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Comment Re:Not a single time traveler? (Score 4, Insightful) 1461

People who want to assassinate trump are absolutely out of their minds on many different levels. If he dies, we get Pence. Anyone who ever objected to Trump about anything at all should be very, very afraid of Pence.

Let the clown reign, he was lawfully elected, whether we like it or not. At least with him he might throw a temper tantrum in your favor.

Comment Re:Um, duh? (Score 1) 306

The high posted rates serve one purpose - to shift some expenses toward the really rich people that attend

I'm aware of this, but you see the dilemma it creates. It creates a very strong "What's in your wallet" mentality, where the most important criteria for a child's acceptance at these places is how much their parents are willing to pay or have saved up vs. what the school thinks their parents should be able to pay or should have saved. Suffice it to say that most people in the world, even those that might have saved up sufficient money, would consider this amount of money to be mind bogglingly large, and it will directly affect when we can retire and possibly affect siblings options. We're in a strange position of trying to show that our wallet is not empty, but not full and figure out how much to volunteer that will get the kid accepted without going over. It's like the price is right.

Now, to the value. A middle class parent will want to focus on options that significantly improve the marketability of their children's skill-set, no other factors come in to play (no one particularly values a liberal education or spending money on anything without an ROI). Couple that with Ivy League schools general dis-utility in most professions, yes, as a parent I would actively discourage my child from applying or even thinking about it, from a young age. I need my kids to get the education they need to get a good job, that pays well more than the median. No other factors are involved here from my stand-point.

Exceptions: certain ivy league law and business schools, or, if I utterly fail at parenting, a child who wants to pursue some liberal arts field (that's not a fine art) and has an excellent academic record I may agree to fund, under very strong conditions. Basically if you cannot place in the top 10% of your class, every year, I'm cutting you off until you find a cheaper school and pick up a utility degree that will at least let you get a job that doesn't involve hamburgers or coffee.

So with all that said, I can understand why they don't see applications for a lot of people outside the 1%. While I haven't seen anyone put their thoughts into this topic into a serious condensed form, this is the prevailing attitude I think. We're just not seeing why we should pay so much money for so little practical return, and we're not wealthy enough to remotely consider the impractical return.

Comment Re:Um, duh? (Score 1) 306

but isn't really going to get you very far in an admissions pool at Harvard,

Ok, but STEM people shouldn't want to go there. Or actually any of the Ivy leagues mentioned. If you want tech, the big recruited schools are MIT, UCIC, GA Tech, etc.

  or Stanford.

Except maybe this one, although it's questionable.

d perhaps one of the big problems qualified students from "poor" families have getting admitted to "elite" schools is that even if they are qualified, they don't actually apply

As a father planning for his children's education, many years hence. I go to these schools websites and look at their tuition. It is beyond all reason for all but the very wealthiest. My house doesn't cost that much. And I have two children. So yes, unless their academics are far beyond the pale and their SAT scores are maxed out, I'd discourage them from applying.

I'm aware that there's some sort of pirates code with those tuitions, but honestly it's just not worth it at half the price unless you really want to be in academia or research (or perhaps Law), and even then only in relatively trivial liberal arts fields.

as it sets a lower internal "baseline" for themselves to judge their future success

Hence we discourage our children from even considering these schools by labelling them as schools for rich kids whose daddy's can buy their way in. Which, in my personal experience of 3 people, describes 2 of them really well (in fact they were dumb as stumps but daddy paid for people to cheat for them). Of course this does reinforce the effect. The good news is eventually these schools fall out of grace, hence my comment at the top, most of the Ivy League schools are fully worthless except for fields in which reputation matters more than skill (hence STEM oriented people can successfully bypass this hurdle). I'm not sure I'd want my kids to attend any of those schools, they're highly impractical for working class people who will need ROI on their college investment.

Of course I would like my children to be able to get in to MIT, and it has the same hurdles with cost and has the same very, very low acceptance rate.

Comment Re: This will never happen, even if I want it to. (Score 1) 273

As I recall, not only was he never convicted, he never admitted guilt (he simply "took responsibility"). In the face of numerous indictments and subpoenas and a hokey attempt to dodge them, Ford pardoned him and ended the entire affair.

In short Obama is full of shit, he doesn't WANT to pardon Snowden, he can do anything he wants.

Comment Re:Well Trump has one thing right (Score 1) 539

Is there any way this is a bad thing?

Yes, if you are in a field or location for which $100k is way, way below market. Such as software & hardware engineering, and of course, chip development.

Also, consider that while it may be an improvement for you now, you have tethered your wages to the whimsy of the government, and basically allowed them to set your wages. This isn't how you should want to negotiate your wages. You should tell them to end H1B period.

Comment Confidence is a Warranty, Not A Press Release (Score 1) 94

If you have confidence in this, then provide me with a warranty to replace and/or refund. I'm not talking about 90 days either, at least a year, preferrably 3. Any idiot can overclock something, it takes a bit of skill to do so and have it sort of work, and a whole lot of skill and engineering for it to be robust.

Comment Re:Netflix Hasn't Forgotten About ... (Score 1) 84

Where can you *legally* stream any given title from Netflix's DVD service?

Regardless of the speed of my broadband, I find their DVD service to be more useful than their streaming service (except for some of their very good series). Their streaming service seems to be a lot better at TV shows.

Comment Re:laptops sell more (Score 1) 230

The problem is that Joe Sixpack doesn't want new technology until it "just works" for him. The tinker around crowd is frequently also the developer and entrepreneur crowd, and we do need some "raw" technology and a platform to create it on.

VR is an example, it's definitely at the point where it's "real", Joe Sixpack will want it, a laptop is never going to believably deliver it. So you need a desktop, you need a high end CPU and you also need a high end GPU (no more AMD mobile crap). If Apple doesn't deliver a platform on which at least you can DIY your hardware enough to enable this, then Apple is going to lose the developers and lose the market before it even gets born and guarantee their otherwise superior hardware doesn't get bought in favor of cheap Chinese shit that gets the job done badly.

I'm sure from the press that they are thinking about mobile and AR, but it's a different market and different genre with very different HW requirements.

Comment Re:But India is 3rd world country (Score 1) 127

The question one asks when he is a hardware designer all the time. We know the COGS, we know the market that wall st. wants to sell this to can barely afford it, but certain powerful investors would rather deal in volume than margin. And some of those investors are people like Foxconn (investor in two of my past three employers), who make bucks on volume more than margin and I suspect some are fronts for chinese government interests, who feel the same. Those people stand to gain from this expedition.

Comment Re:Pay for Amazon Video? (Score 1) 65

Amazon Video is second tier to Netflix for sure but aren't bad and have a few good shows. But, as they also sell hardware, it's often difficult to get them to play on any given device. There are a few platforms they have elected not to be compatible with because they are direct competitors to Amazon HW. As long as this continues, I wouldn't pay money for the service except that there's Prime.

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