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Comment Re:Stop supporting this shit (Score 1) 75

>But shouldn't there be a line in the sand?

Yes. But I think this one is more of a 'espouse opinion whenever the opportunity comes up, encourage people to write their rep (or even better, their preferred candidate in the next election cycle) and then vote' type situation than a 'grab the pitchforks and torches' one.

> I suppose I should just leave my family behind, go buy a Hummer, and spend the rest of my days eating double-cheeseburgers and partying with hookers and blow.

If I can occasionally visit my family, go buy an airplane, and spend the rest of my days eating filet mignon and partying with hookers and alcohol... I could be convinced!

Comment Scheduling - It depends! (Score 1) 169

If the problem is well-defined and the developers have worked on similar projects before, they can probably give fairly accurate estimates on how long it will take. Mostly with mid-sized projects, I've found, because any delay is disproportionately large in a tiny project, and large projects are more likely to have significant managerial interference after the project goals were supposed to be set in stone.

If you're looking as something novel, then estimating the required time becomes more of a dark art. You simply don't know what issues will come up that you've never encountered before (and therefore you also don't know how difficult they will be to code around) when you're in unknown territory. Sure, if the problem is well-defined and the project manager successfully resists scope creep, this can be limited, but it can never be eliminated. Eventually, the UAT group is going to identify a problem that wasn't on the coder's radar, and then delays begin.

I usually double my gut feeling then inevitably have a few instances where I'm under stress trying to keep to that when something's gone wrong. Dark art.

Comment Re:Stop supporting this shit (Score 1) 75

>Distractionball is only there to keep your mind off of what the elites are really doing, anyway

Lemmie tell you something - LIFE is a distraction. One after another until you're dead. You just hope you get enough interesting distractions along the way that you mostly enjoy your time among the living.

If being a sports fan works for someone to the point they surrender their wallet to the media companies and their privacy to the government (and media companies...), well, OK. I'd like everyone to have the same priorities I do, but as long as they're not putting a gun to my head I'm pretty much OK with them doing whatever the hell they want.

In 100 years we're all going to be dead anyway; let the rabble have their circuses. They're probably having more fun than we are and good for them. The elites, for all the power they wield and riches they have, will ALSO be dead. And believe it or not, they don't enjoy life significantly more than anyone who has their basic needs met. Humans are discontented by nature.

Now, you find one of the elite doing something that messes with your personal path to happiness, yeah, you rally the troops and storm the castle. Other than that, you're just wasting your valuable time on Earth worrying about them when you should be worrying about yourself.

Comment People are a pain (Score 2) 88

They have their own worldview that doesn't have you at the center. They have their own competing needs and desires.

Give me a sufficiently complex AI that can be set to be as subservient as I like and I'd absolutely choose a factory build over Nature's own. And I can guarantee you I'm not alone in that.

AI (if we ever figure it out) is a serious danger to the continuation of our species, and not because it'll result in robots rising up against us. It will simply take our jobs and be our friend while we lay about not breeding new generations of ourselves.

Comment We need enforced standards (Score 4, Insightful) 75

The American definition of 'Person of Interest' is someone who has not been formally accused or charged with a crime, which means they don't have enough evidence yet. If you don't have enough to charge a person, you shouldn't have enough to run public facial recognition scans for them.

If you're ready to arrest them on sight, that's enough for me. That's a good standard.

But what about everyone else? Do you really think the cops won't keep every face they capture, for comparison against future images from security cameras? Do you think they won't start analyzing who shows up where and the correlation with criminal activity to create lists of suspects?

They cast this net as far and wide as the technology permits unless and until they're reined in by law. Given enough cameras and enough processing power, they'd gladly follow every citizen all day long, because it'd make their job much easier.

The public needs to decide just how much privacy they're willing to sacrifice in the name of security, and get their legislative representatives to give that decision the force of law... or the cops will take all their privacy without even blinking. Not because they're evil, but because their job is to catch bad guys, not consider the moral and philosophical issues of the tools and methods they use to catch them.

Comment Re:The view fails to account getting &*#@ed (Score 4, Insightful) 426

And the lack of bankruptcy means the banks would loan unreasonable amounts of money to 18 year olds who had no clue how much pain they were signing up for.

If the bankruptcy was removed, loans would drop, and so would tuition.

Grants are a factor but they were tiny amounts of money compared to student loans.

Comment Re:The view fails to account getting &*#@ed (Score 1) 426

That's supposed to say "millennial are running about a decade behind".

I was a late boomer- almost genx. I was similarly behind leading edge boomers. They were always in the job I wanted to be promoted too and they were going to be there until i was in my mid to late 50's.

Comment Re:Save 30%, retire early (Score 2) 426

Granted those happen- but buying too much house, eating out too much, buying too much car, traveling too much, buying clothing that's too nice, drinking after work, starbucks, and many other activities enjoyed by the young do not help.

I lived on half I made and saved the rest from 1987 onwards. I retired 16 years early.

Comment Re:The view fails to account getting &*#@ed (Score 5, Insightful) 426

As a boomer, when i went to college, it was $180 a semester. Even adjusted for inflation that's a fraction of the cost today.

Tuitions went up enormously when the law was changed to allow loans not forgiven by bankruptcy.

Boomers are running about 10 years behind my age for every major landmark.

That being said- save hard, don't pamper yourself with eating out and starbucks and you can still retire years earlier.

Comment Who wants to retire? (Score 1) 426

I'm in my 40s, so I've started thinking about it. You know what? I can't see myself retiring, and it's not about money.

I just wouldn't know what to do with myself other than become a couch potato. I've already travelled the world as much as I care to (and have a bit more travelling to do to keep the spouse happy).

I'm not rich enough to just do 'whatever', but have more than I need to get by. Unless I win the lottery so I can fiddle around on a large scale, I'll keep working just for something useful to do.

What retirement looks like for me is slowing down, not stopping.

Comment Re:Do Software Engineers Need to Register? (Score 1) 667

Got to be a few out there, the tests have been around since 2009- but that raises the question, who took them before 2013 if you can't even take the test until you've worked under a PE in the same field for 4 years?

That's kind of like requiring 40 years of .NET experience

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