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Comment You're Doing it Wrong (Score 2) 152

"But Ms. Mayer, the company's chief executive, will be well compensated for her failure"

A quick look at the stock price of Yahoo over the last five years shows that the value of the company has just about tripled. If you're only looking at the things us tech folks hate (and I agree that there's plenty to dislike), then you're failing at properly evaluating her as a CEO.

Comment In Order (Score 1) 624 high school, circa 1973, on teletypes, with acoustic modems and paper tape.
FORTRAN... the first language I was taught in CS when I decided it was time to get out of working on hardware...around '84
Pascal... intermediate CS of my last CS classes work in the late 90s
PHB...when I was pushed into management

Comment I Gotta Laugh (Score 1) 106

I've gotta laugh at all the whining I'm reading here about loud parties, and neighbors who are suddenly living next to a hotel. I bought my home in a brand new upscale neighborhood full of McMansions seventeen years ago. I expected it to be peaceful, and yet I have kids who ride bikes across my lawn to get to a neighbors trampoline. Other neighbors with souped up hot rods and Harleys that make noise just because they want attention. And other neighbors who's kids come home at 2am with their windows down, and subwoofer thumping some hip hop that feels like a 5 on the Richter Scale. If some neighbor decided to rent out their home, or a portion of it, I highly doubt anyone would notice.

Unless you have some actual statistics on complaints from neighbors, I'd suggest that you're full of shit.

Comment Re:None so blind as those who WILL NOT see (Score 1) 262

As a conservative, I would gladly stand up for your right to speak your mind freely, as long as you weren't insighting a riot, or interfering with other's rights. This is where I feel SCOTUS messed up on the Westboro Baptist Church decision...yes, they had a right to protest, but they were interfering with other peoples rights to hold a private funeral.

Comment Re:It's A Start (Score 1) 619

As a manager who's done plenty of hiring, I'd say you're pretty much spot on...esp. wrt large companies. It's hard to get someone by HR who doesn't have a four year degree, and if I can, the starting labor grade is typically based upon 2 yrs of exp = 1 yr of college. Even if I personally know that you can walk on water, it would be a battle. As for playing well with others, if you can't, I don't care if you can walk on water, you'll never get an offer. We work in teams, and if you're going to piss off the team, you're going to end up being a pain in my ass, so don't bother.

Comment Re:It's A Start (Score 1) 619

If you ask the average 40+ish former UAW worker if they are willing to learn to program for a job, they'd likely slap you. I recall a recent national program, 20-20, 60 Minutes, or some such, doing just that, and the response, is typically that they just don't want a sit down job. While it's a stereotype, it's based in fact, and some old dogs just refuse to learn new tricks. That isn't to say that they shouldn't be given the opportunity.

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