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Electrical Engineering Labor Pool Shrinking

Xaositecte Re: Quite so! (401 comments)

I have many complaints about the first company I worked for out of school hiring and paying me as an intern instead of a full employee, but I will admit that I did get quite good experience out of the deal.

1 year,20 days
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Electrical Engineering Labor Pool Shrinking

Xaositecte Re:Quite so! (401 comments)

I graduated with Honors last year, went through a 6-month internship (we're going to hire you on full time and pay you market rate! Honest! It's just this is a bad time right now, we don't have the authorization for more manpower, we'll keep you on as an intern though...) - found another job with that experience easily enough.

Now with only a year's experience, I'm getting headhunter E-mails once or twice a month.

1 year,20 days
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New York Culls Sex Offenders From the Online Gaming Ranks

Xaositecte Re:This will obviously help. (511 comments)

Drunk Drivers are often prevented from owning/driving cars; or at least forced to own a car with a built in sobriety detector.

about a year and a half ago
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School Shooting Prompts Legislation To Study Violent Video Games

Xaositecte Starcraft. (1168 comments)

There have been reports that Adam Lanza obsessively played Call of Duty and Starcraft before he went on a shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last Friday.

Starcraft? Seriously? That breeds killers?

about a year and a half ago
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Richard Stallman: Limit the Effect of Software Patents

Xaositecte Re:Right on (257 comments)

you two appear to be agreeing with each other, and yet insisting that your opinions are different.

about a year ago
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Physicist Explains Cthulhu's "Non-Euclidean Geometry"

Xaositecte Re:So it's a Sci-Fi? (179 comments)

You change throughout your life, and can realize the views you're holding are wrong. I was certainly a little shit when I was younger, and will probably look back at the views I hold today and be at least a little embarrassed.

about 2 years ago
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Supreme Court Hearing Case On Drug-Sniffing Dog "Fishing Expeditions"

Xaositecte Re:Where to draw the line (451 comments)

Interesting historical note; "Just following orders" has totally been an acceptable excuse.

Most people point to the Nuremburg trials when making the comparison, but every single person convicted in those trials was in a position of authority actively giving orders. No-one was even put on trial for being a front-line guard.

The more you know

about 2 years ago
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Appeals Court Rules TOS Violations Aren't Criminal

Xaositecte Re:Damn it (120 comments)

He's not violating the TOS, but he's certainly accessing the computer system without authorization, which is the actual felony crime being discussed. If anything, his guilt is even more unambiguous.

more than 2 years ago
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Tech Forensics Take Center Stage in Manning Pre-Trial

Xaositecte Re:Military vs. Civilian Justice (172 comments)

He has been denied his right to a speedy trial, [i]it is already unambiguously unfair[/i]. There's nothing leading me to believe the court's contempt for due process will stop once the actual trial begins.

more than 2 years ago
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Tech Forensics Take Center Stage in Manning Pre-Trial

Xaositecte Re:Military vs. Civilian Justice (172 comments)

Being held without trial for a year violates his right to a speedy trial. An even-handed, non-political judge following the law in any sense of the word would have dismissed all charges due to the violation of due process.

more than 2 years ago
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The Elder Scrolls Return With Skyrim

Xaositecte Re:Cool! (158 comments)

Presumably, the set of people interested in extensively using mods and script extenders are also the set of people who are willing and able to download a pirated version of the game.

So they just figure, "Let's just keep our fans happy."

more than 2 years ago
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Zynga To Employees: Surrender Pre-IPO Shares Or You're Fired

Xaositecte Re:Mafia (554 comments)

Eh, Barring employees from talking about wages is a violation of The national labor relations act. I'd cry tears of joy if I had it on paper someone was firing me for that reason, because winning the resulting lawsuit would be basically guaranteed.

more than 2 years ago
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Technical Glitch Lets Reporters Eavesdrop On Obama, Sarkozy

Xaositecte Re:2 people agreeing is news? (411 comments)

Just because some of the people in the neighboring countries are of arabian descent too?

Because the leaders of those neighboring countries publicly declare that the Palestinians are their brothers, and lead their countries to war on the Palestinians behalf. Yes, I know those leaders are hypocritical fucks that are just using the Palestinians as political tools instead of being honestly concerned with their welfare, I'd still rather live somewhere where the leadership is paying lip service to the idea of me being an equal to all the other citizens.

If all the resources that have been spent on attacking Israel were instead spent on providing transportation, housing, and education for Palestinian Refugees, the problem would have been solved by now.

more than 2 years ago
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Technical Glitch Lets Reporters Eavesdrop On Obama, Sarkozy

Xaositecte Re:2 people agreeing is news? (411 comments)

Dude, Genocide worked pretty well for us in America.

I mean, there are a few natives still out there, but alcoholism is gonna finish'em off in a few more decades.

I hear wonderful things about what genocide did for the Australians, too.

more than 2 years ago
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Technical Glitch Lets Reporters Eavesdrop On Obama, Sarkozy

Xaositecte Re:2 people agreeing is news? (411 comments)

Eh, if every other surrounding neighborhood had a culture similar to my own, and felt so strongly about it that they were willing to go to war to try to throw that new incoming nationality out of my neighborhood, only failing because they weren't strong enough to succeed militarily...

I'd move to one of those surrounding neighborhoods.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Do So Many College Science Majors Drop Out?

Xaositecte Re:Exactly what the article says.. (841 comments)

Eh, there are the idiots who flunked out because they were incapable. They're flipping burgers now.

Then there are the smart ones who did a cost/benefit analysis. Even the Engineering professors told us straight up in Intro to Engineering, management is where the money is. They split off into things like MIS, did about a tenth of the work the Engineers do, and have job prospects nearly as good as we do.

It's economic realities like that drawing a lot of the best and brightest away from Engineering.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Do So Many College Science Majors Drop Out?

Xaositecte Exactly what the article says.. (841 comments)

I'm graduating in may from a BSEE program, and I must say this is largely correct. Calculus and physics courses from freshman and sophmore year were largely sink-or-swim where about half the class would drop before we even reached the halfway point of the term. They had more students sign up then they had capacity to teach, so weeding out students was the explicit purpose of those classes, to the point where we'd lose 50% or more by halfway through the term, and of the half that remained, a fair number still failed.

Unnecessary homework load is the prime culprit. Freshman and Sophmore level classes will routinely assign homework where you'll learn how to solve a particular kind of problem the first time, and then repeat it with minor alterations another dozen times. Compare this to Junior and Senior level classes where we'll get three very difficult problems, and that's it. Additional studying or examples can be done at the student's discretion.

Since every class is loading you down with the same level of unnecessary busywork, you're inevitably so swamped that you stop sleeping, lose out on any kind of social life, and tear your hair out from the stress. Frankly, I sometimes wonder if I'm the stupid one for sticking with it, when I could have just said, "Fuck it," and coasted through a business major without even trying like several of my peers ended up doing.

 

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Threatens Bistro Over "AppleADay" Name

Xaositecte Re:Why are they such assholes? (301 comments)

You answered your own question there.

But you seem pretty bad at basic logic, so I don't want to hear your explaination anymore.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Threatens Bistro Over "AppleADay" Name

Xaositecte Re:Why are they such assholes? (301 comments)

Explain it to me then, how does this lawsuit make any sense whatsoever?

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Threatens Bistro Over "AppleADay" Name

Xaositecte Re:Why are they such assholes? (301 comments)

Are you saying this is an example of the system functioning as intended?

Because that's even worse than if GP is correct.

more than 2 years ago

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And so it begins

Xaositecte Xaositecte writes  |  about 9 years ago

A slashdot journal. Nifty.

I don't know whether or not I'll continue in this thing, just got a Slashdot account and should probably put -something- in here so the space is put to good use. I have a livejournal of the same name which I actually update on a more-or-less frequent basis. Probably stick with that for the hardcore journaling. Whenever something nerdish strikes me and I'm surfing Slashdot, this'll get a ring.

Peace, World.

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