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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

melchoir55 Re:Simple (509 comments)

Tell her to study home economics.

Never own a credit card. They are all scams and are far more likely to ruin your credit than help it. .

This is terrible advice. Credit cards are the easiest way to build credit. The advice should actually be: Pay off your credit card in full every month. If you won't be able to pay it off, don't buy things with it.

The rebuttal: "This is too hard for some people" is not a reasonable response to this. This is a trivially easy behavior pattern to adopt. If you can't do this, I don't believe it is possible to be financially secure. This is the smallest, easiest, step in playing the game of our society's financial system.

about two weeks ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

melchoir55 Re:Actually makes good sense (702 comments)

The situation is only weird if you accept the ostensible reason for the existence of the TSA as the actual reason of those with decision making power. The TSA does not exist to add security. The TSA exists as a money pit for people in power to transfer public money to others. It has the added benefit of eroding civil liberties, and of acting as a distraction for the population from actual problems.

By actual problems I mean the elimination of the middle class, the power grab on information via the NSA, the insistence of every US president to engage in at least one war just for luls and entirely without the consent of Congress, the atrocious state of our education system, the fact our healthcare system only works for the wealthy, etc. etc. blah blah I could go on.

about three weeks ago
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Amazon Sues After Ex-Worker Takes Google Job

melchoir55 It's a show (272 comments)

Amazon's suit will obviously fail here as CA will never allow this kind of restriction on a regular employee. Tech industry giants are in trouble for agreeing not to compete with each other. What better way to make it seem like they are competing than to toss a few hundred thousand away on a meaningless but high profile court case which is decided before it began?

They gain billions by not competing for employees. They've been doing it for a long time, and they can continue to do it as long as people don't put a stop to it. This case is a marketing ploy.

about three weeks ago
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If Immigration Reform Is Dead, So Is Raising the H-1B Cap

melchoir55 Re:No, they're replacing. (341 comments)

But there are shortages in many areas. For instance, there is a big shortage of non-immigrant farm labor. Do you really believe that an unemployed white guy is going to pick lettuce?

If the wages available to him weren't un-livably low because he would compete with people who don't pay taxes while taking advantages of social programs...? Yes. The unemployed white guy would pick lettuce. A similar effect is strongly depressing wages in the tech sector.

Being white has nothing to do with willingness to work. Economic realities do, though.

about 1 month ago
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Court Releases DOJ Memo Justifying Drone Strike On US Citizen

melchoir55 Re: what is so special (371 comments)

The 10th amendment? The 5th? The 14? Pick any.

about a month ago
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TrueCrypt Author Claims That Forking Is Impossible

melchoir55 Re:Translation (250 comments)

The legal requirement for insecurity exists in the ability of the US govt to dictate to a company that the company must install a backdoor or otherwise compromise their own security. The US govt does this at will, with no oversight, and in secret. They have been shown to have done this to some of the most trusted software on the planet (Such as RSA) and the lack of recourse is proven in the shuttering of companies like LavaBit and, arguably, TrueCrypt. The situation cannot be challenged legally because those served with such orders are under *personal* threat if they do anything to even suggest that such an order has been received. There is no law which stipulates "all hardware and software must have a backdoor or otherwise be subject to the whims of the US govt". However, all software and hardware must be assumed compromised based on the legal environment I describe above.

The US govt also has been shown to follow the policy of "gather all information possible no matter how legally or ethically questionable".

In this environment you would have to be either blind to the situation or a complete idiot to trust anything built in the USA (hardware or software) for storing or transmitting information you don't want in the hands of a US three letter agency.

about a month ago
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WikiLeaks Publishes Secret International Trade Agreement

melchoir55 Re:The elephants are stomping on us again (222 comments)

Our society has finite resources. When some individuals are allocated over 300 times the resources of other individuals then we are seeing the symptom of a significant societal problem. Governments exist in part to intervene in order to solve societal problems in non violent ways. Problems need to be solved. So, if we don't do it nonviolently through an authority in which we all agree has authority, the problem gets solved "the old fashioned way".

When someone makes 2x as much as you and your buddy, the two of you might be incentivized to eliminate that person and take their resources. Twice as much isn't a lot, though, and in fact it isn't exactly safe to try stripping resources from someone when you only outnumber them 2 to 1. There is still a good chance that you could lose more than you could gain. How about when you ramp that ratio up to 300 to 1? That means 300 people could each double their resources by getting together and stripping the resources from a single other member of their society. Alternatively, 10 people could increase their resources by a factor of 30x by doing the same. I don't know how deep you understand human nature, or history, but this is a very bad situation for our society to be in for both the poor and the wealthy.

The amount of guns and ammo sold over the past 5 years is another symptom resulting from what I'm describing. I'll let you connect the dots of where it will end if we stay on the oligarchy road. This is a cycle that has repeated since time immemorial in every oligarchy that has ever existed.

Here are links for my numbers:
http://money.cnn.com/2013/04/15/news/economy/ceo-pay-worker/
http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/04/19/467516/ceo-pay-gap-2011/

Comparing all this to whether two bros who love each other can have a practically meaningless (but symbolically meaningful) title applied to their relationship is ridiculous.

about a month ago
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TrueCrypt Author Claims That Forking Is Impossible

melchoir55 Re:Translation (250 comments)

Foreign software isn't immune. No one thinks it is. The point is that US software is vulnerable *by law*. It is legally impossible to create secure software if you are a US entity. At least if the software is created in another country it is possible that it is secure. Even if the chance is 1/100, that chance is greater than 0.

about a month ago
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TrueCrypt Author Claims That Forking Is Impossible

melchoir55 Re:You keep using that word... (250 comments)

Let's toss a few axioms:
1.In order to fork TrueCrypt it must be practically possible to create a fork which is secure (free of backdoors etc.).
2.A fork of TrueCypt must take less time to create and certify than writing an entirely new product from scratch. Otherwise, there is no point.
3. The algorithms used by TrueCrypt must be fundamentally sound. If you change them you are no longer forking TrueCrypt, you are really just writing a new product.

And a totally reasonable assumption:
The authors of TrueCrypt believe the project is compromised in a manner so subtle that the effort required to detect it would be as great or greater than creating a new project from scratch and/or the algorithms TrueCrypt is using are not secure against attacks known to TLAs (or whoever).

In this case the term "impossible" is reasonably applied, if maybe a bit looser than you might like.

about a month ago
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In the year since Snowden's revelations ...

melchoir55 Re:Neither (248 comments)

Posting to invalidate an accidental karma application. How is this the only way to cancel a karma mistake? Ridiculous.

about a month and a half ago
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$57,000 Payout For Woman Charged With Wiretapping After Filming Cops

melchoir55 Re:Keep in Mind (216 comments)

All the more reason to have your videos always automatically store in the cloud.

about 1 month ago
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HR Chief: Google Sexual, Racial Diversity "Not Where We Want to Be"

melchoir55 Re:Equal Rights Equal Results (593 comments)

No one said there are not personality differences. The assertion was that women are neither "on average" better team players, nor better employees in general, in the context of tech jobs. Pointing out there are "personality differences on average" does not counter the argument.

about 2 months ago
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HR Chief: Google Sexual, Racial Diversity "Not Where We Want to Be"

melchoir55 Re:Equal Rights Equal Results (593 comments)

Have you worked with women? Women are no more team players than men. I've observed women back-stab, gossip, manipulate, ostracize, and generally destroy team dynamics plenty of times (and I've seen men do it too). There are a lot of features which contribute to who would be best for a job. Gender, race, biological sex, none of it is relevant to a job in the tech world. By saying "I'd hire a woman over you" because "she's more likely to be a team player" you are either being inflammatory, or your boss needs to reevaluate your own position as a "boss".

about 2 months ago
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UK Ballistics Scientists: 3D-Printed Guns Are 'of No Use To Anyone'

melchoir55 Re:But... (490 comments)

BOTTOM LINE: liberals, progressives, and socialists always want to disarm the public. But, disarming the public never makes the public any safer. It only makes it safer for GOVERNMENT TO OPPRESS THE PEOPLE!!

Gun ownership falls perfectly in line with liberal, progressive, and socialist philosophy. I encourage you to present axioms required by any of those positions which also require gun ownership be restricted. Democrats in the USA have made it their cause to restrict gun ownership. That group is neither liberal, progressive, nor socialist. They are blatantly conservative.

Conservatives prefer to restrict gun ownership because conservative interests are the interests of the existing power base (the wealthy, political elite, etc.) and because an armed population is a threat to existing power bases. That republican politicians cry foul is theater.

about 2 months ago
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UPS Denies Helping the NSA 'Interdict' Packages

melchoir55 Re:Guilty (207 comments)

Maybe they are trying to make it obvious that they have been coerced into cooperating with the NSA using the only language they can legally apply?

about 2 months ago
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Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

melchoir55 Re:What the f*$# is wrong with us? (1198 comments)

You're just listing events which occur in greater frequency toward women as proof that violence is more frequently directed at women. You haven't supplied any more data than the interlocutor you accuse of presenting a baseless argument.

about 2 months ago
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Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

melchoir55 Re:What the f*$# is wrong with us? (1198 comments)

Because they aren't depicted as sex objects in most other contexts in society? Geeks aren't special here.

about 2 months ago
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Author Charles Stross: Is Amazon a Malignant Monopoly, Or Just Plain Evil?

melchoir55 Who cares about publishers? (405 comments)

Amazon is grabbing publishers share of the profits? Why do we care? Publishers are just middlemen leaches. They used to add value because publishing used to be expensive. Now people could easily publish their own given a marketplace which wasn't controlled by publishers (like... amazon?).

Amazon might drive the publishers out of business, or cut into their profits? Good.

about 2 months ago
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IT Pro Gets Prison Time For Sabotaging Ex-Employer's System

melchoir55 Re:Duh... (265 comments)

it doesn't matter. You haven't given them any evidence.

Only a person who literally thinks the universe revolves around him would think that the only conceivable source of evidence is himself... especially if you think the evidence is being fabricated in the first place!

It isn't because you think cops are fabricating evidence that you shouldn't speak to them. Cops have been trained that if they can construe your language as damning then it is damning. They mostly honestly believe that if they can get you to trip in word games then they have discovered something. They are mostly not attempting to "fabricate" evidence.

By talking to them, you are very likely to give them evidence which could be used against you. The odds that you are competent enough with language to throw cops "off your scent" by speaking to them are infinitesimally small. If you are the kind of person who picks their actions based on the best probable outcome, you don't speak to them. If you are the person who buys California Lottery tickets, then maybe you roll the dice with trying to present yourself flawlessly in a stressful situation when in all likelihood you don't even know what qualifies as a flawless presentation in the eyes of the police you are speaking to.

about 2 months ago

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State Department takes down 3D printed gun plans

melchoir55 melchoir55 writes  |  about a year ago

melchoir55 (218842) writes "The US Government has sent a cease and desist to DEFCAD. DEFCAD is the company which has been raising a lot of eyebrows worldwide through its development of 3D printable guns. DEFCAD has responded by complying with the C&D. The plans have been removed from their website. However, CNN (and other sources) report the files to already have been downloaded over one million times and continue to be shared via third party methods such as bit-torrent."
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