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Comment Re:propaganda alert (Score 1) 468

Great point to bring up. Thank you. The headlines about this in the last few days have really pissed me off. The guys didnt do anything that heroic, and it sounds like the shooter himself had some issues with the weapon. Im not saying it couldnt be worse but 'foiled' would indicate stopping the shooter BEFORE he shoots.

Comment Re:Good for the HOA. (Score 1) 320

Yet, you choose to sound like an uptight douchecanoe by railing on about the 'investment' that your house is, like its some kind of piggy bank. If you want that, then go live in an HOA because that is what you apparently really want. Otherwise you wouldn't expect your neighbors to follow some arbitrary idea of what the 'rules' are. Investing in a house is about as dumb as investing in a car or a Rolex. It's already worth less than you think it should be before you are a week in.

Comment Re:Prison == New Free Cinema? (Score 1) 186

Having worked in a maximum security prison for a year, as a housing unit officer, yard officer, and adseg officer, I don't have a problem with most of this. The demoralizing dehumanizing factor of prison is the incarceration itself. Inmates are put there to segragate them from society, and to attempt rehabilitation. They don't go to prison to then be punished-prison IS the punishment. Its a subtle difference, and one lost on most anyone that has never had any aspect of their life under total control. The closest thing I can come up with as a civilian equivalent is BCT- years and years of BCT with no graduation, no promotion, and no relaxation of the structure, that you normally would get as a trainee.

Comment Re:Certainly (Score 2) 387

THIS. I learned, C++, C# and a little bit of Python in my Mgt Info Systems courseload as electives because it wasn't offered as required at the time (2008) I have checked back and it is, now. I may not 'be' a coder, but in my current position knowing the basics of it helps me describe bug errors in our software testing to the people that can fix it in a manner that they understand better than "I clicked this button in the web app and it didnt' work....". I talk to my kids freely about my job and my 14 yr old son has an interest in Legos and game level design, and I stress the importance of knowing how to program, along with math, art, and basic graphic design elements so that he has some idea of what goes into making a program and interface work, rather than thinking its all magic smoke. I feel that knowing the use of basic Windows applications like Office, Excel, knowing a bit about Macros, and for g*ds sake knowing how to type are almost essential for most any entry level job now. Many of the managers older than me by about 10 years that I know (im 37) wouldnt be able to re-interview for my job as a mid level support tech with their demonstrated lack of knowledge of basic computing.

Comment Re:silicon valley looking for cheaper IT workers (Score 1) 109

Same thing happened to me when I discharged out of the Army in 2002. I applied to the TSA and was not hired. One of the guys hired that day raped a teenage girl a few months later and then killed her. He was a Marine, too. We had the same clearance and the same screening, and my scores were a little better than his. *shrug*

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