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Comment Re:Realistically, you can't chase the pay rate ... (Score 1) 100

Working and living in those places still puts you ahead in absolute terms if you invest your earnings in non-depreciating assets. The cost of housing skews much higher in those places than typically necessary material goods (cars, home appliances, etc). Assuming you invest your money well in DC, that should put you in a good position to retire in the midwest and/or leave a better inheritance (in absolute terms) for your kids some day should you so choose.

Comment Re:Warren Buffet dodges taxes (Score 0) 644

He is dodging inheritance taxes by transferring money

That is still only an example of following the rules as they currently exist. And it is still not hypocritical to advocate different rules while following those in place.

Wrong. It is absolutely hypocritical to act against one's publicly professed ideals and goals. He says one thing, does something else, its hypocritical. That it is legal or common changes nothing.

No, it's perfectly reasonable to act in one's self interest while believing and advocating that global unrestrained self-interest yields a less than optimal global outcome.

Comment Re:Warren Buffet dodges taxes (Score 3, Insightful) 644

I'd argue that's not hypocritical at all. Ultimately capitalism depends on self-interest to function. What is ridiculous is to tell people not to make use of every advantage available to them. What's far more important is to make sure that the rules that we all play by maximize the benefit to society as a whole.

It's not hypocritical for a sports team to advocate changing an unfair rule, even if they follow it and benefit by it.
It's not hypocritical for a white man to support diversity in tech yet accept a tech job with female/minority applicants.
It's not hypocritical for a company to advocate for increased environmental standards in their industry while following the existing standards.

Comment Re: Code for Encryption Backdoors, obviously. (Score 1) 452

One has to wonder about the effectiveness of all of the monitoring that we've all been so perturbed by. We've had attacks in Paris and in San Bernadino where unencrypted communications were used and the attacks were not disrupted. This foe, while not insignificant, is small enough that using their communications to disrupt their acts should be very effective, but it's not proving effective. If it's not effective, then what's the whole damn point? This isn't World War II where the stakes for the enemy learning of the interception would mean that interception would end.

It strikes me that the most useful argument for this kind of surveillance would be just-in-time collection and analysis of highly sensitive targets' communication. In reality, what it seems we have is bulk data collection of nearly everyone, stored for later use. That kind of collection serves an entirely different purpose.

Comment Re:Seems to me (Score 4, Insightful) 78

FWIW, I've worked for Red Hat for the last year and a half as part of the Inktank Acquistion (IE working on Ceph). So far, Red Hat has been pretty reasonable. There are more RH specific initiatives around Ceph now, and a more of our QA happens on CentOS/RHEL, but the core development process has remained largely the same. In some ways, things are better as Red Hat has encouraged that some of the projects our business folks previously did not want to open source (our Web based monitoring UI) be made community projects. Like any big company there are a lot of different people with a lot of different agendas, but honestly for a company of Red Hat's size I'm fairly happy with how things have gone. You hear about acquisitions being total nightmares for everyone involved. While there have been challenges, at least in my mind, Red Hat is as good of an open source steward as we could have hoped for. I'd much rather see Ansible in Red Hat's hands than many other companies out there today.

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