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Dennis Gorelik
14 December 2017 @ 03:17 pm
Couple of my friends asked me if they should invest into bitcoin.
Here is my answer:

1) Bitcoin is a scam.
If you invest in bitcoin, you have a 90% chance to become a victim of a confidence game (AKA "sucker").

2) There is no legitimate intrinsic value in crypto-currencies.
There is no legitimate activity that bitcoin does that more traditional financial tools (such as banks or PayPal) do not do yet.

3) Financial transactions that government can not control - is not a feature, it is a bug of bitcoin.
Imagine that somebody anonymously orders killing you with payment over bitcoin.
Would you like your government be able to trace such assassination fee over bitcoin?
I, personally, would very much like to grant the government such tracking ability. I believe you would too.
If bitcoin supports such tracking - then it is neither feature nor bug.
If bitcoin does not support such tracking (and guarantees anonymity of financial transactions) then it is a bug and the government would crush bitcoin for that bug.

4) Limited supply of bitcoin is not a feature, but a bug.
United States Federal Reserve intentionally changes supplies of available dollars in order to keep inflation at around 2%/year.
If it made sense to have a limited supply of a currency, then the Federal Reserve would do that. No crypto-currency is needed for that.

5) "But bitcoin grew up to $18,000 - I want to get in"
Try to buy a powerball lottery ticket instead. It would be much less expensive exercise. And for measly ~$10 you would still have a chance to win $50M.
At this stage bitcoin is a clear bubble, propped up by "investors" who do not understand what they are investing into.

Originally posted at: https://dennisgorelik.dreamwidth.org/143435.html
 
 
Dennis Gorelik
08 December 2017 @ 04:39 pm
Starting from yesterday (2017-12-07) Microsoft opened phone spam floodgates and I started receiving lots of spam phone calls on Skype.
One of the call even had malformed phone number, which Skype recorded.
After that I started getting infamous "List index out of bounds (0)" error message every time when I tried to click on that botched phone "conversation".
That sort of bug is not new for Skype. Several years ago they had similar issue.

So I had to find a solution to that Skype problem again.
The easiest solution is to delete the whole Skype database, but that would lose my Skype conversations history, which is valuable.
Here is the solution that preserves Skype history:
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1) Download and install "DB Browser for SQLite" (or similar SQLite database editing tool).
http://sqlitebrowser.org/
2) Open your Skype database:
C:\Users\{YourWindowsUsername}\AppData\Roaming\Skype\{YourSkypeUsername}\main.db
3) Find "Conversations" table in "Database Structure" tab.
4) Mouse-right-click "Browse table".
5) Order by "id" column in descending order.
6) Find that bad record that contains malformed phone number (try to find "4: +140404" in "identity" column).
7) Click "Delete Record".
8) Restart Skype.
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See also: Editing Skype history / messages / database" video

Originally posted at: https://dennisgorelik.dreamwidth.org/143259.html
 
 
Dennis Gorelik
22 November 2017 @ 02:28 pm
Today (and few days ago) I talked with a founder of botson.ai - Dan.
Dan told me how amazing their tech team is in chatbots and jobs matching technology.

When I asked Dan about specific details about what made their job matching algorithms so amazing -- Dan told me that integration of their javascript into our job board is super-easy.

That javascript would tag job seekers who visit our job board with botson.ai cookie.
If job seeker has an open Facebook session - then botson.ai would sign job seeker up for jobs chatbot on Facebook messenger.
Then the chatbot would send jobs that it thinks are relevant to what job seeker is searching for.

I wanted to try that amazing technology before integrating it into our job board and asked Dan to give me a link to signup.
Dan gave me a link, but it did not work. Dan gave me another link. The second link did not work either. The third link worked and I received Facebook message from "Maya - Recruiter".
"Maya" was moderate and only messaged me when I messaged her.
However job matches were not relevant.
I called myself "Monster Botsonai" in a signup form (on the affiliate web site that Dan gave me links me to), so Maya initially called me "Monster", but then corrected itself based on my Facebook profile.

This is my chat with "Maya - Recruiter":
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[Maya]
Hi Monster 😊
Following your request for jobs near 32081 here is a selection just for you

[Facebook]
You agreed to have Maya - Recruiter send you updates. Replying will allow Maya - Recruiter to see info you've made public.

[Maya]
Warehouse Associate
We're Hiring Warehouse Associates!. Pay Rate Picking and packing Loading and un...
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[Dennis]
View More Jobs

[Maya]
Pool Technician II
Position Summary:This position is primarily responsible for the daily maintenanc...
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[Dennis]
I look for different jobs

[Maya]
Experienced Auto Hauler
We are a new and growing company that is actively seeking experienced auto haule...
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[Dennis]
[Clicked on "Caregiver jobs"]

[Maya]
Caregiver / Resident Assistant / Personal Care Assistant / CNA
Join a Family, Serve with the Best - Benton House at OakleafAre you a CNA lookin...
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[Dennis]
Can you send me different jobs?

[Maya]
Order Puller - Warehouse
Join the Remedy Family ~ Build Your Career The Remedy Staffing Jacksonville Team...
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[Dennis]
What about C# sql jobs?

[Maya]
Local Landscapers Wanted!
Over 25 million homeowners have trusted HomeAdvisor 1800Contractor to help the...
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[Dennis]
SQL and C#

[Maya]
Hi 😊 I'm an automated HR service and I can only assist you to find more job offers.

I’ll do my best to help you with your search. What job position you are looking for?

[Dennis]
c# sql

[Maya]
Hi 😊 I'm an automated HR service and I can only assist you to find more job offers.

I’ll do my best to help you with your search. What job position you are looking for?

[Dennis]
Software developer

[Maya]
IT Software Developer Senior
EverBank is more than just a bank; it's the evolution of an idea. Traditional fi...
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[Dennis]
C#

[Maya]
Hi 😊 I'm an automated HR service and I can only assist you to find more job offers.

I’ll do my best to help you with your search. What job position you are looking for?

Dennis, was this helpful for you?
Do you want to see more job openings? Just tell me what kind of job position you are looking for 😊

[Dennis]
oncology nurse

[Maya]
Hi 😊 I'm an automated HR service and I can only assist you to find more job offers.

I’ll do my best to help you with your search. What job position you are looking for?

[Dennis]
nurse

[Maya]
Registered Nurse (RN)PRN - Endoscopy
Job ID: 198390Registered Nurse (RN)PRN - EndoscopyJacksonville, FloridaRegular/R...
More Details
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So it looks like Botson.ai chatbot recognizes some large job search categories (such as "software developer" and "nurse"), but does not recognize more specific skills (C#, SQL, oncology).

My conclusion is that the intelligence behind the chatbot technology is not ready yet, but the idea to use chatbot for job search - looks interesting.

Originally posted at: https://dennisgorelik.dreamwidth.org/143004.html
 
 
Dennis Gorelik
21 November 2017 @ 08:31 pm
I am starting to suspect that Trump blames North Korea in order to allow himself to normalize US relationships with Russia (in order to help his friend Putin, who backed Trump's presidential campaign).
Putin orchestrates that "Trum vs Kim Jong Un feud" show by overtly providing missiles and nuclear materials to the degree when North Korea looks scary enough to keep the feud show running (but still not really too dangerous to North Korea's neighbours).
Putin's ultimate goal in this situation is to make the US public forget about Crimea annexation by Russia in 2014 and get new oil drilling technologies from US corporations to Russia.
Obviously the US drilling corporations want to sell these drilling services to Russia too, so they lobby for lifting the sanctions through the Congress.

Originally posted at: https://dennisgorelik.dreamwidth.org/142673.html
 
 
Dennis Gorelik
14 November 2017 @ 07:16 am
Sneha from Mumbai outsources job to Houston:
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https://www.postjobfree.com/job/cvvjxy/specimen-usd-vessel-collector-houston-tx
We are looking for someone who is located near port Houston, US and are willing to onboard for 2-3. hrs
Someone who can go on vessel/onboard to collect the urine specimen of the crew members working onboard & send the collected samples to our laboratory for analysis.
This will be a part time job, as and when required depending upon the frequency of vessel.
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Originally posted at: https://dennisgorelik.dreamwidth.org/142554.html
 
 
 
Dennis Gorelik
10 November 2017 @ 08:11 pm

Прогнозы Задорнова в 1991 году об отношениях с Украиной - сбылись.
Прогнозы об экономических реформах - не сбылись.

У Задорнова было две жены одновременно:
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http://www.paparazzi.ru/blogs/keinekeine/110642/
Роман постепенно становился все серьезнее, и в 1990 году произошло главное событие в жизни влюбленных: у них родилась дочь, которую назвали в честь бабушки — Леной. Гордый папа познакомил ребенка со своим отцом (он умер, когда девочке было два года), дал ей свою фамилию и всегда принимал самое живое участие в ее воспитании, при этом оставаясь законным мужем своей первой супруги. Скрывать от нее появление на свет Елены-младшей сатирик не стал, тем более общих детей в этом браке никогда не было.
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Задорнов умер от рака мозга. Перед смертью - принял православие.

Originally posted at: https://dennisgorelik.dreamwidth.org/142124.html
 
 
Dennis Gorelik
02 November 2017 @ 02:57 pm
Microsoft released "Windows Fall Creators Update" for Windows 10 about couple of weeks ago.
I did not notice anything good about that update, but it screwed up my Web development environment: web sites on localhost stopped working.

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http://localhost/
Service Unavailable

HTTP Error 503. The service is unavailable.
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From Windows Application log
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The worker process for application pool 'DefaultAppPool' encountered an error 'Cannot read configuration file
' trying to read configuration data from file '\\?\', line number '0'. The data field contains the error code.
==================


Fortunately the problem was so massive and so bad, that the solution was published pretty quickly:
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https://superuser.com/questions/1260805/iis-10-cannot-read-empty-configuration-file/1260830
The issue is related to the temporary symbolic links created for the application pools by IIS/WAS being messed up during the Windows Update process for installing Fall Creators Update.
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Originally posted at: https://dennisgorelik.dreamwidth.org/142074.html
 
 
Dennis Gorelik
31 October 2017 @ 09:27 pm
1) Out of nowhere Uber sent me spam to my several different work emails:

I have no idea who Sherry Knight is.

2) Unsubscribe link goes to a page that asks me to enter my email address.

3) When I replied to their email and asked to unsubscribe, I received:
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From: noreply email <noreply@uber.com>
Date: Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 9:22:01 PM
===8<==============Original message text===============
Hi there,

Looks like you’re trying to get in touch with us, but you’ve replied to an address that no longer accepts incoming messages as we make support available directly in the Uber app. As a result, your email was not received.

To contact us, tap Help in the Uber app and select your issue from the menu. You can also find answers to frequently asked questions and get in touch by visiting help.uber.com.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Uber Support

If you’re unable to log in to your account, please click here: https://help.uber.com/locked-out

===8<===========End of original message text===========

4) So I marked these Uber emails as spam in my inbox.

5) Uber is quite spammy in general.
They use nasty tricks when they push their "Uber driver" jobs to job seekers.
For example, they use the same job description in many zip codes, but then they do keywords stuffing like this: "if you are accountant or bookkeeper or customer service representative then you can work as an Uber driver".
Sigh.

6) Just searched my old emails for other Uber emails and found that I received similar Uber offers 3 Jan 2017 ("Jason Ray Cunningham sent you $250") and 24 May 2016 ("JULIE FEDERICO sent you $100").
I do not know who "Jason Ray Cunningham" or "JULIE FEDERICO" are either.

Originally posted at: https://dennisgorelik.dreamwidth.org/141822.html
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Dennis Gorelik
13 October 2017 @ 06:50 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnnnCKXIP44

1) We also occasionally have snakes in our backyard, but we are not catching them.

2) The video seems real. But youtube poster posting these videos under clearly photoshoped screenshot which put their consistence under question.

Originally posted at: https://dennisgorelik.dreamwidth.org/141451.html
 
 
Dennis Gorelik
After I complained about disappeared "Bounces" and "Complaints" graphs, Amazon SES team brought them back.

Amazon SES Bounce and Complaints metrics

Originally posted at: https://dennisgorelik.dreamwidth.org/141289.html
 
 
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