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Comment Do it the old fashion way... (Score 1) 114

When I was in college, the doctor told me I had a bladder infection and gave me antibiotics. I then took the train to see my parents for Thanksgiving. After Thanksgiving dinner, I had the urgent need to pee. Standing over the toilet, I watched something big moving slowly through my penis like a snake swallowing a chicken egg. When the stone popped out into the toilet, all this blood, pus and urine rushed out nonstop for ten minutes. After I flushed the toilet, I never felt so better. Passing a kidney stone is the closest that a man will come to delivering a baby.

Comment Re:This is stupid (Score 1) 326

Wow, 100.. That makes it less likely than winning the lottery.

Students are trained to beat the test (i.e., always having the right answer), which inhibits risk-taking because they don't want to be failures. Students who are already considered failures by the education system aren't afraid to take risks. You can't succeed in business unless you're willing to take risk and hire people smarter than you.

Comment Re:Comuter programming redux (Score 4, Informative) 326

Back in the 1960's, corporations had training programs. The bean counters in the 1980's eliminated everything that didn't add value directly to the bottom line. The cost of training people to become employees got shifted to the public school and colleges. These days you need a college degree to get hired on as a filing clerk.

Comment Re:This is stupid (Score 1) 326

I have a friend whose niece got sent to New York City to become a Broadway musical star at $30K per semester. She spent four years at college, had bit roles in off Broadway productions during the summers, and, the summer after graduation, she came home after being unable to find a Broadway job. She now works at Staples and performs in local productions — just like she did before Daddy dropped a quarter-million in cash on her education. Meanwhile, Daddy and Mommy are disappointed that they won't be getting free tickets to Broadway musicals in their retirement years.

Comment Re:This is stupid (Score 5, Interesting) 326

Please point me to one person in the past 100 years that achieved success with exactly no education at all and no help from anyone else.

A successful person doesn't have to be the smartest person in the room. Here's a list of 100 entrepreneurs who succeeded with little or no education, including a half-dozen who dropped out of elementary school.

Comment Re:Yahoo has users? (Score 1) 169

Even in those early days of AltaVista and Lycos I can't ever recall using Yahoo.

I can't ever recall using AltaVista and Lycos. Of course, I came late to the Internet GUI scene. My first five years on the Internet was on a dial-up SLIP account into a UNIX box and using Lynx (text web browser) to browse the Internet.

Comment Re: Better gadget (Score 1) 210

The assumptions I'm making are the most-generous most in-your-favor assumptions I can reasonable make.

Your assumptions are shit.

I'm pretty sure you'd be an asshole no matter where you worked.

Someone has to get the job done.

And from the pissing and moaning you've done here in the past about your help desk gigs and difficulty finding jobs after being outsourced, I'm pretty sure the "highly paid" thing is just about as real as your "75 pounds of muscle gained in just a year."

I've never been outsourced from any job in the last 20+ years of my IT career. I'm a contractor. I do contract work. The contract can last one day to one year. I'm currently two years into a five-year contract for government IT that's fully paid for by your tax dollars. That also includes paid federal holidays, 20 Paid Time Off (PTO) days, healthcare/dental/vision and 401k. If the Republicans shut down the government tomorrow, I'll still be working since I'm an essential employee.

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