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Comment Re:Then leave Silicon Valley (Score 1) 504

Note: this also assumes you're single and have no kids.

If you're two engineers without children - sure, you can afford to save that and buy. But remember - you still have that expensive morgage to pay off, even in an economic downtown. With rent you can at least move. With a morgage, you have to sell, and .. let's just say, being saddled with a black mark for needing to default on your home sucks.

If you're two engineers with children - then childcare per child from 0 -> K(indergarden) is spendy - $1400 a month upwards per child. At some point you think sure, I'll just get a nanny for two kids - but $3600 a month isn't a lot of money to be paying legit to someone who also lives local - if your rent is $3k a month, then anyone local is likely also paying that. So, finding affordable help is hard. So - one parent is effectively working full-time to subsidize childcare - why not just stay home instead?

If you're a single parent raising a child, then you get the above and no financial safety net.

Stuff is expensive out here. Raising that much cash is expensive out here. Holding a $600k or more morgage when the economy tanks - that's also an expensive lesson to learn.

Submission + - TP-Link confirms Wifi freedom is dead- All routers to be locked down (ninux.org)

An anonymous reader writes: We got confirmation today from one of the largest router manufacturer that they have begun locking router firmware down due to recent FCC rule changes. This is exactly what the Save Wifi campaign participants had been arguing would happen for the past several months. Despite the FCC unequivocally denying that this was there intention it was irrelevant to the outcome, and the expected response of manufacturers to the new rules. The competitiveness of the market and costs of compliance means the only real solution for manufactures to comply is the lock down of there router's firmware. The TP-Link rep went on to say that all future routers would be locked down as a direct result of the rule changes.

These rules are bad and already hindering user freedom. The FCC has pulled a fast one and we need to fight back. This is a major security and privacy threat which will lead to even buggier and more insecure wireless hardware. A legal campaign to end this nonsense will require significantly more funding and criticism. Unfortunately the major players on fighting this are burning out. Christopher Waid, of ThinkPenguin, Dave Taht, of BufferBloat, Eric Schultz, Josh Gay of the FSF, and others just don't have the time or resources to keep fighting this. Don't let this be the end.

The Save Wifi campaign needs major financial help if we're going to put an end to this. Please donate to the effort at: https://www.gofundme.com/savew... . Please see www.SaveWIfi.org for updates.

Read more about what TP-Link had to say here:


Comment Re:Dumbing Down (Score 4, Interesting) 54

No; CPUs didn't /have/ to do that. MIPS toyed with both models for a while - initially MIPS was like "we don't interlock pipeline stages, so programmers need to be smart." Then the R4000 came out that attempted to implement that, and it was .. complicated. So it got reverted.

Not all CPUs are like Intel CPUs (which aren't all like earlier intel cpus, which aren't all like 8080s, etc..)

Submission + - A modest proposal regarding Edward Snowden

tlambert writes: Prior to leaving for Hong Kong, Edward Snowden was a resident of Hawaii. He's technically still. Brian Schatz is currently a U.S. senator for Hawaii; he was appointed to that position in 2012, after the death of U.S. senator Daniel Inouye. He was confirmed in a special election in 2014 to serve out the remainder of that term, which is up in 2016. Which means there's a senate seat opening up in 2016 in Edward Snowden's home state. So... who wants to be campaign manager? Can you elect someone who is only telepresent throughout the campaign?

Comment Re:FreeBSD (Score 1) 755


Did you just try web forums? Did you try engaging people on one of the FreeBSD mailing lists? It's odd that repeating a crash like you did wouldn't lead to a quick solution.

I mean, unless it's a realtek NIC or something, we're pretty good at fixing repeatable crashes.


Comment Re:One fiber to rule them... (Score 3, Informative) 221

.. because you've just exactly outlined why it's a bad idea.

If you as a service provider can afford to pay, you will. If you're a new service trying to get a foothold, now you have to meet those costs too if you want to play. Those costs aren't fixed and behind general transit/interconnect/infrastructure fees, they're behind whatever-the-telco-decides-is-a-good-match.

Australia went through this. We have and had phone plans that have/had free access to certain services and not others. Guess what? It sucked. It may be great if you upload lots of photos to facebook, but it means you can't at all start a new service that competes without having to get individual agreements with individual telcos and service providers. You'd have to negotiate those deals individually and your business will only exist as long as they don't alter the deal. They can then alter the deal just to you but not to their favourites.

It doesn't work the way you outline it.

Comment Re:Slashdot is exceeding itself lately... (Score 5, Insightful) 224

I was working in the first dot com boom during 1998-2001. Now, I was working in Amsterdam rather than the US, but I did get to feel exactly how screwed up this situation got. And looking back at it, this article does re-iterate a lot of those points quite clearly.

The people that succeeded were for the most part the ones that put in long hours, were ruthless about achieving their goals and cared not about things like "work/life balance", "emotional stability", "health concerns", etc. Whenever I came out to the US to talk shop with other internet infrastructure people, they were working long hours, ignoring what the industry said they could / couldn't do. There were women in tech, but they weren't the programmers - the ones I met tended to be algorithms people, data scientists, etc. They weren't in the meat grinder of bashing out C/perl code.

The article covered the long hours, it covered what happened when things went pear shaped, and it did a pretty good hatchet job on the kind of focus and ruthlessness you needed to get where you wanted to go. It was amazing to watch and now a little scary. Then the dot-com bust happened and people lost everything. Plenty of people I knew said "fuck it" and left the industry. Those that stayed either made their money, or they were just suckers for loving their jobs. They didn't have strong personal relationships with others. They just loved kicking ass and taking names in their work career. That sometimes worked out for them and sometimes didn't.

A lot of the people I knew in the tech field did just leave and look for something more stable. The people that stuck it out were homeless, couch-surfing, living with family/friends, existing wherever they could just to get over the sheer loss of everything. Not everyone is cut out for that level of destitution and dedication - eventually they'll snap and go off to something more stable.

This field is terrible. It chews you over and spits you out. If you're lucky then you make a bunch of money and save a bunch of money. Plenty of people working in tech and living in San Francisco aren't even doing that. We don't necessarily churn out people who are risk takers out of university - heck, churning out creative thinkers just became an "in vogue" thing again with this whole maker faire mentality that's happening nowdays. But when the thing crashes again, you'll see the same cycle - those who are willing to risk it all and live hand-to-mouth from wherever they can will do it. Others will go find whatever is safe and stable and start life again from there.

Now, is that gender biased? Maybe. Someone has to go do a little more research to figure that out. But from what I saw, there were a handful of women that stuck through that and came out ahead. Most that I knew just gave it in and went back to school, moved in with parents, or decided to stop work and have babies. The guys seemed more happy to take the risk again and again and live hand-to-mouth.

There's lots to fix. We have to stop being insensitive asshats. part of that is institutional - the brogrammer culture is strong here. Part of that comes out of all of the stupid stress and anxiety that litters this community. It's hard to pay attention to how you live, how you interact, how you make others feel, how to communicate well and well, how not to be an asshole if you're always stressed out, anxious and sleep deprived. add in a bit of being shouted at and some threats about your job security and .. well, you just stop giving any fucks. Part of it is no constant exposure to dealing with other people and a focus on your ability to churn out code - your job doesn't tend to want you spending time each day to improve yourself in all ways - it needs to be work relevant, and hey you have that deadline that just appeared? Eww. It's good to see people standing up and calling out bad behvaiour. it's good to see that some communities are sprouting up and eschewing shitty behaviour. But I'd really like to see the stress, anxiety and hours drop as well as a focus on people interaction. My 20 year old self gave no interest to any of these things. My 35 year old self .. suddenly realises that it's pretty fucking important.

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