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Comment Re:So... when does it get moved to fiction? (Score 1) 224

Put another way, experts are experts because they represent the very top end of the population in knowledge of particular subjects. I know a lot about certain subjects, but I'm not an expert in any of them. I can write something informative for the masses, sometimes even for people in my field, but I'll listen to my old profs when it comes to deep understanding, they know their shit.

Having wikipedia, does make us all smarter. But not everyone, or even the vast majority can contribute. It's definitely lopsided, and needs to be.

Comment Re: Nope... (Score 1) 357

Amazon engineers live in safe upper class White communities, so it only makes sense they'd design a product to prevent a stray Tyrone or Pedro from stealing their order

Except that these are prime targets and exactly where you'd want to go to steal shit, or if you're using your spare time for some extra cash to deliver amazon goods, exactly the kind of neighborhood you'd want to deliver to and rob from if you got to pick.

Comment Re: Everyone is getting an MBA (Score 2) 268

I even went to the school in TFA, and I can say for a fact that Grad students in their programs were kind of held hostage (used to be anyway). I have heard this is a common practice all over the US. Prof's would do anything possible to drag out their service and only students on visa's had to put up with it. All of us with citizenship would either rush out the door with our degree...or without, after what we deemed a reasonable course-load.

The problem is this: employers largely need highly educated AND highly skilled labor to fill their needs. Their needs are rarely about developing new technology, they're focused on using new technology to make new products. Schools are providing highly educated workers, more of them in my opinion than demand requires. The problem is schools are not providing highly SKILLED workers. Their education is primarily theoretical. Very little hands on, very little about tools and practices, etc. The only way to acquire skills is to work in a particular function.

So you get your bachelor's and leave school and get a job. You're set, you will get shuffled into a niche that some company has an opening in. You will receive no formal training, but over time develop good OTJ training in that one little niche. And provided that niche doesn't move overseas or become obsolete, you're set for life. If however it does, you end up being one of the many unemployed people with the right degrees that just can't find a job. It happens more often than anyone wants to talk about.

If however you get stuck too long getting a grad degree, particularly a a PhD, you have a bigger problem. You will not have the training, and you will be seen as needing a salary level that puts you at a disadvantage compared to the above. Not a problem if there's a plethora of growth phase companies out there looking to develop a new technology, but that's not really a common situation. So now you have a big degree and a deep theoretical education but your career options are significantly more limited.

Universities would do better by balancing their research aims with a more balanced approach of actually doing real work too, and having students (particularly grad students) fill some of that labor requirement. It will produce better qualified workers and give smart students who may have research ambitions a reason to feel like they're not hanging themselves. It would of course also help if when companies were taken out of growth and stuffed into "value" phase that research was not the first thing that got axed... but that seems like an impossibility.

Comment Re:We should all avoid taxes (Score 1) 402

This is not enough. People have to know that you are doing it and everyone else is. The biggest problem with this all is that there are Trillions of dollars that are completely hidden from the system that nobody knows about from people who are benefiting from the security provided to them by the western democracies but aren't contributing their fair share.

Yes. But the headlines need to stop insinuating that these people are cheating the system or doing something illegal. The articles need to be very clear: so and so has earned hundreds of billions and has paid $0 in taxes. Does that match our perception of the law's intent? Chances are it does not.

By pitching this as "so and so is cheating hte system" it sounds like a matter for the courts and criminal law, which ties up more of OUR money investigating someone or something that often isn't a crime and will yield very little positive results other than a few more headlines that make people feel good.

Comment Punishment to fit the crime (Score 2, Insightful) 271

Seeing as how the experts canâ(TM)t figure out if it is a crime and the victim is the idiot a very large village had to try very hard to send away the most appropriate punishment is to throw he book at him.

By which I mean the biggest book Donald Trump can personally read and explain correctly. So basically pelt this guy with some Seuss and letâ(TM)s be done with it.

Comment "High Level Access" (Score 2) 102

This isn't high level access. High level access means telecom, email and backup files of senior execs, possibly access to the people in question to support them, proximity to their cubes, permission to listen in on board meetings, that sort of thing. These high level employees aren't usually very good with data (or any more discrete), you probably wouldn't necessarily want them managing it.

It's all necessarily low level access. But clearly they are not protecting customer data well, or putting a high value on privacy.

Comment Re:No Need (Score 1) 34

Louisville was merely one of the most well known cases of AT&T being dicks, but they were doing it all over the country. It's very likely that they were partially responsible for Google giving up. The other thing that went sideways was the whole alphabet thing, which I think allowed shareholders more control over what Google was doing...probably by the very same people who own AT&T stock and were worried about their "investment".

I'm just adding them to the list of people to throw against the wall when the day comes. Anyone who stands in the way of progress for any reason at all deserves his space up there.

Comment Re:Is that surprising? (Score 5, Informative) 472

My experience with the Perl hate is it's usually from younger people (by which I mean anyone under about 40). It violates everything some may have been taught as part of their software engineering program: it's difficult to read, maintain, and support.

But, it exists for a reason and it's ridiculously good at that purpose. If I want to process lots of text, I do not use Python, I whip out perl. And usually it's fine, the little bits of perl here and there that glue the world together aren't usually that egregious to maintain (particularly in context of the overall mechanism it's being used to glue together, usually).

If I'm going to write serious code, code that may formulate the basis for my corporations revenue model or may seriously improve our cost structure, I use a serious language (C/C++, usually) and spend significant amounts of time architecting it properly. The problem is that more and more people are using scripting languages for this purpose, and it's becoming socially acceptable to do so. The slippery slope being loved by children and idiots alike, one might say "I know Perl, let's use that!" and countless innocents are harmed.

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