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Comment Re:Hopefully it can actually kill someone (Score 1) 469

My main issue with the M9 is it's an incredibly bulky and heavy handgun for a 9mm (terrible for CCW as well, not that the Army should care about that). For a compact, 9mm makes sense. For a full size handgun... why?

That said, I bought one a few years ago (it's currently my 'nightstand' weapon), mostly because it's the handgun I'm most familiar with (I was in the Army).

Comment Re:Little is lost "due to ad blockers" (Score 5, Interesting) 398

This. I only recently started using ad blockers. I truly didn't mind a reasonable amount of non-obtrusive advertising, but the recent trend toward throwing 42 javascript-heavy ads in your face on each page load and freezing your browser for 30 seconds (or crashing it), turned me into a uBlock user. I'm not going back.

Comment Re:No (Score 2) 563

Much of the distribution infrastructure will likely be automated in the coming years. I suspect long-haul trucking will be the first widespread use of self driving cars. "Full employment" is just not going to be possible. When automation knocks out the bottom third of the entire labor force, what are you going to do with all those people? It's not an easy question to answer, but just ignoring them to fend for themselves would invite huge amounts of crime and civil unrest. Herding them all into ghettos doesn't sound very cool either.

Comment This is why we can't have nice things (Score 5, Interesting) 350

The concept behind the H1-B program sounds reasonable. Bring in highly skilled experts from overseas that we can't find here. However, since it's now been thoroughly demostrated that:

1) Employers can't be trusted to act ethically and honor both the letter and spirit of the law, and
2) The government has been steadfastly failing to monitor the program and enforce the rules

The entire program needs to be scrapped. No H1-Bs, period. We apparently can't handle it, so employers need to find the talent here, or do without (or, you know, invest in employee development/training again).

Comment Re:How not to be taken seriously. (Score 1) 345

Well, I used to work for Boeing (on satellites, not commercial aircraft), and they sold bumperstickers/t-shirts/etc. in the company store with cute anti-Airbus epithets on them. I distinctly remember "Scarebus" and "If it ain't Boeing, I ain't going." I don't think I've ever heard a non-Boeing employee use them, however.

Comment Who's identity *isn't* for sale (Score 1) 57

Considering how many times my identity has been "compromised" by organizations I've entrusted with my PII (Insurance companies, banks, and several different government agencies), I don't know why I even bother trying to maintain a credit rating at all.

I'm sure I've been bought and sold a dozen times by now. My kids probably have a few defaulted mortgages on their records that they'll get to discover when they apply for student loans in 10 years or so.

Comment Sure, ok. (Score 1) 97

the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, which called the ITA expansion 'great news for the American workers and businesses that design, manufacture, and export state-of-the-art technology and information products, ranging from MRI machines to semiconductors to video game consoles.'

That certainly smells like BS.

Comment Re:So what? (Score 5, Informative) 179

And which do you think came first, eh? Employers treating developers like interchangeable cogs, or developers treating employers like interchangeable paycheck providers?

There's a reason previous generations stayed in their jobs longer, and it has nothing to do with the current generation's lack of work-ethic/loyalty/etc., and everything to do with the changes employers have been making over the last couple of decades: No more pensions, no more promoting from within the ranks (You're either management caste or you're not), constant cost-cutting (what training budget?), layoffs at the drop of a hat, etc..

Employers have been systematically training any sense of loyalty out of the workforce, don't complain that you've been successful.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 355

You have got to be kidding me. Eclipse is a giant, steaming pile of poop. I've used a lot of development environments over the years (including a lot of obscure ones like Rational APEX and GPS), and words can not describe the anguish of being forced to work on a huge codebase in Eclipse (mandated by management, along with a long list of plugins that had to be installed). I actually quit my job because I couldn't take the project mismanagement and the horrible dev environment anymore.

Now, during interviews I ask what IDE the team uses. The correct answer is "Whatever you want", though I might also accept IntelliJ, Netbeans, vim, etc. If I hear "We're an Eclipse shop" I run away screaming (Or I say, "Sorry, not interested" and then walk away).

Comment Re:suckers (Score 1) 141

In addition to being expensive as hell, the new HFA inhalers SUCK. They don't work as well (it takes 5-10 mintues for my lungs to open up after a puff... it is NOT immediate) and they clog constantly. Of course, the FDA will have you believe that the transition has gone smoothly and that we asthmatics are pleased with our new inhalers.

At least I'm not actively allergic to the new propellant like some asthmatics are. Those folks just get to die I guess. Thanks, hippies.

Comment People that go to conferences aren't real (Score 1) 182

I've been programming a long time, am in my mid-30s, and have never attended one of these conferences. In fact, I've never attended any sort of employer-sponsored training whatsoever. Companies just don't pay for this sort of thing any more (I've had several employers over the course of my career, ranging from small businesses to mega corps -- all have been identical in their lack of training budget). In fact, I wonder how in the world conferences manage to fill their seats -- your average middle-class software engineer is not going to be willing/able to cough up several thousand $$ of his own money to attend a three day conference.

Now, I have certainly asked to attend conferences in the past, and even for local conferences I was always told "Nope, not in the budget. Feel free to pay the $2000 registration fee yourself and take vacation time to attend." Gee, thanks.

Comment Re:Come on home to Linux (Score 1) 965

I avoided iMacs altogether until the PPC -> x86 switch because Apple used to provide an entry-level PowerMac tower. That went away with the Mac Pro. Since I'd never had a problem with any of my previous Macs (excepting the iBook I spilled Jack Daniels' all over), it honestly didn't occur to me that I'd need to be cracking the thing open. Since I am no longer a gamer, I don't have much of a need to constantly tweak/upgrade my system.

Of course I always knew an all-in-one wouldn't be serviceable. Until my recent troubles that was always only a theoretical concern (in theory, if something breaks, fixing it will suck)... The iMac was the first (and last) all-in-one desktop I've ever owned. All the disadvantages of a laptop, combined with all of the disadvantages of a desktop. Had Apple sold a reasonably priced desktop machine, I might still be on OS X. .

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