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Comment The most interesting man in the world! (Score 1) 309

Just saw a new commercial where they obviously replaced the previously "most interesting man in the world" with a younger version (Dos Equis XXX beer commercial).

I'm sure some actors would argue (successfully or not) that the numerical age discrimination could limit roles because it might alter how people perceive them. Where they *might* have passed for a 26 year old in a movie, but if the director saw that they were actually 38 may have dismissed them outright.

Comment Re:So They think they have a license for that band (Score 1) 141

They were doing no such thing. They were flat out forbidding the use of the devices.

That's what "licensing a spectrum" is! Only approved devices are allowed to use this (part of the) spectrum. It doesn't get any clearer than that. Want to use this part of the spectrum? Pay a $200 license fee.

Comment Re:Seriously...music off YouTube...? (Score 1) 280

Instead of criticizing others for your ignorance it would behoove you to spend some researching the topic instead of spouting dogma.

You're now perfectly channeling the crackpot who just knows Einstein was wrong. But for a better crackpot score, you should call me a hidebound reactionary and accuse Nyquist and Shannon of being part of an establishment conspiracy to silence the truth.

Comment The "right" (but slimey) way to discriminate: (Score 1) 433

Insist that because future projects "may" require a security clearance and that the company wants flexibility to move people around, all applicants must be able to pass the "initial gate-keeper" steps of getting a security clearance, including "must be a US citizen or demonstrate ability to get a security clearance despite not being a US citizen."

This will weed out most people who were neither born here nor have been here long enough to get citizenship, including disproportionate numbers of people of Asian descent.

Is this legal? Very likely. Is it slimey? Assuming it's a cover for discrimination and you really aren't going to need a workforce where everyone can get a security clearance in short order, yes.

Comment But they're separate (Score 1) 327

Sort of, but not always.

Some of the better setups at least from my perspective (and experience) is a University education that incorporates (and credits) other technical educational sources. One such method are co-op partnerships between a university and a specific industry (which I didn't do), and another is partnerships with community collages (which I did do).

So for example (taken from my experience), you could take a CS degree at a university, then midway through in your 3rd year, you attend college (in my case for GIS), do well enough (80%) and all your credits from college get applied to your university degree (which I didn't do (79%) and had to take another year more less because I enjoyed my time at college a little too much), which would essentially give you a free year of community collage as part of your degree. Giving you a hounours degree with what they call "a special emphasis", along with the college certification.

So you still take GIS courses for example in my case in University, they are just significantly different than what you would take in college. So it's still separate in terms of content, however it is combined in terms of time and money.

As a side note, community college is a bit weird also when everyone in your program is in their mid-twenties or older (there were post-grads also), while all the other programs are essentially 18 and 19 year olds, makes for some odd and sometimes surreal evenings...

Also well it wasn't so much that I enjoyed myself too much (though I did), one of the primary reasons for my stupid grade was the fact that I'd already taken C programming at the time in university, and they did an intro C course at college also (which was terrible, and the instructor was horrible, made mistakes constantly). So after sitting through a few of his classes I just stopped going just doing the tests and assignments. Had a 90-something going into the final. Apparently the instructor took umbrage to me skipping all his classes and gave me something like 10% or something crazy like that. After when I asked him to specifically point out any mistake I made and explain why it was incorrect, he refused saying it was "just wrong". It wasn't until I went to appeal the grade to the dean of the program that I realized that he *was* the dean of the program that year (years later I heard he was fired, didn't shed a tear). That mistake was on me I suppose. At any rate even with that I still easily passed the class, only it tanked the rest of my scores below the 80% threshold by 1% which was a bitter pill to take. I still had the option to go above him to the dean of the entire school, but in the end I decided to call it a lesson learned and move on with my life, in hindsight I should have just dutifully attended his classes each week and just spaced out for the duration. Anyway despite all of that it was still a good experience, was hired the week after my university exams were done in my field of work, and its been about 15 years or so now working in what I went to school for (more less, more DB less GIS now). A lot of people certainly can't say that.

Comment Re:Seriously...music off YouTube...? (Score 2) 280

introduce uncorrelated high-order harmonics that fall in the audible range

Arguing against math is rather pointless, you know.

and can add a harshness to the sound that makes people tire of listening more quickly.

It's rather the other way around. Most recordings, including some great early jazz recordings, are "unlistenable" if reproduced accurately, because the engineering simply didn't care abotu top-octave noise. In the early days, there wasn't any equipment to reproduce it with any fidelity, and recordings were mastered to sound great on the equipment of the day. More modern pop stuff people just don't care when mastering, as they know their audience will be listening to low-bitrate MP3s anyway, so again the songs are mastered to sound OK for that audience. PLay that on real, modern equipment and it's jarring.

So there's a crowd that loves tube amps, records, and other gear that's lossy (in a nice-sounding way) in that top octave.
But it's the very lack of accuracy that makes stuff sound better.

Also, of course, there's utter scams like HD-DVD, where they put both the normal and HD track on the disc, except they add noise to the "normal" track (really).

Comment Re:How is this different from any university? (Score 1) 327

Yes I always thought it was (is) very weird how the United Way is integrated within government somehow. I suspect you might be from the US (only because most on here are), but it is the same in Canada (can't speak for military however). At any rate it seems some peoples jobs are to actively campaign for the United Way and get paid for it.

You also forgot about the largest and most annoying trait among large charities like United Way. That being how much of the money being collected for people in need actually gets funneled back into the campaigning, advertising, and promotion machine in a continuous feedback loop. Some are down right parasitic/vampyric. There was a interesting news piece done a number of years ago, that went through a lot of the accounting documents that charities need to submit to government and make publicly available to be a registered charity (unfortunately you really need to be a forensic accountant to understand it). They looked at the ratio of money collected VS what actually made it to whatever they were collecting for, and what the rest got spent on. It was pretty disgusting. I'm very particular to what I donate to now. There are CEO's of charities that make millions and million of dollars, every penny of which was promised to someone/something desperately needy.

Comment Re:How is this different from any university? (Score 1) 327

Education and Job training are not exactly the same thing.

Universities usually make no bones about it, though some do with special co-op programs for example.
I imagine when employers look at folks that have graduated university they don't really assume they know anything really applicable to doing a particular job. They may assume the person is perhaps focused, dedicated, fundamentally able to apply themselves, and overcome challenges. i.e. it at least gives them a bit of an idea of the temperament of the person they might be hiring.

Colleges like ITT sell themselves as training for work to help you get a job. You're expected to know things. You have experience in doing a particular type of work or job that is directly applicable to what you are applying to. When this isn't the case, and everyone is accepted and passed, well it isn't really a useful tool or gauge for employers to base anything on. Which means you get a bunch of debt for nothing. In the US this seems particularly the case (ITT had campuses in Canada as well I believe), whereby they specifically target and take advantage federal funding programs to turn a profit. At a certain point you are less a collage or training institution and really just a shell to more less milk a broken system.

I remember ITT and others like it advertising on TV, and their targeted demographic was really down right racist. Just brutally obviously racist.

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