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Comment Re:Landlords are not middle class (Score 2) 106

I made less than $50K last year. Your definition of upper class would include me, and that's ridiculous.

Time for a bit of introspection, I think.

No, the idea that someone who makes $50k per year should be considered "upper class" is indeed ridiculous, no introspection required. A person is not "upper class" just because they make their money from real estate. To be sure. deriving wealth from investment rather than from working for an employer is part of the definition, but there are other aspects to consider. For one thing, the income has to be significantly above average, which is not the case here. Historically speaking, one's family background played an even larger part than wealth in determining one's social status—a merchant might be wealthier than the average aristocrat, but would still not be considered "upper class" for the simple reason of not being born into the aristocracy.

Comment Re:As opposed to Amazon Prime? (Score 1) 81

I have a rather different view, as the change happened soon after the Fire phone debacle, Bezos's pet project. Seemed like the bigger investors were getting nervous about him, and moved him to a more honorary position.

In any case, the only long-term contracts I've ever seen for any AWS product is the long-term discounts for servers. Everything else seems to be hourly (or by the millisecond for Lambda, but I've yet to find a use for that). Pretty much the opposite of Oracle.

Comment Re:I wonder... (Score 1) 436

Sorry, but if you claim that you're a college trained IT professional, I DO expect you to be able to write code on a sheet of paper that will compile.

"College trained IT professional" means "help desk guy". If you mean "developer", say that. Certainly there are a lot of developers that got ripped of by their college. OTOH, I don't expect the help desk guy to write code that compiles.

Comment Re:I wonder... (Score 1) 436

Look at the actual study. The headline is BS. The study is about college students. If you think that the data is inaccurate, you haven't spent much time doing intern interviews or screening fresh college hires. 5% being able to write acceptable code sounds about write to me, as does "about half" being unable to even write code that compiles.

There are always people who defend this with "college isn't a vocation program". Well, fuck that. If you spend $100k (or your regional equivalent) on a programming-related degree, and you're not capable of coding when you graduate, you got took.

Comment Re:I have a dream (Score 2) 436

I don't know why it has to be branded as racist and India is an irrelevance to the point. The fact is, when companies scrape the bottom of the barrel for least cost this is what they get.

While this may well be true, the headline has nothing to do with TFA. TFA (I know, I know) is about engineering students not workers employed in the field. Of course, if you go with the cheapest source of outsourcing, you get the company that hires from that unfit 95%.

Comment Re:Not really a Good Result (Score 1) 175

You're making the same erroneous assumption as the GP, that you can predict the utility of as-yet-undiscovered science.

Flawed argument. If you can't predict it will be valuable, don't fund it all at. Burden of proof is on the person asking for money that there will be some ROI.

But then, I think you can make some predictions based on the trends from the past 100 years.

Not if the product requires LHC-like energies to create, but there's no reason to believe that's necessarily the case.

The farther away you have to go from the conditions we face in order to find unanswered questions, the less useful those answers are likely to be.

Comment Re:Not really a Good Result (Score 1) 175

Particle physics is becoming more distant from daily life as time passes. Not to say there haven't been some cool knock-off technologies from the work to create the LHC in the first place, but it's increasingly unlikely as energies increase that we'll discover something productizable.

There are other reasons to fund science, of course, but the LHC wasn't exactly cheap. I think the best hope for a higher-energy collider in the future is if the cost of building it decreases due to automation/robotics. And that doesn't seem so far-fetched in the decades to come.

Comment Re:Recycle! (Score 2) 129

Now I know it's a *horror* for your standard capitalist these days, but what about, like, PLANNING (omfg, he's said the *P* word!) a bit ahead?

How do you propose to "plan"? We don't have any use for recycled materials in orbit. There's a lot of infrastructure that would need to be in place first before it makes sense to recycle.

Think about some standards which would make those things as recyclable as possible (like trying to keep a set of agreed-upon materials, standards for easy deconstructibility -- all things which, you know, *might* help us down here too), working towards a LEO factory of the future?

Let us note that those sorts of recycling standards routinely create a big mess on Earth, including lower quality electronics (such as tin whiskers) and more effort spent recycling than would be saved in materials. I don't see the point of having expensive satellites follow some recycling standard that isn't justified, lowers the effective lifespan of the satellite, and won't actually be useful for decades until someone gets around to putting the necessary recycling infrastructure in space (by the time they do, they probably will be able to handle most of the current satellites and large space debris aside from nuclear reactors).

Comment Re:Hmz.... (Score 1) 120

So you think it is okay for a company to close a plant in a state where workers have rights and moved to a state where workers can be abused with twice the hours at the same rate of pay?

Of course. I don't respect abusive labor unions, particularly in times when labor is under stress.

In 30 years 90% of manufacturing will be done by robots in the USA. this will be good for a few and horrible for many.

Unless, of course, that doesn't happen. We can implement employer-friendly social policies before then and keep that from happening.

Comment Re:How to make your Rights illegal. (Score 1) 249

So you can make a case that that falls under the promoting the general welfare clause and has federal merit.

You mean the "general welfare clause" that serves only to constrain Congress's "Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises"? The one that doesn't empower the government to do anything other than raising funds? That general welfare clause?

The Department of Education has nothing to do with taxes, duties, imposts, or excises, so the general welfare clause is completely irrelevant. If you want to justify its existence as a federal program you'll need to find a different enumerated power. Your best bet would probably be "To regulate Commerce ... among the several States", but only to the extent of standardizing what it means to claim a certain level of education.

Comment Re:Thanks for the troll mod (Score 1) 477

and not because his semi-private ideals

What ideals? If I play chess in "semi-private" with the usual rules, does that mean I have the ideal that white should go first?

Last time I heard, he was let go for that reason and for unspecified "other reasons". If you have a citation as to what those "other reasons" are which does not boil down to speculation, I'm interested in reading it.

Sorry, I don't buy that those "unspecified reasons" exist. Dries Buytaert had no problem talking about Larry Garfield's alleged "ideals", but refused to mention any other reason. What makes discussion of Garfield's bedroom proclivities even of remote relevance to the decision to end Garfield's participation in Drupal?

Comment Re:I didn't need a smartphone for a tech accident (Score 1) 343

... but it does show that officer judgement should be a factor.

No, what it shows is that it should not be possible to be convicted of a DUI unless you were actually driving, regardless of the judgement (or lack thereof) of any officers in the vicinity. The fact that the vehicle's transmission was in Park should be an absolute defense against any accusation that you were driving under the influence. If an officer sees someone impaired in a parked vehicle and worries that they might start driving under the influence they are welcome to stick around until the person actually does start driving and only then charge them with a DUI. No one is being endangered so long as the vehicle remains stationary.

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