Reader Mail – 12/23/2012 To 12/29/2012

Poobah commented on Rise Of Legends - No Patch Server! - v2.5 patch.
I downloaded it... now what? all it has is the blank file and no way to extract it or to apply the download. If you could give a step by step from after the download that would help

You need a program called 7zip to extract it. I said that in a previous comment.


Anonymous Coward commented on Reader Mail - 12/16/2012 To 12/22/2012.
Happy Christmas!

Thank you for producing your blog. You are doing a public service. It is important to describe in detail how government and banks steal from us, otherwise it can be dismissed.

Martin Schleier commented on Reader Mail - 12/16/2012 To 12/22/2012.

I stumbled across this webblog topic about something which happend in 1922...

It sort of reminded me of you and your blog.

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So yeah, maybe it has some answers for what you're looking for... Or at least it provides a new POV about this whole crazy psycho business.

At first, I thought it was spam. Now, I see it's on-topic.

If you are working somewhere and getting paid for it, you should try to answer all reasonable requests. However, there's a point where you say no (i.e., work 10 hours a day for a long time). There's a point where you walk away (i.e., your boss is an abusive jerk). There's a point where you realize someone is clueless and not worth your time (i.e., they talk about design patterns or node.js, and have no real useful skills).

Another example is the Welfare State. It is extremely damaging. It is damaging to the people who are taxed to pay for it. It is damaging to the recipients, who get used to handouts rather than working. It's like someone who feeds stray cats and wonders why there are so many cats hanging around.

Some pro-State troll might say "Taxes don't drain productive workers. That money is returned to the economy." It is returned to the economy, but it goes to insiders. If I had a rebate of all the taxes I'd ever paid, I could afford to start my own business with money left over.

I had an interesting interview recently. The main boss seemed to have good business sense in his nontechnical area. He was trying to make an Internet-based business, but had hired the wrong people and wasted a lot of money. My preliminary analysis was "Your existing code sucks. I'll start over and make something better quickly." He had a reasonable business plan. I've seen a lot of websites in his area, all of which sucked. Everyone thinks they have a brilliant revolutionary idea, but then hires an incompetent twit to execute.

It's interesting to see the hostility to some of my comments! The hostility to the posts on node.js, Design Patterns, and TDD is an important point. They say "FSK doesn't like these things because he is unqualified." Actually, I noticed that stupid people hide behind bad ideas, because they let them hide their incompetence. It's easier to spout buzzwords than deliver a working product.

I've fallen behind on posting. I'm hoping for my motivation to return soon.

Martin Schleier commented on Reader Mail - 12/16/2012 To 12/22/2012.

At first, I thought it was spam. Now, I see it’s on-topic.

well, a preview button would have helped ;)... Anyway I did confirm that I wasn't a spammer, so by definition it wasn't spam.

Another example is the Welfare State. It is extremely damaging. It is damaging to the people who are taxed to pay for it. It is damaging to the recipients, who get used to handouts rather than working. It’s like someone who feeds stray cats and wonders why there are so many cats hanging around.

well, I'm not from USA but from Europe [Yeah, that land-mass which gave the world the Welfare State]. However, here we don't think of the welfare state as damaging. In fact, the idea came about because of the destruction of WW1 and WW2 a lot of [good and bad] people had suddenly become "stray cats". So the state had to intervene to help the people to help themselves. Otherwise WW3 would have happend, because everyone had weapons and believe me, no one was affraid anymore to use them!

Now - even after almost 70 years - this is still resounding in the culture and in the people. But it's not easy to get help, you don't extend your arm and open your palm. You have to go through heaps of paper to get help. This seems to be different in the US, where people seem to be much more "accomodating". In Western Europe you can walk by the hobos on the street without getting a bad conscience [especially during the christmas season]. Simply because it was soley their decision to be on the street. And any time they want, they can get help to get a roof and a bed, but it's not the "soft pillow" you describe. You have to do something to maintain it... And yes, we gladly pay taxes for it [even if it's an illusion and some/most/all of it goes into the pockets of shady politicians like Berlusconi and big companies] because that way we can all say: "We gave it at the office [or in our case state]".

Of course, the American Culture is different, so you might not agree with this at

all. But that's OK.

It’s interesting to see the hostility to some of my comments! The hostility to the posts on node.js, Design Patterns, and TDD is an important point. They say “FSK doesn’t like these things because he is unqualified.” Actually, I noticed that stupid people hide behind bad ideas, because they let them hide their incompetence. It’s easier to spout buzzwords than deliver a working product.

Well, in your schools they tell us that "computer science" was, is and always will be "science" and "software engineering" is likewise "engineering". So, you have to approach any "new (or old, forgotten)" technology with reasonable doubt, but also with an open mind. So, there is a case of node.js, design pattern, TDD. But as with everything it needs to be properly applied and executed for it to work [of course, this translates into... it's never done and bits are missing!]. But it always helps knowing this because if you talk to people about this stuff and they don't know the "scientific" way then you can instantly "retort" any criticism about qualtification.

[Of course, this doesn't work in the US. People there aren't so snobby and there are lots of self-taught execs, which don't know and never cared about "science" and "engineering", because "it is always in the way" and "no one got time for that".]

Man... what a load of ****. :-D

Actually, some spammers have updated their scripts to account for the growmap anti-spam plugin. It isn't completely foolproof and I'm looking for something else.

In my experience, people who talk about node.js, design patterns, and TDD tend to be clueless, rather than people who really know what they're doing. I'm pretty good at evaluating people's ability.

Martin Schleier commented on Reader Mail - 12/16/2012 To 12/22/2012.

 
Another example is the Welfare State. It is extremely damaging. It is damaging to the people who are taxed to pay for it. It is damaging to the recipients, who get used to handouts rather than working. It’s like someone who feeds stray cats and wonders why there are so many cats hanging around.

Some pro-State troll might say “Taxes don’t drain productive workers. That money is returned to the economy.” It is returned to the economy, but it goes to insiders. If I had a rebate of all the taxes I’d ever paid, I could afford to start my own business with money left over.

well, I see two different things here. People who live of the welfare state are usually poor... furthermore they didn't make the laws, they just living by them. And some of them quite successfully/abusive. But as I said, they didn't make the rules. So, it's not their fault if they found a way to exploit the system. In fact, I would applaud them for their intelligence, cunning and ingenuity even though if it is totally against the grain [of course, these "smart and clever exploiters" should not be confused with frauds and ruthless criminals. And of course, this is

only relevant if they managed not to get caught! If you want someone to blame, then blame those who allowed/allows it and don't do anything against it, even though they know full well what's happening.].

Now for "insiders", the situation is different. They can make their own rules, so one might say they are above the law. Of course, in this case I agree there is not much you can do... Except keep up the "good work", ranting about it all day long and stay on the track once a movement gains momentum [This worked before! In Tunisia, In Libya, In Egypt, In East Germany, In France, In Spain, In India and also in the US].

Good Luck and Goodbye!

Martin Schleier commented on Reader Mail - 12/16/2012 To 12/22/2012.

 

Actually, some spammers have updated their scripts to account for the growmap anti-spam plugin. It isn’t completely foolproof and I’m looking for something else.

In my experience, people who talk about node.js, design patterns, and TDD tend to be clueless, rather than people who really know what they’re doing. I’m pretty good at evaluating people’s ability.

Well, if you think you have the ability to evaluating other people's programming capabilities. You should go into HR and start to write your exploits on dailywtf, or else it'll be just another semi-useless skill.

Even though I'm great at evaluating technical ability, that doesn't mean I'm able to get a job as a hiring manager or recruiter.

In fact, HR and headhunters are responsible for most of the problems plaguing technical hiring. They have promoted the idea that keyword screening is the best way to hire people. That enables technically illiterate people to screen resumes.

When resumes are filtered by keywords and not technical ability, that also favors liars. If you lie on your resume, you get more interviews. Those keywords are not relevant for the job, so it doesn't matter.

Unless you're a top programmer yourself, it's very hard/impossible to tell the difference between a great programmer and a great liar. In a corrupt economy, the liars have a great advantage. They force the competent and honest people out of the market.


Anonymous Coward commented on I'm Sick Of Hearing About The Fiscal Cliff.
If your government clowns created the money for themselves from thin air, instead of borrowing it at interest from the bankers, who create it from thin air, THEN at least the government won't be on the hook to pay interest to the banksters.

The bankers are not truly private businesses operating in a free market. They have a government license to print money from thin air and then charge the government interest on it.

This is a huge perk.

Anonymous Coward commented on I'm Sick Of Hearing About The Fiscal Cliff.

I watched the Max Keiser show recently.

If you have ever wondered why our fool of the United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cam-Moron gives so much of our money away to help foreign countries, it is because millions of pounds of that cash ends up in the hands of British ex-civil servants acting as consultants.

Money for the boys.

3 Responses to Reader Mail – 12/23/2012 To 12/29/2012

  1. I do agree the Welfare state is damaging.

    It would be far better to lower taxes and have rent controls, so that people could survive on low paid and part-time work.

    Instead in the United Kingdom, government thugs put single mothers in jail when they take up part-time work to feed their children as high rents force them to claim housing benefit which precludes them from working.

    However if you are a Member of Parliament that steals money via fraudulent expense claims, you will get away with it. Either no prosecution will take place and after a suitable time out of government office, you will be given a government minister job again. Or your court case will be thrown as you will be declared unfit to stand trial.

    One law for ordinary people and one law for thieving politicians.

    If there was no welfare state there would be a revolution when people begin to starve. That is the only reason there is a welfare state.

    The better solution is land reform. Property and land should be returned to the workers instead of being in the hands of royalty and wealthy clowns.

    There is nothing wrong with earned wealth from inventions and producing valuable goods. But wealth from owning vasts amounts of land passed down is theft from the working population.

    Let the people be able to support themselves. They cannot do this without land and resources.

    • Rent control is another fake reform. The real problem is inflation.

      When there’s inflation, rents rise. However, interest rates and salaries don’t keep pace with inflation. People are forced out of their homes, due to inflation. The “solution” is not to reduce inflation, but to impose rent control.

      Who owns a rent controlled apartment? The landlord doesn’t own it, because he isn’t allowed to charge the fair free market rent. (Landlords receive other State subsidies, via negative interest rates. When you buy an investment property, you usually maximize your leverage and mortgage. This maximizes profit due to negative interest rates, except when there’s a bubble and a bust.)

      With sound money and a fixed money supply, rents would be stable or slightly decreasing.

      • In the United Kingdom, a decade or two ago a bunch of clowns (actually most of the population) had the idea that they could gain wealth by buying buy-to-rent flats and houses.

        So most of the UK didn’t bother producing real goods and services. Why bother? Their house prices went up more each year than their whole yearly salary. Why work hard at work, when your house price is going up 50, 000 pounds a year?

        So everybody feel asleep in the UK as everybody was getting rich off of increasing house prices.

        Today house prices are so expensive, no real worker can afford to buy a house.

        Only if you are a thieving bankster, bent lawyer or politician can you afford to buy a house.

        The small percentage of the UK doing real work now can’t afford to buy a house and so they must rent a house from the lazy people that bought houses 20 years ago when they were cheaper.

        So we have millions of clowns that got lucky to buying cheap and they are living up all the people with real jobs.

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