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Comment Re:Schools are corporations too... (Score 1) 483

Representative Zoe Lofgren (from a district in Silicon Valley) is arguing that the university "is training software engineers at the same time they're outsourcing their own software engineers. What message are they sending their own students?"

Same message as the law schools: "We're happy to take your money. If you can't find a job after you graduate, tough shit. You should have thought carefully about your major's future potential before taking on $100K in student loans."

To be really clear, though, this is only UCSF, not the entire UC system. UCSF does not train software engineers--UCSF is a medical school. They only trains doctors, pharmacists, nurses, and dentists.

Comment Re: No, it's definitely a UFO (Score 1) 124

A great way to test somebody's intelligence is to ask them what they think about the terms "UFO" and "conspiracy theory".

That sounds more like a great way to test for empathy. I expect those on the autism spectrum to do far better on your test.

Highly intelligent people will know what UFO stands for, but also understand that the vast majority of the people use the term to refer to aliens. It isn't unreasonable to interpret "do you believe in UFOs?" as "do you believe in aliens?". I usually just try to clarify and ask which definition they are using, but when I'm lazy I'll just go the peanut gallery route.

Comment Re:'Developed a Clear Preference' For Trump (Score 1) 734

The beaners never owned 'California'. The Spanish claimed S Cal. Russia had a colony at Ft. Bragg.

Not sure why I am attempting dialog with someone who calls them "beaners", but you should check out a map of the territory Mexico lost to the United States

Comment Re:Slavery requires consciousness (Score 1) 366

The question then will be, will society do the right thing?

To me, the interesting question is "how will the grey area around the right thing influence our relationships with robots?"

For example, if sentient robots ultimately secure human rights, corporations will not be able to purchase them. The natural next step would be for manufacturers to produce robots as intelligent and capable as possible without being sentient. What would that look like? How will the arguments around that change our definitions of sentience? Surely we will need something more advanced than the Turing Test.

If that is not possible, will there be a political struggle over requiring employers to pay robots a minimum wage? If so, are humans or robots more likely to argue for the minimum wage?

Will robots sue for reparations?

Comment Re:Anti-science bullshit is the new normal here (Score 1) 364

And this gem:

But thanks to our steadfast refusal to address climate change

We (as in both private parties and governments alike) are addressing it-- it's just that we're not really addressing it enough. This bullshit trolling causing the fences-sitters to jump over to the true deniers and dig in.

Isn't that a bit like saying Chamberlain and addressed Hitler's aggressions?

Current policies on climate change are, at best, a token gesture. It is not fair to say the problem is being addressed in any meaningful way.

Comment Re:The propblem is bad accounting practices. (Score 1) 167

I worked as DevOps, I DevOps ... no idea what you are doing with DevOps ... that you claim such nonsense.

You worked as a sysadmin in an organization that did not understand DevOps and gave you a glorified job title. It's a shame, because DevOps was so promising, and it has been watered down so quickly.

See What is DevOps? written in 2010. I would also encourage you to check out some of the early Devopsdays videos.

Of course, as soon as the enterprise market got wind of it, they said "CI and CD sound really useful. We should have people who do that." Some hired consultants to teach them how to be devopsy and revamp their development and operations processes. Others hired people who knew puppet, chef, or cfengine, stuck them on a "devops team", and had them do some of the things associated with DevOps. But what they are doing is not "DevOps".

Comment Re:I guess I'm an outlier (Score 1) 167

In all my years developing apps, I only had one live bug and it was basically due to uploading the wrong version to production. Some of my apps are over 50k lines of code! Yet, I can't find anyone hiring a software engineer. Its rough to know your stuff, and hr to not be able to tell you know how to code properly.

Either your apps never had any serious use, they never met QA or any serious testing, you developed incredibly simple things (while somehow still bloating to 50k?), or you are lying so blatantly even HR can see it.

I do a lot of phone interviews/screenings. Your claim would be a giant red flag to me.

Comment Re:The propblem is bad accounting practices. (Score 1) 167

I am getting really sick of hearing this lately. DevOps is a development methodology, not an infrastructure operations role. DevOps is definitely not required for every organization (although it's way the hell better than having siloed teams and old-school sysadmins running ops).

Companies that call all Ops folks "DevOps" are usually clueless.

Comment Re: Good, then we can scrap that stupid f-35 (Score 1) 325

...the blind hate you're spewing is exactly the reason that we have people lined up behind the worst two candidates for president in recent memory (arguable, in the history of the republic).

Sure, but let's be completely open here, lest we fall victim to false equivalence.

Prior to Trump securing the nomination, Hillary Clinton may have been the worst candidate in the history of the Republic. But if every candidate for the next two centuries is worse than Hillary Clinton, they will all still likely be better than Donald Trump.

This is literally a choice between the second most disliked candidate in history and the candidate who makes her look warm and friendly.

Comment Re:I trust Russia MORE than I trust the DNC (Score 1) 548

I'm not agreeing with GP, buuuut...

...That's as stupid as painting Putin as a communist.

To be fair, Putin was a member of the party for 20 years.

“I was not, as you know, a party member by necessity,” [Putin] said. “I liked Communist and socialist ideas very much and I like them still.”

...Who's next? Bill Gates? Warren Buffet?

Buffet came first as a communist. I remember Republicans shouting that over the last 8 years.

Comment Re:The echoes of 1999/2000 are calling... (Score 1) 120

...The only differences this time are: ...
- This round of startups isn't going to leave behind goodies like thousands of miles of dark fiber, data centers full of equipment, etc.

I'm not so sure. AWS, GCP, and Azure have all been drastically expanding capacity.

Tons of great software has been written and open sourced.

We now have a ton of tech that makes previously difficult things very easy for a small team of developers to manage. There have to be some benefits in that.

Comment Re:And when do they start training their replaceme (Score 1) 239

I work on side projects in almost all my spare time because I don't have a programming job and I like programming. No job I have ever applied for has ever been interested in experience I gained on the side, they only want to know what I have done in a corporate setting.

I have asked nearly every candidate I have interviewed this question. And in my last two jobs, personal non-work experience with technology the companies were using featured prominently.

Recruiters don't know how to screen for this, and sometimes hiring managers are just looking for an experienced person to solve an immediate need, but good leads and managers are absolutely looking for passion and personal interests. I try to always have one inexperienced, smart, and passionate individual on my team. They learn a heck of a lot faster than people who "always wanted to try ___, but the company never used it..."

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