Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!
Jealous, you poor stupid fool? Of what? Of, say, the Koch's, who have just announced almost a billion USD to do their best to *buy* not only who runs on the GOP side, but the elections? Who, along with friends like Murdoch (Faux News), have brainwashed you to hate democracy, and believe that it's not worth voting, that they're al the same (right, W and Gore were the same; so is Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Mitch McConnel.)
Oh, and sucker? Together, my wife and I are probably in the top 5% (which is a lot less income then you think it is).
mark, who'd like his kids and his friends to have good paying jobs, and not wind up jobless
Plan C: The Cold War Plan Which Would Have Brought the US Under Martial Law
http : //www.theatlantic.com/ politics/archive/2014/04/the-irony-of-cliven-bundys-unconstitutional-stand/360587/
Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!
This is insightful? I suppose, if you're a libertarian.
Reality check: in the US, Congress almost *never*, sitting around in the room, decides, "hey, let's make a new regulation, we ain't doin' anything else anyway, and we need to look like we're working." This seems to be what the poster I'm replying to thinks.
Let's see: St. Ronnie and the Republicans push through banking and s&l "reform", and cut the budget for the regulators. Several years later, the S&L disaster, of which, according to the papers at the time, 30% was internal, white collar crime.
Deregulate telecoms*, and several years later, the tech bubble bursts, wiping out many retirement investments, and causing a recession.
Bush & co cut regulation of banking and stocks; and we get the current Lesser Depression.
Anyone else notice a pattern here? Sort of like less regulation and regulators, and the majority of us get screwed, and loose money, while the top 1% keep going up?
And I *do* have something against "people being rich". How 'bout we just have a 100% tax on all wealth above $1G? Or maybe above $500M? What', a hundred million dollars isn't enough incentive, people will just fraudulently get themselves on welfare, and sit back and drink light beer and watch tv? Don't bother talking about job creators, either: they've been getting richer and richer... WHERE ARE THE JOBS? (Other than the ones in Pakistan, and China, and India, and ....).
*And as for "coercion", is that like, oh, in the mid-nineties, when I worked for Ameritech, and we were ORDERED by our division president to write our Congresscritter and Senators to tell them to support deregulation, *and* he wanted copies of our letters (nice job you got dere, be a shame if somet'in' were to happen' to it)?
Ask Slashdot: GPU of Choice For OpenCL On Linux?
That's really the question. Are you using the GPU for heavy-duty computing, or graphics, or...?
We've got money around here (we're a civilian-sector US gov't agency) using NVidia Tesla cards - in several servers, *two* of 'em - for heavy lifting with things like R. We do use the installable proprietary drives, and they work.
Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?
I haven't heard of anyone using it in, oh, 20 years or so.
And yes, in '89-'90, I used it (along with C) at work.
Why would you *want* to use it? I mean, for one thing, it was invented as a teaching language, and didn't even have i/o (really!) - that was bolted on afterwards. For another, didn't it become java (I mean, can you say writeln, boys and grrls?)?
Best 1990s Sci-fi show?
Was arguably *the* best *real* sf that has ever been on TV. (coming from a base of 99.999% of all sf is *written*, and has *nothing* to do with *anything* ever filmed).
DS-9.... um, sorry, Roddenberry was probably generating a *lot* of electricity, rolling over in his grave.
DS-9, second season: yeah, we've been stranded on the planet for 10 years, and they kept us here stranded,
and I just lost my wife who medicine could have saved, and I used to be a starship engineer, but
now I'm a blacksmith, but they were right, this is so fulfilling....
B-5: alien refugees wind on on B-5, kid needs medical attention, doc does it in spite of parents' refusal,
parents help kid die, because by cutting him open, his soul's left him. Then the Council meeting
religious leaders from Earth (here's a priest, and a rabbi, and a minister, and a monk, and....)
IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts
Daily Caller - extremist right wing source
Forbes: the magazine of the ultra-wealthy
Got *anything* that isn't right wing extremist... oh, I know, all the media lies... except that on the extreme right.
Blogger Who Revealed GOP Leader's KKK Ties Had Home Internet Lines Cut
NeoFascists is what they are (except for the "Tea Party", who are racist neoConfederate traitors).
And did you think all fascists in the world disappeared with a *poof* (or by hanging) at the end of WWII?
Let's check with someone who speaks with more authority on fascism than any of you here, Mussolini, first fascist dictator, who liked to quote that "fascism is more properly called corporatism, since it's the merger of state and corporate power."
Quick example: Dick Cheney, for the first five years of his two terms as VP, was receiving millions in his golden parachute from Halliburton, who was awarded billions in no-bid contracts for Iraq and Afghanistan.
Now we *know* that the GOP Whip is a KKK sympathizer, if not an outright member. Or, as they used to say about the other side, a "fellow traveller".
mark "you're entitled to your opinions, you are *not* entitled to your own facts"
SOTU: Community Colleges, Employers To Train Workers For High-Paying Coding Jobs
Bull, as they say, shit. I got my AA in data processing in '85. In fact, I'd taken about all the programming courses by '80, and got my first job as a programmer in '80.
And I'll put down $5 that my code's better, more readable, more maintinable, and more easily enhanced than anything you've ever written, in any of the languages I've used.
Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming
"I would be forced to rely on C (which is incredibly complex for a junior developer)"
Really? That's how he thinks? Can we move him to teaching HR, where he'd fit right in with the other utter incompetents?
The first two course I took in programming, lo, these many decades ago, was a pseudo-assembly language with 13 instructions (including add and subtract), and then next was BAL (IBM mainframe assembler).
C, "complex"? I taught myself from K&R. I *really* don't want to contemplate working with this idiot's code, or his students' code.
google images search for "thinking machine" "connection machine".
mark "always wanted one for an oversized coffee table...."
Why We Have To Kiss Off Big Carbon Now
Planted trees. Bought house close to work. Use public transit 9 days out of 10.
Unfortunately, it's not going to make up for you and your friends using any excess power you can for the fuck of it. It's like you're the jerks who toss their empty drink and food containers out of the car window in our street, for us to clean up.
Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'
You're not listening to Linux, you're not listening to the folks who forked Debian, you're not listening to all the sysadmins who work for a living in organizations, and have enough trouble getting the users to accept updates.
In addition to which, you replace it with something that requires more typing, and does not give any feedback.
service nfs restart
systemctl restart nfs
And the entire concept of *BINARY* logfiles, when you're trying to fix a broken system is insanely stupid, as are xml configuration files when X won't run, or isn't installed (like on a server). And telling me that oh, it boots up *so* much faster means something *only* if I'm on a laptop. Anything else, hell, an fsck takes *far* longer.
It's a pain in the neck, and you won't make *any* accommodation to the 99% of us that have been doing it the way we have all along. Arrogance and solipsism, that's you, Poettering.
Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System
Come *on*, you expect HR departments to *find*, much less hire qualified women? Most hiring managers have a hard enough time finding *any* qualified candidates, since about 80% or more of HR departments are completely staffed by people who have NO IDEA of what the company actually does, NO IDEA of what they're hiring for, and DON'T CARE TO LEARN.
Come on - for anyone working for any medium to large size, do *you* think HR knows their ass from a hole in the ground? When I was last looking, around '09, Grumman wanted you to upload your resume (Word format only, please), and not even a cover letter, and they said that they found "qualified candidates" by DOING DATABASE SEARCHES. So, you with the six years of Oracle, you're not qualified to work on MySql, or Sybase. And oh, you haven't done this, and don't have that certification, never mind how many years you've been doing it, you're not qualified.
Come the Revolution, we're going to lead HR departments into the parking lot, throw asphalt on them, and PAVE THEM INTO THE ROADWAY, and *then*, and only then, will they have any social or corporate utility....
PS: and for those of you who think women aren't good enough, I'd suggest that one of my daughters who's a programmer and tester for a major aerospace firm is a *hell* of a lot better than you are at her job.
The Mainframe Is Dead! Long Live the Mainframe!
"Mainframe declared dead, film at 11".
And within a year or two, IBM announces that they're shipping more mainframes that year than they've ever sold before.
Datapoint: around 2001 or so, some crazy at IBM, using VM (IBM tech first developed in the seventies), maxed out a good-sized mainframe... running 48,000 *seperarate* instances of Linux, and it ran happy as a clam with "only" 32,000.
How many VMs you got on your server?
*I* have a nice toolbox in my head, with hammers and wrenches and screwdrivers, on how to program on everything from MS DOS to mainframes to Linux. I also know how to admin all but the mainframe, but know something of that. What, Ah say, what do you have to compare, Boy? One ballpeen hammer that only works in Windows?
mark, who prefers to use the right tool for the job
Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College
It'd be nice to see a lot of the people who would really *like* to go be able to go... again. "Again", because the GOP has been hacking at the Pell grants for decades. When I worked for a major city community college in the early eighties as a programmer, one of my jobs was the tape exchange with the feds, part of the grant process. Therefore, I knew from direct data that better than 80% of the students were there on Pell grants.
These days, from what I read, it's a fraction of that.
We keep hearing how education is the key to a better job... but the folks who don't have it can't afford it, because all they can get are part-time jobs flipping burgers and working in big box stores (while the owners of them, the Waltons, etc, are seeing increased billions of dollars for the few of them). More people with better jobs means a bigger economy... but the GOP and the billionaires paying them are running on two rules: 1, if you're not a billionaire, you're not working hard enough, and c) he who dies with the most money wins.
HOA Orders TARDIS Removed From In Front of Parrish Home
I consider them unAmerican, at least. And btw, when I was looking for my current house, I told my agent that if there was an HOA, I wouldn't even look at it.
Had a friend whose carriage lamp on the front of her house, which was really *cheap* aluminum, died, she had it replaced with a better one... and the HOA demanded she replace that with another cheap one. And then there was the time that someone from the HOA got her given a ticket for dogshit in her back yard (the one with the 5'+ high fence around it, and it was a bit after a snowstorm, and it was all melting. (The judge tore up the complaint).
No, they all are run by tin-plated petty dictators, with delusions of godhood. Unfuck 'em (no fucks for any of 'em).
FBI: North Korean Hackers "Got Sloppy", Leaked IP Addresses
Like I believe the FBI, that the hackers "got sloppy". They did that good a job, *then* got sloppy? There's no chance, of course, that whoever actually did it *delberately* put those false trails in, no, no....
The Search For Starivores, Intelligent Life That Could Eat the Sun
How 'bout a civilization that disassembles a solar system and rebuilds it into a Dyson sphere? Doesn't that count?
mark "I won't say 'bigger than Galactus, I won't...."
Gun Rights Hacktivists To Fab 3D-Printed Guns At State Capitol