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Finding the Next Generation of Teachers With "Innovative Microsoft Ads"

kcmastrpc Re:whatever they're doing..isn't working (122 comments)

she's been studying for middle school (5th through 8th, i think). we like where we're at though, (nashville, tn).

about 7 months ago
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Finding the Next Generation of Teachers With "Innovative Microsoft Ads"

kcmastrpc whatever they're doing..isn't working (122 comments)

my wife is enrolled in one of the top four colleges known for their educational programs and is currently the top of her class (4.0gpa). she has yet to be contacted by any type of recruiter or school district, and it looks like she's going to have to work for a semester for free before she can get her license (teacher certification).

about 7 months ago
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Interview: John McAfee Answers Your Questions

kcmastrpc tl;dr (did read) (124 comments)

My employer just lost 30 minutes of productivity from me. I expected this to be a 5 minute read. Kudos.

about 8 months ago
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Jewish School Removes Evolution Questions From Exams

kcmastrpc Re:If you don't like it.... (431 comments)

science has shown that Evolution is an observed fact, and Natural Selection is its best explanation.

You are correct, but I would say that natural selection is the most plausible theory that science can support at this time. Science changes, it's never a fact.

Global Warming is also an observed fact, and its consequences can no longer be ignored (I guess you believe that the cold winter in a selected part of North America means that Global Warming is not true? When in fact it's a predicted consequence of Climate Change).

We are having an impact on the earth, consuming fossil fuels at a rate that far exceeds their creation is bound to have consequences. However, I'm of the opinion that the earth will far outlive humans - regardless of whether or not we get off this rock. I personally enjoy the comforts of modern technology - and would like to see our resources spent on finding a way to colonize the stars. Extending our stay here for a few extra thousand years isn't going to do anything in the grand scheme of things.

Gay marriage a matter of human rights, just like mixed-race marriages were 40 years ago.

Nope nope nope. Marriage isn't a right - and is only wrapped up in politics because certain benefits are bestowed upon those who sign a contract stating they will be together for life. This would be such a non-issue if those benefits were no longer tied to marriage but to a binding contract that grants one person of your choosing those benefits. At what point do you say that denying marriage among multiple adults is an abuse of human rights, or what about brothers and sisters? How about your children or grand children? If we're going to throw out the whole foundation of morals based on religious beliefs - let's at least commit 100%.

you claim there's no difference between a foetus and a child

I walk up to a pregnant woman, stab her in the gut, kill the 'foetus'. I should only be charged with assault (or possibly attempted murder). Right?

about 9 months ago
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Intel's New Desktop SSD Is an Overclocked Server Drive

kcmastrpc still rocking some x25-e's (111 comments)

At 90% health too. intel ssd drives are worth the premium

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do You Still Trust Bitcoin?

kcmastrpc I never trusted Bitcoin (631 comments)

Just like I don't trust the USD. That doesn't stop me from using it or investing with/in it.

Some common sense can go a long way, I didn't lose my ass when the markets tumbled in 07-08, and I sure as hell didn't put all my eggs in the bitcoin basket - or mtgox for that matter. My money doesn't stay in an exchange very long, anywhere.

about 9 months ago
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Do We Really Have a Shortage of STEM Workers?

kcmastrpc Re:The difference in the two numbers ... (491 comments)

That sounds dumb, I'm getting paid 100% salary that is on par with the other developers on my team and I spend most of my time traversing a massive code base that I have very little familiarity with. (I'm on my second month now).

Why? Because they hope that in the next 6 months I become intimately familiar with their application and can produce more value than the wage they pay me.

about 9 months ago
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Do We Really Have a Shortage of STEM Workers?

kcmastrpc the real shortage (491 comments)

are the budgets. if x company wants to hire qualified developers, they could - at a premium. instead, they bargain shop in an effort to save 20-30k a year per developer, and as a result bring on board sub-par developers that wreck their product and leave them in worse condition had they just spent the money to begin with.

the cycle is somewhat humorous to me, and I laugh at every job posting I see looking for `rockstars` at 55-65k a year when other companies in the area are offering up 65-85k for the same job. (caveat, I don't work in the valley or in NY - so wages aren't on par with those markets)

about 9 months ago
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Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?

kcmastrpc meh (627 comments)

probably too late to jump into the discussion but I work with several developers who shun the use of IDEs, they're all 'VIM or die' mentality. The funny thing is their code is full of problems, from undeclared objects to undefined variables - all over the place. Much of the code is completely untestable and I'm constantly cleaning things up because my IDE picks up the stuff they missed because they are all gungho hacker devs. Bad developers exist regardless of what they write code with. I like my IDE personally, integrated debugging tools, code hint/completion and built in stuff like LINT make it easier for me to get actual work done.

about 8 months ago
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Time Warner Deal Is How Comcast Will Fight Cord Cutters

kcmastrpc FUD (424 comments)

Private torrents, private torrents, private torrents.

about 9 months ago
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US Federal Judge Rules Suspicionless Border Searches of Laptops Constitutional

kcmastrpc Re: Time for another letter (462 comments)

"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

Anonymous Drug Addict

FTFY.

Well, it certainly wasn't Albert Einstein. The quote first appeared in print in 1983 (in a book by Rita Mae Brown), when Albert Einstein had already been dead for 28 years.

It wasn't Rita Mae Brown either, it first appeared in the Narcotics Anonymous handbook in 1981.

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Rita_Mae_Brown

about a year ago
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US Federal Judge Rules Suspicionless Border Searches of Laptops Constitutional

kcmastrpc Re: Time for another letter (462 comments)

"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

Anonymous Drug Addict

FTFY.

about a year ago
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New Study Shows One-Third of Americans Don't Believe In Evolution

kcmastrpc Re:i've come to realize... (1010 comments)

So what makes the conversation unhealthy? Zeal and vigor merely indicates you care. That's healthy especially given the debate is about our origins which I think would be important to most people.

I don't think having a healthy passion for an opinion or belief is inherently wrong. However, as I've already stated, you can see a demonstration of how people react to this subject already.

about a year ago
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New Study Shows One-Third of Americans Don't Believe In Evolution

kcmastrpc Re:i've come to realize... (1010 comments)

So what I'm getting is that you talked with some people for a short while and for some reason expected them to change just because they had a conversation. But why should they change their views? It's not healthy just to change opinions and beliefs for change's sake.

When it comes to matters of theology, I've found that it's difficult for most people to have a healthy conversation about the subject of evolution. There's always an exception to the normal, but humans are emotional and passionate creatures. You can scroll up and read the comments here for some examples what the conversations usually devolve into.

about a year ago
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New Study Shows One-Third of Americans Don't Believe In Evolution

kcmastrpc i've come to realize... (1010 comments)

That people who espouse evolution is how human beings came to existence will argue with the same zeal and fervor as those who believe God created humans. I just don't see the point in discoursing the subject with either parties - they are both quite unlikely to change their viewpoints - and even if they do, you don't win anything for your efforts. Honestly, it seems to me that the world would be a better place if people understood that what we believe isn't an indicator of our intelligence, it's what we do with those beliefs that truly matter.

about a year ago

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