Profile

Cover photo
James Schweitzer
Works at IBM
Attended University of South Carolina
106 followers|22,319 views
AboutPostsPhotosVideos+1'sReviews

Stream

 
I'll probably get audited because I shared this.
 
Each year on April 15th, Americans pay taxes that keep the government running. It’s a time for reflecting upon whether that money is funding a government for the people, or a government that is undermining the people, supposedly for their own good. After a watershed year of newly disclosed information about the National Security Agency, activists in the Tea Party are fighting harder than ever for Constitutional rights, including the Fourth Amendment right to privacy. 
2
Add a comment...

James Schweitzer

Shared publicly  - 
 
There is extreme danger when the meritocracy of open source is subverted by political newspeak. Thought police.

Eich supported financially a gay marriage ban, and there are calls to remove him from his role at Mozilla. How would you react if political donations to the Obama campaign (and thus support for NSA spying) was used to filter you out for a job?

We don't want a monoculture. 
1
Bryan Jon Smith's profile photo
 
It's one thing to disagree and not want a sponsor, because of their personal views.  But it's another to use guilt-by-association.  Many times people are "blackballed" merely by associating with someone or a group.

There are a lot of groups that are involved with many things.  There are a lot of laws passed with a lot of pork and unrelated terms too.  So when people are tied to a group, or someone votes down a law, because of other reasons, things can be misrepresented.

I don't know all of the details that happened here.  But this is one reason why I refuse to either registry with donate money to different, political organizations.  I also ask all of my technical membership fees not be used for PACs or any other purposes, if possible.

Of course, I'm a strong believer in the ACLU, EFF, NRA and others who not merely defend our most important Rights, but more importantly, educate people on the responsibility that comes with them.

E.g., I know a couple of my colleagues called me a "gun nut" because I decided to go out and take NRA training on safe handling of firearms.  I just have to shake my head.  As long as the second Amendment exists, just like the first, I consider it a responsibility for Americans to know how to care, feed and respect firearms, even if they don't own.

Starting with myself.  ;)

Of course, some of the same people also call me religious and a right-winger, and throw the "LGBT Bible" at me.  I.e., they don't stop and recognize I'm Pro-Marriage Equality, and a staunch Libertarian.  Which brings me back to my original point ...

We no longer want to "get to know people," but just "label" them.  That's how I tell the difference between someone who "honestly cares" and a politically-motivated "bleeding-heart liberal."  If you care, you get to know someone.  Same can be said for many in the "Bible-thumping religious right" -- how many would say things to their good friends, even family members, if they suddenly found out they were L-G-B-and/or-T?

You don't just "label" them like you think everyone "labels" you.  ;)
Add a comment...

James Schweitzer

Shared publicly  - 
 
This article is rife with old thinking while attacking legislation for teaching cursive. It illustrates the crap shot kids go through when assigned teachers and are taught in blocks to a common standard.

There is technology that will allow each student to have an individualized, fully differentiated education. Today a student should be held back from learning as much as they can (build strengths) or be left behind (immediate remediation).
1
Add a comment...

James Schweitzer

Shared publicly  - 
 
The best jobs in the future will require an ability to code. Not just writing apps for phones, but manufacturing and many service jobs will require an ability to create using software.
2
Add a comment...

James Schweitzer

Shared publicly  - 
 
I've been using Linux on the desktop and as my career for 15 years. Many of the points made in this article are the same as why I don't use Windows, just reversed.

I hate the licensing process on the odd occasion I need to build one. The constant reboots to update or build are annoying. I actually find correcting malware entertaining, doing deep registry dives. Linux by comparison is a joy. There is a reason most startups build on Linux.
1
S Lee Barckmann's profile photoJames Schweitzer's profile photo
2 comments
 
Go see Her.
Add a comment...
Have him in circles
106 people
Jon "maddog" Hall's profile photo
Chris Eckhoff's profile photo
dana emery's profile photo
Eric Salom's profile photo

James Schweitzer

Shared publicly  - 
 
First Mozilla, now Dropbox.  Is there concerted effort to eliminate conservatives from the IT industry?  Am I jeopardizing my career by posting this?  Because I'm a military veteran?  Are we in an age of don't ask to tell political views?

At a high level this just a curiosity, but many of these new technology companies have a pattern of hiring for "culture".  Political views, age, gender, religion and ethnicity filtering is evident in many tech companies.

Tech should be a meritocracy.  You can perform or you can't.  It has been dominated by young males (white and Asian) and the geek culture.  The truth is new tech is a glass house with little to no representation of women and black/hispanic minorities.  I suspect culture based hiring decisions have limited representation of the religious, over 50 and non-eye candy females.
The week seemed to start off on a triumphant note for hot Silicon Valley start-up Dropbox. The company held a media event Wednesday to unveil a slew of new applications designed to demonstrate its expanding vision as it marches closer to an anticipated initial public offering.
3
S Lee Barckmann's profile photoNashyra Ssnchez's profile photoJames Schweitzer's profile photoTony Sidaway's profile photo
5 comments
 
Hola

 ·  Translate
Add a comment...

James Schweitzer

Shared publicly  - 
 
I'd like to see six and eight decade graphs.  I think you'd see significant differences there.
1
Terry Upham's profile photo
2 comments
 
I would utilize the reward base system and give to the company's I reward such as 3 million and allow no more then 1.5 million to be the cost reward them plus with the best gas mileage plus the reward of the government keeping the use of the car in the business for the government that would promote both
Add a comment...

James Schweitzer

Shared publicly  - 
 
TV ratings are nice, but game attendance is a true measure of fan devotion.  This shows why the SEC and B1G get the big dollars.  South Carolina is 14 in the country, but only 8 in the SEC.  Clemson is 15 in the country and 1 in the ACC.  Shows the relative differences between the two conferences. 
1
Bryan Jon Smith's profile photoJames Schweitzer's profile photo
6 comments
 
The point I'd like to make is obvious. The SEC and B1G are the most important football conferences. The ACC competing with both of them, draws and rates poorly. The P12 isn't CFB territory. The B12 is Texas. TA&M and Mizzou did well to move to the SEC.

While UCF can probably afford to pay players, can the rest of the AAC do the same? Will they be allowed to by the smaller schools?
Add a comment...

James Schweitzer

Shared publicly  - 
 
I knew as soon as I saw the commercial that it would be controversial. It would have worked just as well in all English, and sent the same melting pot image, so why do something that creates controversy?

1. They were trying to send a political message. Not likely, they are a corporation and pissing off a chunk of the customer base for no gain isn't the goal.

2. The people making it, and approving it are in urban areas that are multilingual, and didn't see anything wrong. A reason for more diversity in creative fields.

As a first generation American, the importance of having a shared secular culture can't be understated. Not having a common tongue can create a balkanized state. Welcome people from every culture, but encourage them to be American.
1
S Lee Barckmann's profile photoBryan Jon Smith's profile photoJames Schweitzer's profile photoSean Lally's profile photo
10 comments
 
I like immigration.  The infusion of young workers is what will save social security.  I appreciate the cultural diversity.

The danger of unregulated immigration is the creation of a underclass that is exploited economically and isn't integrated into the greater society.  Sex workers, sub minimum wage farm and meat workers, culturally detached, etc....

The commercial, unintentionally I think, showed a segregated nation.  I want one that is inclusive.  Education as a path to citizenship (graduate from college, get a green card), start a business, and accelerate the legal queue.

There are solutions, but not one where illegal is the starting point. 
Add a comment...
People
Have him in circles
106 people
Jon "maddog" Hall's profile photo
Chris Eckhoff's profile photo
dana emery's profile photo
Eric Salom's profile photo
Work
Occupation
System Administrator for Watson Managed Services. My opinions are my own, and not my employer's.
Employment
  • IBM
    System Administrator for Watson Managed Services, present
  • Bank of America
  • US Navy
Basic Information
Gender
Male
Story
Tagline
A small part of geek culture.
Education
  • University of South Carolina
Links
James Schweitzer's +1's are the things they like, agree with, or want to recommend.
Andrew's Brain: A Novel
market.android.com

This brilliant new novel by an American master, the author of Ragtime, The Book of Daniel, Billy Bathgate, and The March, takes us on a radi

Summit Program | USENIX
www.usenix.org

Overview · Summit Organizers · Registration Information · Summit Program · Hotel and Travel Information · Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions · Spon

$9 ARDUINO Compatible STARTER KIT - Anyone can learn Electronics
www.indiegogo.com

NOW WITH ADDITIONAL KIT! Produce a nonprofit version of Arduino for only US$9 to help expanding the knowledge of electronics

Why do we still put refugees in tents? IKEA has a new idea.
www.csmonitor.com

This World Refugee Day, Swedish furniture maker IKEA offers up a new design for a shelter that would offer more privacy and comfort than the

IBM Makes Push for Open Source Virtualization with KVM | Linux.com
www.linux.com

IBM has put a fresh effort into boosting market share for KVM, the open source Linux “Kernel-based Virtual Machine” for x86 servers.

Andy Kessler: Patent Trolls vs. ProgressAndy Kessler: Patent Trolls vs. ...
online.wsj.com

In The Wall Street Journal, Andy Kessler writes that before you can sue to protect your discovery, you should first have to make a product o

David Gelernter: The Friendly, Neighborhood Internet School
online.wsj.com

In The Wall Street Journal, David Gelernter writes that we have the technology, the people and the institutions we need to usher an online-e

COLUMBIA: New coach will demand something special from USC star Clowney ...
www.heraldonline.com

South Carolina star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney won’t get any special treatment from his new position coach.

Darpa Open Sources Code for Building Your Own Amphibious Tank | Wired En...
www.wired.com

Two years ago, Defense Secretary Robert Gates killed off the Marines' Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle -- a $13 billion misfire of an attempt

James Schweitzer
www.posscon.org

James Schweitzer is an IT Specialist at IBM specializing in integrating Linux and Open Source software into enterprise environments. He has

Linux Today - Linux Desktops Dominate at Black Hat
www.linuxtoday.com

InternetNews: There are some people that don't believe the Linux Desktop is relevant

James Schweitzer - Google+
plus.google.com

James Schweitzer - IT Consulting - IBM - Bank of America - US Navy - University of South Carolina

James Schweitzer
www.meetup.com

Picking up the pieces from the previous incarnation. You can follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/charlug

James Schweitzer - Open Source in K12 Education: Lessons Learned From Di...
www.southeastlinuxfest.org

MT @mediacurrent: Heading to @SELinuxFest? Want to learn Git? Full-day "Blue Collar Git" workshop on June 8: t.co/gTPg2hQh #self20

James Schweitzer
jamesschweitzer.sys-con.com

Welcome! Register; |; Sign-in. Search. Jump to a Magazine .NET, AJAX, APACHE, CLOUD COMPUTING, CMS, COLDFUSION, CRM, ECLIPSE, FLEX, HP, IPHO

James Schweitzer - Google+
profiles.google.com

James Schweitzer - - IT Consulting - IBM -

DP Interviews...
www.digitpress.com

James Schweitzer. By Scott Stilphen. James was one of the finalists of Atari's Swordquest EarthWorld contest, and was kind enough to sha

Walked in on a Saturday and first thing out of mouth was they were closing in 10 minutes. Model trains are an expensive hobby and I like to support local shops when I travel. Guess they do well enough not to care.
Public - a month ago
reviewed a month ago
1 review
Map
Map
Map