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Submission + - LinkedIn Testing 1970's-Style No-CS-Degree-Required Software Apprenticeships

theodp writes: The Mercury News reports on REACH, a new software apprenticeship program that LinkedIn’s engineering team started piloting this month, which offers people without Computer Science degrees an opportunity to get a foot in the door, as Microsoft-owned LinkedIn searches for ways to help diversify its workforce. For now, the 29 REACH participants are paid, but are only short-term LinkedIn employees (for the duration of the 6-month program). LinkedIn indicated it hopes to learn if tech internships could eventually be made part of the regular hiring process, perhaps unaware that no-CS-degree-required hiring for entry-level permanent positions in software development was standard practice in the 70's and 80's, back when women made up almost 40% of those working as programmers and in software-related fields, nearly double the percentage of women in LinkedIn's global 2016 tech workforce. Hey, even in tech hiring, everything old is new again!

Comment Fact "Checking" (Score 1) 70

I suppose this fact checking article is technically accurate for a very specific and narrow set of criteria... which aren't even well defined in TFA. (Technically right? That's the best kind of right!)

It reminds me of these recent fact checks: http://imgur.com/a/tSs3o

"Pants on fire" - (Number is correct, but fails to mention the cause)
"False" - (Transgender girls aren't boys)
"Mostly False" - (The numbers are valid, the comparison is questionable)

Submission + - Teenager arrested for 'swearing near pensioner' 1

oobayly writes: The Daily Telegraph reports that a Louisiana teenager has been arrested for swearing near 75 year old. According to the the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office the charge is for "DISTURBING THE PEACE / LANGUAGE/ Disorderly Conduct" and that:

While standing next to my 75 year-old complainant, Jared yelled the word "fuck" and clearly disturbed her peace.

As an outsider to the US — who is seriously envious of the 1st Amendment — how is this even an arrest-able office? Given that 43% Slashdot readers describe themselves as liberal/libertarian I doubt that many will support this — especially as Smith is only accused of shouting "fuck", not verbally abusing the lady — but is it likely the Sherif's office actually have a case?

Submission + - Physicists create negative mass (sciencedaily.com)

wisebabo writes: So, what's to keep me from getting a lot of this stuff (I know, the quantities that they have now are nanoscopic), putting it into a (very cold and well insulated) box and having it float upwards? (Antigravity). I mean gravity is a force and if this accelerates in the opposite direction then couldn't I harness it to do that?

Of course that means you could use it to make a machine that could generate energy from nothing so there must be a flaw in my reasoning somewhere. Also possibly useful for weight loss (if you could eat it).

Comment Re:How... (Score 1) 143

So much this. The only time I know someone's password is when I set it the first time with a forced change the first time they log in, typically minutes later. I don't want to know anyone's password, nor do I need to know anyone's password.

When someone leaves, I immediately nuke all of their account credentials, often before they even exit the building.

Programming

More Americans Now Work Full-Time From Home Than Walk and Bike To Office Jobs (qz.com) 73

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: In the United States, the past decade has been marked by booming cities, soaring rents, and a crush of young workers flocking to job-rich downtowns. Although these are heady days for pavement-pounding urbanists, a record 2.6% of American employees now go to their jobs without ever leaving their houses. That's more than walk and bike to work combined. These numbers come from a Quartz analysis of data from the U.S. census and the American Community Survey. The data show that telecommuting has grown faster than any other way of getting to work -- up 159% since 2000. By comparison, the number of Americans who bike to work has grown by 86% over the same period, while the number who drive or carpool has grown by only 12%. We've excluded both part-time and self-employed workers from these and all results. Though managers are the largest group of remote workers, as a percentage of a specific occupation computer programmers are the most over-represented. Nearly 8% of programmers now work from home, following a staggering increase of nearly 400% since 2000.

Comment Bulletin board of drivers (Score 1) 145

Any legal action might be a tough sell. Both Uber and Lyft try to say that they are simply a bulletin board (a very modern one) that pairs riders and drivers. If you are a bulletin board, you cannot get angry at anybody coming over to look at your board and see what's going on, even if they are a competitor. It is public information after all.

Comment Re:And deadly, too... (Score 1) 174

When I worked in a data center with an IBM mainframe, you were required to wear a tie because reasons. Some idiot manager insisted that my clip-on tie was inappropriate. I refused to wear a real tie because I had to work around those high speed printers and didn't wish to have my head removed in an accident. I made it clear I would never enter that room wearing a real tie. I think someone showed him the printer and asked if he wanted to lean over it while it was spitting out a job, because it suddenly stopped being an issue.

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