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Comment Re:Individual Choice (Score 1) 374

I got mine at 6. Didn't understand half of it, but had fun building the stuff with my old man who did understand it and would break down things for me in smaller bites. There was a time in elementary school where I could calc the colors bands of a resistor, a skill I sadly lost as I transitioned to the software side of the field by end of elementary.

Comment Re:If we had unions to fight for work-life / famil (Score 3, Insightful) 374

A very large number of IT ppl would never join a union, because they have analytical minds and can see the pointlessness of giving a chunk of their paycheck to a group that only claims to look out for them, but instead makes themselves comfortable.

A lot of IT ppl believe in meritocracy, not socialism, and would rather avoid the industry destruction they've seen in the automotive market. Bad enough when an incompetent manager is kept around to lead a group, worse still when you can't shake off an incompetent team member skating by bc unions.

Comment Individual Choice (Score 3, Insightful) 374

Not all ppl, let alone girls, are capable of IT related jobs, especially security. For most individuals, a career in IT comes from a passion about tech at a young age. If a child is not passionate about some aspect of IT, no amount of funding of gender discriminating STEM programs is going to entice someone into the field.

Comment Union Lockouts (Score 0) 73

I'm quite proud to have written software to automate locking out striking union members from various systems at the push of a button over a decade ago for a certain checkmarked telecom.

Granted, the code was a spaghetti mess based on bad design requirements that took limited advantage of technology available at the time. And the tech at the time also sucked. I'd totally re-write it completely different now-a-days, and it would be BEAUTIFUL! Even despite the stupid design requirements.

F Unions!

Comment Merit over Intersectionalist Bingo Quotas (Score 1) 317

This is a load of claptrap. You don't hire to fill quotas unless you're government. You hire the best candidate to do a job.

You pay what the market is willing to bear and what that employee negotiates.

If an employee doesn't ask for raises outside of normal performance increases, thats on the employee.

also, First Post

Submission + - FTC Dismantles Two Huge Robocall Organizations

Trailrunner7 writes: Continuing its campaign against phone fraud operations, the FTC has dismantled two major robocall organizations that the commission alleges were making hundreds of millions of calls over the course of several years to consumers who were on the Do Not Call registry.

The FTC filed complaints against two separate groups of defendants, the leaders of which have both been involved in previous legal actions for robocalling operations. The defendants each controlled several different corporate entities that were involved in selling home security systems, extended auto warranties, and other products through repeated automated phone calls. Many of the calls were to numbers on the DNC list, a violation of the telemarketing regulations.

The two main defendants in the complaints are Justin Ramsey and Aaron Michael Jones, and in separate actions, they and many of their co-defendants have agreed to court-ordered bans on robocall activities and financial settlements. The FTC alleges that Ramsey directed an operation that made millions of robocalls a month.

Comment Funny, I just got Fiber (Score 1) 139

This Susan bint seems like a spaz. ATT just installed fiber in my neighborhood 2 months ago, and now I'm running at ludicrously fast speeds.Comcast was all butthurt, trying to offer a competing "faster" service after I dropped them after 5 years of shoddy "fast" net access. When they realized their own 2gigabit service wasn't available in my area, they gave up. ATT didn't even try to waste time using my existing in house connections (which sucked) and just drilled a new hole through the wall and straight into a modem. Couple days later, they came back and buried everything.

Comment Re:Putting it into Perspective. (Score 3, Insightful) 112

Why would I need to "poverty adjust" my internet bill?

To see how much it would cost me if I were poor? I've been poor, didn't really tickle my jigglies much. Worked hard, saved harder, educated myself harder still. Now my kid has no idea what growing up poor is like, so I make her work hard and study hard like an asian parent, an A- is unacceptable.

Android

Google's 'Science Journal' App Turns Your Android Device Into A Laboratory (pcmag.com) 29

An anonymous reader writes about Google's latest 'Science Journal' app that was released at the end of Google I/O last week: Google has launched its 'Science Journal' app that can essentially turn your Android device into a tricorder of sorts. The app uses the sensors in your smartphone to gather, graph and visualize data. For example, you can use Google's Science Journal app to measure sound in a particular area over a particular period of time, or the movement of the device's internal accelerometers. The app is fairly basic to start, but Google is working to expand its functionality. It's even partnering with San Francisco's Exploratorium to develop external kits that can be used with the app -- which includes various microcontrollers and other sensors. As part of its Google Field Trip Days initiative, which allows students from underserved communities to attend a local museum for no cost and includes transportation and lunch, Google sent out 120,000 kits to local science museums. They also sent out 350,000 different pairs of safety glasses to schools, makerspaces, and Maker Faires worldwide, to ultimately help young students work on even bigger projects. You can download the app from the Play Store and start experimenting here.

Comment Re:There's no "may" about it (Score 1) 940

This used to be mitigated by requiring Workfare instead of welfare (thanks obama, literally, for getting rid of workfare /sarcasm). You had to Try and find work, or get cut off from my tax money. This needs to be re-instated. There is no reason an able bodied and capabale indiviudal should be leeching of my hard earned money for more than a short timeframe to get back on feet. After that, they are on their own.

Basic Income is completely idiotic. Why should I subsidize the non workers/non producers, of which they will greatly increase under such a system, simply because they exist. I paid attention in shitty schools, I made mostly wise decisions, I made something for myself, I have a strong work ethic. They can do the same or enjoy the poverty I raised myself out from.

Comment Re:Downloading the intertubes, Daily (Score 1) 264

I've had to register every mac address for every device in the house onto my ASUS Dark Knight's parental controls to block during the evening during the school year so my daughter can get some sleep. Then I had to disable cell data on her phone bc she automatically started using that instead since the wifi booted her at bed time. Forced her onto skype/Facebook Messenger/Vita after she used up months of banked minutes talking to her cousin all day while using cams to play dolls together 300 miles apart.

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