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Ask Slashdot: When Is a Better Career Opportunity Worth a Pay Cut?

DudeFromMars Been There, Done That (263 comments)

You are under-estimating the odds of the new company failing, or the job just not working out.
Seriously, your resume should show you moving UP to better positions at bigger companies.
The kind of lateral move you are considering is just not good for your resume or career.

Take some side projects you can do with the latest and greatest technologies on evenings and weekends.
You will polish the skills on your resume, have a little fun, and make a little extra money.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Do If You're Given a Broken Project?

DudeFromMars Take Control of the Situation (308 comments)

If you do not document your assessment of the code, then all the problems and cost "overruns" are going to be your fault.

You will be able to "blame the other guy" for the first handful of bugs.
After a very short period, all the bugs are your fault.

You have to be nice, but firm in your assessment of the situation.
Your boss(es) will try very hard to make you accept the project and commit to adding features fast and cheap.
If you accept that assignment on their terms, you are doomed.
If they accept your assessment and your terms (rewrite all or part) then you succeed.

about 3 months ago
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How Good Are Charter Schools For the Public School System?

DudeFromMars Re:Public School System can DiaF. (715 comments)

Your view of Texas may need some updating. I pay over $6,000 per year in property tax - and something like 80% of that is collected directly by our school district. We have great schools here in Round Rock. It is THE reason we moved here from California.

about 3 months ago
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Wireless Charging Start-Up Claims 30-Foot Radius

DudeFromMars Smells like a stock scam (242 comments)

The physics of this just can't work.
His 30 foot radius = 60 foot diameter sphere the power is broadcast to.
If you can pick up enough power on the surface of that 60 foot diameter sphere to replace a AAA battery, it would be a death ray at close range.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Make a DVD-Rental Store More Relevant?

DudeFromMars Postal Return & Drive Thru (547 comments)

Free postal return envelopes would help.
Drive-thru returns would help.
Browsing and renting online would help.
Maybe even a drive-through pickup for online rentals.

If there is a drive-thru fast food in the parking lot, it can be a two-fer
Make a deal with the fast food joint to let online rentals be picked up from their drive-thru window.

The reason I won't rent DVDs any more isn't that I can't find a movie in the store, or enjoy it.

It is the hassle of returning the DVD and late fees and all that.

about a year and a half ago
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Can Anyone Become a Programmer?

DudeFromMars Like Algebra 1 (767 comments)

Less than half the kids in high school can grasp algebra 1. There is nothing you can do to make them "get it" - their brain either works that way, or it doesn't. Algebra, Geometry, and Programming seem self-evident to me. On the other hand, I can't draw, and dropped out of English 101 on six separate occasions. Metaphors, similes and analyzing literature are just a ridiculous to me - that stuff makes no sense at all.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Getting Feedback On Programming?

DudeFromMars Read Books, then Criticize (196 comments)

Code Complete by Steve McConnell
Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code by Kent Beck, Martin Fowler and Akira Hirasawa

Get a colleague to read books and then criticize each other's code.
It gets amazing results.

I had the same problem, no senior level programmers to teach the craft. We had once per week lunch meetings and had one programmer show his work, and the others criticize. Our code became much clearer and our bug counts went way down.
Good Luck!

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Handing Over Personal Work Without Compensation?

DudeFromMars Crappy Code (848 comments)

So,
You wrote a program "way above your pay grade."
It has no user input.
It has no design or review from senior programmers.
It has no testing.

And your little jewel is so precious that you want to extort your company that has no budget?

more than 2 years ago
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US Senator Proposes Bill To Eliminate Overtime For IT Workers

DudeFromMars Less US Jobs under Present "System" (1167 comments)

I own a small IT outsourcing shop.
Work comes in a trickle or a deluge, no in-between.
There will be overtime hours worked, it is the nature the beast.

It is a competitive business, I cannot put in higher bids and expect to get any business.

Since each hour of US overtime would be a large loss to me, I just cannot afford to do it. I will not do it.

I was using two solutions to this:
1. US coders working on Salary + Bonus, where working more = more bonus.
2. Offshore coders on straight hourly wages.

The recession hit, and I could not afford the high base salaries for the US guys.
I laid off 8 US coders - after exhausting the business accounts and my personal savings.
I still have the offshore guys. They stuck with me even though their hours went in half.

Business has picked up, but I have not hired any more US coders.
I would love to hire more guys in the US.

However!
I have not managed to afford to get health insurance for my family yet - next year looks good for getting that going again.
Obamacare gives me nightmares: Absolute requirement to provide unaffordable care for US workers.
Mandatory overtime bonus pay = too risky to depend on US workers for projects with low profitablity - and this economy is only producing low profitability projects so far.

The answer to all these problems is to go make more money and not assume any more risk.
And that means not hiring any US coders, although I would really love to do that.

more than 2 years ago
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Scott Adams Proposes a Fourth Branch of Government

DudeFromMars The old system is fine, er wait... (341 comments)

Well, it would be fine if we actually followed it.
Our government was designed to be limited, and citizen juries are designed to be a check and balance against tyrannical laws.

The career politicians have slipped free from the enumerated powers and the 10th amendment.
No laws were changed, they just found the system to limiting, so reinterpreted it.
Citizen juries are told they cannot judge laws -- and this is the sole purpose of citizen juries - consent of the governed.

We have a sweet little system, too bad the insiders have stolen it from us.
There are no public servants - we are all servants to the public sector.
It was not supposed to be like this...

more than 2 years ago
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Crowdfund a Moon Monolith Mission?

DudeFromMars Let's Do It! (199 comments)

I got my $100 right here!

more than 3 years ago
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Desktop Linux Is Dead

DudeFromMars Android? (1348 comments)

A front door assault on Windows is not getting anywhere.
Android is proving wildly popular for phones.
If Android can prove as popular for tablets.
If Tablets can make laptops obsolete
If both those things happen, then Android could get somewhere.
It will take a platform shift to displace Windows as King of the Hill.

more than 3 years ago
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Old People Enjoy Reading Negative Stories About Young

DudeFromMars Re:Explains why old ppl vote Republican... (122 comments)

Perhaps the "old people" see past the rhetoric about "saving the planet" or "helping the needy"
Perhaps the "old people" see that politicians are douchebags who buy votes using other peoples money.
Perhaps the "old people" see that politicians give YOUR money to bureaucrats and unions where 80% is wasted before making it to the "worthy" cause.
Perhaps the "old people" see that when the money finally gets to the "worthy cause" the recipients spend it wastefully, because it is "OPM" ("Other People's Money")

Perhaps the "old people" are just mean when they believe politicians are only after money and power.

Perhaps the "old people" are right.

Now, GET OFF MY LAWN!

more than 3 years ago
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Chicken Feathers May Hold Key To Hydrogen Storage

DudeFromMars Crazier than Bat Shit (318 comments)

Oh! Wait, I wonder if bat droppings would work?

more than 4 years ago
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Microchips That Shook the World

DudeFromMars Bender? is that you? (185 comments)

If the 6502 was good enough for Bender, why did they bother with anything else?

more than 4 years ago
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How Best To Deal With WiFi Interference?

DudeFromMars Re:Solution (451 comments)

And how many people have fish tape, really.

Most of us just use duct tape when we need to repair a fish.

more than 5 years ago
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How Does a 9/80 Work Schedule Work Out?

DudeFromMars Re:I'd rather have 4/36 (1055 comments)

Despite that, it certainly is a particularly aggressive myth, especially in the service industry.

You would think that the tech types around here would understand how marginal rates work, it is a fairly straight-forward math and logic problem.
On a related note, I wonder why software is so buggy?

more than 5 years ago
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How Does a 9/80 Work Schedule Work Out?

DudeFromMars Re:I'd rather have 4/36 (1055 comments)

>>Also the repayment of the debt is a flat rate on all earnings, that increases depending on gross earnings.

That is why rational tax systems don't apply higher rates on all earnings, but only to the next dollar earned. That way, every dollar earned results in more take-home pay.

It is kind of funny that the Australian UNIVERSITY debt system failed both math and logic.
Probably more a reflection on the intelligence of lawmakers than of university types.

more than 5 years ago
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How Does a 9/80 Work Schedule Work Out?

DudeFromMars Re:I'd rather have 4/36 (1055 comments)

>>Of course, if a company doesn't avoid layoffs, those laid off workers find their pay and hours cut a lot more

Correct.
It is a good solution for one company - it will not work at all when applied to all companies.

more than 5 years ago
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How Does a 9/80 Work Schedule Work Out?

DudeFromMars Re:I'd rather have 4/36 (1055 comments)

>>(Hey, most of the last 10% is taxes anyway, right)
Not Right.
The idea that at a certain point, the govt takes most of your earnings in taxes is an urban legend.
For anybody working by the hour, there is no "tipping point" where the govt keeps most of each additional dollar - it is just untrue.

>>If everyone did this (4x9hr days), we could avoid tons of layoffs nationwide.
A company can avoid layoffs by cutting hours and pay.
If everybody at every company had their hours and pay cut, their bills remain the same, so the workers' spendable income after covering expenses is either gone or greatly reduced - You have just created a recession.

more than 5 years ago

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