Comment Re:Hiring brogrammers who push out real talent (Score 2) 341

I wonder if he knows that I'm planning on telling the FTC and his investors about this "AI" company.

Nobody likes sour grapes. Learn from this and move on, otherwise you're just sentencing yourself to a lifetime of bitterness and angst.

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Whoever is filthy let him be filthy still
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Comment Re:Fake Video "Testimony" (Score 1) 291

We do. Just that some people have not gotten the message yet. But "video evidence" was never very good in the first place. The whole idea that it is "just like being there" is bogus and in addition, eye-witnesses are very unreliable despite actually having been there. Most people see a mix between what actually is and what the expect to see, with a strong preference for the latter. This happens even with recorded video and people that are supposedly experts.

Comment Re:self collapse? (Score 1) 272

If I read it correctly, the longer we run bitcoin the larger the cost associated with transactions (network, computation). How is that sustainable? At that point MasterCard and Visa look great with their 2% processing fee.

Perhaps a more important question is regarding tumbling. If transaction fees are high, does this make tumbling uneconomical? If so, then all the people using bitcoin to launder and hide money will stop using it. And that is about the only valid purpose for bitcoin that I see at this point.

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Comment Re:This sexist drivel again (Score 1) 427

How many self-declared male allies have turned out to be serial rapists? It seems like you're pretending the effect is the cause: you don't like "Social justice warriors" so you're constructing a narrative here.

A lot of them. I read internet gossip sites and twitter/tumblr lit up with #metoo stories about e-famous "male feminists" I think it's a cosby thing. They want to wrap themselves up in a persona that helps deflect suspicion. I wouldn't care but "Teaching men not to rape" was a popular meme a few years back so you'd think these guys would have learned if someone could teach it. If you took that to mean that I think that I think being a feminist will make you a rapist? I guess I've heard crazier things but it's not what I meant.

You didn't mention anything that sounds like a reason to be defensive.

I've worked with some women who would be all over the kind of power that a sexual harassment accusation would carry at my current workplace. I have to give them credit I don't know anyone like that where I am now and any accusations I made would be an instant termination for whoever. But man one crazy employee, could even be another man and that's a little scary.

Comment Re:My dad died this year (Score 1) 247

I'm one of those people that are basically past the age of reproduction that you talk about and I spend close to zero on medical care, basically glasses, which I've had to spend money on since I left home. Likewise for my parents while they were alive though towards the end they did have to spend a couple of digits a year on medications, perhaps 10% of their income.
Looking at your user ID #, you're probably one of those old people too, it's a shame if it is costing you that much money for medical care.

And I did mention that in the past that elders were often a source of knowledge. Of course there will be exceptions, but in an age when education was rare, the elders usually had some good practical knowledge

Comment Re:Why is this bad? (Score 1) 291

It seems that way initially, but there are biological limitations to how much wanking a guy can do. Skin wears out faster than it can be replaced, bleeding starts, scabs form. That limits how much a guy can do. Also, long term erections damage internal parts of the penis (Peronie's syndrome is one possible result.) Third, once orgasm is achieved, most men lose interest in sex for a while. If all a guy does is masturbate, even that becomes not very interesting eventually.

Then, the Darwinistic aspect also has to be considered. Guys who are only interested in mechanical sex remove themselves from the gene pool; problem solved.

Comment Re:Unclear Story (Score 1) 272

The transaction fees are variable and optional in the bitcoin protocol (the sender chooses the fee to use). The only issue is that most exchanges use a fixed transaction fee when sending to your private wallet or whatever address you request they send it to. These exchanges usually set it as 0.0005 BTC ($8.50 when BTC is $17,000). If they have to create a multi-transaction transfer to aggregate smaller sizes across multiple wallets, the fee can be 4x or 6x larger, so $34 - $51 per transaction, but that's usually only if the exchange has to send large sizes.

The exchange doesn't really care what the fee is set to, because they're spending your money, not theirs, and as a result they haven't updated their fees since when BTC was $700. This causes a game-theoretical problem because a lot of the transactions in the block are coming from exchanges, using large fees that they don't have to pay for, but now that means any smaller fee transaction queues up behind them since miners always process the biggest fee transactions first.

Comment Re:Fake Video "Testimony" (Score 1) 291

I would expect an arms-race here, i.e. detecting fakes will always be possible, but get very expensive after a while. That means it will only be done when it is really, really important. That also means the assumption will be "fake" by default, same as "presumed innocent". Otherwise it would be way too easy to incriminate innocent people. As usual, with any new tech, this state will need a while to be reached though.

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Something strange has been happening in China. People have been going nuts about bicycles. Specifically, investors have gone crazy over startups that allow people to rent bikes for a fraction of a dollar per hour, and then leave them anywhere, rather than only at special bike stations -- what is known as "dockless" bike-sharing. And now that sector is in trouble, as Bloomberg reports:

In the space of 18 months, dockless bike-sharing has become one of the hottest investment trends in China, with the two biggest players each having raised over $1 billion in venture funds, respectively. That money has funded a revolution on the traffic-choked streets of Chinese cities, giving urbanites a low-cost, carbon-free means to get around quickly. What it hasn't produced is a viable business model. A little over a year into China's bike-sharing boom, the industry's future looks precarious.

Given the extremely low margins, that's no surprise. What is more surprising is that billions of dollars have been invested in these startups, and in similar ones based on renting out everyday objects for short periods of time, letting people pay by using smartphones to scan in QR codes. Other examples include companies offering umbrellas, basketballs, refrigerators, luxury handbags, phone chargers, and even sex dolls (that one didn't last long). An illuminating article in the New York Times has a plausible explanation for China's fascination with the so-called "sharing economy", even though it has nothing to do with real sharing:

None of China's bike-sharing companies are turning a profit yet. But even as they fight for market share, the data is the destination. "Collecting data is the first goal of the sharing economy," says William Chou, the head of Deloitte's telecoms, media and technology practice in China. Every time consumers scan the QR code on a bicycle -- or basketball, handbag, umbrella -- they provide information about habits, locations, behaviors and payment histories. That's invaluable not just to [Chinese Internet giants] Tencent and Alibaba but also to city planners seeking precise information about where to build roads, bridges and subways.

In other words, these "sharing" services are conceptually similar to Facebook or Google: they are provided (nearly) free of charge, but you pay with detailed information about what you do. In the case of Facebook and Google, it's data about your online activities; for the "sharing economy", it's about what you do in the physical world. That's highly prized by companies that want to sell something to people. In China, it's also of great interest to someone else -- the government:

what happens as this data filters into China's new social-credit system, which promises to rate every individual by her financial, social and political worth? In fact, Beijing has authorized Tencent and Alibaba to conduct social-credit pilot testing, and their bikes serve as the perfect vehicles. There are no walls of privacy. The government has the ability to access company data, good or bad, faster than you can scan a QR code.

The ability of "sharing" companies to capture, and governments to access, highly-personal data is an important issue for potential customers in the West, which currently lags behind China in the uptake of these kinds of services. However convenient some of them seem, it's worth considering whether you may be paying more than just the attractively-low fees when you use them.

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Comment Re:The history of currency (Score 1) 264

The funny thing with BitCoin is that you have technology specialists mostly talking about it, instead of economists or historians.

Because economists and historians aren't useful for much.
I'm not sure where you get your info, but the finance and banking industries they're all over this like a rash. Some major banks have already rolled out blockchain trials, and many others have already kicked off development projects. This is the next big thing in FinTech.

Comment Re:Failing to manage customer expectations (Score 3, Informative) 341

Practically every mistake in IT is recoverable, except for failing to manage customer expectations.

Ok, let's see:
1) Threatening to expose hackers AND using the same password everywhere including in your unpatched CMS (HBGary Federal)
2) Botch manual deployment of a trading algorithm and lose $440 millions in 45 minutes (Knight capital)
3) Do not handle race conditions properly and expose patients to doses of radiation 100x higher than expected (Therac-25)

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Comment Re:The case that Bitcoin is a bubble is simple (Score 1) 264

This is a bit of a non sequitur. Bitcoin is in the process of adoption and what you are saying that there will be a major correction at the end of that process. That is like saying that water is wet. Of course that will happen; the question is if you can make money on it before it happens. If you compare the market capital of Bitcoin with something like gold it is still puny, so it really isn’t as if we ran out of capital to speculate on it. At the current rate of growth, you can very quickly double your investment at which point you can cash out your original position in fiat and, regardless of what happens, leaving you with only opportunity cost to bear on the remaining half.

You should not treat it like any another high-risk position. Put somewhere between 1/10 and 1/20 of your net value into it and call it a day. Even if you lose everything, you will recover it in a year of average equity growth. Conversely, if you manage to cash out, you will probably cash out quite nicely.

Comment Re:The case that Bitcoin is a bubble is simple (Score 1) 264

The following fit the pattern:

Microsoft and other internet/tech stocks (2000)

Apple 2007.. oh wait...

Housing (2007)

Housing any other year from 1980 to 2017.. oh wait...

Gold (2012)

Gold any other year other than 2011-2012..oh wait...

Bitcoin (2017) will likely be the next big entry to the list.

What list, a list of things you clearly don't understand very well?

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Comment Re:Why is this bad? (Score 1) 291

the people who own a bunch of land they don't live on, who then demand money in perpetuity if anyone else wants to live there

Are you referring to the government? That description certainly fits government-owned property, and property not owned by the government requires payment of property taxes in perpetuity.

If you're referring to property owned by non-government entities, those entities have to pay taxes, and those taxes are nominally used to benefit everyone. If the owner doesn't pay taxes, after a number of years the government can seize the property.

Looked at another way, it seems like you're complaining about people who've earned enough money to buy (and develop) property, and you want to leech off their efforts and live there rent-free, having done nothing to deserve it.

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Comment Re:Yes it was, you, you *young person*. (Score 2) 427

But it's quite plausible for someone who assembles cars to make a career shift into doing body work. That would be a much more apt analogy. Back in the 70s, when I first learned to program, things were quite a bit different than they are today. You didn't have to know nearly so much.

The volume of knowledge in the field has grown; even for relatively low-level jobs. Imagine: most programs back then were very small, and largely consisted of reading an input stream like a tape file and producing either another data stream, a simple report, or even just a few numbers. Since almost no computers were networked, and almost nobody had any reason to worry about security. Even database management systems were rare, so for the most part your program didn't interact with other software other than a handful of system calls and some very small by modern standards libraries. Frameworks -- which take up vast amounts of a modern programmer's mental landscape -- were unheard of.

By comparison even a fairly low-level job doing front end programming today requires the grasp of a number of subtle architectural, performance, and security issues (e.g. single origin policy). Things I guess are better today, and we're certainly more productive, but we spend so much of our time dealing with the choices, mistakes, and bad intentions of other people than we did back in the day.

Comment It's a flat out tie... (Score 1) 341

...between non-IT people making strategic IT decisions AND coming into budgeting discussions with the "they can do it cheaper in India" comeback to everything. Many times those two converge. I worked in an IT shop during the dot com bubble bursting and the guy that ran the IT division was a salesman. 2.5 years of idiocy that I have enough source material inspiration to write at least 10 seasons of a sitcom. No word of a lie...not a single thing that idiot every did was right. I was the lead dev of that careening ship of fools and eventually got fired because I made one too many comments when I pointed out at an "all hands on deck meeting" that not one of the past 12 sentences that exited his mouth failed to contain a buzzword or some other insipid stupidity as opposed to speaking to the rest of us like competent adults. But that lead me to doing mostly contract work since then and I make most of my money from firms that are re-onshoring their previously offshored application development/maintenance. Whenever I'm approached by someone as to my availability I ask fairly quickly if the application they're asking me to take on is or was ever based offshore. If they concede that it was, I automagically tack on $15-$20/hr additional if for no other reason than to afford the inevitable increase in my aspirin and antacid budgets...and to possibly teach them a lesson.

Comment Re:Competition (Score 1) 246

Ah, you may as well boycott the roads. They'll be thrilled, because your boycott is obviously doomed, and the very few silly enough to try it will curtail their own mobility (/ability to participate in society/democracy), hurting rather than helping their cause.

The only nuclear option is in the polling place in the next election. Any elected representative who isn't fighting this is out of office.

Comment Re:Economics of our Moon (Score 1) 307

And that is exactly the one thing that a moon base will be good for. It won't be good as a "stepping stone to Mars", because it's still in a gravity well. It won't be good as practice for living on Mars, because it's a quite different environment (vacuum and nasty dust vs thin atmosphere and nasty phosphates; the only common part is habitats and radiation shielding).

We need to go there to see what is up there, other than basalt regolith, that would be worth sending more people to bring it back. Even (as that article says) meteorites lying around could be worth the effort.

As for Helium-3, it's just a meme that lets you know who the space nutters are. We don't even have fusion working yet, and 3He is a second-tier fuel that we wouldn't be able to use for years after we do get fusion working.

Comment Re:What will the effects be? (Score 1) 272

What happens when Bitcoin crashes? What effects will it have on companies that accept, use, or hold it, market-makers on exchanges and futures, etc. ?

One thing I'm wondering is what is going to happen to AMD and Nvidia stock when Bitcoin crashes? I think a lot of their recent profit is driven off this craziness, and a crash might have a lot of people dumping gear to exit or cover losses. I imagine it might be a great day for buying surplus high-end video cards on eBay.

Comment Re:Competition (Score 1) 246

There is no functioning market in broadband ISPs.

Back when we all used modems to get on the internet, and anyone could set up shop with a bank of modems, and any customer could call any ISP they wanted, sure.

Let's compare and contrast that with today's broadband ISPs.

Broadband requires copper or fiber to each premises. Physical limitations prevent competitors, for the same reason you wouldn't have multiple electric utilities with multiple electric grids and multiple outlets in your house for each one. Then there are barriers to entry; if it costs billions plus a block-by-block, house-by-house battle for access, incumbents are sufficiently insulated from competition as to be a functional monopoly, or (if there are, say, 2 of them, cable and telecom) an oligopoly (or cartel).

Comment poor investment mindset (Score 1) 272

The mentality I don't understand around some of this are people that gambled and won big time (kudos to you), but they still remain invested up to the teeth in bitcoin (fucking moron). I see the same thing in stock market or real estate etc. for fucks sake you made a fortune, get the fuck out, diversify. What sort of mentality is it where someone is rich enough that they are set for life yet continue to risk it all in order to make more. I had friends that went from having 10+ million net worth in 99 to having nothing in 2001 except for a large pile of debt. Same in real estate crash.

bitcoin is due for a major correction, wonder how many are leveraged to the hilt to turn their 10 million into 100 million.

Comment Re:Sales Engineer (Score 1) 341

As a former SE (FAE in Intel-speak) for several companies, I'd also like to say that the underlying organization behind the SE is more important. Sure, a great SE can beat his head against the wall to no avail to the customer, but a great organization that really supports their SEs when they try to be "the voice of the customer" is really rare. Intel did it better than any other org I've worked with, but even they failed sometimes. Those danged customers kept having their OWN needs, dammit!!
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