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How Colleges Are Pushing Out the Poor To Court the Rich

The Dancing Panda Re:living in america :( (668 comments)

My medical care plan is 200 dollars a month. Even if you're paying 4 times that, That puts your total income at 2400 a month. Which is ~14 dollars an hour. Which is less than my sister is making on her internship right now, and is quite a bit less than any of my engineer friends are making. College isn't the problem dude. It's you.

about a year ago
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Florida House Passes Bill To Ban "Internet Cafes"

The Dancing Panda Re:Then ban Gambling (124 comments)

Seriously, not the same thing. The "internet cafe" is just a name. It's a big room with a bunch of slot machines. you use them to win Calling Cards (the kind you used to use to make long distance phone calls), and then trade the Cards for money once you're done. They call them internet cafes to skirt the law against gambling.

about a year ago
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White House Urges Reversal of Ban On Cell-Phone Unlocking

The Dancing Panda Re:Political stunt (256 comments)

This is really the issue. We're breaking everything down to "for my wishes" and "against my wishes". What we should be voting for is a group of people who can break the country's wants and needs down to their base impulses, and then coming up with legislation that satisfies as many of those as they can.

It's basic project management, turning customer statements into a list of requirements. The worst project leads just write down everything the customer says in the requirements. This generally causes a project with logical fallacies. The best ones take what the customer says and tries to figure out what they really want out of their idea. Then they propose a solution that meets all their real needs. We need good project managers in congress.

about a year ago
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Texas Bills Would Bar Warrantless Snooping On Phone Location

The Dancing Panda Re:Question for you liberals... (277 comments)

"We are not at war with" is now vague because of the situation. That is unfortunate, but we have to be aware of realities. Our military can't be hindered by "well, there might be an American citizen in that building we want to attack, who has the right to be arrested rather than executed". Again, the best possible solution is that this person is arrested and brought in front of a jury. But that's not a real possibility.

about a year ago
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Texas Bills Would Bar Warrantless Snooping On Phone Location

The Dancing Panda Re:Question for you liberals... (277 comments)

I hate when people say "you liberals", as if there's a conglomerate out to kill your babies and turn all your sons gay. Different people have different opinions. The things you hear on the radio that "liberals believe" or "conservatives argue" are mostly bullshit. It's like assuming Rush Limbaugh speaks for all conservatives (though...does he? His bullshit gets repeated as fact quite a bit on my FB feed).

Anyway, I'm fairly moderate. Drone strikes should probably be considered acts of war. Attacking Americans on American soil is wrong, we have a police force to arrest those people. Attacking Americans that have joined an enemy in a war zone, and are actively fighting or actively planning to fight our troops (maybe not directly. planning attacks counts), doesn't seem wrong. We don't have a police force to arrest those sorts of people. Bringing them in and putting them on trial is the best possible solution, but it's not really practical, and the military strategy has to account for them some other way.

Whether the war itself is just is another question entirely.

about a year ago
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White House Urges Reversal of Ban On Cell-Phone Unlocking

The Dancing Panda Re:Political stunt (256 comments)

I'd just like to see a politician with some convictions and backbone for a change.

See...you don't, really. People with convictions create standstills. What you want is people who are willing to compromise. People who are willing to see both sides of an argument and will try to get the best of all of it. You need "flip-floppers". You need people that will accept that they can't have everything they want. Stop voting for people that are "strong leaders". Vote for people that work well in groups.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Alternative To the Canonical Computer Science Degree?

The Dancing Panda Just get your degree, dude (347 comments)

I used to think like you. I was a year and a half into my degree and was wondering why I'd ever need to learn what a B-Tree does. Or the algorithmic complexity of merge sort. Or why I'd need to learn Haskell. But, it turns out, you actually do need those things to be a good web developer. I know, because prior to my current job, I was a good web developer (I'm now working on a new test automation suite, but I do web dev on the side), working among a sea of awful web developers (yeah, I would think that maybe I sucked, but I was the person managers called on when they needed a project done on time, or to fix something that someone else screwed up. Customers specifically asked for me). Awful developers had 2 year degrees in CIS, or none at all, or a degree from the local school who has probably the worst CS department in the country (I'm looking at you, UCF. I had a person tell me they had never heard of a tree structure, and had no idea how to traverse one. WTF).

So here's the thing. You can go learn PHP or C# or Java and become a web developer without a degree. And you will probably think you are very good at your job, and you will probably be happy with your paycheck. But then you're going to turn out a piece of shit web app. It will happen, trust me. Everyone, even those with degrees, turns out a piece of shit at first. It won't work right, it will be too slow, it will not conform to UI standards, so on and so forth. Now you're going to have several problems. One, unless you're really bright (which statistically, you aren't), you won't know where to start with regards to making your app run faster, or work better, or do all the things that it needs to do to be a usable app. And that sucks for you, because it's going to take you time to learn that sort of thing, which you could have learned part of in college. And now your employer is going to wonder "why did we hire this kid when there are 10 kids with degrees waiting for jobs? He's no better, and he's costing us time and money". And that's going to suck for you because you are no longer going to be happy with your paycheck. And then someone like me is going to have to fix your shitty web app. So I guess it works out for me, cause I get paid, except that I hate fixing shitty web apps.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Buying a Laptop That Doesn't Have Windows 8

The Dancing Panda Re:You wouldn't care.. (570 comments)

Says a guy who hasn't used it. If you have it in quick launch, it's "move mouse to bottom left corner, move to tile, click". All your commonly used apps are right there in front of you. If you want a-non commonly used app, it's "mouse to bottom left corner, click the programs tile, click your app tile". Not really any different than the start menu. It's just laid out a little differently and uses the whole screen. Takes a little getting used to, I'll admit, but it's not this crazy abomination that some people make it out to be.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Buying a Laptop That Doesn't Have Windows 8

The Dancing Panda Or just f'ing use Win 8... (570 comments)

Seriously. It's the same, with a small UI change. The Start Menu is now accessed by moving your mouse to bottom left corner of the screen, and it's redesigned in a tile format. Other than that small change (which people make way too big a deal of), and moving the Control Panel to the settings menu (bottom right corner, click Settings), it works exactly the same, in my experience.

about a year and a half ago
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Richard Stallman's Solution To 'Too Big To Fail'

The Dancing Panda Re:I have a better idea... (649 comments)

The car one is pretty easy to explain.

GM, Ford, and Chrysler all share US manufacturers for smaller parts of their cars. Ford did not take bailout money, but did argue for the other companies to be bailed out. Why? Because the smaller companies that they all share would suddenly have 2/3's of their customers cut out from under them, all at once. because economies of scale no longer work for the suppliers, parts prices go up severely and immediately. Demand for Ford cars may shift upwards, and increased production could be an outcome eventually, but the immediate price increases make Ford increase their prices, effectively pricing themselves out of their own market because their competitors failed too quickly. This leaves most of the state of Michigan completely devastated.

I'm not against the companies failing. In fact I would applaud it, because GMs and Chryslers have sucked so hard for so long. But it works out better for everyone if it's a more gradual process. This is the same case for the banks. Bad banks need to fail by customers moving their money out of them, so as to keep the least amount of innocent bystanders affected.

about a year and a half ago
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How EVE Online Dealt With a 3,000-Player Battle

The Dancing Panda Re:3000 players you say? (398 comments)

Not liking sports is one thing, but not caring about human interaction is decidedly more robotic.

about a year and a half ago
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Cisco Exits the Consumer Market, Sells Linksys To Belkin

The Dancing Panda Re:Good Riddance (284 comments)

So far I really like my TP-LINK. I haven't had any problems with it, the throughput is fast, the range is good, and the config software is about what you expect. And it wasn't expensive. And it has a USB on it to work as a print or file server. I like that.

about a year and a half ago
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New Microsoft App To Coordinate Disaster-Relief Efforts

The Dancing Panda Re:What a great thing (69 comments)

You'll note that those are all relatively new cities (even though you're wrong about Chicago, and probably Seattle). Older cities were built near rivers, on flood plains, because that's where they needed to be for shipping, food, and a clean water source. Even now these things are pretty important. Los Angeles wouldn't exist without a completely diverted river, for instance.

about a year and a half ago
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New Microsoft App To Coordinate Disaster-Relief Efforts

The Dancing Panda Re:What a great thing (69 comments)

Can you name a major city not in a flood plain?

about a year and a half ago
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IT Job Market Recovering Faster Now Than After Dot-com Bubble Burst

The Dancing Panda Re:At least one (242 comments)

It's short for "This is what I wanted to say"

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Stay Fit In the Office?

The Dancing Panda Re:Excercise and diet (372 comments)

Because then you look like a weirdo in your office. Geeks a lot of times have issues feeling awkward. This won't help.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Stay Fit In the Office?

The Dancing Panda Re:Enroll in Martial Arts (372 comments)

I'm an Aikido guy (2nd Degree Black belt). It's fairly useful in a fight (depending on your teacher, I guess). Mostly for teaching you how to get around one, or making it look like all self defense. My Dad (4th Degree, owns his own club) has taught SWAT teams and Police forces, because it's pretty good for subduing attackers without a lot of blood.

about a year and a half ago
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This Isn't the Petition Response You're Looking For

The Dancing Panda Re:Nice (191 comments)

Why would anyone take a petition seriously when it wants to completely dismantle a government agency?

Seriously, guys. Everyone knows the old "First they arrested..." adage. It's saying that freedoms erode slowly and you have to be careful not to let them. But for some reason, everyone forgets that the opposite is also true. If you want your freedoms back, you have to take small steps to erode corruption. Make a petition to allow drinks past the security checkpoint. That might get a decent answer.

about a year and a half ago
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Congressman Introduces Bill To Ban Minting of Trillion-Dollar Coin

The Dancing Panda Re:Can't America get its acts together ? (1059 comments)

But...yes you do benefit from those things. You get "not having poor people all over your streets begging you for money or robbing you blind". You get the added benefit of being able to take more risk in a small business, because you know you won't go hungry and cold if you lose everything.

about a year and a half ago

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