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Software developer interested in history, computing, science and anything nerdy. Tongue in cheek, my views are normally lightly held and fluid except when they are not.

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Kaius  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Your Computer Isn't Yours

I hate that this is the world we are living in, but everyone I complain to just shrugs as if its not a big deal...

Kaius  ·  19 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Breitling authentication is running on Ethereum

I was so hoping you would get some good answers to this question, perhaps kleinbl00 will give us some hints.

Kaius  ·  42 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Mythical creature of europe

I have heard of most of the Irish ones but a noted omission is a Banshee, which is incorrectly only associated with Scotland here for some reason. I imagine Banshee were common across Celtic groups so its likely known in Scotland too.

Cool poster.

Kaius  ·  54 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Brian Armstrong: Coinbase is a mission focused company

I don't know if Brian Armstrong's statement can be taken completely at face value given some recent criticism he encountered by not advocating for BLM, and then eventually doing so under some duress. So maybe an element of this stance is him avoiding future issues by saying "I only want to deal with these issues on my terms in future, if you don't agree with that then heres a bag of cash and theres the door".

Now, whatever Coinbases prerogatives/biases happen to be, I do believe that a working environment mostly free of political activism and social value signalling is one that will resonate with most people. The reaction in many of the technical groups (NOT Twitter) has been pretty positive on the statement from what I have seen.

Kaius  ·  84 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: We Don’t Know How to Warn You Any Harder. America is Dying.

    Friend of mine stopped talking to me for four months because I observed that Democratic worship of the Kennedys was horrifically overblown, considering they stumbled into Vietnam, almost caused WWIII twice and did exactly fuckall for civil rights because we create these myths so we don't have to think.

Yea having read Caro's book on LBJ and what I have learned of JFK it seems a reasonably good bet that JFK would have followed the same path LBJ took with Vietnam, but JFK would have floundered and failed to get the civil reforms passed, where LBJ succeeded.

I still dont know what to make of Bobby Kennedy, he comes across as being a very angry person, even before his brother's death.

Kaius  ·  343 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski, what is your ideal for personal wealth?

I guess you have to deal in upper and lower bounds for this type of question. The upper bound is hard to answer and likely doesn't have an answer other than "the maximum I could reasonably own without people finding out". I would pay a lot of money to keep my anonymity. I have a feeling this would be far less than 1 billion euro.

The lower bound is easier and more interesting, I would say take a lump sum that would pay off my mortgage with enough left over such that when it is invested in a mutual index fund would pay around 100K euro per year after tax at 3% return. I believe that would allow the main fund to grow slightly faster than inflation (so i am not losing value). So around 3 million give or take? Obviously you need more if you aim for a 2 or 1% payout rate per year.

The goal would be to fund my current or slightly improved lifestyle without needing to work for a living. Freeing me to do what is most meaningful to me, rather than working 40+ hours a week. I like my job, but not working 40 hours per week for the next 30 years is like being gifted 10 years of do-what-you-want-to-do time. And time is all you have when you get right down to it.

Kaius  ·  602 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Who Is Left on Hubski?

Name: Gary / Kaius

Location: Ireland

Age: late 30's

Current preoccupations: Designing software systems used directly/indirectly by millions of users. Also studying for a Masters in Computer Science.

Previous preoccupations: Same as above without the study.

I drop by about once a month, was once pretty active (by my standards) but then life got very busy (new house, new job etc).

Kaius  ·  1202 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: About this Googler's manifesto

I don't think its some brocoder deciding he know more than everyone else, I think its a case of a smart person taking the time to lay out what years of research shows over and over again; there are biological differences between men and women that over a large population average out to a statistically significant preference for occupations.

Look at all this shit and also take heed of the fact that rather than Google explaining why he was wrong based on evidence they simply fired his ass. You can be certain that was a carefully calculated PR move.

Now the danger is that alt-right scumbags will use this as a tool to defend their shitty ideas but thats an outcome of how facts are used, the fact is still true...

The biggest mistake this guy made was to put forward a reasonable assertion backed by science and expect a reasoned discussion, that was never going to happen and his own naivety has pretty much screwed him. He should have seen it coming but that doesn't mean he deserved to be fired.

Also its pretty interesting that there is a huge desire for biological diversity under the premise that companies will benefit from new ideas, but then when an actual new idea is put forward they immediately hit they throw you out of the room.

Kaius  ·  1203 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: About this Googler's manifesto

Sometimes it takes a little time to unpack an assertion (or a number of assertions) and show why it may be inaccurate. It seems like a snap judgement to call him a "archetypal alt-right spoilboy that lacks empathy" without at least examining what he is saying first to see if it is correct in anyway. What did he say that led you to the conclusion that he is wrong?

Clinical psychologists in general may not be an authority on this topic except perhaps ones who carried out funded research on this very topic. Do we just dismiss that? Also I didn't get the sense that he is alt-right but it is VERY easy to label him as such based on the content and just dismiss it.

It seems like most people looked at this, thought "well that doesn't match my ideology" and promptly started screaming and hand wringing.

Kaius  ·  1203 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: About this Googler's manifesto

Not sure its that straight forward. There seems to be a strong desire to paint it black, describe him as a villain and then move on.

Take a look at this video:

Peterson is a Clinical psychologist lecturing at University of Toronto and has researched the points raised in the Manifesto prior to it being written. There is supporting research for Petersons claims but they are not politically correct message, hence the reaction. It would be my guess that the author took a lot of ideas from Peterson when writing the document but may have strayed in places.

There is a huge amount of anger over all of this and that is not helping the dialogue at all.

Kaius  ·  1542 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Theory du Jour - Banksy is Massive Attack

I hope its not him and the true identity is never uncovered. If it was me I'd be working overtime to plant clues that lead directly away from me.

Something is lost when the identity is revealed, the art is now linked to the artist and it becomes a reflection of him/her rather than a reflection of us...

Kaius  ·  1550 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Password managers - any recommendations?
Kaius  ·  1556 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Why Leftists Should Have No Problem Voting For Hillary Clinton

Nice to be back, hoping to spend a bit more time here now that things are settling down at work. Just after getting home to Ireland after a 6 week spell in Maine which was a blast.

Kaius  ·  1566 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Why Leftists Should Have No Problem Voting For Hillary Clinton

    - Otto Von Bismarck, the asshole that effectively made WWI possible

Whoa whoa whoa, before we go kicking Bizmarck around for setting up an intricate set of political alliances that eventually led to WW1, we should also acknowledge that Kaiser Wilhelm was a fuckwit who couldn't keep shit together. Its hardly Bismarcks fault that the royal family lost the genetic lottery and ended up with a ruler not fit to clean his boots...

Kaius  ·  1566 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: My crazy year with Trump

So much entertainment from one campaign!

Kaius  ·  1694 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Liam Stack: Here’s What We Know About the ‘Panama Papers’

Check out our USC http://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/money_and_tax/tax/income_tax/universal_social_charge.html

Which is 8% of your gross salary if you earn 100K before they take the other 21/42% PAYE tax. Essentially half your salary goes to tax...

It makes for interesting conversations when my US based co-workers make the occasional gripe about salary or cost of living, my heart bleeds for them.

Kaius  ·  1694 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Liam Stack: Here’s What We Know About the ‘Panama Papers’

/spits coffee

    The top federal income tax rate in the United States is 39.6%, with a threshold of about $415,000 in income for a single filer.

/Stares at paycheck

40% tax for everything over 42K... Damn!

EDIT: some quick maths shows that someone earning 100K would take home 12K more per year if they lived in the US.

Kaius  ·  1714 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Can some explain to me why would anyone vote for Trump?

Not sure I follow that, care to explain?

Kaius  ·  1716 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: January 11th: What are you reading this week?

Oh no I even said it myself that I probably did miss the point so you're not being rude :) I knew coming in that it wasn't going to be a straight action/adventure story and I wasn't looking for one. I have read some philosophy but it sounds like perhaps not the right books...

Can you tell me what you took from it?

Kaius  ·  1717 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: January 11th: What are you reading this week?

Hmm, so I'm just finished and I have to say my overwhelming feeling toward Anathem is that it was just really dull, too long with too many made up words.

There is a pattern throughout the book that goes something like this:

"Erasmus goes to a new location, he meets new people, he learns something new, that may or may not be tangentially related to the larger quest, but which also involves long side arcs where not much interesting happens". That is repeated at least 8 times if not more (interviews, apert, punishment, travel, city attack, archaeological site, new Math, space, ship, finale and probably a few more i missed).

The characters seem quite one-dimensional I thought, Arcibald and Jezry are almost interchangable. We are told multiple times that Jezry is the most gifted in the group yet never see him do anything to justify the acclaim. The love story could be removed and felt like an annoying add-on with no depth. None of the characters felt like actual people, merely plot devices that deliver some new information which sweeps our hero on to the next plot point.

It just seemed to me that it took an extraordinary long time to say nothing at all really, I would guess if someone had studied philosophy and was interested in a discussion about Nominalism and Platonism then it will tick some boxes but for me it didn't really work. It all just seemed a bit preachy, I'm sure there is a trope for characters who use a form of didactic conversation to withhold secrets until the student is ready but its probably used too much here. I may have drifted off a little towards the end, after the 3 way end story stuff, and missed some glorious reveal...

I don't feel it come close to the scale of Cryptonomicon which had multiple timelines and multiple perspectives wrapped up in an admittedly more firework laden storyline. Anathem is a single perspective wrapped around one topic which starts to really drag when we hit long wordy chapters filled with philosophical navel gazing.

Twas OK, maybe 2-3 stars out of 5. I'm coming to Anathem after reading the fantastic Wolf Hall/Bring Up the Bodies books from Hilary Mantell, who really knows how to build a character, so perhaps I'm treating Anathem too harshly as the comparison highlights its failings more acutely.

Kaius  ·  1722 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Google hires moot.

I wouldn't be surprised if he becomes prominent in some new social experimental app or maybe even hangouts. Google are likely using him as a traffic draw but its a real long shot as to whether his audience would use their platform...