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Comment: Re:LOL (Score 1) 167 167

There are people without the cash but which do a startup anyway. The trouble is that some people think start ups are mainstream, the thing you're supposed to do. There's an absurd mythology around the entrepreneur and that if you're not one of them then you're just a loser. So they mortgage their homes and take a chance that has worse odds than any Vegas gambling table. Or if they don't do that they may be in a startup later in life and learn that their retirement options are vanishing because they decided to be paid in worthless options rather than cash. And as the article puts it, their life style becomes horrific; long hours, constant stress, no family life. At a real job you can take time off, you can even change jobs to get away from the stress. But if you're part of a startup core team then you can feel that you're stuck there. More work, less pay, fewer options for change, but some people stick with it because they believe in the myth.

Comment: Re:just let it go (Score 1) 798 798

I don't think it was ever intended to be a weapon. It's just an expensive jobs program and a way to bring money to some legislators' districts.
There's also the tendency to throw good money after bad rather than give up.

The military is also too involved with all aspects of designs. That adds tremendously to the costs. The customer should stand at arms length away from the designers and not try to micromanage it.

Comment: Re:Don't Do IT! (Score 4, Insightful) 125 125

You have to make sure that 2 or 4 young/cheap programmers can not replace you. It's not like programming is the only skill for programmers. You have to understand the product you're making, how the team works together, how the different parts work together, etc. Become indispensable. Work for a company that doesn't do the latest and greatest fad (getting involved with fads is a short road to a short career). If all you do is know how to tie together different libraries and understand the syntax, then yes, you'll lose your job to the cheapest one out there.

There are more types of things to be in the career other than just junior grunt and elite manager.

The good jobs are the ones with actual job requirements listed, things other than "$x years with $new language". Experience is highly valuable. You can't take a recent grad willing to work for beer and hot dogs and have them design the next system. Chances are they're going to be hunting down your experienced staff for help on how to debug something simple.

Because if they're going to toss away a good programmer in order to replace with cheaper workers, then believe me they will also toss away the good managers too and replace them with cheaper ones. If you can't find a job as a 50 year old programmer then chances are you're going to have much difficulty finding that 50 year old management position (especially when all the CEOs are 20 something Harvard dropouts who don't think old people are relevant anymore).

Comment: Re:Spoiler warning (Score 1) 194 194

You have to avoid discussing this anyway. This is not the 70s where you hung around the water cooler talking about yesterdays shows. The rise of the DVR meant that people did not watch shows at the same time, except maybe some sports. A few times of people shouting and beating on you with sticks means you learn to not give out spoilers the next morning.

But then the BBC and many other outlets gave massive spoilers for Game of Thrones (I think, I don't watch it) within a week of the season finale. I also saw massive spoiler for the Sixth Sense in a newspaper before it was even out on DVD. Hopefully such idiots learn not to continue do this and have gotten the appropriate set of beatings.

Now the trick is not just to go without spoilers until after the weekend (which a lot of people get caught up on stuff), but to go without spoilers for a few months or a year. For me I find it's not friends I avoid, since we don't watch the same shows, but stuff on social media. But I've stopped googling stuff about Walking Dead and Doctor who so they're now showing up on Google+ anymore in their "stuff you don't want to see but that we think is hot" entries.

Comment: Re:I'll tell you how- they're turning the internet (Score 1) 194 194

This is just a matter of changing your expectations. Netflix users with DVD service have several years of experience learning to wait a year for the current season of shows. It works the same with streaming. Most people are switching not because they want tons of television, but because they're learning to wean themselvers off of television's teat. Doesn't always work though, especially when streaming has so much content that you'll never be caught up on it all.

Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no substitute for a good blaster at your side. - Han Solo

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