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161  Other / Politics & Society / Re: Russell Brand Throws A Hissy Fit After Being Asked About The Price Of His Home on: December 10, 2014, 08:42:32 PM
I think Russell Brand comes off as a little off putting and I never really liked him but in this instance I'd have to give it to him. He kinda has a point in the video. He doesn't have to come out there and speak on behalf of those that were struggling to get housing. It was his choice to speak. He could've just done what every other celebrity does on their off-day--smoke cigars, do blow, whatever they do. I think the reporter was just trying to get a rise outta him but he handled it pretty well imo.
162  Other / Politics & Society / Re: Greatest story never told on: December 10, 2014, 08:38:19 PM
This reminded me of that one Clint Eastwood movie--Letters from Iwo Jima. It tells the story of WWII from the Japanese perspective. Sure the Japanese did some really fucked up things in that war. Google Unit 731 medical experiments Japan and you will see what I'm talking about. Anyway, the movie humanizes the fact that there were people there that didn't want to be there and you can kind of take that perspective. It's a great movie, I think everyone should have a watch.
163  Other / Politics & Society / Re: World War III on: December 10, 2014, 08:33:32 PM
World War 3 is inevitable in my opinion when the U.S. ceases to be the great superpower it is today. This will happen sometime in the future and a country like China has the capability to take on the U.S. at some point. The war will most likely be fought over a small country and a domino effect will occur when its allies will go to arms to defend it. Nuclear weaponry the likes of anything ever seen before will be used. It will be an apocalypse scenario of the worst kind. It's actually pretty fucking terrifying to think about.
164  Other / Politics & Society / Re: Why do people hate islam? on: December 10, 2014, 09:05:27 AM
The criticism anyone points to Islam can pretty much paint a picture of any of the other major religions in existence right now. The problem with Islam is that it's been in the public spotlight for the longest amount of time now. A very negative spotlight. Sure there are Christian religious nuts like the Westboro Baptist crazies, but the most damage they've done is protest a gay dead person's funeral. The most damage people did that were connected with Islam was engage in a terrorist attack that killed nearly 4,000 people. The world isn't going to forget this that quickly.
165  Other / Politics & Society / Re: Wait.... what's wrong with "Obamacare"? on: December 10, 2014, 09:00:58 AM
The majority of people who oppose Obamacare also known as the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" don't even have a clue how it works.  The new guideline basically aims to make health care more affordable for everyone. It's not exactly a free handout. The tax increase of .009% only applies if you make more than $200,000 so you can imagine who is voicing their protests for it and brainwashing the masses who don't make anywhere near that to do the same.
166  Other / Politics & Society / Re: Americans Getting Poorer on: December 10, 2014, 08:52:40 AM
What's even more perplexing is that traditional "rich states" in the U.S. and the poor demographic vote for the Democrats while the "poor states" and the rich vote overwhelmingly Republican. The rich white Southerners are amongst the most conservative in the nation, casting their vote on anything that will protect their financial interests. Northerners generally vote split 50/50 between democrats and republicans.
167  Other / Politics & Society / Cops immediately shot a 12 year old holding a toy gun without warning. on: November 27, 2014, 01:04:12 PM
Ohio is actually an open carry state so this case will be interesting. Did the cop know Ohio was open carry or was he just massively incompetent? In an open carry state I'd imagine they first try and give the suspect a chance to surrender or put down their weapon. This 12 year old kid didn't stand a chance. He was just shot in the head right then and there.

Warning: video is pretty brutal to watch

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Z8qNUWekWE
168  Other / Off-topic / What is your go-to meal? on: November 27, 2014, 09:44:19 AM
I cook a lot at home to save money. Eating out gets expensive here in San Francisco so I try to bring something to lunch. My go-to meal are pulled pork sandwiches. I buy a big giant pork loin from Safeway or Whole Foods. I season it with garlic pepper and paprika with Trader Joe's bbq sauce and let it marinate overnight. Then I put it in a slow cooker the next day for six hours with some bay leaves. After coming back from work I will have pulled pork sandwiches ready made.

What's your go-to meal?
169  Other / Off-topic / Re: Do you really earn more money because you went to college? on: November 27, 2014, 09:38:37 AM
I usually go to meetups for Computer Programming.
Most participants usually have some of app they are working on.

There were two ladies who had just gotten out of University around 1-2 years ago. The university they mentioned is actually a prestigious university within our area. They were new to the meetup.
I asked them what they were working on. One of them said an App that a colleague of hers had partnered with her to create.

She began explaining the app, to which I replied with questions about how she was going to produce the backend (database solutions, MySQL) and if she was going to use some sort of RESTful api to store data to the database.

She had absolutely no clue what I was talking about; and didn't know what MySQL was.

I'm not trying to say that she was clueless; nor that University didn't give them the skills to complete projects ( although they admitted they need to learn a lot more ). However, what I'm trying to imply is that University gets you an easier ability to sit in a chair in front of the HR or person hiring you. What you say and how well you perform is what gets you the money.

For drop-outs and people who are self-taught like myself, we can land a job, but it's harder to get that initial seating due to misconceptions and ignorance within the HR workforce today. However, I've found many self-taught individuals who can perform at the same level as University graduates; if not higher. It all depends on the person though.

Well... rarely you will see a programmer that doesn't have a diploma, I'm no exception.
The point is that only study doesn't gives you a excellent job, but what you do and your ideas is what makes you go further in your career. Unless you're academic and want to be the bst teacher of something, then studying is the only true way.

This is starting to change. I've seen more and more diploma-less programmers. Most of them make the point (including myself), that they didn't get into programming to get a job... they did it to create a business / create something.

While having a degree indeed helps you get your foot in the door to that interview, being skilled in your profession and showing the employer you can execute goes far beyond a college degree. My friend was a Psychology major out of University in Northern California. In his spare time he developed his coding and programming skills throughout his undergrad years. He pursued a job in the tech industry as a web developer in San Francisco. They hired him in the end over other qualified Comp Sci degree holders because he demonstrated he had the skill and ability to execute. Having experience trumps a degree tremendously in the Bay Area when it comes to job searching.
170  Economy / Economics / Re: Dollar coming to an end on: November 27, 2014, 09:28:14 AM
I don't know if I can agree with the article. The U.S. dollar is based on a debt system that itself is based on it's military and oil. When OPEC stops writing checks to the U.S. using U.S. dollars then I will be worried but until then I don't think I will bat an eye to these articles anymore. As long as the U.S. has it's military might to keep OPEC within it's grasp, the U.S. dollar will still be the worldwide currency. That's my belief at least.
171  Economy / Economics / Re: Economic Inequality on: November 27, 2014, 09:23:45 AM
Access to quality health care and legal representation is a huge issue that comes with income inequality. Also, if you are poor there is the negative social aspect of it. Others will look down on you, companies looking to hire people will not necessarily pick you up. Who wants to hire someone that is homeless? Huge liability on their part. I think being on the other end of the spectrum can have downsides too but no one is arguing being on the former end is not the worse side.
172  Other / Politics & Society / What will happen to economy once we have technology for Replicators? on: November 17, 2014, 09:34:00 PM
Replicator (Star Trek) - In Star Trek a replicator is a machine capable of creating (and recycling) objects. Replicators were originally seen used to synthesize meals on demand, but in later series they took on many other uses.

-from Wikipedia

Let's just say this technology is freely accessible to everyone. The poor, the rich, the destitute, you and me. I was thinking what would happen once humanity reaches a point where the acquisition of unlimited resources would not be a problem. No more wars fighting over who gets the most petrol or who controls which natural mineral mines. Our current economic model--capitalism will cease to exist because a scarcity based economy wouldn't exist anymore.

How do you think this would affect humanity as a whole if this technology were to come into fruition?
173  Other / Politics & Society / Re: How can the U.S. fix Detroit? on: November 17, 2014, 09:21:17 PM
Detroit is failing because the industries there are failing. Historically, that has meant auto. How do you fix it? You need to bring jobs to the city. How do you bring jobs? You need to have a city safe for business and citizens. It's kind of a paradox that it takes resources to make a city safe, but the less safe a city is, the less resources it has as business and residents flee.

What will it take? Massive investment in the city. Whether you want that to be government or private is one question. I favor the private side. Property prices are so cheap because things are so bad, you're starting to see people willing to risk the investment to build a business or buy a house, because the upside outweighs the little loss, so the private side is starting to do its part a little. But beyond the market correcting itself, you need the city to get it together on its end too.

Good points. But the city is barely getting trickling tax money from the population due to the massive poverty, rampart unemployment, high crime thing. Houses can be had for as little as $500 in a lot of parts in Detroit. The thing is these houses have been gutted by looters beyond repair--plumbing, electrical, everything utility related is basically destroyed by these guys desperate to make a buck for their next crack fix.

So even if you did invest $500 to buy a house there, you'd still need to spend thousands to demolish the house (because it's not within city code), flatten the land and then rebuild another house. Then once you build the nicest house in the neighborhood your property would still be worth very little because you are still in a bad neighborhood and you will be targeted for home invasions most likely. It's not cost effective for any investor to do that.

There was news about a businessman a while back who planned on buying like 10 or 12 city blocks of houses but when he couldn't get the government to pay for the demolition he backed out.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/29/detroit-blight-bundle-herb-strather_n_6064394.html
174  Other / Politics & Society / Re: Obama's Net Neutrality Statement: What it Really Means on: November 17, 2014, 12:31:09 PM
The idea of net neutrality has been adopted positively by a good number of EU countries already. The EU parliament have already come out in support of it. Hell, even Brazil has taken a good stance on it (not saying Brazil is a bad country or anything, they are just corrupt as hell). If this is JUST making news then it's really a sad day.
175  Other / Politics & Society / Re: Is there a reliable charity organization ? on: November 17, 2014, 12:24:09 PM
I recently "donated" to Winrar after about 7 years of the damn thing pestering me to. It's not technically a charity per se but I felt really guilty about closing that pop up message every time I was using it. And since I'm working now I can afford to give them money.

I also gave $10 to WikiPedia a while back because I was feeling the same type of guilt. I was using WikiPedia for everything for years and felt they deserved at least that much.

Some real charities I would consider if I were in your shoes are;

[Planned Parenthood]

These guys aren't just about abortions, they're actual free clinics that help everyone and are underfunded. My girlfriend received a lot of help from them when she was not covered by her work. Plus they are constantly being bombarded by Pro-Life Republic Hate Groups. They need the money to fight off those evil bastards.

[Doctors without Boarders]

I don't know much about these guys except the fact that they're doing really commendable work in Africa. They're risking their lives over there to help humanity and stop stuff like ebola from spreading.
176  Other / Politics & Society / How can the U.S. fix Detroit? on: November 17, 2014, 12:15:50 PM
We all know Detroit is the butt of all city jokes in the U.S. The place is in utter disrepair, the city is huge compared to the taxes it receives--so naturally bad things started to happen. Business and economic growth don't exactly thrive in a place declared by the FBI as the murder capital of the U.S. So in your opinion, what can fix Detroit? Other than Robocop of course.
177  Other / Off-topic / I almost died in a car crash today. on: November 15, 2014, 11:06:58 AM
So it's 11:30 pm on a Friday night and I'm driving to a local Chinese diner here, famous for their roast duck and BBQ pork. The weather's normal, albeit a little sprinkly so I have to use my wipers occasionally. As I'm approaching an overpass, a black lexus to my left starts changing lanes RIGHT into me. I swerve to get outta the way and hit a thin railing, that other fucker speeds off like nothing happened. My girlfriend is shaken but quickly tells me to get his plates. I record the bastard and am still in shock as to how anyone can be that retarded, careless and incompetent at driving. There's no way he wasn't drunk I thought. Now I have a giant dent on my front passenger fender and insurance to worry about. Thank you, you gigantic dick of a driver. I hope you get arrested for DUI.

Just wanted to get that off my shoulders. Jesus people drive stupidly sometimes.

Has anyone else ever been in a near death experience like I just have?
178  Other / Off-topic / Re: Best Game You Ever Bought? on: November 15, 2014, 10:54:51 AM
The best game I ever bought was Final Fantasy 7. Man I have so many memories of that game as a little kid. I must have played that game to completion 10 times at least, getting all the secrets and beating all the optional bosses. There might have been better games down the road but FF7 will always be there in my heart as a classic. Man that was a great game!!
179  Other / Off-topic / Re: How much sleep do you get? on: November 15, 2014, 10:52:23 AM
I am getting around 7 - 8 hours of constant sleep a night. I used to get night terrors and wake up in the middle of the night which really messed with my REM sleep. Now that I've been exercising more and not using the computer as often before sleeping, I don't have that problem anymore.
180  Other / Off-topic / Re: Trying to send money to my mom on: November 15, 2014, 10:49:19 AM
Sorry to hear about your mom's situation. Western Union actually does not require an ID to receive money if you choose "Security Question" as a method of verification. This is used when someone has lost their ID or Passport and needs money wired to them or any other emergency. I would do it this way as it's the easiest way to send her the money she needs.
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