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Comment: When I were a lad (Score 1) 399

by Cederic (#47808453) Attached to: In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

GCSE English, coursework graded as part of the exam back in '89:
"Imagine a book in which the pupils take over their school in the same way that the animals take over in Animal Farm. Write the first chapter of the book."

I got an A, probably for the scene where the female maths teacher got thrown through a top floor window.

Creative writing is healthy, teachers should be allowed to encourage and practice it.

Comment: Re:Revolving door (Score 2) 117

by Cederic (#47793243) Attached to: Google's Megan Smith Would Be First US CTO Worthy of the Title

Do not base your opinion on someone by the subject of their degree.

You can be an engineer without ever attending university.
You can get a Masters in computer science and still know fuck all about technology, information or otherwise.

I'd far rather have someone with in-depth hands-on industry experience making decisions than some academic with no real-world understanding, whatever their underlying academic discipline was.

Comment: Re:maybe (Score 1) 353

by Cederic (#47778943) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

UPS aren't charging you for the weight of the trolley they used to load your package onto the delivery van though are they.

If I download a web page, I expect to pay for the bytes leaving my router and arriving back at it.
If I download an encrypted web page, I expect those bytes to include that encryption overhead.

On neither occasion do I know or care about the encapsulation. That's the ISP's issue, not mine.

Just like the fuel in the van is UPS's issue, not mine.

Comment: Re:Why should they? (Score 1) 316

by Cederic (#47741053) Attached to: For Microsoft, $93B Abroad Means Avoiding $30B Tax Hit

With hardware, it's relatively easy. The product is build *here* so the profit is registered *here*.

The hardware is built from raw materials. They come from somewhere else, and who can say we aren't internally recharging a reasonable market rate for their purchase.

The hardware is built to a design. How much should we charge for that design? Which company and which country should we make that charge from?

The hardware is built for a cost. Why should we sell it for anything more than that cost? We could even sell it for a loss. Which of our subsidiaries should buy it ready for resale?

The hardware only exists because there is a market demand for it. We have tremendous expenses building up that market demand. We'd better transfer the cost of marketing too.

Profit? What profit?

Comment: Re:If he sold phyiscal copies (Score 1) 463

by Cederic (#47733111) Attached to: 33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

I see a fuck of a lot more millionaires in the movie industry than I do at my local garage.

It could be coincidence, or it could be because they're still charging fifteen quid for a film released three decades ago and demanding jail time for anybody that thinks its earned them enough money already and they should be incentivised into producing something worth watching now, not Fast and Furious fucking 6.

Comment: Re:Must be an alternate earth. (Score 1) 441

by Cederic (#47732967) Attached to: Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

Yeah, you understand completely. That's exactly why the Infosys staff I worked with didn't want to move to the UK.

Or maybe it's because in the UK they wouldn't be able to afford multiple houses earning them a second income, a household staff so that the wife doesn't have to work, the early retirement they're planning to enjoy.

Indian salaries may be low compared to the UK or the US but Indian IT salaries are way off the scale when you factor in the cost of living.

Comment: Re:Feeding the PR engine, (Score 3, Insightful) 441

by Cederic (#47732887) Attached to: Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

The big problem is that the pipeline's been cut off.

You used to be able to interview 20 local people and get a choice of great candidates because the local people had come through the ranks and had to learn their shit.

These days you don't take on junior people and train them up. For the same money you can get the already experienced person over from India, or Malaysia, or China, or Bulgaria. Or if you're a multinational, don't even get them over: Open the office there, it's even cheaper.

So there aren't the junior learning roles, the apprenticeships, the low paid jobs in which people can learn the skills and become the great IT people we need.

It's a fucking tragedy and it's taken a failure of the outsourcing model to reveal the sudden disconnect and gap that's been created, and it's going to be another decade before that gap starts to be filled.

So right now it's actually true: there is a shortage of great people. Not because the locals aren't capable, or couldn't become great, but because there just haven't been the openings to let them develop those skills.

Comment: Re:Read that statement as follows: (Score 1) 441

by Cederic (#47732777) Attached to: Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

coding for is not rocket science, not even close, specially for Facebook, Google, or Apple.

Articulating algorithms in your programming language of choice isn't rocket science, but neither is welding a fuel tank. The analysis, mathematics and design that occurs before you do either of those things is more comparable than you think.

We are Microsoft. Unix is irrelevant. Openness is futile. Prepare to be assimilated.