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Comment Complete BS (Score 2) 513

I ask any perspective employer or recruiter what the work from home policy is during the job interview. If it's none, I usually end the interview at some point. If it's some, we continue to talk and I base my salary request on commute time and costs. The less work from home and the longer the commute, the more I ask for.

The only person to blame was the employee that neglected to figure things out ahead of time.

BTW .. my current job lets me work from home 100% of the time, so don't tell me it isn't a good idea to ask.

Comment More political FUD from the new world order (Score 1) 87

A recent New Zealand study found that the risks of death from second hand smoke is between the risk of getting melanoma and dying in a car crash.

So unless you want to start banning cars and going out in the sun, STFU about casual second hand smoke. Walking through that cloud on your way into the restaurant isn't as dangerous as driving to get there. I'm not suggestion people should take steps on their own to avoid it or not expose their children to it, but enough is enough from the nanny state governments of the world.

Smoking does not cause cancer, lung disease or other ailments. It increases the risk that someone will get them. Just as driving does not cause automobile crashes, it just increases the risk of having one.

Comment Equality wealth != progress (Score 2) 516

What the article is discussing is bringing the successful down to the level of the unsuccessful. Not finding solutions for why some people don't become successful. Things like free government money and housing reducing the incentive to make one's own way.

The establishment of equal wealth does not elevate the low skilled, unmotivated people. It reduces the efforts of the highly skilled, motivated people. Eventually, the highly skilled, motivated people will rise above once again.

Just as they always have done throughout history.

Instead of treating the successful with disdain, diminishing their accomplishments, and complaining about how they have everything, it's better to strive to be more successful. Or, instead of blaming others for your poor decisions, learn from them and move on.

It's one thing to give people a leg up when times are difficult and expect them to grow. It's another to make entire segments of a population dependent upon other people and and instill a sense of defeat in them.

The later is what many government assistance programs do and why they are drains on an economy instead of growing it. I've known a few people that were very happy to collect their unemployment checks until they were in danger of losing them. Interesting how a timeline of decreasing benefits can be an incentive to try and be successful.

Comment And nothing of value was gained ... (Score 1) 62

This is what happens when immature people are given any responsibility without oversight by adults. The same type of people that name servers after Star Wars/Lord of the Rings/Star Trek people/places/things and later hopefully learn how moronic they sound explaining things to the adults that provide their funding/paychecks and grow out of it.

Comment And nothing of value would be lost ... (Score 1) 1058

... if Twitter shut down it's entire system and all the twits went away. Or are they called tweets??

Twitter .. working to become the home of the endlessly offended.

Anyway, there are plenty of other electronic means for people to offer up their viewpoints. Perhaps Twitter itself could shut down and stop being the source of useless news articles announcing that some celebrity no one cares about had a meltdown that amounted to nothing in the grand scheme of things.

Comment Wrong! (Score 1) 1430

The Constitution says nothing about "winner take all." It says nothing to suggest that electors' freedom should be constrained in any way...They were to be citizens exercising judgment, not cogs turning a wheel.

The US Constitution is very clear on this .. it gives each state the right to decide how popular votes will translate to electoral votes.

I know it galls some to think that they can't get their way, but it is what it is until you can get 2/3rds of the states to change it.

So stop being sore losers and move on. The 'real' United states picked Mr. Trump as President, not those self-righteous urbanites who think they need to run the country simply because a bunch of them choose to live very close to each other in shit holes like Chicago, LA and New York City instead of the beautiful rural areas this country has.

Comment Re:Our culture (Score 1, Interesting) 1368

You mean the warring tribes that slaughtered and enslaved each other over resources?? That beautiful native American culture?? The ones whose properties are littered with trash and run-down homes among the few well-kept ones?? That one???

What bullshit. The American Indian is no more entitled to land they couldn't hold onto after migrating to North American than anyone else.

Or .. In the words of a failed president ... we won .. get over it.

That goes out to both the Indians and Hillary supporters.

Comment You mean .. like Samsung already has?? (Score 3, Interesting) 178

Ok .. they don't have image detection. But they do already have a fridge that has a camera to see the inside and a neat Android interface. My wife and I played with one at a local store recently and it was kinda neat. It had a nice whiteboard function to leave notes, supported streaming video and supposedly interfaced with the SmartTVs, although I'm not sure of the functionality. Since it appears to use Android, it was pretty intuitive to us. I don't think it would be to people who haven't used Android phones though.

I don't know how useful image detection will be without several cameras in the back and side of each shelf. But it was interesting to be able to see very clearly what was inside without opening the door. I wonder if the energy cost of the TV screen and computer hardware will outweigh the savings of not opening the door as often or as long.

It wasn't worth to me the extra $2K more a comparable fridge costs. It might be to people with more disposable income than I have.

Comment The first one is the most difficult... (Score 2) 331

Once someone learns basic concepts, such as if..then..else, loops, pointers, and recursion for example, many programming language skills come down to syntax, libraries, and debugging. I jumped from programming COBOL for 15 years to C, C++, and Java without any issues, so I'd guess that someone who is a decent developer to begin with shouldn't have too much of a problem shifting gears to most other languages. I've also worked in a smattering of other languages (PL/I, FORTRAN) and far too many '3rd generation' tools. I even once modified code for a proprietary language I didn't even have a manual for.

Logic, pointer theory, and spatial relationships are probably the hardest things for anyone to understand. Those that can comprehend basic logic constructs and are able to 'see' code in their head can probably easily shift from language to language with ease. Those that struggle with any language probably will have a difficult time picking up new ones.

I think the biggest deterrent to learning new languages today isn't syntax or how the language works, it's the libraries and associated debugging skills. I had far more trouble learning C, C++, and Java libraries than I did learning the actual language. Modern IDEs make it a bit easier with predictive typing and on-screen syntax checking. But trying to figure out how to read a file or output to the screen can be extremely difficult in some languages because of all the possible options with all of the different libraries. Fortunately, anyone skilled in Google can usually find code examples rather quickly.

And then there is debugging, which I think is still an art. Many years (decades??) ago, I had a developer come to me with a persistent bug he couldn't fix. After he explained it to me, he started to show me the code. I stopped him, and told him to go look at a specific part of the program, he was missing a period. He thought I was pulling his leg, but left and came back shortly and asked how I knew what the problem was without even looking at the code. I remember saying to him 'Scott .. the only difference between you and me is I've already made that mistake several times'. Debugging, like libraries, in any language takes significant experience to get good at.

Comment Re:The real reason? (Score 5, Insightful) 381

Very well said. Be careful though .. I used to be able to eat whatever I wanted. Then I got married and had kids, and it all changed.

I've taken a different approach to losing weight that is slowly working, averaging 2 1/2 pounds a month over the last 2 years. And no set point in sight. Rather than waster hours at the gym or the idiotic exercise of jogging, I do what came naturally a hundreds years ago ... work. It's amazing how much weight I have lost doing simple things like watching what I eat (i.e. stop buying chips, and eating Oreos in moderation), and laying pavers. Or mixing and pouring concrete by hand. Or using an ax and saw to cut down a tree and cut it to length instead of a chain saw. Installing my own flooring and kitchen cabinets instead of paying someone to do it.

And instead of a huge gym bill or bad feet or large payments to contractors, I have a beautiful house and yard. That I can point to with pride and say 'Yes .. I did that. No, I didn't have any training, I just googled it.;

It's been quite interesting to watch as my wife and I continue to eat less and less .. and realize, we are still satisfied. By listening to what our body tells us instead of some fad on the Internet, we have both reduced both our food intake and what we spend on food. We don't shun fast food restaurants, but we eat there less and less. And, to your point, enjoy what we do eat more and more.

I just bought a used sail boat that will need a fair amount of work. That should keep me busy for the rest of my life, it takes a bit of work to sail a boat instead of motoring around.

I may never reach the weight I was in high school, but that's a ridiculous goal. As long as I can get rid of the pills, I'll be fine.

Comment Hard to trust someone that needs a 'safe place'. (Score 1) 837

Really?? We are supposed to respect the opinions of a bunch of whimpering babies that can't stand the sight of a Trump sticker on their campus without running in fear?? People who have signed petitions to ban the first amendment??

I suppose if Mr. Nye is desperate enough to look anywhere for support, he'll turn to anyone. Even the chronically clueless...

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