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Comment The *only* good thing about abrahamic cults (Score 1) 772

No fucking way. This has got to be some kind of alt-right/4chan/cuck joke parody, right? Woman convinces beta male to have "open relationship" so she can fuck alphas on the side, SHOCKING beta with no game can't score, harasses actually capable women and helps ruin otherwise successful company.

"Sluts and cucks ruin everything for everyone." This has to be a joke, right?

No, it's reality.

And right here you have the *only* good or at least moderately useful thing about abrahamic revelation cults (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) as a primitive operating system of society: Executed well, they keep the sexual imbalance in check with sexual moral codes, see that every pot has a lid and prevent an all-out anarchic fight over women in which a few men get most of the women. A circumstance hat usually eventually gives rise to fanatism and degeneration/destruction.

"Girls, kiss the fascists where ever you find them!" - Kurt Tucholsky
Smart man.

Comment How is this sexism? (Score 0) 772

So this guy is harassing someone as to have sex with her. How is this sexism? Apart from the word being similar that is? Did he claim she is a lesser person because she is a woman? Or should spread her legs on demand because she is a woman and he is a man?

What really annoys me that all over the world in this debate people confuse inappropriate behavior with sexism.
This implies that it would be less of an inappropriate behavior if the was bugging me (a man) for sex. And I seriously beg to differ. If the man would be bugging another man for sex in the same manner it would be just as annoying.

I really wish people and especially the press wouldn't constantly mix this up, so we'd have a chance to actually solve true sexism.

Comment Good decision. HTCs linup is a mess these days. (Score 1) 40

The HTC Desire was my first touchscreen smartphone, and for more than a year it was the best device on the planet and way ahead of anything else, including the iPhones of that time. The Flyer Tablet was a seriously impressive device, topping the iPad of the day in every aspect.

Now roughly 6 years later HTC is barely recognizable. A bloated and jumbled lineup of smartphones with nothing clearly sticking out. I'd cut 80% of the devices offered and focus on building the best smarrtphones available again.

Comment No. IoT is a fad. ... (Score 4, Insightful) 374

... Embedded is a reason to learn C though. And embedded and IoT do have some intersection/overlap. But I IoT itself is mostly a fad involving the slapping together of unsafe preconfection microlinuxes with unsafe overkill websevers/port 80 stuff and adding that to toasters and stuff that really don't need it and won't be used more than ~3 times unless by some bored teenagers wgo wants to screw up your homes heating or AC by surfing on shodan for some lonb forgotten default access to said IoT trinkets.

Bottom line:
You shouldn't do anything because of IoT unless it,s avoiding it like the plague (unless you're a hacker that is). OTOH If you want to learn embedded, C with assembler for the basics is the way to go.

Good luck.

Comment Similar thing in Germany (Score 1) 318

The Society of German Engineers (VDI) regularly hyperinflates the numbers of required IT experts and engineers and open positions by orders of magnitude to get more people into University studying related fields to keep up the supply of fresh cheap graduates that can be bought cheaply and sold out expensively and score contractors some neat margins. It's the very same kind of ultimate bullsh*t, just with a slightly different goal.

Submission + - The Munich Linux Project is to be cancelled and rolled back

Qbertino writes: Apparently , as German IT News Website reports, LiMux, the prestigious FOSS project of replacing the entire cities administration IT with FOSS based systems is about to be cancelled and decommissioned.

A paper set up by a board of city officials wants to reorganise the cities IT to "commonly used software" and a base client of the cities software running on MS Windows that integrates well with the cities ERP system based on SAP. The best possible integration of office software products with SAP is the goal, which looks like LibreOffice will be ruled out. The OS independence of the system is stated as a goal, but is seen by the article as more of a token gesture than a true strategy. The costs of remigration back to non-FOSS systems aren't mentioned.

Currently roughly 15 000 Systems in Munich are running on FOSS, 5000 on Windows. The city concil will make the final decision on this next week. Oppositional parties like the Greens and the Pirates call the move a huge leap backwards to the Quasi-Monopoly of Microsoft Windows and a waste of resources.

Comment You talk to each other. And *BOTH* listen. (Score 1) 228

It's called social interaction.

A good programmer will be able to explain what he's doing. A good programmer will also be able to tell you that sending out that offer and requirements analysis before showing it to him or somebody else who will do the programming is a very very bad idea. And that you really should have him on board when planning the project. But you do have to listen.

If there is no social interaction (which may be formalised with Scrum or something), then you will never know what he is doing. And he won't care to do a good job because you don't care about what is required to do a good job.

Talk to each other. Every day. You learn very quickly how much worth a person is that way, no matter how far away you are from being an expert in the other persons field.

It's that simple.

Comment LAMP rules. Get over it. (Score 1, Insightful) 119

The reason I hate WordPress is PHP.

LAMP rules. Get over it. Yes, PHP is awkward (said it myself) and I don't particularly like it that much either. But show me another web PL that does what PHP / LAMP does.
Hello World in PHP is "Hello World." There. Done. Upload a bunch of PHP files on to a LAMP setup, type in the URL in the browser and watch magic happen. No compiling, no appserver to babysit 24/7, no race conditions. Pure simple stupid procedural turing complete web template logic with some nifty utility functions bolted on left right and center, with no order or discipline what-so-ever. But they all work.

LAMP rules, it get's the job done and right now it's also putting money in my pocket. Yes, there are a lot of n00bs and non-programmers doing stuff in PHP and the projects using it have little to no idea how to organise web-dev, let alone a clean model or dev pipeline. And it's really ugly and bizar. But it get's the job done, one hack at a time.

PHP is the language that get's shit done on the web, plain and simple. It's the P in LAMP.
That's why PHP has WordPress, Joomla, Typo3, EZ Publish, Drupal and such and Java has nothing of that magnitude. Go figure.

My 2 cents.

Comment That's less than 1.5 percent. No big deal really. (Score 1) 119

Since WordPress runs more than a fourth of the entire web (110+ Million Websites), 1.5 Million infected sites isn't all that much. Yes, WP is a mess and could use a redo, but then most legacy systems could, so what gives? WP is popular, is exposed via port 80 all over the planet and thus is a big fat jucy target. I'm glad Automattic (WordPress Corp.) is alive and well and doesn't try to be anything else than the herald of WordPress and it's (small) business arm and does it's dues by keeping up with patches and fixes.

Comment There are a few factors that play into this ... (Score 1) 283

First of all, I would tend to agree with Thiels general premise that there isn't enough sex/eros/sensuality in the tech-camp, even with so-called "high-functioning" nerds and successful techies. But I wouldn't see this as a tech problem rather than a problem of modern society in general, creeping up on all of us, not just the nerds. It's only us getting there quicker.

I see a lot of factors playing into this. The modern day phenomenon that Houellebecq describes as the "Extension of the Combat Zone" would be one key element. Long story short, the art of formalised courting in modern society has been lost. Especially in the US where men are generally always with one foot in jail for sexual harasment and general prudishness puts anything remotely erotic directly into a negative spotlight. But in other parts of the world too. Through a cultural degeneration of sorts and the sexual revolution of the 60ies we have lost a natural connection to our sexuality. Areas in which a formalised and thus safe encounter between men and women can happen have just about vanished. ... I personally dance argentine Tango and in it have found one of those rare spaces where this formalised encounter still exists - something that changed my (sex)life as a nerd/geek and the perception and valuation of myself and women in most profound ways (I'm a straight male if you haven't guessed yet ...).

Sex and intimacy is - in modern society more than at any other time - a form of art that needs to be practiced and refined. At the same time chances and times to do exactly this have just about disappeared in society. Nobody feels this more intensely than the superficially 'insecure' nerd (male and female).

What I find fascinating is that the problems that were wide and far between and limited to some awkward types (us outsiders) back in the 80ies have become personality traits observable in wide swaths of younger generations today. Herbivore (wo)men, Hikikomori, Escapism and Facebook/Instagram Depression/Disorder have become widespread phenomenon throughout society, making the problem more and more palpable for the general population today.

Curiously, this is the *only* place where I see some strange sort of an actual advantage in strange and bizar abrahamian revelation cults (i.e. Christianity, Islam and Judaism) today. While these cults are basically nothing than twisted remniscents of wacky ancient beliefs and traditions, their moderate 'modern' variants do actually still see to it that each and everyone has a real chance of finding a mate. Not a bad operating system for a society and one that give these cults somewhat of an unsettling evolutionary edge - they produce more children.

Generally I suspect this lack of sex, intimacy and sensuality thing will continue to spread throughout large areas of modern society until we come up with some revitalised form of courting and finally replace ugly sexual repurcussions, eccess escapism and ancient cults with something more modern and sophisticated and get around to real social interaction more. Todays "Cuddle-parties" and celebration of sexuality itself as something of religious quality in New Age "Tantra" and such hint in this direction. But I do also fear there will be a huge setback through VR and stuff like that before anything sustainably positive happens in this field though.

My 2 cents.

Comment You don't. You ignore them. (Score 1) 477

It's the internet. You go in anonymous and you come out unscared.

Glad I could help.

That aside, after well over 20 years online I think it's pretty safe to say that "abusiveness" in a given forum/channel/newroos/board/echo/whatever is directly proportional to the average education level represented in that forum/channel/... . This is even more so an affirmation to "dealing" with this problem as suggested above. Be polite, don't be annoying, don't be easyly insulted, don't easyly insult and don't feed or be bothered by the trolls. Those are just about the basics of online etiquette.

My 2 cents.

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