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Comment Re:" one is buying it" (Score 1) 141

Not everyone would buy it, for sure. But the amount who would is absolutely non-zero.

I remember when I was in school, before piracy was huge. When a new big console game would come out, a bunch of my friends who go crazy distributing newspapers and mowing lawns or other ways to make small amounts of money just to be able to afford the game. You could rent it, but for big games you want to play a lot, that got expensive too. Pirate copies existed, but they were not free and often didn't work well.

These days? No one would ever do that. They'd just pirate it instead.

If all mainstream movies were impossible to pirate, what would happen? Some people would just go read a book instead. Some would borrow them. Some would buy them used. Maybe the indie industry would grow bigger.

But you can bet your butt that a non-trivial amount of people would find a way to buy it that don't right now. Heck, most people I know who pirate stuff are software engineers with 6 figure salaries who are just used to it from when they were poor college students and don't feel the need to change how they do things. But man do they NEED to see THAT movie.

Comment Re:*Basic* income (Score 1) 747

For sure, there's way too many factors and there's always going to be inequality. The problem is that unless our moral values change to "round up the "lessers" and gas them all" (which most people seem to not be okay with), we have to do something, otherwise the people who got the short end get unhappy and when they're unhappy in large enough numbers it causes issues.

Right now, the solution is to have hundreds of programs that don't really work. Foodstamp, "affordable housing" (lol, more like yet another inequality generating lottery scam), tax deductions, and all around a shitload of complexity to try to steer people on the track we want and usually fail. People who quality or not bend the rules, etc.

It's a hell of a lot easier to just say "Everyone qualities if they want to, you get the bare minimum if you feel like it, if you want more than that you'll have to get up and do something for it". There's still some edge cases (eg: people with mental disorder) that will need stronger nets than that, but for the common case, that would work better than what we have now.

The remaining issue though is that then we just raise what people consider the minimum from "begging in the street" to "living on just enough for a tiny apartment and basic food", and then given a generation or two, they'll be unhappy with -that- and we'll be screwed again.

Humans are hard.

Comment Re:Just Hit (Score 1) 60

We got hit really hard at work by this. 2 of these emails went around, and they appeared to be sent from 2 of our engineers who routinely DO send google docs. The app was setup reasonably convincingly, and because oauth and so called "single sign-on" are really more like "a million sign on" because they never work quite right or ask you for credentials way too often, people are just used to having to approve everything all the time.

So hundreds of people clicked the damn thing. Including a lot of pretty accomplished engineers. I probably would have to, except my teammate got hit first and warned me before I saw the email.

Comment Re:This "everything is sexist" attitude is tiresom (Score 2) 450

The problem is compound by how free speech is quite dead. Say what you just said openly in a workplace of a semi-famous company. You will get fired faster than you can finish your sentence.

And yeah, it's basically impossible to control for all factors here. It could be a genuine gender difference (after all, people keep trying to drill in our head that things need to be done differently to attract female engineers, so they have to be different somehow), and it's not even necessarily negative either. It could be that men are more likely to just bypass the peer review process altogether. Or that women are more receptive to feedback. It could be that the schooling level is not the same at hire (after all, one of the big tenets of diversity hiring is to hire through different channels, including bootcamps, more, which would lead to different ratios). And it COULD be sexism. But it's simply too hard to figure out like this.

However, I could just post a "My guts feeling tells me females are getting screwed at company XYZ" and it would be headline news worthy and taken as truth.

I was recently reading an article that said "Women feel they are being passed up for promotion more often than men". While I'm pretty sure it IS true that they get screwed on promotions, what kind of stupid metric is that? EVERYONE feel they get screwed on promotions, ESPECIALLY people who don't deserve promotions. Wash, rince, repeat with every possible topic.

Comment Re:Hiring not by merit, but by Gender (Score 2) 450

Yup. My current employer, while pushing hard for diversity, is doing pretty good at pushing to improve the company to attract said diversity, instead of just widening the net and bringing whatever they catch.

We have a pretty high ratio of female engineers (and even better ratio at the lead/director/vp level) for the kind of company we are. Not 50/50, but higher than the Google and Facebook of the world.

Pretty much all of the female engineers I've interacted with, including our junior ones, were top notch. High quality code, super hard workers, cares about the craft. Good stuff.

On the other hand, my previous employer had put a diversity activist in charge of hiring female engineers. Not only did we only have a handful, while half of them were really good, the other half were hired through shitty coding bootcamps, or were self "taught" (as in, they had read a book on coding and that was about it). Terrible. We had to lay off a couple within a few months, some were burning a crazy amount of hours in training (a lot more than a junior engineer should). In the end, we ended up with 2 in a team of 100+ Not cool.

Comment Re:Choices. (Score 1) 106

You mean as opposed to living next door to the houses in practically every suburban neighborhood where the kids have a garage band 'rehearsing' after school?

The thing is those are not mutually exclusive. There's a certain level of things we tolerate as a society. And those things add up. I have a few neighbors with noisy kids. Not all my neighbors have noisy kids, because statistics. If I have neighbors with noisy kids AND neighbors with noisy AirBNB, that's just twice as bad.

It seems to me that a private homeowner should be given the maximum amount of freedom to do with his property as he pleases

Yup. As long as it doesn't prevent other people from enjoying their properties.

Comment Re:Choices. (Score 1) 106

It's so much more complicated than that. We don't have many laws to handle things people don't generally do. Laws are almost always drafted as a reaction to things.

There's no law stopping llarge amount of strangers coming in an out of a peaceful neighborhood at any hour of the night. Because in a residential, high owner ratio neighborhood, that just doesn't happen.

Until AirBNB comes in and changes everything in a few years. AirBNB itself is often breaking municipal zoning rules (using a residential zoned area as mix use), which are a pain in the ass to enforce...because we usually don't need to enforce them.

It's not just people doing parties. The mere act of existing changes the character of neighbors semi-randomly (the same way renters do at a much, MUCH slower pace).

In a world where AirBNB itself is not doing anything illegal, hosts are almost constantly in the "fucking annoying, but not illegal" territory. The kind of thing that can ruin people's peace of mind and quality of life in a way they can't do shit about it.

As long as its kept out of purely residential zoned areas, follow all municipal rules, condo rules and rental lease rules, it's really not that bad. But I'd be surprised if even 5% of AirBNBs did.

Comment Re:That stuff is newbie trap though (Score 1) 72

Fair enough :) Thus the n00b trap (I'm a noob), where it's pretty hard to figure out what it will actually do.

When I was looking at benchmark for DDR4 RAM, most showed no real improvement in most games, but some drastic improvement in certain high end photoshop or 3d rendering tasks ::shrugs::

Either way, you really have to know what you're doing if you're buying something above 3200~

Comment That stuff is newbie trap though (Score 1) 72

I recently built a new computer, something I don't do very often (every 5 years~ and I got lazy last time and got a prebuilt, so it's been a while).

First, RAM speed barely makes a difference for most people since not everyone is editing videos all day (and in games it barely does anything).

Then, these kits only reach these speeds with the timings properly setup, on the right motherboards/cpu combo (even if all your hardware is advertised as being compatible with the speeds). Often only if you only use 2 chips (at 4 its a coin toss if it will reach it or not). And even with all that, it's still a lottery if the ones you got will reach it and then you have to decide if you care enough to play the RMA lottery.

Comment It's actually a hard problem (Score 1) 90

No, not getting people to install Flash, that's just stupid.

But the "design at home" small business or individual printing market. If you don't want to have people install shit, you need to make a WYSIWYG in-browser editor that can produce pixel perfect, color accurate content using stuff such as arbitrary custom fonts.

Doable? Yes. But the compromises are interesting. I used to work for a big company where we did this. Our competitors were using stuff like Flash, limited templates, sticking to built in fonts, would not garentee what you saw on the screen is what you would get (and just have a good return policity), etc. Our team handling this did stuff such as rendering the fonts server side and re-implementing all of the text handling in javascript, abusing canvas to hell and back, etc.

But yeah, you can use Flash to make things easier.

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