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Comment Re: Not a problem at all (Score 1) 1105

...individuals are ultimately responsible for their own actions....

You hit the nail on the head there - people should be judged on their actions (or to steal better words from MLK, "the content of their character"), rather than the color of their skin, or their affiliations.

This is a key point in the political context: think about it, if we all walked in lock step with the party line at the exclusion of all other ideas (for those of us who associate with a political party) there would be no opportunity for change, negotiation, or reconciliation for the population at large. Diversity is critical to the functioning of our American government, regardless of your political bent.

Comment Re: Should have listened (Score 1) 1105

In the 1900s (and earlier) people came here to work hard and succeed. While that still exists in many cases, in others we have people looking for handouts or looking to do harm because of their hatred for the US. Immigration isn't a simple topic and today's world doesn't make it simpler, not for the US anymore than for Europe.

I call BS on that. Have you ever heard of the "Sacco and Vanzetti" case?

Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were Italian-born American anarchists who were convicted of murdering a guard and a paymaster during the April 15, 1920 armed robbery of the Slater and Morrill Shoe Company in South Braintree, Massachusetts, United States. They were executed in the electric chair seven years later at Charlestown State Prison. Both men adhered to an anarchist movement that advocated relentless warfare against what they perceived as a violent and oppressive government.

Or, the Wall Street Bombing of 1020?

The Wall Street bombing occurred at 12:01 pm on September 16, 1920, in the Financial District of Manhattan, New York City. The blast killed 30 people immediately, and another eight died later of wounds sustained in the blast. There were 143 seriously injured, and the total number of injured was in the hundreds.[1]:160–61 The bombing was never solved, although investigators and historians believe the Wall Street bombing was carried out by Galleanists (Italian anarchists), a group responsible for a series of bombings the previous year. The attack was related to postwar social unrest, labor struggles, and anti-capitalist agitation in the United States.

... and others:

The Los Angeles Times bombing was the purposeful dynamiting of the Los Angeles Times building in Los Angeles, California, on October 1, 1910 by a union member belonging to the International Association of Bridge and Structural Iron Workers. The explosion started a fire which killed 21 newspaper employees and injured 100 more. It was termed the "crime of the century" by the Times. Brothers John J. ("J.J.") and James B. ("J.B.") McNamara were arrested in April 1911 for the bombing. Their trial became a cause célèbre for the American labor movement. J.B. admitted to setting the explosive, and was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. J.J. was sentenced to 15 years in prison for bombing a local iron manufacturing plant, and returned to the Iron Workers union as an organizer.

Comment Re: Should have listened (Score 1) 1105

Ya cause in the 1900's they were treated fairly

No they weren't -- the reason we have all of these European ethnic groups associated with a 'white' race is to dissociate themselves with their immigrant status and heritage - precisely because they were being discriminated against.

The bigger irony to this story, is these same people who have immigrant backgrounds (and that would be all European Americans) turn around and discriminate against new immigrants.

Comment Re:Dropping Out of Social Media (Score 1) 189

...Now it seems that everyone must not only tell you where they stand on issues, but they have to tell you why you're wrong for not taking the same stance. Day after day with the smug condescending memes, fake news pieces from whacked out websites, pointless hoaxes that Snopes debunked years ago ad nausem. After a while it just gets on your nerves and you either join them, drop out, or go insane. ...

What you are describing is really the propaganda battle in a cultural war that the Liberals didn't know existed before Trump was elected into office, and the mainstream Conservatives, while aware, didn't realize how hard it would turn on them and bite them in the butt. This war has been going on a long time: e.g. Powell Memorandum in 1971, and if you count the white nationalism/supremacy part of this - it goes back to colonial times and the advent of slavery. Trump spoke to these people and his win has emboldened them even more than before. They have mastered the tools of social media, and will try to destroy you if you do not align with their world view.

Comment Personalized Web Crawler... (Score 1) 325

Back in the day we were used to time-shifting our collection of information, and the viewing of information. This was accomplished on BBSs - such as FIDONET - by up and down loading content for later viewing with offline viewers. You would just set up some automation to run during off times (while you were asleep for example). Back in those days -- even as slow as things were, your time didn't seem to be wasted as much as today.

I don't have a bad connection - I stream videos no problem - so I can only assume the problem is the advertising cruft layered on top. As a result, I'm in the early stages of putting together a web crawler of my own...basically I go to the same sites day after day -- so most of what I read comes from the same sources - so why not crawl those sites and draw down what I want to read at my leisure? I can also automagically separate the multimedia from the text, and deal with that as I want to - rather than how a standard browser decides to do for you.

Website owners and ad people have gotten lazy - and disrespectful of users; time to claim back our time.

Comment Re: Doing it wrong? (Score 1) 600

I think the real issue here is 'access to' versus 'elimination'.

If you are your own boss, or you are a hobbyist, then this question is irrelevant. You can and should have access to every capability - it is up to you to manage based upon your own capabilities.

In a business with a gaggle of programmers that is evolving over time, it is a different story. In that situation, you have developers of all different skill levels potentially, coming into and leaving the business if you are growing, and you have to take into consideration the risks associated with allowing poor code to impact your paying customers. In that case, I think it would make sense to create access limits for different programmers based upon their skill levels and areas of responsibility. You could also cross train and provide options for people without this access to prove they can be trusted to get higher level access to more of the 'shoot yourself in the foot' tools/constructs - which would expand your cadre without risking your business in the process.

Comment Re: Doing it wrong? (Score 1) 600

It's not a simple as that. If you are on a team of developers who are building applications on top of clearly defined APIs, all the heavy lifting from a systems perspective should already be done for you. This is to ensure the company doesn't end up with 15 different versions of the same code in each release that needs to be maintained in the future. I think mostly it comes down to the bottom line: a business doesn't want to spend money on building the same library over and over again.

There are instances when low level systems programming is needed, and whoever is assigned that task should have the freedom to do what is needed to ensure the systems provided can perform at the desired level and provided whatever is necessary for security and so on. There is nothing canned that can do that, so you better have your best developers on that given the potential impacts to your customers and therefore to your bottom line.

If you work for yourself - then do what you want since you're calling the shots.

Policy choice is relative to your business risk/exposure. Ultimately whatever you choose to do with your own programming (if you work for yourself or you're just a hobbyist) will be proved out by your clients/users when they use (break) your software and systems. On the other hand, if you work for someone else as an employee, then you are bound to follow their rules, regardless of your views. You can try to change it, or you can find another job elsewhere.

It's not simply a matter of these things being beyond anyone's ability, but it is also true that there are different levels of skills and experience that exist in a business environment. A good choice would be to partner your systems developer with your brightest applications developer to cross pollinate. Unfortunately, my experience also suggests that many companies don't do a good job of mentoring and growing talent within the company. People get assigned to silos and languish unless explicitly transfered to the group with a different focus. It really comes down to the philosophy of your employer.

Comment Arrogant maybe? (Score 1) 229

At first, when I read the title I thought to myself, "how arrogant." What about people who are primarily verbal - and don't do math, or don't care to do math? Are they not equally fulfilled in their lives? How rich - a scientist who makes sweeping generalizations in a scientific journal.

If he had prefaced it with, "I have observed in some people that...blah blah blah," then yeah, that would be defensible.

Comment Sheer Volume of Cruft (Score 1) 333

Imagine if you will, a haystack. That haystack represents all the 'information' flowing from various 'news' sources on the Internet. Inside of that haystack are needles - that represent stories about the Trump administration: several gold needles - real news stories, several silver needles - bona fide comedic satire, and rusty needles which appear to be real news stories - but are bait and possible propaganda.

People are so overloaded with the cruft coming inbound from so many sources, some of this being retweeted or relinked stories (facebook) - they are losing track of what is real and what is not. It becomes even more difficult when news outlets that are ostensibly real, end up addressing the fake stories as well - either through mistakes and presenting as real news, or to debunk. Ultimately it is a news blitz caused by the confluence of a number of things: Trump's propensity to tweet and countertweet, his administration's rate of deployment of changes, confusion about sharing information from the administration (mixed messages), overlayed with all the satire and click bait.

Clearly indicating what is and is not satire will go a long way to avoiding satire bubbling up through multiple layers as true news stories.

Comment Second Video Game I ever played (Score 1) 39

Pac Man was the second video game I played, the first being Pong.  It was the first console video game I played outside of the home.  A friend of mine came to me and said, "I gotta show you something that's going to blow your mind."  So off we rode on our bikes to the local Target store.  They had two arcade machines: Pac Man, and Asteroids. Thus began 30+ years, many thousands of hours, and thousands of dollars invested in video games.
Galaxian still haunts my memories...

RIP Masaya Nakamura

Comment Re:Good for them! (Score 5, Insightful) 858

Because this information is being used as a witch hunt to identify low level employees for removal. These low level employees may not have been the decision maker when it came to selection of who would go or not, and as a result, the questions in the questionaire may incorrectly represent actual responsibility or functionality of the employee beyond that single question. Additionally, you can't arbitrarily remove government employees from their jobs without a substantive reason - as opposed to an ideological one (last time I can think of was the air traffic controller's strike during Reagan years - which directly impacted public safety)

As a result, the responsible leadership is saying "this is my responsibility; we can get into details at my level." This is the right thing to do, and also serves the people at the same time.

Comment Re:Nonsense. (Score 1) 406

There's research that shows that there's a point where your salary desire is sated, and more money while nice ceases to be the primary reason you work. In other words, once people are compensated at 100k/year they are more likely to be motivated by ping-pong tables and free soda type perks than 101k/year, even if the 1k is worth more.

Obviously, the majority of people have not hit that level yet.

That number for me would need to be $150,000 - as that would allow me to set aside a rainy day fund without having to cut basic things to the bone. My current problem is year over year - I end up with cash flow problems due to unplanned breakdowns that require significant outlay beyond what I've set aside - including dogs and cats getting older and costing more when they need to go to doctor, breakdown of home appliances and integrated components, and automotive repairs (I don't have a car payment - but things are breaking down on my car that require outlays), realestate tax increases, etc. On top of that - health care cost increases, and need to continue feeding 401K also takes a hit. I think this is releative to regional differences in standard of living. In California - that number may be significantly higher than that I think is appropriate.

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