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Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

GeekBird Re:BINGO in the first paragraph alone (383 comments)

I wish I could get one of those jobs. I guess I'm not enough of a sociopath.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

GeekBird Re:Surprised? More to come (383 comments)

Agreed. I've been in the first wave too many times to not know it for truth. I still haven't learned how to kiss ass.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

GeekBird Re:Lets cut the H1B's! (383 comments)

I agree with this, and I'm a US citizen.

The US government needs to issue green cards on a fast track to technically skilled people, who then compete fairly in the market with other residents and citizens. Eliminate the incentive for companies to abuse their H1-B indentured servants, and then use that abuse to force citizens and green card holders to work under equally crappy conditions.

A fast track green card program for technically skilled people would provide the ability for those people to become fully invested in American society sooner. Plus, it would really prove how much of the 'skilled labor shortage' is real, and how much is really just a 'cheap skilled labor shortage'.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

GeekBird Re:Lets cut the H1B's! (383 comments)

Most companies I've worked for paid H1-Bs less, usually by giving them a lower title for the same qualifications and not giving them raises during their visa.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

GeekBird Re:h1b going first? (383 comments)

They are also ~20% cheaper, overall.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

GeekBird Re:I really really hate (383 comments)

They announced layoffs where I work in a memo that had at least 38 buzzwords in it, some more than once. The more buzzwords in the memo, the worse the news. I swear some of these C-suite people have translators just to convert ordinary English into buzzword bullshit.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

GeekBird Re:Perl still works, and PHP is fine (536 comments)

So, basically, you're cheap and only wanting to hire young kids with no experience. You get what you pay for.

You aren't willing to pay experts, but you are willing to pay a bunch of noobs with "new" "hip" "modern" language skilz to recode your entire platform. So you are not only cheap, but penny wise, pound foolish.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

GeekBird Re:Tools Command Language (TCL) (536 comments)

Ugh. I still have TCL nightmares. Space delimited crap;, clunky as hell. Ugh.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

GeekBird Re:Python (536 comments)

No. Take a look at Anaconda, and then try to tell me Python is readable.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

GeekBird Re:Python (536 comments)

Try hiring people who are over 30.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

GeekBird Re:Stick with Perl (536 comments)

The real headscratcher to me is the number of programmers who assume that because a language isn't adding features every couple years it is dead.

This. I hate working with "new" "elite" languages that every new version that comes out breaks existing code in weird ways. (Python, I'm looking at you.)

I've done maintenance on perl code written by people in love with their own intelligence. It's painful. I've tried it on similar stuff in python (see my breaking with new versions comment above.) It's impossible. I rewrite it in something stable and universal - shell or perl.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

GeekBird Re: Perl (536 comments)

Agreed, which is why I get really annoyed with Python bigots. My main exposures to python have been trash piles like Anaconda and cowboy crap that is seven layers of libraries to implement and process check that has such poor syntax that it can't even fail, no matter how screwed the process.

I've seen incomprehensible junk written in tcl, bash, java, javascript, c, c++, visual basic, fortran, cobol, basic and assembler, most often written by "experienced" coders who think comments and structure are anathema and risky to their job security.

Give me "unsophisticated" and/or heavily commented code, thank you.

about 3 months ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

GeekBird Re:Who'll spit on my burger?! (870 comments)

All self-checkout systems I have used have horrible user interfaces. That's why they get taken out -- the customers hate them.

This.

The voice and the 'dialog' on the ones at Safeway and Lowes drives me insane. It is both irritating in tone, and infuriatingly condescending. I don't need a machine to talk loudly at me like I was a five year old in a snotty teacher voice like it was talking to a barely sentient animal. Plus, the work flow assumes that you scan, pile up, then bag your purchases in store provided bags. If you are in a municipality that requires that you bring your own bags, it breaks the workflow and the ****ing thing nags at you loudly until you do everything its way, regardless of how inconvenient or inefficient it is. I don't like being essentially yelled at like a bad puppy by a machine.

about 6 months ago
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Facebook's Android App Can Now Retrieve Data About What Apps You Use

GeekBird Re:I doubt most people will flinch but... (176 comments)

I can't even delete the base Facebook app from my phone. I just don't log in to it, and don't update it. I'd have to root my phone to get rid of it. Grrr.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Ups Online War, Says Google's 'Failing'

GeekBird Re:Huh? (220 comments)

You have developed the "private corporate cloud infrastructure"! Is that buzzwordy enough?

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Ups Online War, Says Google's 'Failing'

GeekBird Re:Huh? (220 comments)

This. I had one twit looking for a sysadmin who wanted me to put his entire business "in the Cloud". I asked him what his product was. He couldn't tell me. But he wanted all of his infrastructure "in the Cloud" - intranet, development, production, Everything!! I pleaded ignorance and got off the phone.

No serious CIO or sysadmin puts all their critical services and ultra sensitive data on someone else's hardware, trusting their entire future to Company Z's business plan. Hell, I didn't hear about *any* security in "the cloud" until 2 years after the cloud hype began.

I'm not saying that cloud computing (really hosted virtualized computing) has no place. It is great for backups, development testing/QA/staging, overflow processing, production scaling, and a lot of stuff that is easily reproducible and/or redeployable. But live, working copies of confidential data and intellectual property repositories? No, and anyone worth their salt knows it. Encrypted backups are one thing, but not your live copies.

When people call me up and want a "Cloud Sysadmin" I want to puke. Yeah, I can use someone else's hosted servers and upload web panel, same as I can use $company's internal panel and/or shell. The only thing is that I have to call outside if it breaks. It's not even a new concept, for crying out loud.

It's just another slot on my Buzzword Bingo card.

more than 3 years ago
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RIAA Sues 19-Year-Old Transplant Patient

GeekBird Re:What is this? (663 comments)

Ah, but it turns out that people who serve papers in person (process servers) only have to present them to an adult living at the address they are paid to serve to. The adult doesn't even need to accept them. (How do I know? Someone tried to serve me shit for a roomie, I declined to accept, the mangy asshole dropped them outside my door and filed it as having been served.)

Service by Fed-X is even easier, since they now don't actually require signatures for "home" deliveries.

So papers for someone can be served by Fed-X to their old address, without forwarding, to no one at home, and it counts as valid service. When you get notice at your new address of the default judgment (because they'll always find the right address when they have a judgment in hand), and say "what suit?", they'll smugly say "We served you, you didn't respond, pay up." You then have no recourse, you've been fucked over.

It is very easy for a corporation, like RIAA, MPAA, or any collection agency, to use the civil courts to financially fuck you so hard that you have jizz coming out of your nose for months.

IANAL, of course.

more than 5 years ago

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I never Meta Moderation...

GeekBird GeekBird writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Hmmm. I rather like the Meta Moderation thing. I don't really feel the need to boost scores on various people and all their silly comments, but it is nice to kick back and look at the general flow of moderation.

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Holy Cow, Another Free Blog

GeekBird GeekBird writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Hmmm. I've been away from /. for a while. Now they have individual journals. Nifty, neeto, but I already have three blogs, plus an LJ under a different moniker.

But I'm still a six digit usernumber... ;-)

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