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by zbigi
Tue Jan 12, 2021 4:15 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Headphone recommendations
Replies: 41
Views: 12965

Re: Headphone recommendations

I'm planning on buying Sony XM3. They're cheaper than XM4 since now they're "old", but they still cost an insane 1200 PLN ($320) here in Poland... That's a lot of money for a not-that-repairable gadget. I suspect they might be my largest expense through the whole 2021. They're a necessity ...
by zbigi
Tue Jan 12, 2021 2:53 pm
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Software development for UK/EU nationals
Replies: 8
Views: 629

Re: Software development for UK/EU nationals

I've read an account of a 22 year old who is already contracting at 800 EUR per day in Europe... So, if you can learn quickly, you can get to the nice-paying contracts in a couple of years. Most people don't accomplish that though, probably because they either can't be bothered to work harder than m...
by zbigi
Tue Jan 12, 2021 1:42 pm
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Software development for UK/EU nationals
Replies: 8
Views: 629

Re: Software development for UK/EU nationals

I'm from Poland, but have contracted in UK in the past (lived in London for a while). My understanding of the market is that contracting is for people who are especially in demand (the positions can't be filled with regular employees, whom the companies almost always prefer), i.e. either for people ...
by zbigi
Sun Jan 03, 2021 4:34 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Is humanity worth saving?
Replies: 58
Views: 13249

Re: Is humanity worth saving?

jacob wrote:
Tue Sep 29, 2020 4:45 pm
Something like 90%+ of available land is now used to feed humans directly or indirectly.
Do you have a source for this number? It sounds strange given that forests alone cover 30% of Earth's land, and forests are used mostly for fuel and construction materials, not food.
by zbigi
Sun Jan 03, 2021 10:23 am
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: Jordan Peterson
Replies: 506
Views: 71916

Re: Jordan Peterson

Fair enough. I usually mostly check out when JP goes deep into his mythological analyses... They're fairly handwave'y and, to me, you need to make much stronger arguments than he does to support the claims that those myths carry real hard truths in them. I don't think most people are interested that...
by zbigi
Sun Jan 03, 2021 9:47 am
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: Jordan Peterson
Replies: 506
Views: 71916

Re: Jordan Peterson

(...) and while their lives may often be far from perfect the little lobsters have the right to criticize their world and whatever predatory practices the world allows, rather than naturalize them with lobster comparisons. I think we're in agreement then. I think Peterson is defending hierarchies l...
by zbigi
Sun Jan 03, 2021 9:08 am
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: Jordan Peterson
Replies: 506
Views: 71916

Re: Jordan Peterson

Peterson himself said many times that the big drawback of meritocratic society is that those without the comercially-recognized merits may end up destitute. He also said that it's society's duty to take care of them. As for toilet cleaners, even they can improve themselves in many ways, incl. improv...
by zbigi
Sun Jan 03, 2021 5:27 am
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: Jordan Peterson
Replies: 506
Views: 71916

Re: Jordan Peterson

sure, fix your posture and climb on the hierarchy, but then what? in such ponzi schemes, the ones at the bottom of the pyramid end up dead. individual climbing is not a cure for this. and hierarchies don’t always work out favorably for the group, so *we replace them*. You seem to assume that the on...
by zbigi
Sun Dec 27, 2020 1:31 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Frugal chicos journal - ERE in Spain
Replies: 486
Views: 100530

Re: Frugal chicos journal - ERE in Spain

> pay the 283E/month fee for it, issue invoices with a 21% VAT on them for each service she provides (which she will have to pay since her company doesn't have to pay it in the US) I don't know your actual situation and I'm not a tax professional by any means, but at least here in Poland, if you hav...
by zbigi
Mon Nov 02, 2020 6:53 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Zankas poker-journal
Replies: 147
Views: 20891

Re: Zankas poker-journal

Poker really exposes any hubris you might have - i.e. if you think you're better than you really are and start playing difficult spots or challenging difficult opponents, your inadequacy will be quickly exposes in your win (or, rather, loss) rate. Psychologically, poker at most levels of play is mos...
by zbigi
Sun Nov 01, 2020 2:31 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Zankas poker-journal
Replies: 147
Views: 20891

Re: Zankas poker-journal

In my friend's case, his life is full of other interests (largely philosophy and mysticism) and people he spends time with, so yeah, he's not exactly super focused on his poker career. Also, he has two major personality traits, which are terrible if you want to make it in poker, namely lack of disci...
by zbigi
Sun Nov 01, 2020 4:27 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Zankas poker-journal
Replies: 147
Views: 20891

Re: Zankas poker-journal

Your poker numbers, both in terms of volume and winnings, look great for someone who has a family and fulltime(ish?) job. I have a friend who's been an online pro (meaning, he exclusively lives off his poker winnings, not that he's some kind of big shot :) for the past 12+ years and his numbers are ...
by zbigi
Fri Oct 30, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Help me think about the next step in my life
Replies: 11
Views: 1475

Re: Help me think about the next step in my life

@ Lemur Yep, that's my experience too. At a senior developer level, you're essentially a bureaucrat who codes and the coding is incidental at times (I have days or even weeks when I fight the bureaucracy to get access to some system or data and write zero code during that time). As in any large orga...
by zbigi
Fri Oct 30, 2020 3:40 pm
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Help me think about the next step in my life
Replies: 11
Views: 1475

Re: Help me think about the next step in my life

(Hi! I'm new to the forum BTW). Warning: a MAJOR rant coming ahead. Bear in mind that this is my subjective take on the industry, but I suspect it's shared by many (esp. seeing how much burnout is being there in tech or at least how much people discuss it). ----------------------- I've been working ...