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Comment Re:Tell us how great Europe is, please! (Score 1) 85

Yeah, right.

If Sweden were a US state, it'd be like the 35th wealthiest by purchasing power.

But you go ahead, keep telling yourself European-style socialism is wonderful.

It's interesting you mention that. We don't really think of Sweden the way we think about Kansas and Nebraska. Maybe we should. Puts the whole thing in perspective.

Comment Re:Hypocrisy at it's finest (Score 1) 600

I have to strongly disagree. TPP has had much of the same soul-crushing effect that SOPA did on the community.

The record of people in tech being opposed to TPP has been ongoing. More restrictive copyright laws have historically been something that Slashdot and similar forums have ALWAYS been against. At least in the 15 years or so that I've been reading them.

For Slashdotters to come out in favor of the entertainment industry, after supporting Kim.com, after fighting for everyone's right to torrent, after supporting the free flow of information, after criticizing Iran and China for their internet censorship regimes, after we cried for tragic passing of Aaron Swartz, after fighting, and lobbying, and coming together the way we have, consistently. And now because half of us don't like Trump, regardless as to whether or not we win, is a complete betrayal of the long-standing principles this community is based on. It's as shocking as it is sad -- because it really does feel like the end of an era, at least to me.

So yes, I see how an argument can be made that there is hypocrisy there.

And it makes me wonder if this is the new normal. It makes me wonder if we're all so blinded by partisan politics that we're willing to throw our history, and morals, our causes, and our core sense of self away over bullshit like this.

We're not supposed to be partisans. We're motherfucking techies. We rule the world, not them. We were fight club before fight club existed. We have our own set of interests.

But more importantly, we're supposed to be a community.
It really does feel like that broke down this cycle.

And I have no idea what that means.

Comment Re:No principles. (Score 1) 600

For years up to a week ago: TPP is an abomination love child between Hitler and Satan and needs to die.

Now that Trump doesn't want it: This will ruin the nation and will only benefit China. TPP Must Go Forward!

Exactly right. Same with Techdirt. Literally four years of passionate arguments. Now, the anti-Trump bias is more important. I don't get it! I'm not going to change my personal stance that TPP is an awful idea based on my feelings for or against Trump. We need to take our wins where we can get them.

Comment Except... (Score 1) 149

Except that the definition of fake news has gotten exceptionally broad post-election.

The LA Times, for example, listed Red State, the Blaze, and Breitbart but didn't mention Electronic Intifada, Salon, or Addicting Info, which have the same level of credibility (or lack thereof). If you're going to make lists, or throw these sites into a category with the Onion, then it's important to be even-handed about it. Define the offenders by class.

It's not fake simply because the site has a bias you disagree with. Otherwise, it looks like censorship, which is clearly what's happening here.

Also, you'll remember that it wasn't so long ago that the Daily Show referred to itself as fake news, and that many of these same sites were hailed as the "future of media" and referred to as the "blog-o-sphere" just a couple of years ago.

Having an issue with clickbate ads is one thing. Attempting to shut down websites that that pose dissenting opinion pieces or shed light on points of view other than your own is yet another a fascist hate tactic from the side that smugly considers itself "the tolerant."

If the industry is willing to set aside a uniform code of conduct that could be understood and followed by everyone, I'm all for it. Ban, block, and ex-communicate anyone who violates the terms. Go for it.

Short of that, what we're seeing is a witch hunt, reminiscent of nazi germany or the soviet union. We might as well be burning books.

Comment Look, here's how it works. (Score 1) 917

It's like I keep telling everyone. Jobs aren't going away... employers are.

That doesn't mean that we're looking at a future without jobs. It means we're looking at a future where the investors and the management overhead is mostly cut out of the picture. There will be groups of consultants that hire people, but these working groups will be small, and concise. Most work, at least as it relates to tech and service oriented work will be remote.

Massive corporations are going away. Nobody realizes it yet, but that's the trajectory we're on. The organizational structure doesn't make sense, and they won't be able to compete with well organized groups of consultants who can do the same jobs, for less money. These companies bleed money, and they simply won't be able to survive when the dynamic of the workforce changes, which it's already doing.

If we're lucky, we've got another eight years of "jobs" as we know them left. This is the time to invest in your future. Know your trade, build a social network. Broaden your skillset, and take some business and sales training. When the time comes, you're going to need to be able to articulate your unique value add, because you'll be competing on a global scale. But all is not lost, you can win this. There's huge upside opportunity for those that get serious now.

You can call me a communist, or a crazy man all you like. But this is where I see it going.

Comment I get it. (Score 5, Insightful) 269

As someone who's spent the last two years working on nothing but remote projects, I completely understand it. Doesn't always have anything to do with the worker, either. It's been my experience that it's something that doesn't experiment well.

What I mean by that, is that you can't easily mix the office model and the work from home model easily. You're usually doing all one, or all the other.

If you don't, and you haphazardly experiment with it, without knowing how to do this, your office people will screw everything up, or hire the wrong people.
Sometimes, they'll intentionally mismanage projects, because the notion of remote workers is seen as a threat. I've seen it. They also have this nasty habit of wanting all of the productivity gains of remote workers, while insisting they work with constraints that don't make sense for remote contractors or employees.

It's not for everyone, at least not yet. The whole idea is a pretty radical change from the established order. Better tools need to be built. Better protocols need to be in place more consistently. Better practices need to be thought up and deployed, because the state of it now is objectively bad at the corporate level.

And if companies know their weaknesses here, I say good. Good. It means fewer shit remote jobs.

Comment Re:And.. (Score 1) 537

Really.
I think the OP is looking in the wrong place. I know plenty of devs that are doing their part to improve the world. I know one that's building apps for hospitals in the developing world for free, literally saving thousands of lives. I know another another that's using his knowledge to do 3d printing of buildings for villages in Africa. I know several devs (myself included) that work in food banks in their downtime. Another that's providing tech education services to inner city youth. Granted, you're not going to find any of this in an app store. But it is out there.

Comment Re: The Point... (Score 1) 248

Depends on whether it makes sense for soap manufacturers to challenge it.
It's not like this one is destroying a whole industry, like other FDA mandates.

Still, it could be challenged under the 10th amendment.
You could make the case that Congress would need to make a law for this, and that without one, there is no standing or interest on the part of government.

Comment Re:Incomplete title... (Score 1) 399

We've reached a place and time where everyone you're going to talk to online is a bigot, whether they want to admit it or not. Even if they preach ideas like open mindedness and tolerance, nobody actually does. Accept that. I'm using the word bigot in a classical sense, meaning, intolerant of viewpoints other than their own. The media fuels this, and we all end up in a place where no reasonable political debate can happen at all. So why try? If you have to discuss politics on Facebook, do it in a group where you know people agree with you. If you have a friend who's a rabid hillary or trump supporter, and they're posting fake news, unfollow them.

Just, avoid the whole thing. Or, face the reality that you're going to have fewer friends. If you're in a general forum, and you say anything political, you're going to alienate somebody. If you take the step further, and you're a dick about it, you're going to have fewer still. Just look at the chaos that happens here on Slashdot, anytime anything political or divisive hits the main page. Is it really worth bringing that kind of crap home, to the people you know and love? I think not.

It's time for us all to be as enlightened as we claim to be, and drop the childish name calling, meaningless soapboxing, and be fucking human again.

The world is not ending.
You will survive the next election.
Shit, we survived Clinton, Bush, and Obama.

Relax...

Comment Well, actually... (Score 5, Interesting) 561

Recruiters like it when you shave you beard for interviews in the midwest. They do, they really like it. They prefer if you do it. They can't tell you that you have to do it anymore, but they still very strongly prefer it. I've always felt kind of awkward without a beard. So, one day, about five years ago, and just as my beard started going gray, I stopped doing it. It's idiotic to change your appearance in this way, especially when it's a dishonest representation of what you actually look like most of the time.

I've always had a good resume, I get compliments on it all the time from clients and recruiters alike. The only people that dislike the way I write a resume are college guidance counselors, and people poisoned by their terrible advice, but they're few and far between. So all things considered, that factor in this equation has not changed. But since I've been growing the beard both longer and grayer, the number of successful interviews I've had has gone up. And the way I've been treated on the job has changed, dramatically. Bear in mind that the type of roles I go for hasn't changed since I was 25. I like coding. I intend to continue doing it.

People are more respectful. They ask me for my insights more often. I'm treated like an eccentric code sage, and that's absolutely fine with me. Even when I fly out to work in places like California or Seattle, this does not seem to change. I can only think of one instance where this decision has worked against me. One interview for a very hostile publishing company a few years ago, where they made it a point to ask me how often I keep up with new things, where they refused to believe that I read more books every year than their CEO. That said, I think that one would probably have went poorly no matter what I looked like.

I don't mind being older than my coworkers or project managers.
I don't mind taking orders from people younger than me. This isn't my trip in life.
I'm just there to make better stuff, solve more interesting problems, and keep myself challenged intellectually.
My biggest problem is boredom, so I've learned to be pickier in selecting my assignments.

Getting older, and reaching middle age isn't a bad thing.
You just have to know how to sell it.

Comment Cool. (Score 1) 108

With some of the cutbacks and revisions over at Google, with their personalized service over the last few years, I'm a long time apps user who might be open to a subscription based outlook.com service. It's a good idea, and we need more free market competition. Google, at least up until this point has remained generally unrivaled in this space for too long, and it's been suffering from many of the main factors that made Microsoft a huge pain in the ass for so long. This is good news for everybody. At least, potentially.

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