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Comment: Don't fear your future self (Score 1) 239

by timeOday (#47950113) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Becoming a Complacent Software Developer?
As a kid, I remember fearing growing up because grownups like to watch the news, which is boring.

A bit older, I feared having to work year round, and not get summer vacation.

Or look at all those commercials (e.g. 1, 2) for middle-age people reassuring themselves they'll never get old, never look old or slow down. (Or, heaven forbid, die.)

Personally, yes, I have become less into my job and more into my family and hobbies over time. I think that is common. But don't worry, nobody will force you to follow that pattern if you don't want to!

It is not people "refusing to act their age" that bothers me, if that's genuinely how they feel and what they want to do. Decide each day what you want to do and do it - and this should include goals and plans for accomplishing things in the future. But I am convinced that idle worry about who you will be, or what you will want in the future is just a waste of the present.

Comment: Re:There is no "almost impossible" (Score 1) 227

by Sobrique (#47946703) Attached to: Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died
The single use part is inconvenient, but the killer is the key exchange. You need to have a new 'pad' for each person you need to communicate with, and you need to get it to them in the first place, without it being compromised. And you need very high quality randomness, which is surprisingly difficult to generate.

Comment: Re:Obama is but a puppet (Score 1) 227

by Sobrique (#47946579) Attached to: Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died
Actually, I'm just not sure the Culture could actually ever work - if you look at it, the culture is more like a benevolent dictatorship, run by the Minds. Humans are pretty much all irrelevant. At best pets in a zoo, given the illusion of freedom by permitting them to take on tasks drones would take care of anyway.

Comment: Re:Obama is but a puppet (Score 1) 227

by Sobrique (#47946551) Attached to: Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died
Citizens wage as a social policy is gaining some traction. It seems counter intuitive, but just handing out money to everyone actually just works. There are very few people who are 'true scroungers' content to do nothing at all. Most of these are gaming the benefit system or taking to a life of crime as their 'profession' anyway. But if you give everyone the basic amount they need to live, you don't change much anyway. After all, that's sort of the point of tax brackets anyway.
Some people go and earn more, others do socially useful things like care for ailing relatives, or voluntary work.
And it still doesn't cost that much when you compare it to the overhead of a complex social security system.

Comment: Re:Credit cards? (Score 1, Insightful) 77

by smooth wombat (#47944649) Attached to: Home Depot Says Breach Affected 56 Million Cards
We can't have nice things (chip & pin) because American industry is too cheap to upgrade infrastructure.

No. We can't have nice things because some people think it's acceptable to steal other people's information or works. If people wouldn't steal there would be no need for chip and pin, or even pin.

Further, since we coddle such people when we catch them, this will be an ongoing issue. If you get rid of them you send a clear message that even if it doesn't deter someone, this will be the penalty you will pay if you do the same thing.

Comment: Re:Small setup (Score 1) 267

by timeOday (#47942429) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?
Come to think of it, and more fundamentally, even sharing a home directory to clients using NFS over WiFi does not work at all. Just loading firefox loads something like 50 MB of profile data from disk, NOT including the program itself, and latency kills nfs throughput. (Again, you can dink around with the settings endlessly, to little effect that I've seen).

WiFi really only works for newer things designed to be cloud-friendly.

Comment: Re:"forced labor" (Score 3, Informative) 182

by timeOday (#47932503) Attached to: Use of Forced Labor "Systemic" In Malaysian IT Manufacturing
Well, slaves actually did have substantial market value. Piketty has an interesting section on this in "Capital". Quoting from it :

What one finds is that the total market value of slaves represented nearly a year and a half of US national income in the late eighteenth century and the first half of the nineteenth century, which is roughly equal to the total value of farmland...

In practice, in the antebellum United States, the market price of a slave was typically on the order of ten to twelve years of an equivalent free worker's wages... In 1860, the average price of a male slave of prime working age was roughly $2,000, whereas the average wage of a free farm laborer was on the order of $200.

For reference, the US National Income in 2012 was $15.7 trillion, i.e. a few percent less than the GDP. 150% of that is about equal to the total value of all residential real estate in the US.

Comment: Re:Weasel worded. (Score 1) 97

by timeOday (#47932253) Attached to: How Flickr Is Courting the Next Generation of Photographers
Go ahead and try to argue why it's not true, I'll wait. In every area where achievement is objectively measurable, it is true. For example, The world record marathon time was 2:26 in 1950, but the top 50 finishers of the most recent Boston Marathon all beat that time. So, what you need to prove is that something about modern times has had such an opposite effect -- in subjective pursuits only -- as to outweigh the nearly insurmountable odds of a growing population with growing freedom times the impact of technology.

Comment: Re:...the best photographers were older people... (Score 4, Insightful) 97

by timeOday (#47931273) Attached to: How Flickr Is Courting the Next Generation of Photographers
All that experience can be accumulated hundreds of times faster in digital where you can see immediate results. Tomorrow's experts will be more expert than yesterday's experts, just as the 20th century saw huge leaps in athletic performance such as running and swimming races, weight lifting records, etc. There are also thousands of artists today that equal the top handful of masters of old times, it simply isn't acknowledge because it is subjective, and appreciation is inherently relative, in the same way people love 60's sports cars even though they are actually slow and poor-handling.

If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate.