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The recent snow on the U.S. east coast ...

mssymrvn You missed an option... (292 comments)

And it wasn't "CowboyNeal".

"Wished I lived someplace else."

more than 2 years ago

Data Breach Could Test Massachusetts Law

mssymrvn Re:Test the Law (73 comments)

The other big can of worms is the application of MA commonwealth law to a business *in another state*. MA likes to write laws like this all the time. But the reality is that MA has no jurisdiction outside of its borders. Or shouldn't - though we'll see how stupid the courts are on this one if it comes to trial.

more than 3 years ago

WSJ's Mossberg Calls For a Tougher Broadband Plan

mssymrvn Re:Here's a thought... (332 comments)

What's really required is a provider that just gives customers a link - a DWDM fiber connection (which can handle a theoretical 160 10Gbps signals). You now have the ability to provide up to 160 different services to each customer. Voice gets wavelength 1, CATV: wavelength 2, Intertubes: wavelength 3, etc. Now the service providers pay the link provider and the customers pay the individual service providers, rather than pay directly for the link and then the services. Problem is, providing a fiber connection to each household is prohibitively expensive now. But if I could get my grubby hands on a few (dozen) billion, I'd start laying some fiber to homes and businesses. The payoff is that I would then have a potential wealth of providers who would want access to my fiber to each home. This could also fuel a whole new set of providers for phone, internet, video conference, MMORPG-specific connections, phone, etc.

It's just a thought. It's been in my head for years. Somebody else has probably also thought of it and come to the same conclusion: Verizon will then temporarily unbundle connection and services to allow others access to the fiber - just long enough to put this new fiber connection company out of business; then they'll lock up their network again, tight as a drum. You can do that when you pay enough politicians.


more than 4 years ago

Disillusioned With IT?

mssymrvn Weigh Your Options (1027 comments)

I was forced into this decision about four and a half years ago when the ASIC development industry went to India. After a nine month involuntary 'vacation' I sucked it up and went into the trades (electrical and high-efficiency heating repair). I took a 75% pay cut for the first year or two and enjoyed the work for a while. And still do, just not quite at much as the learning curve has flattened. But as others have said, there's a lot to the office job. Working in a hot, sweaty, fiberglass insulation-filled crawlspace in July ain't super-great either. But my job can't be outsourced, either. And I get to bill at engineering contractor rates. :)

But look at hobbies. Do things outside of work that have *nothing* to do with work. Don't touch a computer when you get home. I work on photography and I mountain bike. A lot. Your job is your job and if it pays well, especially right now, I'd say just stick with it and find within it some interesting facets to follow. And when you get home take the pent-up energy you want to spend on a more interesting job and pour it into hobbies. It's much more rewarding and since it's not work, you won't get sick of it. I thought about going into photography but I enjoy it too much. Doing it daily to put food on the table (and I'm single with no dependents) just wrecked the idea of doing it for a living.

So think long and hard about moving jobs. Ultimately work is going to be work. Nobody ever said it has to be fun. :) That's why you work - to have fun *outside* of the office.

more than 6 years ago


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