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Comment: Re:Not really a surprise.... (Score -1) 101

by roman_mir (#47427609) Attached to: After NSA Spying Flap, Germany Asks CIA Station Chief to Depart

Yes, but also this is a meaningless move by Germany in the real sense of the world, because it is still not demanding that all of its gold is returned by the USA immediately.

Of-course the German central bank authorities decided a couple of weeks back that it is better to pretend that the USA still has German gold and not raise any noise than to make it clear that its gold is gone. Germany requested the USA Fed to return its gold about 2 years ago, USA came out saying that it will return half of the gold within 7 year period but in 2 years only returned 1/100th of what it was supposed to, actually the numbers can be found here. In any case if Germany truly wanted to make a statement it would insist on the return of its gold, with the correct serial numbers on the bars and everything.

If Germany simply wanted to get the gold back it also has a choice of selling the gold in the market and getting dollars back, which the Fed could easily provide by creating them out of thin air as it always does, so that then Germany could buy the gold back in the market (of-course fewer tons could be bought since the prices would go up, but at least it wouldn't be a total loss as it is now). Any of this would be better than a useless symbolic gesture.

Comment: Re: yes but (Score -1) 297

by roman_mir (#47424529) Attached to: Wireless Contraception

Your meta comments stopped making sense even during the last post, here:

In this case which would you support, the freedom of the employees to make their own choices or the freedom of HL to try to dictate those choices for them?

- what kind of logic is this? The 2 statements have nothing to do with each other.

Would I support freedom of employees or freedom of HL "to dictate"? You have squarely placed your bias into that very statement.

I support freedom of the individual AND I disagree with your premise that HL 'dictates' anything to anybody! Government dictates to HL AND to the employees by getting between them and changing the rules of the private contract.

As to 'sock puppet' nonsense, either you want to hear my answer to your comment or you do not. If you do not then state so clearly and I will not answer. If you do however want to have an answer, then you will have to accept that I can only leave 2 comments in 24 hour period on my main account and I have no choice but to use my backup account (which also can only be used twice in a day) and it should not matter to you how I left the comment, but it seems it does, which means you are not actually discussing anything here.

Comment: Re:yes but (Score -1) 297

by roman_mir (#47410915) Attached to: Wireless Contraception

This case should not have anything to do with religion in the first place, people that run businesses must not be abused by the government and having their freedoms revoked just because they are running a business.

Government must not have any authority to dictate to people what type of compensation the employer and the employee agree upon. Government must not have any authority to dictate that compensation must be provided in a form of insurance or contraceptives or in form of any other product or currency that goes against the agreement between the actual 2 parties involved - a person buying labour and a person selling labour.

This is a win for freedom but not completely, because it mentions religion in the first place. Religion has nothing to do with this, it's about INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM.

Comment: Re:The goal of 1st world countries (Score -1) 398

by roman_mir (#47402577) Attached to: No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

Have government provide a basic income

- government doesn't have anything "to provide", it can only take away from somebody in order to subsidise somebody else, it doesn't produce anything and has nothing to give to anybody for free. If you are talking about government stealing even more resources from those, who are already being stolen from in order to provide bread and circuses to those, who are already on welfare anyway, then all you will achieve will be more corruption, even less production, as those producing, will be moving their productive capacity out of the country even faster.

Comment: Re:The goal of 1st world countries (Score -1, Troll) 398

by roman_mir (#47396249) Attached to: No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

...the other red herring argument was age discrimination...

The reality is that USA (and many others, like the Canadian or European) workers are much more expensive than workers from countries that do not have the insane socialist labour laws that raise the cost of doing business just enough for companies not to hire in those places any longer. This is not about an hourly wage, even if the hourly wage was exactly the same in USA and in India it still would not make sense to hire Americans. This is about the insane labour laws, the insane government agenda of running welfare / socialist / fascist states, where the individual is subservient to the government. It is too expensive to deal with big government where you cannot even pay a simple cash bribe for the government to go away and not come back.

Comment: Re:Job Hopping (Score -1) 279

by roman_mir (#47388957) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Often Should You Change Jobs?

For 9 years I was a contractor, doing what needed to be done for many different clients. 1 year? My longest contract (with all the extensions) lasted for 5 years, and I left that one to start my own business. My shortest contract was about 2 weeks, I came to do what the client needed, did it and went on.

Comment: Re:As a Quebecer... (Score 0) 245

by roman_mir (#47383975) Attached to: Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E

Waltons and Kochs do much more for the current society than Musk is, they are bringing cheapest goods possible to the most people that the possibly can. Musk's creativity is actually very narrow in its target market, but he can become Ford of today if he manages to find efficiencies and actually mass produce cheaper and cheaper vehicles even in the modern age of enormous government created inflation.

Comment: Re:Gee Catholic judges (Score -1, Informative) 1311

by roman_mir (#47364513) Attached to: U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

put their religion before the constitution. Shocking.

- yes, putting the religion of socialism before the Constitution is what has destroyed America.

Constitutionally US Congress has no authority to dictate anything to business or individuals unless it is expressly stated in Article 1 Section 8. The actual problem is that SCOTUS has not struck down almost all laws that ever came out of Congress as it should have as unconstitutional, but instead it allowed wider and wider oppression via usurpation of powers by the government and destruction of the individual freedoms.

The reality is that the religious argument shouldn't matter, because the only true argument here is the argument of freedom. Individuals must not be coerced by governments, they must not be forced by governments to accept compensation for their work from their employer in a way that government sees fit (any form of insurance or maternity leave or paid vacation for example) in lieu of what the individual and the business agree to on their own accord. Individual may want to be paid in gold for example and nothing else and may sign a contract with the employer to that effect and government doesn't (Constitutionally) have the authority to overwrite this contract.

Comment: Re:Cost (Score -1) 228

by roman_mir (#47364117) Attached to: Nathan Myhrvold's Recipe For a Better Oven

I do a LOT of baking, roasting, braising, etc. in my oven. I'm also the kind of guy who owns multiple probe thermometers with different sensitivities and speeds, multiple kitchen scales with different accuracies for different quantities, a pH meter for kitchen use, hydrometers for fermentation, miscellaneous lab glassware for accurate measuring (and often convenient pouring), etc.

- hello, Dr. Lecter.

Comment: Re:I love getting into strangers' cars (Score 0, Insightful) 273

I don't trust Uber to verify that their drivers have the skills needs to drive me around safely. Uber's background check that somehow missed one of their drivers was a sex offender.

- so you are not a potential Uber customer, where is the problem? Don't like the service, don't participate in it, but instead you want to steal this choice from people who do like the service and are willing to exchange their own money for the services provided.

Comment: Re:Uber should be stopped (Score 0) 273

You should be arrested for crime against humanity, namely: denying freedoms to individuals to pursue happiness, to make a living in their own manner by using the tools of government oppression - the collective with its guns and prisons in order to create a government controlled monopoly on the entire market.

Your type of thinking has no place in the free human society.

Comment: Re:How is that the security industry's fault? (Score 0) 205

I have a group of people working for me that had no experience before this job, this is how I selected them, found people that were only starting up. I train them, I architect the system and decide who does what based on their abilities (quality, speed, understanding, interests). Works ok as long as I can keep track of everything myself and each one what to do. I have set up very strict rules on how they code, what they are allowed to do and what they are not allowed, we use in house produced code generators as well, this way there is some standard and uniformity. We are still using plenty of older frameworks and tech, but some is very new (where it makes it cheaper for us to work).

So we are on JDK 7, Tomcat 7, Struts 1.2 (with some modifications I built into it myself to provide some missing features), Eclipse, ant, but also we are on the latest PostgreSQL, mercurial, OpenBSD 5.5, OpenSMPTD, nginx 1.4.7, jquery, kineticjs, flot, HTML5, a custom flash component. Nothing happens here because "it is cool", only because it works and it's proven by now. We sanitise inputs and validate them for context, encrypt data that needs to be encrypted, check against a large list of 'bad passwords', prevent mixed content (all HTTPS, all from one domain), etc.

Is this going to be enough? Who knows, but at least we are not allowing anything to be overlooked knowingly.

I find that a group of novices is just fine to work with as long as there is somebody with enough experience to guide them (in this case that somebody being myself) who takes stuff seriously.

Comment: Re:It's not really about age... (Score 1, Interesting) 370

by roman_mir (#47293553) Attached to: Age Discrimination In the Tech Industry

You are almost there, it's not about age, it is not even about salaries as many here suggest, it is about government's hands in the market - labour laws. There are entire industries based around suing employers, do you ever hear radio shows where some lawyers is giving advice on severance pay, suing the employer, etc.? That is what it is all about. It is about the fact that you cannot have a contract without government intervening into the business and forcing you with all its guns to attempt and avoid hiring people that can sue you because they are part of some protected class.

Hiring young white males seems to be the most optimal solution obviously, since they are the least government protected class of all.

As to myself, I hire plenty of students or new grads myself, not discriminating on age, but discriminating on their newness to the process and their desire to give it a try. I do not particularly care about your age, I do however pay lower wages than large companies and so I can only get people with very little (if any) experience. When a person comes in for the interview, I explain what we do, ask them what their goals are and then make a simple enough offer: here is the salary I can start you with (something similar to 13USD/hour), however if you cannot be productive right away, I am not paying you until I can put you on a project. I teach the new hires, it's about a 3 week crash course on the technologies we use, our frameworks, languages, db, our code generators, etc. They are given a task at a time, they go through the tasks and as they do, they are classified into different categories, this puts them on different projects.

As they become productive (they are on projects) they start getting paid and if they are good they get an equivalent of $1/hour raise every few months (not a guarantee though, nothing is).

So that's my approach to it and it is good for the beginners REGARDLESS of their age, but I WILL NOT hire somebody who is too close to the 'retirement', I do not need government regulations on my ass, any of this nonsense that says that the older the person the more difficult it is for them to find a new job and thus they must be given various entitlements by the employer are playing AGAINST the older people. You think government regulations prevent age (or any other) discrimination? They are the CAUSE of the discrimination.

One of the most overlooked advantages to computers is... If they do foul up, there's no law against whacking them around a little. -- Joe Martin