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Bitcoin Currency Surpasses 20 National Currencies In Total Value

DigitalisAkujin Re:Bitcoins weakness (583 comments)

is that anyone can create it.

This is only half true.

While it is true that anyone can create them, the amount of bitcoins produced is a fixed value. When you mine bitcoins you are actually competing with all the other people who are mining at the time. The total amount of bitcoins that will ever be produced will end in the year 2140 and will never change after that. It's like Gold but there's no way to get more.

about a year and a half ago
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Bitcoin Currency Surpasses 20 National Currencies In Total Value

DigitalisAkujin Re:SELL!!! (583 comments)

True but it's very difficult for the IRS to get you unless you use a Bitcoin exchange and you do a large transaction. Bitcoins can easily be transfered in-person in a public place for cold hard cash very easily.

It also presents the possibility for extremely cheap (but risky) currency exchange. You can simply buy Bitcoins for cash by meeting a seller in person in the states and then go to Europe and do the opposite for Euros with the Bitcoins you just purchased. No bank has to be involved.

about a year and a half ago
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Should Techies Trump All Others In Immigration Reform?

DigitalisAkujin Re:Blah, blah, blah (231 comments)

There is a shortage.

I run a small team of four people in a small publishing company. My work is 9-5 to the dot. I don't work weekends or after hours unless the site is down in a catastrophic way and that's incredibly rare for us. I'm required to be a full stack web developer since the whole team is so small. I need to know Linux OS administration as well as engineering level PHP to maintain a number of web properties.

When I was looking for our 4th developer by far the most impressive resume came from a guy in Moscow. When I looked him up I saw he had extensive open source experience working on a major PHP framework. The fact that I couldn't just hire him like anyone from the local market was incredibly frustrating. Eventually I did find a 23 year old economics major from Northwestern that beat out 25 other resumes. This process took about four weeks. You don't need 10 years of experience. You can become a full stack PHP/JavaScript developer in under 2 years.

Being older doesn't disqualify you. Not being able to produce is what disqualifies you. No business is gonna spend months teaching you basic practices. When employees pay for training it's when you can already do something of value to the company and it's usually a weekend seminar or something to that effect.

I'd much rather pay one good developer a higher wage that can do something for me in a day rather than pay an average developer an average wage.

By the way if you want more evidence just look at how many recruiters are calling you. There is always a shortage when you get 5 phone calls a week minimum.

Saying that employers should "pound sand" because they can't find a single person in 200+ resumes is incredibly short sighted. That person might be someone who needs to lead a project that will in-turn become a profit generator for a company and in-turn require new people to be hired. And yet because of a short sighted entitlement on the part of the american worker we instead block foreigners. Yes let's make them pay taxes in another country.

By the way I make 75k and I'm 25. At one point I wanted to go into IT but I didn't see any money there. Development is where it's at. I started by writing little scripts in high school for gaming websites. Went onto start a few projects in college. And now I have 10 years experience despite being only 25.

You can easily make 120-160k in NYC doing what I do. I just happen to work in the suburbs.

about 2 years ago
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Should Techies Trump All Others In Immigration Reform?

DigitalisAkujin Re:How about... (231 comments)

Yes. If this sarcastic post doesn't make obvious they are all immigrants.

about 2 years ago
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The Countries Most Vulnerable To an Internet Shutdown

DigitalisAkujin Internet meant to withstand nuclear war (94 comments)

Remember that the internet was invented for the specific military purpose of withstanding a nuclear war. Granted a politically motivated attack on the internet would probably be easier since you're actually forcing engineers to go out and pull the kill switch.

Still the best way to keep the internet running is to build out an extreme number of connections to other parts of the internet. Another thing that would force politics to stay out of the internet is to make business extremely reliant on it. One of the biggest reasons the internet in developed nations won't be turned off is because of how much of an extreme problem it would create for all of the industries that are actually in power economically. It would literally be shooting yourself in the foot.

about 2 years ago
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Some Players Want Day-1 DLC, Says BioWare

DigitalisAkujin Re:Ugh, not this again. (357 comments)

Stop apologizing for complexity! Movies are also incredibly complex to make and you don't see movie studios forcing you to pay extra to see the last 15 minutes of a movie.

There are plenty of examples of companies that make excellent money without bullshit DLC schemes. See: Valve and Notch.

The DLC money machine will end with these companies dying from stupid marketing decisions and good riddance for that.

more than 2 years ago
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BitTorrent Tries To Appease Users By Making Torrent Ads Optional

DigitalisAkujin won't be upgrading (215 comments)

Saw this coming a mile away. I haven't upgraded my utorrent in a while and now have a real reason to not upgrade.

more than 2 years ago
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Java Apps Have the Most Flaws, Cobol the Least

DigitalisAkujin Re:SQL too (435 comments)

Not implying that iOS mobile is any better.

Just sad by Google's choice with Android.

more than 2 years ago
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Java Apps Have the Most Flaws, Cobol the Least

DigitalisAkujin Re:SQL too (435 comments)

PHP is C-like just like Java but the path the two syntaxes take would bring them further apart than closer together.

For example in PHP you would never see something like this:
final Class d = mContext.getApplicationContext().getClassLoader().loadClass(mContext.getPackageName() + ".R$" + subClassName);

It makes me sad that Google chose Java as Android's main language considering how much of a rats nest Java really is.

It's sad that it takes 16GB of RAM just to compile a build of Android. And the funny thing is it kills the whole point of Android being "open". What person has 16GB of RAM on the off chance that they might wanna compile an Android build?

more than 2 years ago
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Java Apps Have the Most Flaws, Cobol the Least

DigitalisAkujin Re:SQL too (435 comments)

PHP coder here.

No no no no!!!!

Using mysql_real_escape_string WILL NOT PROTECT YOU from SQL injections.

The function is made for escaping strings incase it contains a character that would break SQL. It's up to you to filter your inputs.

PHP does not inherently promote SQL injections. Stupid design patterns do.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Intros 17" Unibody MBP, DRM-Free iTunes

DigitalisAkujin Re:slashvermacment. (1079 comments)

..|.. cuter ;)

more than 5 years ago
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Apple Intros 17" Unibody MBP, DRM-Free iTunes

DigitalisAkujin Re:slashvermacment. (1079 comments)

your*

more than 5 years ago
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Apple Intros 17" Unibody MBP, DRM-Free iTunes

DigitalisAkujin Re:slashvermacment. (1079 comments)

It is extremely important that Slashdot apprise us of every new product coming from Apple Corporation, in near-realtime fashion.

Please slashdot, tell us more about Steve Jobs' health, Apple Corporation mythology, and Mac purchasing opportunities!

Usually I'd agree with you but this news about DRM is pretty important because it completely changes the dynamic of the music industry in relation to the Internet considering iTunes recently surpassed Walmart in music sales. That is clearly stuff that matters and if you can't see that you're geek license should be revoked on your way out.

more than 5 years ago
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NASA Outsources ISS Resupply To SpaceX, Orbital

DigitalisAkujin Re:2016? In Obama's Term. (151 comments)

I don't want to move to Titan. I wanna turn Mars and Venus into Earth 2 and 3.

more than 5 years ago
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Karl Rove's IT Guru Dies In Small Plane Crash

DigitalisAkujin Re:No power? (377 comments)

Dunno why you got modded troll. it's true

more than 5 years ago
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ACM Urges Obama To Include CS In K-12 Core

DigitalisAkujin Civilization Upgrade (474 comments)

The move to teach CS to kids in a real way will make it so that at least every high school educated person would be able to understand computing on some low level. Since computers will never stop being ubiquities in the daily lives of so many people from now on it only makes sense that we as a civilization choose to make sure most of the people in the world can understand computing.

With the amount of work now done on computers or daily life interaction with business, entertainment, and law it only makes sense to make sure everyone at least has an opportunity to learn it.

more than 5 years ago

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Russia Pumping Cash into Public Relations

DigitalisAkujin DigitalisAkujin writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Akujin (846133) writes "To offset the negative view of the current state of political affairs in Russia, the Russian government is pumping cash into the Russian news and information agency RIA. They want to paint the current political situation as being good for the Russian people due to increased economic strength. When asked for an interview by The Washington Post, "The editor in chief of Russia Today would not agree to an interview without the right to approve all of her quotes"."
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