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Bachelor's Degree: An Unnecessary Path To a Tech Job

mooingyak Re:Modded down? (286 comments)

or you can turn it the other way around, ask the person why he wants to get paid 33$ or 37$ an hour in the first place as I think this is a very high amount to get paid. I could assume that over 50% of a paycheck goes to the house, appartment or mortgage then the problem ain't the paycheck alone but rather what he pays with it. Don't pay for waht you can't afford is what I can tell from lots of people. They got 3 floor house when they can alone afford a garden house anyways.

It's NYC. $37/hour doesn't go that far, especially if you have a family.

Then it might be time to move. Back in the nineties I moved out of the San Francisco bay area, where I had lived most of my life, because I took a hard look at the cost of living and the chances of ever owning a home, and decided that my salary as an engineer would never get me out of the apartment, much less raise a family. Finding a high tech job at the same salary in an area with lower cost of living was like getting a huge raise. And the quality of life is higher, the level of crime is much lower, and there's significantly less traffic. Of course, the temperatures and weather vary dramatically from the bay area, but the other things made it worth the trade, and we can always visit.

I can certainly see an argument for moving, but the poster I was replying to suggested that the only reason people might need more than that kind of wage (roughly $80k / year) would be because they're wasting it on luxuries like a massive house or some such. Which is not the case.

4 days ago
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Bachelor's Degree: An Unnecessary Path To a Tech Job

mooingyak Re:Modded down? (286 comments)

or you can turn it the other way around, ask the person why he wants to get paid 33$ or 37$ an hour in the first place as I think this is a very high amount to get paid. I could assume that over 50% of a paycheck goes to the house, appartment or mortgage then the problem ain't the paycheck alone but rather what he pays with it. Don't pay for waht you can't afford is what I can tell from lots of people. They got 3 floor house when they can alone afford a garden house anyways.

It's NYC. $37/hour doesn't go that far, especially if you have a family.

4 days ago
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Civilization: Beyond Earth Announced

mooingyak Re:Shut up and take my money (85 comments)

Basically what I was thinking. After the clusterfuck that was Civ V, I'm just hoping they didn't use that as their starting point.

about a week ago
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Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

mooingyak Re:Right! (578 comments)

I think you are confusing wisdom for intelligence. Politicians tend to be very wise when it comes to understanding what makes people tick and how to get people to like them enough to vote for them.

Then they get on Senate committees and blabber on about topics they have absolutely no business talking about because they are ignorant on the subject.

The intelligent person knows when it's raining. The wise person knows to get in out of the rain.

He's not confusing them. He's saying there are different types of intelligence. He's also agreeing with the post he replied to, basically saying that retraining politicians to code wouldn't work, but not because they're dumb. Rather because that's not how their brains are wired.

If goal X can be achieved by action Y, the ability to recognize this and succesfully carry out action Y would be considered a form of intelligence.

If goal X is get funding for something, and action Y is blather on about crap they know nothing about.... then blathering is a smart move. The morality of such an action is certainly debatable, but that's indepedent of intelligence.

about a week ago
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Isolated Tribes Die Shortly After We Meet Them

mooingyak Re:Evolution in action (351 comments)

I always find it interesting when people who believe in evolution get upset when instances of it take place in real life.

Why?

I believe that if I were stabbed, it could be fatal. At a minimum it would probably hurt. I would get upset if an instance of this were to take place in real life.

Would this also be interesting?

about two weeks ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

mooingyak Re:Viva La XP! (641 comments)

I have a conch that does exactly what I need it to do - To hear the lamentations of their women.

When Arnold says it, the word is lamendations.

about two weeks ago
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Most Expensive Aviation Search: $53 Million To Find Flight MH370

mooingyak Re:But Terrizm! (233 comments)

Explaining the joke here, but.... the idea is that we're shaving Ockham without using his razor.

about two weeks ago
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Most Expensive Aviation Search: $53 Million To Find Flight MH370

mooingyak Re:Cool! $50 million USD = $54 million! (233 comments)

Would probably have helped to specify in the summary. My first four thoughts on seeing that were:

1. Someone meant to use the Euro symbol. But I'm pretty sure 1 Euro > 1 USD currently. So that's not it.
2. Inflation adjusted dollars.
3. Canadian dollars?.
4. Look through the comments and see who else wondered the same thing.

about two weeks ago
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Most Expensive Aviation Search: $53 Million To Find Flight MH370

mooingyak Re:Okham is very fast racer (233 comments)

I appreciate the nod, though I've never stated it happened while he slept.

about two weeks ago
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Most Expensive Aviation Search: $53 Million To Find Flight MH370

mooingyak Re:But Terrizm! (233 comments)

wonder what that dude used to shave...

about two weeks ago
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Indie Game Jam Show Collapses Due To Interference From "Pepsi Consultant"

mooingyak Re:Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra (465 comments)

Even if it's not used in American English (which honestly, is surprising to me), it's not exactly obtuse or difficult to work it out. Putting ones tools down (and stopping work). What else could it mean? The only possible other interpretation is 'downing', as in 'consuming' ones tools, which obviously doesn't make any sense in this context.

Mostly it reads like a typo, making me wonder what word is missing.

about two weeks ago
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Subversion Project Migrates To Git

mooingyak Re:Hmm (162 comments)

So this is either legit or an absolutely brilliantly executed joke.

about two weeks ago
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Subversion Project Migrates To Git

mooingyak Re:Hmm (162 comments)

Yeah. They're doing it right, finally.

about two weeks ago
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Subversion Project Migrates To Git

mooingyak Re:Hmm (162 comments)

I've got to admit. The discussion going on in that ticket is pretty convincing, leading me to think that either:

a) legit
b) they sucked in a lot of their own people
c) really well thought out

I'm thinking (and hoping) b, with c as an unlikely but possible second.

I'll confess I was fooled until I remember what day it is.

about two weeks ago
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MariaDB 10 Released, Now With NoSQL Support

mooingyak Re:Editors (103 comments)

Cut them some slack. The summary is not merely one, but TWO sentences. That takes real work.

about three weeks ago
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U.S. Court: Chinese Search Engine's Censorship Is 'Free Speech'

mooingyak Re:the real America (284 comments)

I've eaten chinese food and italian food in NYC. They use tomatoes very differently.

And that's about as on topic as what you wrote.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Consider Elegant Code?

mooingyak Re:Knuth's TeX and Metafont (373 comments)

But the 3 sets of double consonants are not consecutive. The only word in the english language (that I know of) for which there exist 3 consecutive sets of double consonants is "bookkeeper."

I found the consonant (not merely double letters) part kind of neat, because I can't think of any other words like that.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Consider Elegant Code?

mooingyak Re:Knuth's TeX and Metafont (373 comments)

Think of cities that have grown (London?) rather than be designed according to some grand master plan (New York?)

(NYC is) almost the exact opposite of what you're saying ... Someone designed it to a master plan.... a long time ago. And then it grew

Almost all of Manhattan Island (which is only part of New York City) above 42nd street was planned out as one grid. The Upper West Side (along Central Park from 59th street northward, about 7 miles) has two subway train lines that were largely done by cut-and-cover before the buildings were built; some 10 or 12 miles of Broadway is really a causeway over the #1/2/3 train lines. The East Side, on the other hand, did not get as much service; the work to put it in now, tunneling below, has been disruptive for years!

I was actually thinking of 'anything Robert Moses touched', so all 5 boroughs + LI to start. I don't know how involved he was in other areas. The roads feel like they were designed to induce traffic, as if he could curtail population growth through sheer stubbornness. (stubbornness has 3 sets of double consonants. awesome).

about three weeks ago

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