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I expect to retire ...

prefec2 Re:Free rides are over (256 comments)

Gold does not work. Gold is only worth what you get for it. In an economical collapse you get nothing. At present the gold price is very high because money is so cheap. What really helps is a house of flat in a building not made out of wood and paper.

3 days ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

prefec2 Re:Tyrant: The computer game (805 comments)

Nowadays you need only media to control the population and can skip the secret police. It is a well documented approach. You may read Manufacturing Consent from Noam Chomsky or watch the movie on Youtube (iff you are lazy).

4 days ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

prefec2 Re:Duh (805 comments)

Well if Canada is rated as a country with democracy then we have plenty of them in Europe. Ok not such much in the UK. Anyway, democracy is not something which stays with a country when it is established. It has to be defended all the time. Otherwise it disappears quickly.

4 days ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

prefec2 Re:Revolt? (805 comments)

You have never the legal right to revolt. As the revolution target the present system which must be replaced. However, in the German constitution is an article included which allows to population to form resistance movement if and only if the basic order (democracy, human rights etc.) of the constitution has been overthrown by someone (e.g., Nazis again, an oligarchy). However, I do not know if there is such article available in the US constitution.

Anyway, the US population is too well controlled to organize themselves for a longer period. Such movement must be solid and work for the restoration of democracy for a long time, similar than European worker unions (used to be). Look at Occupy there is not much left now. In that way nothing will change. And yes it will be a long way to that goal.

4 days ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

prefec2 Re:"little influence" (805 comments)

Without proper research it is only an opinion. Now it is either a opinion backed by solid research of even a proven fact.

4 days ago
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How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

prefec2 Jeff Knupp got it wrong (225 comments)

In essence DevOps is an approach to not only allow continuous integration, but go further and allow "continuous deployment". This is necessary to allow software to follow user needs more quickly. Nowadays in many large companies there is some software governed by the IT department and many small tools are ungoverned derivatives of other tools implemented by some management person in Excel. A lot of company knowledge resides in these software pieces. And companies rely on such tools. However, those tools are inherently dangerous, as you do not really know if they work properly and in all cases they are used. Nor is known what the local version actually is capable of, as there are so many different versions available.

Therefore, research wants is to get rid of the need for non IT personnel to come up with "clever" hacks and allow for fast development times. DevOps targets exactly this issue.

4 days ago
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

prefec2 Net Neutrality Now (325 comments)

If you have a company and pay for Internet connectivity, then you already paying what is necessary for that volume of data. The speed should be the same for everyone. Otherwise new businesses cannot form on the net on equal terms. This is important for freedom and even for the market economy. However, without net neutrality will end up in a time of monopoly (or oligopoly). Only this time the monopoly is not governed by the state and at least in theory controlled by the public.

For the US, dropping net neutrality makes sense from a corporate state viewpoint, as all big Internet services are US-based (beside those in China). If you hinder any other new service you can guarantee that those corporations stay in business, because the ramp up cost for new players would be too high. Also peer-to-peer technologies which could flourish with IPv6 can be crippled right before they become dangerous for the establishment.

5 days ago
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Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

prefec2 Problem is overrated (431 comments)

Honestly, the article was published in a WAZ group newspaper. They are conservative and opposed to this learning concept. While it is true that there is no evidence that the method is more effective than other methods, especially not in German (German education scientist seldom read work from other countries), there is also no prove that this other more regulated approach is more effective. In the WAZ article, there are also no publications referenced only statements and opinions of people opposed to this present education method. I am personally in favor for the method which tries to teach the correct writing in the beginning, however, I have no prove that that method is more effective.

BTW: Most people becoming teachers in Germany choose this path, because it is easier than other subjects at university (except economics). German teachers education is actually the real problem, but it will not be fixed any time soon.

about a week ago
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Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

prefec2 Re:What a strange discussion (857 comments)

The irony is, they did that by switching from coal to gas power plants. So fracking has a positive contribution to the CO2 balance of the US.

about a week ago
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Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

prefec2 Re:What a strange discussion (857 comments)

On a per person scale they are far behind the EU or the USA. But true, they should start reducing as they are already over 1.5 t CO2 per person.

about a week ago
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Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

prefec2 Re:What a strange discussion (857 comments)

China, for instance, knows about the climate change problematic. However, they decided that the big CO2 producers should cut their share first. But at least they admit it is a problem which is more than the US does. Saudi Arabia, like all the countries in the middle east, accept the fact, as they a directly vulnerable to rising sea levels. Furthermore, Saudi Arabia is working an solar power concepts. To be precise they buy the technology from us. But they are preparing themselves. For Russia, I don't know what they are doing at all. As far as I know they admit that CO2 is a problem and that a warmer climate may change the permafrost area in their country with positive an negative effects. So no they are not doing anything against climate change, but at least they admit it is a problem. And the point in my post was that the people accept the facts about climate change. But in the US it seams that a large percentage of the population does not accept those facts.

about a week ago
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Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

prefec2 What a strange discussion (857 comments)

I wonder why this topic is so much discussed in the USA. In every other country climate change and the fact that we, humans, are causing it is accepted as a scientific fact. However, in the US, there is still a large fraction who doubt it or ignore it. And I am wondering why is that so?

about a week ago
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Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

prefec2 Re:Not so fast (578 comments)

First, an IT administrator is not a programmer. Second, one truck driver who become a successful programmer does not prove that all or at least a majority can be trained accordingly.

about two weeks ago
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Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

prefec2 Re:What is it with teaching everyone to code... (578 comments)

The good thing is, teaching everyone to code is impossible. Most laborers do not have the talent to think in abstract structures. They are not able to decompose and recompose concepts and problems. Programmers need this ability. Therefore, don't worry.

about two weeks ago
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Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

prefec2 He is right (578 comments)

During the so called New Economy bubble I worked at an ISP and development shop. We tried to get more developers, but this was harder than expected. While the average CS student was more or less able to code, retrained ex-lorry drivers and bricklayers sent to us by the employment center where all unable to conceptualize problems maybe they would have been able to type in things we specified, but creative thinking was not their string side. Like, not everyone can run like Usian Bolt. Therefore, we need jobs for everyone suitable for their abilities.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which NoSQL Database For New Project?

prefec2 Please specify a better scenario (272 comments)

Based on your information no one can give you solid advice. It highly depends on the load you expect and on the data model you will use. for a simple twitter, you can use a log file, or any NoSQL technology. If you only have a few transactions and not billions of entries, you could use PostgreSQL or even MySQL. However, PostgreSQL scales better. If you want to make complex interpretations on graph like data you may consider Neo4J as a graph DB.

about two weeks ago
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Judge (Tech) Advice By Results

prefec2 Metrics (162 comments)

"WABR" and "CBR" are different metrics and they can support to reason about different questions. While CBR allows you to compare two applied advises by their effectiveness, the WABR metrics answers to ability of people to apply one of the two advises. For example, the given Linux vs. Windows+virus scanner comparison, has two different solutions. As it is easier to apply the virus scanner advice, more people will be able to apply it. So if your goal is to reduce virus infections in general, it might be the solution which provides better results in shorter time. However, the other solution has the higher potential to get rid of problem after all. The second solution is more radical, but in the end (when implemented) the result is better.

In an engineering context you would go for the better implementation advice even if it is more expensive (more learning time, more money etc.) to switch technology. This is especially true in risky environments. However, for average people this might not be the selected route. In the end they use the easier path and end up with more complex solutions, which do not fully achieve what they need, but they are even more unwilling to change because it was so complicated to get there. So if you want to do them a favor, give them the more complicated advice and support them to get there.

BTW: The example with "eat less, exercise more" is flawed, as to be measurable to must specify limits. It is like suggesting to use more virus checkers or update more often. Furthermore, eating and living habits are hard to change as you have to change behavioral patterns. In such cases small steps, reflecting behavior patterns and avoiding situations which cause those pattern to be triggered is more helpful. In technology it is merely to help them to be brave to do the transition to a new system. They do not really have to learn new behavior.

about two weeks ago
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Why No One Trusts Facebook To Power the Future

prefec2 The same with all Information companies (218 comments)

Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Apple, Yahoo, Amazon, and all the other information companies do the same. They collect your data they analyze it and they try to sell your pattern to everybody who can pay for it. So why single out Facebook? Facebook most likely has the biggest problem in terms of reputation, but soon other companies reputation will be harmed too. The only problem that could happen to Facebook is another online-application which is able replace it without providing adverts to the users. Most likely Facebook would by such company to prevent it from happening.

about two weeks ago
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It's Time To Bring Pseudoscience Into the Science Classroom

prefec2 Critical Thinking (470 comments)

The real problem is that people in western countries forgot to practice critical thinking which is part of the scientific method. One central question is "Why is something?" and "How does something work?". Such thinking also results in questioning yourself, criticizing your ego. For example, the recent dispute between Kay and Linus Torvalds about the use of certain kernel parameters is a perfect example.

about two weeks ago

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Ubuntu switching to systemd

prefec2 prefec2 writes  |  about 2 months ago

prefec2 (875483) writes "Mark Shuttleworth postet recently that Ubuntu will switch over to systemd. While there have been movement towards systemd for Ubuntu long time, that was never offical. However, now we can assume that they will switch eventually, but not for 14.04."
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Security App for the new German Personal ID hacked

prefec2 prefec2 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

prefec2 (875483) writes "At Nov. 1st the Germany started to issue new personal Id cards which include a security chip. In combination with a reading device and an application on a PC@home, secure transactions can be made. However, the required application can be compromized using DNS spoofing and a wrong SSL certificate as reported by http://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/Neuer-Personalausweis-AusweisApp-mit-Luecken-2-Update-1133376.html"
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Open Access Petition

prefec2 prefec2 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

prefec2 (875483) writes "I know Slashdot is just a site, read mostly in the US and other English spoken countries. However, this might be still interesting for readers of Slashdot and may be some Germans read it too. In Germany it is possible to send and sign e-petitions to the parliament (Bundestag). And I want to point out that there is a petition on Open Access waiting to be signed from you guys. If more then 50 000 people sign it, the initiators can make a public appearance before the Committee of Petitions, which will give the topic more publicity. So please go and sign it. The e-petition site is available here: https://epetitionen.bundestag.de/index.php?action=petition;sa=details;petition=7922 [translated version of the petition] The German parliament (Deutscher Bundestag) may enact, that scientific publications, which where funded buy the public, shall be accessible to all citizens without any fees. Institutions, which manage public research fund autonomously, shall be requested by the Bundestag to release appropriate directives and provide the technical means to publish results for free (as in beer and as in speech). Rationale The public sector finances research and development with 12 billion Euros every year (according to the ministry of education and research). However, the results of this research are mostly published in journals which are available only for a fee. It is not appropriate that the text payers have to pay again for research results they financed. Research results are only available in a few libraries, because of the high costs and the multiplicity of journals and other publications. The access of research results funded by the public is therefore hindered and even made impossible for normal citizens. To exclude citizens from the sciences is not only destructive, it is also unnecessary. Other countries already implemented similar rules. The US American agency National Institutes of Health (NIH) requires, that all publications funded by NIH have to be made available to the public at a centralized location in 12 month. The basic structure of the scientific publication system is by such actions not changed."
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Censorship Law passed Parliament in Germany

prefec2 prefec2 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

prefec2 writes "After a long debate in Germany, a bill for Internet censorship passed the Bundestag (federal parliament). The politicians say that they only use the new censorship infrastructure to hide child pornography form accidental access. However, it is easy for criminals to circumvent this blockade. For news sites, like Slashdot, the Times, or Wikileaks, the censorship technology is harmful. After the implementation of this new filter, the censorship can easily be expanded to other areas. Some politicians are already lobbying for blocking file-sharing sites, "killer game sites", and other security threats. More information can be found on heise http://www.heise.de/newsticker/Bundestag-verabschiedet-Gesetz-fuer-Web-Sperren--/meldung/140746 (german) and the law draft http://dip21.bundestag.de/dip21/btd/16/128/1612850.pdf (german).

We all grieve for our constitution, which has been ripped by our own parliament."

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