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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

umghhh Re:What's your suggestion for intelligence work? (491 comments)

Are we not patriotic today?

You may of course question this and claim you are British or Polish. Unless you do not know what I am blubbering about - according FATCA who is US citizen for US tax reasons is decided by US tax authorities. One may wonder what has happened to ideals of this country.

yesterday
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College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

umghhh Re:The UK Cobol Climate Is Very Different (268 comments)

Normally I abhor violence but as soon as I hear style police telling me how inappropriate socks & sandals are I have a feeling that pulling their guts out would be a too nice of an option really. In any case I would also go for either crucifixion or if that is cumbersome at least putting them on the stick. Other than that I appreciate your comment. I will think of it once in a while as a nice reminder of how thin a layer of civilization may be.

2 days ago
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College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

umghhh Re:COBOL: Why the hate? (268 comments)

and what is wrong with this approach? I have worked with different software systems that evolved or replaced others. Each way has its problems and I have seen some systems successfully virtualized before the word virtual got into common usage in this context. This way we had ability to use old system and new gadgets. I dare say this way we could keep good quality, robustness and power of old system (good characteristics were because of good internal structure and care to keep it that way - something modern developers do not know and do not care about) and combine that with high speed new HW and modern administrative tools. Win-win. The same organization trying to develop much simpler and less powerful application took more time and produce bigger mess that we had experienced before. I am not saying this is true every time but it was true for me and this one product.

2 days ago
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College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

umghhh Re:The UK Cobol Climate Is Very Different (268 comments)

indeed we agree. We cannot change human nature - I consider all people in suits assholes and enemies of humanity. I do not kill them because I have a problem with violence but my patience is bit used up lately.

2 days ago
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College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

umghhh Re:The UK Cobol Climate Is Very Different (268 comments)

I think we had this thing some time ago - they called that re-education camps. They were usually organized in far off places where you had time to think about your behaviour while building better life for general society. Changing the point of view is sometimes a constructive approach in resolving issues like these. Let us imagine I imposed my rules of clothing onto you: everybody wears superman cloths! What do you think? Or even better all people that wore suits before now have to wear steel chastity belts. If these things were ever wearable I am not sure but let us try - this is as arbitrary as anything else so why not? So how happy are you about that then? Or why should we stop at clothing. We can impose arbitrary rules on anybody and everybody so why stop there? Let see - why not stop eating meat altogether. I am sure there are many out there that would enjoy the thought and I am sure from perspective of providing the food for world and saving environment that would be good so why not go there. We shall skip tofu too - I dislike this shit so from now we eat everything but meat and tofu. How do you feel about my rules of the game? still happy?

2 days ago
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College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

umghhh Re:The UK Cobol Climate Is Very Different (268 comments)

Well said - I think you hit the spot with 'arbitrary burdens' here. I cannot stand the BS I have to endure every day anyway and wearing a suit to work is just one more on top of already big pile so I regularly refuse to do that. This has caused problems in number of companies albeit strangely not from official style police but from colleagues that hated the free wheeling arse like me with a beard till his belly, sporting shorts, t-shirt, sandals (with socks) all year long except if it is really freezing. I calmed down a bit and trim my beard twice a month now because I understand some of my coworkers are sensitive to the sight of savages like me. I also stopped wearing shorts all year long because with age I became sensitive to low temperatures. I thought about wearing a more regular clothing to work but then I did not see the point in it because I hardly meet customers and if I do then they are insensitive to this sort of thing.

2 days ago
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College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

umghhh Re:The UK Cobol Climate Is Very Different (268 comments)

you are aware of this little think called personal preference and that it is usually different throughout the population? You are possibly also aware of the fact that people do not like to be forced to do things even if they are relatively harmless and especially if they are pretty pointless.

2 days ago
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College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

umghhh Re:You can't earn a lot while working for others (268 comments)

why do I have to employ other suckers? My preferred way of working is self-employment. I do not want to work for others and I do not want to have serfs either. I do not want to get personal on this but I have met many people already that in the name of freedom and my well being took my rights and money away from me. I also do not think earning more money is an ultimate goal either. Ultimate goal is to enjoy life without harassing other people all too much. I am disturbed constantly in this by people that try to maximize on their power or profit or some other such BS. So you get a solid and honest FO from me on that. The only reason why I do not act violently against people like you is that I abhor violence even more than I abhor your ideals.

2 days ago
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US Scientists Predict Long Battle Against Ebola

umghhh Re:Nothing good... (119 comments)

exactly.

about a week ago
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The Future According To Stanislaw Lem

umghhh Re:So we're doomed to the world of Wall-E? (195 comments)

actually almost everything he predicted barred the washing machines is happening already. That is a pity because I would prefer the washing machine he described instead of sad reality.

about a week ago
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California Declares Carpooling Via Ride-Share Services Illegal

umghhh Re:Read the GP's comment, fuckface. (288 comments)

typical nerd - no f. clue how others do things, do you? That people show gratitude for helping out even if this did not cost you anything normal, it is also normal that this gratitude is sometimes accepted and sometimes not (but offer appreciated anyway). This typicaly but not always involves money changing hands and more often in social circles that are better off than those on level of poverty. There many different ways humans interract. Some of them make no sense to a geek brain because they have 'no logic' or are 'inefficient'. It is when you extend context of your ruleset for social behaviours when it all starts making 'sense'. The given example does not even fit anywhere near the context of the matter - we are not talking about an odd journey where costs are split nor we are talking about about commuters who do it on regular bases or some such. This is a normal business practice which happen to be not in compliance with valid legal rules.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

umghhh Re:football can cause brain damage (405 comments)

I think you must be old to say such things. Young people frequenting /. (of which there is a majority here) tend to fight till the last click to prove superiority of their devices.

about a week ago
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Architecture That Changes Shape In Response To Heat

umghhh Re:Structural Fatigue (34 comments)

a house every 10y??? You are surely mad or are houses in Murica of this bad quality? I suppose this would mean the house was built by a huge corporation as small company would go bust in no time.

about two weeks ago
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L.A. Times National Security Reporter Cleared Stories With CIA Before Publishing

umghhh Re:old saying (188 comments)

Also Muricans have high moral standards that allowed them to get rid of slavery and injustice at home and applying of forces of reason for well being of their citizens and justice. They also tend to agree that their versions of democracy, human rights, free market and self determination are the only valid ones. We can see how effective the introduction of democracy was in Iraq and other places.

about two weeks ago
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L.A. Times National Security Reporter Cleared Stories With CIA Before Publishing

umghhh fitting quote: (188 comments)

I suppose there are many takes on this from the whole domain of Orwell work: WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY, and IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH is fitting quite nicely but really appropriate is the explanation of the reason why power is sought for - the reason why a party seeks power is power itself. The interesting is something else - history but also common sense tells us that if state is allowed to exist for long enough its success will turn efficiency into efficiency to subdue its subjects. The resulting oppression is unavoidable but can be made quite comfortable for majority. With technological progress it may be that the well off majority is not majority no more, but the not so well off can still be contained with use of well applied force or tranquilizers.

about two weeks ago
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Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

umghhh Re:Does Learning Mechanical Engineering Outweigh . (546 comments)

This is not the point you are trying to make but maybe it is, not sure here: most of the cohders I know and have known over the years (this is now more than quarter of century) have no f. clue about construction of robust and reliable software systems and structures. In fact those that do are a few and far between. The difference between those that do and those that do not have a clue is striking and does not involve speed of coding but rather speed of development - in case of really good guys you still have to refactor but there is visible sense in it and you do not have the feeling you got yourself dirty when you are done with it.

about two weeks ago
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The Argument For a Hypersonic Missile Testing Ban

umghhh Re:But of course! (322 comments)

they pay with taxes for this privilege. They they are allowed to pay with their lives and livelihoods. To me it looks like they are customers although one must admit not really voluntary customers.

about two weeks ago
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The Argument For a Hypersonic Missile Testing Ban

umghhh Re:But of course! (322 comments)

how true - most common customer of such products are civilians who die in conflicts all over this globe.

about two weeks ago
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Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

umghhh Re:Technician vs. Engineer (546 comments)

I take practitioner before theorist every time. 20y of practice thought me that.

about two weeks ago

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Does piracy actually hurt music industry?

umghhh umghhh writes  |  more than 3 years ago

umghhh (965931) writes "Well if you believe the article (and why would we not?) the figures on sales of CDs are really bad of late but the music industry in general makes a splash.
The question then may be: what are new sources of revenue and new business models (besides legal action against young and elderly) — well read the linked article if you want to know!
I suppose RIAA and other parasites do not realize their time is coming."

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