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Comment Re:It's A Start (Score 5, Insightful) 619

You're simply not going to retrain people in their 40s+
And this is the sort of age-ist bullshit that makes it easier for companies to continue abusive hiring practices. Is it reasonable to say that every 40+ worker can be a programmer? No, but to paint a huge swath of the population with the "they're simply untrainable" brush is as intolerant and ignorant as making any broad statement about broad swaths of the population.
(30+ programmer here)

Comment experiment (Score 1) 281

I often wonder if Microsoft is really just running an experiment to discover how much garbage users will actually tolerate.
"Let's say a mobile OS is a desktop OS!"
"Let's remove the start menu!"
"Let's make UAC do ridiculous things!"
"Let's force updates and reboots whenever we want!"
"Let's dump advertisements in weird places!"

As an aside, I could probably make a killing by writing an ad-blocker for the OS...

Submission + - The Empire strikes back: Gaming Waze and others (usatoday.com)

KindMind writes: USA today writes that Waze and others are causing traffic planners to try to figure out how to gain control back. From the article: While traffic savvy GPS apps like Waze and Google Maps have provided users a way to get around traffic, it has caused massive headaches for city planners ... With highways frequently congested, navigation apps like Google Maps and Waze started telling drivers to hop off the freeway at Fremont's Mission Boulevard, cut through residential streets and then hop back on the highway where things were clearer — much to the distress of the people who lived there. “The commuters didn’t live or work in Fremont and didn’t care about our residential neighborhoods,” said Noe Veloso, Fremont’s principal transportation engineer ... Fremont instituted commute-hour turn restrictions on the most heavily used residential cut-through routes. The city also partnered with Waze through its Connected Citizens Program in order to share data and information, such as the turn restrictions, so that the app takes them into account. The result has been effective, but Veloso is worried the changes may simply reroute commuters into other neighborhoods.

Submission + - IEEE-USA opposes efforts to expand the H-1B visa program (ieee.org)

Tekla Perry writes: IEEE USA says H-1B visas are a tool used to avoid paying U.S. wages. "For every visa used by Google to hire a talented non-American for $126,000, ten Americans are replaced by outsourcing companies paying their H-1B workers $65,000," says the current IEEE USA president, writing with the past president and president-elect. The outsourcing companies, Infosys, Cognizant, Wipro, and Tata Consultancy in 2014 "used 21,695 visas, or more than 25 percent of all private-sector H-1B visas used that year. Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and Uber, for comparison, used only 1,763 visas, or 2 percent," they say. They do support expanding green card programs, stating "America was built by green card holders, not guest workers."

Submission + - China Showcases Latest Military Technology (popsci.com)

An anonymous reader writes: At the annual "International Defense Exhibition and Conference" in Dubai, China showcased a range of high-tech weaponry. In addition to the mainstay tanks, artillery pieces and jet fighters, on exhibit were a light(50-100 pounds) weaponized robot, a drone with 4,400-mile range & 60 hour flight time capable of carrying a ton of payload, a laser that can purportedly disable a vehicle at a distance over a mile & much more. If this is the technology they are willing to put on public display, one has to wonder what capabilities they're keeping secret. It also raises the question of how China, traditionally one of the largest importers(in addition to being a significant exporter) of weaponry, will figure into the multi-trillion dollar international arms market in the future.

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