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Comment Re:For some of us, it works (Score 1) 220

As the header says "For SOME of us, this works".
The issue I was responding to was the immediate reactions from people saying that people like me are being taken advantage of, or that I hate myself, etc.
The issue is that people tend to flock to "Because it doesn't work for me, it can't work for anyone", like the guy saying more than one job was debilitating in other comments.
I never said I expect everyone to do this. That's the whole point here. I don't. There will always be opportunities for all types of career types. I don't believe that just because people may switch jobs a bit more often now (which isn't necessarily a bad thing, really) that the trend will continue. It's the whole "the sky is falling" when you project to the future instead of looking to the past. Things will usually come back to a mean. There will be some people who are more comfortable with a secure company. There are others who prefer to freelance. The world exists because of variety.
Look, let's be honest: people are naturally greedy and selfish to some extent. People have always been and will always be taken advantage of by people who want to get ahead. Yes, I believe there is redemption and that just like there are a variety of job types, there are a variety of people types. Things fall on all parts of the range.
The top attracts people who are greedy and want power. Since when is this NOT the case? And there seem to always be ways of people to circumvent the attempts to short circuit this.
I just think it's both foolhardy to jump to conclusions about what the future will hold (see how we are all in flying cars now?), and to assume that just because one working style isn't what you gravitate to is inferior. To each their own. I can't control the people at the top. I choose every day to control myself, and make the parts of the world I CAN control a better place, as I can. If I'm doing that, I'm doing my best, and I can be content. And isn't contentment the very opposite of greed?

Comment For some of us, it works (Score 3, Interesting) 220

I've seen several negative comments already on here, and instead of replying to each of them, I thought I'd just share my experience.
For some of us, this way of doing things "scratches itches".
I think I've always done this. If something interested me, I learned more about it, or I'd learn something because I had a need for it. Then I'd find out someone I knew needed something based on what I'd learned, and suddenly, I was making money doing it. In fact, this has helped me greatly in my life, because now I can be a stay at home dad and still work and do things I enjoy and that fulfill me. Currently, if you include being a dad, I have 4 "jobs". I'm about to add on a 5th on the advice of someone.
Each of these jobs is enjoyable for the most part in different ways. I still work a few hours for my old job, so I keep up those skills. I have a totally creative design job which I love because I get to be creative, and I usually end up teaching students as well. I have a coding job that allows me to use those logic and problem solving aspects of my brain. I have my horde of kids, which is fulfilling in numerous ways. And I have the new job, which is filling a niche not many realize or know about. It's small scale, but that works for me.
The key to all these things is prioritization and time management, and keeping your customers expectations reasonable. Yes, there are bad weeks when EVERYTHING hits at once and you have some really late nights. But this is a rarity if you are up front with your clients and explain the situation. A little honest communication goes a long way.
Now, admittedly, I'm not the best by any means at any of these jobs. But honestly, even if I spent every hour of every day at that job, I still wouldn't be the best. And I'm ok with that. I don't feel this desperate need to be the ultimate, because there will always be someone better than me. However, if I make the lives of others better, give a good service that they need for a good price, get to stretch myself while still managing my family, and get to learn new things constantly, where is the negative here?
I'm not saying this is for anyone. And to the person who feels that someone is being taken advantage of, seeing as you often choose how many jobs you have (people with more than 3 are usually by choice, not need, because those people would be working double jobs most often), so if you are being taken advantage of, it's only because you are taking advantage of yourself.
If you DO decide to do this:
A. Use a really good time tracking program (I use Time Recording for Android).
B. Know how to get your todo list organized (learn getting things done can be very helpful, and I use todoist to sync so wherever I have a revelation, I can dump it into my inbox).
C. Learn the value of honesty and integrity. Be straightforward with people. Honestly goes a long way, and if someone knows where they stand, often they will be more reasonable. And if you screw up, just admit it. Mistakes happen. Own it.
D. Know your worth. Know what is a reasonable amount to be making. Yes, we often make less than we think we are worth. But know what you are willing to accept.
E. Be reasonable with billing if you can. IE: you will likely work more hours than you get paid for (research, etc), either because you quoted a price and are held to it, or you know how much they are willing/able to pay, or whatever. But try baking that extra time into your price, or your expectation of self worth.
F. Accept you will not get along with every customer. Be really, really, really good to the ones you click with.
G. Word of mouth is still the best marketing for most small things. So, get good word of mouth.
H. Try to have a sense of humor and smile.
I. Know that life is short, and enjoy it. And don't expect work to be your self worth. That is where the danger lies. Use it to expand your world, but get your self worth from who you are, not what you do. And take breaks. I can take a month off if I schedule things right.

This will not apply to everyone. But please, don't say I'm being taken advantage of, or it's greed, or that I'm insecure. I'm not. I fill little needs in the world around me. I'm not desperate either. Please stop telling me what I am or what I'm feeling. I'm quite content. I'm not saying it will work for everyone. But it sure as heck works for me.

Comment Why can't it be real music (Score 1) 181

I find the thought that it shouldn't be real music to be kind of insulting. Many programmers are musically versed enough to be more thrown of if the music isn't "Real". What about ambient music isn't real, anyway?

I like to use post-rock when I code, work (caspian primarily, but mogwai and others too). It's actually extremely well arranged music, but it is ambient and can fade back really easily (no lyrics often helps). IF anything, this is far more "real" music than half the over produced pop out there, and has more than 3 chords.

Thanks, I'll keep my intelligence and musical tastes. Don't act like I'm an imbecile who needs "fake" music. I prefer my brain be stimulated, not coddled.

Comment Re:Pandora's Problem is repetition (Score 5, Informative) 152

This is based on their algo which is based off of your likes and dislikes. Have you noticed that after you dislike a song, they tend to play a song you liked before? They want to keep you happy. They do tend to play your artist (if you made the station based on an artist) about every 3-5 songs. That is usually because you will tend to like that artist's music, and because that is the main focus of the station.

Additionally, if you want more range, you can add songs or artists to a certain station to better define it for you. That way, adding a techno tune to a hard rock station may bring you something more in the middle to better refine your desires for that station.

Also, if you are having issues, make new stations. I made some for workouts, some for the kids, etc, and refined them based on those specific feature sets. I haven't had any issues with it. But the best thing you can do is add a new style to a station and give it a wider range of filters (as there is only one or two main sets to start from based on the original artist or album, further refined by your likes).

Also, if you don't like a song, literally tell it you are sick of that song. It will drop it from the playlist for a while.

Comment Re:You must have very large pockets. (Score 2) 214

Umm, yes, yes I do. Actually, my 4.3" smartphone with hard case actually even fits into one of the lower pockets of some of the carpenter pants I own. I generally keep my wallet and keys in my left pocket (once I traveled internationally, I never saw a reason to keep the wallet in the back pocket, its bad for your back anyway). The right pocket has my smartphone and possibly a small usb drive. So, yeah, see no issue with carrying my smartphone around in my pocket. Since I used to work at heights frequently, I never trusted belt cases, plus they are generally regarded as tacky. How tight are your pants that you can't fit a smartphone in them?

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Comment Re:I'm shocked (not really) (Score 1) 27

If only that were the case. As usual, let's go with the car analagy. A person gets a ticket for speeding. That may slow them down for a week or two, but they will enevitably be speeding again when they are in a rush, or old habits take over. Fines are a slight deterrent, but they are in no way the most effective discipline method.

Now, on to corporations. They are trying to make money. they want the lowest price. In fact, they are basically required to get it in most situations. They are told constantly by their investors that they need to maximize shareholder value. That means doing the most with the least. Actually, this doesn't just apply to corporations, here in America, I work with bidding to a lot of schools. I may do far better work, but if my price is $10 over the other guys, he wins, and does his shoddy install. This is maximizing their "investor" value (taxpayers).

They are certainly not going to fund their own internal small web development team. Let's add up the prices. Let's say there are 2 people in it and a new manager. We'll say that the two devs make $50K/year, and the manager makes $60K. Then we tack on $25K per person for taxes and benefits. That's $185,000.00 per year for team, every single year. No way is that going to fly, if they only get fined $250,000.00 once per every 10 years or something.

So, no, fines will not change things in corporate culture. It is a nice dream, but a dream nonetheless.

Comment Re:I'm shocked (not really) (Score 4, Insightful) 27

I agree that would be far better. However, in reality, it sometimes fails. This can be due to feature creep, overly high workloads (esp at some sweatshop web companies, like HIT/Heritage used to be - I dealt with them once, and wish I could have run away, but it wasn't my money), a library that got changed, or even some junior developer committing his code by mistake and having it appear in production when he meant to send it to his super.

SQL injection still appears to happen almost constantly, even though most web languages have very good safeguards against it, and high profile places still show vulnerabilities, so it is still high on the list of security flaws next to XSS.

I've been on both sides - times when I have the time to write good clean code, which has everything completely buttoned up. But I've also been a victim of those times I echoed a variable in testing and it appeared in production when just the right situation arose. I'm not proud of it, but no one is perfect. Being up all night hunting down an obscure bug means sometimes you don't clean things out the way you should.

I wish I had the leisure to take my time at it. However, reality can be the boss and the client screaming their heads off, as you try to fix a showstopper in a feature or form that was added last minute by sales due to a miscommunication, or unseen need. Companies are less people do more work, not the other way around.

Comment I'm shocked (not really) (Score 5, Informative) 27

So, a web developer that was hired from outside screwed up his code. That happens almost every day. If not far more often.

Seriously, if companies were to get fined for every bad piece of code or stupid bobby tables vulnerability (obligatory xkcd reference), they would all go out of existence. Mistakes and bad code happen, especially with outside contactors. Are they going to start fining companies for not encrypting hard drives too?

20 people COULD have been affected, and this is supposedly big news. However, thousands of people were affected by the far more intrusive credit card breaches that seem to happen almost monthly. I think the ICO should be focusing their resources elsewhere.

Comment Re:Riggers? (Score 3, Interesting) 89

Not Really... I just raised one in New England two weeks ago. We had 13 people up top pulling, 10 more below helping to pull, and numerous other people who were assisting below to keep the screen surface raised as much as possible. There easily need to be that many, as the screen is extremely heavy and difficult to pull up as a dead load. Additionally, ours had a silver surface for 3D, which means you can't touch the screen or you will ruin it.

Then there was the joy of bringing a 60' box holding the screen through a mall, raising it 2 stories in a food court all night, and then raising up the screen itself...

Comment Tell Them Other People Will See It (Score 1) 545

Tell them that they will open source the code with their name pegged to it. Better yet, tell them you will send it to their college professors and any company that calls asking for employment verification...

I write a very small codebase, but it is used in webpages, so I know that others will see it. The embarrassment of ugly and badly commented code alone makes me keep my documentation up to date.

If you can't learn to do it well, learn to enjoy doing it badly.