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Denmark Makes Claim To North Pole, Based On Undersea Geography

echtertyp Operation Danish Freedom, HELL YEAH! (183 comments)

Much as I love and admire my U.S. colleagues and am honestly grateful for what the U.S. has done as benevolent conqueror.. it is just too easy to imagine how the "Hell Yeah" school of American politics would deal with Danish ownership of a lot of oil. Dumbass Danes, it's their own fault they have a weak military. Hell Yeah! Here's hoping everyone has evolved far beyond that by the time anything like drilling for oil in Arctic is ever held feasible. If only there was a way to add 20-30 IQ points quickly to everyone in the developed world :(

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Seeking Coders, Tech Titans Turn To K-12 Schools

echtertyp Astroturf stuff as narrative for higher H1b quota (105 comments)

It's pretty transparent really. To "sell" the idea of ever higher H1b quotas, the titans like Zuckerberg have to put on a convincing act, with feigned signs of desperation about hiring. Part of that act is dog and pony stunts , astroturf campaigns, etc. Anything to create a "narrative" as they say in U.S. media where it becomes accepted wisdom that desperate measures are needed to bring on more programmers. ( As long as one doesn't look at actual numbers, such as wage changes indicating market forces responding to shortages, or anything like that )

about a week ago
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Your Incompetent Boss Is Making You Unhappy

echtertyp The MBAs keep coming (204 comments)

the consequences follow.

about a month ago
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Florida-Based Magic Leap Builds Its Team With Bay Area Hires

echtertyp Re:Crazy - fairly good summary (161 comments)

From a Euro perspective it would be difficult to prefer Florida over California, all else held equal. But you bring up a good point which is in CA's favor: - in California, having crazy people means they will stick flowers in your car - Florida, having crazy people means they will get amped on bath salts meth and try to eat your face

about a month ago
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One In Three Jobs Will Be Taken By Software Or Robots By 2025, Says Gartner

echtertyp Steady State Economics seems to have best answer (405 comments)

Various steady state economists seem to have thought this through pretty well. There's the notion of a citizen's income and so on. Highly recommend the books by Herman E. Daly, or the site at www.steadystate.org

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

echtertyp Mythbusters video is *exceptionally* weak (365 comments)

If this is the best that Zuckerberg and pals can do to sell H1b visas ... well then. It's worth watching. Content free, and attribution free. Nice!

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Becoming a Complacent Software Developer?

echtertyp Wife = burnout, girlfriend = still going strong :) (275 comments)

Especially in the U.S., marriage + mortgage = monotone wage drone existence. Don't step into that if you can possibly help it. Just the choice of building a life around GF/partner, two mature and independent adults, will work wonders for your spirit, physical health, and the energy level you bring to work and after work, every day. Wife = downward spiral for you. Look around if you don't believe me.

about 3 months ago
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IT Job Hiring Slumps

echtertyp Sadly this is pretty accurate (250 comments)

From what I've read this has only accelerated since I saw it happening working over there in Mountain View. I finally found the right English word for the phenomenon of code.org and other astroturf campaigns about programmers in the U.S: "mendacity"

about 3 months ago
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Code.org Discloses Top Donors

echtertyp True dat (59 comments)

Why the U.S. lets this happen is a mystery to me.

about 3 months ago
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Code.org Discloses Top Donors

echtertyp Two prongs of an Astroturf campaign (59 comments)

This makes perfects sense, if you are a corp like Facebook, you want to say "we've tried everything, it's no use, please raise the H1b quota" It's a lot like Microsoft cynically concluding that paying large anti-trust fines was a rational business decision, the revenues outweighed the penalties.

about 3 months ago
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Google's Megan Smith Would Be First US CTO Worthy of the Title

echtertyp An actual technologist, no MBA - right on! (117 comments)

Reading her bio, she sounds really good. And the projects she's worked on make it clear that she likes technology. If the U.S. won't take her, I hope Germany or the EU will.

about 4 months ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

echtertyp True. This is a lot like 1938. Stop Putin NOW (848 comments)

I'm painfully aware of my own country's misdeeds in the past re: land grabs. But the pattern is clear and we must not forget the lesson: A bully like Hitler in 1938, or Putin in 2014, only has his appetite increased by eating. The West can stop Putin now at a small cost, or deal with him in a few years at a staggering cost. The Russian people deserve better than what will happen to them eventually under Putin's direction. Berlin 1945 == Moscow 2020. For the sake of ordinary Russians, if no one else, Putin's gang must be checked *hard* in their attempts to eat Ukraine piece by piece.

about 4 months ago
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Wiring Programmers To Prevent Buggy Code

echtertyp Wrong audience, do this for *executives* (116 comments)

Bugs can be isolated with unit tests, and / or fixed in future releases. Executives who are over their heads, however, make decisions that cannot be unf#cked and destroy thousands of lives. You'll get much more bang for your buck by wiring executives and board members up to monitor their alertness and comprehension. With one headset on one executive this could have been prevented: "Metro UI everywhere? Uh...ummm....so tired, so many words, I want to go golfing so bad...sure, sounds good, Metro UI everywhere, do I sign at the bottom?"

about 4 months ago
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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

echtertyp I sort of support what Jackson's saying, has merit (514 comments)

As a white guy - born in Europe even! -- I can say that while working in Mountain View, California it was indeed overwhelmingly young, male, with mostly Northern European genes sloshing around. Some Asian but not as much as you'd think.

That said our boss was quite a progressive guy and reached out to hire a black guy and several typical American women. The women were a disappointment. It has to be said that they proved to be demanding low performers. Had high expectations of everything and everyone else, but didn't really put points on the board for the team. In talks about the women I learned the US English codeword PITA, not the flat bread, but Pain In The A**. It was true.

The black guy turned out well. In the first couple months he was very reserved and looking back I think he was very keen to not make mistakes or rub anyone the wrong way. But man, after that first 90 days or so, he relaxed and realized we weren't going to bite him, and he started learning the craft with real zeal. He was one of the hardest working fellows I ever met in my time in the U.S.

I think the dynamic is that black people in the U.S. are all too accustomed to having "the prize" and opportunity dangled in front of them, and then snatched away once someone has got what they wanted from that black person. So they I think have learned to regard the larger American system with suspicion or at least much caution. However if they see by actions and not words that something is the real deal, the team is there and they are part of it, no bait and switch, they really get fired up and loving it.

about 5 months ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

echtertyp The RussiaToday posters curiously absent ... (582 comments)

Has anyone else noticed that the avalanche of RT posters seems to have subsided? For a couple of months any mention of Crimea or the Ukraine was mobbed by dozens of scripted posts about "fascists in Kiev" and so on. Very much in the style of the 1980's information warfare efforts from the Soviets. But I'm getting the sense someone in Moscow has turned down the tap, and told the guys in the RT.com boiler rooms to hold off. Maybe Putin is giving up on this one?

about 5 months ago
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Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

echtertyp Steady state economy needed (root cause) (377 comments)

If you follow the pros and cons around stuff like this down to the nub, it comes down to "but we have to grow the economy." Thankfully, a Plan B has been worked out over many decades and it's pretty appealing actually. I highly recommend reading up on Steady State Economics, either books or http://steadystate.org/

about 5 months ago
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Microsoft's Missed Opportunities: Memo From 1997

echtertyp MS Research was meant to mop up talent, that's all (161 comments)

Waaay back I remember someone pointing out that Microsoft was spending enormous sums to hire researchers, especially promising ones in academia. The idea, apparently, was for MS Research to be a sort of "intellectual roach motel" (love that phrase) were IQ would check in, and nothing checked out. This made a certain amount of sense. As a monopolist you don't -want- any innovation. One way to do that is hire hitmen to kill potential innovators. But the risks there are huge. A much easier way if you have the money is to hire promising minds and then keep them neutralized. That's just what Microsoft did.

about 5 months ago
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Programmers: It's OK To Grow Up

echtertyp The key: marriage kills programmers, scientists (232 comments)

If a fellow gets married, *then* his creativity and productivity plummets. His time is no longer his own. When I regard the fellows I work with, the guys over 40 who avoided marriage, or have been divorced for a while, are the "top guns" to put in U.S. terms. They have both creativity *and* a lot of experience, which makes them almost impossible to beat over the course of many months.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Minimum Programming Competence In Order To Get a Job?

echtertyp Over 30 && U.S. citizen = no (466 comments)

I honestly don't see how a non-H1b person, especially if over 30, should be realistically planning on working as a programmer, at least in the Silicon Valley area.

about 7 months ago

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Massive US fleet heading toward Iran

echtertyp echtertyp writes  |  more than 6 years ago

echtertyp writes "This could be our October surprise: the European press is buzzing with reports that a large combined fleet of U.S, British and French warships are heading out of the Atlantic and are destined to blockade Iran soon. This report is a good overview, but there are many more: http://europebusines.blogspot.com/2008/08/massive-us-naval-armada-heads-for-iran.html"
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