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Comment Re:Information wants to be free (Re:Embarrassment) (Score 1) 316 316

If, for whatever reasons, an employer wants to know, what sort of a person you are with your friends — and they all will, once the positions they are considering you for reach a certain height, they'll find out. With private investigators, if need be.

And that makes it OK?

What you present to the employer being separate from your personal life is actually a really important part of how we function as a society.

Is it? How so? Can you cite any studies showing usefulness of such separation? Or how this separation changed over the years — for the betterment of society, or otherwise?

Well clearly I'm not going to have such studies to hand, not sure how you would study such a thing, but this one touches on similar subjects showing how there is inbuilt racism / nationalism in CV selection. That sort of problem is only going to get worse with the more information available.

Comment Re:Here's a thought... (Score 1) 316 316

Also, control all your friends so that they don't post any information online about you. Control Google and whoever's facial recognition algorthms from auto tagging you. Control all the stuff you have no possible control over, because I don't want to consider that possibly this new technology we've invented might have really bad consequences and I can't be bothered to do anything about it.

Comment Re:Embarrassment (Score 1) 316 316

Are employers looking at Facebook also mostly a social thing?
The problem isn't embarrasment, it's judgmental people with the power to affect your live.

Yeah, we'll get right on that. I'm sure that decision makers with no judgment will become a thing. Much better if they go by what you copied into your resume than by what you actually did in public.

And this is why we have privacy. That people have disconnected lives where they are one person at work and another with their friends, is fundamental to actually being able to be yourself, to be a fully rounded person. If we start being terrified that everything we do in public will be available to anyone to judge out-of-context or through their own prejudices, you effectively give up your freedom and we are forced to regress to the lowest common denominator for behaviour. What appears on the internet is not just what you put there, it's what other people post.

What you present to the employer being separate from your personal life is actually a really important part of how we function as a society.

Comment Re:Bill Hadley is going to be disappointed (Score 4, Insightful) 233 233

I am a firm believer in free speech. The cure for bad speech (as the accusation apparently was) is not less bad speech but more good speech.

Fine, but doesn't there have to be consequences when someone just makes shit up about someone else? Especially when it's something that is such a powderkeg in current climate? We don't consider it reasonable that people prove a negative, so you're already on the backfoot if someone decides to start a rumour. With Twitter and Wikipedia, it's very easy for a rumour to get repeated so much it feels like the truth.

Comment Re:Bill Hadley is going to be disappointed (Score 2) 233 233

I don't think he will be disappointed. I think the purpose of the lawsuit is to send a message to Mr. Hadley's future political opponents to be careful what they say about him. In other words, this is intended to have a chilling effect on political speech.

Accusing someone of molesting children is political speech now? Sure...

Isn't it right that people are careful what they say about other people?

Comment Re:London is good, Berlin is better (Score 1) 410 410

In IT you don't need German. English is more then enough. Even though the average salaries are a bit lower then in London you still get much better overall life quality. A pizza during lunch break costs 4 EUR here, a monthly public transport ticket around 80EUR, a decent flat outside of mitte (60m2) goes for 600-700 EUR.

I mean, yeah you might get by but aren't you missing out on actually living there? If you can't read / speak / interact with people without forcing them into your language? There is more to living in a place than cheap pizza.

Comment Re:Ignorant (Score 1) 226 226

This is how most bills are written. That is not a cynical but rather purely factual statement. The shock and surprise on TPP just makes you look ignorant.

...and you think that your position of aloof resignation, criticising those that would be unhappy with the situation, is *better*?

Comment Re:Customer recourse (Score 1) 116 116

I can't help but think (and I know this is unpopular here) that this is exactly the sort of thing that needs properly regulating. You can't do anything in the world now without hundreds of pages of TOS and they aren't ever negotiable... you flippantly mention selfies, but *everything* has this problem (internet connection, mobile phone contract, all non-free software, all internet services, trivial or not). It's unreasonable to expect a mass movement of resistance, you have to be able to understand them first and they're specifically designed to make even that hard.

Comment Re:Customer recourse (Score 1) 116 116

Say you sign up with a company when their T&C says they won't use your phone number for marketing, but then they change their T&C to state the opposite. Now they have your phone number. Are they bound by the T&C they stated when you signed up? But even if they are, what is a customer's recourse?

I imagine the legal route is: they can change the T&C and you have to agree *if you continue to use their service*. If you do not continue to use their service they don't have your agreement to the new T&C and therefore can't act on it.

Comment Re:20 Years (Score 1) 382 382

Well, it depends on how you slice the data, but even from your interpretation of that data they are not wildly different, and if fragmentation was such a massive issue you'd expect Android development to be massively more timeconsuming / expensive, or a significantly higher defect rate. Neither seem to actually be true.

Comment Re:20 Years (Score 4, Insightful) 382 382

20 Years of write once and test everywhere! And now thanks to Android there are over 18000 distict Andoid platforms to test on too!!

What you call 'fragmentation' I call 'variety'. And since Android app crash rates are actually lower than iOS ones (ie a platform with much lower 'fragmentation') then it clearly isn't the problem that you think it is...

Comment Re:Not easiest to read, but forgiving... (Score 1) 414 414

A problem with Java and C# is that it is possible to create memory leaks in those languages, but since people rely so much on garbage collection they don't think about it and get bit in the ass. Event handlers shared across processes are particularly dangerous.

I mean, yes, you can't get away with not knowing anything at all about memory management in Java, but singling out edge cases that are a problem vs the vast majority of cases where it's superior is sort of missing the point. Rather like saying that wearing shoes is a problem because you sometimes get a stone in them, far better that you should always go bare feet and constantly make sure you don't step on anything sharp.

1000 pains = 1 Megahertz