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Comment The Power of the State. (Score 1) 142

The Power of the State is absolute. What else is there to talk about here except for the complete lack of individual human rights?

A right is protection against government oppression, this is a case of government oppressing a 14 year old child all while using 'think of the children' rhetoric for its own political purposes.

Comment Re:Economics isnt science. (Score 0) 151

Are you for real? First you are talking about the Fed fucking up the economy, (which is correct), then you bring up Marx, who had 0 understanding of economics but had a pretty good jealousy complex, using him to bash CAPITALISM? Maybe Free Market even?

Ha! Government creating the Federal reserve bank, the ability to print fiat money, ability to manipulate interest rates is the exact opposite of free market capitalism, so how the heck in 2 paragraphs you create such a gigantic dichotomy and try to pass it as a coherent whole?

Great Depression was started by the Federal reserve printing fiat to help UK to get rid of its bad debt to France. The market used the fake money to blow up huge bubbles in farming stock, then the market corrected itself, the bubble imploded. Then Hoover and then FDR took that recession and turned it into the Great Depression by printing much more money, by creating government programs and policies that should have never existed in the first place. The only thing that took USA economy OUT of depression was the END of the WWII, when government consumption fell by 60% and taxes fell by 30%.

The 1971 default on the gold dollar by Nixon happened as a result of the bubble that was inflated by the government spending of the 50s and 60s. The following stagflation pushed women into the workforce, so that they could supplement the income that was lost due to the men paying higher taxes. The falling currency value (inflation due to money printing) pushed production out of the USA from 1970s, this in turn pushed for more money printing by the government and market manipulation.

The Fed holds 0% interest rates for the last 7 years, this is the only thing that keeps the FAKE economy sort of spinning. USA cannot actually afford 1% interest rate, never mind 10% or near 22% that Paul Volcker had to push towards in 1981 to stabilise the economy.

The payments debt at 0.13% are a staggering what, 350 Billion a year? What about 1% interest payment? At 18.37 TRILLION USD 1% interest rate is almost as unmanageable, forget 10%, 21%??? You can shut down the country.

You are looking at all of this and you are talking about Marx? MARX?

Well, the only thing I may ever agree with Marx is the need to abolish State in the first place, but that means no taxes, no Federal, no State taxes, no Federal, no State departments, no services, no Federal, no State checks either. I can agree with that.

Comment Main street economists are charlatans (Score 1, Informative) 151

Charlatans, that the so called 'main street economists' are will not go away with their nonsensical ideas about the need to 'guide' the economy in any way and their ways of 'guiding' the economy is what leads to the economic collapse. Of-course the economists are just mouthpieces of the government and of the Federal reserve, whose entire job is to justify the actions that politicians want to take anyway, actions that promise re-election rather than actions that promise a sound economy and a sound society.

A sound economy relies on the invisible hand of the market forces, directing scarce resources and re-allocating mis-allocated resources (and resources do get mis-allocated all the time, but in a free market economy the mis-allocation leads to lack of profits that eventually leads to ceasing of that particular activity and for a great reason n - resources that are mis-allocated hurt the economy).

Government routinely pushes policy designed to help politicians to get votes and not policy that makes any economic sense at all.

Money cannot be printed by government or pseudo-government agencies on the whim of a politician, who is promising 'free stuff'. Taxes on income and wealth are destructive to the economy because they reduce scarce savings and prevent economic activity from taking place. Government doesn't actually have anything of any value on its own, everything it doles out it has to take away first, and government doesn't "ask" for your taxes, government has guns.

Government economic policy is economic policy of a highway robber and the main stream economists are active cheerleaders to this highway robbery.

If actual empirical math model is created and it is used to forecast what will happen based on the money allocation, it may lead to a huge clash between the forces of evil (governments) and forces of science, and I don't think in that battle forces of science will win, because the mob chooses the evil, since the evil promises something for nothing.

Bernie Sanders is a force for evil, but so is Clinton, so is any politician who promises to do something for nothing, to take away from somebody to give to somebody else.

Comment Re:It won't matter (Score 1) 109

The Fed shouldn't exist and print and manipulate in the first place but it does. The economy needs market rates. Given the amount of debt and lack of production/productivity, the rates need to shoot up into high double digits. The Fed will not do that, since even low single digits will complete the economic collapse that was not allowed to run its course by the Fed so many times. From Greenspan, to Bernanke, to the current incarnation, they want to prop upnthe fake economy - stock and bond and housing and some other prices.

This worked for a long time given that the productive economies of the world absorber the Fed's inflation. However a couple of weeks back China decoupled from the USD and when the dollar pops and crashes, China will not be picking it up this time.

The Fed might even understand this, though I don't think Yellen personally understands anything at all.

In any case, USA needs high rates, but they also will crush its fake economy and the Fed proved that it will give the government whatever government wants and government never wants to be responsible for what is really happening. The problem of the welfare and robbery State will not be solved by the State or the people even, they don't want the actual solution, it is so painful they are scared of it.

The problem will be solved by the market, that will impose real interest rates by stopping credit and by refusing to take in fake money in exchange for real goods.

Wall street would make more REAL money with real interest rates in a healthy economy, but Wall street lives within the reality of the political system that prefers expediency and promises of free cake, so it uses fake 0% interest to its advantage the best it can. The Main street votes in politicians who promise free cake, that in turn leads to a fake economy.

This will end in pain and suffering of course. The collapse of the dollar and the US bond is closer than ever now, no more props by China and nobody else is big enough to prop the US up. Europe is not a coherent structure that can do it either. It was really a genious move by the US to set up the EU in hopes to create a bigger, more coherent market for its inflation. But I don't think it will help much at the end.

The much needed restructuring means a serious depression. The depression like none before, now that USA lost so much of its productive capacity. Americans should pray it is not some nationalist democrat that guides them through it but someone aligned with anarcho capitalist principles instead.

Comment Re:No surprise (Score -1) 211

Guess what, that is the point of the Constitution - protecting the rights of the individuals against of the oppression by the collective and its government. What are rights? Rights are protections against government protections. Why do individuals need these? Because nobody will ever be held personally accountable in a 'democratic' collectivist system.

The system cannot be punished by punishing any one individual and even individuals will not be punished, the Democratic system ensures that there is no personal responsibility

Democracy does not mean good government or good outcome, it means mobocracy, it means discrimination by majority against minority, it means 51% voting to tax the other 49% and not themselves.

Human rights are being trumpled, the socialist/communist/fascist collective works to undermine individual rights.

Without individual rights there can be no justice in the system, there can be no rule based process. Individual circumstances cannot be used to justify taking away the rights of the individuals. Rights are not entitlements to any service or product, they are not there to ensure equality of outcome. They are there to protect against the government oppression and abuse. Abuse such as taxing some people at rates different from other people.

There can be no real justice without equal application of law to all. There can be no equal application of law while people are being treated differently due to their personal circumstances.

The actual problem is the very idea of democracy and elections that let groups form that try to provide themselves with benefits while trying to take money away to those, who are not in the group.

Democracy doesn't work, it breaks down the rule based system. Democracy mixed with q government that can pass new laws does not work at all. We will have to learn that the hard way of course.

Comment Re:Teachers (Score 1) 240

Different AC here. ... P.P.S.: Fuck the last 5 years of UX "professionals" who think ... menu options should change depending on which options the software decides are more frequently used. Neither group knows anything of muscle memory because neither group has been in the industry long enough for it to matter.

Although, to be fair to UX "professionals" there is no muscle memory so powerful that it cannot be compromised with sufficient alcohol. Still getting 80wpm tonight. But somehow missed the post-anon button. Sometimes the UX "professional" doesn't have to move the clickbox. It's moving on my system, though!

Comment Re:Teachers (Score 1) 240

My touch typist teacher said RIGHT. Never considered the left.

Different AC here. Basic non-ergo Keytronic layout. I use left hand, not right hand, and I was taught touch typing (and can still do 100wpm) by a teacher who taught by the book that says "right-handed."

Even though the "6" is, properly speaking, in the "6/y/h/n" vertical row that "belongs" to the right hand, I just looked closely at my fingers on the actual physical keyboard on which I've typed for 10+ years, and its clones on which I've typed for at least 20+, it's because the "6" is closer to the left index finger than the right index finger. The pad of my hand (not the wrist, about halfway up the pad beneath my pinky finger) rests on the lower edge of my keyboard, and my thumbs rest so comfortably on the spacebar that the spacebar has a little worn spot on it.

Home exercise: Place fingers on home row. Touch right and left index fingers to "T", "Y", and "R". For my fingers and keyboard, "Y" is the most comfortable, almost dead-center. Repeat experiment with "5/6/7". For my fingers/keyboard, I can't reach "5" with right. I can't reach "7" with left, and "6" is reachable with either, but more easily reached with left finger. with left on "T" and right on "y" almost centered beneath "6", left is visually confirmed closer to "6."

(Side note: Both by size of wear spot and by observation while typing this post, I almost exclusively press the space bar with my *right* thumb. Maybe that contributes to using my left idex to hit th 6 key -- my left thumb is basically unused. I just typed this entire sentence with my left thumb crammed under the keyboard and it felt comfortable. Undoable with right thumb in equivalent positon.)

P.S; Our touch-typing teachers taught us the same way, but for me and my keyboard, we cheat on the "6". I've forgotten whether it's supposed to matter which thumb you use on the space bar, although I imagine I could have squeezed out a couple of extra wpm if I'd used both thumbs in high school.

P.P.S.: Fuck the last 5 years of UX "professionals" who think everything has to change every six months for the hell of it, or the last 15 years who think that menu options should change depending on which options the software decides are more frequently used. Neither group knows anything of muscle memory because neither group has been in the industry long enough for it to matter.

Comment Re:We're dealing with an imbalance of power here (Score -1) 211

It's idiotic, this pro-union propaganda argues that because of commoditization of labour and the fact that in any place there are always people in the middle, on top and on the bottom of the performance scale that this means unions are the answer, when the reality is that free market is the answer. Instead of trying to push for less freedoms, individuals needs to push for more, they need to start abolishing governments rather than creating new ones.

As to software developers, very few of them actually see themselves in management in 30 months as this clearly one sided and propagandistic story suggests. In fact most developers want to keep being developers, all they are after is some form of challenging work and good pay and given the relative lack of regulations in the tech sector (thank heavens), those who are doing good work are capable of getting that good pay.

Commoditization of labour is not a problem, lack of freedoms in the market place that prevent new companies from starting up is the problem and unions cannot solve that, they can only make the situation worse.

Now, certainly for the people who are not really interested in the work unions are a cushy answer, but luckily the way the technology sector moves, unions cannot really take hold in it, they just have no legs to stand on, they will trip and fall most of the time as companies shift jobs, outsource, automate more and that's a good thing. Last thing this world needs is more government and unions.

Comment Keep up your verbal and written skills too.... (Score 5, Insightful) 242

Yes, you should stay current. That doesn't necessarily mean GitHub, but you should at least have a pretty good idea of what GitHub is, what it does and how to use it.

Here's the thing. If you want to get a programming job today, chances are you'll need to pass through some kind of "white board" programming test. That is, a 1-3 hour session where the hiring manager and team will sit you down and ask you to come up with code and architecture to solve a real world problem. That means that you'll need to be able to think on your feet. It can be a terrifying, humbling experience if you are not prepared for it or even if you are. So, the best thing you can do is be prepared.

If you're selling yourself as a Java developer, you had damned well know Java inside out. Yeah, that means crack open a recent website and read up not just on all the fundamentals you've forgotten but also read up on some of the newer stuff that Java's added in the last few years. Walk through some sample interview questions on the web.

Secondly, work on your people skills. You'll have to be able to explain yourself clearly and concisely. You can be a brilliant technical person but if you cannot be understood, you won't get the job. During the white board session, people aren't looking for perfect syntax. What they are looking for is how you approach a problem, how you break it down, and how you communicate your path through the problem. Again, this all comes down to good communication skills as much as how well you sling code.

For the record: I'm a 53 year old programmer. I just "retired" from one company and landed in another with a 20% pay raise and better opportunities to move upwards. And yeah, I did have to pass a grueling 3 hour "white board" test. It can be done.

"Old age and treachery will beat youth and skill every time." -- a coffee cup

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