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Comment Re:Makes no sense (Score 1) 95

It really depends on how much money we're talking here. One person in the article earned at 16x multiplier on unspecified bonuses, and large salaries to boot. I personally do love my job in IT, but if I was moved to a position where I was doing the same type of work but earning 2x what I do today and earning crazy bonuses to boot, it would only take me about 5-6 years to acquire enough money to have everything paid off and enough alternate passive revenue coming in to never need to work another minute in my life. And again even though I love my job, when that moment happened I'd be out the door. And off to work on something else, or volunteer, or take a 6 month trip around the world on the cheap, or (fill in the blank).

There's a massive difference between liking what liking what you do for a living (with good people at the place of work), and doing what you want when you don't have to make a living.

Comment Re:OMG (Score 3, Informative) 477

Easy. You get to be one of the guys they hire to fix that crap code and process. EVERY project I have ever worked on with overseas code resources has had massive problems with the quality of code that is returned.

The same cycle always holds true: First the overseas resources are given full tasks to complete. Then the returned code is total shit and doesn't do what was asked. So the tasks are broken down into smaller chunks, and those still don't work. Then the resources are asked to provide procedures and subroutines written to a rigid spec, and 70% of those finally work. Then the company realizes that they're paying experienced software engineers over here to spend hours a day breaking things into small enough chunks that the overseas people will *probably* not screw up and the amount of time wasted is enormous, plus those software engineers could just do it themselves in a fraction of the time.

So the company stops offshoring after wasting a couple of years of time and god knows how much money.

Comment Re:NOT Fake News (Score 4, Insightful) 372

Oh go pound sand, Anonymous COWARD. We went through the anti-facts, don't bother with data stylings of The Harper Conservatives in Canada and we're still undoing the damage more than a year after he was shown the door. This sounds like it's going to be considerably worse than what Steve-O could get away with up here.

On the plus side, Canada will probably be able to reverse that STEM brain drain to the US at last. So we got that going for us.

Comment The PC's been dying for 25 years (Score 1) 501

Or at least I've been seeing these headlines for that long. Guess what? Still here, and not going anywhere. Tablets, phones, etc, are CONSUMPTION devices for information and media. People still need PCs to make things. Or even type long emails. Seriously, try typing a couple of paragraphs on a tablet, it's torture. If I have to send an email for work and it'll be longer than a quick note or reply I wait until I get to my desk to do it instead of trying my patience on my tablet.

Comment Re:AMD has (Score 4, Interesting) 91

> in practice takes roughly 10 years for the savings to materialize... and by then, you've already swapped your CPU 3 times

Actually these days, not so much. I've got an i5 2500K that I bought in early 2011 in my home workstation, and I have no plans to replace it any time soon. My general rule is that I won't replace a processor unless it's both old and I will get around twice the performance of the old one. Looking at what I'd replace it with if I was to build the same machine today - an i5 6600K - there's just no point. I'd get about a 50% boost over what I have, and what I have is already more processor than I need for just about anything I do with the exception of gaming. And for that the money is better spent on a new video card, and that's what I do replace every 2-3 years.

In the past with Moore's Law that was around every 2 years, but Intel's been stagnant on progress for so long, they're now running ads like this:

Oooo... up to 28% better performance than a 3 year old part! And all you need to do is replace your chip, motherboard and probably RAM. Pass. Instead of spending $600 on all that I'll just drop $200 on last year's hot high end video card.

Comment Re:One more thing to charge (Score 1) 252

It is possible to get the best of both worlds. I picked up some inexpensive but solid August headphones on Amazon last year for $50. They are wireless but also have a jack to plug in a 3.5mm plug to make them wired, which I use when I fly. The battery lasts at least a week of my normal use on the train as well so it's not like I need to charge it often.

Comment Re:Have WOZ come back and make good macs (Score 1) 336

Sailor? I'm talking about the guys who designed and built the ship. You can have the best captain and crew in the known universe but they're useless as tits on a mule if they're sitting on logs on a beach staring at an empty dock.

> Don't be jealous because someone else makes more money than you. You sound like one of those feminists who got a degree in Women's Studies yet complains that there's a paucity of women in STEM.

Awfully judge-y aren't we? You sound like one of those salestwats who used to sit in the cubicles across the hall whining about my group not working fast enough to push the next rev out before the end of quarter and you might miss your bonuses. While we worked 12-14 hour days for weeks on end and didn't get bonuses.

> Why don't you go do what Tim Cook does?

Hey, that's a great idea. Every single person in the world should go do what Tim Cook does and do nothing else. Surely that will never be a problem as all those products he sells just magically come into existence and replicate themselves, then transport themselves to packaging and to stores! Brilliant!

Comment Re:The future is now. (Score 1) 201

> 4 tons of lead is relatively cheap if you buy it as scrap.

Yes, but it's not being bought as scrap, it's being bought as part of batteries.

As for the racking, you'd need a lot of racks. These would do:$smthumb$&breadcrumbCatId=4572

But fitting 15 batteries per rack @170 lbs each, we're looking at 12 60" racks. I'll take a couple of powerwalls instead, thanks.

Comment Re:The future is now. (Score 1) 201

> Basically it does not matter if the battery pack for my house weighs 500kg or 10 tonnes

Sure it does. You think 4 tons of lead is cheap? Not to mention all of the racking and support structure you're going to need to build to properly house that much battery capacity in an easily maintainable fashion? Or were you just planning on covering your basement floor with dozens of lead acid batteries? Got a proper ventilation system for that if you're not using sealed cells?

Comment Re:Desktops aren't dead (Score 4, Insightful) 240

That's not really what the "question" in the article was implying though. I completely agree that desktops are going to be a thing for ages to come yet (and I have 2), but the question was lazily trying to point out that performance increases on the desktop are seemingly coming to a halt for newer chips. This isn't really a surprise for me, as I've got a 5 year old i5 2500K in my home machine that is keeping pace with even the newer games just fine as long as I spend a couple hundred bucks every 2-3 years on a new video card. Same at the office. We went to assess our 3 year upgrade cycle for workstations and realized we'd only get a 20-25% boost in peak processing power by spending our full per-person budget on new machines and instead decided to keep what we have, switch all boot OS drives to SSD, max out the RAM and get 32" monitors and we STILL have money left over.

I'm not sure if AMD's got anything in the pipeline that can shake things up, but if they do, this is their chance (again).

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