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The NSA Is Viewed Favorably By Most Young People

jmcvetta Re: In other news... (280 comments)

Ah, yes, of course a semi-official research center manipulates a simple opinion poll to produce desired results

FTFY

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The NSA Is Viewed Favorably By Most Young People

jmcvetta Obviously false (280 comments)

No one actually believes these numbers are an accurate representation of public opinion.... right?

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Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

jmcvetta Re:Popcorn time! (376 comments)

Violent Purtians vs insensitive clods - loads of fun, but best watched from a considerable distance.

about a week ago
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If the Programmer Won't Go To Silicon Valley, Should SV Go To the Programmer?

jmcvetta Re:Exactly this. (294 comments)

Sure, the best workers in a given profession usually earn more than the average worker. Duhhh.

More interesting, when comparing different professions, is to look at typical earnings for the average worker. In that regard software development beats the pants off food service and menial labor. But it falls far short of occupations such as finance, real estate, and some guild-restricted professions like law and medicine.

about a month ago
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If the Programmer Won't Go To Silicon Valley, Should SV Go To the Programmer?

jmcvetta Re:Exactly this. (294 comments)

I've been freelance for a long time, so I'm no stranger to uncertainty, erratic cash flows, and the hustle to find new clients. Seems like it might be a tad nicer with bigger paydays for less laborious work.

about a month ago
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Uber Must Submit CEO Emails

jmcvetta Re:Stick a fork in, Uber is done. (183 comments)

That's a legit concern for the future. But at the present, in my particular city, there is real competition.

about a month ago
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Uber Must Submit CEO Emails

jmcvetta Re:Stick a fork in, Uber is done. (183 comments)

I took Lyft home tonight, but I would have LOVED to take the Muni instead. I'm nothing if not cheap. It's good that SF has the all-night Owl service, but to be honest it sucks balls. A 15 minute walk followed by a 30 minute wait followed by a 15 minute bus ride followed by another 15 minute walk wasn't really worth it when the Lyft ride took under 10 minutes door to door.

about a month ago
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Uber Must Submit CEO Emails

jmcvetta Re:Stick a fork in, Uber is done. (183 comments)

Uber & Lyft offer basically the same service and very similar pricing. Formerly I used Uber because (at that time) I slightly preferred their Android app over Lyft's app. Now I mostly use Lyft because they seem like a subjectively "nicer" company.

When there are multiple companies offering equivalent services, it doesn't take a lot to sway people's loyalty.

about a month ago
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If the Programmer Won't Go To Silicon Valley, Should SV Go To the Programmer?

jmcvetta Re:IMO, it trends whichever way the wind blows.... (294 comments)

Open floor plans and cubicles alike indicate that a company doesn't really value the employees who work therein. If a company truly values a worker, they put their money where their mouth is and give that worker a real office. But talk is cheap, whereas real estate is expensive.

about a month ago
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If the Programmer Won't Go To Silicon Valley, Should SV Go To the Programmer?

jmcvetta Re:They want you there... (294 comments)

While ago I worked for a venture-backed company. The code was an awful steaming pile of dog shit. But a few modules were much higher quality than the rest. Logical design, solid implementation, good comments, full test coverage, etc. The programmer who wrote them had only worked for the company a few months before he was canned - apparently management thought he sucked balls.

about a month ago
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If the Programmer Won't Go To Silicon Valley, Should SV Go To the Programmer?

jmcvetta Re:Exactly this. (294 comments)

Yup. I made the mistake of getting into software development, because it a) was accessible to a liberal arts drop out and b) it seemed to pay well (for a kid just out of college in the early 2000s). Now I realize that a not-very-successful real estate agent makes double a successful programmer's salary, while doing way less miserable work. Time for career change.

about a month ago
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If the Programmer Won't Go To Silicon Valley, Should SV Go To the Programmer?

jmcvetta Re:Exactly this. (294 comments)

I worked on a project for several years where the team was split between Boston, Sydney, and San Francisco. It actually wasn't all that hard for us to communicate and keep in sync. It probably helped that the SF and Sydney folks were on flexible schedule, while only the Boston team were cubicle slaves chained to their desks 9-6.

FWIW, scheduling wasn't really any harder with SYD included than it was for just SFO and BOS.

about a month ago
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The One Mistake Google Keeps Making

jmcvetta Re:They said that about cell phones (386 comments)

Uh - maybe auto accidents and deaths for a starter

With human-driven cars, crashes result from mistakes made by drivers. With computer-driven cars, crashes result from bugs and vulnerabilities in software. Without wide deployment it's pretty speculative to assume the latter will necessarily be less than the former. At least with current technology there is no way for a malicious attacker to simultaneously cause thousands of car wrecks from the comfort of his sofa.

about a month ago
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Gmail Access Starts To Come Back In China, State-Run Paper Blames Google

jmcvetta Re:So why'd it come back online? (45 comments)

Perhaps Google's attorney had lunch with the head Chinese censor and "forgot" to carry home his briefcase full of unmarked, non-sequential large bills.

about a month ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

jmcvetta Re:Move to a gated community (611 comments)

Fuck you hippie. Shave that neckbeard, get a job, buy a car, and then you'll see. Then die in a fire, you fucking hippie.

P.S. Fuck you, you fucking hippie.

I am intrigued by your ideas and would like to subscribe to your newsletter.

about a month ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

jmcvetta Re:FTFA (611 comments)

down Mass Ave, one of the most traveled roads anywhere.

And I don't feel like it's suicidal at all.

I've biked on Mass Ave and it didn't feel suicidal to me either. Urban cycling in Boston is fairly safe and easy. But "light" traffic in LA is heavier than the heaviest traffic I ever saw in Boston.

about a month ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

jmcvetta Re:And this is why there's traffic... (611 comments)

she actually drives 2 hours to go 4 miles.

Perhaps you haven't visited LA. Traffic there is different from traffic everywhere else. It's omnipresent, all times all places - it's atmospheric. Imagine for a moment the worst traffic jam you've ever seen in your city. Or, if you live in a small town, way worse than the worst you've ever seen. That would be what Angelenos call "unusually light traffic".

about a month ago

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