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Comment Re:this possibly means one of two things.. (Score 2) 160

Even if you are worried about invasions, keep the Navy and Air Force more or less intact and encourage more civilians to develop sound marksmanship skills. Don't discourage anyone from becoming proficient with either the standard infantry rifles or some high powered 50cal sniper rifle.

Make the US a hard target to get to and a nightmare to hold onto.

Comment Re:State should just tax it. (Score 0) 179

Quite so. You can flee to a less abusive bank but chances are that your less abusive bank will just get bought out by one of the oligarchs. I've had that happen on 3 separate occasions.

Also, in some ways the smaller banks are even WORSE. You think that the large banks are a bunch of incompetent crooks when it comes to administering a mortgage and then you see how bad one of these smaller outfits is.

It seems like the ENTIRE banking industry is either corrupt, incompetent, or both.

Comment Re:Gave up on home automation (Score 1) 116

> You did it the poor mans way. Buy the real gear and it works just fine.

You would be better off just taking that money, putting it in a metal bowl and burning it. That's what you're doing with the "real gear": trying do demonstrate how much contempt you have for the money you've spent time and effort to earn (or borrow).

A solution has to be worth the problem it's solving or it's pointless.

Comment Re:what the flying fuck? (Score 4, Insightful) 140

H1Bs are an underclass. That's the real problem with H1Bs.

If someone is important enough and their skills important enough that you want to drag them half way across the planet then treat them like a real person and give them a green card or even instant citizenship.

No republic should tolerate the creation of an underclass. It's a threat to the liberties of everyone. It's also ultimately bad for business since the bottom line is entangled with individual liberty.

Also, the idea that corporations can poach talent from across the planet is also unequal. If they can do that then we should likewise be able to do the same (work where the cost of living is cheap).

Comment Re:wtf (Score 1) 610

> Are you sure you are a software engineer, and not some programmer with delusions of grandeur?

Perhaps he understands what all of those fancy sounding words means and is wondering how exactly they add up to "defects". I could certainly see how a lay jury might get bamboozled.

Just "razzle dazzle" them.

You've not even done as much.

Comment Re:brace yourself (Score 1) 453

> These are all skilled professions that require a lot of training and experience.

Mostly, it requires practice. It's something that you can get competent at by merely repeating a physical process that doesn't require much thought (if any).

That's why a skilled trade is nothing like a profession.

Anyone that conflates programmers with bricklayers clearly hasn't done both of them.

Comment Re:brace yourself (Score 1) 453

The likely problem with the tools available to the finance department is the modern notion of ease of use. It's reduced to the ease of a total idiot to do something simple for the first time. This usually doesn't work well for the an experienced user working with a large data set or a task they do frequently.

"Ease of use" versus "automation".

Also, the relevant Unix tools have probably persisted while generations of other shinier and happier tools have come and gone.

Comment Re:brace yourself (Score 1) 453

If you understand coding at the most abstract level, then you understand how a computer works. You don't need to be able to "paint the Mona Lisa" or "build an engine", but you should at least have some grasp of how a key piece of technology works.

More than anything, it will give you some understanding of what a computer is not. That's as generally socially useful as any other "purely academic" subject we force students to learn about.

Comment Re:Freedom isn't free (Score 1) 116

> Ubuntu does it with a minor

So Canonical is completely in the black now? Otherwise your blithering is completely pointless. Shuttleworth has sold out without really actually gaining anything.

Meanwhile, all of the real work is still being done by someone else and whatever money Canonical happens to be making isn't contributing to the overall bottom line.

Comment Re:Nothing really new here ... (Score 1) 42

That ignores the fact that RMS produced his license as a practical matter to quiet the cries of his contributors. Detractors like to paint RMS as some sort of communist/anarchist crusader but his license was really about preventing abuse and keeping order.

The CC licenses are just an extension of that.

Not everyone will play nice and you need a mechanism to deal with those people.

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