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Comment Re:Infrastructure (Score 1) 240

Choosing in the affirmative is a ranking. I had several choices in the last Presidential election, and you may infer from my vote that all but one did nmot gain myu approval.

I believe, sadly, that election science would be gamed to ensure the election of candidates favored by those who are unsure they could prevail in a FPTP election. Most of the multiple-choice (I don't care if that's not the proper terminology) methods seem intended to make sense of chaotic or coalition-based governments. Ours doesn't work like that for a variety of reasons.

And if my own experience is a guide, the current effort to discredit the Electoral College method is virtually entirely inspired by the failed candidate's supporters. They neglect the nature of our Republic. You may not like the outcome, but the process worked as intended.

Discussing this with an eye to, and focus on, the outcome and the successful candidate is important. He 'gamed' the system, if you would like it better by that definition, by focusing on the votes he *could* win. A previous candidate, caught admitting that he could not win as many as 48% of the votes under any circumstances, was excoriated for saying so out loud. And it was the truth. Our system seems to be struggling not because it is inherently flawed, but because our nation is in a state of turmoil unmatched. How this is resolved remains to be seen.

Comment Re:Hardware jobs (Score 1) 118

Is there any reason to believe that available candidates represent the best and brightest? If so, they would be either happily (I hope) challenged at their current opportunity, if not of course they are on the market.

And changes have interesting effects. C programmers are not so widely needed according to some of the recruiters I know, and lots of C jockeys who learned the basics of other languages or environments were let go rather than be kept on doing minimal work. This is not new, but the pace is picking up a bit, and the industry has no steep demand curve for the foreseeable future.

Not good. Lots of displacement. Changes. The Cloud is going to cause a lot of problems. I know a few sysadmins who have figured out virtualization (what we called The Cloud once) is reducing the need for their services, either changing them into 'virtual' SAs with new skills and mindsets needed, or just displacing them as the hardware stacks shrink and shrink.

My work is plainly in the sights of the automators and robotics teams. The real question will be what happens when they can automate 80% of what I do. the last 20% is going to be tough to defend, unless they measure it as impact v incidents. Then it will become the 80% of impact they cannot quite automate. Yet.

My retirement plan is self-employment.

Comment Re:Infrastructure (Score 1) 240

"next to every product and service the first thing you will see is a five-star rating. "

And I click through to read the reviews - starting with the worst.

If bad reviews show a trend, I'm alerted to possible problems if I fall into the bucket of 'happened to me'. After that, scanning the best reviews I look for the shallow stuff and ignore it.

Similarly with political candidates, I'm not as interested at first in their supporters, but their detractors. Common themes by their enemies often illuminate some trait or belief that alarms me, but often it shows that I agree with the candidate, and their detractors I do not.

It's pretty common to dismiss our choices of candidates as 'beauty contests', but truly we have no good idea what they will do in office. Every elected official tends to change to suit the office. The ones that have not often raise the ire of both the opposition (ZOMG they are DOING WHAT THEY SAID THEY WOULD!!!!) and their supporters (But they aren't doing THIS); you cannot please everyone all the time.

And now we see a President pretty muich doing precisely what he said he would. Some are alarmed, outraged, aghast that he is following through, both because they oppose his policies and because they genuinely did not expect him to do so. Others not so much, they actually voted to have those things done.

We shall see what the outcomes are, but this political era is a new, uncharted one. Some things we have not seen for decades.

Comment Re:White Leftists Whine, China Creates Superhumans (Score 1) 159

Since I'm working on adopting a child right now I can tell you that $1500-$2500 is a low estimate for initial expenses. This will cost me $25,000 before I'm done. And the expenses of raising a child beyond that.

But I'm not in Tennessee, nor am I adopting a child the result of anything other than a failed family.

Comment Re:Infrastructure (Score 1) 240

"Since our political process demands that we be sorted into two groups"

No, but it is certainly simpler for the method we use. And behold, while we have a party nominee elected, he is not really a member of that party. He usurped the nomination process, and there is some fairly weak but useful evidence that he could have won if he had not, but been a third-party candidate - he did, after all, receive little support from that party.

But 'demands' is hopefully your shorthand for 'encourages'.

And a two-party system, with its drawbacks, can be better than coalition governance. In our system in the US this would result, I believe, in gridlock - as any coalition abandoned the majority or switched sides, in response to an issue, the majority would be at risk, and chaos on a regular basis. Yes, this does sound a lot like caucusing.

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