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Comment Re:More features. (Score 2, Interesting) 174

[...] you're one of those so-called "hard core" C guys, who had a look at C++ for 5 minutes back in early-to-mid-nineteen-ninety-whatever, didn't understand it, and decided that therefore it was a stupid language for all time.

That would describe me. When I went looking for a book about compilers, I recently ordered a used copy of "Writing Compilers and Interpreters" by Ronald Mak. I got the 1991 edition because it was written in Borland C and easier to translate into a modern dialect of C. According to the reviews, later editions used C++ that's almost impossible to translate into a modern dialect of C++. Long live C!

Comment Re: Gouge the middle class to make them poor (Score 2) 187

Same for prescription drugs - in those cases, the gov'ts negotiate the rates or threaten to make generic or just allow rampant piracy.

For what my late father paid for a one-month supply of his maintenance drugs in the U.S. he got a six-month supply from India. The only problem with buying from India is that the package sits in New York customs warehouse for a month before transferring to the USPS for final delivery.

Comment Re:We will never learn (Score 1) 126

Funny you should mentioned that. The college instructor for the Introduction to CIS class told us in the early 1990's that 4GB (32-bit) was all the memory anyone would ever need for a PC. For the most part, he was right. When I upgraded my PCs last year, I finally broke through the 4GB barrier. Not because 4GB wasn't enough. I had to get new memory modules and 8GB (two 4GB sticks) was on sale.

Comment Re:My public school system is great (Score 1) 302

Prop 13 effectively shrinks the budget by 2% per year while the price of goods and services (nationally) grows by 4%. Over five years it's fairly minimal, but in the last 10 years alone the population has increased by over 10% while the tax base has moved by less than 5%. You can either cut services to that remaining 5% or degrade services to everyone, or dip in to debt, but how are you going to pay off a permanent 5% deficit? And it will just continue to grow as population continues to boom and taxes keep being reduced against inflation. It's totally, completely unsustainable for another 40 years.

Comment Re:Fewer children per capita? (Score 2) 302

It's very common for people working in the global economy (in this case, the tech portion) to want to live in urban areas. Silicon Valley is a great place to raise a family, the ultimate string of bedroom communities flanked by other bedroom communities. But people ages 25-35 really want to live in urban areas, and besides Seattle, San Francisco is the only place on the US west coast that has that combination of high density and high paying jobs to lure them there. The dating scene in Silicon Valley is sad at best which pushes a lot of singles in to the city.
I don't feel like posting a second time in this thread so I'll say it here, as someone who hasn't started a family yet, I love the city, but once we have children and they're big enough to need their own space, we're going to have to move out of the city. We both have really fantastic jobs, but can only afford a 1 bedroom here, a two or even three bedroom apartment would bankrupt us. Adding a 30 minute commute each way moves us from a 1 bedroom apartment to a 3 or even 4 bedroom house with some semblance of a backyard. I just got back from a ski trip with six other couples, those who still lived in the city and had one child (under 2 years) were looking to move out, the rest already had children and had moved out of the city, or had already fled the city to find housing where they could comfortably raise a family. We're not talking about junior level developers, these were all people in their early to mid 30s, comfortably midway through their careers with household incomes in the $250,000 to $300,000 range. We all want to live here, but we can't find space in good neighborhoods, and we're all looking at ways to keep them out of the SF public school system. SF is on par with 2017 Manhattan prices, but on par with 1977 Manhattan crime and schools. San Francisco is a great place to live, but an awful one to raise a family in.

Comment Re: IMHO (Score 1) 156

You still have to work at fixed hours, sometimes stuck on a silly shifts, with the stress of dealing immediately with many requests as they come in, and even by the end of your career you'll be happy if you even reach 6 figures.

My IT support contracts prohibits me from working more than 40 hours a week. I haven't worked overtime in over a decade. I start work at 7AM instead of 9AM or 10AM to avoid the traffic gridlock. I'm responsible for 80,000+ workstations and no longer deal with users. As for dealing with the stress, since I'm working in government IT, I have paid federal holidays (40 hours), paid time off (80 hours) and unpaid time off (40 hours). This year I got an extra month of pay as a Christmas bonus. I'm studying for my InfoSec certifications that should put me in the six-figure club for my next job.

Developers on the other hand have an easy life, working whenever they please, and get paid a lot more from the get-go.

The developers I know work 80 hours a week from 10AM to 12AM (programmer hours), owns a Tesla car or two, have a big house, big wife and big kids. They never get any time off to do anything. If they stop running on the treadmill, everything falls apart because they're one paycheck away from bankruptcy.

Comment Re:Huh (Score 1) 424

The best that the Democrats were willing to allow to be nominated.

As a moderate conservative, I could live with Hillary being in the White House. Trump was neither a conservative nor a Republican, and, until a few years ago, a Clinton Democrat. If you're going to have a Clinton Democrat in the White House, might as well vote for the real thing.

Stupid dems couldn't realize that when your chosen candidate was soundly beat in Wisconsin, you can take it for granted. Fools

Polling data at the time indicated that Wisconsin was solidly blue and it encouraged Democrats to talk about expanding the electoral map into Arizona and Texas. Based on the reports I've read, polling data didn't capture the last minute turn for Trump. Hence, 46% of Americans elected a candidate that 54% of Americans didn't want.

Comment Re: IMHO (Score 1) 156

I don't understand why you'd choose IT support.

IT support needs miracle workers to solve difficult problems.

It's an ungrateful and underpaid job.

That's entry level. Once you finish paying your dues, appreciation and pay gets better. Especially if you have a reputation of being a miracle worker. Miracles can be solving the problem remotely while the user complains about the problem for 15 minutes, reclaiming 600 square feet of storage space from eight years of discarded IT equipment in between tickets over a six-week period, or fixing a failed printer migration project after the server tech ran the script at the last minute and went on vacation for six weeks.

Comment Re:IMHO (Score 1) 156

Translation: I have got a degree in maths and all I have got is a lousy tech job support.

I got A.A. degree in General Education (1994) after graduating from the eighth grade and skipping high school, and an A.S. degree in Computer Programming (2007) with a 4.0GPA while working 60 hours per week and teaching Sunday school.

Since I started my technical career in 1997, I was:

  • A software tester for a virtual world (Fujitsu), video games (Accolade/Infogrames/Atari) and an ebook reader (Sony);
  • A help desk support technician (Intuit/Google/eBay);
  • A PC technician for a moving company (Cor-O-Van), several PC refresh projects (eBay/hospital), and a data center (Google);
  • A hardware tester for wireless 11ac cards (Cisco);
  • An InfoSec technician (government agency).

The equivalent of frying burgers in the IT industry.

The kind of work I do — and enjoy doing — is virtual ditch digging. Like being a sanitation engineer, someone has to do the work or civilization as we know it will collapse.

Comment Re: IMHO (Score 1) 156

Pretty confident for a guy who couldn't get a job for two years.

I didn't listen to the recruiters who told me I was unemployable and hiring managers that I was overqualified for anything else.

If you lost your current job, do you now have skills that won't leave you unemployed another two years?

That's the funny thing about being unemployed for two years after the Great Recession was officially over: job skills didn't matter. As soon as the economy got better in 2011, the Silicon Valley labor market tightened and employers could no longer afford to be picky about whom they hire. I had 20+ contract assignments when I worked for seven days a week for two years. Despite being out of work for two years and having a chapter seven bankruptcy on my credit record! As for my current job in government IT, I'm halfway through a fully funded five-year contract.

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