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Comment: Re:Satellite Offices (Score 2) 365

by CycleFreak (#47992593) Attached to: Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

This!

Despite NE Ohio's obvious downside (namely, the weather), I would never leave the area for a job in SF making $150k / year. That's a fine salary - more than I'm making now - but would diminish my standard of living as compared to NEOH. Answer? Open an office in Solon or Beachwood or on the west side in Westlake or Rocky River (but please, not Cleveland proper - what a dreadful city that is). Paying $100-$150k / year would allow a family to live quite nicely in those areas.

Comment: Re:Old coder here (Score 1) 387

by CycleFreak (#47862831) Attached to: Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

Anywhere/everywhere there's a system that does not need to run on the web. Like say, an ERP system.

Now, I'm sure you think, "but order entry is part of an ERP system and you must be able to take orders on the web!" True, but the front end that receives those orders is usually just that - a front end. The "grunt work" is done by the back-end systems and is most likely not written in a language like C/Java/VB.

These are the systems that rely on middleware and/or messaging services of some kind to get data in/out. There's still a TON of coding to be done on the back end.

Become an expert is some BI system (yes, not truly a "language", but still). Execs are constantly fooled into thinking that buying a BI system will instantly give them magical reporting and analytical powers over their burgeoning "big" data. Except they don't - all the dashboards, automated reports, etc. need to be developed, configured, rolled out and maintained and are invariably uniquely tied to the company in which they are being used.

I've been using Progress 4GL (now given the num-du-jour ABL) for 25 years. It's a niche. As is the eponymous RDBMS, at which I am also an expert. Progress does not own a significant portion of the DB or application market. But where it is used, folks like me are in high demand. The exact opposite of you, I have not programmed in C/C++/Java/VB since early 90's. And I don't miss it.

+ - Bipedal Robot Does 46km/h->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "Scientists from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have built a fast-running biped robot that can reach a top speed of 46 km/hour (28.6mph) on a treadmill.

Inspired by the velociraptor –the predatory dinosaur which lived 75 million years ago, and was made infamous by Jurassic Park – the scientists decided to build a sprinting robot with two legs and a mechanism that works as a tail.

While Raptor is not as fast as Boston Dynamics' Cheetah, the world's reigning fastest legged robot, which has a top speed of 47 km/hr, the new Korean robot can beat Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt, the fastest human ever whose top speed is estimated to be 43.92 km/hr."

Link to Original Source

Comment: Apropos Quote (Score 1) 606

by CycleFreak (#46335733) Attached to: 'Google Buses' Are Bad For Cities, Says New York MTA Official

"The true mark of a great civilization is not when the poor can afford cars, it's when the wealthy choose public transportation."

When I changed jobs 3 years ago, I moved to Cleveland to be less than 8 miles from my office. That 7.6 mile drive routinely takes 25 - 30 minutes due to ridiculously configured (and excessively numerous) stoplights and the sheer volume of traffic. I am now moving away from Cleveland and adding 20 miles to my commute while adding only about 10 minutes to the time.

Add to that annoying reality the excessive taxes, crappy schools, encroaching crime and you begin to understand why few choose to live within city limits or in the near-city urban neighborhoods. I wish it would have worked for me, but I hate it. I'm out ...

If my company offered a bus service, I would gladly have taken it.

Comment: All Executive Pay Is Excessive (Score 1) 712

by CycleFreak (#46297085) Attached to: Are Bankers Paid Too Much? Are Technology CEOs?

Take GE for example.

If you take the top-10 highest paid executives at GE and cut their compensation by 50%, none of them would be making less than $5M/year. And most would still be over $10M/year. However, the 50% cut of only 10 people would allow GE to hire more than 1,000 people at $75,000/yr.

Performance at the executive level would be unchanged. But GE as a company could certainly do some amazing things with those extra 1,000 people

Comment: Re:Hire the unemployed (Score 1) 428

by CycleFreak (#40295227) Attached to: 2013 H-1B Visa Supply Nearly Exhausted

Great idea that seems simple enough on the surface. Until reality sets in.

The unemployed are rarely already located where the job openings can be found. Due to the financial / housing debacle, they really cannot afford to move. Done - end of story. They already have very little money (if not a mountain of debt), so they certainly cannot afford to sell their house for less than they owe on the mortgage. And we haven't started on the other variables: Family in town? Kids in school? Spouse working locally? Moving for a job is rarely as easy as people think it is.

Then, there's the location itself. I've seen numerous postings for IT jobs in Detroit. Even if I was unemployed, I would not move there. (Apologies if you live in Detroit or think it's a fine city.)

Comment: People Thrive Despite Government (Score 2) 910

by CycleFreak (#39775261) Attached to: In Nothing We Trust

... not because of government.

There is a nagging feeling of nihilism today. That nothing we do as an individual matters - including voting. That is a HUGE problem. People, in general, are busy going about their lives. When we do vote, we try to make good decisions. But it doesn't seem to make any difference. Time and time again, politicians have shown that any trust the public puts in them is horribly misplaced.

Like the old adage says: Anyone who actually wants to be President, should not be elected.

Comment: Consumer World vs. Corporate World (Score 2) 282

by CycleFreak (#39065975) Attached to: Microsoft's Killer Tablet Opportunity

I work for a company big enough that my CEO could get the ear of Steve Jobs. Mr. Jobs told him that he did not care about our corporate purchases. That was nearly 2 years ago. The market and the strategy have proved him correct.

Businesses of almost any decent size always seem to think that their "buying power" entitles them to discounts. As Apple has proven, if you make a product that everyone wants, it will find its way into the corporate world. Not only did Apple not give any discounts, they charge a premium for their products and got one of the largest corporate quarterly profits in history as a result. Kudos.

Everyone wants their iGadgets to be usable in the corporate world. But allowing corporate data onto those devices is a nightmare in the making. Because they are owned by the individual, not the company, pushing policy to them is not acceptable. Allowing unfettered, unencrypted access to the corporate network is just not possible. How many unencrypted lost devices with GBs of customer data have to be lost/stolen before everyone accepts that as fact?!

Along comes portable device virtualization. This is coming soon for Android devices. I don't know about iOS. When robust enough, users can opt to allow a virtual corporate "machine" to be created on their own device. That virtual device within the physical device is then given the necessary access. Pushing policy (like forced encryption, 30-second screen-lock timeouts, etc.) can be done. If the device is lost, then that virtual portion can be remotely wiped. No harm.

That's the future of personal portable devices. I don't want corporate control over my personal devices, so I have both a company phone and a personal phone. Clunky because I carry them both around. Once I can go corporate-virtual, I will ditch the company physical device and be that much happier. Consumers will be that much happier too since they can get a new personal device whenever they want, rather than being limited by company policy (or politics) as to when they can upgrade.

So MS (and any other company) will be forced to compete with Apple at the same level. There is no providing the functionality that Apple doesn't. The market does NOT want another device. They want ONE device - And one device only - that gives me corporate and personal capabilities, but also keeps them separate. And companies want to know that their data is secure.

Comment: Simple, Yet Challenging (Score 4, Interesting) 220

by CycleFreak (#38003422) Attached to: A Cognitive Teardown of Angry Birds

I installed on my Android tablet (Acer Iconia, btw). I have not played games since Quake II - yeah, I'm old(er). But I thought I'd try it out just to see what all the hype was about.

Here's why I keep playing it: Learning the game was fast and the controls are intuitive. I can fire it up in seconds, play a few levels and be done. I don't feel like I need to invest hours in it just to get good at it. But the game itself is actually enjoyable and satisfying to play. Look, after a day of stress at work, I don't really want to "work" at playing a game. I want to relax and have some fun. The graphics are well done and the sounds made by the birds and pigs are humorous. Even after playing it for weeks, I still giggle a little at the sound effects.

But really, the biggest thing is that the game is good for time-fill rather than time-suck. Also, let's face it: There are millions (billions?) more people who are not "gamers" than there are "gamers". (Too many quotes? Possibly.)

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