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Submission + - Where do old programmers go?

oort99 writes: Barrelling towards my late 40s, I've enjoyed 25+ years coding for a living, working in telecoms, government, and education. In recent years, it's been typical enterprise java stuff. Looking around, I'm pretty much always the oldest in the room. So... where are the other old guys? I can't imagine they've all moved up the chain into management. There just aren't enough of those positions to absorb the masses of aging coders. Clearly there *are* older workers in software, but they are a minority. What sectors have the others gone into? Retired early? Low-wage service sector? Genuinely interested to hear your story about having left the field, willfully or otherwise.

Submission + - Congress Opens Probe Into FBI's Handling of Clinton Email Investigation (arstechnica.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Two House committees announced Tuesday that they would conduct a joint probe into the FBI's handling of the Clinton e-mail investigation. The Clinton investigation concluded with no charges being levied against the former secretary of state who was running for president under the Democratic ticket. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) said in a joint statement that they are unsatisfied with how the probe into Clinton's private e-mail server concluded. Among other things, the chairmen want to know why the bureau publicly said it was investigating Clinton while keeping silent that it was looking into President Donald Trump's campaign associates and their connections to Russia.

"Our justice system is represented by a blind-folded woman holding a set of scales. Those scales do not tip to the right or the left; they do not recognize wealth, power, or social status," Goodlatte and Gowdy said in a joint statement. "The impartiality of our justice system is the bedrock of our republic, and our fellow citizens must have confidence in its objectivity, independence, and evenhandedness. The law is the most equalizing force in this country. No entity or individual is exempt from oversight."

Comment Re:HAM/CB mobile device?? (Score 1) 74

There is still no requirement that amateur transceivers must be type certified for use in the Amateur Service. An Amateur radio operator can build their own radio and use it all they want, provided they adhere to emissions standards. But, they do not have to obtain type certification to use their radio.

Comment Re:Why do people bother with prayers? (Score 1) 121

God reaches everyone in one way or another. The teachings of Jesus originated, as you know, in the middle east. A culture does not need to have seen a bible to have been influenced by the teachings of Christ. The Romans and Greeks carried those teachings all throughout Europe and Asia before Christians explored the new world long before what we know of as the Bible was ever assembled. Many books, including the epistles, were not written for decades after Christ's resurrection.

It's funny - I used to say the EXACT same thing about control. However, following Christ has always been a wholly voluntary and wholly spiritual decision. In fact, Christ was persecuted relentlessly by those who were actually in control at the time. The people who actually were all about control were terrified of Him. Even so, the teachings of Christ still call for us to respect and submit to the authorities of our governments, and follow the rule of Law so long as they do not conflict with God's law - as all authority on Earth is placed by Him. Christ did not endeavor to wrest control from elected authorities because that would be an affront to the Father - the exact opposite of His purpose on Earth. His purposes here were to demonstrate obedience to God, demonstrate a sin-free life (as he is the only one ever to have lived one) that we might endeavor to emulate, and to be the perfect sacrifice in fulfillment of God's law.

Controlling people was never part of that equation, but Atheists still cling to that argument for some reason I have yet to figure out. In retrospect I cannot even find a way to support it, even though I made it for decades.

Comment Re:Why do people bother with prayers? (Score 1) 121

I *am* actually sincere, and it is not because of constant religious brainwashing. In fact I was a militant Atheist for nearly three decades until I experienced the true magnitude of Grace.

The vast majority of Atheists I talk to describe being a "good person" as being charitable, loving, kind, compassionate, forgiving, and so on. These are the very same things that I preach from the Bible, and certainly that they are written about so much in the Bible is the one and only reason that these things are considered "good" in our culture.

It requires no mental gymnastics to act on a desire to empty ones self of conceit and selfish desires for the benefit of others. It only requires an awareness of one's brokenness and the acceptance of divine assistance in trying to overcome it.

Comment Re: Why do people bother with prayers? (Score 1) 121

It is written in James 2:14-17:

"14 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, âoeGo in peace, be warmed and filled,â without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? 17 So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead."

Praying for someone in need without actually helping them is a hollow act. So, in a sense, you're correct that it's a terrible thing to pray for someone without giving actual, material assistance.

Comment Re:Why do people bother with prayers? (Score 2, Informative) 121

The point of prayer is to strengthen our relationship with God and our Savior Jesus Christ.

"Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?" is a common question, but it's a little flawed. First, there are no such things as good people. We are all sinners. I, for one, am also a hypocrite, because I preach the virtues of a life that I could never lead, and worship a God that I am supposed to be like, but will never be able to. People often ask me accusingly, "how can you preach that kind of life when you don't even live it?" My response to that question is often, "how could I hope to life that life if I'm not preaching it?"

God does all things according to His plan. We ruined our relationship with Him with our sin, and He has since been trying to draw us back. Being a believer in God and disciple of Christ doesn't mean life is supposed to be perfect and without peril. But, when peril does happen, we have a rock to stand on when people fail us (and they will, just as I will fail others). There is comfort in God, and in the scriptures, and in all of the examples in the Bible of incredibly broken people who nevertheless kept faithful to Him.

The people of Puerto Rico have experienced a great peril, but in that peril lies an opportunity at an outpouring of Christ-like love and humility, and not just for them, but also for us. In a time when many people look negatively at Puerto Rico for whatever reason, we should all be reminded that they are still people just like us. Sinners, just like us. We all fall to the same level ground. We are right there with them in their peril, as a brother is periled, so are we.

Not only does God care about the people of Puerto Rico, He cares about us how we respond to it. I see the terrible tragedy here, but I also see the tremendous opportunity to be a reflection of God's Grace as He intended us to be. Jesus never did anything for Himself. He was never selfish, and he constantly poured Himself out, emptying Himself on behalf of others. He never did anything out of selfish ambition or conceit. I want so badly to live that life the way He did, but I can't. I'm too selfish, and too great a sinner. But, that doesn't mean I can't try to emulate the love of Jesus and accept the Grace of His salvation from my sin.

So, yes I will absolutely continue to pray for the people of Puerto Rico, and I will do what I can to show them the love that Christ had for me. It might be all I can do to relay some messages home, but I will do it faithfully to glorify God and His plan.

Comment Re:Better pet food has made a difference (Score 1) 430

I have four dogs. One of them is "geriatric" at 11 years old... she outruns all three of the others at the dog park. She still thinks she is a puppy, and she acts like it.

You're right that it's in the food - pet food has gotten SO much better in the last 20 years. But, it's also vet care.

Veterinary schools are 10 times harder to get into than Medical schools, are 10 times harder to get out of, and produce the best veterinary doctors in the world, mostly thanks to the limited liability and lower barriers to research.

With routine vet care and good food, there's no reason a genetically strong (read: mixed breed) dog can't live to 15 or 20 years. My 11 year old shows absolutely no sign of slowing down at all.

Comment Re:After reading all these comments... (Score 1) 131

The problem arises just before and after totality, where the intensity of VISIBLE light is very low (so your eyeballs go wide open trying to collect more light), but the intensity of UV, X-Ray, and other heliospheric emissions is still about normal.

It's a lot easier to cook your retinas when your lenses are wide open in the dark while you're staring into a huge UV/X-Ray generator.

Comment Re:The real reason: Weight and balance (Score 1) 107

I'm talking about the weight limit for the *plane*, not the *bags*.

There are also balance issues. I don't know if you've ever been on a plane where the captain has asked people to move from fore to aft, or vice versa, but it is pretty common. The center of gravity for the plane must remain within defined safety limits. It cannot be too far fore or aft or the control surfaces will not have sufficient authority to maintain stable flight.

Passenger aircraft are able to measure the weight on each of the landing gears and determine the CG of the airplane and total weight. If the baggage handlers are not keenly aware of how to load an airplane with dense, heavy bags, the CG could be wrong.

If all bags weigh "about the same," then as long as they load uniformly it's okay. If 1/3 of the bags weigh 10x as much as all the others, it becomes critical where in the baggage compartment those bags are loaded, and also whether they shift in flight.

Now, can you imagine trying to explain these complex laws of physics to each and every passenger that checks in with a 250lb brick of paper? I can't, either.

Comment The real reason: Weight and balance (Score 1) 107

The real reason UA banned comic books was the weight and balance. People were trying to check 150lbs of comic books in their standard-sized luggage, and the planes cannot handle that kind of density for any additional cost. $1M in luggage fees can't make a 737 haul 5 tons of comic books in the luggage hold, not to mention the wear and tear on baggage handlers.

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