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The Future of Time: UTC and the Leap Second

ygbsm Re:Copypasta (235 comments)

I don't think that word means what you think it means!

more than 3 years ago

WordPress.org Hacked, Plugin Repository Compromised

ygbsm Re:Year of the Hacker (110 comments)

You mean year of the criminal scum bag, right? Its time our community quit treating some of these guys like heros and freedom fighters - they're vandals, crooks, and theives, and need to be treated as such. There are no "grey hats" - you're either a white hat or a black hat, and you can't be both.

more than 3 years ago

New Plan Lets Top HS Students Graduate 2 Years Early

ygbsm They're missing the point (425 comments)

I went to a medium sized University in the mid-west, and I had a couple of freinds who had graduated early from high school. One was 16 and didn't have a drivers license yet. He did fine academically (actually outstanding), but faced some social challenges. He would have likely had a better college experience if he'd come to college a couple of years later - why not have a more robust series of high-school options so that you can keep all students gainfully learning throughout the process? Strong magnet school programs can mitigate this - when I lived in Louisiana I attended an awesome magnet school in 9th grade, but then we moved back to Ohio and my school was good, but not necessarily challenging.

I think we would be better served by having our best and brightest attend primary and secondary school through the full 12 years, followed by a 4 year college program - get them better educated in the same amount of time vs the same education faster . . .

Their is much of your education at college that is more that learning the details being instructed - time, maturity and socialization are important.

Before you go off, yes, I know some people are different, and yes, I know several people made it big after dropping out of college - I'm sharing with you observations based on being 41, working in the military and the civilian sector with many of the best and the brightest / the cream of the crop.

Feel free to flame, but come talk to me again when you've got some more years in the real world and you may agree more with me than you do today . . .

more than 4 years ago

Once Again, US DoJ Opposes Google Book Search

ygbsm Re:who fucking cares about author's rights (218 comments)

Umm - the author's likely do, and as a consumer of works produced by people who get compensated for their effort, so do I.

The point isn't about obscurity or not, it's that the person who creates the thing, owns the thing - sorry that's inconvienent for you.

I mean, if I want to "borrow" your car, but it's too difficult to find you, should I just take it? I mean who fucking cares about your rights, I need to get across town and do something productive, so your ownership and control of that car is impeding economic and cultural development if I can't use it to get across town.

Make sense comrade?

more than 4 years ago

Getting Company Owners To Follow Their Own Rules?

ygbsm Re:Explain what can happen (387 comments)

Depends, most states are "at will" employment, you can be terminated at any time, for any reason . . .

In the end, it's their company, their data, their risk.

If you want this to be effective, ensure that you communicate the risk - and that they understand it. Also, figure out an easy, non-intrusive way to do this. Laptops are key for most business leaders, and being without it, even overnight can be hard to schedule. Plus they may not want you snoping around it.

What about a USB hard drive attached to the docking station that does background back up? Similar to time machine on a mac?

about 5 years ago

Is Programming a Lucrative Profession?

ygbsm Re:For Engineers maybe (844 comments)

This is really the point - this is about College Degreed engineers. And no, an associates or even a bachelors from a "technical" college isn't the same. My last employer was constantly hiring degreed programmer for high 40's to 50's and raises came quickly (+10% a year for the first 4 or 5 years). The company was reliably and the benefits were first class. BUT you had to be a problem solver and able to pick up new languages quickly (it was a large consultancy).

Much more importantly - Comp Sci, System Engineering, etc. will be a boom industry for decades - you may not be a code guy for long, you'll end up as a designer, architect, integration analyst, etc. Get a real education, not the tech equivalent of VOED school and you'll be fine.

Note - I know this sounds elitist, but it's reality. Do you want to be a technician or an engineer? There are auto-mechanics and automobile engineers, just make your choice. A real degree at a physical university where you talk to the professors and follow class mates is the best way, if you can pull it off . . .

about 5 years ago

AT&T Begins a Trial To Cap, Meter Internet Usage

ygbsm Re:Cappings effect on net neutrality... (421 comments)

Actually, that's not communism - it is simply the implementation of a public utility. Nor does it prevent competition - others are still free to compete against a cooperative, or often times, even a publicly operating utility - but it may not be a wise investment depending on how you envision yourself competing . . .

more than 6 years ago


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