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Happy Software Developers Solve Problems Better

techhead79 Re:News flash (121 comments)

I'm just going to make a guess here...but you're not a happy software developer are you?

about three weeks ago

If Immigration Reform Is Dead, So Is Raising the H-1B Cap

techhead79 Re:The death of College Hiring (341 comments)

Yes for most, code quality is horrible. It takes a lot to clean it up and really you can't rewrite all of it for them. There are of course always exceptions. The H1-B visa holders with a decade or more of experience have cleaner code in the languages they have a decade of experience in. It also seems very difficult for them to learn any new languages, and their code quality goes down even more because of that. I would like to say though that it might be because they are contractors and it has nothing to do with being H1-B visa holders. People don't care if they aren't there to worry about issues that come up because they wrote a nightmare no one wants to support. They meet the deadline regardless of what the code looks like...missing half the functionality along the way too...

In some companies management do not care about code quality, they care about the feedback from the business users. The business users will not know that they bought a kludge until it takes way to long to fix issues with it or add functionality to it. By then the contractor is off on something else. I think we have all seen that clear line where marketing and management deadlines completely ignore estimates or what the people that designed the system are telling them it will actually take to do something. They simply don't care unless the business user notices. So to them it doesn't matter what piece of crap gets put in. I've been in similar performance issues you described and we simply don't trust fixing such issues to contractors unless we detail every last line that needs to get changed...which in many cases I have to do with a lot of them.

I have never seen a college grad as a contractor where I work, yet many of the H1-B visa holders are about that age with just as little experience. Go figure they managed to get enough experience in zero years that would take a college grad 5-7 years to get...which of course doesn't add up.

about three weeks ago

If Immigration Reform Is Dead, So Is Raising the H-1B Cap

techhead79 Re:The death of College Hiring (341 comments)

Simply put business have put their money into short term H1-B and Offshore workers.

Which is a symptom of a problem that started many years before 2000. The race to the bottom line really has no limits.

With a college hire the employee can change jobs at will. You as the employer are expected to put money into employee development.

What I've found impressive with the H1-B visa holders I've worked with is the network they have to train them. Some of their resumes are fluff, but you'd never know it because what they don't know they don't just have google there for them but a network of other H1-B visa holders to answer questions and basically provide that "on the job" training they supposedly don't need. That's what college kids also have to compete with, not just low pay and the inability to hop jobs...but a training network.

In order for CS college grads to compete with H1-B visa holders they would need an additional year or so training just for language and technologies they will be using in one specific job (a few java classes on basics doesn't train you in j2ee, php doesn't teach you about phar files or frameworks, a few JavaScript classes doesn't teach you anything close to the insanity business users request front ends to do with it)...then they would need to sign a contract with the employer that states they will not change jobs again for at least X number of years....or get a raise for that long either....or have any benefits....then they would be on par with H1-B visa holders.

They can't compete so they will not get hired. The only way to win this (yes, I have a side because I too used to be a fresh out of college kid and it took me a decade doing odd free jobs to gain the experience you need to get a job now. Today I spend my days teaching H1-B visa holders how to write clean code and solve basically everything they can't figure out.) is to give H1-B visa holders more rights just as any employee would have. Give them the right to play the market just as US employees can. It might seem ass backwards, but fighting change that large corporations profit from almost never works in an oligarchy owned by them. I'll give them that I've yet to meet one that isn't a hard worker (granted they got here for a reason), but in terms of technical ability they are no better or worse than a college grad...and I think we can at least agree there are plenty of them without a job?

Of the college interns I've worked with I was very impressed and they were far far more independent than any H1-B visa holder I've ever met. Granted the interns at my company would have already been at the top of their class though.

about a month ago

Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

techhead79 Re:work life balance is a myth (710 comments)

I agree, I love what I do and used to do it as a hobby. Now even as a job, I still come home and do my own programming...but at some point down the line you begin to realize that regardless of what you love to do, it is not more important than friends and family. Doing what you love and drowning yourself in your work, regardless if you love it or not a substitute for socializing or creating memories that actually matter. Someday you will be to old to change the choices you made.

about a month ago

Continuous System For Converting Waste Plastics Into Crude Oil

techhead79 So we don't care about global warming then? (139 comments)

WTH? As if what we've done isn't enough we now are going to cut up plastic and throw that into the air as well. There are better solutions and they don't involve making things worse.

about a month ago

Spark Advances From Apache Incubator To Top-Level Project

techhead79 Re:Spark rarely performs as well as advertised (24 comments)

I think the major advantage to using Spark isn't just in the performance but in using libraries such as MLBase/MLLib. Is this not correct? While I realize R is mostly adopted in the industry, MLLib seems to be catching up very fast.

about 5 months ago

Headhunters Can't Tell Anything From Facebook Profiles

techhead79 Re:Color me shocked (209 comments) you die without a job?

If you have no sig other to help you through the tough times, no family to depend on, and no friends to turn to...there is still that horrible horrible government thing. You will not die without a job, but you certainly need to be confident enough in who you are to not blow your own brains out for fear of the "no job and die" beliefs.

about 7 months ago

University Developing Technology To Vote On Your Tablet, Smartphone

techhead79 Security? (259 comments)

The only way this would ever be even remotely secure is if users of the system had to get a unique key in person or have a key mailed to them that can only be used once. Even then, it obviously could be guessed what the key is or snail mail could be intercepted. Then you'd have the issue of people claiming someone stole their vote when their party member didn't win. Why are we taking this seriously? Because someone in a University is doing it instead of a for profit company?

about 7 months ago

Study: Our 3D Universe Could Have Originated From a 4D Black Hole

techhead79 Black holes in our Universe continue to expand? (337 comments)

Don't black holes in our Univers continue to expand? The mass these things chomp up isn't all emmited by gamma rays right? Isn't that mass contributed to the 2d space on the event horrizen eventually or does it never technically get there? I guess my question is, if this guy is correct...where is all that additional mass? If we're surrounding a 4d black hole on the event horrizon why aren't we happily getting more and more mass as it chomps away?

about 10 months ago

Bradley Manning Wants To Live As a Woman

techhead79 Re: Hormone therapy? (784 comments)

Rape is far more personal and if someone is going to torture someone else chances are the vicitm isn't around to talk about it. Imagine associating that same feeling you get after you have great sex with someone to hate, mistrust, confusion, and general anxiety. I've dated several women that were raped in their takes one of the few things in life that are supposed to be the best and destroys it. It's like someone reaches into your life and steals away every happy moment you might have with someone. Everyone seems to get a little bit fucked up differently from it...but don't underestimate someone having the power to mess with the chemicals in your brain for the rest of your life all through one act of violence.

about a year ago

MIT Uses Machine Learning Algorithm To Make TCP Twice As Fast

techhead79 Re:All Jokes Aside... Still No. (250 comments)

we don't have to know WHY it works better, just that it does and how to build a working copy

But the fact that it does work better means we're either missing a part of the picture that is obviously important or the AI version is leveraging quirks with the system that no current model we have represents. I'm shocked to read that anyone would be comfortable just ignoring the why of something just so we can progress beyond our understanding. If we don't understand the why then we're missing something very important that could lead to breakthroughs in many other areas. Do not let go of the curiosity that got us here to begin with.

1 year,4 days

Silicon Valley In 2013 Resembles Logan's Run In 2274

techhead79 Re:29 years old (432 comments)

I agree with everything you just said. The point I was trying to make though is that all these new start-ups that are looking for just the young blood don't see it that way. These new start-ups already decided on their hot new buzzword compliant tech that's going to help them get that VC money. So regardless of what is a more realistic approach to a problem...things are the way they are for a reason. But I can see a lot of people are really upset about that.

1 year,15 days

Silicon Valley In 2013 Resembles Logan's Run In 2274

techhead79 Re:29 years old (432 comments)

"Productive != creative"

Repeat: "When in reality, it tends to be the people with experience who see new, better ways to do things. (Which makes a lot of sense, if you think about it.) "

Repeating something over and over again doesn't make it true either. You said a study showed workers with more experience are more productive. Being productive has nothing to do with being creative. I completely agree with you that someone that knows a problem area best are the most likely to solve a problem...this doesn't mean the person has to live with the problem for 40 years before they decide to fix it though. However someone that is just being introduced to a new area are also more likely to identify the problems better because all the old folks have learned to just live with the same problems. Again, being productive has nothing to do with being creative.

Your assumptions are not in line with what the statistics actually say.

My assumption that you quoted was "When you consider that the hot new thing all the startups want to write in changes every 5-6 years it's no surprise that older workers don't hold as much value. " This is not an assumption. It's basically a stated fact. Older workers do not hold as much value and when you're comparing resumes between older workers and new workers with newer technology the newer workers are actually more likely to have the correct skillset. To someone in HR they are not going to see a guy with a decade plus of experience in J2EE as something better than a guy with 2 years experience in the language the job is actually for..when you're looking for coding grunts or a group of guys that might spit out a few good ideas once or twice in their career. I don't see why you're failing to connect those same dots. You basically seem to hold no value to a younger developer. Kids in grade school can in high school can come up with better ideas than some of us will in our entire careers. The truth is someone that has been doing the same thing for 40 years honest truly probably...isn't going to be the next best thing since sliced bread. Their ideas are spent, they've had a thousand chances to shine through the ranks. Their value to most in HR is in stability, training, and high level system design. Not in coming up with the next best thing since sliced bread. To be honest if they had such a great idea they're probably making enough money and have enough experience under their belt to market and sell it themselves instead of working for another asshat boss.

So please explain to me again why older workers are just perfect and exactly what every company should be hiring instead of a young whipper snapper? They aren't going to work late nights, they aren't going to try and impress the boss, and they are more likely to want to stick with what they know works than to try new things. Show me anyone over 35 that works 12 hour days coding non stop and I'll probably shoot the guy myself for not having an self respect by that age.

1 year,16 days

Silicon Valley In 2013 Resembles Logan's Run In 2274

techhead79 Re:29 years old (432 comments)

Productive != creative.

At least the places I've worked older workers are more interested in keeping the status quo. When you consider that the hot new thing all the startups want to write in changes every 5-6 years it's no surprise that older workers don't hold as much value. They certainly have value in system design and higher level work. Throwing them at coding in a language that has only been around for a few years doesn't make lot of sense. Certainly language of choice is the only reason for the age difference. Those with a family and mortgage simply by definintion are less likely to take risks or are even at an income level where they are pushed to impress the boss / start their own company. Their motivation went out the door a while ago. Studies have been done on this (citation needed). So I fail to see why it's a surprise that startups focus on cheaper labor (younger) that are more likely to be motivated in ways someone with a family and mortgage simply are not. Ask a man with 3 kids, a demanding wife, and a mortgage to stay working a 14 hour shift to meet that next agile milestone...see how long he sticks around before changing jobs.

1 year,16 days

Beware the Internet

techhead79 Re:Who is this guy again? (314 comments)

And I spelled "dumbest" wrong...damn you internet for submitting my opinion about his opinion so fast that I didn't bother to proof read it first....I'm never using this damn thing again.

1 year,21 days

Beware the Internet

techhead79 Who is this guy again? (314 comments)

Without the Internet the majority of the people that read his opinion wouldn't have. This is one of the dubest opinions I've seen in a while. Nothing is perfect. Not a new baby, not a new child, not a new marriage, and certainly not the god damn Internet. You don't burn down your house, kill your child, murder your wife just because of a few flaws do you? Well ok some people do.

1 year,21 days

Snowden: NSA Spying On EU Diplomats and Administrators

techhead79 Re:That doesn't make it right (417 comments)

That doesn't make it right.

I think you're confusing a personal moral you have with the obligation a country has to defend itself.

1 year,24 days

Rice Professor Predicts Humans Out of Work In 30 Years

techhead79 Re:What? Again? (808 comments)

We have laws for a reason. How many industries are built from laws being on the books? How many industries are protected by laws? My point is when society is faced with the decision between unemployment rates over 20% vs enacting a law preventing companies from using said magical robots...what do you think will happen? Sure some will move to shit hole countries, but most will remain right where they are. This is no different than H1B, outsourcing, immigration. Perhaps the law will state no company may own a class X AI to replace any human capable of doing said work. However the loophole being any human can own a class X AI and employ it anywhere but they are limited to just 1. Everyone benefits, human skills transfer to robot skills and we are left with several generations incapable of doing anything other than playing VR games.

I hate it when I hear about how horrible the world will be when tech xyz comes along. We've been around for some 65 years capable of completely destroying the human race at the push of a button. The risks will be contained just like with everything else. But I guess if we're not worried about it, it just might happen.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Becoming a Programmer At 40?

techhead79 Re:Good for you! (314 comments)

Or perhaps 20 year olds that want to hang out with a 40 year old ex physics major are on average more intelligent than the average 20 year old. I for one have met plenty of really stupid 20 year olds.

about a year ago



The GOOP from the Matrix?

techhead79 techhead79 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

techhead79 (1517299) writes "A few days ago on here the question came up with establishing a colony on another planet. I made the statement that it wouldn't be possible until you can build a self sustaining environment here on Earth with no sunlight. So I guess I have a question that would probably be better for a TED convention or something but here it goes. What would be required to create a self sustaining environment without the use of any plants or animals? Is it possible to make the Goop from the Matrix that feeds everyone in real life?"


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