Reader Mail – 05/26/2013 To 06/01/2013

not_PC commented on Republicans Trolling Gold.
Oh crap.

State thugs are very efficient at enforcing their cartel, especially when it comes to money and taxes, when someone starts making it too easy for others to get greater freedom. More good examples are Richard Simkanin, Irwin Schiff, and Larken Rose.

Here's another one, the "Liberty Reserve".

Thank commented on Rise Of Legends - No Patch Server! - v2.5 patch.
Been looking everywhere for this patch.


Anele Ivanova commented on Javascript Still Sucks.

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I don't have guest posts. If you have an article on your own blog, post a link in the comments. If it isn't spam, I'll look at it. (I suspect this is spam.)

AC commented on Is My Blogging Motivation And Ability Returning?.
Not really related to the post, but I did encounter an odd situation which I didn't fully describe before.

I originally applied to Google at Location X. I filled out their questionnaire and emailed it back. Obviously they lost it because a few months later they asked me to fill it in again. I never heard back from them.

A few years later Google in Location Y (in a different country to me) asked me to start off the interview process. After a telephone interview, they told me to attend Location X for face-to-face interviews.

When I turn up at Location X, the interviewers were teamed up in several sets of pairs and I was told this was part of their training for interviewers. Essentially one employee would question me and would be judged by the more experienced Google employee.

Afterwards a woman led me into an office to tell me Google wouldn't contact me if I didn't get the job. A bit off I thought.

The thought did occur to me that Google were using me as a free volunteer to help them practise interview technique or to calibrate their interview questions.

A couple of months later I got curious and emailed the recruiter, but I didn't hear back from her.

The strange thing is that I live very near Google at Location X. So why was I interviewed for a job at Location Y, but by people working at Location X? It is unusual to be interviewed by people you aren't going to work with.

On the Internet, I heard talk that Location X had a hiring freeze as they were trying to move people to Location Y. Location Y may well have ended up a token office.

Not quite sure what to make of it.

Many, many years later I got an email from another Google recruiter saying they missed an opportunity the last time around. I didn't go forward with another interview process because they wanted to incidentally publish some pre-interview coding sessions i.e. ask me to write code in a public document on the Internet with my christian and surname as part of the URL. Given they wanted to ask me to program in languages I haven't used for about 8 years, this could look bad for me.

I did ask if they would stick with just the ability to get working code out, but not in any particular language as the main thing, but the recruiter couldn't find that out for me. Also if the document URL didn't contain my name, I would have been more likely to take part.

Who wants to be quizzed about a computer language you haven't used for 6 years or so and then have the results available to all on the Internet?

Anonymous Coward commented on Who Would Forget To Repair The Roads?.
As described before in the UK, we pay 20% income tax, 11% National Insurance, 11% hidden employers' payroll tax, 20% Value Added Tax/Fuel Tax/Sales Tax, 1000 pounds a year council tax, 40% inheritance tax (above a threshold), stamp duty on the sales of property, 20% capital gains tax etc.

The effective rate of taxation must be 50 - 60% if not more.

Over the past month, I developed a sickness. I saw one National Health Service doctor provided by my taxes. He simply said I didn't have an infection and that was that. He wasn't interested in what I said happened before the sickness, which would have provided clues what was doing on. It was a waste of time. As is my right, I changed my doctor. I saw a new one. Again he wasn't interested. Again he was I didn't have an infection. He wasn't interested why this problem suddenly appeared after decades of healthy life. He wasn't interested in finding out what had changed in my life.

Anyway I search on Google about the area and found out several possible causes. I had some clues, but I was dumb. Finally I figured out what was causing it. I removed the cause from my life and hey presto, I was 50% better within one day. Two days later I am better still and it looks like I'm healing.

I also noticed that National Health Service doctors all run private practices on the side. When I was trying to find a new General Practitioner to register with I saw some reviews on the GPs in my area.

Quite a few times it was said that National Health Service doctors take the government salary but aren't interested in NHS patients. One doctor even told a NHS patient he had his 10 minutes as he was only a NHS patient, not a private one!

This is immoral. We pay 60% taxes. NHS doctors take the government wage. But they resent seeing NHS patients and work on the side really private patients for cash.

This is all terribly wrong.

The only good thing is that Google search told me the cause of my illness and I am now getting better. However the cause was so commonplace and so obvious I missed it. It can be difficult.

I am also shocked doctors receive training in all the details on how our bodies work, but they are completely unaware of commonplace simple practises people can use to get better from very common ailments.

They might know all about how the body works, but it is pointless if they don't care and don't think.

Chrono commented on Negative Interest Rates Destroy Capital.
I really appreciate this article. The best part was describing exactly how regular people could solve a problem without the annoying complicated government 'solution.' Also that you explain how the government makes it worse. I think capital choices are still made relative to the alternatives, since the company destroying value is probably still making the best investment given the situation. We are at the point where we can easily map out the pieces of the state that are the strongest of its foundations. I think the next step for us is to map out the pieces of the free market which we can found it on.

The capital-destroying investment really destroys capital. It is profitable for the person who makes it, but a net loss for society as a whole.

Due to severe negative interest rates, almost all "investments" made by CEOs are actually capital-destroying.

It's amusing to read CEOs bragging in their annual report "We grew earnings by 15%-20% per share last year!" My reaction is "That's nice, but that's still less than true inflation."

As long as you use State money, you're financing capital-destroying investments via inflation and loss of purchasing power. The only way to avoid theft via inflation is tangible assets, mostly gold and silver, taking physical delivery.

I don't have access to cheap capital at negative interest rates, so they only way I can grow a business is via reinvested earnings. However, when I save my salary or earnings to start/grow a business, I get robbed via inflation, which is used to finance banksters and insiders.

Anonymous Coward commented on Negative Interest Rates Destroy Capital.

Perhaps you could measure inflation by the massive increase in the cost per click on Google Adwords.

Back in the year 2005, you could pay between 5 to 15 cents per click.

Now it is well over one dollar per click.

Consider selling software: the classic metric is 1 sale every 100 downloads.

I recently launched a little piece of software, almost just for fun. 10% of people visiting its web page go on to download the software. Of those 10%, 10% that download it end up buying a copy. So the sales rate is 1% per web-page visitor.

I have a main piece of software and the statistics for it are a little better, but not out by a staggering amount.

That means if you advertise with Google Adwords (and don't get many natural search ranking visitors) Google wants at least $100 per sale. That is shocking.

So say the cost per click was 7 cents in 2005.

In 2013, the cost is 100 cents.

In the exalted land of greedy Google clowns, the inflation rate per year is 40%!!!!!

Well they need all that money to buy Android and give it away free! Ha! Well, they do make a lot of acquisitions and all their projects - other than Adwords - can't be that profitable. They probably all lose money.

Anonymous Coward commented on VC And The Illusion Of Selectivity.
I discovered that a company very near where I live was hiring software developers. Now I live in a mostly residential area, with the only businesses really being grocery shops, supermarkets, mobile phone shops, restaurants, clothes shops etc.

So I was surprised by this. What they were doing looked like a rather limited area for a software developer, but I had an open mind as a lot of companies do a lot of things you don't realize initially.

I went to an interview. They asked me a technical question. I correctly answered it. I then pointed out that on my personal website I had written some software that made use of the area they were asking about. In fact about a decade ago one very famous software company put a link to my software on the front page of their website for a time as a demonstration of their technology!!!!! I'm pretty sure I mentioned that on my resume/CV.

Anyway I did technically well in the questions they asked me.

One of my interviewers asked me to hand over the source code for my application, but I politely refused.

A couple of weeks later I got a letter from them. I thought their letter was a little snotty. It said they had received a large number of high quality applications and as such they weren't going to hire me.

At the time I was also running my own small software business. As this was some years ago, the income from this hadn't yet reached its peak.

Eventually the company I had the interview at went bust and disappeared.

My business is still selling software.

The interview process is also an ego boost for the interviewers. They get to see all the applicants coming in and supplicating for a job.

Doh-San commented on VC And The Illusion Of Selectivity.

And who's to say that they're picking the *best* 1%? So much depends on the criteria they're using for their picks. Smart people use intrinsic criteria; idiots use extrinsic criteria.

It certainly is possible that they are picking worse than randomly. For example, at many interviews, I can see the hiring manager thinking "Uh oh! FSK is smarter than me! If I hire him, my own job may be at risk!" In that case, he's picking worse than randomly (based on what's best for the business), but he is picking well (based on preserving his own job security).

The funny thing is that I don't aggressively seek out promotions, yet almost every hiring manager is concerned about himself when rejecting me.

MP commented on Is The Go Programming Language Worth Learning?.
According to TIOBE it's in the 51-100 group in the latest survey, below languages like Forth (41) and Ladder Logic (which we actually use where I work for PLC's controlling hydraulics, etc.).

I'm more interested in the trend. Will it crack the top 10-20? If it will, I should start learning it now. If it won't, it would be a waste of time.

Also, TIBOE is based on search engine results, which makes me question the validity. For example, "C" is #1, but it may be picking up searches for "C++" or "C#" or people who use 'C' in other contexts.

MP commented on Is The Go Programming Language Worth Learning?.

Yes, TIOBE is limited, but looking at google trends for "go programming language" shows the initial spike from the announcement in 2009, but flat ever since. If it were being used in the industry, people would be searching more and more for details, syntax questions, etc. Barring actual anecdotes or studies, it's the best info I can find.

I'm curious about it as well, and as I've agreed with your assessment of Rails & js I'll be keeping an eye on what you find.

More importantly, I haven't seen Go ever mentioned in a job ad.

It's nice to see that some people agree that Rails and node.js suck, even though there was a big flamewar in the comments for those posts.

Even if Go really is a great language, there's no guarantee people will use it.

Naresh Cron commented on Is The Go Programming Language Worth Learning?.

Interesting, a new language with higher level features that runs like c/++. Personally I do most stuff in python myself since run time is rarely a concern for most of it but it’s been a minor issue even so. I somewhat dislike c++’s annoyingly excessive in its requirements to declare everything and its lack of quick import and use methods, and I’ve been annoyed no one has yet developed a programing language that automatically fill in the details missing for higher level languages while compiling into something efficient. While it makes sense that a language with more flexibility would be some less efficient the ratio are horrible. I don’t know a ton about compilers but it seems to me that there needs to more work on automated computer language translation so algorithms are just converted to a near ideal form and any programming language can be used for any project or at least something close. I’ve looked in to how switching language s within a function or program works, and while it’s doable in some instances passing variables from an object in one language to a function in another is not close to automatic and efficient. Unfortunately as you said stuff like this is all mostly irrelevant for since most people who set projects are more about tradition and “common standards” then efficient or effective work.

When I use C++, I don't use all of the crazy language features. I don't use multiple inheritance. I don't use dynamic_cast. I limit my use of templates. (I wrote my own template classes that are faster than the STL.) If you avoid the weird stuff, C++ isn't that bad of a language.

I don't know if Go has performance similar to C, but that was the claims I've read. I do a lot of number-crunching, so the 100x+ slowdown of higher-level languages is a problem.

If the higher-level languages were 2x or 3x slower, it wouldn't bother me. When it's 100x slower, that's too much.

Some languages easily support calls to other languages, and some don't.

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