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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

luis_a_espinal Re:A paucity of candidates (495 comments)

In my 30 years of software management, I was presented exactly once with a black candidate, and I hired him. Excellent programmer and co-worker. I don't know why, but there just aren't many black candidates. How can we achieve parity if there are no candidates?

Bingo. And it is not just with Blacks. It is also with Hispanics (I'm a Hispanic engineer btw). Our communities truly suck at giving our kids the proper STEM role models.

This could be seen as a civil rights issue, but it is not one to be taken by the tech industry. It is one to be tackled by our communities themselves. Jesse Jackson is either an asshole or he doesn't know what the hell he is talking about (with a propensity to look at everything from the "keeping-the-man-down" lenses.)

yesterday
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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

luis_a_espinal Next Civil Rights Step. No, It Is Not. (495 comments)

Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

Not, it is not. Instead of scrutinizing tech companies why they have low % of African American and Hispanic engineers (I'm a Hispanic engineer btw), they should scrutinize those communities (my community included) as of why they produce fewer %s of engineers compared to non-Hispanic Whites (or worse, against Asian/Asian American communities.)

This is not a case of tech companies discriminating against X or Y ethnic group. It is about our communities doing a piss-poor job at ensuring our kids a proper education and get proper role models.

Yes, Hispanic and African American communities have suffered systematic discrimination in the past (specially African Americans). But we past that point a long time ago, and the balance has been pointing towards community responsibility for quite some time.

Jeese Jackson is an asshole and an attention whore. He is stirring up this shit, race baiting the tech industry as a means to stay relevant. Sadly, there will be enough dumb masses that follow him.

yesterday
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

luis_a_espinal Re:The American Dream (561 comments)

So share the apartment. You can certainly live on minimum wage. You just can't have your own place. You might not even have your own bedroom. But be clear: you're implicitly applying a standard of living that simply doesn't exist in most of the world, and has never existed in most of the world, in most of history.

Word. I used to work minimum wage almost a quarter century ago. One could live, just barely, but it was possible. And the key was to share rent. That is how it has been like, forever.

With that said, the fundamental difference now is that, before, you worked minimum wage when you started your adult life. You would climb up the manufacturing/service ladder over time.

This is sort of true even in many developed countries. I worked at bakeries and cigar manufacturing plants south of the border, like industrial gigs (what passes for industrial gigs in our countries) as well as artisan mom-and-pop shops. Your net salary would climb over time (be it by hourly increase, additional benefits or additional expertise to take more work or set up your own shop.)

We do not have that anymore. People worked hard, but were not prepared for the job shift that came with globalization. People were sufficiently trained then for the jobs that existed then (and which do not exist anymore.)

So now we have a significant number of people who should be working at a different salary level being forced to work for minimum wage.

So the situation is complex. On the one hand, minimum wage was never meant for a living wage where "living wage" == "having your own place." It was meant to be a starting point, and the economy was never meant to have the same people living on minimum wage forever.

OTH, people with greater economic responsibilities are forced by circumstances to take minimum wages without any prospect of going back to their previous economic level again. So, from that context, it is fair to say that minimum wages are not living wages.

However, the more precise description of the situation is that:

  1. There is no longer a path to get out of minimum wage land (a suckage for people entering adulthood with economic consequences down the line)
  2. A large number of people that must support a household don't have options other than almost-perpetual minimum wage jobs, most of the time for external circumstances beyond their control (think globalization.)

yesterday
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Hackers Plundered Israeli Defense Firms That Built 'Iron Dome' Missile Defense

luis_a_espinal Re: Tag, you're it! (182 comments)

5 days so they can fire more rockets & move to another hospital? so they can just repeat this over & over and you can never shoot back?

That's what the Geneva convention says. A nation obeys it or does not, that is up to the nation to decide (and live with.)

2 days ago
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Hackers Plundered Israeli Defense Firms That Built 'Iron Dome' Missile Defense

luis_a_espinal Re:Tag, you're it! (182 comments)

nice trolling, its a prison, not a concentration camp!

When you have close to millions in such an enclosure based on religion/ethnic exclusion controlling all borders around it, the difference those two terms begin to blur.

And no, I'm not supporting Hamas. I think the group is bone-headed idiot and unnecessarily violent. But that doesn't mean I'm giving a pass to Israel on this either.

2 days ago
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Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)

luis_a_espinal Re:Repeat after me... (310 comments)

No, but then you are limited to writing experimental micro-controllers, or desktop applications. Not knowing CSS does pretty much limit you from being able to write any web application, and most phone apps.

But the limitation of not knowing CSS is ridiculously trivial to overcome compared to not knowing how to program micro-controllers. It is so trivial that it is really not a concern to most competent people. AND THAT IS THE POINT!

I personally know a guy who did nothing but micro-controller programming for over a decade, and in less than 4 months became a competent iOS developer with a successful company that churns kids-oriented apps and who is also working full-time (also as a iOS developer) for a large sports network.

4 months, that's all that it took him. He spent more time learning Google AdSense, the iOS stack and the details of monetizing apps than on CSS. And he did the switch on a whim after seeing another guy (an electrical engineer) doing the same switch increasing his income by 25% on iOS development.

I'm a back-end developer, and I've done a lot of Java EE work, on top of embedded development and even some mobile development (Windows 8). I've never cared to do front-end development and whenever I needed to do use CSS, I just google what I need...

... and then I forget about it. Because it is really that trivial when we take into account everything else that is needed to have a successful application.

So yeah, not knowing CSS limits a developer to the degree that person is unable to use google or stackoverflow.

2 days ago
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

luis_a_espinal Re: Wow ... (416 comments)

No, no one ever contacted the bank. Apple's Point of Sale software was configured to accept any number based on length() of the number string. They held the number until the end of the day or some other convenient time, when they'd process it with the banks. That was stupid, and the scam is common. Retailers are starting to learn to call and verify immediately (before clearing tge transaction), not to wait until the end of the day.

Bingo! The way Apple stores were doing baffles the mind. It is so unbelievably stupid. Every store I have known (Sears, K-Mart, Home Depot, etc) has their cashiers phone the banks or credit card agencies themselves from pre-defined 1800 numbers or from the 1800 numbers off the credit cards' backs. Once they establish contact with a representative, they hand over the phone to the complaining customer (or they establish a 3-way conference call or something.)

Such a system, they way stores do in general, is very resilient to the kind of scam being described here. How Apple would think this ridiculous implementation would work is just stupid beyond belief.

2 days ago
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Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)

luis_a_espinal Re:If you want to earn big bucks... (310 comments)

That's terrible advice. If you want the big bucks, get into Python, Node.js, or Go and find a startup that just received VC and has tons of money to shove at developers. C++, Java, and C# are great for long-term "comfortable" jobs, but that's not where the seriously good money is.

Terrible advice also. If you want the big bucks, know your shit in several domains, know how to deliver your shit and be good at analytic skills, troubleshooting, design, architecture and project management.

The VC route is a high-stakes one. For each one that cashes it, there are droves that lick their wounds, specially outside of SV.

Going back to languages, no language guarantees good income, not even comfortable jobs. Being able to deliver shit on time, and have deep expertise on something (say, Oracle Enterprise stack, or embedded development), that's where the sweet spot is, meaning, potential to make close to $200K or more, for years, if not decades. Long hours as a consultant, but the rewards are there, and are more predictable and solid than shooting at the VC/startup stars.

2 days ago
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Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)

luis_a_espinal Re:Repeat after me... (310 comments)

Sure, but a programmer that doesn't know CSS is pretty limited!

The fact that you think not knowing CSS will make a programmer limited showcases that your programming experience is limited to front-end development. And that is sad.

2 days ago
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California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

luis_a_espinal Re:Texas? (172 comments)

Certainly I didn't mean to totally ignore politics. If you took my post that way then I understand your response. My point is that primary drivers for a state & location selection are much more 'what can you do for me" based wrt taxes, infrastructure, energy cost, etc. If they get political concessions in that mix, great, but without those other items covered, the political end becomes meaningless.

That is not true, not with some industries, in particular energy which you mention. Politics play a pivotal role, even a primary one. No, that's not what I advocate, nor what it should be. But reality is reality, and until politics gets out of moneyland, and money gets out of politics, if people want to run a business on energy, transportation or pharma (just to name a few), CEOs will have to be political savvy and make decisions based on politics.

about two weeks ago
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California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

luis_a_espinal Re:Texas? (172 comments)

If yo think political battling should take precedence over actual financial setup success, good luck. FWIW, If Tesla wants Texas to change, the best way is to startup in Texas.

That is not what I say ('Murika wtf, what happened to reading comprehension?), but hey, I am not one to judge you if are into building strawman arguments.

about two weeks ago
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California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

luis_a_espinal Re:Texas? (172 comments)

A good CEO will not let politics, revenge or reward guide the decision, but rather consider the total package/environment and how that supports the success model. But, regardless of which states are in the running, the trick is to always have several competitive states in the mix right up till the end, even if you've already decided internally, just to make sure you get the best deal possible.

Hahahahaha, that is the stupidest thing I have ever heard? Where are you been all this time? Under a rock on Endor? Selling cars directly to customers is highly politicized, and there is no way a good CEO will make decisions without taking that into account.

It would be nice if we had a true free market where companies can sell their products directly to customers (and let the best product win) without interest groups lobbying for their right to be "middle man". But this is 'Murika, land of the free (when you can afford it), home of the brave (when you have the moolah to back it up.)

Tesla is being prevented from selling directly to customers because of politics, not market forces.

This is a huge political battle that Tesla must win for its benefit (and for the benefit of us all.) That requires political awareness and acumen.

A good CEO for Tesla will take politics into consideration when making decisions. When an industry

about two weeks ago
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California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

luis_a_espinal Re:Texas? (172 comments)

This is why you're not a CEO or politician. Building this factory in Texas would make it harder for politicians to fight "Texas Made" cars. Sure the mouth pieces and opposition will still be there, but the mouth pieces promoting the cars would get a lot louder. Once you get Texas on board, a lot of southern states are easier. They are looking how to move forward, not punish for history. Remember the next round of Tesla cars will be SUVs and bog standard sedans. Not pick up truck territory, but certainly Texas soccer mom and Austin city car markets.

^^^ This. You can't win manufacturing lobbying wars without winning Texas.

about two weeks ago
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California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

luis_a_espinal Re:Texas? (172 comments)

I mean, it makes perfect sense to reward a state that makes it as difficult as possible to sell a vehicle with Tesla's sales model.

It makes perfect (business) sense to locate it in a state with depressed wages, huge amounts of available land, little-to-no zoning restrictions, lax environmental regulations, and politicians that are at least a buy-able as the rest. Hell, if it's good enough for the oil and gas industry...

Really? You really want to go there? True that huge chunks of employment in Texas is in the Walmart-like category for people with no specialized skills. But for manufacturing and up, wages are decent and the economy is booming. Go to Austin, Dallas or Houston for good paying jobs without the ridiculous hassles that you see in the Bay area: ageism, gentrification, and most important of all, absurd zoning laws that prevent creation of new housing/rental units to accommodate the growing population (and which causes housing/rental prices to be absurd to anyone except couples where both partners are in IT/STEM/Software.). The same is true in Seattle, Portland ,The Triangle and Denver (in particular Denver.) Texas is doing fine, more than fine. Just because there are a bunch of backwater NIMBY small towns full of folks who thing America's best years were 30-40 years ago, that doesn't mean the state is crap. People are moving there in droves for a reason, small businesses are booming, people in manufacturing are doing well. And most importantly, whether you work in STEM or in a factory plan, you can still afford an actual house that is not a hole in the wall (Sillycon Valleeey, I'm looking at you.)

Texas is doing well, and will be doing well for a long time. It is fair to criticize, but try to give some credit where credit is due every once in a while instead of blindly following the bash-your-favorite-dead-horse crowd.

about two weeks ago
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Snowden Seeks To Develop Anti-Surveillance Technologies

luis_a_espinal Re:Who will be auditing Snowden's code? (129 comments)

So, who will be auditing Snowden's code? I wouldn't even consider using anything he wrote without independent third party audits .... lots of audits of the code, design, algorithms, everything. And no binaries that he builds.

Imagine the evasive power of the dual or triple functionality achieved by some of the Obfuscated C content entries combined with the subtle designs of Russian government cryptographers. No threat there, no sir.

Can he actually write code? And I mean code at the level of sophistication required for the type of functionality he is calling for? What he is calling for is way beyond the realm of sysadmin-related programming.

about two weeks ago
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Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

luis_a_espinal Re:Confused. (752 comments)

Two other airplanes (non-commercial with much lower loss of life and thus less interesting to news outlets I presume) were shot down within the week in similar airspace. Why aren't we discussing those?

Because non-commercial airplanes being shot down in a war zone is not an out-of-the-ordinary technical news... not unless there were interesting technical attributes to the story .ie. new anti-missile system technology, radar, anti-missile technology failure, etc. A commercial jet, and a big one at that, being shot down in a war zone, then brings a whole bunch of technical topics to discuss? What lead to the airplane being mis-identified? What technical prevention mechanisms could have been used to prevent this? Would it be worth while to explore temporary expansion of flight routes to avert war zones? Etc, etc.

Go ahead and try to put a techie spin on it, but the point remains that we're only oogling over this because a bunch of people died, which not only seem distasteful, but again, has nothing to with the type of news this site represents.

No, that is only you putting that spin on it so that you can accuse others of distasteful oogling. Stop projecting... or not, whatever rocks your boat and gives you a moment to build faux moral outrage and pass it as your moral accomplishment of the day.

about two weeks ago
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The World's Best Living Programmers

luis_a_espinal Re:Stack Overflow reputation (285 comments)

Stack Overflow reputation indicates that you're a 1337 documentation writer, not necessarily that you know how to program.

You can infer the later from the quality and technical depth of the former. You can't routinely create highly technical programming responses without having the programming skills and experience to go with them.

about three weeks ago
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The World's Best Living Programmers

luis_a_espinal Re:Github Followers (285 comments)

Funny you mention that. I was just looking over some gigs on Craigslist. I clicked an ad for a "Magento/Joomla Developer" and the first thing they list in the requirements is, "Strong Project Management Abilities".

I sort of feel like emailing them so I can ask why they want their developer to also be the project manager ... it's a rhetorical question since the ad is for a "boutique ad agency".

If you are a team lead developer, you better have some project management skills. Once you start working with code masses beyond a certain size and complexity, you enter the realm of engineering, with coding being an important but not the only skill required. Management and organizational skills are paramount in such circumstances.

Crapware is created not just because of a lack of good coding skills, but also because of lack of organizational skills.

about three weeks ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

luis_a_espinal Re:Actually makes good sense (702 comments)

obviously its a first world problem, big fucking deal. if we had to worry about getting parasites from standing in other people's shit to do our business then we would complain about that instead. people complain about things that bother them, so what's your point?

The point is that you should get some fucking perspective, and complain the most about abuse of authority and the efficiency (or lack thereof) of our security apparatus (important) and a lot less about issues of comfort (non-important, bullshit.) Former == have a conscience and a functioning brain. Later == Irrelevant Kim Kardashian bullcrap.

about three weeks ago
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Thousands of Leaked KGB Files Are Now Open To the Public

luis_a_espinal Re:seems like snowden did the exact same thing. (95 comments)

Well: * The documents are being revealed to the public now and document events from 30-40 years ago. * These are documents that he personally worked with, rather than a cache of documents acquired for the purpose of copying and releasing them. * There's no question, I think, that this guy was a spy and defector. He was moved from Russia to the UK with the help of UK intelligence agencies in exchange for Russian secrets. Nobody's trying to claim that he's a "whistleblower". No comment on his actions or motivations vs. Snowden's, but they are potentially substantially different. * This guy is dead.

Up to you to decide if any of these are substantive differences and why, but there are distinct differences.

Your answer makes too much sense, and it was not marinated in bullshit sauce at all. That is not how we post replies in slashdot!(10+1)

about three weeks ago

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American girl, 8, is target of ultra-Orthodox Jews

luis_a_espinal luis_a_espinal writes  |  more than 2 years ago

luis_a_espinal (1810296) writes "Attacks by ultra-Orthodox Jews who have spit on and yelled at an 8-year-old American girl walking to school in their Israeli neighborhood has prompted thousands of people to protest, many who see this as a struggle of the very nature of the Israeli state. Coverage of this is absent in several news venues (in particular CNN). Equally absent is the voice of protests by US politicians and the 700-club crowd at the sight of an 8-year old American girl being spat upon by adult men. It begs the question why US politicians and US Christian groups have been absent in raising voices of protest. It also puts into question the future of Israel. Is gender segregation to be the norm as the demographic make up of Israel changes over time?"
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