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Comment: Re:uh, no? (Score 1) 337

by Xest (#48424677) Attached to: Alleged Satellite Photo Says Ukraine Shootdown of MH17

It's amazing how you still prefer to make things up with zero evidence than recognise that your dear leader Putin is lying to you.

He's even started censoring your internet Chinese style, does that really not ring alarm bells to you? You really can't see that you're a victim of the propaganda of an oppressive leader?

I used to think people like Kim Jong Un and his family stayed in power because they violently oppressed the people, but it seems that you're living proof that propaganda from a fascist dictatorship is all it takes for the terminally stupid to keep.

You call Ukraine non-peaceful, you call it ultra-nationalistic. Yet it's not Ukraine that invaded Russia, it's Russia that invaded Ukraine. It's not Ukraine that supports the far-right, on the contrary, they got a pathetic few % in the elections, whilst in Russia you have 10s of thousands of far right ultra nationalists celebrating for a day.

I'm still amazed that someone like you can have a brain that processes things completely backwards, you live in and love a nation and leader that time and time again hangs around with far right motorcycle gang leaders and so forth, and that defends and enforces far right ideal in your country like anti-gay laws, and yet you sit there and accuse everyone else that's not doing these things of being guilty of them.

I mean what is it? Is it that you know deep down that the far right is bad, but don't have the moral fibre to stand up to it in Russia so prefer to pretend it's everyone else's problem and not yours? Is it that you're scared they'll come for you next?

I'd just love to know how you get things so backwards, how you think everyone else is brainwashed when you live in the country that has almost full state control of the media, that is trying to censor all external media sources on the internet. How can you be so blind to the things happening right in front your face?

Comment: Re:Elephants? (Score 1) 185

by Xest (#48419273) Attached to: Scientists Optimistic About Getting a Mammoth Genome Complete Enough To Clone

Try South Africa:

"We've got one Intelligence Tactical Regiment from Potchefstroom, which specialises in intelligence gathering. Special Forces and 21 Batallion, both in the park and on the borders," says Colonel Bobelo. The ground troops are supported by helicopters for a speedy chase of poachers. "The helicopters contribute a lot in terms of identifying areas where poachers are operating," he adds. Colone! Says that it became increasingly important to rope in the army when syndicates began using helicopters, night vision equipment and high-powered rifles in their expedition."


"Within three months of the SANDF's arrival at the Kruger National Park, rhino poaching cases dropped from 40 in March to just two in June. But poachers always device new strategies and return for more horns."

Turns out that hunting Rhinos becomes a lot less attractive when you're being hunted by a Rooivalk backed by special forces.

Other African nations are now following suit and also beginning to deploy drones more frequently as well.

Comment: Re:Here's the deal (Score 1) 214

by Xest (#48419181) Attached to: Do Good Programmers Need Agents?

It's the modus operandi of some recruiters. Your ethos and that of all good recruiters is to focus on placing the right candidate with the right job. The ethos of recruiters like Computer Futures is to throw everyone at everything in as short time and with whatever lies necessary in the hope that things will stick.

I only deal with recruiters that work in the manner you do personally, but Computer Futures et. al. obviously have a view that volume works. As I understand it their staff can barely even be called recruiters, they effectively just run a call centre that both legally and illegaly harvests CVs and as I say, throws as many as they can at jobs.

Effectively they leave figuring out if the candidate is relevant to the client, and too many employers seem to believe this is basically what recruiters are meant to do without realising there are better ones out there that could go about the same job without wasting as much of their time by pre-filtering.

Comment: Re:More detailed ratings are a good thing (Score 1) 635

by Xest (#48409643) Attached to: Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

Becareful, you've jumped to a correlation is causation conclusion there.

You can't assume that there aren't confounding factors, what if Japanese Americans simply have a lower crime rate because they have benefitted from government policy such as post internment rapproachment? Or because Japanese have been more disproportionately given green cards for high paying jobs because they come across with higher average skill levels?

I found this graph for example on Wikipedia:

It seems to suggest that Japanese are in the wealthiest average group of people in the US, so maybe the Japanese have the lowest crime rate simply because they're also on average the wealthiest?

It's quite possible that high Japanese wealth in America overrides the impact of poor laws and so you cannot reach the conclusion you have with the data you've provided, there's far more to it than that. Effectively what this means is that the two populations (Japanese in Japan and Japanese in America) could have similarly low crime rates for two very different reasons - the former because of more sensible laws, and the latter because of higher average wealth. It may well be nothing to do with culture whatsoever therefore.

Comment: Re:10x Productivity (Score 1) 214

by Xest (#48409515) Attached to: Do Good Programmers Need Agents?

This seems to be somewhat of a misnomer, if you're a rockstar programmer and can churn out elegant effective code faster than everyone else then that by itself is a key factor in being an effective senior programmer because it means that your staff will respect you and will want to learn how you do it allowing them too to become increasingly more efficient.

I don't see how you can scale well if you're not efficient in the first place. How can you teach and enforce efficiency if you don't know how to be efficient like a rockstar programmer to start with?

I also disagree that the more clever you are the more tricky debugging becomes for others- for simple problems they'll write elegant code that's easy to work with regardless. For difficult problems it becomes true but I'm not sold on the argument that the solution is to just not solve those problems because you can guarantee eventually your competitors will, and guess where that leaves you? Solving the problems others couldn't or wouldn't is precisely why the search engine market when from vast plurality of almost identically implemented search engines to Google taking the market by storm and becoming the giant it is today- they let great developers do new things and killed the competition as a result. You can't simply say we'll cut that feature or not solve that problem because the dregs will struggle to debug or maintain it and expect to stay in business for long.

Your argument seems to imply that you believe being a rockstar programmer and a great leader are mutually exclusive, but I disagree, I think the former is fundamental for the latter. You cannot lead effectively if you do not have any abilities that garner you the requisite respect to be an effective leader in the first place. Aiming for mediocrity so that the mediocre do not have to struggle seems to be the fundamental point of your argument and whilst that might seem comfortable in the short term because it means less hassle as a manager I don't think it's viable in the long term.

Comment: Re:Here's the deal (Score 1) 214

by Xest (#48409385) Attached to: Do Good Programmers Need Agents?

"The other comments you have put tends to be the actions of less experienced agents."

It's not simply less experienced agents, it's the type of people they are and the type of company they work for. You mention the UK so presumably have some knowledge of UK recruitment agencies, so take Computer Futures for example, they literally just harvest CVs, and throw as many vaguely close CVs as they can at employers and throw as many employers as they can find at candidates. They make no effort to compare suitability, and they also pay no credence to the data protection act. They will never remove your data from their systems and will always spam you over and over long after they have any legal right to do so. They will lie in the desperate hope they can make something stick and they waste a phenomenal amount of people's time as a result- if a candidate is seeking £50k and an employer only offering £40k they'll tell the candidate they're offering £50k and the employer the candidate will take £40k, so each side wastes time in interview, is happy with each other only to find that the salaries just aren't going to come close to each others expectations because of the recruiters lies.

Thankfully I've learnt through hard experience who the good recruiters are, and who the bad are. But fundamentally a lot of the bad recruiters aren't bad simply through inexperience, but that a number of agencies are happy to act outright illegally in some cases to try and make their commission. It's an industry that desperately needs to be investigated by the ICO amongst others because the number of genuinely good recruiters are sadly an absolute minority and law breaking (again especially with respect to the DPA such as use of illegally obtained - i.e. stolen - CV data, unsolicited communications and so on) is rife.

People like you are incredibly helpful and provide an important service. But you're uncommon heroes in an industry that's overflowing with incompetent criminal fucktards.

Comment: Re:Elephants? (Score 2) 185

by Xest (#48409291) Attached to: Scientists Optimistic About Getting a Mammoth Genome Complete Enough To Clone

Or we could just increase the policy of using attack helicopters to hunt down poachers. It's win-win, the pilots get first class training in finding targets in a vast landscape using various sensing equipment, and the poachers are given something real to worry about.

Some poachers have even been using helicopters themselves so there's also ample scope for air defence training there for fast jets and such too.

That way we don't have to worry about them going extinct (and the massive knock on effects to their ecosystem) in the first place. You're killing two birds with one stone- dealing with the poaching problem whilst getting your military some real training that simultaneously does something useful. Far better than classic contrived military exercises that often bare little resemblance to the real thing and just burn resources for not much benefit.

This has been a very successful policy in the countries that have attempted it thus far, and it should be ramped up. Turn poachers from the hunter who hunts illegaly with overwhelming force into the hunted that is hunted legally with overwhelming force and they soon stop.

Comment: Re:I can see the curiosity aspect.. (Score 1) 185

by Xest (#48409255) Attached to: Scientists Optimistic About Getting a Mammoth Genome Complete Enough To Clone

Honestly I suspect that the amount of kids that would be amazed into heading for a life of science by this alone would make it worthwhile.

Nothing captures kids imagination quite like dinosaurs, mammoths and such so whatever the direct scientific value, the value of increasing the amount of future scientists out there with the inspirational value of doing this is probably greater than anything in history, even more so than the moon landings I suspect.

Comment: Re:uh, no? (Score 1) 337

by Xest (#48409015) Attached to: Alleged Satellite Photo Says Ukraine Shootdown of MH17

It wasn't just a transport aircraft shutdown, a SU-27 was shot down at that altitude too and SU-27s don't do equipment drops.

How could NATO ships surveil from the black sea? even airborne radars that surveil from height like the E3 AWACS only has a range of a little over 300km.

I think your little black book of Russian apologism needs updating, rather than accepting the obvious, that Russia has been supplying and firing BUKs at Ukrainian aircraft at altitude in Ukrainian territory (fuck there are even countless photographs and videos of them controlled by the "rebels" aka Russian soldiers out there) you make up excuses for your fascist state that literally make zero sense and don't work.

Comment: Re:uh, no? (Score 1) 337

by Xest (#48405199) Attached to: Alleged Satellite Photo Says Ukraine Shootdown of MH17

Are you retarded or something, you think I'm a Russian apologist? Seriously?

Here's the problem with your theory- some of those approval polls for Putin have been done by Western organisations, we're not talking state produced propaganda here, you may want to tell yourself he's not popular but he currently is, the Russian people are part the problem.

The current status quo in Russia isn't like Libya was where the vast majority of the population were happy to see Gaddaffi fall, it's more akin to Nazi Germany in the mid to late 30s where the populace were eating out the hand of a leader that had fed them a bunch of far right populist rhetoric and brutal nationalism. What do you think the whole Crimea annexation was about exactly if not populist nationalism? Crimea is a massive financial drag on Russia - it certainly wasn't about the economic benefits of hijacking an underfunded region dependent on the mainland for water and electricity that it's now been completely cut off from.

I know for the simple minded like yourself it's easier to console yourself with the idea that a large body of people couldn't possibly fall for such twatishness again like they did in the 30s, and that evil can only come in the form of specific individual hate figures and it's no one elses fault, but Putin isn't doing what he's doing and clinging on like he's clinging on without popular support. Absolutely there's a vocal and organised opposition to him that he's tried to crush and that keeps popping back up, but those people are still a minority in Russia - the intellectual few amongst the poor and undereducated many who live and breathe for whatever populist bones are thrown to them.

Comment: Re:uh, no? (Score 1) 337

by Xest (#48403537) Attached to: Alleged Satellite Photo Says Ukraine Shootdown of MH17

No that's not according to the Ukrainian army, maximum altitudes on MANPADs are well known. Any defence evaluation organisation can tell you what they are.

How would NATO release radar records? It has no fucking bases in Ukraine nor any radar aircraft operating over it. Why would Ukraine fly aircraft that don't need to fly low enough to be hit by MANPADs low enough to be hit by MANPADs? It's not like your nonsense theory even makes the slightest bit of sense, it's about as stupid a theory as you can get - I mean, you're seriously claiming the Ukrainian military was intentionally flying aircraft at dangerously low altitudes when there was no reason to?

Are you Putin apologists always this retarded? Even just a split second of rational thought will explain why your pro-Russian apologist theory is complete fucking nonsense, but apparently you can't even afford yourself that split second.

Oh wait, you're also the guy that lives in Russia now and guzzles off soviet glory fed to you by RT aren't you? You're the guy who tried to tell me a plastic doll was a child slaughtered by the Ukrainian military. Nevermind then. How are you enjoying your increased food prices and your increased political isolation? Hasn't per chance made you stop and think that maybe you should consider becoming a decent human being yet and stop supporting Putin's fascist slaughters?

Comment: Re:uh, no? (Score 1) 337

by Xest (#48403433) Attached to: Alleged Satellite Photo Says Ukraine Shootdown of MH17

Go check the opinion polls, support for Putin is at an all time high. Have there been numerous cases of corruption in Russian elections? Sure, but it turns out that this kind of populist militancy is something the Russian people fall hook line and sinker for such that he now has genuine support.

But so what if those people have guns? Just about every country in the world has had to see it's civilians face of militant dictatorships at one point in history or another- that applies to Britain, the US, as much as it does the arab spring nations or Russia.

You can't sit idly by and let that shit happen and then whine if it somehow comes back and effects you.

Comment: Re:uh, no? (Score 1) 337

by Xest (#48400807) Attached to: Alleged Satellite Photo Says Ukraine Shootdown of MH17

The Russian people largely support Putin and hence this and so why shouldn't they be punished also?

If they have a problem with it maybe they should vote Putin out next time and rise up if he refuses to go?

This is the Russian people's problem as much as it is the Russian elite's. They're as much to blame.

I sympathise with the argument you've made in many cases, especially when targeted at action against dictators. But Putin has popular support, so the Russian people for the most part are ultimately just getting exactly what they've asked for - international isolation.

God may be subtle, but he isn't plain mean. -- Albert Einstein