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Comment: Emigrate (Score 1) 281 281

I'm a software developer in the UK, and I've found that it's very rare (maybe 5% of the time) to find an employer that will even consider any working from home

I have not yet had an interview where the employer would not allow any working from home. "Full time" home work (i.e. show up once a week for the meeting) type offers are rare, yes. But I can't remember a single interview where 1 day a week would not be offered.

Perhaps I don't scout as many job interviews as you do, as I am happy with my current job (which doesn't put a limit on my telecommuting, so it ends up with 2-3 days a week, which I find a nice balance). So perhaps I just pick my interviews more carefully?

Comment: Re:Reg the Unavoidable (Score 1) 82 82

I don't call 350EUR (the registering fee of the taxi license, YMMV) "a lot of money".
And by the "indirect" ways of making money, are you implying everyone in the taxi business is corrupt, at least on the regulators' side?

Besides, since the rides compensated are clearly restricted and targeted to the commute traffic, and nobody I know commutes with taxis (do you know such people?), the true victims of this new idea are the suburban busslines that drive around almost empty, because the law mandates the municipalities to provide the service. Why would taxi unions object to that? If anything, they should embrace this new idea of "teaching" people to use taxis more.

I guess I need that map. Why don't you provide it, instead of beating around the bush?

Comment: Goddamn standists. (Score 0) 325 325

We talked about this a few years ago, but the science has come a long way since then

Science doesn't progress at such a pace.
There is absolutely no solid scientific evidence to prove anything of what is posted above [1]. Anthropocentric backpains do not result from chairs, but from the people using them!

[1] At least you failed to link such a study. Typical alarmist article.

Comment: Re:Off topic (Score 1) 1083 1083

Strawman; of course we are humans.
But this site's slogan is is news for nerds . What interest do nerds have of news about marriage rites?

And I don't mean the hipster neo-nerds who actually might grok sex or relationships. Not this site, no sirree. This site looks like it was designed in the 1990's. The upgrade to something looking like it was designed in the previous decade was shouted down. This is the last bastion of the honest-to-$DEITY, assembly-writing, coke-drinking, beer-bottle-bottom-spectacled elite.
I for one find people's preference in $EDITOR infinately more important and fascinating than their private social life (or, goes without saying, sexual preferences).

Comment: Re:Oh, sure, Tegra (Score 3, Informative) 77 77

Sampling a few of the device's in your link, GP's claim that the devices can't be bought still seems to hold true, mostly.
For example, of the devices on the first page you link to:

Can't ship out of the US:
-Acer Chromebook 13 CB5-311-T1UU
-Acer Chromebook 13 CB5-311-T7NN
-EVGA Tegra Note 7
-Nabi Big Tab (24")

Can be bought:
-Google Nexus 9

Dead link:
-HP Chromebook 14 G3

No wonder nVidia can't sell them, if people cannot buy them... I wonder if there is something in the Tegra itself that causes this, or if the link provided was just a happy coincidence to confirm GP's gut feel.

Comment: Red herring? (Score 3, Interesting) 185 185

. "I think in general we haven't done enough to reach out and show young women that it's cool to do it [tech] and how much fun it can be,"

Do "we" reach out for the young men?
Nobody ever "reached out" for me, yet here I am. Have I just been living under a rock?

Comment: Re:"Result of... Snowden's whistleblowing"? (Score 1) 236 236

I know if everything were still under wraps the spying might not have cost tech companies anything in lost sales, but it seems unfair to suggest that Snowden is partly responsible

Everyone knew about the spying even before Snowdens leaks. Spies spy. This is not news. With the patriotism that seems to plague the USA, it is not a big stretch of the imagination to see how the secret police influences the industry. Closed source can't easily be audited, and every engineer knows how easy it is to hide backdoors in gadgets. Comms equipment standards (public, international ones) even mandate "lawful intercept" capabilities. Why would the secret police not utilize these, in secret? That they do it was not surprising, only the sheer volume and spectrum of what NSA can do was news.

What really is causing the shit to hit the fan - internationally - is not the spying. Its not even the proof Snowden showed that it is happening. Its the reaction from the press and politicians in the USA. The knee-jerk reaction was to say "but we don't spy on americans". I'm sure this sort of thinking is common in the USA, but it usually don't hit international news headlines.

Many people still thought of USA as "us", not "them", before this uproar. But piss on your customers, and they might want to go elsewhere.

Sure, Snowden's whistleblowing was as important in the causal chain to this perceived loss to the US industry. But so was NSA doing the spying in the fist place. Neither of them are to blame for the losses, though.

Comment: User's fault? (Score 2, Interesting) 25 25


the Debian developers and the security research community advised everyone who was possibly affected at the time to regenerate their keys.

However, it seems that a lot of people didn't listen and those weak keys are still used today

Didn't listen? How about that for a elitistic attitude! This is the main problem and cause for computer insecurities. I would give long odds that the number of people who both herad AND understood the warning, yet failed to take action can be counted with your fingers without even using base-2.

We end-users need to be spoon-fed (force-fed) the security. The correct action here would have been for (e.g. Github) to revoke these sort of keys already back then. Because while it is unreasonable to expect all end-users to take action, it is reasonable to expect (e.g. Github) to have a security professional to be alert and make that descision for us.
Well, better late than never, and slip-ups happen sometimes. Lets hope there wasn't too much damage.

Comment: Re:Great. Let's sit here and wait for the next wav (Score 5, Insightful) 422 422

Personally though, I hate both your attitudes because your emotions and politics get in the way of rational, logical evolution of the science behind the issue.

I sort of agree, but then, do we have time to wait for the 'logical evolution of the science'? Most science is done by making observations that prove hypotheses. In this case there is a slight problem with this way of making science. Once the observations are indisputable, its a bit too late to change things.

That is why I back 100% the hypothesis that leads the human race to clean up their act and (I hope) create technology that ultimately leads to a Star Trek sort of socialist utopia.
Even if it costs current-day industrialists their last million in bonuses.

The generation of random numbers is too important to be left to chance.