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Paul Graham: Let the Other 95% of Great Programmers In

tempestdata Re:The internet has no borders (552 comments)

It is actually very simple.

I ran the software engineering department at a previous job. Despite my and my boss's vehement objections we outsourced our entire software development team to India to reduce costs. I was to manage them remotely.

We made it work for a while, but in the end we did it by replacing 5 US developers with an office of about 20 in India (15 of whom were developers, rest were support staff like HR, LAN admin, Office manger, etc.) and I was able to show to our CEO that the cost of the India office was about the same as our US development team with just 5 people.

We shut down the India office, and retained 4 of the best developers there, paid them US salary (high five figures to six figures USD annually) as individual free lance consultants, and had them work remotely. I required that they get paid a US salary, if they weren't worth a US salary then we might as well hire someone in the US. We then hired a few developers in the US who would also work remotely (Our company was growing and so were our software development needs). The point was to higher few good developers instead of a lot of cheap ones, regardless of location.

Years later, four of the five developers from India continue to work for that company as freelancers, earning a US wage in India. The 5th one quit to head the engineering department for a major indian website.

about a month ago

The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

tempestdata Re:Thrown from the vehicle (443 comments)

" Emergency responders suspected that Slot was already dead when they arrived at the debris-littered scene. But he wasn't. Perhaps it's a testament to Tesla's safety measures that Slot remained alive and was briefly resuscitated en route to the hospital"

From the article...

Holy crap. perhaps he died of medical malpractice :O

about 7 months ago

Continuous System For Converting Waste Plastics Into Crude Oil

tempestdata Re:Ocean garbage patches? (139 comments)

We seem fine filtering out the sea life with our fishing nets. The smaller stuff is actually more robust and quicker to regenerate than the bigger fish stocks we are depleting. Atleast in this case we are doing something constructive over all. So what if a little algae and plankton get sucked up too. It's not like they are an endangered species.

about 7 months ago

Why China Is Worried About Japan's Plutonium Stocks

tempestdata Re:Logical Consequences (398 comments)

Sort of like how Ukraine was protected by the US if it were ever to be invaded?

about 7 months ago

Rising Sea Levels Uncover Japanese War Dead In Marshall Islands

tempestdata Re:Faster than the global average? (182 comments)

There are other forces involved.. currents, water densities due to fresh water inflows, tides, topography, etc.. I do not personally understand these forces involved, I am just listing out what I think could be factors... but for instance the pacific side of the panama canal is widely known to be 8 inches higher than the atlantic side. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panama_Canal)

about 8 months ago

Rising Sea Levels Uncover Japanese War Dead In Marshall Islands

tempestdata Re:that's odd (182 comments)

China, not the US is the world's largest producer of CO2 emissions. And it is by a WIDE margin. China's CO2 emissions are almost double the USA's.


This does not mean that the USA isn't contributing to the problem. It definitely is.. but even if the US were to drop it's emissions by a Quarter (which is a LOT) it would barely have a 3% impact on worldwide CO2 emissions. I have no way of estimating the impact on the US economy if it were to drop it's emissions by a Quarter.

My point is even though you are right, the outcome of this debate in the US is irrelevant in the grand scheme of things. My point is we are f*cked, this is a run away train, and there is no organizational or political entity big or strong enough to stop it.

about 8 months ago

Massachusetts Court Says 'Upskirt' Photos Are Legal

tempestdata Re:Does not make sense (519 comments)

Dude, that is absurd. Even a BURKHA / ABAYA is vulnerable from some angle.

about a year ago

Massachusetts Court Says 'Upskirt' Photos Are Legal

tempestdata Does not make sense (519 comments)

Obviously, I imagine an upskirt picture does not reveal any more than what you would see at a beach in any western country. I think the issue is that, a person being made to reveal more of herself than she is consenting to, to a person she does not know, and usually without her knowledge. It would be the equivalent of someone being forced to take off her skirt in public without her consent.

Also, what if the woman is not wearing any underwear? It is her business if she is, or is not, and by wearing a skirt she has a reasonable right to privacy in that matter.

about a year ago

Electric Bikes Get More Elegant Every Year (Video)

tempestdata Pretty cool but.... (164 comments)

I think that bike is pretty cool, and I've been lucky to never have a bike stolen, but at that price tag, they better have put a LOT of thought into security before I would consider buying one.

Also, is it just me or does that bike scream hipster?

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: When Is a Better Career Opportunity Worth a Pay Cut?

tempestdata Wait and find a better opportunity (263 comments)

Most decent programmers will find themselves in your position at some point in their careers. I did too. I know nothing of your financial situation and commitments (mortgage/family/etc.) but don't take a pay cut if you can at all help it. The fact that you feel any uneasiness would seal the deal.

I would readily agree to a pay cut in only the following situations :

1) Need a job desperately and gotta make rent. Hopefully this situation never arises
2) Major promotion or opportunity in a company I strongly strong believe in. The idea being that I will work my ass off for peanuts, but believe in my heart that I will come away with a huge sum of money at the end, or the ability to make a huge sum of money.
3) I am going to work for or with someone who is absolutely exceptional and is going to be teaching me something I couldn't already learn on my own.

It does not sound like you are getting any of those three. If you are bored, keep looking for a better or different job. In the meantime, If you want to scratch your intellectual itch, do it on the weekends.

You have my 2 cents worth.

about a year ago

Thieves Who Stole Cobalt-60 Will Soon Be Dead

tempestdata Re:Darwin (923 comments)

I am sick and tired of this racism against Mexican and latin american people. I do not find your racist joke funny. It is also perpetuating a completely inaccurate stereotype. Google "Mexican fertility rate" and educate yourself.

US Fertility Rate = 1.89 Births per woman
Mexican Fertility Rate = 2.28 Births per woman

US Life expectancy = 78.64 years
Mexican Life expectancy = 76.89 years

I am not Mexican or latin american. Mexico, and most of latin america, have a LOT of social, cultural and economic issues. But give them some respect, they aren't backward savages like most american's seem to believe.

about a year ago

Bitcoin Currency Surpasses 20 National Currencies In Total Value

tempestdata Re:How to take a short position in Bitcoin? (583 comments)

Yes of course. China is the one that is going to want its trillions in dollar denominated us debt holdings to be worth peanuts.

about 2 years ago

Amazon Fake Products and Fake Reviews

tempestdata Amazon Does try its best (240 comments)

This is an issue that you can see Amazon and users taking seriously. If you notice Amazon allows you to meta moderate reviews, as well as comment on reviews. I have spotted a lot of fake reviews by reading comments on reviews, and I make it a point to comment on fake reviews as well providing my rationale for why I think it is a fake review. Just like on slashdot, community moderation is key here.

Amazon also provides an additional level of verification with the "Amazon verified purchase" where by Amazon lets you know that this reviewer at the very least did purchase this product from Amazon.

In the end reviews are like asking for advice. Often you get bad advice, often you get advice from people with hidden motives, and often you get good advice. Amazon's review system is just a representation of real life. Go anywhere on the web, or go call up some real estate agents/mortgage brokers and ask them "When is a good time to buy a house?" and the answer will almost invariably be "If you can afford it, _now_ is a good time to buy a house". They have a hidden agenda they want to push.

I am not singling out real estate agents though. They are doing their job. Dealing with people is dealing with hidden agendas. :)

more than 4 years ago

You Are Not Mark Zuckerberg, So Stay In School

tempestdata Re:Common sense (438 comments)

Agreed Completely.

My boss doesn't have a college degree and he is a good deal sharper than I am (I have a Masters in Comp Sci.) When I look at a resume, or interview a candidate, I look at the education portion the same way I look at the hobbies section if the applicant has included it. Nice to know, but not important one way or the other.

In fact, If a person spent 4 years of his/her life making some solid contributions to open souce projects (perhps became a core committer to some of them). I would actually be more likely to hire him/her than someone who had finished a 4 year college degree. Provided everything else was equal.

more than 4 years ago

Oracle Wants Proof That Open Source Is Profitable

tempestdata Re:And The Flip Side ... (393 comments)

They weren't exactly a wildly successful company before they embraced open source. They were already in a downward spiral when they decided to open source some of their projects.

more than 4 years ago

AP Suspends DoD Over Altered US Army Photo

tempestdata Re:So what was he *really* standing in front of? (622 comments)

If changing the background is okay with you, then lets not photoshop a zebra into the savannah but instead photoshop a picture of a zebra in a zoo and put a savannah background in. :)

more than 6 years ago

Rubber Duckies For Global Warming Research

tempestdata Pollution Anyone? (167 comments)

What are the chances that these rubber duckies end up inside the tummy of some sea creature? In which case, that is just more pollution floating around in our oceans.

more than 6 years ago

Woman Admits Sending $400K To Nigerian Scammer

tempestdata Re:just to preempt all of the obvious comments (857 comments)

I dont think anyone is BLAMING the stupid woman who gave away $400K to a liar (or group of liars).

They are doing exactly what you did in your post "the person who left them there like that is, yes, pretty stupid."

The reason scams such as the nigerian 419 one work, is that intelligence like everything else is distributed over a curve of some sort. By definition, approx. half the people you see everyday are of below average intelligence. Scams such as these target people who sit in the below the bottom 1% on the intelligence curve. Which explains their mode of operation, "if you blast this scam to enough people, eventually you'll find someone who'll bite". In other words, "if you look hard enough, eventually you'll find someone stupid enough".

more than 6 years ago


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