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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

Shados Re:Won't everyone be a millionaire? (441 comments)

Yup. Those numbers aren't surprising.

If you're a decent software engineer and live in San Francisco, Boston or NYC and you buy a house today, by the time you retire, it will probably be worth 1-2 million.

Then other stuff in the summary:

being most valued employee at your organization. If you exclude the execs, yes, software engineers probably get the best work to salary + benefit ratio if any profession right now.

Any decent software engineer who doesn't get a raise this year is probably quitting faster than their employer can tell them the news, and will start their new job with an extra 10-20% pay tacked on before they finish their sentence.

In place worth working at, outsourcing is frequently used for level 1 and 2 support, click testing (so actual QA Engineers can do something more meaningful), and to deal with legacy software no one else wants to touch.

Its not that way everywhere, and that's why the numbers aren't 100% in every category. But they seem about right.

yesterday
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Bill Gates Patents Detecting, Responding To "Glassholes"

Shados Re:It seems to me (137 comments)

Risk getting broken more than stolen. Its not much harder to steal than any ol engagement ring that half the girls in their 20s or 30s prance around, and those are frequently worth a LOT more than $1500. But diamond and rare metals are a lot harder to break than a fragile piece of technology in your face. I can "pretend" to bump into someone wearing them and if they're shorter than me, there goes the glasses!

yesterday
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The Security of Popular Programming Languages

Shados Re:Methodology for choosing languages? (186 comments)

They came out around the same time, but their popularity as a web development language was separated by quite a few years. PHP was everywhere a few years before JSP and Servlets started powering bank websites all over the place.

2 days ago
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The Security of Popular Programming Languages

Shados Re:FLAME WAR! (186 comments)

The example you give is a decent one, because there's an easy comparison point: C#. VB.net and C#, aside for unsafe block, inline event handlers, XML literals, VB6 compability assemblies and a few other minor things, are exactly the same. They compile to the exact same bytecode, byte for byte, if you write the same thing in both.

Yet VB.net devs are paid less, VB.net code is almost universally worse, VB.net companies are generally garbage, even though the 2 language are almost exactly the same, because of all the factors you already pointed out.

2 days ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

Shados Re:We don''t do tax returns in the UK,you insensit (382 comments)

Right, so it only really save the step of retreiving your W-2 in the US (where you just type your personal info, it pulls data from your job and does all the math for you....then you add investment info and whatsnot).

So it saves you one step, and the easiest one. No arguing that its better...but it doesn't add much (the main issue in the US is the tax code is too complex and downright retarded...the tools to handle it actually work fine)

2 days ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

Shados Re:Tax Act vs Turbo Tax (382 comments)

The web interfaces that several tax tools have been moving to kind of solve the problem of the operating system. I never used Tax Act, but I don't think I could ever get myself to download a tool to do my taxes.

2 days ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

Shados Re:We don''t do tax returns in the UK,you insensit (382 comments)

Of course the US tax code is like, what, the second most complicated in the world or something? (I think Germany has it worse?), which is a problem in itself.

That said, what you describe definately seems like it would work quite well for people who just work for an employer, as you mentioned.

But here at least, the amount of people who are either self employed, do free lance on the side, or have some kind of investments, is a pretty damn large portion (on top of my head I actually don't know a single person who does not fall in one of those categories...of course its because of where I live and is not representative), so, at the very least, it wouldn't help me much :)

2 days ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

Shados I just use TurboTax (382 comments)

Filing taxes is annoying enough, and even the "premium" options are just not that expensive for anyone in our field with a job (if you're not in that category, its a different story, obviously), that it just doesn't matter.

I do have a condo I just bought, I'm married, and I do have stocks, but using the appropriate TurboTax option, I basically just punch in some information, and it retrieves my W-2s and tax papers. Punching in the real estate data takes 5 minutes. So all in all, about 45 minutes for both people and forget about it.

Only annoyance was that the e-filling for stocks wasn't available for like, a month after I tried to file, so I had to wait a bit to submit the whole thing, but considering the amount the IRS wants from me, I wasn't in any particular hurry.

2 days ago
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MA Gov. Wants To Ban Non-Competes; Will It Matter?

Shados Re:How enforceable are they anyway? (97 comments)

In MA, precedent(s) was (were?) set for enforcing them for, as you mentioned, key employees. If you're the CTO of a company making, let say, algorithms to design perfect donuts, and you quick to go work for Dunkin Donut's secret research facility in Boston, they would enforce it there. If you're just the tech lead for one of their random development team, in theory the judge will take your side.

about a week ago
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MA Gov. Wants To Ban Non-Competes; Will It Matter?

Shados Re:precedent (97 comments)

Especially since MA, with the Boston/Cambridge area, is also quickly becoming another tech hub... so having similar rules to one of the states with the biggest tech hubs is probably not that bad.

about a week ago
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Slashdot Asks: Will You Need the Windows XP Black Market?

Shados Re:Businesses should support Linux and BSD (244 comments)

At (low ball) 120k-160k for a mediocre unix dev in the big tech centers... you can deal with a lot of shit from Microsoft before hitting that price tag.

about two weeks ago
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FCC Orders Comcast To Stop Labeling Equipment Rental a Service Fee

Shados Re:As a guy from Europe (97 comments)

Because aside for landline/cable providers (no competition and "revolts" haven't done a thing), and health care (revolt is a daily thing...), things in the US are overall so much cheaper than anywhere else, its a bit hard to complain.

about two weeks ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

Shados Re:Works both ways (1037 comments)

Regardless, you're correct that it goes two ways. The easiest way to see it is in other countries. US beliefs, as well as stereotypes (including negative ones), are being pushed around via the internet. Certain ultra liberal countries have started having abortion debates, when no one had ever questioned it before.

A particularly bad one: I've heard someone call a black person a "slave" as a slur...in a country where pretty much anyone of color is a rich investor immigrant or professional and no history. So not only its racist as hell, but it also doesn't even fit.

The internet is just putting everyone in a melding pot and the lowest common denominator comes out. Since people rarely check facts and have no ability for critical thinking, whatever is loudest and most visible will be the belief of the majority after a while.

about two weeks ago
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It's Time To Bring Pseudoscience Into the Science Classroom

Shados Just push critical thinking (470 comments)

People in general are gullible and believe whatever they hear. Being skeptical, double checking facts, looking at references...those are things people don't even think about anymore (well, they never did, its not new).

Schools need to push more on THAT. Teaching people to prove what they say, that its not because everyone says something that its true, and to learn how to separate facts from made up stuff. The rest will follow.

about two weeks ago
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FWD.us Wants More H-1B Visas, But 50% Go To Offshore Firms

Shados And it affects non-americans too (325 comments)

The argument about local workers being displaced aside...its a slap in the face for foreign workers who can't get an H1B and are actually the original target audience for those visas.

I have friends who Canada with credentials up the wazoo, who have been working on TN1 visas for a bit, and want something more permanent. Those are 150-300k/year jobs (lead software engineers and architects) that aren't easy to fill outside of California.

And they have to hit the lottery like anyone else, and more likely than not they won't get their H1B...and so they have to stick with TN or looking for an american to marry =P

Not cool.

about two weeks ago
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Google Cuts Prices On Enterprise Cloud Services

Shados Re:Google Cloud is Way Too Limited (43 comments)

Not any more. Providing Windows server 2012 was also part of the announcement. SQL server I'm sure you can install yourself.

Maybe Im blind, but i only see 2008 in the announcement, not 2012.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Fastest, Cheapest Path To a Bachelor's Degree?

Shados Re:Lie (370 comments)

Write a resume that includes a CS degree at Carnegie Mellon, MIT, Cal Tech, whatever...then fill your employment history with Starbucks barista, scratching monkey's backs, picking your nose and for good measure, add a sabbatical as part of your job history too.

You're still gonna get half decent offers if you can pass the phone screen.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Fastest, Cheapest Path To a Bachelor's Degree?

Shados Re:A printer and a template (370 comments)

The type of degree isn't relevant for a lot of stuff, especially when it comes to immigration or certain employers.

In this case, that employer worked simply with post-secondary years, and counted a master as 6 and PhD as 10. So someone who did 2 bachelors in 6 years was equivalent to someone with a master. What happened before that, or which country or type of degree you had, was irrelevent.

For immigration, its total years of schooling. So how long high school takes in your particular country is relevant. here.

Its dumb, but that's how it works. It just depends who you talk to. My current employer doesn't give a damn and is purely performance based, so without a degree at all I have a higher title (and salary) than some people with PhDs.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Fastest, Cheapest Path To a Bachelor's Degree?

Shados Re:A printer and a template (370 comments)

I once interviewed for one of the big investment banks (not gonna give a name, but its one of the big evil wall street banks that everyone knows about). That one has the usual silly "4 year degree with 3.0 GPA or we don't even talk to you, no exception, not even if you're a well known superstar in the software world" rule.

I didn't know that, and I only have a 3 year degree (from a country where thats common). I aced the interview as that particular job wasn't even very computer science-ish, and they had been looking for someone for months to fill that position. Then they noticed the little issue of me not having the mandatory degree.

The hiring manager (not someone from an agency, but someone on their payroll) just modified my resume without telling me and passed it over to HR for final signoff. I got hired.

Fast forward a year, they're updating the HRIS system and verifying that all the info is correct. I get an email from HR asking me to confirm that I indeed have a 4 year bachelor with 3.0 GPA from Big Name College XYZ with my boss CCed.

My boss quickly replied, before I had time to go "WTF?!", that I indeed had such a degree.

Needless to say, him and I had a little talk afterward. That was awkward.

about three weeks ago
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AT&T Exec Calls Netflix "Arrogant" For Expecting Net Neutrality

Shados Re:So what's that bill from AT&T for, then? (466 comments)

You touched the problem. When the CDN servers are inside the ISP's facilities. And often, the owner of the CDN servers is the content provider. So you have a content provider striking a deal with an ISP -directly- to have better service. Since its within the ISP's facilities, of course they're gonna have to pay something. So its gray area.

If CDN providers were their own, neutral, "dumb" entities in between, it wouldn't be an issue, but that's not always the case.

about three weeks ago

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