score 3, Interesting) 681 681

by w_dragon (#49109049) Attached to: Bill Nye Disses "Regular" Software Writers' Science Knowledge
I doubt any one person has full knowledge of how a computer works. I have a reasonably good grasp of most of the software layers, and a fairly good idea of how the hardware abstraction works, but reading about the pentium division bug makes it clear that an undergraduate math degree is not enough to understand the inner workings of the CPU. I understand the performance difference between wifi B and N, but I don't know the protocol details. SSD drives are magic to me. I would guess that full knowledge of how a computer works would require advanced degrees in CS, a couple different maths, and electrical engineering, at the very least.

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