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Comment: Re:Personally, I'd bet on Detroit (no joke) (Score 1) 55

Detroit is HOT! So is North Dakota, and Austin Texas is trying to do some startups too. Boulder Colorado is another one.

There are very cheap rents, friendly local tax incentives, and with a low cost of living and a revitilized downtown it is a win for the employees and the employer. You can get a trendy bachelor apartment for half the price of a studio in SV and factories too are turning into office spaces that look funky too with bricks on the outside.

The rules of supply and demand will have to come down soon as only the top 4 or 5 .com's can afford to stay with money to burn. Not everyone is a facebook or Apple with hundreds of billions in cash lying around.

Comment: Re:Why would anyone start there? (Score 1) 55

This is precisely why I won't leave California. I will never sign a non-compete contract. Noncompetes are what made silicon valley exceptional. People moving from company to company is what makes companies great, and it distributes the top talent across all companies so they get what they need done at their most
critical stages of development.

Some states are coming around to this way of thinking. Massachuttes, Oregon, and Illinois are considering severely restricting the use of non-competes.

There are 3 areas of reform in United States labor law which need to happen to fully engage employees and to ensure an level playing field:

1. Ban Non-compete contracts at the federal level. Use non-disclosure contracts instead.
2. Ban pre-dispute arbitration clauses.
3. Reform employment-at-will. Move to "just cause" like the rest of the developed world.

While I sound like a jerk here let's turn the tables? You use that silly web 3.0 startup generator on here last week and want to start that insect management cloud software startup? You invest 1 million to some employees to do R&D, research, and develop ex[pertise with the algorithms.

One of them leaves to compete with you and takes half your employees with him. He doesn't have to pay back that expensive line of credit from the bank that you took to develop the product. He undercuts you and goes directly to your customers! How would you feel?

The Non-Disclosure sounds evil, but it is not intended to mess with employees at all. They can leave if they are unhappy and work elsewhere. The point is to protect your IP and investment.

Comment: Re:Why would anyone start there? (Score 1) 55

Well Silicon valley was so much cheaper than New Jersey in the 1960s so economics did the reverse.

All the good engineers lived in the northeast. 1960s titans in high tech are GE, Bell Labs, IBM, and some startups in Massachusetts. It was hard to find an engineer in Northern California before Mayfield changed this.

Now you are correct it is time for another correction but for some dumb reason people think the hills and the dirt are somehow magical and that some SV's demand relocation which is odd.

Detroit is a hot spot too. Cheap and a government who are desperate to give you tax breaks too and very affordable office and living space for yourself and employees.

Comment: Re:Technology allows (Score 1) 623

by Pulzar (#49606079) Attached to: Disney Replaces Longtime IT Staff With H-1B Workers

The question is, as U.S. government revenue dries up from so many unemployed or underemployed - who's going to (1) pay for all the social costs to support U.S. citizens and, perhaps more important, (2) how will the U.S. government survive as its tax revenue shrivels up into nothingness?

The H1-Bs and L1s (and their spouses, L2s) all pay taxes. Why would tax revenue shrivel into nothingness?

And, how does L1 visa go after trade jobs? L1 has been around for a long time, why is it bad now?

Comment: Why would anyone start there? (Score 2) 55

Ultra expensive, employees can leave for another startup, employees demand 2x their national average wage, employees demand partial ownership, highest taxes in nation, lawsuit friendly, non compete clauses not enforceable.

I can do a startup in Texas without these problems for half the cost and low taxes. I can find qualified workers too and not just self-righteous college graduates with no experience demanding 100k a year too! Before I am labeled anti employee assholes I would like to say a 70k job in Austin gets you a nice home. I pay less in taxes on you too and we both win. Try that with 120k in San Francisco?

What made silicon valley was what Texas or North Dakota is today. Cheap land, cheap employees, friendly government, no one leaving for another startup.

In the 1960s Massachusetts, New York, and New Jersey was where it was out. Now the reverse is true.

Economics should be encouraging companies to leave. This whole synergy argument is bullshit

Comment: Re:Enough of this (Score 1) 220

by tlhIngan (#49604171) Attached to: Long Uptime Makes Boeing 787 Lose Electrical Power

No. This is a "What the f* were you goofballs thinking when you wrote this code? And if this is all the better you can do, what other gotchas are hiding in there?"

Well, most of the case would be that they didn't realize it might be an issue.

Early Linux suffered from this issue a lot - device drivers could not be counted on to survive if jiffies overflowed. Modern day Linux implements a bunch of utilities to compare jiffies with an elapsed time (that handles overflows), as well as starting the jiffies counter 3 minutes before overflowing so it overflows early and bugs are detected.

Of course, in this case, it was discovered in a lab setting - not only is it unlikely to happen in the real world (no, making a change to cause the roll over early will not happen as it turns working code into an untested state), but it also relied on someone pretty much leaving the equipment on the whole period then noticing it died.

I don't know about you, but finding out the reason why something died 250 days later is difficult and probably only was discovered accidentally because someone left it set up at their desk the whole time.and forgot about it.

Hell, it's probably a given the bug exists in plenty of other things as well, just they're normally cycled long before it's a problem and no one actually ran it long enough to test.

Comment: Re:Who cares? (Score 1) 161

If you find that interesting, you may also be interested in the VMWare install script, which starts as a shell script but has a compressed binary attached to the end.

That's not interesting at all - there's something called a shell archive, or "shar" which is what it implies. GNU has "sharutils" which is used to create and extract files from shar files (or you can run the script - it IS just a regular shell script).

The benefit is, of course, you can embed a binary inside it and it self-extracts, and is transmissible over text-only media without having to use uuencode/base64 or other utility.

Of course, they aren't standard, and often are limited because they rely on external installed programs you should have in your system, and often there's version dependency on the programs it relies on, enough so that older shar files might not work on newer systems.

Comment: Re: Serves them right! (Score 1) 44


You don't actually think they read the resumes do you? That is waaay too much to ask HR. According to that slick salesman from Taleo HR is liberated and can focus on more important things like uh firing people and getting coffee.

You see you need the file in an ancient .doc format which will use an algorithm to check employment dates and delete. After that it looks for grammatical errors which is flawed and will delete perfectly good candidates due to Taleos own bugs! Last use a score like excite and Google uses.

The top 4 scores get interviews.

If the software doesn't work then cry about raising H1Be crises!!

  It must be that as Taleo is perfect I tell you?!

Oh it won't with a txt file. The software without formatting will parse wrong section.

I rallied around many unemployed and refused to apply with anyone who uses Taleo. It is insulting to spend hours applying just so the software can reject me. A 15 minute process always gets stretched to over an hour. However, everyone uses it now so my resume is SEO to get the highest score so I can get the job over more qualified applicants

Comment: Re:queue the.. (Score 1) 220

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#49601135) Attached to: Long Uptime Makes Boeing 787 Lose Electrical Power
I certainly have no useful information to add to the speculation about cause; but that is what would worry me. Having to reboot a system every 284 days or less is a nuisance; but not a terribly big one(especially since the system is connected to a giant mass of moving parts governed by comparatively strict regulations concerning maintenance, so it probably gets taken to the shop fairly frequently anyway). However, if there is some value incrementing its way up that eventually causes the system to crash; I'd want to be very sure that there is absolutely nothing else that might modify that value in a way that causes it to grow faster than expected.

A method of solution is perfect if we can forsee from the start, and even prove, that following that method we shall attain our aim. -- Leibnitz