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Comment: Re:The 30 and 40-somethings wrote the code... (Score 1) 504

I would consider lost oxen to be highly analog devices in frequent need of calibration and drift compensation. Also, their "job output" requires quite a bit of refinement and post-processing before it can be used by the end customer. Doesn't sound very digital at all.

Comment: Politically Driven Mansplanation (Score 4, Funny) 307

Let me tell y'all how this works, see. What goes up? It must come down. If factries sending it up? It comes down out in the ocean. Oceans make up 75% of the earth, right? Factries can't be doin nothin bad to all that, see? If so factries would need 75% of the earth's stuff to compete with all that water!

Now these here pencil necks keep talkin like they got sumpin ta say, confusing everyone and upsetting them over greenhouses and what not. But this has got to stop, my lil girl won't quit cryin over dead polar bears! I keeps sayin' "Polar bears ain't dyin, we got some in the zoo", but she won't stop cryin' and I can't take it anymore.

Comment: Re:The 30 and 40-somethings wrote the code... (Score 4, Interesting) 504

I know more about computers than most digital natives, yet it's hard for me to get a job because I'm old, don't use FB, don't twit, don't insta, don't have a phone full of selfies, etc.

I understand your background, but honestly don't think you are qualified based solely on that. Application programming is a whole other world, with different tools, different practices and different objectives. I do not think I'd be qualified to apply to such a job right this instant.

I certainly could learn, easily. I know how their stuff works, I was there before it all came around. But before I applied to the position I'd have to learn it all, and walk in ready to talk about it, and find a way to get some of the relevant technology on my resume. I don't think these guys will necessarily know what a BSP is, I wonder if they have considered hardware that is not a PC or mobile phone? I suspect they have not ever brought an OS up on custom hardware, nor do they plan it it. I think I'd read your resume and think you're well qualified to work at a hardware company, but I'm not sure I'd want you in a google or a facebook.

Now it's an entry level job, no experience necessary, but you come in proving you what an AJAX is, and you can JQuery if you must but would rather (whatever the latest hotness is). You understand how to use Facebook and what API exists, and know what Twitter is useful for. You know their acronyms and their tools, If they turned you down then I'd cry discrimination, a true college fresh out with no industry experience really would be less qualified than you in that event, especially if you'll work for his wages.

Comment: Re:Pay, not talent (Score 1) 504

Then say no experience required, or 1-5 years, or whatever you're looking for. That sets my salary expectations immediately, and I won't waste my time or yours applying for the position. Also, you are asking for exactly what the job requires, which is honest, and fair.

I may have 30 years of experience, but maybe at the end of my career I'm not looking to be managing a team or architecting anything, or perhaps I want to change careers and try out something new before I die, or maybe after whoring for the man for 30 years I want to spend my last years doing what I love: coding. Provided I'm interested and capable, why do you care how old I am?

Comment: Re:The 30 and 40-somethings wrote the code... (Score 5, Interesting) 504

I was born in the 70s and consider myself a "digital native". All computers I have used have been binary based, for example. All in fact based on transistors. I showed my son a picture of me at his age sitting in front of a TRS-80 and my much beloved Commodore 64 and you know what he said? He said "Wow Dad, you had computers!". Indeed, not only did I have them, but he recognized them as such.

I guess my point is that I'm not sure the term "digital native" has any actual meaning, or at least such meaning will have to be proven in court. Was I turned down because I wasn't "digital native" enough? Or was I turned down because I was too old?

Comment: Re:One word (Score 1) 88

Most of us have one monopoly, or the other monopoly, and we switch between them depending on how crappy one currently is versus how crappy we remember the other being. Both are usually crappy, and there is no true escape.

So I voted 3-10 years because that's how long I've lived here and had one monopoly or the other.

Comment: Re:How Detriot Got That Way -- and Why It Will.... (Score 3, Interesting) 121

Pretty much right on. Given how much of Silicon Valley is moving to my neighborhood just so they can afford to eat AND own a house at the same time, I'm not really that convinced that the important parts of technology will remain in SV...just the VCs.

Comment: Re:So far so good. (Score 3, Interesting) 210

When I was in that situation, programmers, engineers, developers - whatever the title was - had a cap of salary. Meaning your senior architect god's gift to the technical couldn't go above a low level manager's salary. If you wanted more, you gotta go management. And what sucked, many times you topped out at your company, but your pay was waayy above every other company's.

This is pretty much why the Peter Principle exists. We have a bizarre notion that management is somehow "better" or "above" technical work, when in many cases managers are in the job they do because they are not actually good at doing technical work, but they are good at the big picture and knowing where resources need to be spent. Similarly technical people, who are usually more concerned with the problem than the solution, often feel they need to jump to management but are not good at that work and do not want to leave the technical work. So you end up with a lot of unqualified positions they don't truly want to be in, but need the money.

I have been doing this for a while now, I'm still not convinced even one very good manager is worth more than one very good engineer, nor are they harder to find if you don't create a reality via pay grades. My present company perhaps encourages people to stay technical, and we have a few people who would be strong managers who are staying technical because that's where the money is at while the managers have far too much risk of being fired. But most of my previous employers were the opposite: good engineers who got promoted up because they were good engineers, but had no particular managerial talent. HR created the reality where you promote them, or watch them leave. So they got promoted.

Comment: Re:Lesson for workers : Keep skills sharp (Score 1) 631

by Austerity Empowers (#49584327) Attached to: Disney Replaces Longtime IT Staff With H-1B Workers

In 15 years and 4 companies I have had 9 different CEOs, that's what makes me say that. None of them believably retired or voluntarily stepped down, and only one or two was an obvious crook. By comparison in 15 years and 4 companies I've had 6 supervisors, only one of whom left the company but in her case she really did retire.

I am not defending what upper management does, they do what I'd do, only they have more power to do it. I personally consider Wall St. the big enemy, not upper management.

Comment: Re:Lesson for workers : Keep skills sharp (Score 2) 631

by Austerity Empowers (#49582641) Attached to: Disney Replaces Longtime IT Staff With H-1B Workers

A) What were you doing you could be replaced that easily?!

Everyone is expendable, from the CEO to the janitor. That's not evil that's just running a good business. Anyone who tries to make himself indispensable is the first person you try to replace, it's not a good behavior and it's not good for anyone.

B) Companies can drop you any time, out of nowhere. Keep some savings, and keep skills up so that if you need another job, you can find one... it's really easy at larger companies to drift into something that lasts years, if not endlessly. Don't let such things trap you.

Yes, that's always good advice. However in this case it should not have happened but for screwed up laws and indentured servitude. If these people were replaced with other citizens or residents who were believably competing on wages, then generally I agree.

The clothes have no emperor. -- C.A.R. Hoare, commenting on ADA.