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Comment Re:Did a piece of history just got written? (Score 1) 37

Good analysis of the landscape.

Google, Facebook, General Motors, Exxon, and 100 other firms need 10,000 people who understand this technology right now. There are current about 500 people who have a clue.

You start playing with this and ask a smart question on Google search... the magic "you look like a person who might be a Google fit" will appear.

Comment Re:Mangement (Score 1) 135

If you can finagle it, try getting into a management position. Sounds like you have plenty of experience to base your campaign off of. You'll be better compensated and have a lot more upwards mobility.

Too many people mistake experience for competence. The OP has "just reached a senior level in a tech career and I've been doing pretty much a bit of everything, e.g. software architecture, full stack dev, eng. related specific dev, consultancy, etc." The question should be: is he actually an expert at anything? If yes, then he has nothing to fear from downturns. If no, he's going to be out of a job in the next downturn.

So should he try for management? Well, if he has no real skill at what he's been doing, a management role where he's unskilled and learning the ropes won't help him.

Comment Re:BS aside, is the K-XL a good thing or not? (Score 4, Insightful) 437

Right now, gas prices are relatively low, but they are rising, and oil will be back in the triple digits soon enough, almost definitely by Memorial Day.

Then you can make a ton of money right now by buying WTI futures or options. The consensus Memorial day price is under $60 - you can clean up to the tune of 1000%s of profit if you put money on your "almost definite" knowledge.

Comment Re:Can they do it with corporate code? (Score 1) 220

Can they do it with corporate code where there are naming and style standards in abundance, and code reviews to ensure those guidelines are followed?

I was starting to wonder about that, then realized we at $BIGCORP are already generating ASTs from your input buffer, unifying those trees with a bunch of patterns, and telling your editor to flag questionable constructs. You type "if not foo in x" and 50ms later you get a proposed improved snippet. It's pretty rare to see quirky style in our codebase.

Comment Rubbish (Score 1, Insightful) 250

"Absolutely and unambiguously make writing and publishing a zero-sum game"

Um, no - the more readers, the more money. It's not zero sum at all from the writers' point of view.

Of course, back in the old days, people often curled up in a chair and read eight good books simultaneously; writers didn't compete with each other for readers' time and dollars at all.

Comment Re:The best reasons to learn Python (Score 1) 277

For the best reasons to learn Python, see The Zen of Python. If Python happens to pay more, that's just gravy.

That said, it seems hard to believe that people would get paid extra to work in such a pleasant language. If so, maybe Adam Smith had it all wrong when he said:

First, The wages of labour vary with the ease or hardship, the cleanliness or dirtiness, the honourableness or dishonourableness of the employment...The most detestable of all employments, that of public executioner, is, in proportion to the quantity of work done, better paid than any common trade whatever.

Read on a bit more. By paragraph 10 he points to increased wages for jobs requiring skill, by paragraph 20 he's getting into jobs requiring trust.

Pity he living too soon to comment on large software project laborers.

Comment Re:Hold on a minute (Score 1) 198

Software developers help companies make more money. It is the Add in Value-Add. They are the equivalent of the machines in a machine shop. Without them, what is the point in being in business. If you are a software company you pay what you need to pay, to recruit and retain the best developers you can.

Most software developers are not in pure software development companies. They are in large companies doing something like fortune-500 stuff or selling ads (Google) or moving goods (Amazon.)

Very few companies think "let's hire more developers, they add value!" Hiring a developer is a last resort when the tech you have doesn't do what you need. It's like needing to hire a lawyer - you don't want to do it, but it's the cheapest way to achieve your goal.

Comment Re:So, is there any shred of EVIDENCE? (Score 4, Interesting) 202

For most blocks, they just strapped four quarter-circle cradles around the stone and rolled them up earthen ramps using ropes. The remains of the ramps still exist around some pyramids, and some original cradles are on display in the Cairo museum. Pretty much considered solved by the archeologists; it's just armchair physicists who want to invent problems and propose new solutions.

Comment Re:Crazy (Score 1) 778

Minimum Wage is also an attempt to keep the employer/employee relationship decent.

You could have a business model in which you maim small children so that they can earn more money while begging for you, but we, as a society, have decided that it is a bad thing. Yes, it happened in Victorian England and present day India, but we don't do it, even if it is "optimal" under free market conditions.

So, requiring you pay a person enough to live a decent live might not be that bad of an idea. If your business model can't support it, maybe you shouldn't be in that business.

If it's worth doing, it's worth doing for money.