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Comment Re:Your milage may vary (Score 1) 145

There was the story of a guy (during a tumultuous era of layoffs) that set up his garage with a desk and other office doodads. But he also "drove" to work, so that he still had the 'rhythm' going. The drive would be around the neighborhood block, so when he gets to this office, his coffee pot was nice and warm and he would've gotten a bagel or paper or something. He *did find work eventually so it still paid off somehow--having the mindset that he only had a temporary setback.

You may have seen the TV ad with the office view folding up with the garage door. A tad extreme but it works.

I can see the driving-to-work ritual as something that works. When I work from home, I *have* to dress up. Sometimes I dress up even more formal than when I go to the office simply because I need to get in the mode to work. I can't do that in shorts and slippers.

Comment Re: Leading Indicator (Score 1) 118

I interviewed for a DevOps position last year, and referenced over a decade worth of continuous integration tools, configuration management, business analysis, team management, and engagement, in including many of the watch words such as Puppet, Fireman, Jenkins, was turned down as I had not been actively using Puppet in the previous few months. Sometimes the job requirements are strict.

Oh, don't get me wrong, these things happen. For me it's been a couple of times : more than a decade work with WebLogic, Tomcat, JBoss and GlassFish, but nope, no Websphere, no job (for purely front end jobs.) Or like this: 12 years doing Java/JEE, then I *took a break* and went to do embedded C/C++ work for 4 years. Trying to come back to Java? Nope, you are a C/C++ developer the interviewer or headhunter says.

So it happens, but to me when it happens, I see it as a blessing, a bullet that I dodged. Think of the kind of organization that pigeonholes roles over absurd trivial shit like that? Do you think *you* could not have pumped it up back to Puppet in a few days? Those aren't requirements but some bozo doing word matching against a list of keywords.

Very rarely a stringent requirement like that is really valid, like you need to know PIC assembly to implement this urgent hotfix before our delivery date, you know, shit like that that does not give the person ramp up time.

But something like that is for a consultant position, for an emergency, get-in/get-out kind of a job. For anything more than 6 months, it is ridiculous. Obviously we need to get a paycheck every other week, but in general, not getting picked up for some bullshit like that, I consider that a blessing.

Comment Re:Leading Indicator (Score 1) 118

In my experience, that is completely different. If you interview for a DevOps role, you will be asked a laundry list of programs like Puppet, Chef, Ansible, Bamboo, Jenkins, TeamCity, Vagrant, Terraform, Saltstack, Kubernates, Katello, Foreman, and Rake. If you don't know one of those programs (say you know the ins and outs of GitHub Enterprise, but not BitBucket), the interview stops -right there-, you are shown the door, and they call for the next candidate.

Second you are asked is what is in your GitHub account. For example, I have some custom Puppet and Ansible stuff. It gets checked, and the interviewers will ask questions about it.

Third, you likely will get asked how you set up a CI/CD structure. Unit tests on code after merge, a test environment, etc.

Of course, there is a lot of interest in serverless offerings like Amazon Lambda, as the grandparent poster states, just because management can say that they run an "IT-less" shop, touting the fact that they have saved the company by closing down one of the biggest and unprofitable divisions by moving it to AWS.

To me, that's a horrible way of hiring: If I look for someone for a DevOps job, if you know one (say, Puppet, Chef or Ansible) and you show the architectural mind to actually implement an automation solution, that's gold. Say, we use Ansible, but you know Puppet. Well, if you can demonstrate to be a developer with an analytical mind with a sufficiently good understanding of systems and networks and a self-learner, you are in.

The most important thing for DevOps in the majority of cases is not deep knowledge of a variety of tools, but understanding things like "infrastructure as code", automation, working with processes and standards, release cycles, and business analysis with development as the driving business. The rest, that's tool minutia.

Comment Re:Just waking up are you? (Score 1) 118

We're overdue for a recession.

Incorrect - we've been HAVING the recession for years. We are now entering an expansion phase. Everyone else knows this (especially the markets), why do you not understand this?

When the tax rate drops hit you are going to see an unprecedented growth spree from businesses that have been choking on the U.S. largest corporate tax rate for the last decade or so.

Err no, the recession ended in 2009. There was a small dip in 2013, and then it bounced back. Salaries have gone up and hiring has also gone up. I've been tracking this shit for years (since my first bubble-burst layoff in 2000.) I'd say there are big cycles of 8-10 years that interlace with smaller 4-5 year cycles.

We could be hitting a dip again at the end of 2017 (if we use 2009 as the start of this cycle), or 2019-2020 (if we assume 2013 reset the chronometers for a big cycle, or as as start of a mini-cycle.)

Either way, anyone worth a shit in this industry banks on a dip cycle ever 4-5 years and 3-6 months of unemployment every 8-10 years, and plans accordingly.

TLDR; don't rest on your damned laurels.

Comment Re:Oh noez! (Score 1) 57

and both are really quite bad, given the context. the latter though, wtf...!?

The later strongly suggest the whole "they are both equally bad" is nothing but a fallacy. They are both bad, but not equally (Trump is a complete fucking liability to our national security), no matter how people want to cut the mustard.

Comment Re:Open borders! Open borders! Open borders! (Score 1) 268

If H1Bs are bad, why are illegal immigrants from Mexico good?

They are not both bad. And there is a lot of good in both. Not everything truly fits simple-minded dichotomies.

As for H1B, frankly, after seeing so many rodeos in the last 22 years , I don't give a damn when I see some of the people being replaced by them. Every once in a while you see good software/IT people getting trounced, but in general, it's just the folks warming chairs doing the type of IT work that can be automated, mostly. 9-5 for 30 years with a gold watch at the end kind of type.

So let friction create competition. People stand up or fall. It's not like we are talking about at-risk kids or something, but white-collar people who command hefty salaries and are supposed to be the most versatile in the white collar workforce.

Anyone worth a shit in this industry can land with both feet firmly on the ground. If you get replaced by an H1B and have no alternatives on hand, shit, you need to give yourself a hard look.

Comment Re:Makes no sense (Score 1) 95

The article is what makes no sense. If all these employees were making huge amounts of money, why would they leave and start companies in the same industry? They obviously felt they could make more money on their own or at different companies.

Looks like a simple case of a CEO looking at the peon employes and thinking "look at all those overpayed assholes." The "overpaid assholes" then leave the company, and the CEO finds out all his talent is gone and his company is bust.

Once you are loaded with money and without a problem in finding any job and salary of your liking, you are free to quit and work for something that you like, even if it means taking a pay cut.

That's what financial independence looks like.

Comment Re:Makes no sense (Score 1) 95

There's no career path from Engineer to CEO.

So: - They're really keen on money so they've become CEO of a company they founded in hopes of pulling a Zuckerburg, or - They're not really keen on money and want to work on things that interest them.

Being cash bloated lets you do either.

Yes, there fucking is. Do I need to google some examples for you?

Comment Re:For the US, not for a political party (Score 0) 892

Tell us more how you know how 60 million people think...

If racism really did elect Trump; Why is it that the acceptance of interracial relationships/marriage is at an all time high? Why would people vote Obama and then Trump if they were so racist and needed a Trump to blabber it?

Here's a thought. Maybe there are different reasons to vote for him over his top contender that had nothing to do with any *ism that has been thrown around so often that "people I disagree with" is now "Nazi"...

It doesn't fucking matter if there were people who voted for Trump other than race. They (including many minorities for Christ's sake) all looked the other way to Trump's undeniably racist, exceedingly Islamophobic platform.

Everything else, that's just sophistries trying to sugarsplain it after the fact.

Comment Re:Makes no sense (Score 1) 95

There is a difference between "possible" and "mass market sales". It is possible to bring people to the moon and back. However, commercial holliday's to the moon will not happen for a LONG time.

People said the same about commercial flights... and yet.

Shit I cannot remember the name of this pre-WWI general who stated there was no future for airplanes in a war theater. The quote would be totally appropriate in this context.

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