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So you have utterly no control over your data. They take it without your consent.

Absolutely. Most people have no idea how big the data brokering business is and how much data these companies hold on them.


Individuals ("the people") are losing their privacy and their power and this is one big aspect of it.

Discussions - Public / Re: CCleaner infected with malware
« on: September 19, 2017, 04:48:35 PM »
Thanks for the heads-up.

This article tells how to tell if you've been infected and how to fix it --

Not all versions of CC were affected, apparently.

Discussions - Public / Re: How do you stop spam phonecalls?
« on: September 19, 2017, 04:34:48 PM »
ID, thanks for sharing your experience with Nomorobo. I was wondering how good it was.

Here's how to reduce spam calls for landlines --

and here's how to reduce spam calls for smartphones --

My dad gives to several charitable organizations. His "reward" was about 10 to 15 spam calls per day on his landline. I was able to reduce it to about one per day by a buying a call-blocking-box. But that's as good as I could get it.

On my home phone, I just turn the ringer off and only answer calls when they're leaving a message. If they don't try to leave a message, I don't answer.

Thanks for the heads-up, Arnold. Yeah, I thought it was pretty secure... oops!

Discussions - Public / Re: How do you stop spam phonecalls?
« on: September 12, 2017, 02:39:01 PM »
Indeed, the old system of telephone and POTS phone numbers are now almost completely devoid of trust.

Excellent summary of the problem. 

I have quite a few friends who don't even answer their phones anymore.

If you want to talk with them, you have to leave a message, and they call you back.

(of course, that's assuming you will answer when they call you back! otherwise you get an endless loop of phone messages!)

FTE, Job and Career Discussion / Re: AI and Robotics: new opportunity areas?
« on: September 11, 2017, 03:33:04 PM »
I worked with expert system software years ago on a project. It was great for that particular application, which would have been very hard to program otherwise. But it only addresses a certain set of problems -- the need for expertise where the domain is known and the rules can be precisely expressed.

I think JoFrance has an interesting idea that AI may be at long last bursting out of its previous limitations. I guess we'll see over the next 5 or 10 years.

Discussions - Public / Re: Two Interesting Weather Sites
« on: September 05, 2017, 06:16:41 AM »
Fascinating different view that you get from the weather sites. Thanks.

FTE, Job and Career Discussion / Re: AI and Robotics: new opportunity areas?
« on: September 04, 2017, 06:55:20 AM »
Yeah, there's always someone pushing AI as the next big thing.

Remember expert systems? Supposed to totally obsolete traditional programming about 30 years ago.

How about neural networks?

Both are important, useful techologies, but they're mere niche technologies in the overall picture.

If you bet your career on either "back when", today you're in a pretty narrow niche today.

FTE, Job and Career Discussion / Re: Layoffs of IT Tards in India
« on: September 01, 2017, 05:34:25 AM »
Very interesting. Thanks for the post.

Sounds just like here. Firms deny layoffs are taking place... people let go with an hour's notice.... layoff victims get depressed... those who aren't laid off still suffer anxiety....

Thanks for the post.

Actually, Microsoft fixed Windows 10 just fine.....

It's part of a long, successful evolution of the Windows brand .....

Just kidding, Microsoft! I know you're big enough to take a joke.

A relative of mine was happily running Windows 7 and it suddenly updated to Windows 10.

He was given no notice of this forced update.

The Windows 10 update failed because his hardware would not support it.  (You'd think a forced update would check this beforehand but it did not).

He lost 3 days from his business to fix this, and the rollback required him to re-install Office and much of his software.

Needless to say, he is very anti-Windows after that experience.

I use Linux because I want to control my computer (rather than be subject to control by Microsoft or Apple). 

I can --

-- select the desktop interface I prefer
-- perform updates/upgrades when I want
-- have more privacy
-- protect my data via backups and recoveries in the manner I choose
-- etc.

Closed systems deny you flexibility because they control your use of the computer you bought.

I'm not anti-Windows or anti-Mac (though I wish more people understood the benefits of open systems). People who choose Windows or Mac have different selection criteria than I do. All operating systems have their strengths and weaknesses.

I've heard it's de-facto impossible for a foreigner to get an employment visa to allow them to work in India.
Great point.

I bet we're one of very few countries in the world where our policies encourage companies to deprive our citizens of jobs.

Are you ready to work in IT in India?

Here's a web page for one Bangalore company that used to be all U.S. jobs. --

If my currency conversions are correct, the listed salaries range from roughly $2,000 to $8,000 US dollars.

Here's thoughtful article entitled  WILL US TECH JOBS TURN ALL-INDIAN  --

And an article from 5 years ago that confirms that U.S. IT employment is shrinking due to offshoring --

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