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Comment Perspective of the last 4 months (Score 1) 364

To be fair, the Shanghai Stock Exchange Composite Index still shows that the value is on par with March earlier this year, after losing 1/3 of value. How did they gain 1/3 just in 3 months is a bit beyond belief, but looks like the bubble merely corrected itself quickly. Hopefully this crash will also correct the bubble in the US housing market where foreign capital comes in as investors to compete with the local working people who just wanted a home for themselves.

I've been analyzing the housing market in my neighborhood because my old landlord just sold my unit to an investor who asks for the rent increase from $1900 to $2500. I realized that at the price the investors are offering, they can make only 2.5% APY, rarely 3% APY, at market rent, if they put down by cash which is rare. Most investors still need to borrow from the bank at 3.75% APR, so they lose money. In my new landlord's case, the rent increase is the amount he needed in order to make up for the loss. The foreign investors give the impression they bring in cash because they can't get a US mortgage, so they have to get mortgage from their home country. It's not as rosy (or gleam) as people think, depending on your perspective. I've now seen units on the market ripe for under asking.

Comment Re:Don't go into networking (Score 1) 227

I think you're intentionally conflating networking with something else (which you failed to specify exactly what is "much more"), just to show the world what a smart alec you are. But we are talking about a very specific profession, so please kindly stay on topic. The fact the OP mentioned CCIE (Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert) should give you a clue. Get a clue, pal!

Comment Don't go into networking (Score 1) 227

Don't go into networking unless you're the principal architect. I know a company that outsourced network engineering to the Philippines. They're willing to stay up late at night their time to accommodate for the normal business hour here. On the other hand, you do need some low level tech to do the manual labor of connecting cables and building racks of equipments, but they are not well paid. You need to be the brain that makes the master plan and ensures that outsourced network engineers work well with the local techs.

Apparently this arrangement makes sense because Cisco IOS user interface is so poorly designed so that it requires a lot of training to use. I think the poor design actually inspired a whole job market, it's sad.

Comment You must be disillusioned (Score 1) 649

When ISIS executes prisoners for committing crime against their institution, they are acting on their own self-interest. When the jury declares death sentence on Dzhokhar, they are acting on my interest. I could be a potential victim and am indirectly related to some actual victims, but we otherwise have no authority to declare or execute the death sentence on the perpetrator. The evidence who'd done it was pretty clear from day one, and nothing so far has raised the red flag of him possibly being a scapegoat of some conspiracy plot. Yes, the authority upped the ante on the security theater as the result of the bombing, but even the actors themselves sympathize with the audience about it. Boston is a place where you can find an outdoor concert in the Boston Common where a rapper shouts out "fuck the police" over the amplified sound system, and the police standing there told me with a grin that they have the permission to do that.

Comment Re:I used to (Score 3, Interesting) 190

I tried, but the open source projects I contributed to simply won't take my code. I gave them patches and/or commits according to whatever garden variety version control they fancy. I followed their code style and released copyright. The pull request passes continuous integration in green, no flying colors. Never heard back a word. A few months or years later, someone else gets fed up and forked the project. This kept happening to the projects I try to contribute to.

Donating money always works. Nobody ever refused my money.

Comment physical switch (Score 1) 324

Even so, having a physical switch is already helpful. I don't need to worry about the firmware malware if I don't ever have the intention to flip the switch. I only need to take measures to secure the computer against the malware if I plan to flash the firmware. A physical switch is a very powerful countermeasure to thwart remote attackers. U2F tokens also use it to secure two-factor authentication.

Comment Re:phone data usage (Score 1) 237

Obviously you condone double standard whereupon it is okay for someone to fake a screenshot and wrongfully accuse a telecom company of lying, and I who pointed out inconsistency in his dubious evidence have the burden of proof. What kind of wicked creature you are? All I am alleging is that he could have faked his evidence, and I have probably cause to believe that. He is the one who has to show the full evidence and defend it.

I see you are having fun trolling other users in this topic. Here is my favorite Monty Python quote for you and get off my lawn.

I don't want to talk to you no more, you empty-headed animal food trough wiper! I fart in your general direction! Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!

Comment Re:phone data usage (Score 1) 237

He can say anything about what the picture means as he wants. Some of his figures are pretty, but I'm pretty sure it's not a figure produced by the T-Mobile website. I'm a T-Mobile user, and their site only produces the usage over three billing cycles, Dec, Jan and Feb. I think his "Data Usage By Month Ending" figure is fabricated. The pink color is slightly different from the website's magenta color. Who is the dishonest one here?

I think you have problem understanding what "prove" means.

Comment +1 super insightful and +1 super informative (Score 1) 551

I feel your pain if the chip IP vendors move to LLVM and won't share the source to their backend. However, I don't see an incentive model for them to change their ways, except maybe you now choose the chip IP based on the toolchain's source code availability, or convert to a mainstream CPU.

It's futile trying to stop LLVM at this moment. They are funded by Apple with a lot of contributions from Google and the like. There is a lot of velocity being put into the development that gcc simply can't match. The feeble attempt of RMS won't stop them.

By the way, it seems that most people talking here don't develop at all. You might have found some who do when you moderated the thread, but you're the first one I know.

Comment Re:The issue isn't sharing vs fame (Score 1) 551

You ought to consider my proposition more carefully before you dismiss it as ridiculous. Your point of view comes entirely consumer minded and you don't seem to understand software development, so let a professional enlighten you.

May I sell you a copy of MS-DOS 2.0 for $40 today? Other than the fact you might be a sentimentalist, nobody is going to buy it in present time. But if you had told people that MS-DOS 2.0 had no value back in 1983, people would think you're crazy.

However, some form of DOS is still useful today as part of an embedded real-time control system. But is everyone going to buy it? Not by a long shot. Is Microsoft making any money selling MS-DOS today? I seriously doubt it.

Basically, ask yourself how much you would pay to get a piece of software that you depend on today if you had woken up to find that the only way you could still use it (or any acceptable alternative, or better yet, if there was no acceptable alternative) was to pay for it. That would be the value of the software to you.

No, this is not the value of the software. This reflects only the market pricing mechanism. A consumer would find the next lowest priced software. It might be yet another free alternative, or it could be non-free but bundled with a paid operating system. If the next lowest priced alternative turns out to be unaffordable, I might choose not to buy it.

Your mistake is you conflate value with pricing.

On the other hand, there is plenty of free software that has no value to me. I won't use it even if you pay me to. GNOME desktop is a prime example. I have also spent several hundred dollars on commercial video editing software because the free ones are essentially garbage.

I find that emacs has value to me not because all software has an intrinsic value as you suggested, but because it solves a problem that I have, namely to edit plain text files. None of my "normal" (non-programming) friends would find emacs valuable at all. Even some coworkers don't use emacs and use this abomination called eclipse.

Software has no intrinsic value. The value is derived from what the software can do for me.

"Don't try to outweird me, three-eyes. I get stranger things than you free with my breakfast cereal." - Zaphod Beeblebrox in "Hithiker's Guide to the Galaxy"

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