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Comment Re:tracking (Score 1) 16

What this kind of paranoid person doesn't understand is that they can already track you to an incredible degree

Who is "they"? The NSA probably has access to my credit card transactions. But my neighbor doesn't, nor does my mother-in-law, nor do the local police.

Comment Re: Alternative media. (Score 1) 238

That generally means that the content creator can't earn revenue through YouTube any more

Unlikely. Some companies care about their "family" image, and will not want their ads associated with offensive content. Other advertisers don't care so much. So the obvious solution for Google is to offer a more expensive premium ad platform that excludes offensive videos, while offering a lower priced platform for companies that are more tolerant, and an even cheaper platform for those that actually want to target that audience.

The market will fix this. Disney will pay slightly more for ads, while Breitbart News gets a discount.

Comment Re:As unpopular as it will be to hear... (Score 1) 144

On the surface I agree with you. In practice, I've gone the other direction and have become more pro-open-source over the years.

One example is MATLAB. I like MATLAB, and consider myself fairly good at it. People come to me to ask MATLAB questions. With that said, my company has floating licenses and these are a pain. Mathworks is very responsive in their customer service, but when you find a bug, you have to work around it or wait until they fix it. On the odd occasion where you want to actually distribute a script, you need to (maybe?) have the end-user download and install the (free as in beer) runtime separately.

I've switched the vast majority of my data analysis and other scripts to Python, and I no longer have to search for co-workers who left their copy of MATLAB open. When I find a bug, I can actually fix it myself and even return the fix to the module's project, along with any other feature that I find to be missing. When I need to distribute a script, I just make sure that I'm not using some forbidden-fruit GPL module (the ecosystem is mostly BSD) and zip the whole shebang up with one of the py-to-exe tools without consulting the frigging lawyer.

It's not all-rosy, for sure. Scientific/technical computing on Python has a higher learning curve than MATLAB. While vast help exists for Python trouble, MATLAB has all of the help concentrated in one place which makes finding solutions easier. One unexpected benefit to Python is the GUI. At first blush, MATLAB holds the high ground with its GUIDE visual GUI builder. But for anything more than a few simple controls, GUIDE is an unholy beast to work with. I've found my life much better with Python and it's wide choice of GUI frameworks. Even setting up the whole GUI with a text editor in Tkinter is worth the up-front time investment vs. the misleading initial ease of using GUIDE.

On the topic of SAS, one product that I do use of theirs is JMP. I have to admit it is faster (for me) for quick-and-dirty data analysis than using Python. I think I'd like to code up a Python application to do some of my most common JMP workflows... not try to reimplement the whole thing.

Comment Re:Uhm... (Score 2) 481

Melania came over on an H2B visa, and Trump recruits 100's of seasonal workers at Mar-a-Lago through H2B

Personal behavior and political beliefs are two separate things. When I do my taxes, I take advantage of every available loophole and write-off, but that doesn't mean I support those loopholes as a matter of policy.

Comment Re:Given that Venezuela's economy is tanking (Score 3, Informative) 88

The most successful countries in the world are socialist so it seems a strange statement. Norway has been rated the happiest country in the world with Denmark second. Both socialist.

Neither is socialist. Socialism: Government ownership of the means of production. Both Norway and Denmark are, by many measures, more capitalist than America. For instance, the Danish post office is privatized. If you at add in health care, America actually has a about the same government footprint as either. Social programs do not make a country "socialist".

Comment Re:Given that Venezuela's economy is tanking (Score 1) 88

why the heck are they doing so bad?

Because, when oil prices were high, instead of saving for a rainy day, they squandered the windfall on import subsidies and giveaways while destroying every other part of their economy.

I'm not gonna chuck if up to gov't corruption because _everywhere_ has that.

Not to the same degree. On the Transparency International Corruption Index Venezula is a near rock bottom 166/176.

Did they piss everybody off somehow?

Yes, starting with their own people. Maduro is one of the least popular leaders in the world (although he beats President Hollande of France). Venezuela has few international friends. Even Cuba has backed off from helping them.

On the bright side, we have yet another excellent example of why socialism is a bad idea.

Comment Re:Because you say so? (Score 2) 260

The women who choose software engineering as a career path are consistently saying that it's a problem.

Can you cite any evidence that more women engineers file gender discrimination or sexual harassment complaints than the average for other professions?

Anecdote: In my company, we have had several sexual harassment complaints about our shipping dept and our sales dept, but zero about any of our engineers.

Comment Re:Hmmm... (Score 1) 260

In other words: "You aren't going to find anything better, everyone else is just as bad.

But she didn't say that. She never said it was "just as bad" everywhere/anywhere else, she just said it is common in tech.

Anyway, I think sexism is common in the tech industry only in the vacuous sense that it is common in all industries. I have seen zero evidence that tech companies are more sexist than construction companies, manufacturing companies, law firms, etc.

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