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Comment Re:Austin 16 minute commute? (Score 1) 227

It depends. I'm in the suburbs because I have a family -- but technically still Austin, and my commute is 45 mins per way on average on Mopac. For the single young techies who move to South Austin condos, yeah -- I could believe a 10 minute commute to downtown. How old are the people they are surveying?

Comment Pre order nonsense (Score 1) 108

I went to a GameStop to buy Super Smash Brothers Brawl. I waited in a midnight release line of about 20 people, for an hour. Once I got to the front and said I would like a copy, the guy asked 'Did you preorder?'. I said of course not -- else why would I be waiting in a line for the store to open if I had a guaranteed copy. He said 'Sorry we only give out pre orders for new releases'. I asked him to clarify that they did not order any copies for regular customers, and he said they did not, and I could come by some time in a week when they would have copies to sell. I went home and to bed, woke up at 8am, and bought a copy at BestBuy with no wait or pre order nonsense, and that became the last time I ever went in to a GameStop.

Comment Who is being protected here? (Score 1) 277

A plot -- from an unnamed country, from unnamed sources, with details in secret, with the end result meaning more security and more importantly, more money being sent to security services that the regulators own are are invested in for this additional screening. Meanwhile you can rent a U-haul truck for $50 and plow through hundreds of people on the street, or buy a $500 rifle and head to a nightclub to do your damage. Human damage of course, not monetary damage, since planes are expensive, and fear of flying due to terrorist attacks keeping people out of airports is much more so.

Comment But not in Sydney (Score 1) 532

I just came back from a business trip in Sydney, and the thing I noticed most of all besides the Ibis birds was the amount of people smoking, everywhere. People on the sidewalks, taxi drivers waiting on a fare, people getting out of the train station hanging out in Wynyard Park. I applaud this well meaning attempt to curb smoking, but the reality for me seems to be that its one of those laws that the police only enforce if its convenient for them.

Comment Re:Short answer: Yes. Long answer: Yes (Score 3, Interesting) 386

A mixture of both, I think. When techies lower the bar for what 'shelter' means, and live 8 people to one 2 bedroom apartment each paying $2k a month, it makes it that much more difficult for a family of 3 to get a place of their own. We were paying 2300/month for a 1 bedroom, which is really great because of 10 years of rent control but not great when you need the kid to have their own room. After we left they renovated the place, turned the living room in to two bedrooms and split the bedroom in to 2 for a total of 4 bedrooms, and rented it out for $6500/month A 700 sqft 4 bedroom apartment. We can't compete with that willingness to live so tightly packed.

Comment Short answer: Yes. Long answer: Yes (Score 5, Informative) 386

I lived childless in the inner sunset of SF for 10 years, from 2005 until 2015, and I've never seen such a kid unfriendly city in my life. Try pushing a stroller/pram through neighborhood grocery store aisles, or bringing them on the bus, and you'll get the sneer of your live from the people who feel like your impeding their travels. Do you live in a decent neighborhood? Well, chances are your kid won't go to a school near you. They get entered in to a lottery, and they may have to bused 2 hrs round trip across the city to go to a school in bayview, because they are trying to integrate the bad and good schools. Do you like poop? because your 2 or 3 year old will step and play in human poop as they walk down the sidewalk.

My wife and I aren't dot com millionaires, so for us, the threat of being evicted from our rent controlled apartments was too much to bear if we had a kid. We didn't like the prospect of raising a kid in a 600 sqft 'starter' home for 750k either. That money could be spent on the kids education if we moved to a more affordable place, so we did. We bought a 6 bedroom, 3500 sqft place in Austin for 300k, and had our first of hopefully 2 natural 1 adopted kids. We have a backyard with a tree house in it, there are neighborhood kids playing in the streets every night, and he will have at most a 10 minute commute by foot to the best schools in the city. All of that money we would've paid in to the privilege of an SF condo is now in his college fund. We love the bay area so much but it's not a place for kids at all.

Comment 5 minutes (Score 1) 636

Ellen Pao, your 5 minutes are long over. You tried to pull this victimizing, 'think of everyone but the white men' routine before, and it blew up in your face when it came to light that YOU were the problem all along. Please move on with your life. You're not a social justice warrior, you're a gods damned bully, and a predator.

Comment Searching for Go? (Score 1) 252

I've done a few projects in Go. I'm not a huge fan, but I think it has its place, and would much rather write a microservice in Go than in some travesty like NodeJS. What bugs me about the way they ranked is is search engine queries. Anyone who has tried searching for anything with 'go' in the query will find a lot of useless results returned. Google itself takes extra steps to ensure their language is returned in these queries on google, but in many other engines it's ambiguous as to what you mean when you type 'go to beginning of loop'. Are you looking for a rewind, or are you looking for loops in go? If they limited this to 'GoLang', I'd feel much better, but I can't find out how they ranked it, and am afraid they are including questionable results in their indexing.

Comment Can't ask gender or race for interviews (Score 1) 200

The problem is that employers in the USA, unlike European countries, make themselves liable for discrimination claims if they ask questions like "Are you male or female" , or "What is your race?" before or during the interview. It's only when the person is hired so they can get this information. This means that there is no good metric to say how many black people, Females, or whatever other protected class, is applying for jobs and/or getting interviews at tech companies. Facebook cannot say things like '3% of the people applying for us were female, and we hired 80% of them' -- they can only say 'We hired N females' or 'N females make up our workforce'. I work for a large, international tech company, and we are gung ho about diversity -- but we just don't get very many candidates that express interest in doing the job that fall outside of the industry majority. I've interviewed 2 women and 25 men in the last year, and we hired 1 of the Women. Based on that , people will say 'hire more Women', and I'm all like 'What Women?'. That's why this is such a great focus point for social justice bullies. They will never be wrong that the tech industry doesn't hire many minorities, and you cannot prove that it's because they don't even knock on the tech door without making companies targets for lawsuits.

Comment Talking for the sake of talking (Score 1) 280

Has the bottom of the barrel been reached so quickly that in order to have something to belt on about, the tumblr feminists are pressuring universities to fund studies that come up such obvious conclusions as 'When your society doesn't prohibit your Women from studying, they do better in school' ? What's next ? 'When there are more Men than Women, birth rates decline' ? 'Incidents of rape dramatically increase when drunk in a room with rapists' ?

Comment This is coming from Glassdoor (Score 1) 455

The data they are using is highly suspect. Many people to go review sites like Glassdoor and Yelp to complain about a company, not to sing its accolades. I don't think it takes a vivid imagination to see that many people may under report their salaries so that the company looks worse to future potential job seekers.

Comment All according to plan (Score 1) 478

So if I understand correctly, the timeline is something like:
  1. 1. get two SJBs to talk about harassment
  2. 2. demand more time talking about SJB causes but don't get it because this festival is not your personal soap box
  3. 3. call in fake threats and say there will be violence if the SJBs have their two talks
  4. 4. wait for knee jerk panic to wear off while you reach out to social media
  5. 5. get the time you demanded for more SJB causes
  6. 6. profit!

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