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Comment: Re:The genius of EPIC (Score 1) 231

by RingDev (#48042315) Attached to: Back To Faxes: Doctors Can't Exchange Digital Medical Records

Their flagship app is written in VB6 with Cache and AIX. To say that it isn't as bad as public opinion is a gross misunderstanding of just how bad it is.

That said, there is a dramatically different experience from implementers to support, devs, IT, and the many different roles in the organization. And not all of them suck, but from the dev pool, I know far more former Epic developers than current epic developers.


Comment: The genius of EPIC (Score 4, Insightful) 231

by RingDev (#48038857) Attached to: Back To Faxes: Doctors Can't Exchange Digital Medical Records

Note that the feds gave docs/hospitals $24 billion to digitalize, of which over half of went either directly to EPIC or to epic contractors.

And this is the source of success of EPIC. Their software is pretty much crap. They hire fleets of college grads, work them for 60+ hour work weeks, burn them out in under 2 years, and replace them with the next lot of inexperienced automatons. The genius isn't in the code, it's in cornering the market of a federally subsidized effort.

Comment: Completely converted house to LED, 3 have died. (Score 1) 596

by RingDev (#48004617) Attached to: The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

This was exactly my experience as well. My mother in-law has some of the initial run Phillips CFLs. Her hippy roommate installed them in the kitchen in 1994, and they are still going, but they were like $50 a pop back then. They take longer to "warm up" than the new bulbs do, but they provide solid light at a tiny wattage.

Most the the cheap-o CFLs have worked well for me. But the small socket super compact CFL and LED bulbs for my ceiling fan lights have been horrible. The line noise and vibration coming off the motor just destroys the el-cheapo caps and diodes. Same deal, individual LEDs are fine, but I've seen bad caps on the CFLs and scorches on the LED circuitry.


Comment: Re: FWD.US lies, just like its founder, Zuckerberg (Score 2) 363

by BigDaveyL (#47997773) Attached to: Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

I would even go one step further: They can only hire an H1-B if they did not offer these jobs (and any training) to the 18,000 people laid off.

In other words, someone hacking on Office could be offered a job writing software for XBox with minimal re-training.

Comment: Re:That's why slashdot is against tech immigration (Score 1) 441

by BigDaveyL (#47732347) Attached to: Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers
You would be correct. I have read several articles about how you can play word games with titles and responsibilities. For example, posting a Job as a "programmer/analyst" role, you can get away with paying someone a programmer salary but have them do more analyst work. Also, there can be issues with how the government classifies these types of jobs.

Comment: Re:Translation: Slash 18K jobs, apply for 18K H-1B (Score 1) 383

by BigDaveyL (#47475429) Attached to: Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

Even if they did check things, I've seen write ups on how to abuse the system, like writing job descriptions for senior level positions but listing the job as a more junior level position.

So, they list the job as a "Junior business analyst" or even "business analyst" and then when Uncle Sam comes knocking, they can say "we're paying market rates, here's the BLS data for the position" even though if you looked deeper, the employee is expected to do much more.

Comment: Re:IBM (Score 1) 383

by BigDaveyL (#47475379) Attached to: Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go
Haven't been there studies that prove this? I seem to recall some study that if a company ends up laying off some non-insignificant amount of people over a period of time, that they never really recover over the long term by most metrics - revenue, profits, margins, stock price. In other words it may make some sense to not be trigger happy.

Comment: Re:Can't Tell Them Apart (Score 1) 466

by BigDaveyL (#46999235) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Minimum Programming Competence In Order To Get a Job?

I understand this bit, especially in a litigious society.

On the other hand though, you cannot say that there is a "talent shortage" if you are unwilling to consider (and ask about) this type of work. I know I have a little bit of a speech impediment/stutter and it gets worse when I am in an uncomfortable/unknown/nervous situation. But, it should have no issue programming and working with others. An interview like the OP suggests would quickly defuse the situation, and show that I am competent. In other words, it would level the playing field.

Comment: Re:Want to write a kernel ? (Score 1) 392

by BigDaveyL (#46545885) Attached to: The Myth of the Science and Engineering Shortage

Oh, I have heard the horror stories about people claiming to have senior level skills but perform at a junior level, or below.

The feedback I tend to get is that I am generally not as experienced as some of the other people they generally get, but I generally get good feedback - I don't throw a hissy fit if I don't know something, and can explain things well enough that if I don't get the syntax/algorithmn correct exactly correct.

Comment: Re:Want to write a kernel ? (Score 1) 392

by BigDaveyL (#46545367) Attached to: The Myth of the Science and Engineering Shortage

While I don't doubt there's a lot of people that are on the low end of the curve, I think part of the problem is are these:

(a) interviews. I know I have bombed interviews where they ask about some problem or data structure that you haven't touched in years. I could tell you the theory behind recursion, and figure out an inelegant brute force solution on the spot - if I had access to an editor/compiler/debugger I could eventually figure out the more elegant solution.

(b) I think people become API monkeys because in many cases, why invent the wheel. Unless you're building a Kernel or some other special case application from the ground up, you're going to want to use what is most efficient, most readable, least chance of bugs, etc.

(c) I think people recruit the wrong way. They usually throw up a job ad somewhere and let everything roll in. Many people who you want to hire aren't necessarily on those sites. Or you get some clueless 3rd party recruiter. Many times the people you want are members of user groups or other prof. organizations. The people there are generally higher quality, more willing to learn, etc. And you can get to know them in a lower pressure environment.

Comment: Re:Want to write a kernel ? (Score 1) 392

by BigDaveyL (#46543533) Attached to: The Myth of the Science and Engineering Shortage

Define "unqualified."

Is every taxi driver and burger flipper without any relevant education/experience applying? I would agree that these people are unqualified.

However, if you're getting people who have a relevant education or maybe not the exact experience you're looking for, you'll have a harder time convincing people that they are unqualified. That's more of a gray area. For example, someone who has a computer science degree and does C# applies for a Java job. Their Java may be rusty but the concepts of programming, algorithms, OOP, etc. don't really change. They may appear to be "unqualified" if they are rusty but should be able to adapt.

Comment: Re:Theory (Score 1) 491

by BigDaveyL (#46356269) Attached to: Do We Really Have a Shortage of STEM Workers?


I think there are people out there that know nothing, but it seems to me that there are problems on both sides of the equation. It seemed to me 30-40 years ago, corps were willing to work with you even if you weren't a so called rock star.

As I have commented here before, the system is also broken and it is perpetuated by everyone. For example, any Joe can apply to 20 jobs a day because corporations solicit that and make it "easy" thanks to the Internet. Of course, they write "complex" software to filter which may not work well, so people feel a need to game the system/cheat to actually talk to a decision maker. Added to the problem is HR/3rd party recruiters who are not technical have inserted themself into the process.

They laughed at Einstein. They laughed at the Wright Brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown. -- Carl Sagan