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Comment Re: Coursera (Score 1) 123

There's plenty of jobs for experienced people with solid engineering skills. It's harder to get into this industry now than 15-20 years ago, but if you're contributing to open source, attending meetups and have decent soft skills you can still get in to the industry just fine. The market has grown; the influx of new "engineers" is much larger, which just means there's more competition, but there's plenty of jobs out there make no mistake about that.

Comment Re: I'm 8 hours in (Score 1) 367

> So, pardon my ignorance, but why the fuck do you guys buy buggy software? You know the shit's got bugs in it. Wait. Don't buy it. Yet, still, loads of people pre-order or buy on release day

Most of what you're seeing online is just a bunch of dramatic asshats. I've played most of the "next gen" releases at or shortly after they launched. The only game that was seriously buggy was assassins creed unity. Outside of that most games work perfectly fine on launch day.

Comment Eight years still no cable (Score 1) 236

I stopped paying for cable about 8 years ago. I switched to Netflix for dvds and buying a season pass on iTunes 4-6 times a year. Not long after I was able to get netflix streaming, and a few years ago amazon prime. More recently we added HBO now. This itunes/netflix/hbo arrangement is still how I consume most of my movies and tv today.

My setup includes a 6tb hdd connected to my router that serves as my iTunes library on my desktop for "legacy media" ( i.e. ripped dvds that all sit in the attic now ). Out of the three rooms with tv's in the house two of them have xbox ones with an apple tv plugged into the hdmi in, the third tv only has the apple tv. All movies and tv shows from the past 5-6 years are all digital and recently with games we switched to all digital starting with steam and then later switching to digital on console with the xb one.

Comment Re:History has taught us (Score 2) 230

Everything seemed fairly normal, though I don't buy cars often and I was paying cash, so my experience and idea of normal might be off a bit. Sales dude joked about it not being a diesel we laughed for a second and that was about it. I spent over 12 hours test driving cars from a bunch of different manufactures that day and ended up with a Passat, which I was happy with. Comparatively it's a nice car, the fit and finish on the interior is pretty superior and it handled well on some pretty rough roads.

Comment Re:Adapt GitHub To Other Uses (Score 1) 145

Working with a big MS Word document with a group of people using the "track changes" feature is a lot more painful than sharing a software project between a bunch of developers.

Well to be fair that's because you're using it wrong. For the use case you just gave you should be using Sharepoint instead. All that being said, there's other, much better ways of handling this same problem... confluence and google docs just to name a couple.

Just imagine if all the bills that were written were entered into a source control system with hourly commits before they were voted for in Congress. I would be much nicer if people were able to easily see what changed as the bill approached the floor for voting. It would be a lot harder to slip things in at the last moment.

While I love this idea I'll put money down on the table right now betting that if implemented, and all other things being equal, it still won't change the status quo in Washington.

Comment Re:Trading one set of problems for another (Score 1) 842

Californian native here. Can confirm.

Any city in California that has jobs that support wages of $100k+ have houses that cost $700k and up. Everything else in those areas cost more too, including rent, food, gas and sales taxes. Even at $100k/yr you're still looking at a $140k down payment to save for while paying higher rates for everything else. Start saving early in life or you're screwed.

Comment Re:A consulting agreement (Score 1) 203

There's really two problems with consulting for the old company. Firstly it's just going to be distracting to the process of acclimating to your new role, company and peers. Secondly it does not sound like, in general, the company is very efficient to begin with. It may take much longer than anyone expects to find and hire a replacement. As time progresses many of the minute details of that knowledge will fade.

Documentation and email never forgets the details you put in them. Create a backup and give it to your manager. If you do insist on any consulting make sure its limited in scope to explaining something in the documentation you left and that your agreement terminates in 30 days.

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