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Comment: It's About the Business (Score 1) 208

So you're wondering what hot young thing you want to get to know this summer? Is she going to be JSON, MongoDB, WebGL, or maybe Node.js? The reality is The Business doesn't care. The Business only cares about one thing and one thing only: that you're driving value-add moving forward. Getting to know Clojure is only so much developer indulgence; The Business doesn't care, and they only see that it will make you more valuable to some other employer instead of them. You are better served learning all the intricacies of the ancient information system that's mission critical. Learn all the contradictory layers and business rules that have accumulated over the years. Learn what keeps it happy. You should be a SME, a go-to guy The Business can call on when it has questions. Then learn about Gantt charts and a bit of project management. The all-coveted tower of Lead is found on a path through these. You will code less and sit in meetings and on bridges more. You may even add a process of your own to the bureaucratic machine.

Look to your elders. How did they become Leads and architects? It wasn't by learning new technologies, APIs, and languages; it was by understanding The Business, respecting the chain of command, following process, and paying their dues. Just play your role as a well-greased cog in the corporate machine and grind on and on.

Comment: Who Holds the Copyright? (Score 1) 297

by Cruxus (#43757823) Attached to: Nintendo Hijacks Ad Revenue From Fan-Created YouTube Playthroughs
IANAL: Nintendo holds the copyright on its video games, obviously. A walkthrough may fall under the category of "derivative work." When a user uploads a video to YouTube, presumably they agree to YouTube's terms and conditions: a license to use the uploaded work. YouTube in turn has agreements of its own with other copyright holders like Nintendo. Presumably Nintendo could try to make the case that the walkthrough violates their copyright and/or trade dress protections. Instead, they "settle" with the walkthrough creator by taking their ad money. :) Maybe the content uploaders can be given the option to have the video taken down instead of the ad revenue going elsewhere.

Comment: Bah, Shiny Toys (Score 1) 614

by Cruxus (#43661691) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Won't Companies Upgrade Old Software?
So let me get this straight: You want the business to spend millions of dollars so the secretary can jerk around on Tweeter and Face-In-a-Book? Sure, for a "hip" startup of a few twentysomethings who sit around and play with Nerf darts all day and grow out their beards, upgrading to The New Shiny isn't a big deal, but real businesses get work done. We don't care if you're some alpha geek badass who knows all the latest functional programming fooey and open-source Lunix whatever; we want you to obey: do what we say, do it efficiently, and do it cheaply. We just want what worked yesterday to work tomorrow and keep raking in the dough.

Comment: Left-Handed Except for Computer Mice (Score 1) 260

by Cruxus (#43265835) Attached to: On handedness: I am ...
I use my left hand for writing, using eating utensils, etc.; for sports, I tend to use the left-handed stance. The main exception is computer mice since most computer workstations are configured for right-handers, so that's the way I learned. Also, a left-handed friend suggested I learn to play the guitar the right-handed way, so that's the way I've been learning.

Comment: Companies Care About Control (Score 1) 455

by Cruxus (#43005711) Attached to: Why Working Remotely Needs To Make a Comeback
Yes, your employer cares about your productivity and the value you bring to the bottom line, but they also care about exerting control. In the Middle Ages, the lord of the manor had a vested interest in exerting control over his serfs. Much of corporate policy is based on no more than this: everything from dress codes to dictating the tools you can use for the job. The executive class is fed conceits like they are the almighty job creators, and freedom is their right to grind the worker's nose into the grindstone, grind it bloody and raw. Why do you think they dictate everything from whether you can grow facial hair to having to wear a tie to sit in a cubicle interacting with almost no one?

Comment: Re:At you desk! (Score 1) 524

by Cruxus (#42996255) Attached to: Mayer Terminates Yahoo's Remote Employee Policy
Everyone's different. For me, too much quiet and inactivity around me actually wrecks my concentration. I like a certain level of activity, interaction, and dynamism to keep me feeling engaged. Unfortunately, I work in an office where it's almost always very quiet, and people diligently sit in their cubicles. The end result is that my brain is mush by the afternoon; in comparison to that, working from home is more productivity because at least I can be more relaxed, move around, etc. We do have our team scattered across a few offices to begin with, so almost everything requires screen sharing and conference calls anyway.

Take care of the luxuries and the necessities will take care of themselves. -- Lazarus Long