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Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

phantomfive Re:"They" is us (279 comments)

Probably.

39 minutes ago
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Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

phantomfive Re:"They" is us (279 comments)

When people talk about 1% they talk about 1% in their country.

That's because they are myopic and can't see what is going on. Yes, I am talking about you.

2 hours ago
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Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

phantomfive Re:"They" is us (279 comments)

. I find that more likely

I know. After all, there's no possible way you could be wrong. It's the only logical conclusion.

2 hours ago
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Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

phantomfive Re:"They" is us (279 comments)

Oh look, a well-reasoned, logical, fact-filled post.

Oh wait, no it wasn't. You just wrote an emotional, moronic post. Care to calm down and try again?

2 hours ago
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Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

phantomfive Re: (279 comments)

Inequality is something to die for when you are already living on a minimum, and THEN a large recession hits. You loose the job while the price of food triples. The rich can still eat - but you cannot.

We have social programs for this problem, even in the US. Even homeless people are overweight.

2 hours ago
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Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

phantomfive Re:Escaping only helps you until a war. (279 comments)

1) Many, many people would use a big chunk of the money to pay down debt or to buy capital goods that would last them a good long time.

As long as you're speculating, I'll add my speculation as well. Most people would spend it on a new car, new tv, remodeling, vacations, or other such things......some would pay down debt, but would quickly find a way to get back into debt. Almost no one would spend it on capital goods (unless you count a car, which you shouldn't if they already have one).

2 hours ago
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Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

phantomfive Re:"They" is us (279 comments)

Actually, I have dug into the numbers. They say all but the rich are losing buying power.

Then you made one of the mistakes mentioned above.

9 hours ago
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Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

phantomfive Re:"They" is us (279 comments)

When I look at the people that retired that I know and have done full payment on their house, then perhaps 500.000 EUR

In 2011 that was about $800,000USD lol. Now with the drop in value of the Euro, it's not so much. I guess Europeans don't save for their retirement like we do in the US.

9 hours ago
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Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

phantomfive Re:"They" is us (279 comments)

There is a time and place for everything, but there is no case in history where the rich kept getting richer while the poor got poorer that didn't end in pitchforks.

That's not happening now. Right now everyone is getting richer.

If you find someone who says otherwise, dig into their numbers, because they have some mistake. Either they didn't take into account inflation, or they compare wealth and income inappropriately, or they don't consider total compensation, or they don't consider the payments we are making from the rich to the poor in the form of welfare.

Those people probably made the 'mistake' on purpose, because their goal is to manipulate you into pulling out a pitchfork.

10 hours ago
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Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

phantomfive Re:"They" is us (279 comments)

I'd speak for yourself if I were you. I'm not aware of anyone I know with a net worth of $800K or more - or even half that. Maybe a few in the $200k range, that have a bit of equity in their house, but that's the limit.

Then you are probably young. As you approach retirement, more of your friends will be approaching that net worth, because they've been saving for a long time.

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Bjarne Stroustrup Awarded 2015 Dahl-Nygaard Prize

phantomfive Re:Contribution? (186 comments)

The trouble, of course, is that it's impossible to produce an operational definition to which a suitable number of people will agree. I can type until my fingers bleed, but I can't escape the simple, yet perfectly reasonable, response: "Well, that's not really OOP."

I don't know, the definition I've heard that I think covers every OOP ideology is, "the functions get passed around with the data."

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Why Coding Is Not the New Literacy

phantomfive Re:Coding vs. literacy (177 comments)

Gone are the days of programmers who actually devised algorithms and discussed them, instead of Googling for something that might be pressured into service. People who would understand what an OS call actually did, instead of treating it as magic. Something as simple as describing what happens behind the scenes when doing an IO request is beyond many newer coders (some of which I work with). Programmers, they aren't.

Yeah, this is sad, and your last sentence true.

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Why Coding Is Not the New Literacy

phantomfive Re:Math (177 comments)

I wish I'd of spent more time with it (progressing courses), but it's too late.

Why is it too late? Are you almost dead?

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Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

phantomfive Re:"They" is us (279 comments)

Time to put the cool-aid down. You are told that so you don't pick the pitchfork up.

Inequality is not a good reason to pick up a pitchfork. There are causes I will die for, but that is not one of them.

And not many other people are willing to die for that either, which is why people like you are safe at home behind your computer complaining about inequality, rather than out wielding a pitchfork somewhere.

11 hours ago
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Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

phantomfive Re:Escaping only helps you until a war. (279 comments)

The key here is not a ten percent tax rate but ten percent of wealth.

It's surprising how little wealth there actually is in the world. If most of us decided to take a year off and live off the savings, the world would collapse. It depends on us constantly creating new value.

So if we followed that suggesting, and took 10% of the wealth from everyone in America, including corporations, then spread it around to each person in the US evenly, it would be about $70k per person. Most people would spend it quickly and be back where they started.

If we took 10% of the global wealth and spread it around, each person would get much much less.

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Bjarne Stroustrup Awarded 2015 Dahl-Nygaard Prize

phantomfive Re:Contribution? (186 comments)

So........do you have anything to say about OOP?

12 hours ago
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Bjarne Stroustrup Awarded 2015 Dahl-Nygaard Prize

phantomfive Re:"Science"? (186 comments)

What's a good example of a "useful" independent study cited in the book?

Searching, the first example I cam across is on page 17 in my book.

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Bjarne Stroustrup Awarded 2015 Dahl-Nygaard Prize

phantomfive Re:Poor Alan Kay (186 comments)

The paper I read said that there would be standard ABIs and such on platforms, to be created by the experts on each platform.

Seems reasonable to me.

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Ed Felten: California Must Lead On Cybersecurity

phantomfive Re:facepalm (79 comments)

So, is there any action a person can take in the United States that is *not* "interstate commerce"? Walking near a school while carrying a firearm, perhaps? Operating a business which transacts with retail customers in its own state, but uses supplies that were manufactured in another state?

Of course. Donating money to politicians.

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Schneier explains how to protect yourself from Sony-style attacks (you can't)

phantomfive phantomfive writes  |  about a month ago

phantomfive (622387) writes "Bruce Schneier has an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal discussing the Sony attack. He says, "Your reaction to the massive hacking of such a prominent company will depend on whether you’re fluent in information-technology security. If you’re not, you’re probably wondering how in the world this could happen. If you are, you’re aware that this could happen to any company.""
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Silicon Valley Swings to Republicans

phantomfive phantomfive writes  |  about 3 months ago

phantomfive (622387) writes "Silicon Valley is making a mark in Washington as Google has recently replaced Goldman as the largest lobbyist, but until recently, most of the money in from Silicon Valley went to democratic candidates. In 2014, that has changed, and Republicans are getting most of the money. Why the change? Gordon Crovitz suggests it's because Harry Reid blocked patent reform. Reid gets a large chunk of donations from trial lawyers, who oppose the reform."
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Poll Finds San Francisco Voters Favor Tech Buses

phantomfive phantomfive writes  |  about 10 months ago

phantomfive (622387) writes "A recent poll to test SF opinions on the tech buses finds that most have a favorable view. 79% of those polled said that the tech industry has helped the city, and 67% said the shuttles should be able to use the MUNI stops.

Cynthia Crews from the League of Pissed-Off Voters disagreed, saying, " “[it was] paid for by tech companies""

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Why is US Broadband so Slow?

phantomfive phantomfive writes  |  about a year ago

phantomfive (622387) writes "Verizon has said they will not be digging new lines any time soon. Time-Warner's cash flow goes towards paying down debt, not laying down fiber. AT&T is doing everything they can to slow deployment of Google fiber.
How can the situation be improved? Mainly by expediting right-of-way access, permits, and inspections, according to Andy Kessler. That is how Google was able to afford to lay down fiber in Austin, and how VTel was able to do it in Vermont (gigabit connections for $35 a month)."
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Why Whistleblowers Cannot Get a Fair Trial

phantomfive phantomfive writes  |  1 year,4 days

phantomfive (622387) writes ""Seven whistleblowers have been prosecuted under the Obama administration," writes Jesselyn Radack, a lawyer who advised two of them. She explains why they can't get a fair trial. In the Thomas Drake case, the administration retroactively marked documents as classified, saying, "he knew they should have been classified." In the Bradley Manning case, the jury wasn't allowed to see what information was leaked. The defendants, all who have been charged with espionage, have limited access to court documents. Most of these problems happen because the law was written to deal with traitorous spies, not whistleblowers."
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Congress Becomes Aware of Patent Trolls

phantomfive phantomfive writes  |  about a year and a half ago

phantomfive (622387) writes "Congressman Charles Schumer has written a piece decrying the evils of patent trolls. "Because of the high cost of patent litigation—the average litigation defense costs a small or midsize company $1.75 million—it is often marginally cheaper for a defendant to pay up front to make the case go away. The average settlement for the same group of companies is $1.33 million....Patent trolls cost U.S. companies $29 billion in 2011 alone."
His solution? Make it easier for low quality patents to be re-examined and rejected by the patent office."
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Google Maps Used to Find Tax Cheats

phantomfive phantomfive writes  |  about a year and a half ago

phantomfive (622387) writes "Some countries are worried about the privacy implications of Google Maps, but Lithuania is using them to find tax cheats. "Two recent cases netted $130,000 in taxes and penalties after investigators found houses photographed by Google that weren't on official maps....'We were very impressed,' said Modestas Kaseliauskas, head of the State Tax Authority. 'We realized that we could do more with less and in shorter time." The people of Lithuania don't seem to mind. "Authorities have been aided by the local populace. 'We received even more support than we expected,' said Mr. Kaseliauskas, the chief tax inspector.""
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Hacking the Android VM by Facebook

phantomfive phantomfive writes  |  about 2 years ago

phantomfive (622387) writes "Facebook's new Android App literally modifies the Dalvik VM runtime while it's running.
They found this necessary because the Dalvik machine has a hard-coded limit on the number of methods that can be loaded in a process at one time, so they used JNI to modify to increase this hard-coded limit at runtime.

Is this a horrible programming technique from Facebook, or is it a workaround for a poorly-designed runtime?"

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Former TSA Administrator Speaks

phantomfive phantomfive writes  |  more than 2 years ago

phantomfive (622387) writes "Former TSA head Kip Hawley talks about the TSA: "it's simply no longer the case that killing a few people on board a plane could lead to a hijacking. Never again will a terrorist be able to breach the cockpit simply with a box cutter or a knife. The cockpit doors have been reinforced, and passengers, flight crews and air marshals would intervene.

I wanted to reduce the amount of time that officers spent searching for low-risk objects, but politics intervened at every turn. Lighters were untouchable, having been banned by an act of Congress. And despite the radically reduced risk that knives and box cutters presented in the post-9/11 world, allowing them back on board was considered too emotionally charged for the American public."

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Global Warming Scientist Slamdown

phantomfive phantomfive writes  |  more than 2 years ago

phantomfive (622387) writes "Earlier 16 scientists said anthropogenic global warming is not something to worry about. This generated some rebuttals, "Do you consult your dentist about your heart condition? In science, as in any area, reputations are based on knowledge and expertise in a field and on published, peer-reviewed work."
Now the 16 are hitting back. "We urge readers not to depend on pompous academy pronouncements—on what we say....everyone should look at certain stubborn facts that don't fit the theory espoused in the Trenberth letter.""

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Microsoft Wants Your Information

phantomfive phantomfive writes  |  more than 4 years ago

phantomfive (622387) writes "The company everyone loves to hate is after your private information, as the Wall Street Journal reports. The IE8 design team had planned on adding the best privacy features available, but the advertising executives wanted to track users. From the story, "In the end, the product planners lost a key part of the debate. The winners: executives who argued that giving automatic privacy to consumers would make it tougher for Microsoft to profit from selling online ads. Microsoft built its browser so that users must deliberately turn on privacy settings every time they start up the software.""
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GoDaddy Follows Google's Lead

phantomfive phantomfive writes  |  more than 4 years ago

phantomfive (622387) writes "GoDaddy has announced they will no longer register domain names in China, in response to new requirements that each registrant be photographed, and their business ID number be submitted. GoDaddy's representative said, "The intent of the procedures appeared, to us, to be based on a desire by the Chinese authorities to exercise increased control over the subject matter of domain name registrations by Chinese nationals." Is it possible that GoDaddy has any ethics at all?"
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Prize for Finding Unintended Acceleration Cause

phantomfive phantomfive writes  |  more than 4 years ago

phantomfive (622387) writes "Edmunds Auto has offered a $1million prize to anyone who can find the cause of unintended acceleration. As Wikipedia covers, this is a problem that has plagued not only Toyota, but also Audi and other manufacturers. Consumer Reports has some suggestions all automakers can implement to solve this problem, including requiring breaks to be strong enough to stop the car even when the accelerator is floored."
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New Type of Cloud Discovered

phantomfive phantomfive writes  |  more than 5 years ago

phantomfive (622387) writes "In Iowa and Scotland there are reports of a type of cloud not yet recognized by the World Meteorological Foundation. It seems the cloud does not match any of the clouds in the International Cloud Atlas, and thus there is a campaign underway to have it included. Some have said the clouds look like armageddon has arrived. For me, writing clouds all these times makes me want to eat cotton candy."
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World Peace is Easy

phantomfive phantomfive writes  |  more than 4 years ago

World peace is an unusually simple problem: it's entirely a marketing problem. We don't even have to get people to buy anything, all we have to do is get them to want it. The marketing is the whole problem. Once everyone wants it, then the problem is solved because no one will fight anymore. It really is that easy.

In talking to people, I have observed three broad 'market segments' that need to be addressed, three types of people. Maybe there are more, but this is what I have found so far:

1) Those who think that humans are violent by nature, and thus war is inevitable. These are believers in the 'killer ape' theory or perhaps they've just seen too much violence in their lives. Fortunately men are not violent by nature, the 'killer ape' theory is discredited, and in any case we are capable of choosing our destinies.

2) The second group are those who would stop fighting, but the 'other guys' won't stop. These are most Americans. They didn't want to attack Afghanistan originally, but the Afghanis struck first, so what choice was there? These people happily would support peace if they saw it as a viable possibility. Fortunately, peace is viable because it is the most profitable solution, we just need to help the world see that. The more people start supporting peace, the more this group will become convinced that peace is possible.

3) The third group is the most difficult group, because they actually have something to gain from war. In this category was Slobodan Milosevic, who wanted to consolidate power in his country, or warriors on the edge of the Sahara who want to take others' land for their own cattle. Some people fight because it is exciting, they like the thrill. These people need to see that there is a better way, and that their children will want to live in peace, and sometimes compromise is worth it. Anyone who has loved has learned the value of compromise. These people can too.

Try to talk to everyone you can about world peace, because word of mouth is the best type of marketing.

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Religion is falsifiable

phantomfive phantomfive writes  |  more than 5 years ago

http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=1301347&cid=28687519

Religions are falsifiable (science is the un-falsifiable thing: it is a tool, not a proposition. How do you falsify a hammer? How do you falsify science?). Any decent religious system has ideas of the type, if you do X, then Y will happen. Let's investigate a bit, and see what some religions say:

Buddhism: if you follow the eight-fold path, your suffering will end. Extremely testable. If you follow the eight-fold path, and you are still suffering, then man, they led you astray.

Tantric yoga: do these exercises and meditations and eventually you will have a kundalini rising (enlightenment). So if you do them, and you don't have a kundalini rising, then you know tantra is worthless (either that or your teacher sucks).

The Bible: Those who believe shall be able to do miracles, such as drink poison and not get hurt, or heal the sick (Mark 16:17). So if you follow Christ and you can't do those things, then......yeah, you've just falsified it.

Daoism: 99% of the battle of daoism is figuring out what you are supposed to do. That is an ancient Chinese way of teaching.....but, if you ever do figure out what it is you're supposed to do, then you will be able to tap into the mysterious power of the Dao. If you figure out what you are supposed to do, and do it, and still can't tap into that power, then you've just falsified Daoism.

Mormonism: fast and pray oft, grow in humility, and you will be filled with joy and consolation. I really like Mormonism because it is even more scientific: it says all over the place things like, "if you have faith, God will give you anything that is good." It gives examples of people who became good enough that God gave them anything they asked for, and it says that you can do it too. It even directly gives an example of how to test these claims, and verify/falsify them. I like it because the more clear the promises, the more easily it is falsifiable.

See? If all you are saying is that some being out there exists who affects life on earth in some undetectable way, then yeah, it's pretty pointless. But any preacher who preaches that doesn't know his religion.

Also see:

http://interviews.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=39406&cid=4207448

http://interviews.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=39406&cid=4208176

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Programming Style

phantomfive phantomfive writes  |  more than 6 years ago

"I'd crawl over an acre of 'Visual This++' and 'Integrated Development That' to get to gcc, Emacs, and gdb. Thank you." (By Vance Petree, Virginia Power)

Amen.

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