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Comment Re:Female CS Grads were only 18%.... (Score 1) 415

Then they aren't really tech or STEM hires, like the article is talking about..... Giving them more exposure to STEM at a younger age is not going to help them much at getting hired as marketers, sales, or HR.... Anyone can do support and I sure hope we are not trying to get more of our young minorities working at call center jobs.....

Comment Female CS Grads were only 18%.... (Score 4, Insightful) 415

Given this statistic:

In 2013, 18% of bachelor’s degrees in computing were earned by women

How in the heck do they expect to get equal numbers of female and male people into programming jobs in the field. It would seem 'equal' hiring would be around 18% of the population of programmers to make it apples to apples. That would indicate 'fair' hiring.

That said, I do believe in encouraging everyone to get more experience in STEM at a younger age, then to make informed decisions about if this is a career they would like to pursue. It is nuts to me that they are trying to hire 50% of the work force out of 18% of the graduates. That is just not going to work. Just goes to prove we really do need better math education at all levels.....

Comment Re:Sometimes a parting of ways is best (Score 5, Insightful) 239

You could say that about any profession. My wife is a physician and she tells people who say they want to be a doctor that "if you can imagine yourself doing anything else you probably should". That job is too hard and takes too much from you to bother with if it isn't a calling. Furthermore that pretty much contradicts your point above. If they don't have a passion for software development why are you pushing them into it if it isn't their thing? I'm an engineer and I've done enough programming to know that it isn't what I want to do for a living and also that I'm not particularly good at it.

Because I hear about all of those physician layoffs that are happening and how they are being replaced with over seas workers and young kids out of college. And I always hear about how older physicians can never learn and how they age out at 40.... Again, it is the crappy attitude of the industry I am talking about, and the sad state of the code. If you are really, really passionate about coding (such as I am) you can muddle your way through it, but you have to be ultra passionate. I think every professional career requires dedication, but most have a lot more longevity and actually respect people who have been at it for a bit.

Comment Re:And when do they start training their replaceme (Score 3, Interesting) 239

Because they will then turn around and say they can not find any software engineers, and then have to hire H1-B workers. The definition of an H1-B worker is pretty much a beginner-level software developer, if that. Having worked with many who claim 'senior level', I can state this as a generality. So instead invest in the workers you already have, who know your culture, and give them a chance. If they fail, so be it and part your ways. If they do not want to enter software at all, then again, they can leave and not even have to get a severance package.

It is about giving people opportunities and investing in people. May sound silly to many on this board, but I firmly believe in mentoring people. Give me someone who is the best coder in the world but has a crappy attitude vs someone who wants to learn and is passionate, but maybe has some what of a way to go, and I will take the passionate one.

Comment And when do they start training their replacements (Score 5, Insightful) 239

I am amazed at the number of layoffs in the tech industry these days, yet we continue to dump money into these code camp programs, and other STEM initiatives of dubious value. Here we have 14,000 tech workers who probably could be retrained to work with software and yet we will dump money into these programs to train the next generation, and hiring H1-B workers instead. You know these people are likely intelligent and could use the leg up to fill the gaps the company has, and instead it is just dump them on the street.

This is the real tech world folks. Keep your kids out of it unless they absolutely love it on their own. It is an ageist world which has no loyalty to workers at all, and falsely believes that people can't be retrained. It is not the kind of place you want to make a career out of unless it is your absolute passion, and even then you will be discouraged every day by things like this.

Comment Bachelor Chow (Score 2) 148

I mean really, we aren't that far off from it when we start eating this kind of heavily processed food. Why not just mix this stuff into solids and throw it in a bag and eat it out of a bowl?

It is not that hard to cook simple meals. Heck, cook up a big pot of something on one day, and eat leftovers if you are short on time. At least you know what is in it, and it is going to be much, much cheaper. I just cooked up a big pot of Himalayan bahl dat (lentils) and some spiced rice last night and I would be surprised if it took me 15 minutes of effort. I now have a healthy breakfast (this is actually what the Himalayans eat) for the week that costs me about 3 dollars. Throw a piece of chicken on the grill. How long does that take?

I am really surprised this kind of over processed food is even slightly popular in this day and age.

Comment Re: WTF? (Score 2) 760

Or by donating money to non-profits and such, i.e. a deduction. That way I can fund those social programs that actually make a difference at MY choice.

People are failing to understand that deductions are part of determining your taxes and are exactly that, deductions from your income. They are not part of your income, and are thus untaxable. It is not the government 'giving you anything back'. I imagine a lot of these people making these huge deductions are doing so through donations. Do you really want the non-profits to not get this money by forcing people who donate to them to get drug tested?

Take my own example (although not above these limits, obviously). I have a vacation home in a VERY small community. The government provided fire protection is 1.5 hours away (my tax dollars at work). We fund raised, made our own donations, and built our own VFD for covering the area. All of the money donated went into fire equipment and building the building (we built it ourselves). If the government had gotten involved, it would have cost 100x what it did. Isn't this the kind of behavior we want?

Comment Re:WTF? (Score 4, Insightful) 760

I am not in support of this program, as it has shown to be cost negative in that we are spending more than we are saving, but there is one key difference here. Money that you itemize as deductions is NOT a gift from the government. They are not 'giving' you money by not taking as much. That is very, very broken logic and shows the sickness that lies in the government.

Money received in these programs is purely a gift from the government. You have not paid in and are receiving cash, so yes, there are going to be some stipulations there about what you can do with it and what you must be doing. Ideally this would be targeted at training and helping you get out of poverty, not drug testing.

It is ridiculous to consider the logic here that the government is being so nice to you by taking less of your money.....

Comment Re:Just what Walmart shoppers need..... (Score 1) 117

I honestly can't see how you can't manage children while pushing a cart. People have been doing it for years. The cart moving around by itself is not a huge advantage here. If the kids are small enough, they are in the cart. If old enough, they are helping and learning and it is an experience. And yes, sometimes it might be a challenge, but that is what parenting is about. I already mentioned the mapping part was fine and useful.

I would prefer the cost of my goods does not go up because of all the lazy people who can't push a shopping cart around the store by hand. Those things are not free, and you will pay for them. Of course those of us who choose to take on the burden of actually pushing a shopping cart will take on more of that burden.

I lump this into the same area as all of the extra safety junk they force onto us on cars that 'protects us' and increases the cost of the car. Then it breaks constantly. Kind of like the new feature in GM cars to remind you that you have a child and should check the back seat before you leave to see if they are there. Seriously? I have to pay for that now too even though I am smart enough to not forget my child in a back seat?

Idiocracy is upon us.....

Comment Just what Walmart shoppers need..... (Score 4, Insightful) 117

Because Walmart shoppers already get so much exercise and are in such great shape that any form of exercise is not needed. I am saddened by the fact that we are now to the point where we consider pushing a shopping cart around the store to be too much work.

How about scrapping the electric drive but keeping the locator aspect. That would seem to cut the costs dramatically while giving the greatest benefit. I really think most of the people I see in Walmart could use to push the cart themselves

Comment Node and REST? (Score 2, Insightful) 40

This is what you get when you hire a bunch of developers doing straight RESTful interfaces on top of MongoDB having no idea what they are actually doing. I am amazed at the lack of security I see in most of the software developed these days, and while RESTful can be a great approach, people also need to realize how open and easy to abuse it really is.

It really is funny how all of these things we solved ages ago are having to be redone because now we have a new platform that doesn't just give you all of this built in. Hopefully the node level javascript developers can be taught the importance of actual security and designing an enterprise/internet level system and what that means, but with trends like 'microservices' being the rage, I somehow doubt that.

This is the difference between being a programmer, and being an engineer.

Rant off....

Comment Re:Watch the next tech cycle start (Utah) (Score 1) 203

Yup, it seems to be happening here in Utah. The amount of growth is pretty crazy. Unfortunately they treat a lot of us like H1B workers but onshore, so a lot of not so great development is 'outsourced' here. That said, the pay is finally starting to catch up to reality. A lot of the local companies have had a hard time adjusting in that they used to be able to pay very little, so they are having to realize you can't get a senior programmer with lots of experience for the salaries they used to offer anymore. Some are finally starting to pay up, others are just complaining about 'no available workers'. We are probably still on the upswing, but will probably be peaking soon.

Housing is still relatively cheap and if you can deal with the local politics (i.e. ignore most of it) the outdoor opportunities are amazing. Quality of life is so much better than living in Silicon Valley.

Comment Anonymous releases video on Clinton (Score 1) 416

I highly suggest everyone watch this video released by anonymous: It really drives home who Clinton is. I can't believe I have to choose between Clinton and Trump. It is like the simpsons episode where we are choosing our alien overlord. Please let there be a viable third party candidate....

Comment Re: Bring back a large screen model (Score 1) 171

Depends on what kinds of things you are trying to do. I am not IT, and computer science fundamentals and math do not change that much from year to year. If I am looking at a bug I might want to use stack overflow, If I am looking at scientific papers on machine learning, not so much. I am not a code monkey and am not just looking up a function in an API. If I am reading a scientific paper on the plane, the e-ink is much easier on the eyes, I don't necessarily have internet, and am much happier to have them all right there. Also, books on introductions to something like Spark or a new language are still relevant at their publication date. Heck, why would I even ever read a book on a reader then by your logic....

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