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Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

bberens Re:project manage then (578 comments)

Given that the national unemployment rate right now is 6.7%, seems like STEM people are doing pretty well.

3 days ago
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Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

bberens Re:Sure you can (578 comments)

Being a good programmer isn't just about learning the semantics of a language. It's a problem solving job. As much as I hate IQ it's the best measure we have of intelligence and there's a very strong correlation between high IQ and success at programming. 100% of everything in programming is abstract. It's one of the hardest things human beings do in scale.

about a week ago
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Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

bberens Re:project manage then (578 comments)

I don't know about the rest of STEM but unemployment for programmers is really low.

about a week ago
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Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

bberens Re:Fuck Obamacare (721 comments)

I don't know if what you're saying is technically correct with regard to the law, but it's certainly not how hospitals act in practice. From what I've seen a for-profit hospital will patch you up well enough that you can survive transport to a not-for-profit and a not-for-profit will provide whatever care is reasonably necessary to help you get better.

about a week ago
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Should Microsoft Give Kids Programmable Versions of Office?

bberens Re:Give 'em your Kool-Aid (226 comments)

I agree with you that VBA is significantly more valuable to the average office drone. However, I'm not sure most of the things VBA is intended for will be big draws to getting kids to learn programming. When I was in high school it was VB6. Me and the other hand full of kids that knew how to program raced through the year's assignments and then wrote a video game. I guess I could implement a video game in Excel, but... it seems unnecessarily cheesy.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon's Fire TV: Is It Worth Game Developers' Time?

bberens Re:Useless outside of the USA (88 comments)

I run a Plex server and connect to it remotely via my phone. My phone can definitely play 1080p video, but my cell connection generally isn't going to stream fast enough. Having plex transcode on the fly means that the video is playable vs not.

about two weeks ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

bberens Re:Not necessarily hate (1482 comments)

I agree with you that Orthodox Christianity is a religion of hate.

about two weeks ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

bberens Re:Terrible precedent (1482 comments)

I support open source for purely political reasons. I stopped using IE for mostly political reasons. I don't use FF anyways but I don't think it's unreasonable to suggest that people might not use FF for political reasons.

about two weeks ago
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Dropbox's New Policy of Scanning Files For DMCA Issues

bberens Re:That's it (243 comments)

If you're not distributing copyrighted material I fail to see how this could be a problem in practice. You'd have to create a public link to your copyrighted file and that link would have to somehow wind up in the hands of the MPAA or other representative of copyright holders.

about two weeks ago
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Russian Officials Dump iPads For Samsung Tablets Over Spy Fears

bberens Re:Someone will make money (198 comments)

They should use Windows 8 RT tablets. No one bothered to figure out how to hack both of the users of that platform.

about three weeks ago
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Physicists Produce Antineutrino Map of the World

bberens Re:Hmmmm ... (75 comments)

Is it safe to assume that even nuclear weapons will emit a considerable amount of anti-neutrinos? Because that'd be.. Oh wait, there's a knock at the door.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Fastest, Cheapest Path To a Bachelor's Degree?

bberens Re:consultancy (370 comments)

How do you shop for new clients? How do you find businesses and get on their list of "approved vendors?"

about three weeks ago
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IBM's Watson To Be Used For Cancer Treatment

bberens Re:Faster, but smarter? (46 comments)

My cell phone probably has the processing power to churn out diagnoses faster and equally as accurate as your average general practitioner. It could probably do most of the lab tests too. There's already devices to do blood sugar tests and tracking on your smartphone. It won't be long (decade or two) before they can do all sorts of blood and urine tests as well as check my heart rate and other vitals. My cell phone will be less forgetful and have more up to date information than the average physician. What my cell phone will lack is bedside manner. As a fairly non-emotional person I'm looking forward to my ability to have my cell phone provide me with scripts for 99% of the the things that go wrong with people.

about a month ago
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US Court Freezes Assets of Mt. Gox CEO

bberens Re:routine (132 comments)

No, but you can arrest bankers at HSBC for assisting in money laundering for drug cartels... oh wait.

about a month ago
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Author Says It's Time To Stop Glorifying Hackers

bberens Re:Also time to stop (479 comments)

Actually, sneaking a refill at 7-11 is definitely robbing. It's just robbing on a scale so small that no one would ever bother you for it. It's kind of like in banking software, when we calculate interest. You see there's all these fractions of cents...

about a month ago
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US Intelligence Officials To Monitor Federal Employees With Security Clearances

bberens Re:One would hope (186 comments)

Depends on the level of clearance. I've known plenty of defense contractors with various levels of clearance and I've never heard of any of them taking a polygraph.

about a month ago
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SXSW: Edward Snowden Swipes At NSA

bberens Re:What exact laws were broken? (116 comments)

And it's a little gray as to whether or not the NSA can sell it's data about you to the Canadian intelligence services and/or purchase data about Americans from foreign services. When I say it's a little gray, what I mean is that they do it and it appears to be technically legal.

about a month ago
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Google Chairman on WhatsApp: $19 Bn For 50 People? Good For Them!

bberens Re: looser immigration laws (303 comments)

I think this argument always boils down to nationalism. Do you support the idea of restrictions on business practices that are intended to promote your own country's citizens over that of another's? It's certainly fair and reasonable to do so, but I think a lot of people think the best person for the job should get the job no matter where they come from. And "best" of course is defined by the business owners and lower pay is obviously a factor. I think there's some merit to both schools of thought. In IT I think people like to compare current salaries to the dot com bubble which is silly. That's like comparing current realtor pay to the haydays of the housing bubble. It's very difficult to make a reasonable objective argument on what IT salaries *should* be right now.

It's also important to consider how IT work has changed over the decades. It's certainly true that a lot of the types of work we do has been commoditized so that a less skilled worker can complete tasks that were impossible 15 years ago. How should that impact wages?

TBH I think our country is facing very complex geopolitical issues that will result in us slowly becoming something other than the only world superpower, which is something we've enjoyed for generations. Competition is coming and it's silly to assume that US employees/workers are the "best." We just had a head start in relatively recent history due to the nature of the world economies after WW2. Americans are going to have to become accustomed to a lower relative standard of living because we've had it so amazingly good forever and there's a natural force pulling us back to normal.

about a month ago
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Google Chairman on WhatsApp: $19 Bn For 50 People? Good For Them!

bberens Re:BS (303 comments)

Surveillance shouldn't bother you if you're not hiding anything. And since nothing can be hidden from Google, nothing is bothering you.

about a month ago
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Interview: Ask Theo de Raadt What You Will

bberens Re:Anoplasties can be done without swearing (290 comments)

“It's now very common to hear people say, 'I'm rather offended by that.' As if that gives them certain rights. It's actually nothing more... than a whine. 'I find that offensive.' It has no meaning; it has no purpose; it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. 'I am offended by that.' Well, so fucking what."

~Stephen Fry

about a month and a half ago

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bberens (965711) writes "Over the last year the sales of Blu-ray disks have grossly outpaced HDDVD but I'd personally held out hope that HDDVD would make some progress. The uncertainty of the format war has come to an end as blockbuster chooses Blu-ray."

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