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Comment Re:But thats OK! (Score 1) 276

It's all of the other programs (I just met somebody who went on a partial bowling scholarship) that really seem to exemplify what college sports should be. They make for well-rounded students while simultaneously giving some kids a chance to hit a school they couldn't have done otherwise (or at all).

When people complain about college sports, it's really football that they have in mind, and basketball to a lesser extent. The relationship between colleges, the teams, and the professional industry that has sprung up around them has become rather pathological. But it's also so ingrained that I don't know if it can be fixed, and may simply have to be viewed as a loss-leader for the rest of the programs.

Comment Re:Why the IC in ICBM? (Score 1) 351

umm... because China is fairly big and the larger cities are pretty far away from where these ICBMs will be launched?

umm...hopefully that's "would be launched," not "will be launched." I'm no fan of the chinese political establishment, but in many ways (culturally, work-ethic wise, secular society, desire for stability) we and China should be natural allies, if they could just get past their control-freak authoritarianism and we could get past our emperial belligerence.

Comment Re:But thats OK! (Score 1) 276

I'd feel better about it if the kids on scholarship took good advantage of their opportunity. If they're getting an education in exchange for providing a form of entertainment to their fellow students... yeah, I can see that. It's hard to quantify the value of entertainment, and a lot of alumni seem to feel pretty strongly about it.

But while sports fans among the alums may it, that seems too much like subsidizing their entertainment if there isn't any other benefit. If the student-athletes aren't also students for real, then the vast majority of them are wasting their time, and it seems a poor mission for the college to serve as a pro-sports incubator as well. Let the NFL teams pay the colleges for the privilege.

Comment Re:MLB has much bigger problems (Score 1) 276

I'm not a baseball fan, but I know genuine baseball fans. The game is much more interesting with them around; they're seeing a lot more than I do and can point it out to me. I'm not gonna take the time that they have to put in to develop that much appreciation, but I appreciate that they do.

I suppose I should sit down with a soccer fan at a similar level one day and have the point out all the stuff that I'm missing.

Comment Re:MLB has much bigger problems (Score 1) 276

The episodic nature of football can be an advantage. The ball is only in play for a few seconds at a time, but an awful lot happens in those few seconds. 22 players are each doing something very specific and highly coordinated. The play is worth watching from several different angles to appreciate all that's going on.

TV timeouts and other things have dragged that out much further than is interesting: commercials are never fun. But that's the thing with continuous play sports like soccer: you can cut away from it without feeling like you've missed all that much. What you did miss can be re-shown in highlights.

I agree that hockey manages to blend it exceptionally well. All 14 players are nearly continuously involved in a fairly active way. (OK, maybe the goalies spend time genuinely out of the action.) It makes a great spectator sport: there's always something important going on, not just when there are goals.

But American football is also a really good spectator sport. It just takes a bit of assistance to see everything that's going on. (It's better live than on TV, but even in a stadium there are replays on the giant monitors. I honestly don't know what it is people see in high school football, which lacks that.)

Comment Re:But thats OK! (Score 1) 276

If you ask them, they'll tell you that the sports programs pay for themselves by attracting donations from alumni with fond memories of school spirit at games.

Studies do not actually back that up, and in fact contradict it. However, if you try to abolish the sports programs, you will hear it from enraged alumni.

Comment Re:What kind of encryption did the FBI break? (Score 1) 802

Regardless of the circumstances, ordering someone to decrypt a hard drive should be against the 5th amendment. I look at this the same way as any other "evidence is in a very hard place to get" situation.

I don't agree. Ordering someone to decrypt a hard drive is more akin to ordering someone to "We have a warrent! Open up, in the name of the law!", which, if you don't do so, you will find your front door in splinters and yourself on your stomach with cuffs behind your back.

Your example of onerous burden is also misapplied. If you dump a body in a 1000' well, it may not be physically possible for you to retrieve it (though you should be billed for the cost if you're convicted of dumping it there). Regardless, it is not an onerous task to type in a password (the consequences of your conviction may be onerous, but the act of typing in the password is easy and not physically demanding), so the comparison you offer does not apply.

Being required to open your front door and allow your house to be searched, provided a warrant is served, is not a violation of your 5th amendment rights, and neither is being required to decrypt your drive.

Comment Re:BYOD means I/T loses some control over it (Score 1) 377

Honestly the one thing that screams that the management is a bunch of Douschebags is a BYOD policy.

That depends on the BYOD policy. I work for a company that gives you a choice: company iPhone, or BYOD and they give you a stipend that covers the majority of the cost of most cell phone plans. It's a pretty good deal whichever way you roll.

But then, my employer isn't trying to get people to buy their own laptops or workstations. Any employer doing that is a real douchegab.

Comment Re:Recruiter Commision (Score 5, Insightful) 189

Yep certainly had the Agencies cut taken off my agreed salary for three months before (I did complain). No mention of what Language/ALM they work with. Given that I know hundreds of Devs (Some of whom already live in commuting distance) it would be nice to know what skills they are looking for.


I've worked with recruiters for years, in Chicago, New York, and London to name just three places. I've never, ever, had my pay docked because of the recruiter's fee. Never. And every job I've had beyond the first out of college has been through a recruiter (and they've all been excellent jobs, on both sides of the pond).

The employer should always pay the recruiter's fee. You as an employee/candidate should never see the fee, probably won't know what the fee was, and shouldn't necessarily even be aware of the fee (other than in the most hypothetical sense).

Having your salary docked for three months...that's just crazy. The only instance I know of where that's the norm is with talent agents in the media...a journalist I know at a New York radio station pays n% of his salary to his talent agent, but that's an entirely different can of worms. In technical recruiting, that should never happen. If your employer docked you, I'd say your employer is more than a little suspect and I'd get your CV/resume out. If your recruiter is collecting from you, then you've been suckered into the wrong kind of recruiter.

Comment KVM, Gentoo, and Salt Stack (Score 2) 191

When my company had to come up with a solution to have all of our developers to develop in an environment that absolutely mimicked the production server we used a combination of VMWare to run a version of the Ubuntu. Puppet made creating all of this really easy. It gave us the ability to completely blow away a machine and reconstitute in very little time.

We did the exact same thing for developing proprietary trading software, using KVM on Gentoo with Salt Stack. There are numerous free options for achieving massive virtualization...paying for a VMWare license (which you'll have to do if your environment gets serious at all) is a complete waste of money. Want Enterprise resiliency, vm migration, etc., add a clustered filesystem and Opennebula/Openstack to the mix.

The only reason not to do this would be a lack of in-house expertise, in which case, be prepared to pay well over the market for commercial solutions in perpetuity, and be beholden to their support staff and contracts. Good luck with that.

Comment Re:"...make [Tumblr] a significant cash generator. (Score 1) 162

Over the past 12 months, Yahoo's revenue was $4.91B, for a gross profit of $3.37B. They have enough cash on hand to buy Tumblr three times over ($3.01B), and practically no debt ($.036B).

Whatever is is wrong with Yahoo (and it's a LOT) it's still a massive revenue-generating machine. (Whether this Tumblr acquisition will contribute to that in the future... that's far less clear.)

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