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Half Life of a Tech Worker: 15 Years

mmcuh Couldn't it be lack of talent? (473 comments)

Couldn't this "half-life" just as easily be explained by lack of talent and/or tendency to learn and advance your skills?

In any reasonably advanced profession, like coding, there are usually some few tasks that require relatively high skill and many tasks that require relatively little skill. The former tasks you would give to someone fresh out of university, the latter you would give to someone who has proven themselves to be capable of them, which probably means a couple of years of work experience. As time goes, the code monkey either rises to become an experienced, highly skilled coder/designer/analyst/whatever, or he doesn't. And since 25-year old code monkeys are usually cheaper than 40-year old ones even if they are doing the same work, and 25-year have some small probability of being a good investment in the long term, the older ones, who from the employer's point of view seem to have peaked already, get less and less attractive.

So someone who doesn't have the talent, dedication, interest or intelligence required to work on difficult tasks is simply going to get discarded after a couple of decades. I'm pretty sure this happens in all advanced professions.

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Kyoto Protocol Renewal Efforts Struggling

mmcuh Re:Priorities (393 comments)

Why would the EU having more power be less democratic? The European parliament is elected just like the national ones.

more than 2 years ago
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EU Court Adviser Says Software Ideas Can't Be Copyrighted

mmcuh Re:If only... (196 comments)

Isn't that exactly the theory behind copyright as well?

more than 2 years ago
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EU Court Adviser Says Software Ideas Can't Be Copyrighted

mmcuh If only... (196 comments)

"... that would amount to making it possible to monopolize ideas, to the detriment of technological progress and industrial development." If only this common sense extended to all patents as well. As if that would ever happen.

more than 2 years ago
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EU Targets Facebook's Ad System

mmcuh Re:People don't understand facebook (170 comments)

That annoys me as well. Why the hell are people using off-site javascript files in their webpages for things that could just as well have been done locally? Just copy the bloody files, it's not like there are no decent free javascript libraries.

more than 2 years ago
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Australian ISP's To Crack Down On Piracy

mmcuh Re:Pirate Party Australia not Impressed (108 comments)

I propose building a network of proxies which transmit encrypted data 24/7. If nobody's downloading then they transmit random data so the ISPs are unable to tell if you're actually downloading anything or not.

Hello, Freenet.

more than 2 years ago
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Good Disk Library Solutions?

mmcuh Re:Disks types (371 comments)

They aren't useful for backup either. Hard disks are cheaper and easier to handle, and often last longer.

The only reasonable use for DVDs is for when you need to send a couple of GB to someone with a slow or capped internet connection.

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EU Court: ISPs Can't Be Forced To Monitor All Traffic

mmcuh Re:You're thinking of the EU parliament (67 comments)

Spelling aside, you are also factually incorrect. There are a number of different legislative methods used in the EU, but in none of them does the Council of Ministers initialise the procedure.

Depending on the type of legislation, it's either

  • Commission proposes -> Council and Parliament amends and accepts or rejects (codecision procedure)
  • Commission proposes -> Council consults Parliament -> Council ignores Parliament and amends and accepts or rejects on its own (consultation procedure)
  • Commission proposes -> Council amends and accepts or rejects -> Parliament accepts or rejects (consent procedure)
  • Commission proposes -> Council amends and accepts or rejects
  • Commission dictates!

more than 2 years ago
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US Government Probes Huawei and ZTE

mmcuh Re:Economic Secrets? (122 comments)

I have 10000 times my own income, you insensitive clod!

more than 2 years ago
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Of all my locally stored data, I encrypt ...

mmcuh Re:Since encryption is the topic (261 comments)

Doesn't OS X have any filesystem-level encryption like ecryptfs or encfs on Linux? Seems like a weird oversight.

more than 2 years ago
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Of all my locally stored data, I encrypt ...

mmcuh Backups! (261 comments)

All backups are encrypted, of course. Mostly because copies of them are stored elsewhere.

Other than that, nothing except some USB sticks with the most sensitive data. If I did a new install from scratch today I'd probably do a full disk encryption (just click another button in the Debian installer) but I'm too lazy to change my existing systems.

more than 2 years ago
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Swedish Pirate Party Member To Be EU's Youngest MP

mmcuh Re:Naysayers say nay (152 comments)

"Considerable poser" - now that's Freudian...

Yes, formally the parliament can change and even reject directives, but we all know what happens in the end. Remember SWIFT?

more than 2 years ago
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Swedish Pirate Party Member To Be EU's Youngest MP

mmcuh Re:There are more important issues right now (152 comments)

Yes, let's all just deal with the same problem at one time. That way, all of them will be solved that much quicker.

more than 2 years ago
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Andrew Tanenbaum On Minix, Linux, BSD, and Licensing

mmcuh Re:Frozen, I tells you (480 comments)

Any non-trivial software is sueable.

more than 2 years ago
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WRT to the next major election where I live:

mmcuh Re:If you don't vote... (390 comments)

That _is_ the problem. In a large enough country/state/region (population over a couple ten thousand or so), your vote becomes completely irrelevant. The probability that your vote, whoever you vote for, will affect any single decision in any elected body is negligible. So why bother?

more than 2 years ago
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WRT to the next major election where I live:

mmcuh Re:If you don't vote... (390 comments)

That's sounds OK to me, complaining is almost as useless as voting.

more than 2 years ago

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European Court of Justice: ISPs can't be forced to

mmcuh mmcuh writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mmcuh (1088773) writes "Back in 2004, Belgian copyright group Sabam managed to get a court order forcing the ISP Scarlet to filter out filesharing traffic. Scarlet took the case to a national appeals court, which in turn asked the European Court of Justice for an opinion. The opinion was delivered today: "EU law precludes an injunction made against an internet service provider requiring it to install a system for filtering all electronic communications passing via its services which applies indiscriminately to all its customers, as a preventive measure, exclusively at its expense and for an unlimited period. [...] It is true that the protection of the right to intellectual property is enshrined in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU. There is, however, nothing whatsoever in the wording of the Charter or in the Court's case law to suggest that that right is inviolable and must for that reason be absolutely protected.""
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Steve Jobs vowed to "destroy" Android

mmcuh mmcuh writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mmcuh (1088773) writes "According to the BBC, who have read a forthcoming authorised biography on Steve Jobs, the late former Apple CEO, was obsessed with destroying the competing mobile OS Android. Quote from the biography: I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this. [...] I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple's $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong."
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The Swedish government wants to spy on Russia

mmcuh mmcuh writes  |  more than 6 years ago

onsdag writes "There has been a lot of noise among Swedish bloggers, and recently in Swedish media, about a new law that will allow the intelligence agency FRA (Försvarets Radio-Anstalt, the Defense Radio Department) to search through all internet and phone traffic in cables that cross the national border, and force ISPs and phone network operators to install tap points in their networks. They would only be allowed to search for traffic that was related to foreign affairs and immediately destroy any internal Swedish communication that crossed the border by accident (or by design, considering the international nature of the internet).

Many of the critics have been pointing out that it is impossible to differentiate "internal" and "external" traffic, but the FRA and proponents of the new law have been assuring everyone that they are not interested in Swedish traffic. It looks like they are probably telling the truth about that.

The law explicitly allows FRA to use any gathered intelligence in trade with other intelligence agencies (probably primarily USA, since an agreement was signed between the two countries last spring about enhanced intelligence cooperation). So what's in Swedish internet traffic that would be interesting to USA? Russian internet traffic, it turns out."

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EU parliament: Filesharing should not be criminal

mmcuh mmcuh writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mmcuh (1088773) writes "In a recommendation adopted today, the European parliament "urges the EU Commission to rethink the issue of intellectual property in order to assure solutions that are equitable for both big and small actors and strike a balance between the respect of intellectual property and the access to cultural events and content. The House underlines that on the battle against digital piracy, the solution should not be to criminalise consumers who do not intend to make profit out of their actions."

An amendment to the recommendation that was also approved "calls on the Commission and the Member States to avoid adopting measures conflicting with civil liberties and human rights and with the principles of proportionality, effectiveness and dissuasiveness, such as the interruption of Internet access". This is in light of France's recently adopted law that bans convicted filesharers from using the internet."

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Interview with Pirate Party leader Rick Falkvinge

mmcuh mmcuh writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mmcuh (1088773) writes "In the wake of the recent copyright debate in Swedish mainstream media the P2P Consortium has published an interview with Rick Falkvinge, the leader of the Swedish Pirate Party. He comments on the mainstream politicians starting to understand the issues, the interplay between strict copyright enforcement and mass surveillance, and the chances for a global copyright reform."
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