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Comment: Re:Python (Score 2) 466

I expect server side JS to be about as passing fad as writing operating systems in C.

It's not great for typical cron jobs or admin scripts. What it is great for, is small server damons. The single threaded everything-is-asynchronous model works so well for that, you don't want to go back once you get started.

Comment: Re:What if you already make $14? (Score 1) 1040

by indeterminator (#47156509) Attached to: Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

I admit that your government's spending may be excessive, at least it seems to be driven more by partisan politics than rational thinking. The point I was trying to make was a different one: increasing the minimum wage to match actual minimum living costs won't be cause of hyper-inflation. The point I tried to make in my reply to OP was to present some counter-arguments for the unfairness he saw in raising the minimum wage. My view is that the status quo where people end up working on such a low compensation that their personal finance situation is unsustainable, is already unfair. When the market doesn't fix that by itself, someone needs to step up and take action. I'm not confident that a blanket minimum wage is the correct action, but it's an attempt.

Busineses escaping when their operating environment gets worse, is always a risk. Then on the other hand, it's been a while since the US has been the cheapest place in the world to do anything, so it seems that risk is there anyway. And for a local economy, people moving out because they don't earn enough to live there (or alternatively, get hungry in sufficient numbers to riot on the streets), is a risk also.

Comment: Re:What if you already make $14? (Score 1) 1040

by indeterminator (#47154667) Attached to: Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

a) Congratulations, you're now more of a burden to your employer than you were before, and at higher risk of losing your job entirely when he/she decides it's no longer profitable to run a business.

What will the employer do after he shuts down the business, sit on his hands? I think he has to earn his living somehow, too. Entrepreneurs are not magic fairies (well, most of them aren't).

b) Um, inflation has to be managed, or else it wrecks the economy. Google Weimar or Zimbabwe hyperinflation and get a bit of an education on real world economics.

I didn't say inflation doesn't need to be managed. I said, inflation is inevitable. If you go to zero inflation, there's no incentive to invest. Money stops moving. Economy is screwed.

I know of hyperinflation. To get into one, you need serious economy mismanagement. A 100 million americans going from $10/hr to $15/hr is not going to have that effect. Assuming 40 hour working weeks, 52 weeks a year, the difference is about 1 trillion, or about 6% of the GDB of US (2012). Spread that over a couple of years, and you're well within "normal" inflation, and nowhere near hyperinflation.

c) Slacking in any job long-term doesn't help anyone. The employer gets less value, and the employee's skills don't develop. It's the formula for mediocrity, which you are advocating for gleefully.

Wait, what? Did you even read my post before replying?

Comment: Re:What if you already make $14? (Score 1) 1040

by indeterminator (#47153669) Attached to: Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

If you have spent the past few years busting your ass at a job, and managed to make your way to $14/hr (say, you got promoted to a manager position at a restaraunt)... then what? Do you essentially go back to making minimum wage? Do you now make, as a manager, the same hourly wage as the dishwasher? Increasing the minimum wage is great for people that already make it, but I have always felt like it has screwed those who have worked hard to get a few raises over minimum wage.

(a) Congruatulations, you just got 7% ($1) raise with zero effort. Enjoy.
(b) Others got a raise too. It's not out of your wallet. Inflation is inevitable anyway.
(c) It's not like you can work hard to get raises, and then just start slacking off. In order to keep getting paid that rate, you still need to continuously work hard or smart, or most likely, both.
(d) The manager position you have earned through your hard work is in the long term much more important than the immediate compensation you're currently getting from it. Switching jobs (and yes, that will happen, there are no more for-life careers at single employer), you're likely to start off at similar (or higher, considering you can show ability to start from bottom and work your way upwards) responsibilities than at your current job, along with appropriate compensation level.

Comment: Re:Nyquist (Score 3, Insightful) 116

For data transmission rates, you'll want Shannon's channel capacity, which is not contradicted:
(a) SNR is a factor of channel capacity
(b) It applies for a single channel. With MIMO you have multiple channels (not independent from each other, but with smart channel coding you get gains over SISO).

Comment: Re:Open source was never safer (Score 1) 582

by indeterminator (#46764633) Attached to: How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

You do realize that encryption is security through obscurity ... right?

No, it's not. The major difference is, that with a proper cryptosystem, if someone discovers your key, you can just switch to a new key and you're as safe as you were (not considering collateral caused by key leak). With security through obscurity, the once the genie is out of the bottle, you won't make it safe without changes to the design of the system.

As someone said, the ignorance runs deep here.

Comment: Re:The tighter you clench your fist, Lord Vader... (Score 1) 273

"Seriously, if this is true..."

It's extremely unlikely this is true. Think about it...

He's a sysadmin at the NSA, which means he's supposed to be maintaining their servers -- not looking through classified materials. So if he were to report to his superiors about his concerns with any of these highly classified programs, he'd be admitting to looking at information he should never touch. If he did anyway, he would have been shit-canned immediately and investigated. So, it sounds like a complete pile of horseshit to me.

Either way, this kind of issues should roll uphill, not downhill. If the people in charge can let a Snowden slip, how many more have they let? How many more will they? Someone is trying to avoid their responsibility.

The fact that Snowden was able to get out with the info, suggests the thing is mismanaged. Why was he given access to all this super-classified information, and who's responsible? What was a contractor doing in a super-classified government organization anyway? What Snowden managed to prove, either from the leaked content, or from the fact that there was a leak, is that no one is watching the watchers.

It doesn't matter how you look at it, in the end, it's a complete management screw-up.

Comment: Re:Blaming the victims ?? (Score 2) 273

Here we go again, can't vote for them because they have no chance of winning.

You need to start voting for the third guy anyway, it's the only way to break the cycle. if no one votes the thirds guy, then no one thinks he has a chance. Enough people have to go first, and make it look possible.

The part where you're being played, is the part where they make you think that every election you fail to vote an established party, your country is DOOMED, forever. The best part is you keep falling for it every time.

The trick is not to have the new party to win (having a new party to assume total control is a bad idea), but to get them enough votes to scare the established parties to change how your voting works, so they get to keep a share of power relative to their share of votes, even if they would become the third party at the next election.

Comment: Re:"Unfair"? (Score 1) 362

by indeterminator (#46382711) Attached to: Google Funds San Francisco Bus Rides For Poor

The Google workers who live in SF still pay their taxes in SF, right? I bet they also use local services quite a bit. Property price increase should be welcome to those currently living there, it's much better for them, and the economy as a whole, than prices going down. I admit that I don't fully understand the dynamics of the situation (I don't live in the U.S.), but most places would welcome wealthy neighbors.

If a point-to-point service makes an area so much more desirable, then maybe it was under-valued in the first place. I can't imagine the place being a slum, and then suddenly all googlers want to move there, because free commute.

There is a bigger problem behind all this: unequal wealth and/or income distribution. Fighting a point-to-point private commuting service is not going to fix that.

Comment: Re:Long term will spell doom (Score 1) 313

by indeterminator (#46376723) Attached to: Should programming be a required curriculum in public schools?

Using Google?


I have came across many of using google type that can not write a single line of code without using google.

Yes, seriously. I spend a surprisingly lot of time googling stuff for others (I don't magically know everything, either, even though they seem to think that I do). If they knew how to do it themselves, they would save (a) their time (because I usually can't respond immediately), (b) my time.

Take your work seriously but never take yourself seriously; and do not take what happens either to yourself or your work seriously. -- Booth Tarkington