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Comment: Re:The question to me seems to be... (Score 1) 148

by SteveWoz (#47357639) Attached to: Lawrence Lessig Answers Your Questions About His Mayday PAC (Video)

End goal: change the constitution. We need a start. It's easy to see how hard this will be and to give up early, but some of us feel the imperative to fight for it. We can change things. The vast will of the masses (corporation political donations are not equivalent to the free speech we enjoy as individuals) needs to be strategically gathered. Critical mass could take decades, as with things like gay marriage.

Comment: Poor journalism (Score 0) 62

by AncientPC (#42356225) Attached to: Japanese Police Charge 2channel Founder Over Forum Posts

I forwarded this along to my Japanese wife, who went and researched into the issue. Her response:

That article is not accurate. The police has identified at least 50 drug dealers using the website to sell illegal drugs now. The police has requested the founder to delete those posts many times, but he claimed that the ownership of the site has been sold to someone (which turned out to be a lie), kept ignoring the police warnings, and left the posts there.

2ch used to be one of the most popular forums, but the quality of posts have been questionable in the past couple of years. In fact, my uncle owned a clinic and someone kept posting horrible stuff about the clinic, so my uncle had to move his practice to other place and changed the clinic name. They tried to sue 2ch for not doing quality control properly but back then, there were no laws that could protect their rights. 2ch is now turning into something different where you can buy/sell illegal stuff and adult/kids porn. It's really really bad.

If the situation was the case as Japan Probe reported, there would be some more mainstream news sources picking up on it (Asahi, Yomiuri, BBC, etc). I would evaluate their article with a grain of salt.

Comment: Re:It's a very sad thing to admit, but (Score 2) 260

by AncientPC (#42223465) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Laptop With Decent Linux Graphics Support?

Intel graphics and wifi has a good Linux reputation. Atom was an exception because they used a 3rd party GPU (PowerVR).

Thinkpad with a full Intel stack (CPU, graphics, wifi, SSD) is the preferred route. I prefer the T430 (14") or X230 (12"). The biggest draw back is low resolution (1600x900 or 1366x768). You may want to look into the X1 Carbon as well.

If cost is an issue, I would choose an X220 or T420. I actually prefer the older models as they have 7-row, traditional Thinkpad keyboard vs the newer 6-row chiclet style (Apple) keyboard. You can find them on Lenovo refurbished or off eBay / Craigslist. If the X220 had better resolution, I'd be stockpiling them in my closet. As it is, I'm pretty damn happy with my X220. I even have audio output through my Display Port working in Arch! (Is that awesome or kind of sad?)

If you're looking for a non-Thinkpad solution, the biggest headaches are usually graphics chipset, wifi. AMD / NVIDIA? Check chipset support. With wifi try to stick Intel once again, some Atheros chipsets are nasty and require a flaky ndiswrapper. Paying an extra $10 - 20 to upgrade to an Intel chipset is worth avoiding problems down the road. For touchpad, you usually want to make sure it's Synaptics for multi-touch support. I've had ACPI issues with desktops, but not with laptops thus far (Dell Inspirons / Latitudes, Asus EEE PCs, and Thinkpads).

Comment: Higher priority at Dropbox (Score 4, Interesting) 261

by AncientPC (#42222387) Attached to: Python Creator Guido van Rossum Leaves Google For Dropbox

Google's search engine was originally in Python, but the company has since moved on to use Java on the front end, C++ on the back end, and Python has been relegated to glue code.

On the other hand, Dropbox has been using Python for its entire stack. I believe they made a few performance related contributions to CPython as well.

Guido is a great engineer (besides being a language designer), and still writes a lot of code. He probably would get more satisfaction working at a growing company where Python is a first class citizen rather than at Google.

Comment: Re:Python VS PHP (Score 1) 261

by AncientPC (#42222365) Attached to: Python Creator Guido van Rossum Leaves Google For Dropbox

Python list comprehension method:


        filtered = [x for x in unfiltered where x.foo=="bar"]

Or you could just use Python's filter() which is conceptually the same as PHP's version:

        filtered = filter(lambda x: x.foo == 'bar', unfiltered)

Python has better syntax than PHP, but this is one of the weaker examples.

Comment: Re:tech is a fairly broad category (Score 1) 660

by AncientPC (#42207083) Attached to: If Tech Is So Important, Why Are IT Wages Flat?

Any from North Dallas? Did you compare actual living costs between the two?

I added more details in another response here. I was born and raised in North Dallas, but I really don't like area. When I was job hunting, I only looked for opportunities in Austin, Seattle, or Silicon Valley.

My family still lives in DFW, and constantly raves about how cheap everything and how low taxes are. Then again, they have never lived anywhere else. To be honest, I felt the same way until I followed my wife to Hawaii and Japan. After living in the heart of other major cities, extended stays in Seattle, and backpacking through Europe, I realized I don't care for the suburban lifestyle anymore.

So, I'm picking up and moving to SF. Maybe it works out, maybe it doesn't. I've regret missing opportunities in the past, and am not going to make the same mistakes again. I'm not going to live my life on cruise control. This post (cache version) resonates with me a lot.

Comment: Re:tech is a fairly broad category (Score 1) 660

by AncientPC (#42205417) Attached to: If Tech Is So Important, Why Are IT Wages Flat?

I've been to SF before, as well as lived in Hawaii and Japan so I'm not really fazed by high prices. Before I accepted the job offer I did use a cost of living comparison calculator. There are also other mitigating factors such as my wife's employability skyrockets in west coast cities.

Even then, there are other intangibles that you can't measure with a cost of living calculator. I knew quite a few people who took significant pay cuts (25 - 60% decrease) to move to Hawaii. I am interested in working for small companies and / or startups. While Austin's startup community is fairly strong, there really is no comparison to Silicon Valley. People move to NYC for the similar reasons, despite better cost of living situations elsewhere.

In either case, I can always move back if San Francisco doesn't work out.

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