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High-Frequency Programmers Revolt Over Pay

castironpigeon supply and demand (1018 comments)

Programmers who can write a halfway decent market prediction algorithm are being churned out by universities all over the world in astounding numbers. Investors with the available funds to make use of those algorithms, not so much. I'd say a six figure salary for a programmer is pretty good considering how many out there are unemployed right now.

more than 4 years ago

School District Drops 'D' Grades

castironpigeon Re:Will it really matter? (617 comments)

Can't hurt Junior's self esteem you know...

Do you want to be the teacher that has to deal with Junior for 3 years in a row?

more than 4 years ago

Why Google, Bing, Yahoo Should Fear ACTA

castironpigeon Re:The Ratchet Effect (290 comments)

This is where the voter has gone wrong.

What happens when all candidates are owned by the same corporations? How can the voter go right?

more than 4 years ago

Why Google, Bing, Yahoo Should Fear ACTA

castironpigeon Re:Anyone else currious? (290 comments)

One guy flying his plane into an IRS station does not a revolution make.

more than 4 years ago

Of these options, I'd call the place I live ...

castironpigeon Re:The Question is Incorrect (515 comments)

Here in the US over two thirds of our population is made up of megahumans!

more than 4 years ago

Genetic Testing Coming To a Drugstore Near You

castironpigeon can't blame them (110 comments)

If they were going to wait for FDA approval before selling these things they'd have to wait... a year? 5 years? 10 years? And how much money would they have to sink into validation testing? I can't blame them for slapping a disclaimer on the thing and selling it as is.

more than 4 years ago

Students Flock To GMU For a Degree In Video Game Design

castironpigeon Re:Know what this means? (225 comments)

Between applications from recent grads that can't find jobs, ex-grads currently working at Starbucks, and those folks laid off to increase CEO paychecks, EVERY job market is already flooded. Might as well do something you enjoy for 4 years. You're going to be fucked after that no matter what field you go into.

more than 4 years ago

Treasury Goes High-Tech With Redesigned $100 Bills

castironpigeon Re:I can already see them working at it (515 comments)

Really, I don't understand how paper money still exists.

Next time you're at the grocery store waiting in a line that takes longer to get through than the drive home, look at the front of the line and you'll either see somebody writing a check or counting out bills and coins.

more than 4 years ago

Ex-NSA Official Indicted For Leaks To Newspaper

castironpigeon Re:Guilty Of Embarrassing Them (115 comments)

This is about the fact that someone exposed the fact that they are wasting money in a highly incompetent manner.

Actually the government is quite competent at wasting money!

more than 4 years ago

American Lung Association Pushes For Ban On Electronic Cigarettes

castironpigeon Re:Good article (790 comments)

The agenda of any organization that grows large enough is to continue to grow.

more than 4 years ago

US Rejects Demands For ACTA Transparency

castironpigeon Re:Explaination (351 comments)

If people found out what the companies were trying to force down our throats, there'd be an uprising.

You couldn't find enough people with an attention span long enough to rise against anything. If they found out about this they'd be upset until the next thing flashed on their TV screens.

more than 4 years ago

In the past year, I've filed Z bug reports, where Z=

castironpigeon not worth it (244 comments)

I've beta tested some commercial games and actually took the testing part seriously. Result? Nothing changed. Now I just do it for the free preview. And as for sending in bug reports for open source projects? One of three results: 1. It's fine, go away. 2. Nothing changes, no response. 3. "Didn't you see bug report #463-394Z filed four years ago describes a similar problem in another screen? Wow, you're dumb! You should read over our bug report archive before filing a report."

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft and Apple Rumble Into Middle Age

castironpigeon Re:Steves coolaid (367 comments)

If you want to fight their closedness, you first have to make your open systems appealing and easy to use. Get a clue, people.

When people defend FOSS defects with statements like, "if you don't like it, don't use it" or, "if you don't like it, make it better" I wish they'd consider the quoted statement first. Every alienated user that makes his way to Apple is one less user buying the hardware you want to buy. And once it's no longer worthwhile for manufacturers to make that hardware you're shit out of luck unless you plan on porting your favorite open OS to the TI calculator.

more than 4 years ago

Will Your Answers To the Census Stay Private?

castironpigeon Re:I agree (902 comments)

[quote]I still know small business owners who refuse to hire non-white employees.[/quote] And there are many, many large businesses who will hire an underqualified minority candidate over a white candidate any day to fulfill affirmative action quotas. [quote]Obviously there is something going on, and unless you know how bad the problem is, there's no way to figure out how to fix it.[/quote] Agreed, but remaining fixated on skin color is only going to exacerbate the problem. I know people of all colors who are quite well off and many others who aren't. Programs like affirmative action designed to fix the balance in a quick, crude way only serve to get under the skin of those passed over for opportunities because they're not a minority. A better solution would be to figure out what caused those 1 in 9 black males between 18 and 25 to do something that landed them in jail. I doubt they just happened to be hanging around 7-11 at 4 AM when a bunch of white guys in ski masks broke in and stole a bunch of 12-packs. That's a tough, complicated issue to deal with - the sort of thing nobody's going to touch with a 10 foot pole because it gets into some very personal subjects.

more than 4 years ago

EMI Cannot Unbundle Pink Floyd Songs

castironpigeon Re:So, my guess is... (601 comments)

You think this is bad? I wonder who Slashdot would side with if an evil record label went to court like this against Metallica.

more than 4 years ago

China's Human Flesh Search Engine

castironpigeon Re:How is this unique to China? (248 comments)

It's no different. We all just like to imagine that someone somewhere is worse off than we are. Targeting Chinese helps because they're less likely to come to Western sites to defend themselves.

more than 4 years ago

Hedge Fund Offers $2 Billion For Novell

castironpigeon Re:It's been a while, but... (144 comments)

I'm forced to use Novell enterprise software at work and while I'm not sure how it compares to other enterprise email/scheduling bundles I can tell you that it is far inferior to Google's offerings. The calendar is excessively clicky and unintuitive with an interface that looks like it hasn't been updated since the 80s. Contacts are equally strange. Email... I'm really not sure what a cabinet is supposed to be, why there is a separate folder for documents, and why sending emails into an archive throws them into a bottomless pit whence they rarely return. I'm reasonably sure that if companies weren't locked into Novell software and had more competent management so as not to get sucked into using Novell in the first place that Novell would be out of business.

more than 4 years ago

Xerox Sues Google, Yahoo Over Search Patents

castironpigeon How do I get in on this? (202 comments)

Dear Google, Yahoo, and anyone else who has more money than I do. I would like some of your money. Please give me some money or I will have to sue you for it. Thank you and have a nice day.

more than 4 years ago


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