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Comment The most interesting man in the world! (Score 1) 303

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 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: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.

Comment Re:Change the funding cycles (Score 1) 81

Disagree. Sort of.

A couple points.

First academic science isn't alone. IT folks have managed and are responsible for systems/databases/applications worth in the tens of millions for similar pay. Probably both in public and private sector.

Second, much of this has as much to due with the glut of Phd's, those hoping to go into academia, and the actual amount of that kind of work available. Much of the glut is probably due to a number of trends, everyone going to university for one (and not all University studies really have practical job applications, particularly those mentioned above). There is room for only so many Theoretical Physicists, or if you look at psychology or sociology only so many therapists. That means the rest are all trying to work at a university someplace doing research and teaching. The requirements (i.e. number of published papers) are high as is the competition. So it shouldn't really be all that surprising that the issue exists. It is a problem of their own making.

I've known some brilliant Phd folks, and I've worked with a bunch that as you say, couldn't tie their shoelaces (even in their field of study). Some I seriously wonder how in this day in age they could ever have passed (simply by their complete lack of computer knowledge, and these are not folks that graduated in the 70's or 80's). Again, think of the issues of the university student mill, and likely professors under pressure to teach, to pass, etc... students thrown at them like a storm.

Anyway who's actual fault is it, and how is it solved? Well that's rather complicated and I won't hazard a guess other than to say it is likely not all that easy with probably a lot of factors largely out of anyone's direct control.

Comment trapped air bubbles (Score 1) 166

Wouldn't that explain it? Or something similar.

I'm sure not only A) there are plenty of mechanisms whereby oxygen can get trapped and out of the system for a period of time until released again. Odds are it isn't going anywhere but just sequestered somehow for a bit. B) Just like trapped air bubbles may contain more oxygen, I'm sure the opposite is true as well, when upon their release would alter said system.

On top of that simple error. 0.07 percent *total*, when measuring the scale of "trapped air" bubbles. That sounds like a very small sample size to then ramp up to a total global atmosphere type assumptions. Could be that local conditions were particular to the small sample. Could also be that the material the air was trapped in contributed to the oxygen content depending on the definition of "Trapped"... Most things have a fair amount of permeability to them, and while they may block some things, not all depending on size etc...

At any rate early days by the sounds of it. Seems to be an inflamed title, "Oxygen levels dropping Scientists have no idea why! Would you like to know more?"

Could more accurately be described as scientists have observed in a small sample of trapped air that oxygen levels may have been greater in the past, and are unsure as to what is the best explanation for the slight difference. Less alarmist, and probably less readers.

Comment Re: I am? (Score 1) 219

No to just about everything in probably 2/3rds of this entire topic really.

It isn't stealing. It isn't theft. These are words used intentionally to the public to incite and inflame. In LAW it is Copyright Infringement, which is and sounds boring. Basically that means that someone has might a right to copy, to which you are going to do anyway without such right are would be thusly infringing upon the rights given to them. Sure those rights lasts for all intents and purposes forever now (as they keep getting extended)...

At any rate, people are also mixing up criminal and civil court. If you download a movie, the cops an't about to bust down your door, and throw you in jail forever. In fact they likely don't care one whit really. You may get sued for "damages" by the rights holder for what they believe is lost income they would have been entitled to due to said right. Again somehow that means getting sued into financial oblivion for a couple infractions (at least in the US). Should you not pay, well then you might be violating a court order, to which the police do tend to frown upon. But again it gets way more complicated than that.

If you're a media distribution kingpin enabling millions to infringe upon copyright, then they will bust you for something else your likely doing to hide your ill gotten gains (like money laundering).

Anyway all that aside the best example of all this ridiculousness is remember when Limewire got sued for 80 Trillion dollars... those were good times.

Comment Re:not complete sham (Score 1) 166

"Glass is made from sand, the most abundant resource on the planet."

This isn't quite true. Not all "sand" is equal, and not all of it is suitable for glass production (I'd suggest very little of it is) at least using current inexpensive processes.

The stuff that goes on the road in the winter isn't the same as the stuff that goes into making bottles. Probably a factor of how large the grains are (i.e. fine)

That said, I have no idea if the recycling process is more or less detrimental than the creation of new. However I do know that not all glass is recycled into other glass products. I know there have been experiments done to mix it in with asphalt for example for road repair. Might also be used in concrete mix, not sure.

Comment Re:Oracle's touch is poisonous (Score 1) 156

I somewhat recently tried to suggest VirturalBox as an enterprise tool to solve a particular problem with incompatible OS deployments and a legacy application... I was pretty much told to take a hike by security... :(

i.e. local security policy disables virturalization in an enterprise desktop environment and there was zero willingness to change that

I liken Java not so much as being "Dead" but rather "Undead" in that Zombie language seems to be impossible to kill without a direct headshot

Comment Re:Thelema (Score 1) 539

Interesting.

Conversely with the whole cause VS causation in mind, perhaps religion isn't so much an amplifier but more of an attractor of people with similar behavioral traits. The basic premise of any religion is faith in something without a lot of evidence.

That door as you say can swing both ways, where someone can belief in other things (perhaps not directly associated or only loosely associated with religion) both positive and negative equally as well. They are at the core simply less critical and at the same time more accepting. I've seen some with religious faith very easily accepting other what I would consider ridiculous claims on FB for example about health and a variety of other topics (political views). Whereas myself with little real religious faith am highly critical of many claims being made. Another is apathy, which could probably be described as a negative trait is likely more associated with the non-religious than the devout. (i.e. those with apathy may simply not care enough about anything to be really precieved as good or bad, they just are not polarized enough.

It could very well be that those that have an abundance of faith aren't really all that good or bad at all, but rather are more prone to being influenced by people that are. I mean it doesn't seem so bad if someone is influenced into being good, which is more less what I'd say is the "ideal" intention of religion. The opposite of that is not so great however. So rather than an amplifier it could just be a tendency to attract those more susceptible to persuasion... and that persuasion can take many forms. Probably in extreme (intentional wording) cases it allows for a greater pool or people that might be taken advantage of by others with specific agendas.

Comment BigCorporates? (Score 1) 111

I've been working big corporate for the last 15 years. I've seen more HP printers and plotters used in a corporate environment that probably any other, so I am not sure how they are weak. I would say their corporate business is much lager than even their personal business. When I first started we still had an old Tektronic thermal printer I used (which was fun and used colour wax).

As to if they are any good or not, well we've had our share of issues but probably no more than anything else. Largest share of issues seem to revolve around drivers. Particularly around OS changes, when we went with some Win7 64bit machines it caused a bit of chaos with incompatible drivers, but that could easily just be IT not configuring things properly in anticipation. Going to Win10 with all 64bit I foresee likely similar issues. Other than that, it is typically network issues making printers vanish inexplicably, but again this is more likely due to network hardware failure, or IT making changes to networks without making the required changes to the printer configurations.

As for Plotters, I'm not sure if there is a bigger company, I wouldn't be surprised if they have a near monopoly on that sector. Plotters I have found to have far more quirks when trying to use them with various types of more modern software, adobe for one. I recall there being an issue with "auto rotate", where it was a shell game of sorts because of three separate independent auto rotate functions (software, driver, plotter) either infinitely rotating, or seemingly randomly deciding amongst themselves what to end on...

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