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Developers, IT Still Racking Up (Mostly) High Salaries

luis_a_espinal Re:Hold on a minute (196 comments)

That would be fair to say, if we (Americans) were free to emigrate to the countries that H1-Bs are being brought in from. We're not. The markets for labor and capital are both far from free (see 'capital controls' regarding the later).

There is some truth is that H1-B influx puts a damp in job hunting. But, from experience, if a programmer feels constantly threatened by that influx to the point of seeing his salary (or even employment opportunities) nosediving, I would question said's person's skills.

The real good engineers in India either come here already in scholarships or transition very quickly from H1-B to resident status. And these are not the majority. The bulk of H1-B are just average/below average (with a good chunk being just atrocious coders) with very little work experience (most of it limited to web development), facing cultural barriers in communication and delivery of work.

This is not a diss or intended as an insult to them. It is just a function of many things that affect their society (and I suspect that the quality of work will improve over the decades.)

If you (the generic "you") are threatened by that, by the current quality of work presented by offshore/H1-B teams, then you are replaceable and possibly not that great at software/IT. Don't blame them. Blame your skills.

If you know your shit well, you will have no shortage of $$$ and work. That is a fact. Do the type of work that cannot be easily offshored/replaced/commoditized, and you will be fine.

4 days ago
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Developers, IT Still Racking Up (Mostly) High Salaries

luis_a_espinal Re:Hold on a minute (196 comments)

The guys getting 250k a year from Google are basically the SF version of high-end guys making 120-140 a year here in FL. Same take home and everything.

Bingo. This was my #1 reason I forego the idea of relocating from SoFla to the Valley. One thing that I would add is that said programmer in Tampa can buy a *real* house in a decent school district as a head-of -household with with a stay-at-home spouse. In San Francisco, forget it. The equivalent programmer could only afford a whole in a wall, or have to have his/her spouse work in the same field just to be able to buy a *real* house in a good school district.

Denver, Dallas or Seattle are much better options to relocate, money-wise.

4 days ago
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Chimpanzee "Personhood" Is Back In Court

luis_a_espinal Re:They'll have rights (385 comments)

Plenty of mentally and physically handicapped people hold down jobs of varying levels of sophistication.

On the other hand, if you can't fend for yourself then you should have fewer rights and probably should be treated as a child.

Barring voting and access to booze, smokes and pr0n, I didn't know that children had less rights than adults. Who knew?

about two weeks ago
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Chimpanzee "Personhood" Is Back In Court

luis_a_espinal Re:Does that mean they'll get to vote? (385 comments)

That's how criminal negligence already works, when's the last time a corporation was tried in court for murder?

It shouldn't. The individuals along the chain of command and supervision that committed the murder should be tried in civil court, and the corporation should be tried for damages in civil court if the corporation is found to have fostered a system that permitted the crime to occur in the first place.

I'm talking about enforcing contracts. My company orders a million dollars of widgets from Acme and they're never delivered. Who's responsible?

Acme. You do not need corporate personhood to sue Acme.

I don't want to sue an individual,

If the "corporation" is a single-person entity that is not incorporated for limited liability, that's your option (and one would ask why you would order a million dollar of widgets from said commercial entity.)

I'm never seeing my money back if that's the only option available.

Any intelligent business entity would never entered into a contract under such conditions. Also, contracts spell out responsibilities (who pays what and how much when defaulting a contract), in a document enforced by the law.

And under some conditions, the individual can be sued in a criminal court of law if he/she is found to have not acted in good faith.

And if I did, some poor employee for Acme is going to lose their second car and probably have to sell their house.

If the company is a single-person entity, yeah, pretty much. If it is a LLC, then you go after the corp's asset. And if it is a corporation, you go after the corporation's assets.

You do not need corporate personhood. It is a stupid American legal aberration. How the hell do you think developed countries like Japan or Germany that do not have such a notion handle violation of contracts or trials against corporations?

about two weeks ago
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Chimpanzee "Personhood" Is Back In Court

luis_a_espinal Re:Does that mean they'll get to vote? (385 comments)

Corporate personhood refers to the ability to hold a corporation liable for debts and crimes.

We were able to do that without that legal shenanigans (just like other countries do).

Are you suggesting I should be able to sue chimps but not corporations?

1. False dichotomy.

2. A better suggestion would be to sue individuals on whose behalf, by virtue of negligence or criminality, a corporation became liable for debts and crimes (specially crimes.)

But hey, you can ignore #2 and embrace #1 if that's your thing.

about two weeks ago
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Department of Defense May Give Private Cloud Vendors Access To Top Secret Data

luis_a_espinal Re:Outrage (60 comments)

You have no idea how this stuff works. There's not a grey area - classified material is stored on air-gapped networks, and no, any machine which has ever been on the internet is not connecting to that network.

It is slashdot. Everyone here is an expert at bashing crap they don't know :/

about two weeks ago
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Department of Defense May Give Private Cloud Vendors Access To Top Secret Data

luis_a_espinal Nonsense (60 comments)

Except that 'cloud' at Lockheed is entirely 'in house' and not accessible from the outside world at all. Its certainly not available on the Internet.

I seriously doubt that, as do many Chinese/Russian hackers. Even if the fileserver itself isn't on the internet, you can bet that client machines which connect to it are. I bet they allow VPN access to their internal network too, since they have more than one location.

China and Russia already have the F-35 plans.

As a former engineer at a defense contractor, I can say this: you cannot VPN to internal networks vetted for cleared work (aka "secured labs". In fact, you cannot even connected to secured labs from within an internal network. You have to physically walk in into a secured lab from where to connect to a secured network (where you have to sign in, sign out, and leave all electronic gadgets behind.) You cannot VPN nor work from home when you work on classified stuff. You need to be on-site on a partitioned network infrastructure.

And once there, that secured network has only access to resources specific to designated projects on a 'need-to-know' basis, and only for work at or below a given security level.

Meaning, a secret-level lab cannot access resources from a top-secret project, and/or top-secret lab A designated to work on project X cannot access resources allocated on secret lab B designated for project Y if projects A and Y are unrelated or firewalled even though lab A has greater clearance than lab B.

You cannot even print in many of these labs. Any information that must be transmitted from one lab to another is permitted only by a IA officer that is not assigned to any project and whose only work is to enforce the firewalls. And when that information is permitted is via encrypted devices carried by hand (sometimes we refer to those as sneaker nets.) These labs are physically separated down to the wire (and sometimes backup power generators.)

Nothing of the above can 100% prevent leakage due to stupidity or ulterior motives. But to assume that clients machine simply connect to a fileserver on a sec lab, that is just nonsense. It can happen due to malice or stupidity (I mean, anything not forbidden by physics or mathematics is possible). But that is not the general case, and as a result, you cannot simply presume it as a matter of fact.

about two weeks ago
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Department of Defense May Give Private Cloud Vendors Access To Top Secret Data

luis_a_espinal Re:Outrage (60 comments)

I expect there to be outrage here on slashdot. But think about it. How is this really different from, lets say, Lockheed Martin designing the F-35 and storing all the design data associated with it. Sure, they're not a "private cloud vendor", but they're probably running a bunch of servers for this purpose. So "top secret cloud" is already happening.

Bingo. Amazon has been hiring people with sec. clearance for quite some time. These DoD clouds are not stuff deployed on typical heroku or AWS, but cloud infrastructure deployed on secured facilities.

I blame the term "the cloud", too amorphous of a term to mean just about anything.

about two weeks ago
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Department of Defense May Give Private Cloud Vendors Access To Top Secret Data

luis_a_espinal Re:Failure (60 comments)

Nothing like setting oneself up for failure.

Exactly. Secrets need to be kept in house, and even then they're not totally secure. Give it to a contractor and even the most idiot person in the world will understand that there is a 99% chance you'll find that info spilled on the internet. I guess nothing stands in the way of cost reductions to zero eh ? Stupidity all around.

That is stupid. The same can be said for disgruntled employees. When we are talking contractors in a DoD setting, we are not talking about Infosys handing over work to someone overseas, but:

  1. a bunch of US Citizens of different technical backgrounds already with sufficient clearance,
  2. that works for a defense contractor,
  3. for a very specific project
  4. under non-negotiable guidelines of security
  5. AT facilities physically vetted for the necessary clearance

Nothing on that list will prevent someone from leaking stuff out to the interweeds, but to presume that under those conditions there is a 99% change of that (as you said), that is just nonsense.

about two weeks ago
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The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

luis_a_espinal Re:Racism of law-enforcement (651 comments)

Your attempt to include links to such statistics failed.

I did not include the link in an attempt to provide statistics.

Please, try again.

No, I won't. This shit is clear as daylight. I have lived in the flesh. People "see it" or they "don't see it."

If it were "clear", you would've had no problems substantiating it with links to evidence..

We could extend that statement to say if the statement "Jim Crow laws are bad" weren't clear in the past, we wouldn't have needed a whole goddamned Civil Right Movement to make the case for it.

For something like this, with so much evidence that had been published in so many years, "clear" is firmly in the eye of the beholder.

You see it or you don't. I am not going to debate you, and if that gives *you* the impression of winning the point, go ahead and do your victory dance.

about three weeks ago
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The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

luis_a_espinal Re: the solution: (651 comments)

If you're black. White people can bring semi auto rifles into Walmart and the police don't give a fuck.

It's not about race, it's about attitude. If you are friendly and polite people assume you are there to help them. If you are dour and moody, people assume you are there to hurt them.

No. It is about race, in a significant number of cases. Just look at the statistics of people open carrying (or people getting shot at). Hell, just look at the statistics of how people are treated by "the law" per race where some groups *get harsher* penalties for the same goddamned crime.

And since we are on John Crawford's case (RIP), let's look at the Walmart video just released:

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/breaking-video-finally-released-cops-shooting-man-toy-gun-wal-mart/

In the specific case of John Crawford (RIP), the poor guy that got shot down while carrying a toy gun to the cash register, he didn't do anything of the above in bold. Nothing in his fucking attitude indicated he was a treat.

The, OTH, you have white militia pointing rifles at federal agents at the Cliven Bundy stand-off on April 2014, with photographs clearly identifying those threatening federal agents with deadly force, and have you seen any one of them arrested?

Crawford might or might not have been shot at the way was due to his race, but there is a clear distinction in attitude and partial/subjective enforcement of the law that still crosses racial lines (Militia at the Bundy's ranch for example.)

about three weeks ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

luis_a_espinal WTF, major setback for all of human civilization? (795 comments)

From the article:

Aristotelian "science" was a major setback for all of human civilization.

Seriously, what the hell? A major setback from what? From superstition? Did we have anything better before Aristotelian science? That many of Aristotle's predictions turned out to be false (heavier objects fall faster) is not an indictment on his work or body of knowledge. Without Aristotle and the likes of him during their time, we wouldn't have science as we know today.

Seriously, the author might have a point, but that point is purely accidental. He has no clue what he is talking about.

about a month ago
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Astrophysicists Identify the Habitable Regions of the Entire Universe

luis_a_espinal Re:Like Niven's "At the Core" (80 comments)

Astrobiologists have long known that these events are capable of causing mass extinctions by stripping a planet of its ozone layer and exposing the surface to lethal levels of radiation. The likelihood of being hit depends on the density of stars, which is why the center of galaxies are thought to be inhospitable to life.

Like many here, I'm sure, I first considered the possibility that the galactic core was inhospitable to life when I read Larry Niven's 1968 short story "At the Core" (collected with his other "Beowulf Shaeffer" stories in Crashlander ). In his science-fiction tale, Niven had an astronaut visiting the core and witnessing the wash of radiation from so many supernovas placed so close together.

Niven's story, however, ended with the astronaut coming back and warning that this massive wave of radiation would be moving towards Earth at the speed of light. If that were true, and even the edges of galaxies were not safe in the end, then every galaxy would be ultimately hostile to life, not just in their cores. Is this the case, or did Niven get it wrong?

I would find it very hard to believe radiation of such magnitude could be generated from a core and sterilize the galaxy on its way out. But then again, I'm not an Astrophysicist :)

You would also like to read Niven's "Protector" if you haven't, and how sentient life actually evolved in a radiated home world near the core.

about a month ago
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Small Restaurant Out-Maneuvers Yelp In Reviews War

luis_a_espinal Racketeering (249 comments)

That is the only work I think about when I think of Yelp

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Becoming a Complacent Software Developer?

luis_a_espinal Re:Some Perspective is in Order (275 comments)

You are lucky to be able to cope with 5 hours sleep a night. Or you lose a significant amount of the weekend to catching up on sleep.

IMO work should stay in the office (maybe checking emails on the train to/from work) unless there's an outage that needs dealing with. Maybe once or twice a month it's okay if needs require it.

Ideally it is, and there are jobs like that. But other times, there are not. You might have to work on a product whose schedule reacts to external events (new merger, new competitor). And I'm referring to very large projects with development plans in terms of years. So, things occur. Eventually things stabilize, or we jump ship to another job. Rinse and repeat.

Doing 55 hours a week regularly is nothing to be proud of - unless maybe you have significant shares in your employer (as a founder, for example).

Never said I was proud. It's just a matter of fact.

Where do you get the time in all that to do your own hobbies (for a decent amount of time)?

We change hobbies. I used to dance salsa with my wife. No more. So we change hobbies. Indoor hobbies, hobbies with our kids (the things we must do with them.) And so on. Once you have kids, there is no time for hobbies compared to when we were single. And yet, when I was single, I could pursue my hobbies while still working long hours.

As a single person, you can do whatever you want with very little spare time. Which is why I said to the OP not to make his work his passion.

See, 45-50 hours is the norm in software for grunt work. And if its 50-55 when you are trying to climb the tech lead ladder. I could just stick to a true 9-5, but that pretty much guarantees I (or anyone for that matter) will be the Milton guy from Office Space.

In the end, we have priorities and goals and we adjust our hobbies, work hours and passions accordingly. And in a field where continuous technical and professional growth requires going beyond the 9-5, you cannot make work your passion (if you want to maintain your sanity.)

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Who Should Pay Costs To Attend Conferences?

luis_a_espinal Conferences =/= training (182 comments)

I wanted to get your opinion on who should pay the costs associated with attending conferences. In the past, I've covered costs associated with attending some local (in town) conferences, but despite claims to be willing to cover some costs associated with conferences, training, and certifications, my requests have been denied.

Conferences =/= training. At least in general, they are more opportunities to socialize and listen to some speakers. That's it.

So you need to consider very carefully why you want to go to conferences, and why your employer should pay for it.

Very few, bleeding edge companies pay for conferences. Engineering companies OTH, tend to pay for graduate education, and some of them actually pay some type of work-related certifications. But in the end, save up and budget for your own certifications.

If you can't manage to save up for certifications - while working in one of the best paid professional fields of our times - you have much bigger problems to tackle before thinking about certifications. Seriously, save $100 a month and you have $1200 of disposable income a year for your own training. And if you truly cannot save that, then deal with the issues that prevent you saving a meager $100 a month (again, in one of the professions that pay some of the best salaries.)

There used to be a time when companies would pay for their developer's training. 17years ago, my first employer forked over $7K for me to get trained in new software tools. That doesn't happen anymore, and I don't expect we will ever go back to those times.

Those times are gone!

Plan to adapt, save and pay for your own training. There is no other choice nowadays.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Becoming a Complacent Software Developer?

luis_a_espinal Re:Some Perspective is in Order (275 comments)

I forgot to mention. Get a hobby, do shit outside of work and be passionate about it. Be passionate about life, not work! I look back into my early years how "passionate" I was about work (not knowing the difference between career and work.) That wasn't passion, that was energy inefficiency combined with not knowing WTF I was doing (or how to do it better, faster and more economically.)

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Becoming a Complacent Software Developer?

luis_a_espinal Some Perspective is in Order (275 comments)

Sources - 18 years of experience doing all kind of stuff, Java, C, C++, DevOps, Enterprisey stuff, Embedded, for commercial and defense sectors. 45 years old, married, two little kids and going back to grad school a third time.

Next year will be the start of my 10th year as a software developer. For the last nice years I've worked for a variety of companies, large and small, on projects of varying sizes. During my career, I have noticed that many of the older software developers are burnt out. They would rather do their 9-5, get paid, and go home.

Family does that. Specially kids. I need to be home early to be with them, read to them, help them eat, clean themselves, let them see me (and feel and understand I actually give a shit). When I was single I would work at any hour. Not anymore. That does not mean, however, that my work is strictly 9-5. I wake up at 5AM to get myself ready, log in, do some work, then get ready (and help my wife get my kids ready). Then I log back to work via VPN from 9 to 10, sometimes going to bed till midnight... with just 5 hours to go sleep to start again.

I easily make 55a week just like that. More if I do work on weekends. But 9-5 is the strict window I use to be in the office.

A lot of 9-5'ers are like that, and in addition to all that, we see the same shit repeating itself again and again, from one employer to the next. So what you call "lack of passion" might actually be work-related pragmatism combined with some physical exhaustion and simply the necessary notgiveashitis gene kicking off to save your brain from dying after witnessing the same inane shit rendering itself at work for the millionth time.

The passion is there, is just that we move it out of work and into other things, like family and career (which is distinct from work.)

They have little, if any, passion left, and I constantly wonder how they became this way.

Life. Life will happen and will change your perspective and priorities. YOU. WILL. SEE.

This contradicts my way of thinking; I consider myself to have some level of passion for what I do, and I enjoy going home knowing I made some kind of difference.

But that is the thing. You are projecting. How do you know that other people are not made some kind of difference? They are likely making a difference *somewhere else*.

Also, as we get older we become more efficient with our time. I can do a lot more know with less time than what I could do when I had 10 years of experience (and certainly much more when I started my career.) We burn a lot of hours thinking it is necessary, we do not know how to prioritize or say no to crazy demands. We freak out, and we go into a professional-related frenzy, willing to burn the midnight oil to compensate for a lot of things.

We have a lot of energy when we start. But energy is not necessarily passion. And not all forms of professional passions are constructive. As we get older, family or not, we learn to pick our battles and seek out the lowest hanging fruits, the 20% that make up the 80%. It is then when we begin to be true engineers, not just berserker hackers.

Needless to say, I think I am starting to see the effects of complacency. In my current job,

Unless you are developing the ultimate shit, or have a wonderful work experience with your managers, or are developing your own business, never, ever, be passionate about your job. Be passionate about your career, but not your job. Your job is the conduct by which you make money using your career. Display work ethics, and be willing to go the extra mile when needed. But don't confuse that with passion. That's just work ethics, which we should all display.

I have a development manager who is difficult to deal with on a technical level. He possesses little technical knowledge of basic JavaEE concepts, nor has kept up on any programming in the last 10 years. There is a push from the upper echelon of the business to develop a new, more scalable system, but they don't realize that my manager is the bottleneck. Our team is constantly trying to get him to agree on software industry standards/best practices, but he doesn't get it and often times won't budge.

Life. I told ya.

I'm starting to feel the effects of becoming complacent.

That is not being complacent. That is becoming burned out. That is your mind and body telling you the situation is not conductive to your mental, emotional and professional development.

What is your advice?

GTFO. Get another job that you like. Rinse and repeat as needed. Learn to be effective with your

about a month ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

luis_a_espinal Re:Civil war (474 comments)

They have state run health care. They're sheeple. Baaaah.

No, they are civilized.

about a month ago
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Europeans Came From Three Ancestry Groupings

luis_a_espinal Re:Jews (85 comments)

"Ashkenazi Jews, had more Near East ancestry than anticipated" What!? Off the cuff I'd think they would have 100% Near Eastern ancestry. How much did they anticipate? Apparently a number less than 100.

After living in Eastern Europe for so many centuries as a minority, with continuous gene flows, no, I would expect them to have a significant amount of Northwestern Eurasian genes in them. I mean, just look at them (and I don't mean it in a derogatory manner) and compare them with some other ancient-yet-living Middle Eastern populations (Assyrians, Chaldean, Samaritans, Yemenite Jews, Arabs, and pretty much any other Semitic group that has not migrated out of the Levant, Mesopotamia and/or the Arabic Peninsula.)

OTH, I (we) have to acknowledge that outward, superficial looks do not equate pure genetic profiles.

about a month ago

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American girl, 8, is target of ultra-Orthodox Jews

luis_a_espinal luis_a_espinal writes  |  more than 2 years ago

luis_a_espinal (1810296) writes "Attacks by ultra-Orthodox Jews who have spit on and yelled at an 8-year-old American girl walking to school in their Israeli neighborhood has prompted thousands of people to protest, many who see this as a struggle of the very nature of the Israeli state. Coverage of this is absent in several news venues (in particular CNN). Equally absent is the voice of protests by US politicians and the 700-club crowd at the sight of an 8-year old American girl being spat upon by adult men. It begs the question why US politicians and US Christian groups have been absent in raising voices of protest. It also puts into question the future of Israel. Is gender segregation to be the norm as the demographic make up of Israel changes over time?"
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