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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..."

Comment Re:WHAT FUN (Score 1) 173

Who is "we"? Russia *IS* a representative democratic republic, Sparky. It's just as much a "democracy" as the US.

Not even the most brainwashed supporter could ever actually believe that. Russia is a democracy in name only. It isn't a constitutional democracy--the constitution says whatever Putin says it does. The US is highly flawed, but nobody is concerned that Obama is going to have Trump killed. Putin won't allow challengers, and we both know it.

Comment Re:Chain of custody? Forensics? Anyone? (Score 1) 742

Police are careful to control evidence, but that's not because failing to do so automatically excludes it, it's just because it opens an avenue for the defense to question it.

and because the police are generally required to have legally obtained their evidence. I'm sure you know that, but worth stating explicitly. The exclusionary rule is a bitch. Although it also probably would not save Clinton if this made it to trial.

Comment Re:Ugh.. (Score 1) 371

What the left really needs to re-think is the whole voting system, and pushing for eliminating the Electoral College and our current first-past-the-post voting system used in the national elections. The left is supposed to be the side that's all for making changes, so this is really their domain, but they've never pushed for this.

Heck, even the Republicans might be interested in fixing this problem now, since Trump has ruined their plans and split their party.

The left has and is. The Democratic Party, however, does not want to radically change the rules. Changing this would likely destroy both parties.

Unfortunately, changing the electoral system would have a lot of other consequences. Proportional representation under systems like ours shifts a lot of power to the executive branch.

I do happen to believe the US would be better off with PR, as the current system seems to disenfranchise and silence the sane people.

Comment Re:The sun is measured. (Score 1) 368

One thing that we know quite well is that changes in solar output is not the cause of present-day warming.

There's more to it that a single measurement of output.

Sure, and GP also left out the incredible precision we can achieve these days... and lots of other supporting evidence. But it sounds like you still agree.

we can't measure solar output very well millions of years ago, or even for that matter hundreds of years ago.

Actually, we can, and it has been done, with as much accuracy as long-term temperature measurements.

Actually, we can't [directly], which is the distinction the GP appeared to be making. We are measuring a proxy, with a lot of very good reasons to believe the proxy is extremely accurate. Deniers are going to point this out and think they caught us in a lie, so let's just be upfront about it.

From the abstract:

A variety of observational proxies reflecting different aspects of
solar activity show similar features regarding periodic variability, trends and periods of very low solar
activity (so-called grand minima) which seem to be positively correlated with the emitted energy from
the Sun

Comment Re:two for T (Score 1) 766

No, you really don't get it. The more they can rile up their base with this sort of bullshit, the less people pay attention to the graft and corruption -- and even if they do notice, the less likely they are to care.

Exactly. But what's interesting is that the exact same thing is happening on the Democratic side too. Hillary's supporters don't care about all her blatant corruption. The difference is that I can't quite figure out how the Dems have riled up their base to ignore this stuff the way the Reps have with all this anti-gay BS.

AC already answered this but: point towards the Republicans and label more progressive candidates as "unelectable".

I'd prefer an honest politician, like Warren or Sanders. I'll swallow most of my values and vote for Hillary because she's the lesser of two evils by an order of magnitude. Just like I'd take G W Bush over Hitler.

Comment Re:DevOps is dead, SRE is the future (Score 1) 123

First, I'll say if you think SRE is new you haven't read the book or been around this part of the industry that long.

He addresses DevOps in the book. SRE and its concepts have been around longer. "DevOps" has a larger scope, but effectively the same approach to the problem SRE tries to solve.

Both terms are widely abused in the industry, in the public, and quite obviously on Slashdot. I can understand the confusion. So let's look at the job titles and terms' usage in industry:

As far as job titles go, my own experience in the Bay Area/Silicon Valley is that "SREs" can be divided into two camps: legit SREs at Google and rebadged System Administrators in lesser engineering organizations. Getting an SRE position at Google isn't easy, candidates really need a thorough understanding at every level. SREs elsewhere tend to be limited to basic Bash scripting.

Most DevOps (but not all) tend to be software engineers or release engineers first, with varying levels of ops or sysadmin experience.

Most in the DevOps movement never thought there should be a DevOps job title, and would mostly agree with the SRE principles practiced by Google... so I don't think they'd be too upset about "DevOps being replaced by SRE"

Comment Re: wonder why (Score 1) 688

Myth. In general, they resist over-exuberant use of law as a tool to change society. SOMETIMES that's a bad thing, but more often than not, restraint and patience pay off. We have too many laws, so many that most arn't even enforced these days, and the impetus to make a new law is because of some media-manufactured crisis, is it so bad to be 'conservative' on this?

Republicans like to cultivate this image, but it doesn't seem accurate to me. Popular modern Republican ideas involve using law to:

  • - ban flag burning
  • - carefully monitor Muslims
  • - disproportionately restrict Muslim immigration (prevent social change)
  • - sponsor and support a specific view of Christianity (advocate a specific social change)
  • - drug test welfare recipients (advocate a specific, imaginary social change)
  • - imprison drug users for lengthy periods
  • - grant corporations full human rights (advocate a specific social change)
  • - oppose environmental restrictions or energy efficiency standards
  • - (until very recently) criminalize homosexuality in the military

Isn't it more accurate to say that Republicans are willing to use the law to mold society into their rose-colored memories of the 1950s and prevent any other social change?

Comment Re:This first product with a rating of zero stars (Score 1) 97

Because this appears to be a story of "I bought through Amazon, had an issue with a vendor, and never contacted Amazon...

Oh, for heaven's sake. Of course I contacted Amazon. I did the return through them. Did you imagine that I was going to just keep the stolen phone and not get my money back? I told them what was going on. And their response? Nothing.

How can I know what Amazon calls that unless I told them about it? Stop being insulting.

I'm not trying to be insulting, I just didn't see any of that information in your post... and was very confused about why you were blaming Amazon.

My personal experience has been pretty good customer service from Amazon, but I never dealt with returns to any third party sellers.

Comment Re:This first product with a rating of zero stars (Score 1) 97

How long will Comcast be willing to suffer the terrible ratings that Amazon customers will inevitably give to Xfinity signup? Hundreds of thousands of one star ratings and incendiary customer complaints?

Why would they care? You don't think Amazon will do anything, do you?

I just bought a new, unlocked cell phone through Amazon, and the first vendor sent me a refurb, test unit phone that still had the manufacturer usage collection software installed on it -- and it could not be turned off because it was a test unit belonging to the manufacturer.

The vendor told me to send the phone back to them at their address. At my expense. Without telling Amazon. And hope I got my money back.

I'd call that fraud. Amazon calls that "ho hum".

I presume there is more to the story than you are sharing? Because this appears to be a story of "I bought through Amazon, had an issue with a vendor, and never contacted Amazon... so Amazon sucks".

Comment Re: You can't defer maintenance forever (Score 1) 250

Given that almost every single adult in the country drives, well, the cost of driving is spread over the people using it. Now, there are the deliberately ignorant, but most of us understand that property taxes pay for schools and roads, state income tax pays for roads and schools, and that federal taxes pay for 400 types of welfare, defense contractors, and interstate highways.

I can't tell which side of this argument you are on.

Comment Re:This is par for the course (Score 1) 301

Said it before, say it again: Vote Left. Vote for the most left leaning candidate you can get your hands on. Bernie. Trump.

This Trump bullshit is getting so old. Trump is not on the side of the people. You think he has a history of treating his employees well? Building valuable businesses that provide stable employment and grow the economy? He doesn't. Trump is more likely to put darkies in labor camps and paint the White House gold. Trump stirs populist anger, but he is not a leftist. Hitler stirred populist anger too.

Bernie is the only candidate who has been consistent on this. Hillary will continue some limited welfare to prevent workers from starving, maybe even improve a thing or two while she makes other things worse. But yes, she is better than any GOP candidate. Every single one of them thinks workers should be sacrificed.

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