It is like boiling a frog. Intrusive ads might drive users away onto a competing platform, and since there isn't anything much to the technology they need to preserve their user base. At the same time they have to monetize. This intermediate solution is to slowly ramp up revenue, we'll get to the creepy targeted ads sooner rather than later...
Its a cool idea. There are things that are problematic about it though, like the fact that the browser itself hasn't been properly anonymized. The Tor browser package tries to disable plugins and third party software that might inadvertently reveal your identity or cause other information leakage. There is no such guarantee in this instance, which is a bit of a false sense of security. Tor isn't a panacea for all anonymity issues, and you wouldn't want to route most of your traffic over it.
I'm personally more interested in the hardware, any specifics on that? I think it would be a nice platform for a lot of interesting projects, hardware based firewalling etc.
I love the model M and all of it's variants. It just doesn't feel like work unless I'm using it.
I don't think this would help.
You are using service jobs as an example which by definition are location-specific. Programming, IT, Networking can be done from almost anywhere. At least the H1B system is increasing dollars circulating in the US. I don't think the choice is between American workers at American wages and H1B workers. The competition is entirely foreign firms that can just offer more competitive pricing and American workers. If we force that equation to be evaluated the American worker loses until we get labor cost equalization.
I think in the business context cheaper is almost always "better". I've dealt with reams of horrible code also, but at the end of the day most people just want a product that looks like it works. They don't have the technical experience to determine whether it was well built or not, just how it behaves on the surface under ideal conditions.
Programming as a profession is getting priced out. First they came for Support, then IT, etc. DevOps will eventually fall to the wayside of automation which is the whole purpose of the job. Programming will get eaten away. There will be high level consulting and architectural jobs for a while, but anything else is a losing proposition.
I would love to see a Power 8 workstation. If I could afford it I would definitely be doing my development on one, but alas this is where it gets crazy. They are afraid of cannibalizing the high end server sales with affordable desktop machines. This is probably not a good plan because exposing more people to the platform will pay dividends in the future, but in the short term and due to volume concerns it makes sense.
The power systems are very impressive. I think the last time I used them was around the Power5. Still, very good hardware, excellent performance characteristics, ran Linux like a beast.
It is skilled labor, and yes there is a major difference between the best and the average, but almost no one cares.
There will be continued downward price pressure as the size of the work force increases, and the US will become a management layer like in every other industry that we once dominated. The few remaining programmers in the US will be very highly specialized workers.
No amount of protectionism is going to change that reality, not letting them in doesn't give the jobs to Americans, it just sends them overseas entirely. At least some portion of the money being injected into H1Bs is being recirculated in the local economy. Of course this shill is just trying to depress American wages, it has nothing to do with finding the best or brightest, besides we have genius visas for that. If we try to put up artificial barriers to this process more aggressive economies will simply take the jobs away. If you feel that your wage and job is threatened by H1B influx, its time to either climb the skill ladder or make a move into a different industry.
Well if we are talking physical access control then most of these places have figured it out. My argument is that the threat is from the firms connecting into the exchange. A lot of them have poor border security, and if you don't have any additional checks then what?
Yeah, HFT encryption is spectacularly rare. I think the argument that the links is short doesn't make much sense to me. If you are talking about third parties hacking the link I guess maybe you make a point, but that wasn't the attack vector I was thinking about. I was talking about third party HFT firms getting hacked and then leveraging those short, encrypted and insecure connections into matching engines to cause problems. I guarantee you that there are exploitable vectors into some of these major markets.
The security of the stock exchanges is really pretty bad. Low latency access means no firewalls and few application level checks. For the longest time people were sending ethernet raw packets...There is a perverse incentive not to properly secure exchanges because security is slow.
Everything old is new again once enough people forget about it.