I had trouble swallowing this story about the 10oz debased bar (electroplated tungsten coins on the other hand, could be plausible).
The thing about drilling into a gold bar and filling it with tungsten is this: the melting point of tungsten is 3422C while that of gold is 1064C. That is over a 2000 degree difference, and given the thermal and electrical conductive properties of gold (in a nutshell, it conducts both very well), I am supposed to believe that people are pouring molten tungsten into hollow gold bars without said bars melting long before the tungsten has solidified?
Yeah, ok. Sure.
Regarding gold-plated tungesten, I thought the way you do it is make a tunsten core first, and then plate/pour the gold core around it. The gold plating is soft and easy to work with, making it easy to add things like serial #, fake mint name, etc.
During the silver bubble in the 80's, drilled-out 1000oz bars were common. People would take a 1000oz silver bar, drill holes in it, fill it with a metal alloy cheaper than silver but with the same density, and then cover it with silver.
Dan commented on Government-Funded Arenas And The NHL Lockout.
The owner of the Oilers, Daryl Katz, recently strong-armed Edmonton council into agreeing to a new arena deal. The original proposal was blatantly one-sided and struck down by council, but the one that succeeded was barely better.
The Oilers have been catastrophic losers for the last several consecutive years. Yet the current arena sells every seat in the house at every Oilers game. We have one of the most dedicated fanbases in the league. Katz levied thinly-veiled threats that without a new arena with higher capacity, he might take the team elsewhere.
It is obvious that threat had no teeth, but it made council jump. Now, property taxes will go up in order to subsidize a billionaire's hobby enterprise. The city is on the hook for the majority of construction expenses, while Katz' portion of the cost will be paid out over the course of 35 years. It is effectively an interest-free loan made with my money at zero interest without my consent.
The ability of sports team owners to bend entire cities to their whim is frightening.
Just ask the people of Glendale, Arizona.
It's mostly lobbying and the Principal-Agent problem. Sports league owners are already billionaires and insiders. It's very easy for them to lobby for a State-paid stadium. That's a government subsidy of their business.
If I wanted to start my own entertainment business, I wouldn't get the same State subsidy that sports leagues get. I'm paying higher taxes to subsidize their business. Even if I had a successful small entertainment business, the taxes I pay subsidize my competitors, larger sports leagues.
Vanessa Bheem commented on Is The Go Programming Language Worth Learning?.
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Jerome commented on Small Fixed-Bid Software Contracts Are A Bad Idea.
I think if you did help write the specification with no pay you should reasonably be able to insist it is your intellectual property and if he wanted to use it for a different contractor's bid he would have to compensate you.
I know you will find pitfalls with that solution but it might be worth considering.
If he uses my specification with someone else, how can I prove it? It isn't practical to sue and collect.
The best defense against a shady employer is refusing to deal with them.
not_PC commented on Reader Mail - 06/23/2013 To 06/29/2013.
You were told to go to college, keep your head down and work. Now, you look up and see that you were screwed by those that led you there... now what?
There are two lies. One lie is the "broken social contact". That's the lie "Go to college, learn useful skills, work hard, and you'll always have a job." That turned out to be a lie for me.
There's the bigger lie, that the political and economic system is one big scam. For that, agorism is the only strategy I can think of that works. However, that requires some competent partners, to get an underground economy started.
Anonymous Coward commented on Partially Employed!.
> Fixing someone else’s code is a lot harder than writing new code from scratch.
You are absolutely right. I had one job that was a complete car crash.
There was one idiot in a senior position that wrote the most badly designed, rubbish, buggy code.
Despite having decades of experience and a list of successful, brilliant pieces of work launched, he just used me to debug his awful code - one bug at a time.
It was a complete waste of my time. The months rolled into years and I found myself achieving nothing. It was a slow motion car crash. You can't fix a stupid silly design by fixing one bug at a time.
So I wrote a lot of software from scratch in my own time and on my own equipment. The results were a big improvement.
I wrote high quality code in a fraction of time devoted to fixing his buggy mess.
For doing that work, I just got knifed and slagged off. No good deed goes unpunished.
For this project, the website 95% works, and only needs some bugfixes. A complete rewrite is beyond the scope of hiring me part-time. Based on my estimate, it would take me somewhat less time to just fix the bugs, than rewrite it cleanly. Due to the "single page app" style, a gradual refactoring is not possible. (A proper cleanup would make each screen in the website a separate URL.)
Anonymous Coward commented on Partially Employed!.
It is great news that you are working again.
You have already tried to get full-time employment for a single employer. I am not fit to give advice as I gave up on this route several years ago. I do miss working with other people, but like you, I was disheartened by the long interview process, doing technically well, but not getting jobs for no good reason.
I you can hook up with more employers needing occasional work (maybe one month per year) and there ends up enough of them, you could eventually get full-time work spread across many different people. Think of it as an early start to running your own consultancy business.