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Comment: Re:In defense of Javascript (Score 1) 195

by BitcoinBenny (#48178685) Attached to: JavaScript and the Netflix User Interface

I know you can write good software in Javascript. I wrote my file transfer plugin for gmail SenderDefender for the curious, entirely in Javascript, but it seems to me that going forward well defined interfaces and something like NaCl / PNaCl could really change the landscape. I'm hoping that happens not because I'm afraid javascript will take my job, but that there won't be any other options for the web. I think the points you make are good, but don't you think the javascript software quality is generally lower than the other languages? Its entirely subjective, but with few exceptions I find many Node projects to be very rough.

Comment: Re:Javascript (Score 1) 195

by BitcoinBenny (#48178267) Attached to: JavaScript and the Netflix User Interface

Oh this is already happening. The node.js stuff is bridging javascript to every ORM, DB, and NoSql technology that exists. It is just an unfortunate reality but I fully expect it to eclipse every other language in terms of popularity over the next ten years, for exactly the reasons you state. Driving down the cost of labor, and unifying skill sets so that people are even more interchangeable.

Comment: Frog (Score 1) 131

by BitcoinBenny (#48177259) Attached to: Snapchat Will Introduce Ads, Attempt To Keep Them Other Than Creepy

It is like boiling a frog. Intrusive ads might drive users away onto a competing platform, and since there isn't anything much to the technology they need to preserve their user base. At the same time they have to monetize. This intermediate solution is to slowly ramp up revenue, we'll get to the creepy targeted ads sooner rather than later...

Comment: Not secure (Score 5, Interesting) 68

by BitcoinBenny (#48137727) Attached to: Tiny Wireless Device Offers Tor Anonymity

Its a cool idea. There are things that are problematic about it though, like the fact that the browser itself hasn't been properly anonymized. The Tor browser package tries to disable plugins and third party software that might inadvertently reveal your identity or cause other information leakage. There is no such guarantee in this instance, which is a bit of a false sense of security. Tor isn't a panacea for all anonymity issues, and you wouldn't want to route most of your traffic over it.

I'm personally more interested in the hardware, any specifics on that? I think it would be a nice platform for a lot of interesting projects, hardware based firewalling etc.

Comment: Re:It would be less of an issue (Score 1) 250

by BitcoinBenny (#47840527) Attached to: IT Job Hiring Slumps

I don't think this would help.

You are using service jobs as an example which by definition are location-specific. Programming, IT, Networking can be done from almost anywhere. At least the H1B system is increasing dollars circulating in the US. I don't think the choice is between American workers at American wages and H1B workers. The competition is entirely foreign firms that can just offer more competitive pricing and American workers. If we force that equation to be evaluated the American worker loses until we get labor cost equalization.

Comment: Re:Why buy American? (Score 2) 250

by BitcoinBenny (#47840515) Attached to: IT Job Hiring Slumps

I think in the business context cheaper is almost always "better". I've dealt with reams of horrible code also, but at the end of the day most people just want a product that looks like it works. They don't have the technical experience to determine whether it was well built or not, just how it behaves on the surface under ideal conditions.

Programming as a profession is getting priced out. First they came for Support, then IT, etc. DevOps will eventually fall to the wayside of automation which is the whole purpose of the job. Programming will get eaten away. There will be high level consulting and architectural jobs for a while, but anything else is a losing proposition.

Comment: Re:Workstations ? (Score 1) 113

by BitcoinBenny (#47769499) Attached to: IBM Gearing Up Mega Power 8 Servers For October Launch

I would love to see a Power 8 workstation. If I could afford it I would definitely be doing my development on one, but alas this is where it gets crazy. They are afraid of cannibalizing the high end server sales with affordable desktop machines. This is probably not a good plan because exposing more people to the platform will pay dividends in the future, but in the short term and due to volume concerns it makes sense.

Comment: Programming is not a good profession (Score 1) 441

It is skilled labor, and yes there is a major difference between the best and the average, but almost no one cares.

There will be continued downward price pressure as the size of the work force increases, and the US will become a management layer like in every other industry that we once dominated. The few remaining programmers in the US will be very highly specialized workers.

No amount of protectionism is going to change that reality, not letting them in doesn't give the jobs to Americans, it just sends them overseas entirely. At least some portion of the money being injected into H1Bs is being recirculated in the local economy. Of course this shill is just trying to depress American wages, it has nothing to do with finding the best or brightest, besides we have genius visas for that. If we try to put up artificial barriers to this process more aggressive economies will simply take the jobs away. If you feel that your wage and job is threatened by H1B influx, its time to either climb the skill ladder or make a move into a different industry.

Comment: Re:Security (Score 1) 76

by BitcoinBenny (#47490875) Attached to: The Hacking of NASDAQ

Yeah, HFT encryption is spectacularly rare. I think the argument that the links is short doesn't make much sense to me. If you are talking about third parties hacking the link I guess maybe you make a point, but that wasn't the attack vector I was thinking about. I was talking about third party HFT firms getting hacked and then leveraging those short, encrypted and insecure connections into matching engines to cause problems. I guarantee you that there are exploitable vectors into some of these major markets.

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