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Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration

Pascoea Re:No way! (512 comments)

so if you pay $500 for a widget, and someone else pays $100 for the same widget, yours is provably better

When your "widget" is a congressman, and your dollar value has a few more zeros on it, it is most certainly "the more you pay the more you get".

about a week ago
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Insurance Company Dongles Don't Offer Much Assurance Against Hacking

Pascoea Re:Spoofing! (199 comments)

savings

That's a funny joke. I tried the snapshot. What a fucking joke. Three cars: Me, 20 mile daily rush hour commute. Wife, 15 mile "off peak" daily commute. Daughter, car literally sat in the driveway for the three months, with the exception of 2 trips from Minneapolis to Fargo and an occasional trip to the gas station around the corner. Me: 0% (ok, I expected that.) Wife: 3%, daughter 3%. Seriously? What do you have to do to get their 30%?

about two weeks ago
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SpaceX Landing Attempt Video Released

Pascoea Re:Curiously familiar (248 comments)

Yeah, looks like they came in a little hot, and slightly off-kilter.

about two weeks ago
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There's a Problem In the Silk Road Trial: the Jury Doesn't Get the Internet

Pascoea Re:Jurors (303 comments)

Isn't that why you bring in experts to explain in, non-IT, terms what the purpose of TOR is? The jurors don't have to know how a gun works to be able to decide if it was used illegally or not. Now, if we are deciding whether or not the evidence was collected legally or not, that's a different story. And that isn't a decision made by the jurors. Which leads to my complaint: You have a huge problem if you have an inept judge that cannot understand the technical aspects of the evidence involved, to determine if it is admissible or not.

about two weeks ago
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IEEE: New H-1B Bill Will "Help Destroy" US Tech Workforce

Pascoea Re:They do it for us! (483 comments)

If you think that there is ever such a thing as a "free ER visit" you are delusional. Yeah, they are required to treat you even if you don't have the "ability to pay", if you have a life threatening condition. But you can be god damn sure they are going to do everything in their power to extract their money out of you, regardless of your "ability to pay". They have no qualms about suing somebody making significantly less than the poverty line and garnishing their wages. What? Don't have a job? Don't worry, they will wait till you get one, then the collectors will come say hi.

about two weeks ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

Pascoea Re: Dupe (840 comments)

So your argument about it being a "non-issue" is the same argument as mine? Because you think it's a non-issue? Compelling.

Find me a "reasonable person" on here that thinks it makes sense that you need tools, a half hour, and contortionist abilities to change a damn headlight.

If I'm driving in the dark in snow a storm I want both low-beams on. It's not a "convenience" thing, it's a safety concern. If you're cool driving around with impaired ability to see what's in front of you, giver 'er hell. I'm not cool with it. Period. And again, needing to lay in the snow to change a light bulb IS A BAD FUCKING DESIGN.

about three weeks ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

Pascoea Re: Dupe (840 comments)

The one in the trunk is likely to fail from rattling around in the trunk.

You must get off on pedantry. Fine, put the fucker in the glove box where it isn't going to bounce around.

And regardless of whether I had a spare bulb, I'd never stop on the side of the road to change it, I'd just drive on the remaining light until a more convenient time.

Definitely your prerogative. Some people would make a different choice, especially when a "more convenient time" could involve many hours worth of driving. Which leads me back to my original point, again. Changing it out shouldn't require tools.

about three weeks ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

Pascoea Re: Dupe (840 comments)

Headlights should be replaced in pairs. If one went out, the other is (more than likely) shortly behind it.

Who said anything about needing to acquire them in bulk? Buy a two pack, replace them both, put the spare in the trunk. Why is that such a hard concept?

about three weeks ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

Pascoea Re: Dupe (840 comments)

Who the heck replaces a headlight on the side of the road in the dark?

The guy on a late night long distance trip in the middle of nowhere that happens to keep a spare bulb in the trunk?

they do come in pairs

I know. That's why I have a spare in my trunk, because when I replaced the pair I put the old non-burned out one in the package and put it in my trunk. Ya know, so I have a spare bulb if one burns out while I'm in the middle of nowhere in the middle of the night.

But, back to my original point, if you want something more realistic: If you can't replace a headlight bulb by yourself with zero tools and without crawling on the ground, your design is broken.

about three weeks ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

Pascoea Re: Dupe (840 comments)

Incidentally... bullshit.

Agreed. Owner of a 2010 Subaru Legacy. When the second line of instructions (after "remove these three fasteners") is something to the effect of "Pry the inner fender well out of the way", your design sucks.

If you can't replace a headlight bulb on the side of the road, in the dark, by yourself, with zero tools and without crawling on the ground, your design is broken.

about three weeks ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

Pascoea Re: Dupe (840 comments)

For standard oil I would tend to agree with you. It's hard to buy all of the components necessary for the 19.95 (or whatever) that wal*mart (or whatever) charges. The trouble is when you go to get a synthetic oil change the price doubles or triples. I can find a 5qt jug of good synthetic and an oil filter for less than 30 most of the time.

The half hour of my time, an hour if you count the trip to the auto parts store, is well worth it to know exactly what was done to my car. I've heard too many horror stories about what happens in those oil change places.

about three weeks ago
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Hunting For a Tech Job In 2015

Pascoea Re:Getter by better if you have skills... (174 comments)

Often people in the interview chain were tech school, or self-taught pedantic types, and they especially don't like theorists or those that can run circles around algorithm, logic, and design questions. These kind of interviews happened to me several times before I finally learned the disgusting practice of dumbing myself down, not showing off, and playing nice with those people

In my experience, taking the initiative to spend a little unforced time to go politely beyond the question at the white-board, and demonstrate a deeper understanding, after answering the question, is not being pompous or arrogant. This is the exact activity that has got me in trouble.

Can you see how you could possibly come across as arrogant? Those two statements are both yours, and they both say essentially the same thing. Attitude 1 gets shown the door, attitude 2 probably gets a second interview.

My only other thought... You have incredibly valid points, most people don't like being told they are dumb. If you are asked to dissect some code, it was most likely written by one of the interviewers and they are probably particularly proud of it. (they aren't going to display some crap they hacked together 5 years ago) Showing them intricate ways to improve it, even if they are completely valid, isn't going to earn you brownie points. Prove that you understand the concept, debug their intentional fuck-up, answer whatever the question is, and move on. Wait till you get hired to prove what an idiot the guy who wrote it is.

about a month ago
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Hunting For a Tech Job In 2015

Pascoea Re:Getter by better if you have skills... (174 comments)

Often people in the interview chain were tech school, or self-taught pedantic types, and they especially don't like theorists or those that can run circles around algorithm, logic, and design questions. These kind of interviews happened to me several times before I finally learned the disgusting practice of dumbing myself down, not showing off, and playing nice with those people

Or, maybe, experienced established professionals don't appreciate punk know-it-all showoffs coming into an interview with the goal of proving how much smarter than everybody else they are? With the attitude that you expressed in your post I wouldn't hire you either. Not for a programming position, or a janitor. Nobody likes working with a pompous asshole.

about a month ago
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Would Twitter Make President Obama 'Follow' the Tea Party If the Price Is Right?

Pascoea Too much weight in social media? (121 comments)

If your livelihood can be jeopardized by who you "follow" or "like" then maybe we have placed far too much weight in social media.

If the CEO of PepsiCo follows Coke will it negatively affect Pepsi in some way? I just don't see it.

about a month ago
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Would Twitter Make President Obama 'Follow' the Tea Party If the Price Is Right?

Pascoea Re:simple... block them (121 comments)

Better than feeding her a live-rat sandwich...

about a month ago
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Backblaze's 6 TB Hard Drive Face-Off

Pascoea Re:Man, am I old ... (173 comments)

My wife and I took over 7000 pictures on our honeymoon (which lasted about a month)

You guys took about 15 pictures/hour on your honeymoon? (assuming 8 hours/day of sleep)

When did you guys find time to fuck?

about a month and a half ago
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LG To Show Off New 55-Inch 8K Display at CES

Pascoea Re:8K!? but I haven't even bought a 4K yet (179 comments)

There is no need for 1080p, there is no consumer media. DVD doesn't do it, NTSC is stuck at 480i or 480p. The singular benefit of 1080p over 480p is that it doesn't need as large of black bars to show standard cinema content.

about a month and a half ago
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Top Counter-Strike Players Embroiled In Hacking Scandal

Pascoea Re:CS players cheat? (224 comments)

Not that I'm aware of. New e-mail address, new steam account, and $15 to purchase a new copy of CS and you are good to go.

about 2 months ago
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Ubisoft Points Finger At AMD For Assassin's Creed Unity Poor Performance

Pascoea Re:If at first you don't succeed... (262 comments)

because you're spending $60+ on the cost of entry, and when the reviewers are embargoed there's just no way to tell if you're going to get screwed

I didn't realize that playing a game the day (or week, or month, or year) that it is released in any way shape or form increases the enjoyability of the game. It's not like the content of the game changes, does it?

Not that it excuses Ubisoft from releasing a shit product, I'm just saying that (in my opinion) there is no reason to play the game the day it is released. I'd rather wait a year till the price of the games come down, and the hardware to play them on gets cheaper.

about 2 months ago
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PC Cooling Specialist Zalman Goes Bankrupt Due To Fraud

Pascoea Re:easy (208 comments)

They shouldn't be getting their $3 billion back: they took a foolish risk and need to suffer the consequences.

I respectfully disagree. They are entitled to get their money back, per the contract that was signed. All debtors of the company have the same entitlement to get their contractually obligated money back.

Now, where that money comes from is a different story. Not a dime of it should come from anybody that wasn't directly involved in the fraud. Any executive/board level people that were involved should be stripped of any and all assets, then the company should be liquidated, restructured, or whatever it takes to satisfy the debtors. If someone wants to pick up the pieces and build Zalaman 2.0, that's for them to decide.

about 3 months ago

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