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Comment Re:Exploiters need chumps (Score 1) 129

I thought in Marxist theory the workers' surplus labour created this added value, which capitalists took as profits?

Exactly which ignores that value can be created through trade, capital allocation and scientific inventions. In his world a rich person has money solely because s/he "stole" surplus value from workers.

In other words, capitalism allows for the creation of wealth in two forms: rent-seeking and creation of value. Marx correctly identified rent-seeking as an indefensible form of profit extraction and set out to vanish the entire system around it, including capital allocation and labor incentives, which are two valuable things about capitalism.

Interestingly enough there are many capitalist countries in the world (mostly underdeveloped nations) where value creation is essentially nil and all capital is derived from rent-seeking activities.

The current republican party is a strong proponent of rent-seeking activities (e.g. no minimum wage, pro-industry subsidies and monopolies) and anti-wealth creation (e.g. no government investment in research or infrastructure). This places the country on the path to Third World status, as a quick drive through highways in New Jersey and the rest of the North East shows.

Comment Binary logs... (Score 1) 416

I've been doing software development over many years and in many capacities. One of the hard earned lessons from that is: always use text logs and configuration files in some type of XML-like extensible tag format. If space gets to be an issue, archive old logs using a standard compression package.

Every time I made this choice programmers would complain about the waste of space, until the first real big crash happened, everything was unusable, yet the logs could still be grep'ed and the error easily found. This is the first time they would see the benefits.

The second was when new fields were added, yet the old log libraries still worked. They would simply not read the unknown tags but could still process known ones.

Comment Meh (Score 1) 129

Contrary to what the article says VCs and employees are very much aware that 1-in-100 startups make it and the rest don't. VCs invest in 100 companies to mitigate the risk, developers keep an eye in other companies in the valley that seem to be well in their way to IPO and switch over. A ton of my friends moved to Facebook and Twitter about a year or two before IPO.

Really which idiot wouldn't be aware of this... ah the article was written by Hugh Pickens... Never mind.

Comment GIve it a try (Score 1) 654

Someone should try this in a hypothetical city and call it Seattle, at some time in the future which we shall term 1973. Then run the experiment for nearly 40 years until a time which we should call 2012 when it will be found to have no net effect on ridership.

Since this would be little known, at that point we shall create some information repository which we would call "Wikipedia" so people can look up answers to questions like this before bothering the entire /. readership.

Comment Re:Government keeps an eye on political organisati (Score 1) 112

Except that during the period of leftist revolutions all over the world AI doggedly pursued and questioned the actions pro-Western government armies while having a written policy of not criticizing the guerrilla actions. This asymmetric prosecution of human right crimes was only changed after the end of the cold war.

Comment Going on for a while (Score 3, Informative) 121

I've noticed large latency for rarely used pictures in FB for over eight months now, and by large latency I mean visit the page, then come back the next day to see the next batch of > 5 year old pictures and wait another day for the final batch of ~10 years ago pictures.

Comment Re:Iran is not trying to save money (Score 2) 409

It's insane to think Iran would open up its military facilities for inspection. No country has ever willingly done that

Oh, complete BS. Several of the treaties between USA and USSR at the height of the cold war opened facilities for inspection, for example START I and INF.

Comment The internet-of-things is here to stay. (Score 3, Interesting) 77

The internet-of-things is here to stay.

To the contrary, in my experience most things that have a catchy name before they are implemented go nowhere. Multicasting, Named Data Networking, Internet of Things, OLP, Web Ontology, Neural Networks, etc. The project is more focused in sounding trending than in finding reasons why things want to access the internet (presumably so that your toaster can watch youtube videos while you are away?)

Successful projects usually start from the other end. People first create a small iteration of the thing that proves the concept, it starts to catch up (fancy name might be created here but this is entirely optional) and one day you turn around and its taken over the world.

Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (4) How many times do we have to tell you, "No prior art!"