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Developers, IT Still Racking Up (Mostly) High Salaries

Erikderzweite Re:Pffft (170 comments)

You have interesting labour laws in the US. I am (as a software engineer) officially not allowed to work more than 10 hours a day. If I do so, the company is obliged to pay for the taxi home. It's kind of a tough rule especially if you get caught in solving a tricky problem on a regular basis :-) Work on the Weekends and official holidays is not allowed as well: I can't even get into the building without a special permission by the management. And we are basically forced to take vacations, 30 days per year.

It comes at a price, of course: the taxes in Germany are pretty high and the wages are somewhat lower. Still, wouldn't want to swap our system for the US's.

13 hours ago
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Developers, IT Still Racking Up (Mostly) High Salaries

Erikderzweite Re:Uneven distribution of talent? (170 comments)

I've been told once that the managers in the US love to have indebted employees as they will put up with all kind of crap being thrown at them.
You can't really force a dev to show up on the Weekends co clear the mess you've created if such dev is able to quit any time and has enough on his savings account to look for a more fitting job for at least a year without having to change his standards of living. And if a team loses a somewhat important dev in the middle of blowing the deadline then the manager is in trouble himself. So it should be basic logic to treat such a guy well.

On the other hand, someone who has to pay a loan for the house, for the car, for all the other fancy stuff he's leasing and lives from paycheck to paycheck will do anything to keep his job. No need to give him a raise, he'll be working anyway.

yesterday
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Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

Erikderzweite Re:Fantasy based laws. (379 comments)

That's interesting. Not the bestiality, but the stats. Do you know any reliable sources for that? Sounds plausible at the very least. There are indications that the availability of porn reduces "conventional" rapes as well.

yesterday
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Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

Erikderzweite Re:Photo-realistic drawings? (379 comments)

If no child is being harmed in the process of making such a drawing then it should be ignored. Sure, it's sick drawing them but the CP laws were created to protect children which are "starred" therein, not to protect some moral values. If the drawing is hyper-realistic than IMO the drawer should be investigated whether he or she had children "models" involved to create such a drawing.

- Creating CP should be illegal, buying CP — too. On this we may all agree.
- Downloading and keeping CP is at the very worst like not reporting a crime to the police. The question arises what to do with the possession of all the beheading videos then.
- Mangas, drawings and 3D renders should not be legally prosecuted.

I don't know of any science about the effects of CP-like imagery. I do recall reading however that the rapes go down if availability of porn increases. Which may be the case with pedos as well. Keep in mind though that the majority of abuses are done by the people living in the same household as the victim, not random strangers who saw some imagery on the internet. And that problem cannot be solved by making arbitrary things on the web illegal.

yesterday
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

Erikderzweite Re:"There's a prisoner shortage," (407 comments)

In some states where corporation run the prisons it is already the case. For example Management & Training Corp. had a contract with Arizona's government that the latter should keep the prisons at 97 percent full or pay fines. Such provision is actually common in a majority of America's private prison contracts.

More here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

3 days ago
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Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

Erikderzweite Re:as the birds go (608 comments)

At least in Germany buildings and structures with large glass panels have stickers depicting predatory birds on them so other bird would stay away.

about a week ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

Erikderzweite Re:bathtub curve applies (602 comments)

Don't the bulbs have 2 years warranty? I've made some calculation and saw that for my usage an LED bulb will pay back within two years (Germany has high electricity prices too). It's a win-win compared to ordinary bulbs then: either it's on 2 years warranty or you've saved more money than you've spent.

I have more than 30 LED bulbs in my household, various sizes and sockets. Plus a dozen at my parent's place which I gave them because I've replaced my older LED bulbs with brighter ones. For more than two years since I have started buying them, not a single one broke. And I buy whichever goes, sometimes the cheapest option.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

Erikderzweite I have the same scenario. Solved with ssh server. (334 comments)

Having computer illiterate relatives myself, I have created a few simple scripts and use SSH port forwarding.

Each relative's computer gets a unique port (yes, the system is not really scalable) and connects on network start to my server. This is done via a script in Networkmanager's dispatcher.d. I simply have to connect to my server using SSH with a specific port to get into the relative's PC. Also there is port forwarding for VNC for the cases where a console isn't enough. Should work with any kind of firewall. The system relies on keys, not passwords so it should be relatively safe. There is single point of failure though, but all the keys are backed up and setting a new SSH server in case the old one is broken is a trivial task.

And for the cases when something is really broken, there's a LiveCD created for the sole purpose of connecting to my server and giving me a reverse port so I can chroot into a broken system or simply try and safe what's left on the hard disk. The LiveCD starts without asking the user *anything* and has all the Wi-Fi keys. Every relative gets a copy.

The relatives in question live in other towns and even in other countries. So it's crucial that nothing gets broken. Therefore the relatives use LTS versions only. Have switched from Ubuntu to Mint some time ago because of a more familiar interface. Other reason for LTS is that I won't risk upgrading the whole system when I am some thousands kilometres away.

The relatives must be willing to use Linux and to accept that I have full control over their PCs. In my case the choice I gave was "Linux or do it yourself". And they appreciate that I can solve their problems without having them to do anything.

about a month ago
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Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

Erikderzweite Re:Did the fall of the Soviet Union (375 comments)

Belarus did this as well. South Africa did this too, albeit earlier and unrelated to the fall of the USSR.

about 2 months ago
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Erikderzweite Re:So! The game is rigged! (570 comments)

AFAIK if you don't overdraft and pay on time, a credit card does cost you nothing while improving your credit score. To be fair, the score's rules sometimes seem illogical: if you take credit and returns it ahead of schedule, your credit score gets lower. That's because the banks get less money from you and they don't like it.

I have two credit cards, one is tied to a deposit the other one is a "true" credit card, both cost me nothing. Actually, I make some money when I use it. If I buy something with a "true" credit card, I have up to a month to actually transfer the money. For this time I still get interest. It's not much even if I buy something very expensive, but it's better than nothing. Besides, both cards have a cashback program: one gives 10 cents for each transaction, the other one 0,5% of the spent amount. It's not much either, but you can't expect much from cards that don't require any regular payments.

Granted, these "free" cards have horrible interest rates if you choose to take credit. Well, I'm just not doing this. I'm not buying anything I cannot easily repay.

P.S. This is Germany, US experience may vary.

about 3 months ago
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Erikderzweite Re:The American Dream (570 comments)

Maybe, just maybe, the world isn't quite like told by Bill O'Reily.

about 3 months ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

Erikderzweite Re:Not fungible (529 comments)

Well, the managers like to think of anyone but managers themselves fungible, but it does not make it so.

You would hire Indians for programming because that way you can save money in short term and collect bonuses. Long-term losses are less of a concern for top-level managers who care only about quarterly numbers (and golden parachutes when their strategy inevitably fails).

about 3 months ago
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CCP Games Explains Why Virtual Reality First Person Shooters Still Don't Work

Erikderzweite Re:Not if you use the Virtuix Omni (154 comments)

Control VR are these gloves called, they had a Kickstarter campaign as well, got more than double the funding they wanted.

about 3 months ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

Erikderzweite Re:Not fungible (529 comments)

Much has been done so that conveyor belt workers are fungible. More qualified workers are, of course, not.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

Erikderzweite Re:How many employees does Slashdot need? (272 comments)

>That's exactly backwards. In the US at least, you can lay off anyone without cause at any time in most states. However, a layoff of this size triggers the WARN act (originally written to soften the blow of closing The Factory in a factory town), requiring jumping through 17 flaming legal hoops to keep it all legal.

The legal department won't be downsized then.

OTOH, the US legal system never ceases to amaze me. And many people choose to think that the unions are evil instead.

about 3 months ago
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CCP Games Explains Why Virtual Reality First Person Shooters Still Don't Work

Erikderzweite Re:Not if you use the Virtuix Omni (154 comments)

I can easily afford it to get me one of those Virtuixes (Virtuii?), have a spare room to put it and find the technology really cool. Still, not sure whether I ever buy it. Must be getting older... Still, looking forward for very healthy geeks.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

Erikderzweite Re:They need exactly 63 999 employees (272 comments)

The "zero" is the CEO which is to illustrate the amount of useful work done.

about 3 months ago
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CCP Games Explains Why Virtual Reality First Person Shooters Still Don't Work

Erikderzweite Re:Not if you use the Virtuix Omni (154 comments)

Went here to see whether a comment about Virtuix Omni has made it into the top three, was not dissapointed.

I'm curious though, how they manage to integrate the controls into the game. If all you have is a joystick, that's one thing, but if you want to have a full cockpit controls, you probably need some sort of VR gloves (and some kind of Minority Report controls). I recall seeing such gloves on an Occulus Rift presentation, but forgot how the project was called.

about 3 months ago

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