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SOTU: Community Colleges, Employers To Train Workers For High-Paying Coding Jobs

judoguy Re:Paradox (200 comments)

Nothing at all with formal education (if it's real and useful)...

I meant to say "Nothing at all wrong with formal education..."

I also don't have a typing/editing degree.

about two weeks ago
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SOTU: Community Colleges, Employers To Train Workers For High-Paying Coding Jobs

judoguy Re:Paradox (200 comments)

Community colleges are not equipped to train people for high-paying coding jobs. They can teach you the basics, sure, but any kind of advanced programming skill comes from interning, mentorship and/or *gasp* actually sitting home and coding, coding, coding. All night, non-stop, my-brain-is-a-compiler-now coding. Most people aren't fit for that, and it's not a crime to point that out.

I have no degrees of any kind. No community college, not even high school. I started by teaching myself programming 30+ years ago. Found that even with the dumb ass mistakes I was making, I provided as much, and often more value to my employers as the CIS grads we hired.

When I started, I had some real life experience with accounting, working with people, making payroll for my own construction business. Stuff not generally part of any programming degree. As the years went by, I looked for training where I could find it like online courses.

I make 150k+ a year as a consultant. Nothing at all with formal education (if it's real and useful) but after 30 years in the industry, watching people come and go, by FAR the most important thing is aptitude and nerdiness. And by nerdiness, I mean exactly what you're talking about. Actually being interested in goofy shit like algorithm optimization, ferreting out OS API secrets, etc., just for their own sake, apart from the business need of the moment.

about two weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

judoguy Re:islam (1350 comments)

Marxism IS a religion. It's just doesn't have a spiritual component.

Priests(Marxist theoreticians), crusades, Inquisitions, enforced fervor, punishment for non-belief, holy books written by the founders(Marx & Engels), revered founders expressing revealed truth, etc.

Did I mention the part where many, many millions have been killed in trying to produce the true believer?

Sounds like a religion to me.

about three weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

judoguy Re:islam (1350 comments)

Name one Islamic Nation where Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Atheists or anyone else is actually FREE to practice their religion (or lack thereof).

Singapore and Malaysia to name two. You can have about any religion quite publicly as long as you don't try to convert Muslims.

Not an ideal situation perhaps, but you openly practice non-Muslim religions in those countries.

about three weeks ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

judoguy Re:Dupe (840 comments)

No kidding. When I had a '46 Dodge panel van, I once replaced a broken piston by pulling the oil pan and rotating the crankshaft enough to pull the piston out and replace it. Part of that was simply clearances but it's an example. I once replaced the slant 6 engine in a '72 van by myself in a parking space over a weekend.

I couldn't replace the spark plugs in my Expedition. I probably could given enough time and some specialized tools, but damn, what an ordeal it promised to be. On the other hand, I've done a boatload of residential wiring from knob and tube to modern. Almost all household electrical should be easy for anyone to do with a little reading. Most modern plumbing is also a lot easier than the old stuff.

about a month ago
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Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

judoguy Re:How about ignoring it? (484 comments)

It's a Bad Idea to have cops/building inspectors/government functionary decide who to screw whenever they feel like it. Far better to just have fewer stupid laws. I know, there are always boundary situations, but fewer stupid laws is the best route to take.

What we have now is a situation where so many things are illegal no one can keep up. Then TPTB can simply prosecute the desired subgroup and leave their supporters/funders alone. Wrong, wrong, wrong.

about a month and a half ago
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Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

judoguy Re: Simple answer... (484 comments)

I'm not against allowing adults to shoot, snort, sniff, smoke, drink or otherwise wallow in whatever they can want BUT...

Coming from a state where moonshine has been a long time pasttime, I can tell you that if push comes to shove, you'd rather deal with the DEA than the BATF.

Not just flaming here, but remember Waco? That whole thing was initiated over alleged tax issues. That's really what the permits are in the end. Tax issues. Don't forget that the BATF is the enforcement arm of Treasury. They don't fuck around.

about a month and a half ago
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Martin Jetpack Closer To Takeoff In First Responder Applications

judoguy Re:first responder call... (55 comments)

No joke, unfortunately. A buddy of mine used to manage an air ambulance service for a large hospital. Mostly went alright, but every now and then the copter would go down. They flew at night sometimes, in mountainous terrain sometimes and in all kinds of weather. It was all too easy to hit a ridge or tower. Don't have to hit 'em hard either. A little unexpected nick of a tower or tree limb snag can be catastrophic.

about 2 months ago
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Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

judoguy Re:They WILL FIght Back (516 comments)

If wind power is such a joke, people will realize it is a money losing proposition, and they will NOT invest in wind turbines

"People" don't invest much really. It's primarily funded from the government/utility complex. Damn little independent true free market investment in these massive farms.

about 2 months ago
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The Downside to Low Gas Prices

judoguy Re:Stupid, trucks cause the problem (554 comments)

What is austerity, in this context?

I've never had it explained to me. It seems to mean that people aren't getting as much free or cheap stuff from the government as they want.

If your definition of austerity is not getting enough of other peoples stuff, well, screw you.

about 3 months ago
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Internet Sales Tax Bill Dead In Congress

judoguy Re:To level the playing field... (257 comments)

You are correct sir! I'm astonished by the number of people that look at ANY situation and that stock response is "Raise taxes somewhere", never lower them somewhere for equity.

I'm old enough to remember when we didn't sales tax in my home town. I was just a kid but I was flabbergasted when the stores started adding extra money to the cost of things over and above the tagged price. Now the bastards have gone berserk. There must be 4 or 5 separate tax districts in the town I live in now. I had to write tax software to handle sales and it is insane.

about 3 months ago
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The Great IT Hiring He-Said / She-Said

judoguy Re:There's a clue shortage (574 comments)

Thank your lucky stars they weren't insisting on Eunuchs programmers. And yes, I'm too lazy to make the obligatory Dilbert link.

about 3 months ago
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Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

judoguy Re:You shouldn't need insurance for most things (739 comments)

And if it's literally free, you eliminate massive overhead.

NOTHING THE GOVERNMENT "PROVIDES" IS FREE! /shouting

Great galloping $deity! Who is really that stupid?

The military is "free", right? You didn't get a bill for the latest military action did you? Oh wait, it costs a freaking fortune. If you pay taxes you paid for *some* of the military action. A great deal of the cost is simply being passed on to "the future" along with all the other "free" services delivered by the government.

There is no perpetual motion machine. There is no system that provides output without input and the government is a FAR from frictionless engine.

If you want to say that the current U.S. healthcare system is extremely screwed up, I agree wholeheartedly.

There are a number of serious problems with cost merely being one. As for ObamaCare, anyone who thinks that adding thousands of pages of new legislation created in secret meetings with the insurance industry and passed in late night voting will simplify healthcare and lower costs in the U.S. is a moron and every legislator that voted for it is a scoundrel and a thief.

about 3 months ago
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Verizon Launches Tech News Site That Bans Stories On US Spying

judoguy Re:It's in their own slogan (145 comments)

That's just like the term "progressive". I know people that consider "progressive" to be the ultimate compliment.

Actual conversation: "Oh, I can't believe those neighbors turned out to be such jerks. They seemed so progressive!"

Progressive taxes, progressive politics, etc. Never real thought about to *where* are we progressing.

about 3 months ago
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Steve Ballmer Gets Billion-Dollar Tax Write-Off For Being Basketball Baron

judoguy Re:So the taxpayer pays for overage, got it (255 comments)

Really? How? You damn sure can't do that with your residence.

In most, if not all of the U.S., if you make too much money selling a house, you can get hit with capital gains. But if you lose money, too bad. In some states, merely moving out of state after a sale triggers a tax on ANY amount over the buying price.

about 3 months ago
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Early Childhood Neglect Associated With Altered Brain Structure, ADHD

judoguy Re:Other possibilities? (87 comments)

I agree in general that these things might contribute, but I want to look at this through the lens of low income in the U.S.

1. Lack of proper nutrition. If the body is spending all it's food surviving there is little left to grow. It is well known thet the brain takes a lot of nutrition to grow.

Calories aren't the issue these days, it's crap carb calories. Low income = obese in America these days.

2. Lack of exercise. If you don't use the motor parts of the brain they may not grow.

I suppose, but running around is free, pretty much.

3. Lack of stimulating toys.

I'm old. When we didn't have any store bought toys, we played with sticks and tin cans and cardboard boxes and matches(!) when I was a kid in the 50s and early 60s. When bored enough, we'd dig holes in the sides of hills to make caves. I'm still amazed none of us died in a collapse.

4. Lack of stimulating play.

See the point above.

I'm not a Luddite by any definition. I've been coding for over 30 years. Grew up going to Radio Shack for surplus parts before Tandy made it into a retail toy store. I grew up mostly as the only child of a single working mother. This whole issue is pretty complex.

I just know it irritates the hell out of me to be in a restaurant and watch a small child trying hard, and failing, to compete with it's mother's phone for attention.

about 4 months ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

judoguy Re:Let me get this right (839 comments)

Just seems wrong to me to charge people a fee for spending their own money.

A lot of this discussion would go away if the government didn't want unlimited power. It baffles me that people are constantly claiming that the U.S. doesn't have enough government.

Damn, folks, really?!? We have a massive, unpayable debt in the U.S. right now. Over 100 trillion once SS and Medicare/Medicaid obligations are figured in.

That ain't enough already? Jeez.

about 4 months ago

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