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Ask Slashdot: Who Should Pay Costs To Attend Conferences?

paulpach "Your employer" is you and me in this case (182 comments)

They should be bearing the cost of the training and conferences.

By "they" you mean us right? because the OP specifically said this is a public sector job, so all the training is paid for with tax payer money.

about a week ago
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The Benefits of Inequality

paulpach Re:Totalitarianism all the way (254 comments)

Ideally we would be ruled by a benevolent artificial intelligence who can determine without outside input what is best for everyone.

No. Ideally we would not be ruled at all, and you would be free to do whatever you want as long as you don't harm others.

about a month and a half ago
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FAA's Ruling On Smartphones During Takeoff Has Had Little Impact

paulpach Re:If they approve allowing calls on planes... (128 comments)

That will be the last time I fly commercial. The LAST thing I want to do is be couped up in an aluminum can for 1+ hours listening to half of other people's mindless drivel conversations on their phones. It's already bad enough the second the plane hits the runway on landing everyone pulls out their phones to call people. And they don't just have the "ok we just landed I'll meet you out front in 20 minutes" short talk. - No it turns into long drawn out annoying conversations hat CERTAINLY can wait until they are off the plane to have.

I suppose it is impossible for you to ever take a train or long bus trip. Should we ban cell phones from them too?

about 3 months ago
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California Legalizes Bitcoin

paulpach Re:not generally enforced either (162 comments)

How has it not been enforced? That quote is about limitations on individual state governments, as it comes from Article I, section 10. It says absolutely nothing about the Federal government, which is perfectly entitled to make paper dollars into legal tender.

It does not matter what the federal government does. The constitution clearly says that states cannot use anything other than gold and silver for payment of debts. Meaning, regardless what the federal government does, the states cannot charge state taxes or collect payment for any other debt in anything but gold and silver.

The federal government is not above the constitution, or so it was supposed to work.

about 3 months ago
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California Legalizes Bitcoin

paulpach not generally enforced either (162 comments)

From the US. Constitution:

No State shall ... make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts;

I guess that one has not been generally enforced for a while either.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Way to Learn C# For Game Programming?

paulpach Re:You have to pay $$ to use C# in a game. (254 comments)

If you have to pay $4500 because you are making $100K/year , it is a very nice problem to have :).

That's great except that's not how it works. You pay $4500 and then maybe you'll make $100k or maybe you'll make $500. In the latter case, you're probably going to wish you had that extra $4000 to help pay the bills. (I write this an an independent app developer, albeit not in games. Money-wise, I've had several times where I realized I bought something for development that I didn't really need. I've never bought anything where I wished I'd bought it earlier, or otherwise regretted not buying something.)

No. you do not have to pay _until_ you start making $100K/year. It is not required to pay the cost up front, you can use the free version until you reach that threshold.

You can go ahead, make your app, and if it fails and you only make $500/year, you never have to pay a dime to unity.

about 3 months ago
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Trivial Bypass of PayPal Two-Factor Authentication On Mobile Devices

paulpach Car analogy (47 comments)

Here is a helpful car analogy explaining how this security vulnerability works.

about 3 months ago
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Trivial Bypass of PayPal Two-Factor Authentication On Mobile Devices

paulpach Rookie mistake (47 comments)

PayPal only enforces the two-factor requirement on the client

Many rookie developers just take the easy way and think that they can simply validate data client side. Never trust the client (even if you wrote it), the minute it is out there, someone can tamper with it.

I see this kind of mistakes coming from startups, or the little indie guy making his web site, or the new hire with little experience. For a seasoned tech company like PayPal this is an epic fail. Even if they had a rookie do this app, they need a senior programmer to do a code review, and if they did, then they need to replace him.

Embarrassing, and inexcusable.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Way to Learn C# For Game Programming?

paulpach Re:You have to pay $$ to use C# in a game. (254 comments)

I use unity. Like you say, if you make more than $100K per year, then you need to buy pro.

But really, who cares? $1500 - $4500 (depending on what you need) is a very reasonable price for the tool, and an insignificant cost at that point. The cost of writing games is orders of magnitude higher than that, and Unity will end up saving you more in time than $4500 worth of programmer's time. They don't even charge royalty.

Also, why a trap? The terms are clear and you know them up front. Nobody is deceiving you into paying for something you did not want. From my point of view, the terms are quite generous and reasonable, and if you don't think so, then you simply use other tool and this does not affect you

If you have to pay $4500 because you are making $100K/year , it is a very nice problem to have :).

about 3 months ago
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Botched Executions Put Lethal Injections Under New Scrutiny

paulpach Re:Stop messing around (483 comments)

If we're going to do executions, then the whole "pain-free" premise should go right out the door. We're killing the criminal in retaliation for a crime. Why does it need to be so painless? I mean, don't torture the criminal by starvation or dehydration or anything like that. But hanging, guillotine, firing squad, etc. are all effective means. You could even give some local to ease the pain on some of these methods.

Otherwise, all you're really doing is admitting that execution isn't right, but trying to get away with it anyway.

The problem with the US justice system is that it focuses on punishing the criminal instead of compensating the victim. "Your family member got murdered? don't worry, we will execute the killer", what kind of consolation is that?, instead an effort should be made to force the criminal give something back to the victim's family. He can't make them whole, but it would be a little more just.

The goal should not be to make him suffer, that is truly pointless. The focus should be on either eliminate the treat to society, or compensate the victim.

Why does it need to be painless? because it is trivial to do so (nitrogen asphixiation?) and it accomplishes the goal of eliminating the threat to society.

about 4 months ago
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A 32-bit Development System For $2

paulpach Re:breadboard alone is $30 (138 comments)

Not hard at all, as the price was irrelevant.

My point was that it is only $2 if you _only_ focus on the chip which is absurd.

about 5 months ago
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A 32-bit Development System For $2

paulpach breadboard alone is $30 (138 comments)

The cheapest breadboard I could find was $30.

In other news, I also figured out how to get a great ride for $1. All you need to do is add a $1 car freshener to your existing BMW.

about 5 months ago
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Rand Paul Suggests Backing Bitcoin With Stocks

paulpach No such thing as intrinsic value (404 comments)

[quote]should be backed by something with intrinsic value, like stocks[/quote]

According to the Austrian school of economics, there is no such thing as intrinsic value. This starting from Carl Menger, on his book "The origins of Money" https://mises.org/books/origin...

Naming Hayec (another Austrian economist) and intrinsic value in the same breath is an oxymoron, and actually if you look at Rand Paul's quote, he does not mention intrinsic value either.

Value is subjective, it exists _only_ in the mind of the valuator, and is equal to the marginal utility of the good (how much better off would you be if you got more of the good). For example, the same piece of broccoli would be valued differently by a kid that hates vegetables than a vegetarian who loves them.

about 5 months ago
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Apple's Spotty Record of Giving Back To the Tech Industry

paulpach Re:They already "gave back" (268 comments)

They do not deprive the countries of money. They deprive the governments. This is a _good thing_ as governments are notoriously more inefficient than private companies since they don't have any incentive for saving and investing, but to spend and buy votes for the next election.

Like how socialized medicine provides better care at a third of the cost of a system based on profits and insurance?

When comparing what to what? The American medical system is as far as it can be from free market without being socialized. Between RX, now mandated insurance, tax distortions, billion dollar FDA approval process, AMA certification (enforced by government), etc. it is all a big clusterfuck of inefficiencies and monopolies imposed by government. They just assume people are to stupid for their own good and then need a daddy government to treat the smallest infection.

Heck the cost of approving a new medicine is so high that government essentially ensured nobody can enter the market. This is why in my original post I said "Except when government is involved".

Compare that to healthcare that is not government controlled such as lasik and plastic surgery. Both the cost goes down every year and quality goes up.

Socialized medicine is a disaster everywhere. You often need to wait months for an appointment, lack of medical equipment is very common, people often end up going to emergency for small things only to wait hours because medics are treating true emergencies. This is something I speak from experience being from a country with socialized medicine. But please note I am not advocating the american system either.

But this went already far enough from the original topic, so I am out.

about 6 months ago
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Apple's Spotty Record of Giving Back To the Tech Industry

paulpach Re:They already "gave back" (268 comments)

and they've done their best at tax avoidance depriving each country where they trade of valuable tax revenue

They do not deprive the countries of money. They deprive the governments. This is a _good thing_ as governments are notoriously more inefficient than private companies since they don't have any incentive for saving and investing, but to spend and buy votes for the next election.

about 6 months ago
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Apple's Spotty Record of Giving Back To the Tech Industry

paulpach They already "gave back" (268 comments)

I absolutely despise the phrase "giving back" when referring to charity, because it implies they took something.

Apple has already given back, every dollar they got was in exchange for either an app, iphone, ipad, laptop or something else that the customer got. They have already given something back for every penny they made. This goes for every single company selling products or services (Except when governments are involved)

I donate quite a bit every year for worthy causes without asking for anything in return, and I hate it when my efforts are diminished by calling them "giving back".

Charity is not "giving back", charity is charity, it is a company or individual willingly giving up profit in order to help someone. Ideally, the company benefits from the charity by getting good PR, so it becomes a win-win; it becomes an investment instead of charity, which makes it more sustainable and will hopefully cause it to repeat in the future.

As far as open source code goes, Apple does invest significantly in projects like llvm and webkit and the world is a better place because of it.

The idea that apple somehow owes me and you or the apache foundation is just entitlement mentality.
If you bought apple's products, it is because you think their product is worth more than the money you paid for it, otherwise you would not have gotten it. In that case, Apple owes you nothing.
If you did not buy apple's product, then what they do does not affect you. In this case, Apple owes you nothing.

If you want to encourage Apple to donate code or money, then highlight, applaud and buy products from companies that behave the way you want them to. If enough people vote with their money and show that charity pays off, then either apple will do it, or the companies you support will do it more thanks to your support.

about 6 months ago
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Did Facebook Buy Oculus To Counter Google Glass?

paulpach Re:Does it matter? (108 comments)

...but the potential customer base for both devices is basically the same...

Technically yes, both are for human beings that don't wear eye patches, which is basically the same customer base for eye drops.

about 6 months ago
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Did Facebook Buy Oculus To Counter Google Glass?

paulpach Re:Does it matter? (108 comments)

Next Nerval's Lobster article:

Winzip vs Microsoft word vs C++, which one is right for you?

about 6 months ago

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paulpach paulpach writes  |  more than 7 years ago

paulpach (798828) writes "Someone hacked beryl's servers. After being tracked down, the attacker confessed, and offered his resignation as the compiz forum mantainer. There is some detail in This month in beryl

I have let down both the compiz and beryl community and I apologize greatly for that and I will be stepping down as the compiz forum administrator. It is also important to note that my actions don't reflect the beliefs of the compiz project and are certainly not condoned by them. I hope compiz and beryl can work better together in future.
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