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Comment: When I'd prefer e-mailed pdf (Score 2) 179

by indeterminator (#47995259) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Reporting Still Relevant?
  • If I view the nightly report on the bus on my way to work (flaky internet connectivity, is the dashboard mobile optimized?)
  • If I am resposible for watching reports for multiple sites (I don't want to learn 10 different url/username/password combos for 10 different dashboards + learn to use each one of them)
  • If I need to forward the report to someone else (I don't want to give my personal username/password away)
  • If I need someone else to temporarily take over watching the reports (ditto. It's just easier to set up mail forwarding than to get an extra temporary user account)
  • If the dashboard uses something fancy like websockets to work that require me to ask the IT department to pop holes to firewall?
  • If I need to see backwards in history and the dashboard doesn't provide that (as already mentioned above)?
  • If the dashboard is just something someone threw up in one afternoon after lunch, with no consideration of contents and usability.
  • If the dashboard is continuously "improving", i.e. they keep hiding the things I want to see every two weeks.

Comment: Re:Legitimate concerns (Score 1) 282

by indeterminator (#47579879) Attached to: UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity

Perhaps not, but the supposed "crime" was falsely shouting "fire", and the panic would have happened even if there really was a fire. In any case, no one forced the other patrons to panic. If they did, it was entirely their own fault, and they—not whoever shouted "fire"—are wholly responsible for the consequences.

My understanding of the "shouting fire" metaphore is that it generally assumes it's a false alarm, but I may be wrong. If there really is a fire, the situation becomes very different (there is damage potential for announcing the fact, but there is a larger damage potential for not doing it).

I see this boils down to free will of pepole in a situation they perceive threatening. My understanding about panic (a physical reaction turning off the decision making parts of your brain in a threatening situation, since the decision has already been made: there's a fire, get out now), is that you don't choose whether you get it or not. It depends on how prone you are to get in panic (something you do not have a choice in), and how threatening exactly you consider the situation (in which you do have some choice, by of practicing the situation beforehand).

If we look at the situation statistically, in a full theater there's likely several people who panic at the prospect of being burned alive while queuing for the exit (or by the fact that they may get trampled by other panicing people). The situation is set up in a way that there's direct damage potential from someone shouting a false alarm.

Comment: Re:Legitimate concerns (Score 1) 282

by indeterminator (#47578417) Attached to: UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity

Shouting "Fire" in a crowded theater necessarily leads directly to the harm of others

Nope. Wrong. Panicking and trampling over people does that, but it's not the speaker who directly made them do that.

So that mass panic in the theater would have happened anyway, without anyone shouting "fire"?

Looking at the events after they're happened, we can conclude that someone unnecessarily shouting "fire" in a crowded theater was a sufficient condition (thus, leading) to people getting hurt. Was it a necessary condition for people getting hurt that way? Common sense says it was.. also anyone who's looking someone to blame.

Before someone shouts it out? No way of knowing what will happen.

If you offer an incentive (survive a theatre fire / money) to someone for committing a crime (trampling someone to death / shooting someone), did you cause it, or was it all on the person who committed the act?

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.

Everyone can be taught to sculpt: Michelangelo would have had to be taught how not to. So it is with the great programmers.

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