283 posts • joined 24 Aug 2013
Re: "A third country might offer a new couch"
Technically, as soon as you are issued a diplomatic visa for the country you are going to, you are granted diplomatic immunity. Theoretically you need to 'preset your papers' to the local foreign ministry, but in practice just the issuance of a diplomatic visa is enough. Most countries will just issue a diplomatic visa as a matter of course - you often need them when traveling from A to B....
Re: Here's a question
The Israelis have done this more than once. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mordechai_Vanunu
Re: Follow the money
There are somewhere between 4000 and 7000 tech companies in the US, all fighting for survival. Collectively, they are driving roughly 30% of the US economy.
That's what's at stake.
China will be perfectly to have said tech companies. They are already taking the lead in clean/green tech and free trade.
Just keep working at making China great again, because that will make great future for your kids.
Re: Likely won't pass, but...
Until, you know, Love Canal*. Then everyone else in the world can point and laugh at your stupidity.
* "national symbol of a failure to exercise a sense of concern for future generations"
Re: "The floor of the Senate"
Said someone on the internet who has no idea how government actually works in the real world....
Re: The More I read About the US of A....
Might want to get your facts straight. Republicans were the ones that abolished slavery: https://www.cnn.com/2012/08/25/politics/cnn-explains-gop-party/index.html
Democrats were the ones that wanted to keep it going.
The current crop of Republicans are not about slavery or discrimination, what they are all about is pure, unfettered capitalism in the worst sense of the word. Free from any moral or societal concerns, with the rich getting richer and the poor getting screwed (which is their fault, 'cause they're, well, poor).
They are also cynically trying to bankrupt the federal government to justify massive cuts to anything than looks like income transfer from the rich to the poor, eg. social security, housing/food support or any sort of health care.
Re: The More I read About the US of A....
It's been a third-world country in many ways for some time. And I say that as someone who voluntarily came to live in the USA..... At least there is not much low level corruption and salaries keep you out of starvation.
Re: Thomas Claburn - Define Wealthy
It's probably easiest to define as what percent your earnings fall into. I would argue that anyone in the top 2% of earnings is 'rich' (over $400k/year in the US)+. Of course, a lot depends on geography as well, but I have yet to see a geographically weighted earnings percentage chart.
Just as a side note, in San Francisco a family of four is considered below poverty if they earn less than about $105k*, which in some parts of the US would make them rich....
* see https://www.huduser.gov/portal/datasets/il/il2017/2017summary.odn
The side effect of this is that your health insurance is likely to double or triple.
Because there is no longer an individual mandate and programs like Medicare are going to be cut, thus massively increasing healthcare costs overall.
And most of the deductions for medical care have been eliminated. Never mind the cap on your mortgage deduction. Whatever you do, just don't get sick until a sane group of politicians actually decide they care about middle income Americans.
I'm in the top tax bracket, so my taxes will be going down enormously - at least 7%, probably more as I will restructure payouts from my company to give myself a roughly 20% tax cut (from 39.7% to 20% passthrough). I still think this whole thing blows.
Basically, anyone middle class in a very affluent (e.g. successful, growing, job-creating) areas is being screwed over, and, if you are a millennial (or younger), you are doubly screwed. It may not be clear right now, but creating a $1.5 trillion deficit is just a excuse to cut that much out of the federal budget. And if you don't think that's going to affect anyone making less than $500k, I have a bridge to sell you.
One of the big problems is that no one understands how the Cobol-based software works.... Otherwise it would probably have been re-written ages ago.
Re: "They'll be back."
People always bring up AutoCAD. What percentage of end users use AutoCAD?
A major function of local governments is building permits - almost all of these are based on digital plans these days. It's also possibly the dept that brings in the most revenue in the entire gov't and one where compatibility with the outside world is extremely important.
So, probably quite a few end-users use AutoCAD or AutoCAD compatible systems, most of which only run on Windows. Let's not even discuss GIS....
Re: Standards needed
Being without power & water for six weeks after a major disaster is rightly called a slow recovery. And now generators (which have been running non-stop because there is no power) are failing - http://www.bradenton.com/news/weather/hurricane/article183526446.html There is no excuse, in a first-world country, for 20% of the population to be without water and thousands more at risk due to emergency systems breaking down.
By compairson, 96% of Houston had it's power back (http://abc13.com/96-percent-of-centerpoint-customers-have-power/2340044/) 10 days after Harvey, Puerto Rico, not so much, only 41% is restored 7 weeks after Maria (https://www.buzzfeed.com/nidhiprakash/most-of-puerto-rico-just-lost-power-again-after-a-line?utm_term=.clekQRDDAv#.vhqaW8mm6e) and it's not exactly back to normal...
Really, this is shameful. Lack of cell service is even more shameful given how easy it is to deploy portable cell towers (cf. any large crowd gathering, sports, music festivals, etc)
Because it's not like there isn't ANY competition in cloud services.....
Re: The title is optional. And possibly a giraffe.
It depends on what you are doing - if you are relying on auto-scaling features it would be very hard to replicate without spending a shedload on standby hardware. And the associated personnel to maintain it all. For quite a few online-only businesses, that delta is their profit margin.
That said, anyone using AWS or any other provider would do well to architect their backends to they can be moved between providers...
Re: Tip of the iceburg...perhaps.
That doesn't mean they are 'on the internet'. Pretty much anything on most internal networks can get out to the internet, that's vastly different than having a public IP. There is (usually) at least a NAT firewall between the requesting device and the public internet.
In the scenario you describe, it's pretty much the same as requesting a web page - you send some data and get more data back, typically processed for you in some fashion. That doesn't mean the contents you get back are necessarily safe, but that's pretty much the case anytime you request data from a remote server.
I agree. Having been through several brands, Brother is on the better side. Epson is the worst, in the 'kill it with fire' category.
And I'm with @lewisrage - if you are stupid/clueless enough to put a printer on the internets, you'll get what you deserve.
I can travel to Paris from Marseille (400 miles!!) for 25, in just under 3 hours.
IF the system works, which these days seems hopelessly broken. I visit my mom every few years. She lives near Dole.
In the past, it was pretty easy to get a TGV from Paris to Dole in the afternoon and the cost was roughly 75 euros each way. Travel time was about 1.5 hrs.
The last time I went, there were no afternoon trains and the only evening TGV running was fully booked. Via a combination of other trains, it cost me > 100 euros and took ~6 hours. Which was awesome after a 17 hour flight.....
The French train system used to be great, these days, not so much. It's shockingly expensive, more expensive in many cases than air travel in the US, and so many trains have been cancelled that getting from A to B is nigh impossible unless you book six weeks in advance (which negates elegant convenience of train travel...).
And when I was in Paris last fall, a Metro ticket was 2.50 euros, not 1.10.....
It's easy to laugh, but for people like me a phone is a business expense and I don't really pay for it. And as a primary computing device, I don't mind spending $1000 on it - that's 1/2 of what I would have spent on a laptop 5 years ago. Having a larger screen in a smaller form factor is a huge plus when working in the field. Never mind that most people will just buy it on credit for ~$35/mo.
Is the price point outrageous? Not really. Not when you consider a Palm Treo was ~$600 in 2004 (about $800 today) and Blackberries were $800 15 years ago. Even a modern top-of-the-line phones are $700-$800, this is only $200 more. If $200 is an issue for you, then you should be rethinking your priorities and buy a much cheaper or second hand phone.
I think these will sell out easily - Apple will be laughing all the way and walking away with all the profits....
Re: Time to Migrate?
AWS, Rackspace or Backblaze would be better choices....
My "representatives"* are Pelosi & Feinstein
And they have already decided that "intelligence agencies" should put cameras & microphones in every single house in the country for "national security" reasons. /s
Short of a revolution, nothing is going to change if the two representatives from the most liberal place in the country are all for surveillance....
* representative is a word to be used only loosely, it's been a long time since either party has actually represented anyone not giving them $$$
HP destroyed by a complete lack of vision
And it started with selling off Agilent and ended with missing out on cloud by not capitalizing on all the work they did for Amazon.
The eccentric, engineering focused company from this old commercial is no more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3XwTq_BPKM
Re: Someone please...
That's not entirely true - I pitched the Sun exec team on licensing Solaris so that it could merge with Linux and create an uber-open source OS. Instead, they decided to create the CDDL.....
" It is illegal to fly a consumer-grade drone within 400ft of a US Army base in April"
Only in April? Good thing it's August....
Edit - Ninja'd apparently.... Twice even.
Re: H1B visas
Well, as someone who has been hiring engineers for 10+ years, I can tell you for sure there just are not enough engineers in the US. More than once I have advertised for a position at a competitive salary (in several markets) and could not fill it. And I'm not particularly picky, just need someone capable of doing X job, regardless of background/education/etc.
Also, the stats for H1Bs pretty much show otherwise https://qz.com/1041506/new-data-on-h-1b-visas-show-how-it-outsourcers-are-short-changing-workers/ - despite the clickbait title, the average salary for an H1B is $91k/year, which is $20k higher than the average IT salary in the US (around $78k - http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Industry=Information_Technology_(IT)_Services/Salary).
Not saying that certain H1B abusers aren't awful sweatshops, but the data speaks to a much murkier picture than 'H1B depress US salaries' which is simply not born out by the data.
Re: Big Idea: The Internet!
That may be so, but having lived in 1/2 those in your list plus another 3-4 not mentioned, I can def. say that the startup ecosystem in Silly Valley is unique and very, very hard to replicate. If you believe in the startup myth and you want to follow that route, few other places in the world will do.
This might change with the sunset of American influence/power/money, but for the moment, it's still where it's at. Anyone saying otherwise is just wishful thinking.
Re: Tech giants hate it
Probably not. "Tech giants" are paying way over market rate for talent and also subsidizing housing & transportation for employees*. Yelp, for example, pays interns $9000/month here in Silly Valley. Starting salaries at most tech companies are well into the six figures and retention bonuses can be completely insane.
If you are underpaid or underemployed there are probably a few of reasons:
1. Wrong geography - where you live has a huge impact on salary & opportunity
2. Wrong skillset - modern & rare tech skills pay a lot more, typically
3. Bad presentation - BTDT, getting professional help for resumes & linkedin profiles is a huge help
4. Not represented - sounds crazy, but having a recruiter represent you can be a big help in finding stuff
5. Not networking - only 30-40% of tech jobs are advertised, if you don't network with your peers, you'll never know about good opportunities
6. Public visibility - being active in meetups, in industry specific forums and on Github leads to a lot more people contacting you about jobs (see 5 above as well).
Make no mistake, all this is a lot of work, but, having been on both sides of the fence (looking for work and looking for people to hire), it's frustrating all around.
* if you look at this list https://qz.com/1041506/new-data-on-h-1b-visas-show-how-it-outsourcers-are-short-changing-workers/ it's clear that the H1B program is being abused by outsourcing companies providing cheap labor, not tech giants.
Re: I think a points-based system is a good idea in general.
Most of what you want is already the case.
1. It's already the case an H1B can only be allocated if you can't find local talent
2. More people were deported under Obama than any previous president
3. Kinda like 5 year planning? That worked so well for the Soviet Union..... Besides, that actually already exists, it's called either an H2A or H2B.
That said, I agree that an H1B should be independent of the employer and should require some sort of realistic salary calculation - Silly Valley is full of dorm-like housing that caters to low-wage H1B workers. But nowhere in this discussion do people point out that there is a real skills shortage in tech, something which needs to be solved if we want to continue to grow the tech sector....
Re: the problem is Microshaft's design
Pretty much every Un*x ever designed does the same thing for most network services, at least until very, very recently.
It's very unfair to blame MSFT for this - they did, after all, just copy Un*x including the entire TCP stack (from BSD nach)
Re: "the Linux Kernel was only created in 1991"
Interesting - I guess all those commercial Linux deployments I did in 1998 must have been a result of time travel....
Re: If he had been in the UK
Hate to tell you, but even the Dutch government refers to the Netherlands has 'Holland' c.f. http://www.hollandinthevalley.com/
The Consulate in SF has a giant 'Holland' sign on the front door....
Re: "Apple will no longer use any Qualcomm chips in future products"
Yeah, that's what Adobe thought too, so did Nokia and Motorola.
I'm sure that their shareholders will cheer when markets knock billions off their valuation.... IMHO, we've just seen peak Qualcomm, esp. with the Feds largely agreeing with Apple.
Everyone in the industry hates Qualcomm, they've been dicks for years, and would be happy to see them taken out.
"Apple will no longer use any Qualcomm chips in future products"
== game over c.f. Imagination & PortalPlayer
Re: 1,097m (3,599ft)
I've hiked up Mt. Washington a number of times, stopping for some time to ski at Tuckermans. It's a strange feeling coming up to the top and finding a bunch of tourists in a parking lot....
Re: Gartner what do they know ?
Gartner has never been right about anything - it's a tool for executives to justify spending a boat load of money on useless crap.
Re: Abuse, plain and simple.
What happens is all the best people leave - basically the ones who were propping up everyone else. Because only C/D players are left, contracts are lost or not won.
It's basically a death spiral. IBM is circling the drain.
Foxconn is Taiwanese
Taiwanese != Chinese (at least not in the vernacular sense)
"Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd., trading as Foxconn Technology Group, is a Taiwanese multinational electronics contract manufacturing company headquartered in New Taipei City, Taiwan." source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foxconn
Breaching copyright would be far worse
The penalties for breach of copyright are statutory and are per violation. And they are far worse than breach of contract. If I were Hancom, I would be very cautious about try to turn this in to a copyright case. Give the potential value of that and the potential criminal liability, it could be the end of a company (c.f. MegaUpload)....
Re: Here's the most astonishing part
"American corporations generally) base much of their business models (and cost of business) on stealing other company's inventions" - show us some stats or it's just pure 'bash 'Mercains cause that gets the masses to rise up (or upvote as the case may be)' - e.g. bullshit - or more likely someone who works for the aggrieved company....
Not just Cloudflare
A huge chunk of transatlantic traffic was affected. I understand it might be hard to grok for commentards but the Reg hacks have no excuse....
To be fair, I got a notice from Pingdom
Their network was affected as well, so was Stackdriver.
Re: AWS infrastructure Boss is Ex-Car mechanic.. says it all.
Maybe it's because fast-growing, real world global scale businesses don't give two sh*ts about artificial benchmarks or pay-to-play shills like Gartner. Call us back when Netflix moves from AWS to Oracle cloud. Oh, yeah, they tried that old skool vertical scaling and declared in 2014 (!) "it doesn't work" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uH8T7JMzloM
All the comments here are very correct that modern businesses don't need Oracle at all. Google, Netflix, Apple, Uber, AirBnB have all figured out how to achieve huge scale with globally distributed, redundant and scalable databases. And, by-in-large, they have made those tools cheaply or freely accessible to everyone. And no one who is serious about large scale systems will ever run anything bare metal ;-)
Re: Yeah, but...
Hmm, the two places with the highest number of wiretaps as a percent of the population are the Netherlands and Italy. http://www.npr.org/2013/07/28/206231873/who-spies-more-the-united-states-or-europe
It's nice that the EU governments are so much better a propaganda than the US, but that doesn't they are any better - probably much worse, actually.
Raiser is a subsidiary of Uber, not the parent...
Just say no
I've been presented with contracts attempting to own everything I do or have done in the past and have always refused. I have also refused to license software I created on my own time, before I was employed by a company, to said company for free with expansive re-licensing terms.
Sometimes just saying no is the best thing - if they really want you to work for them, then will modify the terms. If not, perhaps they are not an employer you want to work for....
Re: Bad Uber
Re: Careful there...
Except that no one in Silly Valley uses Uber anymore, largely because of shit like this. People use other services or car sharing.
The exact opposite of what 'West Coast rivals' do....
Unfortunately, this is the exact opposite of what most SV/West Coast companies do. Maybe, instead of being so heavy handed, you should actually trust your employees and give them even more responsibility with even more aggressive targets.....
But, hey, what do I know, I only work for 'West Coast' companies.
Re: Um why is this filed with the SEC?
It's very normal for companies to provide security for key people - they even insure them and part of the insurance clauses often require them to make sure these people are safe. C.f. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Key_person_insurance
The author is wrong - the CEO doesn't decide security
It's rarely the CEO that decides the level of security needed. Typically, there is either an internal threat assessment team or the assessment is done by an outside consultant. Often this is mandated by either the board or clauses in key man insurance, but not always.
Rarely does the CEO actually have much input in how much or how security is provided for him. Yes, as CEO they can approve or refuse security, but in my experience, most security teams/consultants will do their best to present the worst possible credible scenario and rarely get refused. Typically, kidnapping is the biggest worry, even if it's exceedingly rare in Western countries.
For years Mark Z. had no security, I actually ran into once in downtown Palo Alto - he was getting coffee for a bunch of people in his team (this was when FB had it's offices downtown). I guess the threats have become greater since then.
Re: Calling BS
Why would you want a 'private version of python' when you have Go? If there is anything nefarious here is that Google wants to migrate all python code to go.... Which is not surprising.