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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

bADlOGIN Re:Nobody else seems to want it (727 comments)

As a monopoly, Microsoft gets to hold the proverbial "gun" to device vendors heads and say, "support our OS on our schedule exactly how we say we'll fucking destroy your market and feed you to your competitors". Thus, Windows drivers get support from device manufacturers. Linux device drivers come from begging, pleading, and sometimes reverse engineering and all volunteer efforts of the open source community. Sometimes this happens despite hostile responses and legal threats from device vendors. My hope is that some day Linux will get to wield that gun...

about a month ago
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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

bADlOGIN Clarification: HE dodged a bullet (514 comments)

Sorry. Misread your statement. Guess I was just in so much shock from the notion of anyone actively using EJBs for anything.

about 2 months ago
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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

bADlOGIN You dodged a bullet (514 comments)

It's fucking 2014. Any organization that hasn't migrated services away from EJBs must be incubating a pathetic, toxic excuse of a development environment. That job would have happily dragged your programming skills down to its level of crap and then beaten your professional passion to death. EJBs are enterprise shit-ware designed around 1999's technological constraints paired with Suns consulting/sales driven ideas about how to make money. Don't touch them. Let them die.

about 2 months ago
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No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

bADlOGIN It's worse than that (282 comments)

... but really? Wouldn't it be better to just work a normal job and not have to screw around like that?

"Normal" jobs are gone. It's all about Bullshit Jobs now (see http://strikemag.org/bullshit-... ). The combination of unchecked greed of the ruling class, the pace of technological innovation, and placation of the peasant masses by shit like "hiding in the basement playing WoW" is resulting in a structural social REMOVAL of what we've been sold as the path to the American dream. The american peasant class (e.g. the 99%) has been systematically screwed for over a 1/3 of a century now. And hardly any of us are paying attention to it...

about a month ago
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Microsoft Backs Open Source For the Internet of Things

bADlOGIN IT'S A TRAP! (136 comments)

That is all...

about 3 months ago
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If Immigration Reform Is Dead, So Is Raising the H-1B Cap

bADlOGIN Exactly! No US novices? No future US experts! (341 comments)

Familiar with the Dreyfus model of skills acquisition?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D...

Sure you are. It goes like this: Want to be an expert? First you need to to be proficient. Want to be proficient? First you need to have been competent. Want to be competent? First you need to have been an advanced beginner? Want to be an advanced beginner? First you'll need to be a novice. Want to be a novice? Great! Just get started learning by following the rules and doing what people around you do. Experience will let you unwind the stack.

Every profession maps to this. It's a type of career ladder. And what do H1-B's do? They seriously knock out the chances of getting a position on the lower rungs of the ladder. H1-B aren't taking me and other Gen-Xers jobs, they're taking the millennial's jobs. And the Baby Boomers who pissed & shit in the punch bowl that used to hold the American dream don't care enough to do anything about it. They started setting the tone for all this bullshit over 10 years ago and just like everything else, now we're left holding the bag.

Fuck class warfare. I think there's some serious generational knuckle dusting that needs to be applied to those in power in BOTH political parties regarding what's happened on their watch to whole notion of careers they've been selling to the rest of us.

about 3 months ago
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Skilled Manual Labor Critical To US STEM Dominance

bADlOGIN Re:The US has no "STEM Dominance" (367 comments)

Apparently Intel, Oracle, Microsoft, and Apple do "cheap, low-qualification tech work". Thanks for setting me straight.

Most of the Slashdot crowd will give you Microsoft in that statement, but generally disagree on the other three. Sarcasm score == 0.

about 5 months ago
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The $200,000 Software Developer

bADlOGIN "Never" work for a BDC, "never" for a cost center (473 comments)

I work in IT for a large multinational company...

Now you have n! problems as a developer.

$0.05 worth of free advice to anyone out there:
#1 - _NEVER_ do software development for a large company as an employee. There's too much bullshit, politics, and brain dead process to get anything done. Also, you're nothing but a replaceable part. Go small to mid size, or (better yet) be a contractor. Which brings me to my second point:

#2 - _NEVER_ do software development where your efforts do not generate revenue unless you're taking the job to try and learn something. If the project/organization/whatever isn't making a profit off of every line of code you write, GTFO. Otherwise, you are simply an expense to be fucking MBA'd and "managed" as opposed to a source of revenue. When those goddamned suits look at you, make sure they smile and see dollar signs & black ink.

#3 - Contracting let's you violate rule #1 & #2 for fun and profit. BDC's (Big Dumb Companies) are so fucked up, most competent hands-on developers don't want to touch them with a 10 foot pole. That's where contractors & contracting firms come in. When you're not an employee of BDC, Inc. you get to go work for HotShit consultants LLC. When some project is fucked and some idiot CIOs neck is on the line he'll shell out a metric ass-load of cash to get it fixed. Enter you and your friends as HotShit LLC to come in and do the dirty work. Since you work for HotShit LLC, you're of course not a direct employee of BDC Inc. (or directly involved with the politics and BS thereof ) which fixes rule #1 and most importantly, as a consultant you're putting money in the pocket of HotShit LLC thus fixing rule #2 at the same time. Fun. Profit.

about a year ago
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Why Your Users Hate Agile

bADlOGIN Re:M. Folwer said it best: Don't do scrum w/o XP (597 comments)

Hmm... That's an extremely nice application of the term "impedance". Sounds like the social counterpart to the Object/Relational impedance miss-match: the Agile/Distributed impedance miss-match. Both would go away if you used the right tool for the job instead of what everyone else uses because that's how business does it.

about a year ago
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Why Your Users Hate Agile

bADlOGIN Re:M. Folwer said it best: Don't do scrum w/o XP (597 comments)

Exactly. Part of the reason XP never took off is that it forces business people to confront reality. You can't PowerPoint your way out of a pair of developers standing in front of you explaining that you're the one who needs to decide what the fuck in going to be built right here, right now, and to accept the consequences of supporting it.

about a year ago
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Why Your Users Hate Agile

bADlOGIN M. Folwer said it best: Don't do scrum w/o XP (597 comments)

He says it quite nicely:

http://martinfowler.com/bliki/FlaccidScrum.html

Of course that was in 2009. Nothing has changed, and I've long past the point of being fed up with the non-technical fuck-tards that think they can sprinkle Scrum-dust on a mountain of technical debt and it'll go away. This is usually done in the presence of a stable of bad developers who lack the discipline to do the actual hard work of the XP practices that deliver good products in the first place.

The parent article author can STFU already. It just reeks of, "Wah! My agile hurts me because I won't do the hard stuff".

Oh, and while your at it agile wimps: stop fucking trying to do "distributed agile" with fucking China and fucking India in order to save 30% on what's already a crap-pile due to communication problems. It's not going to help one bit.

Also, get off my lawn...

about a year ago
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Google Merges Google+ Into Search

bADlOGIN Britney Spears, Alicia Keys & Snoop Dogg? (279 comments)

So integrating Google+ has screwed up their search engine so it's confusing crap with music?
Alicia Keys is the only actual musician in that list.

Get off my lawn....

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Upgrading Windows Users To Latest Version of MSIE

bADlOGIN They can do whatever: IE is part of the OS... (476 comments)

Remember kids, MSIE is _NOT_ a "web browser". It is a part of the Windows operating system. Microsoft has said so in court. Therefore, when you want to go on-line, be sure and use a "web browser" such as Chrome(Win/Mac/Linux/etc), Firefox(Win/Mac/Linux/etc), Safari(Mac/Win/iOS), or even Opera(Win/Mac/Linux/iOS).

When people ask you why you hate IE (and of course Microsoft by extension), be sure to have this fact handy and correct them about referring to IE as being a "web browser". After all, if it really was you could:

keep more than one version installed at a time
install different versions for different user account
and of course... easily uninstall it.

more than 2 years ago
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Does Outsourcing Programming Really Save Money?

bADlOGIN Re:Faulty Reasoning (653 comments)

Same goes for the us up in the "Silicon Forest". Also, it's so pervasive that there's also no room for snobbery up here because of it. Walk into a high end furniture store, luxury car lot, or browse a jewelry counter and they have to assume it's completely possible you're knocking down $100K+ per year from Microsoft/Google/Amazon/Intel and they'd better kiss your t-shirt & jeans wearing ass. Even if you're not in tech, West Coast Casual is baked into the culture and meritocracy rules.

It's not the East Coast: nobody gives a fuck who blew your grandfather while he was on the Mayflower and we could care less what rich/famous/political people your're 1 degree away from.

more than 2 years ago
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Agile Quadruped Robot Unveiled By Italian Roboticists

bADlOGIN What? More of this Agile hype?!? (45 comments)

I'm sure they could have done just as well with a traditional Waterfall Quadruped Robot.
They should have at least looked into Software Factory Quadruped Robots , or Rational Unified Process Quadruped Robots.
This was all just another attempt by Agile consultants to get into the robotics filed!

P.S. Slashdot - Yes. This is a sarcastic joke mocking Agile software detractors:)

more than 2 years ago
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Your Tech Skills Have a Two Year Half-Life

bADlOGIN Read the "6 ways": this guy is incompetent (289 comments)

Every single statement referenced the "software vendor". Every software vendor's goal is to lock you in to not thinking and just buying your way out of any problem. Saying you have technology skills because you know some software from some vendor is like saying you can play guitar since you've got such high scores on the XBOX/PS3/Wii for Rock Band. Even if you know something from that "software vendor" inside & out, you don't know shit unless you understand the fundamentals under the hood of what the toolset is doing. That's why so many Windows "Administrators" are idiots - unlike the harsh world of *NIX, they don't (think they) need to understand what's going on under the surface. Just point & drool.

more than 2 years ago

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