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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

ogdenk Re:If you can be replaced for $10/hour... (441 comments)

Are you seriously arguing that skilled workers with years of experience should be working for minimum wage?

And THIS is why the folks that built this digital world and made a global economy even possible need to retaliate and unionize against these backstabbing bastards. They basically made us build our own gallows.

about two weeks ago
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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

ogdenk Re:If you can be replaced for $10/hour... (441 comments)

If you spend your life studying something that allows you to be replaced for $10/hour then you are frankly retarded. Nobody owes you a comfortable living. You need to earn it and part of that is having the foresight to see what might be valuable to employers.

No. I'm worth more than that, it's just desperate folks in 3rd world countries with degrees will take 1/3rd of what I'm paid. Like I said, I shouldn't have to live on food stamps because your arrogant rich ass can tap into 3rd world labor and undercut the value that exists right here. Sure, most of them really aren't as good but what does quality matter with automatic updates and the ability to sell the product for the same price as companies hiring Americans?

Who is suggesting that you do? If you provide enough value for the wages you command then you should be able to live very nicely. But if your job can be done by someone willing to work for $10 per hour then you better reconsider just how valuable what you do actually is. Furthermore, just because someone does a "blue collar" job doesn't mean they are an idiot. Stop looking down your nose at people who don't work in an air conditioned office typing on a computer. You think you are too good to get your hands dirty? Are you really that arrogant?

No, I get my hands quite dirty running cable so people like you can pull your balance sheet from servers I run as you erode the US labor force and prop up 3rd world countries at the expense of our jobs, blood, sweat and tears after we BUILT this digital world FOR YOU and you toss us aside and let the Indians run it.

You're right, not all blue collar workers are idiots and I did my fair share of brutal outdoor labor when I was younger. That was a bit rash and insensitive of me.

If you want to keep high paying jobs in the US then there is a lot of hard work to do. Better get busy because the rest of the world isn't going to wait for your lazy ass.

I don't have a high-paying job, I make in the high 30's because I took a paycut and got a more flexible job at a smaller company so I didn't have to work for ignorant assholes like you and would be in less danger of being outsourced because someone wants to save a few bucks. I shouldn't have to go spend $100,000 to re-educate because assholes like you are free to set up shop anywhere you want and we can't afford to follow.

Nothing has killed US manufacturing. I work in manufacturing in the US and have for most of the last 20 years. I run a manufacturing company. The US manufactures over $3 Trillion in goods each year. The US manufacturing sector alone would be among the 10 largest economies in the world by GDP. Manufacturing in the US is alive and well and anyone who says otherwise has no idea what they are talking about. The number of jobs in US manufacturing has fallen just like it did in agriculture a hundred years ago but that is not by itself a bad thing. Would you prefer that 50%+ of the nation's workers be employed on farms like they were 150 years ago? What has changed is that the US predominately manufactures capital intensive rather than labor intensive goods.

Tell all those f**kers in Detroit it's not a bad thing.

Nothing has killed US "assembling". Manufacturing however is mostly done elsewhere. You are delusional and very disconnected from society because of your position. People like you will be eventually dragged through the streets if current trends continue and people get desperate.

about two weeks ago
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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

ogdenk Re:The US does not have an IT talent monopoly (441 comments)

The only economic reason they'd hire an American over an H1B is if the American is willing to let his kids starve and be downright abused for $10 an hour after spending his whole life studying his craft.

You outsourcing shills are downright retarded. It should be criminal. US IT workers shouldn't have to live like utter slaves, work 80 hour weeks and need food stamps just because some barely qualified H1B will do it for $10/hr. We are not disposable blue collar idiots. We are white collar professionals and we just want the same damn respect accountants, other dept managers, other educated employees and even secretaries get within the same organization. We are often abused just about everywhere companies get away with it. We're also treated with copious amounts of paranoia and mistrust.

How would you feel if hospitals outsourced all their surgical labor to Mexican H1B's getting paid $19,000/yr and still gave you the same $2,000 bill for giving your kid antibiotic eardrops after a 5 minute visit?

Americans can't compete on price. Point blank. It costs too much to BE an American and LIVE in America. We can't tolerate spending our entire lives (and a lot of personal money) dedicated to being the skilled folks we are only to be forced to compete at a hair above minimum wage. Get a grip.

And you think unionization killed US manufacturing? No. Outsourcing did. And as good as we are at pissing off the rest of the world, being a society of unemployed skilled workers, management, minimum wage employees and lawyers will kill us if the world cuts us off.

about two weeks ago
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It's Easy To Hack Traffic Lights

ogdenk Re:A lot of easy things are illegal (144 comments)

Hey! I speed occasionally and I own a firearm or two *BUT* I don't shoplift or shoot everyone that pisses me off. So does that mean I'm only halfway antisocial?

Bringing security flaws that could get us killed to light in public view is NOT antisocial behavior. Hacking said systems and actually manipulating them to cause mayhem *IS* antisocial behavior.

Software security is VERY important. Anything can be hacked but irresponsibly making it blatantly easy for people to control these systems and cause loss of life or injury is insane. People that release knowledge of the flaws are not the enemy. It's the responsible thing to do as the people in charge of these systems will not act unless their ass suddenly depends on it.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

ogdenk Use FreeBSD? (430 comments)

I find FreeBSD typically has far better documentation than the various patchwork Linux distros. A lot of FOSS projects are actually quite well documented.

The biggest problem with documentation is developers don't want to help maintain because it gets in the way of keeping their projects in a perpetual beta release state by changing things constantly.

Stable and mature software that can be properly documented = stale software that's less interesting to developers.

about a month ago
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

ogdenk Re:$7142.85 (419 comments)

Though you're wrong about high res screens. The screen in the retina pros generally are taken advantage of by anyone who has eyes. The resolution is doubled but the OS interprets it as one point made up of a block of 4 pixels. So doing things like sub pixel manipulation makes everything look crisp and beautiful.

While very cool, and I want one..... I can't justify buying the rMBP's... A cheap dual-core atom Thinkpad Tablet 2 running Win8 and a docking station meet most business desktop/mobile needs dirt cheap. While *I* would notice and make use of it, I can't justify it for my users.

I can't wait until this kind of thing is main stream. Going to even higher DPIs still has gains for the same reason, iirc. You can't see the pixel lines anymore, but that doesn't mean fonts get sharper or images look nicer. There's a point of diminishing returns, definitely, but I don't know if we are there yet.

As integrated video chipsets get faster and the displays get cheaper, it'll be mainstream. Like I said, I love the displays personally but I can't justify the additional cost. If the screen can do at least 720p then it's good enough in most use cases.

about a month ago
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

ogdenk Re:$7142.85 (419 comments)

Nope, still gone. I wanted to buy a 17" as my first mac after my Macintosh II that lasted over a decade.

Ummm..... the Mac II was released in '87 and discontinued in 1990. Chances are it's closer to 3 decades old. And I haven't seen a 68k MacOS browser that can render modern pages in an acceptable fashion. As cool as I think the 68020 is, trying to use a 16Mhz Mac II as a primary machine in the 21st century is a little weird. A/UX or NetBSD/mac68k would be fun on a tricked out Mac II as a toy though.

Hell, 10 years ago you could have bought a Blue&White G3 or early-model G4 for $50 and still had software compatiblity with the 68k.

about a month ago
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

ogdenk Re:$7142.85 (419 comments)

I'm shocked they sell 15" rMBPs.

And most people they sell them to use them to run Office and hop on Facebook and bought it because of looks and to feel "elite" compared to others in their organization. Apple is great at convincing people they need an i7 and a hi-rez display for basic computing tasks.

The people that can actually make use of them generally can't get them. I had to kick and scream to get my 2011 iMac and 2012 MacBook Air..... in 2013. And I'm the IT Director. I just wanted a UNIX box with native well-known productivity apps and a copy of VMWare Fusion for staging VM's for ESXi servers.

Apple is pretty much the only game in town for UNIX boxes with widespread commercial software vendor support for desktop apps. Linux can be workable if you don't mind jumping through hoops all the time as well as running commercial desktop apps in a VM. WINE is still a joke in most cases and unless ALL your Windows apps run in WINE you might as well use VirtualBox.

There are REALLY GOOD reasons for buying a Mac. Unfortunately none of them apply to the vast majority of Mac users and they are just underutilized, shiny status symbols.

about a month ago
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X.Org Server 1.16 Brings XWayland, GLAMOR, Systemd Integration

ogdenk Re:Systemd? Not on my system... (226 comments)

It supports MacOS X and a couple BSD variants. I'm sure with a little effort it could have been ported fairly easily rather than reinventing several wheels.

That means it supports more platforms than systemd..... which supports one. And properly dealing with it in software means broken fragmented apps and desktop environments.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Resources On Programming For Palm OS 5?

ogdenk If you want to code for a dead platform.... (170 comments)

If you wanted to write code for a clumsy dead platform, why not the Apple Newton? Far cooler and more interesting. At least the Newton is the same CPU architecture.... just with a much better OS, 2 PCMCIA slots and a bigger screen.

Hell, even the Atari 8-bit is more interesting than a piece of crap from Palm.

Seriously, PalmOS sucks. I've written a couple things for it in the past and I wish I hadn't.

about a month ago
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

ogdenk Re:$7142.85 (419 comments)

You aren't far off, a couple high-end 17" MacBook Pros would easily get there pretty quick.

about a month ago
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Amazon Fire Phone Reviews: Solid But Overly Ambitious

ogdenk Re:they're also toys though (58 comments)

"Smartphones are for work, for life. They're not toys, they're tools."

Eh, if that were strictly the case, the market would be a lot different. Smartphones are a lot of things: tool, toy, fashion, entertainment.

Exactly.... if that were the case the Windows CE and PalmOS smartphones would have sold a lot better than they did in the early 2000's. They were actually much better suited for real work than Android or the Glitzy iOS interface. The CPU's were weak and they had no 3D acceleration but they were actually USEFUL.

The majority of smartphone users basically treat them as phones they can play games on and check facebook. There's maybe 3 people in my office that know how to use their phone effectively for anything else. And most of us were issued an iPhone 5S. I really wanted to keep my Milestone 3 because it was more useful for..... you guessed it..... real work. Now I'm stuck with a much faster, but overall less useful device.

about a month ago
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Lenovo Halts Sales of Small-Screen Windows 8.1 Tablets Due To "Lack of Interest"

ogdenk Re: Atom = worthless (125 comments)

Yeah, if they'd implement the Ink->Text functionality in the Metro version, it would suck a lot less. That's my only real gripe with it.

Apple Newton-style drawing touch-up would be nice too.... like turning crappy circles into nice ones, etc. I miss my Newton :-( It spanked OneNote in terms of functionality.

about a month and a half ago
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Lenovo Halts Sales of Small-Screen Windows 8.1 Tablets Due To "Lack of Interest"

ogdenk Re: Atom = worthless (125 comments)

Correct. We have several Lenovo ThinkPad 2 tablets running Win8.1 and the input panel is right on the taskbar. These came with Wacom touch/pen digitizer screens. My only complaint is that the digitizer needs recalibration every so often.

The newer dual-core atoms are no power house but I wouldn't say they are useless. Stuff like OneNote works great. Basic stuff in GIMP it does ok with. Haven't tried Photoshop. It runs Office quite nicely. For a cheap business tablet with good battery life they do the job well. They are nice and responsive but they are certainly not "workstation-class". If you want performance, get an i5/i7 based tablet and enjoy the heat and poor battery life.

We handed them out to district supervisors for our retail stores and gave them docking stations here at the office. It's worked out well. They spend most of their time in Desktop mode vs. running Metro apps. The only metro app they use is the fairly crippled metro version of onenote for taking quick notes.

The atom tablets are a good compromise if you need x86 software but want power efficiency and cheap solid state storage more like ARM tablets. If you have folks that aren't doing real CPU-intensive work, they are fine. Most administrative staff usually are not. The Lenovo TPT2 is cheaper than an iPad these days and far more useful in a business environment.

about a month and a half ago
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Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

ogdenk Re:Pairing? (236 comments)

Also, MacOS was horrible in 1991. That was the one relatively-popular OS that Windows could nearly compete on merit with.

Ummm..... Windows 3.0 was a 16-bit DOS shell that was horribly buggy and lacked a lot of functionality most take for granted with a GUI OS. MacOS System 7 was out by then. A real 32-bit GUI OS that was easy to manage, lightweight and simple. It did its fair share of crashing but was a MUCH better OS than DOS/Win3.x. I was more of an Atari ST user in 1991 still... we converted to Macs a little later after we realized the TT030 was pretty much vaporware and underperforming when a few units finally did ship.

It wasn't until Win95 that the classic MacOS had a serious competitor from MS. It wasn't until WinNT4 that MS had something better. The Mac's real competition in 1991 was the Amiga and Atari ST. All of which were kick-ass machines that were less costly than a nice Mac.

NeXT machines were around as well then and they were SWEET but far too expensive for most folks. Lucky for us, NeXT/OpenStep became MacOS X.

about a month and a half ago
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X.Org Server 1.16 Brings XWayland, GLAMOR, Systemd Integration

ogdenk Re:Soon... (226 comments)

That's a WINE issue, not really an XQuartz issue. Really only an issue with full-screen stuff. To be fair, I've had this happen a lot on Linux/BSD machines as well.

I never use the old "Cmd-Opt-Esc" Force Quit method. Easier to hold opt and rightclick dock icon and hit force quit there. If that's not an option I usually have a terminal window open and I can just kill it from the CLI. TotalTerminal is awesome and should be part of the base OS. I haven't had a situation where it didn't pop up over whatever was running. X apps included.

about a month and a half ago
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X.Org Server 1.16 Brings XWayland, GLAMOR, Systemd Integration

ogdenk Re:Soon... (226 comments)

Mac hardware isn't really overpriced. Just stick to the base config and add your own RAM and bigger drive. The thing is that Apple doesn't have crappy budget machines aside from the Mac Mini and even the Mini is no slouch. Look at similar PC's with the same config, in the same form factor with nice sturdy all-metal chassis. You'll find the Mac is often cheaper.

Where Apple is unappealing to a lot of "enthusiasts" is the lack of low-end or mid-range expandable machines with slots. People shouldn't have to spend $3,000 for expandability. But most of that crowd knows how to build a hackintosh if they want one anyway. I run it on cheap non-Apple hardware very successfully for home use with full hardware support. I let my employer buy the newer Apple-branded hardware except maybe my little used 2009 MacBook at home which runs 10.9 quite well also.

Even if the mythical "Apple Tax" were true, I'd pay it to get a nice stable UNIX workstation with support from major commercial desktop software vendors and no Linux dependency hell. It's worth it to me to NOT be stuck running Windows. Linux and BSD on the desktop are fun if you like being an isolated leper.

about a month and a half ago
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The Improbable Story of the 184 MPH Jet Train

ogdenk Re:Railroads killed by the government... (195 comments)

— while, demanding the passengers "carry identification at all times"...

Yeah.... if I want to deal with TSA Gestapo bullshit, I'll just fly. The cost is comparable to flying if you buy a soda or two on the train. And you get there slower.

If taking the rails were less hassle, the trains were better maintained and slightly faster, I'd choose them every time for domestic travel over flying.

The TSA is KILLING commercial mass transit IMHO.

about a month and a half ago
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X.Org Server 1.16 Brings XWayland, GLAMOR, Systemd Integration

ogdenk Re:Soon... (226 comments)

Maybe I'm tired.... thought you trying to bash XQuartz for some reason.

I don't think anyone has compiled real statistics but I wouldn't be surprised if the number exceeds the number of FreeBSD desktop users by a large margin. It's certainly not an insignificant number but probably a fairly small percentage of OSX users. Most Mac users I know have Fink or Macports installed along with XQuartz but my numbers are likely skewed because I'm an IT monkey. Most of the "average" mac users I know only ended up using it to play with older versions of GIMP or OpenOffice.

about a month and a half ago
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X.Org Server 1.16 Brings XWayland, GLAMOR, Systemd Integration

ogdenk Re:Soon... (226 comments)

It's enough that it sees active development and a lot of use where old RISC-based UNIX boxes were once king.

In terms of installed base, there's FAR more headless Linux servers than desktops, so X11 users in general are "next to no one" right?

Generally it gets used when some "gotta-have-it" FOSS app lacks a proper mac port. X11 apps are less desirable because generally they suck compared to proper mac applications. And it's not XQuartz that's the problem, it's X in general. X11 on the mac is a last resort even if it works well because Apple's windowing system is THAT MUCH BETTER.

about a month and a half ago

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