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Learn How to Pass (or Beat) a Polygraph "Test" | AntiPolygraph.org
Did you know:

The consensus view among scientists is that polygraph testing has no scientific basis?
The FBI considered the creator of the lie detector test to be a phony and a crackpot?
The man who started the CIA's polygraph program thought that plants can read human thoughts?
The foremost polygraph advocate in academia was discredited by a federal judge?
A prominent past-president of the American Polygraph Association is a phony Ph.D., and this premier polygraph organiza...
fraud  polygraph  idiots  funny 
5 days ago by hellsten
Chart of the Decade: Why You Shouldn’t Trust Every Scientific Study You See – Mother Jones
Then, in 2000, the rules changed. Researchers were required before the study started to say what they were looking for. They couldn’t just mine the data afterward looking for anything that happened to be positive. They had to report the results they said they were going to report.

Before 2000, researchers cheated outrageously. They tortured their data relentlessly until they found something—anything—that could be spun as a positive result, even if it had nothing to do with what they were l...
research  science  statistics  healthcare  health  life  idiots  scams  best 
8 days ago by hellsten
Bitcoin mining could cancel out climate change efforts, scientists say | CBC News
In 2017, bitcoin production and usage emitted an estimated 69 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent, the researchers said.

That year, bitcoin was involved in less than 0.5 per cent of the world's cashless transactions, they said.

As the currency becomes more common, researchers said it could use enough electricity to emit about 230 gigatonnes of carbon within a decade and a half. One gigatonne is equal to one billion tonnes of carbon.
bitcoin  cryptcurrencies  idiots 
17 days ago by hellsten
Dokument inifrån: Den stora sjukhusstriden - Avsnitt 2 | SVT Play
- en utredare skulle räkna dödligheten vid komplicerade kirurgiska ingrepp, men han räknade förlossningar, och personer som var döende, politiker tog hans utredning på stort allvar
- ingen granskade utredningen, förrän en utredande reporter gjorde det
- "träning ger färdighet"
- volym inte kvalitet
- väntetider längre, folk dör i cancer
- experter, som kirurger, professorer håller inte med
- 500 döda, men endast 370 bevisat
- och av statistiken var 7% avancerade kirurgiska ingrepp, resten t.ex. trakeotomi, förlossning, palleativvård etc
- samma dödsfall räknat flera gånger då många åtgärder på samma person
idiots  statistics  healthcare  sweden  surgery 
7 weeks ago by hellsten
Norwegian Consumer Council report on how tech companies use dark patterns [pdf] | Hacker News
Good summary of dark patterns and consent, on page 7:
> In digital services, design of user interfaces is in many ways even more important than the words used ... Dark patterns are considered ethically problematic, because they mislead users into making choices that are not in their interest, and deprive them of their agency.

> This is particularly problematic given the power imbalances and information asymmetries that already exist between many service providers and their users ... a suspicion that tampering with default settings might remove important functionality, may affect the tendency to leave default settings alone.

> ... information asymmetry in many digital services becomes particularly large because most users cannot accurately ascertain the risks of exposing their privacy. If a user is asked to trade their personal data for a short-term financial benefit, such as a discount, the actual cost of the trade-off is difficult to grasp. In this case, the short-term gain (discount) is tangible and immediate, while the potential loss (privacy) long term.
google-evil  facebook  idiots  assholes  business  advertising 
june 2018 by hellsten
The Machine Fired Me | Hacker News
> This is literally an episode of Better Off Ted.[1] In it, the titular Ted is inadvertenly deleted from the company system when trying to correct a misspelling of his last name. Eventually, he is forced to interview for his own job as the system had already put out an ad for his replacement. I think the most striking part of it, and of the true story from the post, is the human factor - the idea that the humans involved looked to the system as an authority and followed its orders blindly.
I wonder what other examples there are of people blindly following technology - people driving into lakes because their GPS told them to, etc. Plus, as our society gets more and more dependent on these systems, we may lose out on the flexibility that human mediators and problem solvers once gave us. The human tendency to defer to authority may never be as terrifying as when that authority is held by an uncaring machine with a couple bugs.



> The episode about the black engineer who isn't detected by the motion sensors is basically straight out of HP's webcam fiasco[1](although the show takes it to the logical and hilarious extreme).


> Reminds me of Frank Herbert's ominous (fictional) prophecy:
“Once men turned their thinking over to machines in the hope that this would set them free. But that only permitted other men with machines to enslave them.”
future  prediction  ml  ai  machine-learning  funny  idiots  hn 
june 2018 by hellsten
Facebook is in the privacy spotlight but should Google be next | Hacker News
"If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place;"

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt told CNBC's Maria Bartiromo 12-7-09.

The "Google policy is to get right up to the creepy line and not cross it;"

Said Google Chairman Eric Schmidt 10-1-10 per the Atlantic.

"Show us 14 photos of yourself and we can identify who you are;"

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt told the 2010 Techonomy conference.

"We know where you are. We know where you've been. We can more or less know what you're thinking about;"

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt 10-1-10 per the Atlantic.

"It's a future where you don't forget anything…"In this new future you're never lost...We will know your position down to the foot and down to the inch over time;"

Explained Google Chairman Eric Schmidt at TechCrunch, 9-28-10.

"No harm, no foul;" Concerning Google's unauthorized collection of WiFi signals from tens of millions of homes in 33 countries over three years, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt told the Times of London in May 2010.
eric-schmidt  google-evil  idiots 
april 2018 by hellsten
After Surgery in Germany, I Wanted Vicodin, Not Herbal Tea | Hacker News
“To paraphrase him [German anesthesiologist], he said: ‘Pain is a part of life. We cannot eliminate it nor do we want to. The pain will guide you. You will know when to rest more; you will know when you are healing. If I give you Vicodin, you will no longer feel the pain, yes, but you will no longer know what your body is telling you. You might overexert yourself because you are no longer feeling the pain signals. All you need is rest. And please be careful with ibuprofen. It’s not good for your kidneys. Only take it if you must. Your body will heal itself with rest.”’
pain  health  idiots 
january 2018 by hellsten
A Cryptocurrency Website Changes Its Data, and $100B in Market Value Vanishes | Hacker News
No, dogecoin theoretically caps out at ~30 transactions a second. Bitcoin caps out at ~7 tx/s. This bottleneck increases demand for tx completion and raises tx fees for bitcoin.
The Dogecoin network can handle 4.5x more traffic than the Bitcoin network, meaning the satire cryptocurrency is a better technology at being a currency than bitcoin is.

btc  dogecoin  cryptocurrencies  idiots 
january 2018 by hellsten
Brit milah - Wikipedia
The Talmud writes that a "Mohel (Circumciser) who does not suck, creates a danger and should be dismissed from practice".[33][34] Rashi on that Talmudic passage explains that this step is in order to draw some blood from deep inside the wound to prevent danger to the baby.[35] There are other modern antiseptic and antibiotic techniques—all used as part of the brit milah today—which many say accomplish the intended purpose of metzitzah, however, since metzitzah is one of the four steps to fulfill Mitzvah, it continues to be practiced by many Orthodox and Hassidic Jews.
religion  idiots 
december 2017 by hellsten
How to Stop Advertising Notifications from the Google Photo App - Google Product Forums
I woke up to see a "Free Shipping For all photo book orders through Monday" notification (in the notification tray and lock screen) from Google Photos on my Pixel 1 powered by Google Fi.

As I understand it, this is a pre-installed app. I do not want my pre-installed apps sending me advertising notifications. 

I looked at the Google Photos app in the Play Store and it does not have a 'Contains in-app advertisements' badge. 

The reason why I bought a Pixel from Google directly is because I do not like the adware and bloatware that comes pre-installed on phones from other carriers.
google  evil  evil-corp  idiots  notifications 
november 2017 by hellsten
Huippusuosittuihin asuntorahastoihin liittyy vaiettuja riskejä – sijoittajat eivät välttämättä saa rahojaan pois - Talous - Helsingin Sanomat
Orava-rahaston pari vuotta kestänyt nousukiito katkesi runsas vuosi sitten. Rahaston hyvä tulos oli perustunut pitkälti siihen, että se osti suuria asuntomassoja edullisella tukkuhinnalla ja kirjasi ne sitten taseeseen sillä hinnalla, millä rahasto arvioi yksittäisten asuntojen olevan myytävissä.

Tämä täysin laskennallinen arvonnousu kirjattiin yhtiön tulokseksi. Kun sijoitusasuntojen kysyntä kasvoi, tukkualennukset loppuivat ja Oravan tulos romahti.

Hyvin vähän on puhuttu siitä, että aivan samalla tavalla ovat toimineet myös asuntosijoitusrahastot. OP-Vuokratuoton salkunhoitaja Antero Tenhunen kertoo, että alkuvuosien korkeat tuotot ovat osittain perustuneet juuri suurten ostojen tukkualennuksiin.

”Ulkopuolinen arvioitsija on arvioinut, mikä asuntojen käypä arvo yksittäin myytynä olisi. Erotus on voitu kirjata rahaston tulokseen”, Tenhunen sanoo.


RAHASTOJEN toinen riski on Metsolan mukaan vielä vakavampi, ja se liittyy rahastojen erityisluonteeseen. Mitä tapahtuisi, jos rahastojen tuotot putoaisivat vielä nykyisestä, markkinoilla alettaisiin puhua asuntojen hintojen laskusta jopa kasvukeskuksissa ja yhä useampi osuuden omistaja katsoisi parhaaksi vetää sijoituksensa pois?


Asunnot tai kokonaiset kivitalot sen sijaan liikkuvat hitaasti. Puhumattakaan keskeneräisistä vuokrataloista, joita asuntorahastot itse rakennuttavat. Jos iso joukko rahaston osakkaita päättäisi vetää rahansa pois, se ei välttämättä onnistuisi.

”Väitän, että rahastot eivät kestäisi edes sellaista tilannetta, joka tällä hetkellä on Ruotsissa. Siellä asuntojen hinnat ovat selvästi notkahtaneet. Analysoimme jo kymmenen vuotta sitten, että melko pienetkin markkinahäiriöt voisivat johtaa tällaisessa avoimessa rahastossa pääomien nostokierteeseen, joka kaataisi rahaston”, Metsola sanoo.


Uusien vuokra-asuntojen tuotannosta jo noin puolet on neljän viime vuoden aikana mennyt usein rahastomuotoisille asuntosijoittajille.


”Myös taloyhtiöiden pitää ihan uudella tavalla pohtia, miten talon asioihin vaikuttaa se, että esimerkiksi puolet asunnoista omistaa sijoitusrahasto. Jos rahaston on pakko päästä eroon omistamistaan asunnoista, se vaikuttaa varmasti hintatasoon”, Brotherus sanoo.
idiots  funny  housing-bubble  finland 
november 2017 by hellsten
Bitfinex never ‘repaid’ their tokens, Bitfinex started a ponzi scheme | Hacker News
- shows Bitfinex raking in over 15% of the current market volume. I wonder what will happen to the price if they go under.

- Bitfinex gets ‘hacked’ and loses $72 million dollars of their customers funds, then seizes 36% of all user balances.

- Listing a fork which has no functioning implementation really, really takes the cake. Due to Bitfinex listing the fork, the ‘market cap’ of Bitcoin Gold… is a whopping ~$2 billion dollars. In the past week, there have been over $35,000,000 (estimated, lowball) of trading.

- Bitfinex essentially created $2 billion dollars of completely imaginary money, just like they created over $50+ million dollars of imaginary money to pay off the victims of the hack.

- Bitfinex’s primary business is now imaginary money, since Bitfinex also owns Tether… which is also imaginary money.

- Prior to publishing this post I was informed that Tethers are on the rise. Today, at the time of this post there has been another 25,000,000 USDT printed.
Historically, this usually means there’s another pump on Bitcoin and altcoins pending. Tethers are usually made in batches of over $100,000,000 total.

- https://www.coingecko.com/en/coins/bitcoin/trading_exchanges
btc  ponzi  idiots  bitcoin 
november 2017 by hellsten
My 20-Year Experience of Software Development Methodologies | Hacker News
There is an insider story about how these methodologies comes about. So there are few groups of people whose sole job is to do consulting on failed/late/over budget projects. Mind you, they don't write code but rather they observe how things are going and then prescribe process/management improvements (McKinsey style). Once in a while, these folks bump in to terrible projects and whatever they prescribed sometime works like a charm. In that case, they take that prescription on road and advertise the hell out in conferences, magazines, blog posts. Unlike regular developers, they have all the time in the world to do these activities. They write books and give interviews and by the media power of distributing information suddenly they pop out as process gods who knows how to fix any project. Eventually the new things starts to fad, people realize what works in project X didn't worked in Y, speaker engagements starts drying out and then these folks need new thing to repeat the cycle.
The obvious problem is that these folks prescribing the development process are not active developers. They are not even part of any real project over any long duration. They are in job of inventing and selling processes and handing out management advice as consultants. Whatever they prescribe, might have worked only in specific context and for specific symptoms, usually with huge dose of luck. Next time when you see new process fad, look up the history of originator of this process, what company he is part of, how much code has he written, how he makes money. You will know what I'm talking about.
methodologies  process  idiots  software-development  hn 
october 2017 by hellsten
Pienten kerrostaloasuntojen historiallinen rakennusbuumi jatkuu – keskikoko enää 45 neliötä - Talous - Helsingin Sanomat
Rakennusteollisuus RT arvioi keskiviikkona, että tänä vuonna aloitetaan 43 000 asunnon rakentaminen. Määrä on 40 prosenttia pitkän aikavälin keskiarvon yläpuolella. Ensi vuonna ylletään luultavasti miltei samoihin lukemiin.

Asuntorakentaminen on käynyt yhtä kiivaana viimeksi nähty 1990-luvun alussa.

KERROSTALOJEN osuus uusista asunnoista on suurempi kuin koskaan. Lähes kolme neljästä uudesta asunnosta valmistuu kerrostaloon.

Uusien asuntojen määrä on historiallisen suuri osin siksi, että yhteen taloon tehdään aiempaa enemmän asuntoja pitämällä ne pienenä. Kun vuonna 2007 uudet kerrostalohuoneistot olivat koko maassa keskimäärin 62 neliömetriä, vastaava koko on kymmenessä vuodessa laskenut 45 neliöön.

Asuntojen pienentyminen on edennyt niin vauhdikkaasti, että se osa asumisen ja rakentamisen asiantuntijoista on varoitellut suuntauksesta. Toisaalta rakennuttajat ovat havainneet, että pienet asunnot viedään yhä käsistä.

OMAKOTITALOJEN rakentaminen on hienoisessa nousussa, vaikka 2000-luvun alkuun nähden yhä vaatimattomalla tasolla. RT:n katsauksessa arvioidaan omakotitalojen aloitusmääräksi 7 500.
housing-bubble  idiots 
october 2017 by hellsten
Google Critic Ousted From Think Tank Funded by the Tech Giant - The New York Times
“Google is very aggressive in throwing its money around Washington and Brussels, and then pulling the strings,” Mr. Lynn said. “People are so afraid of Google now.”
google  evil  idiots 
august 2017 by hellsten
Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation? - The Atlantic
So what are they doing with all that time? They are on their phone, in their room, alone and often distressed.

The results could not be clearer: Teens who spend more time than average on screen activities are more likely to be unhappy, and those who spend more time than average on nonscreen activities are more likely to be happy.

There’s not a single exception. All screen activities are linked to less happiness, and all nonscreen activities are linked to more happiness. Eighth-graders who spend 10 or more hours a week on social media are 56 percent more likely to say they’re unhappy than those who devote less time to social media.

The more time teens spend looking at screens, the more likely they are to report symptoms of depression.

If you were going to give advice for a happy adolescence based on this survey, it would be straightforward: Put down the phone, turn off the laptop, and do something—anything—that does not involve a screen.

Social-networking sites like Facebook promise to connect us to friends. But the portrait of iGen teens emerging from the data is one of a lonely, dislocated generation. Teens who visit social-networking sites every day but see their friends in person less frequently are the most likely to agree with the statements “A lot of times I feel lonely,” “I often feel left out of things,” and “I often wish I had more good friends.” Teens’ feelings of loneliness spiked in 2013 and have remained high since.

Eighth-graders who are heavy users of social media increase their risk of depression by 27 percent, while those who play sports, go to religious services, or even do homework more than the average teen cut their risk significantly.

Social media give middle- and high-school girls a platform on which to carry out the style of aggression they favor, ostracizing and excluding other girls around the clock.

“They just say ‘Okay, okay, whatever’ while they’re on their phones. They don’t pay attention to their family.”

The number of teens who get together with their friends nearly every day dropped by more than 40 percent from 2000 to 2015; the decline has been especially steep recently.

Today’s teens are also less likely to date. The initial stage of courtship, which Gen Xers called “liking” (as in “Ooh, he likes you!”), kids now call “talking”—an ironic choice for a generation that prefers texting to actual conversation. After two teens have “talked” for a while, they might start dating. But only about 56 percent of high-school seniors in 2015 went out on dates; for Boomers and Gen Xers, the number was about 85 percent.

The decline in dating tracks with a decline in sexual activity. The drop is the sharpest for ninth-graders, among whom the number of sexually active teens has been cut by almost 40 percent since 1991. The average teen now has had sex for the first time by the spring of 11th grade, a full year later than the average Gen Xer. Fewer teens having sex has contributed to what many see as one of the most positive youth trends in recent years: The teen birth rate hit an all-time low in 2016, down 67 percent since its modern peak, in 1991.
facebook  instagram  idiots  social-media  kids  life  technology 
august 2017 by hellsten
Informative BTC vs BCH Articles? : BitcoinMarkets
Gavin has also been publicly smeared by the developers at Blockstream and a plot was made against him to have him removed from the development team. Gavin has now been, for all intents an purposes, expelled from bitcoin development. This has meant that all control of bitcoin development is in the hands of the developers working at Blockstream.

There is a new proposal that offers a market based approach to scaling bitcoin. This essentially lets the market decide. Of course, as usual there has been attacks against it, and verbal attacks from the employees of Blockstream. This has the biggest chance of gaining wide support and solving the problem for good.

To give you an idea of Blockstream; It has hired most of the main and active bitcoin developers and is now synonymous with the "Core" bitcoin development team. They AFAIK no products at all. They have received around $75m in funding. Every single thing they do is supported by /u/theymos. They have started implementing an entirely new economic system for bitcoin against the will of it's users and have blocked any and all attempts to scaling the network in line with the original vision.
idiots  bitcoin  btc 
august 2017 by hellsten
A rising sentiment that IBM’s Watson can’t deliver on its promises | Hacker News
The Jeopardy playing Watson (DeepQA pipeline) was a landmark success at Information Retrieval, its architecture is built largely on Apache UIMA and Lucene with proprietary code for scaling out (performance) and filtering & ranking. I'm not an expert on IR so I won't comment further. This is very different from Neural Nets that are all the rage in ML today.
watson  ibm  idiots  ai 
august 2017 by hellsten
What more evidence do we need to stop killing pigs for food? | Aeon Essays
A worker stationed in a slaughterhouse ‘blood pit’ who was interviewed by Jonathan Safran Foer for his book Eating Animals (2009) describes the culture of aggression that arises in slaughterhouses. Often it is not enough to merely kill the pig. ‘You go in hard, push hard, blow the windpipe, make it drown in its own blood. Split its nose,’ said Foer’s informant. ‘A live hog would be running around the pit,’ he said. ‘It would just be looking up at me and I’d be sticking, and I would just take my knife and – eerk – cut its eye out while it was just sitting there. And this hog would just scream.’ This is not the work of an occasional sociopath, it’s representative of the embedded cultural practice of cruelty and violence in slaughterhouses.
pigs  ethics  food  vegetarian  meat  idiots 
july 2017 by hellsten
At $75,560, housing a prisoner in California costs more than a year at Harvard | Hacker News
"Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction."
Legally speaking seems like in the US that prisoners are slaves.
SOURCE: https://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/ourdocs/13thamendment.htm...
slavery  usa  freedom  idiots 
june 2017 by hellsten
Congress Is Trying to Roll Back Internet Privacy Protections | Hacker News
The oligarchy has taken over every form of media communication throughout history. The printing press, the telegraph, the radio, the television. The internet by design was resistent to centralization, the main method used on the other mediums, but the oligarchy fought a small fight in the form of the 90's cryptowars and then sorta let up. They recognize now though, that the last bastion of true, anarchistic freedom of thought is the internet, and globally will begin to attack it through many means, not just legislative.
Decentralization avoiding targeting in an age of mass surveillance is difficult, and this move towards centralization undermines the entire original purpose of the internet as a form of communication that could survive targeting. If we remember this, and build open source, encrypted, decentralized systems, we still might have a chance to keep the internet us older geeks remember.
I also have a theory that it is the technology of the internet that has artificially accelerated the oligarchy's attack time frame, because they are desperate to not let the cat out of the bag. Once the world gets a taste of intellectual freedom, they won't want to go back, and the cat is out of the bag so to speak. This is forcing their hand early and is a weakness.
internet  privacy  congress  idiots 
march 2017 by hellsten
Matias Savolaisen kolumni | Sijoitustieto.fi
Pankkilainasta saa vähentää vain koron, mutta tuluotetun rahoitusvastikkeen saa vähentää kokonaan. Se pitää sisällään koron lisäksi pääomanpalautuksen. Tämä tarkoittaa sitä, että verottaja maksaa meidän esimerkin asunnostamme 27,2 % eli 27 200 euroa. (80% x 100 000€ x 34%). Tämä muuttaa sijoittajan yhtälöä merkittävällä tavalla. Rahoitusjärjestelyllä asuntojen hinta sijoittajalle on alempi kuin oman kodin ostajalle. Verottajalle tehdyn puhelun perusteella verovähennyksen voi tehdä vaikka maksaisi kerralla koko yhtölainan pois. Tämän voi vähentää muista pääomatuloista tai tasapoistona kymmenessä vuodessa alijäämähyvityksenä ansiotulosta. Lainaosuuden voi maksaa vaikka sillä pankkilainalla, jonka pankinjohtaja on luvannut meille. Silloin saamme vähentää vielä senkin koron vuokratuloista. Melkoista karkkia.

Nyt herääkin kysymys, miksi sijoittajille myytävälle uudistuotannolle on luotu tällainen veroporkkana. Tilanne on sama kuin verottaja maksaisi pääomatuloveroprosentin suuruisen osan pörssistä ostamistamme osakkeista? Kyllä minä satasen osakkeita helposti 66 eurolla ostaisin, mutta sitäpä en oikein osaa tehdä.

Verohyöty ei rajaudu vain uudiskohteisiin vaan kaikkiin, joissa on yhtiölainaa ja rahoitusvastike on tuloutettu. Aika harvoin lainaosuudet vain ovat samassa suhteessa asunnon kokonasiarvoon, kuin ne ovat uudistuotannossa. 
tax  finland  housing  housing-bubble  investing  idiots 
november 2016 by hellsten
How the Web Became Unreadable | Hacker News
Designers are ruining software in general. iTunes, the iOS music app, and Google Maps are just a few pieces of software that started out relatively usable (if not exactly stable in the case of iTunes), and have been iterated and stylized to the point where I routinely get enraged by them.
At least Google Maps has walked back that terrible accordion thing that literally drove me crazy.
I basically think design is like a cancer on the web anymore. You know what works? Craiglist, that's what works. Reddit works. Hacker News works. The old, pre-design-goober Google Apps interface worked.
I seriously want to punch a hipster every time I have to use an app that used to work and has now been designed to death.
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state 9 hours ago [-]

As a designer, I agree completely. The problem is: interaction design really is a discipline in its absolute infancy. It's not graphic design. It's not engineering. It's not architecture. Pretty much anyone can just pick it up and start doing it. And the people who decide to ship shitty designs you're complaining about are more concerned with 'pageviews' or 'installs' (and in turn, their bonus) than actual usability.
Compare the process by which an app or website design makes it out into the world to how a patch makes it into an open source project. Anyone can start programming, but to be accepted as a 'good' programmer you're inevitably vetted by other, better programmers. The ad-hoc peer-review of OSS actually works reasonably well. Most importantly: it can be very critical. Most designers I meet today have laughably thin skin.
Try comparing the most successful projects on GitHub to those on Dribble. Dribble makes my skin crawl.
Anyway, you're right. Most contemporary interaction design is absolutely awful. It's going to take time for the rules of the discipline to evolve. We'd probably see this improve a lot if the apps and sites we used weren't optimized for 'engagement'. They just look like slot machines designed by Portlandia characters.
web-design  web  design  google  maps  idiots 
october 2016 by hellsten
react-router/README.md at v4 · ReactTraining/react-router · GitHub
Why the huge change? (AGAIN?!)

tl;dr Declarative Composability.

We've never been this excited about React Router.
idiots  javascript  react.js  funny 
september 2016 by hellsten
Bicycle weight and commuting time: randomised trial | The BMJ
A 30% reduction in bicycle weight did not reduce commuting time over a distance of 27 miles (43.5 km). A new lightweight bicycle may have many attractions, but if the bicycle is used to commute, a reduction in the weight of the cyclist rather than that of the bicycle may deliver greater benefit and at reduced cost.
cycling  weight  idiots  funny 
april 2016 by hellsten
Step by Step Guide to Building React Redux Apps | Hacker News
Wow what an absolute nightmare to wrap my head around. Reminds me of J2EE days of abstract patterns everywhere just because we can. Talk about simplicity.
redux  javascript  idiots 
february 2016 by hellsten
My Paper “Mathiness in the Theory of Economic Growth” | Paul Romer
The style that I am calling mathiness lets academic politics masquerade as science. Like mathematical theory, mathiness uses a mixture of words and symbols, but instead of making tight links, it leaves ample room for slippage between statements in natural versus formal language and between statements with theoretical as opposed to empirical content.
economics  science  idiots 
december 2015 by hellsten
bevacqua/es6
var {foo: baz} = pony is equivalent to var baz = pony.foo
es6  toread  javascript  js  idiots 
november 2015 by hellsten
Här är Nokias succéer och bakslag | SvD
Trots att det är Nokias i särklass största köp verkar bolagets ledning inte ha klart för sig vad man ska göra med det nya innehavet. I boken skildras hur ledningen för Navteq satt och väntade på besked om vad som nu skulle hända. Men inget kom på flera månader.
nokia  idiots 
november 2015 by hellsten
Node.js 5.0 Released | Hacker News
I recently looked at using Node for a simple API backend. ES6 seems like it's not there yet, the stability of Node makes me wary. Constant changes seem exhausting to keep up with. For a simple microservice api you don't want to be upgrading it every 3 days. The continuous change doesn't make sense to me. Trying to get up to speed on all the Node.js ecosystem feels exhausting, only to have it change a few weeks later. Maybe someone using this daily for real APIs could comment if this is the case for them?
I ended up opting for Flask and Python 3x instead, couldn't be happier. I had my API up and running within a day with no prior knowledge of Flask and some Python on and off. I've been able to discuss and teach other team members on it who were also able to pick it up easily.
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matwood 59 minutes ago

JS in general moves fast and packages range from great to WTF in quality. I would suggest using Babel(or something similar) for all future JS development. That way you can use ES2015/2016 features now and have them work in most environments.
I have a built a small API using express and passport and so far these node changes have not impacted my code.
Another option for fast API development is Java 8 with SpringBoot and Jetty. People hate on Java and Spring, but the latest versions of both are very powerful and easy to get going. If you end up needing more it is there.
node.js  javascript  idiots 
october 2015 by hellsten
GM to pay $900 mln, settle U.S. criminal case over ignition switches -sources | Reuters
NEW YORK (Reuters) - General Motors Co has agreed to pay $900 million and sign a deferred-prosecution agreement to end a U.S. government investigation into its handling of an ignition-switch defect linked to 124 deaths, two sources told Reuters.

The deal means GM will be charged criminally with hiding the defect from regulators and in the process defrauding consumers, but the case will be put on hold while GM fulfills terms of the deal, one source said.

No individuals would be charged in the criminal case, one of the sources said.

The company's expected $900 million payment, confirmed by a second source, is less than the $1.2 billion that Toyota Motor Corp paid to resolve a similar case.

GM declined to comment. Spokeswomen for U.S. prosecutors in New York and in Washington also declined to comment.


GM, the No. 1 U.S. automaker, took charges totaling $4.2 billion in 2014 to reflect costs associated with recalls, and a special fund was established to compensate victims of the ignition switch defect. It was not immediately clear whether GM would take additional charges to account for a settlement of the criminal probe.
idiots  gm 
september 2015 by hellsten
https://www.gmo.com/docs/default-source/public-commentary/gmo-quarterly-letter.pdf
To keep the review of this study short, it is probably only necessary to point out that the average bill in
the U.S. Congress has a 31% chance of passing; this chance falls to 30% when the proposed legislation
is hated by average citizens and rises to 32% when they love it! In contrast, love from the economic
elite, although not absolutely guaranteeing success, raises the chances of its passing to 60%. But when
the elite truly detest an issue, it is like passing a death sentence: About 1% of these bills pass!

After every historical major rally in commodity prices, there has been the predictable reaction whereby
capacity is increased. Given the uncertainties of guessing other firms’ expansion plans, the usual result
is a period of excess capacity and weaker prices as everyone expands simultaneously. The 2000 to 2008
price rally was the biggest in history, above even World War II. It was therefore not surprising that
the reflex this time was the mother of all expansions and excess capacity.

“The central point that emerges from our research is that economic elites and organized groups
representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy,
while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence.”
[Emphasis added.] This is the killer conclusion of a paper last fall by Gilens and Page.11 Based on the
study of almost 1,800 policy issues for which income breakdowns were available, and defining the
“Elite” generously as those above the 90th percentile, it finds that “majoritarian electoral democracy”
is largely a thing of the past.
commodities  oil  democracy  us  idiots 
august 2015 by hellsten
Computers are the new Dumb Money
While in Greenwich Ct. one afternoon I will never forget a conversation I had with a leading quantitative portfolio manager. He said to me that despite its obvious attributes “Black Box” trading was very tricky. The algorithms may work for a while [even a very long while] and then, inexplicably, they’ll just completely “BLOW-UP”. To him the most important component to quantitative trading was not the creation of a good model. To him, amazingly, that was a challenge but not especially difficult. The real challenge, for him, was to “sniff out” the degrading model prior to its inevitable “BLOW-UP”. And I quote his humble, resolute observation “because, you know, eventually they ALL blow-up“…as most did in August 2007.


The Paradox of Dumb Money is that when it realizes its limitations, it ceases to be dumb. I can assure you that none of the thousands of black box quant managers have yet reached this realization about themselves.
idiots  hft  value-investing  investing  quant 
august 2015 by hellsten
Jeff Bezos Says Amazon Won’t Tolerate ‘Callous’ Management Practices | Hacker News
There is book a called Corporate Confidential [1], written by a former HR person. One of most significant ideas there is that HR is (from the perspective of an employee) not your friend, but rather an enemy. They exist to protect the company, not you. Basically, going to HR is a quick way to get fired (for legal reasons, mind you) or kill your career.
Whole book is highly depressing, but very useful if you want to try to climb up the ladder.
[1] http://www.amazon.com/Corporate-Confidential-Secrets-Company...
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joesmo 9 minutes ago

Going to HR is indeed the end. I had one boss suggest that some incredibly minor conflict be solved by HR. Immediately, I knew it was time to change jobs. A few weeks later, when I handed in my resignation, my boss was surprised and tried to get me to stay. I offered them about a 15% increase in pay, but left as they weren't interested. I still don't understand why he'd be surprised. I suppose some people, even after many years in the corporate world, have no idea how it works. So I've come up with something to help me remember:
"Going to HR" === "End of job"
hr  amazon  human-resource  management  career  idiots 
august 2015 by hellsten
Lento Oslosta Kreetalle peruttiin, koska koneen miehistö oli juonut alkoholia - Norja - Ulkomaat - Helsingin Sanomat
Air Balticin koneissa ei päde muutkaan säännöt. Lentoemännät eivät tarkasta matkustamoa nousun tai laskun yhteydessä. Matkustajat juovat omia viinojaan. Ja jopa laskun aikana kännykällä soitellaan kavereille jne.
travel  flight  flying  idiots 
august 2015 by hellsten
Rekordhögt prisläge på bostadsmarknaden | SvD
Men i årstakt, sett över tolv månader, ligger prisuppgångarna i Stockholm fortfarande kvar på samma höga nivå som i maj, + 17 procent för innerstaden och + 16 procent för hela länet.

För centrala Göteborg noteras för juni ett kvadratmeterpris på 52 048 kronor, vilket är något lägre än i maj. Dock har tidigare prisuppgångar i Göteborg varit helt exceptionella, plus 24 procent över en tolvmånadersperiod.

Jämförelsevis mycket billigare förblir centrala Malmö med ett nytt medelpris i juni på 24 183 kronor per kvadratmeter. Det är marginellt högre än i maj, men sett över tolv månader en ökning på 10 procent.
idiots  sweden  housing-bubble 
july 2015 by hellsten
U.S. Dot-Com Bubble Was Nothing Compared to Today’s China Prices - Bloomberg Business
The industry is leading gains in China’s $6.9 trillion stock market, sending valuations to an average 220 times reported profits, the most expensive level among global peers. When the Nasdaq Composite Index peaked in March 2000, technology companies in the U.S. had a mean price-to-earnings ratio of 156.
Like the rise of the Internet two decades ago, China’s technology shares are being fueled by a compelling story: the ruling Communist Party is promoting the industry to wean Asia’s biggest economy from its reliance on heavy manufacturing and property development. In an echo of the late 1990s, Chinese stocks are also gaining support from lower interest rates, a boom in initial public offerings and an influx of money from novice investors.
china  bubble  idiots 
july 2015 by hellsten
Lääkäri kyllästyi vanhusten rahastukseen Suomessa – perusti hoivakodin Tallinnaan - vanhustenhoito - Kotimaa - Helsingin Sanomat
Espoon kaupungin asumispalvelupäällikön Mona Hägglundin mukaan hoivakotien keskimääräiset kuukausihinnat pyörivät nykyään Suomessa 4 500 euron paikkeilla. Arvio perustuu kaupungin viime vuonna tekemään laajaan kilpailutukseen.
idiots  capitalism  life 
june 2015 by hellsten
Journalism
Journalism
“Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.” — George Orwell

Hungry Beast: Gullible cities - The astounding gullibility, incompetence and negligence of the media, beautifully illustrated by a meta-hoax.
How This Guy Lied His Way Into MSNBC, ABC News, The New York Times and More
“Briefly stated, the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect is as follows. You open the newspaper to an article on some subject you know well. In Murray’s case, physics. In mine, show business. You read the article and see the journalist has absolutely no understanding of either the facts or the issues. Often, the article is so wrong it actually presents the story backward—reversing cause and effect. I call these the "wet streets cause rain” stories. Paper’s full of them. In any case, you read with exasperation or amusement the multiple errors in a story, and then turn the page to national or international affairs, and read as if the rest of the newspaper was somehow more accurate about Palestine than the baloney you just read. You turn the page, and forget what you know.“ — Michael Crichton
journalism  media  news  idiots  funny 
june 2015 by hellsten
How necessary are var, let, and const? | Hacker News
I found this article's premises and findings rather pointless, and kept on wanting the author to instead verify the premise "are there actually valid uses of 'var' now that 'let' exists?" (I haven't found any yet, and I'd like to know if I'm wrong). But maybe I'm too much of a pragmatist rather than an academic, so I suppose it wasn't written for me.
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serve_yay 42 minutes ago

Yes! Thank you. I agree the question is as you pose it -- why use `var`, ever?
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javascript  const  var  let  idiots 
june 2015 by hellsten
Who Will Be Hurt Most When the Tech Bubble Burst? Not VCs | Hacker News
"Uber moved from $17 billion to $40 billion between the two funding rounds within six months"
That's about as open and shut as it it gets as to why we're in a bubble.
uber  bubble  it  idiots 
may 2015 by hellsten
The Future of Design in Technology — The Year of the Looking Glass — Medium
The average ratio of designers to engineers within a company will be something more like 1:4 rather than 1:8 or 1:10 as forward-looking design becomes more critical and teams require greater multidisciplinary and specialized skills.
idiots  design 
may 2015 by hellsten
www.brontecapital.com/files/amalthea/Amalthea_Letter_201503.pdf
Politics
In China we met government officials who described the Philippines as “small devils” and
Japan as a “big devil” and told us that the aim of Chinese economic development was to be
rich enough to subjugate Japan. Japan would be a client state within 30 years.
We thought this was government bluster - but it has infected the party-connected private
sector as well. Here is a map of Evergrande property developments found at the above s
china  emerging-markets  idiots  bubbles 
april 2015 by hellsten
Lugnet före stormen i lala-landet Sverige | SvD
2006 skrev ekonomen Frederic Mishkin, sedermera höjdare i den amerikanska centralbanken Federal Reserve, en rapport där han berömde stabiliteten i Islands ekonomi och bedömde sannolikheten för en finansiell härdsmälta som ”mycket låg”. Sommaren 2008 skrev Internationella valutafonden (IMF) ett utlåtande där den isländska ekonomin höjdes till skyarna och där framtidsutsikterna beskrevs som ”avundsvärda”. Tre månader senare var kollapsen ett faktum.


Här hemma finns dessutom några andra faktorer att hålla i minnet. Sverige är ett litet exportberoende, och alltså konjunkturkänsligt land. Dessutom med en mycket stor banksektor i förhållande till ekonomin, runt 400 procent, slaget bara av Schweiz och Holland enligt Riksbankens senaste stabilitetsrapport. Där påpekas också att svenska banker är väldigt beroende av att låna utomlands, är tätt sammanlänkade och har ganska litet eget kapital i förhållande till sin utlåning (bruttosoliditet).

Och så har vi förstås bostadsmarknaden som lämnat stratosfären med en ökning av bostadsrättspriserna i hela Sverige på 19 procent bara de senaste tolv månaderna och över 150 procent sedan 2005, enligt Valueguard.


Kort före konkursen hade banken Lehman Brothers fortfarande det högsta kreditbetyget AAA.
idiots  fed  iceland  imf  sweden  housing-bubble 
april 2015 by hellsten
Toyota's killer firmware: Bad design and its consequences (2013) | Hacker News
>> The Camry ETCS code was found to have 11,000 global variables. Barr described the code as “spaghetti.” Using the Cyclomatic Complexity metric, 67 functions were rated untestable (meaning they scored more than 50). The throttle angle function scored more than 100 (unmaintainable).
>> Toyota loosely followed the widely adopted MISRA-C coding rules but Barr’s group found 80,000 rule violations. Toyota's own internal standards make use of only 11 MISRA-C rules, and five of those were violated in the actual code. MISRA-C:1998, in effect when the code was originally written, has 93 required and 34 advisory rules. Toyota nailed six of them.
How the ACTUAL FUCK did this happen!? The article makes Toyota's engineering team seem egregiously irresponsible. Is it typical for vehicle control systems to be this complicated? I would love to hear the other side of the story (from Toyota's engineers). Maybe the MISRA-C industry standard practices are ridiculous, out of touch and impractical.
toyota  idiots  software 
april 2015 by hellsten
Call me maybe: MongoDB stale reads
In May of 2013, we showed that MongoDB 2.4.3 would lose acknowledged writes at all consistency levels. Every write concern less than MAJORITY loses data by design due to rollbacks–but even WriteConcern.MAJORITY lost acknowledged writes, because when the server encountered a network error, it returned a successful, not a failed, response to the client. Happily, that bug was fixed a few releases later.

Since then I’ve improved Jepsen significantly and written a more powerful analyzer for checking whether or not a system is linearizable. I’d like to return to Mongo, now at version 2.6.7, to verify its single-document consistency. (Mongo 3.0 was released during my testing, and I expect they’ll be hammering out single-node data loss bugs for a little while.)

In this post, we’ll see that Mongo’s consistency model is broken by design: not only can “strictly consistent” reads see stale versions of documents, but they can also return garbage data from writes that never should have occurred. The former is (as far as I know) a new result which runs contrary to all of Mongo’s consistency documentation. The latter has been a documented issue in Mongo for some time. We’ll also touch on a result from the previous Jepsen post: almost all write concern levels allow data loss.
mongodb  database  acide  idiots 
april 2015 by hellsten
The UK Ruby Contract Drought Is Real | Hacker News
This is probably the soundest advice and agree wholeheartedly; the market appears to be saturated with inexperienced developers. This means, at somepoint (probably about now actually) there will be a very real need for good/great rails/ruby devs to come in and sort out all this mess. Not everyone will be able to dump and rewrite their projects; some will need tidying and new features added. You could make a killing there is your disciplined (think of Y2K and all the old experienced cobol devs coming out the framework to fix stuff)
rails  ruby  freelancing  contracting  idiots  hn 
march 2015 by hellsten
Nälkäpeli - Matkijanärhi, osa 1 (2014) - IMDb
WTF hollywood. Idiots. You must concentrate and have "professional" help to make a shitty movie like this, LOL.
wtf  idiots  6-star  movie  viewed 
february 2015 by hellsten
Buffett way ahead in $1 mn wager against hedge funds - Yahoo News
Buffett's argument was that the high management and performance fees charged by hedge funds -- and especially hedge funds of funds -- wipes out the advantage they gain over more pedestrian investing styles from their complicated hedging strategies.

The result so far: Admiral shares are up 63.5 percent since 2008, while after the management and performance fees are stripped out, the Seides hedge fund of funds return to investors was just 19.6 percent.

Indeed, before the fees are netted out, the Seides funds only brought back 44 percent.

Seides though argued in a CFA Institute blog post that the unanticipated conditions of the post-crisis period -- particularly the Federal Reserve's still-in-place zero interest rate policy -- have been exceptional, and so not a reasonable gauge.

That, combined with investment managers' focus on the S&P 500, have tilted the gambling table in Buffett's favor, he said.

"These factors wreaked havoc on a bet, the prospects of which we initially felt quite confident about," he argued.

Moreover, he argued, it was not the fees that accounted for the poorer performance of the hedge fund of funds, so Buffett's thesis has not been proven.

"These seven lean years for hedge funds may go down in the annals of market history as a period driven singularly by central bank stimulus. Using that lens, it becomes less clear that the bet, if lost, proves that hedge funds are not worth an investment across a cycle."
idiots  hedge-funds  assholes  fuckers 
february 2015 by hellsten
Asuntovelallisuus on nyt kannattavampaa kuin aikoihin – ekonomistit kertovat viisi syytä - Asuntolainat - Koti - Helsingin Sanomat
Nordean pääekonomisti Aki Kangasharju ja OP:n asuntopalveluiden pankinjohtaja Marko Helin kertovat, miten.

1. Asuntolainojen korot pysyvät matalalla.
Helin: "EKP:n päätökset ovat laskeneet myös pitkän viitekoron tasoa, joka mahdollistaa matalan korkotason pidemmäksi aikaa."
Kangasharju: "Näillä näkymin keskuspankki ei ala nostaa korkoja ennen kuin vuoden 2018 lopulla."

2. Velallinen säästää kuluissa.
Helin: "Asuntovelallisen laina joko lyhenee nopeammin tai lainan kuukausierä on matalampi kuin lainaa ottaessa on sovittu."

3. Asuntojen hinnat nousevat, mutta eivät vielä.
Kangasharju: "Voisi odottaa, että elvytyksen takia asuntojen hinnat kääntyvät pian nousuun. Se on eduksi niille, jotka ottavat asuntolainan ja ostavat asunnon nyt."

4. Hintojen nousu helpottaa asunnon vaihtamista.
Kangasharju: "Kun hinnat taas lähtevät nousuun, niin muutaman vuoden päästä on helppo myydä vanha ja ostaa uusi asunto."

5. Korot ja inflaatio ovat suopeat.
Kangasharju: "Nyt on historiallisen hyvä aika velallisille. Inflaatio on melkein prosentissa ja asuntolainan korot keskimäärin puolessatoista prosentissa. Näin matalalla reaalikorko on ollut viimeksi joskus 1970-luvulla."

Aiheet
idiots  housing-bubble  finland 
february 2015 by hellsten
Apple Software Quality Questions | Hacker News
I bought my Mom an iPad over an android tablet telling her that everything will just work. After the iOS 8 update, I am shying away from answering her questions about bugs, and questioning my decision about the iPad. People who are non-tech proficient form the biggest consumer-base for Apple, and it is terrible that Apple is forgetting how it gained this loyal consumer-base in the first place - through reliable software which 'just works'. It only makes more business sense to go back to their original software quality even if it requires dumping regular releases, because they will start losing (probably already have) customers real soon if they don't.
apple  osx  idiots 
january 2015 by hellsten
The Winklevoss SEC Filing is an absolute comedy goldmine: Buttcoin
If a malicious actor or botnet obtains control in excess of 50 percent of the processing power active on the Bitcoin Network, it is possible that such actor or botnet could manipulate the Blockchain in a manner that adversely affects an investment in the Shares or the ability of the Trust to operate.
bitcoin  bubble  winklevoss  idiots 
january 2015 by hellsten
Michael Tsai - Blog - Apple’s Software Quality, Continued
Apple’s hardware today is amazing — it has never been better. But the software quality has fallen so much in the last few years that I’m deeply concerned for its future. I’m typing this on a computer whose existence I didn’t even think would be possible yet, but it runs an OS with embarrassing bugs and fundamental regressions. Just a few years ago, we would have relentlessly made fun of Windows users for these same bugs on their inferior OS, but we can’t talk anymore.

[…]

I suspect the rapid decline of Apple’s software is a sign that marketing is too high a priority at Apple today: having major new releases every year is clearly impossible for the engineering teams to keep up with while maintaining quality. Maybe it’s an engineering problem, but I suspect not — I doubt that any cohesive engineering team could keep up with these demands and maintain significantly higher quality.
aapl  apple  idiots  management  conways-law  software 
january 2015 by hellsten
What Happened When Marissa Mayer Tried to Be Steve Jobs - NYTimes.com
Mayer also had a habit of operating on her own time. Every Monday at 3 p.m. Pacific, she asked her direct reports to gather for a three-hour meeting. Mayer demanded all of her staff across the world join the call, so executives from New York, where it was 6 p.m., and Europe, where it was 11 p.m. or later, would dial in, too. Invariably, Mayer herself would be at least 45 minutes late; some calls were so delayed that Yahoo executives in Europe couldn’t hang up till after 3 a.m. In theory, Mayer kept up with her direct reports through weekly individual meetings. In practice, she often went weeks without seeing them.

De Castro would leave the company in January 2014. For about 15 months of work, he would be paid $109 million.

Mayer’s largest management problem, however, related to the start-up culture she had tried to instill. Early on, she banned working from home. This policy affected only 164 employees, but it was initiated months after she constructed an elaborate nursery in her office suite so that her son, Macallister, and his nanny could accompany her to work each day. Mayer also favored a system of quarterly performance reviews, or Q.P.R.s, that required every Yahoo employee, on every team, be ranked from 1 to 5. The system was meant to encourage hard work and weed out underperformers, but it soon produced the exact opposite. Because only so many 4s and 5s could be allotted, talented people no longer wanted to work together; strategic goals were sacrificed, as employees did not want to change projects and leave themselves open to a lower score.


One of the uglier parts of the process was a series of quarterly “calibration meetings,” in which managers would gather with their bosses and review all the employees under their supervision. In practice, the managers would use these meetings to conjure reasons that certain staff members should get negative reviews. Sometimes the reason would be political or superficial. Mayer herself attended calibration meetings where these kinds of arbitrary judgments occurred. The senior executives who reported to Mayer would join her in a meeting at Phish Food and hold up spreadsheets of names and ratings. During the revamping of Yahoo Mail, for instance, Kathy Savitt, the C.M.O., noted that Vivek Sharma was bothering her. “He just annoys me,” she said during the meeting. “I don’t want to be around him.” Sharma’s rating was reduced. Shortly after Yahoo Mail went live, he departed for Disney. (Savitt disputes this account.)


Mayer often compares her situation with the one Jobs inherited, and many expect her to insist that she needs at least the five years he received before his turnaround began to succeed with the release of the iPod.

Aswath Damodaran, a professor at N.Y.U.'s Stern School of Business, has long argued about the danger of companies that try to return to the growth stage of their life cycle. These technology companies, he said, are run by people afflicted with something he calls the Steve Jobs syndrome. “We have created an incentive structure where C.E.O.s want to be stars,” Damodaran explained. “To be a star, you’ve got to be the next Steve Jobs — somebody who has actually grown a company to be a massive, large-market cap company.” But, he went on, “it’s extremely dangerous at companies when you focus on the exception rather than the rule.” He pointed out that “for every Apple, there are a hundred companies that tried to do what Apple did and fell flat on their faces.”
marissa-mayer  steve-jobs  management  idiots  yhoo  yahoo 
january 2015 by hellsten
Google got it wrong. The open-office trend is destroying the workplace. - The Washington Post
Despite its obvious problems, the open-office model has continued to encroach on workers across the country. Now, about 70 percent of U.S. offices have no or low partitions, according to the International Facility Management Association. Silicon Valley has been the leader in bringing down the dividers. Google, Yahoo, eBay, Goldman Sachs and American Express are all adherents.  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg enlisted famed architect Frank Gehry to design the largest open floor plan in the world, housing nearly 3,000 engineers. And as a businessman, Michael Bloomberg was an early adopter of the open-space trend, saying it promoted transparency and fairness. He famously carried the model into city hall when he became mayor of New York,  making “the Bullpen” a symbol of open communication and accessibility to the city’s chief.

These new floor plans are ideal for maximizing a company’s space while minimizing costs. Bosses love the ability to keep a closer eye on their employees, ensuring clandestine porn-watching, constant social media-browsing and unlimited personal cellphone use isn’t occupying billing hours. But employers are getting a false sense of improved productivity. A 2013 study found that many workers in open offices are frustrated by distractions that lead to poorer work performance. Nearly half of the surveyed workers in open offices said the lack of sound privacy was a significant problem for them and more than 30 percent complained about the lack of visual privacy. Meanwhile, “ease of interaction” with colleagues — the problem that open offices profess to fix — was cited as a problem by fewer than 10 percent of workers in any type of office setting. In fact, those with private offices were least likely to identify their ability to communicate with colleagues as an issue. In a previous study, researchers concluded that “the loss of productivity due to noise distraction … was doubled in open-plan offices compared to private offices.”
idiots  open-office  business  productivity 
december 2014 by hellsten
Suomen Asuntosijoittajat: Asuntorahastot tasapainottaneet asuntomarkkinoiden hidastumista | Taloussanomat
Uudiskohteiden kysyntä ei oikeasti ole niin suurta kuin näyttäisi, koska rahastot ovat alkaneet ostaa niitä. Näin sanoo katsauksessaan Suomen Asuntosijoittajat -yhdistys.


Uusia kerrostaloasuntoja ostavat nyt ennen kaikkea erilaiset asuntorahastot. Näin on ollut reilun vuoden ajan, Suomen asuntosijoittajat sanoo asuntomarkkinakatsauksessaan.

Niin syntynyt uusi kysyntä on korvannut kotitalouksien laskenutta ostohalukkuutta. Samalla se antaa tilastoissa liian ruusuisen kuvan uudistuotantokaupasta, katsauksessa todetaan.
idiots  finland  housing-bubble 
december 2014 by hellsten
Why I don’t like hackathons | Hacker News
haha. that's hilarious. i worked at a company that was trying to change its image from 'sweatshop' to 'we know tech' image (like a google or facebook). What better way did they think to accomplish this than to have 30 of their engineers work for 24 hours straight developing features they were too stupid to come up with on their own!...oh yeah, they had a ping pong table too...so its all good. And shitty pizza.
I'm 40 now, and i remember my manager was like "You going to the hackathon? I want you there." I'm like "are you kidding me? I'm not coding for 24 hours straight with no sleep...and then have to come into work the next day...damn dude, if you're going to have us do a 24 hour session, at least do it during the day (not a weekend)"
He really had no response for that.
the kicker was 1st place was a $50 starbucks gift card.
career  recruiting  idiots  funny 
november 2014 by hellsten
New Facebook Rules Will Sting Entrepreneurs | Hacker News
Facebook is double dipping. It's charging customers to acquire the likes and then charging them again to communicate with those customers.
With email, you pay once to acquire the customer and then you can email them all you like until they unsubscribe.
facebook  idiots  social-media  haha  funny 
november 2014 by hellsten
Norjassa asuntojen hintaennätys – 30 000 euroa neliöltä | Taloussanomat
Euroiksi muutettuna hinta on reilut 30 000 neliöltä. Asunnon suuruus on 157 neliötä, mikä nostaa kokonaishinnan 40 miljoonaan Norjan kruunuun eli noin 4,8 miljoonaan euroon.

Asuntoa kaupannut kiinteistövälittäjä ei suostu kertomaan, kenelle asunto on myyty. Edellisen kerran asunto myytiin vuonna 1998, jolloin sen hinta oli vain 950 000 Norjan kruunua, joten omistaja saa nauttia melkoisesta arvonnoususta.

Norjassa asuntomarkkinat ovat kuumentuneet viime vuosina ja sieltä löytyvät maailman velkaisimmat asunnonomistajat.
housing-bubble  idiots  norway 
november 2014 by hellsten
Brands Are Wasting Money on Facebook and Twitter, Forrester Says | Hacker News
"These ad units are largely purchased by free-to-play game publishers such as King (maker of Candy Crush Saga) and Big Fish Games, which leverage Facebook’s incredible demographic data to target the small percentage of players who will spend hundreds of dollars on in-app purchases.”
.. So to recount, Facebook is going gangbusters because of ads for free-to-play games, developers are excited about the chance to cash in via Facebook ads, Google and Twitter are trying to mimic Facebook’s success, and Google and especially Apple are hanging their app store hats on the amount of revenue generated by in-app purchases.
In other words, billions of dollars in cold hard cash, and 20x that in valuations are ultimately dependent on a relatively small number of people who just can’t stop playing Candy Crush Saga."
Many of whom are women, their purchases leveraged up into Valley value. How is that for irony?

We were successfully running retargeting ads on Facebook by uploading our customers email addresses. We were getting lots of conversions cheaply. Initially CPM was $1.70, then a few months later it was $4, now 6 months later it's $9. At this point it became unviable.
I spoke to our account manager at Facebook and he confirmed my suspicions. Every time one of our customers converts though our ads, Facebook assigns a high value to that user, since that user purchased something through a FB ad. So now I have more competition to get in front of our existing customer from our competition who our customer is not interested in. FUCK THAT. Moral of the story DO NOT tell Facebook about conversions from your existing customers. Keep that info to yourself.
scam  idiots  games  conversion  facebook  ads  advertising 
november 2014 by hellsten
Not the upgrade we were hoping for: The 2014 Mac Mini reviewed | Ars Technica
If you bought an entry-level dual-core model in 2011 or 2012, going to a 2014 Mini isn't going to slow you down. Replacing a Core 2 Duo-based Mini from 2010 or before with a 2014 Mini will still net you a nice speed boost. But the numbers stand: the new Mac Mini is a decidedly unimpressive performer when it comes to CPU-bound tasks. It's disappointing to wait two years for a refresh only to get a big performance regression.
mac-mini  apple  idiots 
november 2014 by hellsten
AngularJS: The Bad Parts | Lars Eidnes' blog
Below is a graph over the amount of searches for AngularJS versus a bunch of other Single Page Application frameworks. Despite the flawed methodology, the story seems to be pretty clear: Popularity wise, Angular is beating the shit out of the other frameworks. I spent most of last year working on a large project built on AngularJS, and I’ve gotten to know the framework in some depth. Through this work I have learned that Angular is built around some really bad ideas that make it a pain to work with, and that we need to come up with something better. Whatever the reason is for Angulars popularity, it isn’t that it’s a great framework.

There are deep problems with Angular as it exists today. Yet it is very popular. This is an indication of a problem with how we developers choose frameworks. On the one hand, it’s really hard to evaluate such a project without spending a long time using it. On the other hand, many people like to recommend projects they haven’t used in any depth, because the idea of knowing what the next big thing is feels good. The result is that people choose frameworks largely based on advice from people who don’t know what they’re talking about.

I’m currently hoping Meteor, React or Rivets may help me solve problems. But I don’t know them any depth, and until I do I’ll keep my mouth shut about whether they’re any good or not.
angularjs  angular.js  idiots  google  complexity  ejb 
november 2014 by hellsten
Exposed: Magicians, Psychics and Frauds (2014): Documentaries
People will believe a good story — if they have a reason to believe the story — even if you show them it's not true. They will tell you that you need to believe to see that facts are fiction. LOL.
atheism  religion  idiots  life  magic  magicians  fraud  viewed  movie  9-star 
november 2014 by hellsten
Asuntolainat ovat nyt superalessa | Kauppalehti.fi
Nyt jos koskaan kannattaa harkita asuntolainan ottamista ja asunnon vaihtoa.

Tuttu tunne, eikö vain. Uutta asuntoa tekee mieli niin että päätä pakottaa. Nykyisestä asunnosta on osa jo maksettu, joten alkupääomaakin löytyisi. Tietoa tulvii asuntojen hintojen noususta toisaalla ja arvonsa kokonaan menettäneistä asunnoista toisaalla. Pääkaupunkiseudulla vanhojen asuntojen hintakäyrä on sahaillut nollan molemmin puolin. Syyskuussa Tilastokeskus kirjasi hintojen laskuksi 1,3 prosenttia.
idiots  housing-bubble  finland 
november 2014 by hellsten
Have the Angular Team lost their marbles?
Conclusion: Don’t pick Angular

Where I work; we’re currently evaluating a bunch of new technologies/frameworks/etc. to see which might be suitable for use on vNext of our products. Amongst those being prototyped are Dart, React, Angular and a few others. With all of this info on Angular; I’m struggling to see how we could possibly pick it. Our current codebase has parts that are over 10 years old; and we hope our new codebase will last this long too. It seems that if we start writing Angular today; we’ll be forced to rewrite the frontend in three to four years at latest (and with the way apps are going, the frontend is likely to be a large codebase). This doesn’t sound very attractive.

Maybe I’ve misunderstood something; but I’m really struggling to see a world in which this all makes good sense.

We need frameworks that are stable and supported long-term; not that are constantly inventing new concepts and being rewritten with breaking changes every 5 minutes. Of everyone, Google should know how hard it is to maintain large web apps :-/
angular.js  idiots  google 
november 2014 by hellsten
Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Warg faces lengthy jail term | Hacker News
The courtcase has been followed closely by the Danish media, especially the tech-savvy version2.dk that has had a reporter in the courtroom every day of the trial. It has caused quite a stir as all sorts of problems with CSC, the prosecutor and police investigation came to light during the hearings. Some highlights:
- CSC, that handles a large part of Danish infrastructure including social security numbers, police backend, etc. has dismal security. They don't even update their software as security patches become available. Warg had access to their mainframe for 9 months without them having a clue about it. The only reason they found out was because the Swedish police called them and told them.
- username/password pairs for CSC's server were readily available on one of their subsites(!)
- Warg turned off the logs on the CSC mainframe, and they didn't notice. It appears that logs were turned off for months. As a result CSC doesn't know whether data has been altered. We're talking about all police systems, social security systems, and more.
- The police have not had their own investigative team at CSC, and haven't looked at the technical evidence. This has been done by CSC, which is an obvious problem.
- The Danish police was contacted by Swedish police three times during 2012 because the evidence from a Swedish case turned up files from CSC, and the Danish police didn't respond as they apparently didn't find the information important. During the courtcase the Danish police's chief IT investigator was caught lying about this.
- The prosecutor and judge were clueless, bordering on the hilarious, about technical issues. For instance the prosecutor refused to acknowledge that other user accounts except Wargs existed on the computer (there were 5 accounts), tried to paint putty as a hacking tool that only criminals would use, tried to establish Jacob Applebaum and Warg as friends because Applebaum retweeted one of Wargs tweets (only friends do that!), etc. etc.
These are just the highlights...
media  law  denmark  piratebay  idiots  police  justice 
october 2014 by hellsten
Angular 2 Core | Hacker News
Even though this is still called "Angular", this new version has barely any resemblance with the previous one, it's really a totally new framework.
It's a bit sad to think that all this knowledge I have of Angular 1 is now obsolete but I'm excited to dive into this new framework. If it's half revolutionary as Angular 1 was, it's going to be a pretty interesting time.
angular.js  idiots 
october 2014 by hellsten
Nordea varnar för fallande bopriser | Spara smart | Min Ekonomi | Aftonbladet
Trycket är högre än någonsin på bostadsmarknaden i storstäderna. Enligt siffror från HSB, som SVT rapporterar om, har bopriserna ökat med mellan 600 och 750 procent på mindre än 20 år. Budgivningarna når nya rekordnivåer, och många lägenheter säljs före visning.
idiots  sweden  housing-bubble 
october 2014 by hellsten
dmca/2014-10-05-tildeslash.md at master · github/dmca
b. This tweet by [private] demonstrate intent. https://twitter.com/mperham/status/452160352940064768 "OSS nerds: redesign and build monit in Go. Sell it commercially. Make $$$$. I will be your first customer.” - private
idiots  monit 
october 2014 by hellsten
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olympics  ioc  idiots  corruption  fuckers 
october 2014 by hellsten
Money Is Pouring Into Tech Like It's 1999—And That's Not Good | WIRED
When respected venture capitalist Bill Gurley said tech startup investors are taking on a level of risk not seen since the dotcom bubble days, the reaction in Silicon Valley was a collective sigh of relief: Finally, someone was saying what everyone was thinking.

In a piece published last week, Gurley told The Wall Street Journal that the huge amount of capital pouring into startups—and the great expectations all that money represents—is forcing new companies to spend more, and faster, than they have in 15 years. So much spending sets companies up for a fall if the funding dries up and they still have big bills to pay.

‘SAYING WE’RE NOT IN A BUBBLE BECAUSE IT’S NOT AS HIGH AS 1999 IS LIKE SAYING THAT KIM-JONG-UN IS NOT EVIL BECAUSE HE’S NOT HITLER.’
Despite Gurley’s warning, however, many companies and investors are in too deep to restrain themselves. If your competitors are spending, you must spend too. According to public data, the industry doesn’t appear to be as overextended now as it did at the height of the dotcom bubble. But Gurley isn’t reassured.

“Saying we’re not in a bubble because it’s not as high as 1999 is like saying … Kim-Jong-Un is not evil because he’s not Hitler,” Gurley, a partner with big-name VC firm Benchmark Capital, told WIRED during a recent sit-down at his San Francisco office. “It doesn’t have to match 1999 in order to be madness.”
startup  startups  bubble  idiots 
september 2014 by hellsten
DOES MORALITY REQUIRE GOD?
One argument often used by Christians trying to prove the existence of their God is as follows: If God does not exist, then there are no objective moral values.  There are objective moral values.  Therefore, God exists.

Those who use this argument also claim that Atheists cannot have any basis for acting morally; they grudgingly admit that Atheists can act morally, but insist that we have no rational, secular grounds for doing so.

For example, William Lane Craig is a Christian Apologist who has made a career of debating Atheists in public forums.  His manner and delivery are smooth, authoritative, professional.  Many people find him persuasive.  To prove the existence of his God, Craig uses the moral argument, among others.

For example, On Wednesday, Feb. 18, 1998, Craig debated Atheist philosopher Antony Flew at the University of Wisconsin.  Sue A. Strandberg wrote, in her review of the debate:

Craig then made an emotional appeal to our sense that our ethics are also the result of transcendent design: if there is no God, then there can be no Objective Moral Values.  He interprets this to mean that, without Objective Values, there is no reason to have any values at all: the death of God means the death of meaning.  Craig here gave a sad and sorry picture of the kind of universe this would be, and then proceeded to assert that, in this bleak "Atheist view," there could be "nothing wrong with rape." Since we know that "some things are really wrong," then Objective Values exist, which means that God must exist.
[Later in the debate:]
Here Craig proceeded to take advantage of Flewís failure to address the Objective Morality argument by creating the Atheist position himself, and attacking that: Atheists say that human beings are just animals, and animals donít have morality.  Thus Atheists do not believe in morality.
religion  idiots  atheism  morality 
september 2014 by hellsten
Gartner’s magic hydrant
As Geoffrey Moore noted in Inside the Tornado IT managers are herd animals. They know there is safety in numbers – in keeping their jobs and getting problems solved – so they like to stick together.

Ability to execute favors the large. If you’ve got 5,000 engineers and free cash flow you can, eventually, execute anything. Never mind that a team with 10 smart engineers and a clear vision will move faster and smarter to solve a particular problem: tiny CDC built the first supercomputer, not IBM.

Little known fact: Gartner doesn’t install and use the software they recommend. If they did, their choices would be very different.

Gartner simply ranks software by feature lists and how big/viable the company is. This encourages big enterprise companies to just add features to move up and to the right of the MC. Not create good software.
gartner  enterprise  it  scam  idiots  enterprise-it  investing 
september 2014 by hellsten
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