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Comment "Research Projects" (Score 4, Funny) 73

Man, my high school career councilor has a lot to answer for. Had I known I could be teaching bees how to play soccer, I'd have actually focused on my grades...or indeed, shown up.

But no, he was always like, "Stop drinking that" or "why are you at my house at 2am?" or perhaps most amusingly, "You can't be here, I have a restraining order".

He was a bit of a kidder.

Comment I'll posit a third (Score 1) 154

...companies pushing their "revolutionary" products when, in fact, they are pretty boring and run of the mill ( when not flat out crap, which is the norm ). That kind of bombastic nonsense works for a while, but eventually folks see through the bullshit so when any truly impressive product does get released, it's viewed through somewhat jaded lenses.

"Fool me once" and all that jazz.

Comment Re:Win/Win (Score 1) 73

I support competent workers with a strong work ethic...which is precisely why I don't support unions. Having joined unions in two separate industries ( well, conscripted is more the right term as I didn't have a choice of the matter ), I saw just what "supporting each other" amounted to. The least competent, least ethical, workers were protected from any disciplinary action...ever, and as a result gained seniority. New folks would start and be full of energy and ideas, ready to work hard and make a difference, only to be stifled and discouraged by the more senior workers.

The best would leave, the rest would get beaten down and join the system.

Then, when there would be layoffs, the best staff was shown the door first while the wastes with seniority would be safe.

So no. No, I don't support unions.

Comment Re:Language selection (Score 1) 312

One of the other reasons I recommended C# ( over java ) was that the development environment is more streamlined; it's easier to produce functional, non-trivial, code ( for beginners anyway ).

I get where the C recommendation came from, but there's more to the fundamentals than loops and decisions. Object orientation is fundamental too.

Comment Language selection (Score 1) 312

I don't know that I'd start with C. If you are a Windows user, I'd suggest C#. A) It starts you off right with object orientation, and B) It's probably one of the fastest paths to useful code, with a gui ( if that's important to you ).

There are thousands of tutorials out there to get you going too, so there's that. If you are completely green to programming, this won't be easy, but it'll be better that C.

Comment Re:I don't even like Uber but (Score 1) 726

There's a difference in degree only, not semantics.

No, boiling water and an ice cube are the difference of degrees. Your example is completely flawed. In the case of slavery, people can either do what they're told or face physical punishment ( up to and including death ). They have no rights. To family, to property...none of it.

In the other, someone freely enters into an agreement ( which they can leave at anytime mind you ). Their employer can't take away their family. They can't take away their property.

It's honestly a bit offensive to compare the two. It belittles the historic struggles faced by slaves throughout the world, and even today.

Comment Re:I don't even like Uber but (Score 1) 726

First of all, you obviously have no idea how much some of those jobs pay. I'd wager most garbage men out earn me, for example. Waiters/waitresses can, too. Cooks have more variance, but can still earn a comfortable wage in a lot of instances.

However, what value do gas station clerks really provide? Or, more accurately, what value do they provide that you can't find in any one else who walks through the door? Drivers provide a bit more value, but not much; valid license and clean record. Not that hard. Why should the bare minimum be rewarded with unbalanced compensation?

You want to talk about history repeating itself, how often must we bungle heavy handed attempts at market manipulation before we finally get that it doesn't work. If a job doesn't provide a livable wage worth of value to the company, then how do you expect the company to survive by forcing it to pay one? You can't just wave your hand and it magically happens, nor can you demonize companies for wanting to stay solvent.

Comment Re:I don't even like Uber but (Score 1) 726

Did you really just compare forced labor with the threat of harm and/or death to voluntary employment?

I realize that making outrageous comparisons is exciting, but rarely is it accurate. Willful ignorance in pursuit of the party narrative usually does more harm than good.

These people, much like those fulltime fastfood workers we keep hearing all about, are not owed shit from anyone. If they want a "living wage", then they should be making better life choices and stop relying on others to fix their mistakes.

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