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Do We Really Have a Shortage of STEM Workers?

YahoKa Re:Define "qualified" (491 comments)

There is some truth to that, but that's not the whole story. There are many good people out there, but you will see people from CS or Computer Eng backgrounds that understand surprisingly little about any part of a computer or software (even from good schools ... sometimes I can't fathom how they passed). And at least 80% of the time someone writes that they know SQL or Unix on their resume, they can't name even a few basic commands.

about 7 months ago

Do We Really Have a Shortage of STEM Workers?

YahoKa Quality, not quantity (491 comments)

I've you've ever hired for a stem job, you will know: there are plenty of people with the right degree out there. Finding one with a degree who understands even half of what they learned is another.

about 7 months ago

Apple iPad Reviewed

YahoKa Ok, so... (443 comments)

Ok, so this is what I got from reading that short: well, this doesn't really address any of the concerns people have mentioned, but it's super duper powerful. Wheee!

I still don't quite get it myself and wouldn't buy one, but I guess its hard to speculate how the market will react.

more than 4 years ago

A History of Media Technology Scares

YahoKa feeble argument (119 comments)

the debates about whether schooling dulls the brain or whether newspapers damage the fabric of society seem peculiar

What? It doesn't to me, actually. Modern schooling and news media give us many of nifty tools, but also do damage to our education and ability to think independently, and so in turn to society. So, I'm not sure I agree we can dismiss debate like this. I pick this quote because it's an example of why this is a poor argument.

The whole argument the author uses assumes we have consistently progressed using media and surpassed the problems media critics pointed out, therefore critics in the past are wrong. Maybe it's true that they are always rather negative and forget the positive aspects of change, but there have been a huge range of critics with lots of criticisms that seem to have manifested true. Sorry, but you can't throw out an argument like this author did in a 1-page article, he just has too many presumptions for too complex an issue.

more than 3 years ago

CDC Adopts Near Real-Time Flu Tracking System

YahoKa Crash it (102 comments)

Real time flu tracking, eh? Let's all sneeze at once and see if we can crash it.

more than 4 years ago

Electric Company Wants Monthly Fee For Solar Users

YahoKa Re:Similar logic (367 comments)

I disagree. I'm paying you for the option to buy electricity when I need it. It costs money to provide that option, and so I should (rightfully) pay for it. The fee for this option may have been implicity built into the rates in the past, but I think they are just changing their model to more closely reflect costs because the market is changing.

more than 5 years ago

Electric Company Wants Monthly Fee For Solar Users

YahoKa Is it really that bad? (367 comments)

I am not sure we can/should speculate on this without more details. Of course the energy company wants to ensure its revenues, but this may not be unreasonable. Even if you have solar, you're (probably) still connected to the grid. It's a huge convenience to you to use just a bit of energy when you really need it - but what if you only use $5 worth of electricity at a low cost? The billing probably process probably costs a nice percentage of your total bill! Is it really unreasonable to pay for a connectivity fee? I don't think it is necessarily...

more than 5 years ago

UK Teen Cited For Calling Scientology a "Cult"

YahoKa What he needs is... (995 comments)

Not legal advice, not a lawyer, but an audit.

more than 6 years ago


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