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Teaching College Is No Longer a Middle Class Job

rcoxdav Re:We need more respect for trade schools (538 comments)

I am not saying to shove everyone into plumbing. And, btw, those are union prices set to a large degree by the union. In a state like Illinois, where I am from, for a lot of projects, companies do not have a choice.

There is a shortage of plumbers, electricians, welders and other skilled trades people due to the extremely low number of people going into the field. Here is an article describing the problem

What I am saying is that we need to get a balance. Don't dump everyone into trades. Put more people into trades, and less people into college programs that have little to no workforce demand, and/or help the people that drop out of college. It is a societal problem that has made way too many people, especially in major urban areas (talking to you Chicagoland) feel that trades jobs are beneath them. Just because I have a BS in Electrical Engineering means I know how to automatically safely wire a house (though I could read up on it) or do a good job doing it. We need skilled trades people and not have the people driving their luxury cars look down on those people.

about 3 months ago

Teaching College Is No Longer a Middle Class Job

rcoxdav Re:We need more respect for trade schools (538 comments)

The issues with the trades is not pay. Take a look at how much a plumber or electrician can make in the Chicago area. Here is a link showing how much they make. A 5th year apprentice would make about $70k a year working full time.

The problem is that the trades are totally dismissed by the school counselors. We don't need so many people in traditional colleges. We need more people in the trades. Another example is in lower level IT. Basic help desk and level 1 support people need vocational training, not a BS or BA. We need to re-align higher education.You do not need a BS in CS to maintain a network.

about 3 months ago

Apple Forges Agreement With China Mobile

rcoxdav Re: Profits vs Market Share (79 comments)

There is no denying that the 5s is really fast. However, in everyday use, does it need to be?

I just got a Galaxy S4 ($50 on Amazon) and I have had zero lag in anything I have tried. Is the 5s faster, yes, is it noticeable in everyday use, not really. Just like with everyday use of desktops, the AMD A10 series is plenty fast for general desktop use, even though in benchmarks a Core i5 smokes it. However, unless you are running something very demanding, which most people don't, they won't see a difference.

Also, I like being able to have a spare battery and put in an SD card to add memory without Apple charging insane upgrade prices.

about 9 months ago

My ISP...

rcoxdav Hit my limit (290 comments)

Last month was the last month my ISP (Mediacom) was not limiting bandwidth. They give different amounts for different plans. For the 20Mbps the limit was 350GB. We are Netflix and Amazon prime video and Hulu junkies here, and last month I hit 420GB. The extra charge, assuming I use the same amount would have been $20 more per month. I opted for the 50Mbps package that cost $20 more, and also comes with 999GB
However, I would have been happy staying where I was, therefore I think they do not give enough of a cap.

1 year,25 days

Obamacare Exchanges Months Behind In Testing IT Data Security

rcoxdav Is anyone really surprised? (398 comments)

By the history of large government IT projects, this is pretty well normal. The DOD, IRS, and just about every large department has had anything from minor to major disasters when setting up or updating systems.

I think too much of this is due to government bidding requirements that put too much emphasis on who you know more than what you know. I have seen too many stories where competence is the last thing looked at for contractors.

about a year ago

One Year After World IPv6 Launch — Are We There Yet?

rcoxdav Hardware limitations (246 comments)

I have been looking at the IP v6 specs for enterprise level hardware, top of the line products from Cisco and the likes. The last I check, a few months ago, the accelerated routing on their top of the line Layer 3+ switch had about 1/2 the aggregate routing for IPv6 as it did IPv4, and older hardware is much worse.

Until the hardware ASIC's are acellarated as much for IPv6, I think businesses will lag unless they need to use IPv6 due to contract requirements (military and the likes). Why would they pay more for modern hardware that is slower than what they have to adopt IPv6 when IPv4 is satisfying their needs, even if NAT is a gimped solution. It still works, and is pretty fast.

about a year ago

AMD Tightens Bonds With Game Developers

rcoxdav Re:Slashvertising (91 comments)

I guess you have not been looking at any reviews for the 7000 series then. The 7000 series cards are not winning on performance/watt except on OpenCL now, but are better for the performance/cost in every level. Check out Toms Hardware Best Graphics Card for the Money for this month, and pretty much the past couple of years, and AMD comes out on top in almost every category. Also, there are generally no Radeon specific features such as PhysX, but that is because Nvidia owns PhysX. And, as far as absolute performance in all categories except the very top ($400 plus range), AMD quite often is higher than Nvidia. Compare the Radeon 7850 to the similarly priced and recently release 650 ti. Take off your green colored glasses and take a look at what the current video card situation is.

about 2 years ago

AMD Reportedly Preparing Massive Layoff

rcoxdav Re:Damn. (286 comments)

As ericloewe said, AMD is more than competitive in the discrete card market. If you check out the best buy for the price range for video cards, almost every month AMD cards dominate. For example, take a look at the recent 650ti launch for Nvidia. It came out at a price of $150, while the Radeon 1GB 7850 is currently at $160, about 7% more, but has roughly a 15-20% performance increase. The reason Nvidia is ahead is first that there is a perception of being better made by fan boys, and also, that Nvidia throws a LOT of money at developers to make games "Made for Nvidia" (I don't remember the exact phrase actually), which includes PhysX. I have met quite a few people that for no good reason refuse to buy AMD/ATI cards, but slavishly get Nvidia, even when they would be better off financially and performance wise with an AMD. And, AMD is normally many months ahead in releasing next gen cards. CPU wise, especially with their APU's for low end machines, they are also very competitive for a light gaming machine. Their latest APU was about twice as fast in games with better game support than the Intel HD 4000 on a core i7. CPU heavy things, the Intel chips were faster. However, I know a few people with laptops with the AMD A8 APU's, and they do not notice any everyday lag, and they can game on a laptop that has discrete video card performance in a $500-600 laptop.

about 2 years ago

ADA May Force Netflix To Provide Closed Captioning On Content

rcoxdav Re:The ADA sucks (694 comments)

As a person with Celiac Disease, which by the way is not an allergy, but an auto immune reation to gluten in the villi in the small intesting, I certainly do not wish ill will or accomodation from any place that is not gluten free friendly, I just don't give them my business.

more than 2 years ago

Math Textbooks a Textbook Example of Bad Textbooks

rcoxdav Re:How about no textbook at all? (446 comments)

I would like to disagree with the premise that not learning math facts is not important. As a person who has taught College Algebra to many adult non-traditional plus traditional students, I saw a very large correlation between those that did well and those that had the basic math facts down. The problem is that they may get the algebraic concepts without a problem, but get hung up on the arithmetic, and therefore still do not get problems correct. I know it is a correlation, not a causation, but at least from my observations the fundamentals and knowing the tables are important.

more than 2 years ago

Math Textbooks a Textbook Example of Bad Textbooks

rcoxdav Don't blame just the publishers (446 comments)

I think part of the problem also is the ridiculous requirements put into textbooks by some of the states. Some locales have required multiculturalism parts of classes, even something like elementary school math, which should be pretty much a fact based class.

I live in Illinois, and I know my children's books are not up to the level of what I had 30 years ago. The books seem scatter brained with forced examples of what the states want put into the books. Also, the forced lack of focus on the fundamentals has gone a long way towards lowering the ability of students from the US to compete in a global academic environment, especially in the sciences and computer fields. Another item is what is wrong with timed drills, and letting students know that the world is not equal and that some people are better and faster in math than others. Welcome to the real world! I am not saying advertise who is the best, but don't stop doing timed tests and drills because some helicopter parent is complaining that their snowflake did not get the highest possible score. A friend of mine is a former principal at an elementary school, and he said that the biggest number of complaints he had were from parents who thought that it was traumatic for their children to not be able to complete timed math fundamentals tests.

Yes, the textbook manufacturers are sleazy and always trying to sell the new latest greatest edition, but don't forget some of the ever changing junk they have to put in to make the politicians happy in the big states (thank-you California and Texas). Let the experts decide what needs to be in an effective textbook, not the politicians.

more than 2 years ago

Google Pulls Support For CDMA Devices

rcoxdav Re:For us non-US folk... (272 comments)

I know that CDMA is an older standard, however, from what I remember it has always had better voice quality and tower transfers than GSM.

The one big advantage of GSM is the use of SIM cards, and that simultaneous voice and data were possible. CDMA also has better spectral efficiency than TDMA used by GSM. Check out Wikipedia's article on it and look at the efficiency of the latest CDMA vs GSM standard.

Don't act like the carriers stuck with CDMA to be dinosaurs. It actually was , at least for voice users, the better technology.

more than 2 years ago

What Microsoft Should and Shouldn't Do For the Xbox 720

rcoxdav Re:DVD/BD is missing a point here..... (502 comments)

The problem with a 4k screen is not the price, it is the usefullness of it. There are charts out there that show the limits of our vision at different distances. A 4k screen would have to be huge to have a noticable difference in clarity at 3m for most people. I lookup up on Wikipedia the optimal viewing distances are for a 1080p screen, and for a 55" like listed above, the optimal viewing distance for 1080p (limited by human eye resolution) is 2-5m. For a 4k screen, it would have to be closer, and there was also noted in that article a mention that being too close to big screens can cause motion sickness.

I think for most people, a 4k screen is way overkill unless you have a HUGE (I would say 100" or above) screen.

more than 2 years ago

Laptops In the Classroom Don't Increase Grades

rcoxdav Re:Incompetent teachers (511 comments)

I live in Illinois, and we have zero in the way of education as a second career without getting a full education degree (my BS is Electrical Engineering, and started grad school for Secondary Ed. Physics and Math). I have been teaching basic networking, college algebra, and intro to stats for over 10 years at a couple of small tech colleges, in addition to other systems admin work. I know more about applied math, physics and computers than any teacher in my relatively small district, yet, I can't teach.

When I left grad school due ot personal issues with less than two semesters left. I needed one methods class for teaching, 6-7 (don't remember exactly) classes on history of education and Ed Psych, three 3rd world cultures classes, biology, poetry, American and Illinois Government (yes, the exact same tests I took in High School, but I need to take a class on it anyway) and I don't remember what else. By the time I was done, if everything was done as an undergrad, I would have had a BS in EE, Math, and one class away from a Physics degree too. Yet, Illinois says no way.

Until education requirements are less politicized (and I realize Illinois is one of the worse in that category) and truly qualified people can teach without the BS, you will not really get the best teaching.

One last thing, we really need to get back to fundamentals. Drill drill drill on math, make sure they can write a sentance, paragraph and have an organized thought. Calculators are not needed until you get to roots, exponents, logs, and trig functions. Make the kids have the basics memorized and MAKE THEM THINK AND ORGANIZE!!

about 3 years ago

MS-DOS Is 30 Years Old Today

rcoxdav Dos 1.0 and up (433 comments)

My first computer was a Tandy 1000EX (then a 1000TX, 286, yeah baby). I got an expanded memory card for my 1000TX all the way up to1.5MB total RAM. Setup a RAM drive on the memory card and wrote a batch file to copy the OS and commonly used utilites to the RAM drive, then set the COMSPEC to it. Was really useful until I got a hard rive. I was working at Radio Shack at the time and made full use of my measly employee discount.

I sorta miss the days off Plug'n'Pray ISA cards (normally just manually set them anyway, as it never seemed to work). My experience with DOS 1.0 was on my uncles Zenith computer. I remember DOS 2.x needed the hard drive driver loaded to work off a hard drive. I used every version of MS-DOS from 2.11 on up. I hated the built in compression, in the later versions, too flaky. Version 5 and 6.22 were my favorites.

more than 3 years ago

Could PSTN Go Away By 2018?

rcoxdav Reliability (305 comments)

I live in a small town in rural Illinois. I have cell, but service stinks in town due to being close to a boundary between two different providers (the small family owned one goes nutsy whenever the big company signal hits their turf). There is only one provider that has good service in my town. I have a phone through the cable company, which sounds good and has a lot of features, but has an unacceptable amount of down time (we have some medical problems that make it so that we need something reliable). What is left, PSTN through the phone company. The only time we have lost access, it was only long distance when a contractor cut a fiber line. Until broadband reliability is in the many 9's category like PSTN, I want to keep it.The entirety of the US is not big cities, there is a lot of middle of nowhere with a decent amount of population also, and, along with that, unreliable wireless and broadband infrastructure.

more than 3 years ago

I've had a personal email account for ...

rcoxdav Woof woof, fido net mail! (336 comments)

My first e-mail account was a fido-net based through a local bbs in the town I went to college in. This was in 1988 I believe. My first real Internet e-mail address was a prodigy address a couple of years later.

more than 3 years ago

My current printer has printed ...

rcoxdav A lot, but it was inherited. (310 comments)

To be fair, my family and I did not print most of the pages. My main printer is an HP LaserJet 2100 that was retired from work and I got for free, along with 4 toner cartridges, being it was the last 2100 in service. I much prefer my kids print to that than the color inkjet with WAY higher cost per page (after all, can't get lower than a free printer with free toner!).

more than 3 years ago

Why You Shouldn't Panic Over Mac Malware

rcoxdav Re:OS X App Store a disappointment so far (370 comments)

What, you expect Apple to really even acknowledge VLC?? Don't you know that Quicktime just plays EVERYTHING!! And Firefox, Chrome, come on, Safari is the Shiznit! What could be better than Apple made software!

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Becoming a Network Administrator?

rcoxdav Re:Network+ (480 comments)

I would tend to agree with that, except with the subnetting. I have seen a lot of people have problems with it. Of course, being a programmer gives you a leg up, as you have probably dealt with binary and Boolean before also.

more than 3 years ago



Intel DG45ID Review which has "improved" g

rcoxdav rcoxdav writes  |  more than 6 years ago

rcoxdav writes "Extremetech does a review of an Intel motherboard with the new G45 express chipset with integrated graphics. The integrated graphics are supposed to be 2 to 3 times faster than the GMA 3100 and 3500. How does it really stand up (hint, it is not a surprise)? Read the review at Extremetech"
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