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Comment Re:Hiring not by merit, but by Gender (Score 2) 450

Yup. My current employer, while pushing hard for diversity, is doing pretty good at pushing to improve the company to attract said diversity, instead of just widening the net and bringing whatever they catch.

We have a pretty high ratio of female engineers (and even better ratio at the lead/director/vp level) for the kind of company we are. Not 50/50, but higher than the Google and Facebook of the world.

Pretty much all of the female engineers I've interacted with, including our junior ones, were top notch. High quality code, super hard workers, cares about the craft. Good stuff.

On the other hand, my previous employer had put a diversity activist in charge of hiring female engineers. Not only did we only have a handful, while half of them were really good, the other half were hired through shitty coding bootcamps, or were self "taught" (as in, they had read a book on coding and that was about it). Terrible. We had to lay off a couple within a few months, some were burning a crazy amount of hours in training (a lot more than a junior engineer should). In the end, we ended up with 2 in a team of 100+ Not cool.

Comment Re:Choices. (Score 1) 106

You mean as opposed to living next door to the houses in practically every suburban neighborhood where the kids have a garage band 'rehearsing' after school?

The thing is those are not mutually exclusive. There's a certain level of things we tolerate as a society. And those things add up. I have a few neighbors with noisy kids. Not all my neighbors have noisy kids, because statistics. If I have neighbors with noisy kids AND neighbors with noisy AirBNB, that's just twice as bad.

It seems to me that a private homeowner should be given the maximum amount of freedom to do with his property as he pleases

Yup. As long as it doesn't prevent other people from enjoying their properties.

Comment Re:Choices. (Score 1) 106

It's so much more complicated than that. We don't have many laws to handle things people don't generally do. Laws are almost always drafted as a reaction to things.

There's no law stopping llarge amount of strangers coming in an out of a peaceful neighborhood at any hour of the night. Because in a residential, high owner ratio neighborhood, that just doesn't happen.

Until AirBNB comes in and changes everything in a few years. AirBNB itself is often breaking municipal zoning rules (using a residential zoned area as mix use), which are a pain in the ass to enforce...because we usually don't need to enforce them.

It's not just people doing parties. The mere act of existing changes the character of neighbors semi-randomly (the same way renters do at a much, MUCH slower pace).

In a world where AirBNB itself is not doing anything illegal, hosts are almost constantly in the "fucking annoying, but not illegal" territory. The kind of thing that can ruin people's peace of mind and quality of life in a way they can't do shit about it.

As long as its kept out of purely residential zoned areas, follow all municipal rules, condo rules and rental lease rules, it's really not that bad. But I'd be surprised if even 5% of AirBNBs did.

Comment Re:That stuff is newbie trap though (Score 1) 72

Fair enough :) Thus the n00b trap (I'm a noob), where it's pretty hard to figure out what it will actually do.

When I was looking at benchmark for DDR4 RAM, most showed no real improvement in most games, but some drastic improvement in certain high end photoshop or 3d rendering tasks ::shrugs::

Either way, you really have to know what you're doing if you're buying something above 3200~

Comment That stuff is newbie trap though (Score 1) 72

I recently built a new computer, something I don't do very often (every 5 years~ and I got lazy last time and got a prebuilt, so it's been a while).

First, RAM speed barely makes a difference for most people since not everyone is editing videos all day (and in games it barely does anything).

Then, these kits only reach these speeds with the timings properly setup, on the right motherboards/cpu combo (even if all your hardware is advertised as being compatible with the speeds). Often only if you only use 2 chips (at 4 its a coin toss if it will reach it or not). And even with all that, it's still a lottery if the ones you got will reach it and then you have to decide if you care enough to play the RMA lottery.

Comment It's actually a hard problem (Score 1) 90

No, not getting people to install Flash, that's just stupid.

But the "design at home" small business or individual printing market. If you don't want to have people install shit, you need to make a WYSIWYG in-browser editor that can produce pixel perfect, color accurate content using stuff such as arbitrary custom fonts.

Doable? Yes. But the compromises are interesting. I used to work for a big company where we did this. Our competitors were using stuff like Flash, limited templates, sticking to built in fonts, would not garentee what you saw on the screen is what you would get (and just have a good return policity), etc. Our team handling this did stuff such as rendering the fonts server side and re-implementing all of the text handling in javascript, abusing canvas to hell and back, etc.

But yeah, you can use Flash to make things easier.

Comment Re:wrong conclusion (Score 4, Interesting) 374

Bingo. These are the kind of things where people are incredibly short sighted.

"Omg, college is too expensive. We must help EVERYONE afford it!!".

Except that like anything else, if you give 100% of the population X amount of money for a specific resource, the price of that resource now goes up by X.

Then afterward we get the "omg, people are in do much debt, we should bail them out!". It's like, you caused this.

I refuse to think politicians did not know it would go that way. This was just a result of the US political system. Since "free college" was not going to swing (because lol US), they just did "college via loans", followed by "think of our indebted graduates!", which is essentially the same thing, but more underhanded (and expensive).

Comment Re:I am curious if people think this is good or ba (Score 2) 164

I don't give a shit about the hotel industry.

With that said, I also don't want to live near commercial hotels. There's a reason zoning is a thing, and contrary to popular belief, not every rule under the sun is purely for some evil corp's monetary gain. Some rules actually exist so people can sleep at night.

Even regular renting is a pain: people staying for a year or two, then a new neighbor comes in and you're gambling again if they're going to be nice or not. If not, you have to again reach out to them, make compromises, talk problems out, etc. The faster the turnaround, the higher the odds and frequency of these things. There's a reason high owner occupancy (even beyond the minimum to get an easy mortgage) is a selling point.

Now, bring it to the AirBNB frequency and it's a total nightmare. Even if the vast majority of visitors are fine, the frequency of bad ones are drastically increased, and they're not there long enough to solve any problems.

My downstairs neighbors always joke that I'm not allowed to move, ever, because we bought the property from someone who was AirBNBing it, and it was a nightmare to them. Cops had to be involved multiple times over a decade (they were doing short term leases even before AirBNB was a thing, it just got worse afterward).

Again, regular rentals have the same problems (or even owner occupancy in areas where flipping properties is common), but at a much slower pace. It's also a compromise we as a society made long ago. AirBNB just pushes it from a compromise to being a total shit show.

Comment Re:Mission Critical? (Score 1) 89

the main issues with consoles is that game publishers absolutely look at piracy numbers when picking what platforms to target.

This is (if i remember well...who reads the article?) just a userland bug right now, but once you can run pirated games, it gets noticed, and sometimes publishers will chose to skip the console for their next big game if it gets too bad (the DS ease of piracy was totally one of the factors that kept the PSP on the map back then).

So for a console that is already under heavy scrutiny from game developers, something like this happening this early (and for amateurish reasons) will absolutely make some think twice. And that's a shame for people like me who absolutely love the console's features (portable/dockable console is by far the most useful form factor for me)

Comment Re:Wrong degree programme? (Score 1) 632

Sorry for your sensibilities, but this isn't a safe space.

With that said, I was answering a comment about -skilled- trade labor. Plumbers, electricians, master carpenters. Jobs you get from apprenticeships and trade schools. The countries in the world that have the lowest unemployment rates are generally the ones that push apprenticeship based jobs.

The carpenter I'm working with right now charges $100/hour. It's not all gravy for him for sure: he's commuting an hour at 7 in the morning after going to his supplier to pick up materials. He has to pay for his truck, and tens of thousands of dollars worth of tools. And $100/hour isn't the same as being salaried since he's running a business and has overheads.

Still, it's more money than the poor shmock who got a random degree because they were coerced into thinking everyone should have a bachelor degree, even if its in Frog Reproduction Systems is better than risking having plaster on your pants.

Comment Re:Wrong degree programme? (Score 2) 632

This. Everyone is told to go to college. That "any degree" is better than no degree. So you have saturation of graduates (many not even really all that good, between shitty colleges lowering standards, cheating, etc). And people are told that anything but a desk job means you failed at life.

Ive recently went through a bunch of major renovation projects. Finding good trades people is impossible. Anyone available sucks. Anyone with good recommendation is booked for months and charge whatever they want.

Comment Let me see what I type (Score 5, Insightful) 498

Also, please for god's sake let me see what I type. I have 99% of my passwords in a password manager, but not all of them, and sometimes i'm on a different device where I don't feel like logging into it if i actually know the password. Sometimes its the login of the machine itself, so unless I'm using a dongle for loging in, I'll have to type the password.

if I can't see it, and god forbid we're on mobile, I'll have to make it significantly simpler to ensure I don't fat finger shit 19 times.

That's especially true with devices. I already mentionned mobile, but game consoles, smart thermostat, and all the IoT bullshit (some are actually useful). They force me to type my password blindfolded on unfamiliar input devices. If my password is 25 characters, I'm going to make mistakes. Let me see them please.

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