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Comment: Re:Just let them test out! (Score 2) 304

by Kagato (#48594229) Attached to: Google Suggests Separating Students With 'Some CS Knowledge' From Novices

Most colleges use the intro classes to weed out the sick and the lame. Big group lecture hall with a non-english speaking grad student giving instruction. I think Google sees that it's never going to get colleges to change how they do classes. Moving experienced students to an online class is a way of disrupting the system.

I still am a little dubious. There were plenty of people who go Comp-Sci degrees in the late 90s who had very little interest in computers and programing. But IT was a big money field and Y2K really pumped people at problems. They made the worst programmers and IT Engineers. They either washed out of IT or ended up in management.

Comment: Re:Growing Isolation (Score 1) 157

by Kagato (#48582903) Attached to: Google Closing Engineering Office In Russia

We are quite lucky that Russia didn't do what they should have done with the oil money. Create a massive sovereign wealth fund. Norway has the largest that's heading towards a trillion dollars. China is over a Trillion if you combine funds controlled by various entities. Russia on the the other hand has a couple very modest funds (under $100bn).

Why are we lucky? Because Russia has been looking for a way to economically hurt the United States for a very long time. When the financial market crashed in 2008 in the wake of the housing crisis Russia approached China with a plan to dump US currency and bonds. The plan would have created a sell off that would have plummeted the value of the dollar, created hyperinflation and crushing the US economy. Luckily China has no desire to mess with a very beneficial trading relationship and we were able to emerge from the worst parts of the recession.

If Russia had a trillion dollar sovereign wealth fund they could very easily hurt the US companies by triggering sell offs.

Comment: Consulting FTW (Score 1) 277

by Kagato (#48516961) Attached to: Which Programming Language Pays the Best? Probably Python

Realistically speaking if you want to make the Benjamins then you need to be a Senior level developer in a widely adopted language and 1099 corp to corp bill through a smaller consulting firm. You will likely make $100+/hr and be able to do it while living in relatively inexpensive fly over country. No need to bunk of with half a dozen Brogrammers in the Valley.

Just to give you a bit of a data point, at my last consulting gig, in the midwest, WiPro told them their H1B contract Business Analysts were going to be over $100/hr.

Comment: Re:It is working for them, though... (Score 1) 274

by Kagato (#48508589) Attached to: A Mismatch Between Wikimedia's Pledge Drive and Its Cash On Hand?

If I were to compare the wiki editor to commercial Wiki products I'd say they are a good ten years behind. The enhanced editor that Jimmy himself touted here in his /. interview was met with a lot of WP:OutrageOverEnablingTheMassesContribute and WP:Don'tMessWithOurEditorClique.

Comment: Re:Capital and Investment (Score 1) 454

by Kagato (#48459359) Attached to: Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

This sums why we are in this situation in the first place. There's a ton of short term thinking and complaining over the 2-4K a year in training costs a company may absorb. It's a very small part of the compensation plan, and investing in the workforce makes it better for all employers. Instead what happened is employers closed ranks, cut training, decreased college hires and internships. The short term thinking was why invest in workers when you can just use H1B contractors or offshore resources. It was a dumb move. The service providers know the pool of potential employees has shrunk and in return they have jacked up their rates.

Comment: Re:Waste (Score 1) 276

by Kagato (#48401775) Attached to: World's Youngest Microsoft Certificated Professional Is Five Years Old

I think it was in the kid's best interest. Not that the MCP is worth more than an A+ certification these days. Be that as it may the notoriety will likely bring him opportunities. It could certainly open doors for better education and scholarships. I wouldn't be surprised if Microsoft didn't kick some freebies and money his way to capitalize on the publicity.

Comment: Consulting, Twice the Money, Half the BS (Score 5, Interesting) 574

by Kagato (#48307239) Attached to: The Great IT Hiring He-Said / She-Said

HR BS is one of the reasons I haven't dealt with FTE gigs in a decade. You can make more money in IT being a consulting and at most companies the consulting pimp deals directly with the IT manager. HR is rarely in the loop, often after the contracts have been signed.

The shortage of workers is real but not for the reasons most people think. When I started working as a programer 15 years ago it was pretty common to see interns and college hires in development departments. Then starting in 2001-02 it plummeted. Some bean counter figured out they could hire H1B labor at about the same money as a college hire, why wouldn't you go with the "experienced" candidate. In the last decade i've only seen a handful of college hire programmers.

Ah, but here's the rub, after spending nearly a decade not investing in the next generation of IT they are having a hard time finding resources. This fact did not go unnoticed to the H1B consulting companies. I've actually seen client's jaws drop when WiPro told them they were jumping their rates to well over $100/hr across the board.

As a bright spot I've seen a nice uptick in college hiring at mid cap companies. A lot of them are on-shoring as well after getting burned.

Comment: Show Equal Investment in College Hires (Score 3, Insightful) 365

by Kagato (#47993225) Attached to: Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

I'm fine with H1B sponsorship, so long as a company can show they put an equal about of time, money and resources into college hire and training programs. When I first started programming it was very common for me to see programming interns and college hires. I consult with many mid and large companies, and I haven't seen a programming intern in 7 years. I've seen two college hires in that time as well. At some point in the 2000s some bone headed bean counter figured they could pay an H1B about the same as a college hire. If that's the case, hire the "experienced" resource. The problem is that created a devastating hole in Junior level programmers for almost a decade. Now companies are finally starting to hire college folks again they want to increase the H1B levels again, and repeat the cycle over again.

Comment: Re:The DC-10 was killed by poor management. (Score 1) 112

by Kagato (#47930507) Attached to: A DC-10 Passenger Plane Is Perfect At Fighting Wildfires

Was it an actual DC-10?

Delta operated the DC-10 twice, once on lease from United before the L-1011s could be delivered (retired in 77), and again when Delta acquired Western Airlines in 1987 (Retired a couple years later in 1989). They did keep the Lockhead L-1011s Tristars into the 2000s and they are often confused for the DC-10.

Comment: Re:The DC-10 was killed by poor management. (Score 2) 112

by Kagato (#47927719) Attached to: A DC-10 Passenger Plane Is Perfect At Fighting Wildfires

Huh? Northwest Airlines flew them until 2007. What killed the plane for commercial service is the same thing that killed every other tri-jet. Third Engine meant higher costs both in terms of fuel and maintenance. On the other hand cargo airlines love the tri and quad jets because of the high MOTW and ALR ratings, plus they can buy them for a song in the secondary market.

Comment: Sophos UTM - Turn Key - Free for Home Use (Score 1) 238

by Kagato (#47891725) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Advice On Building a Firewall With VPN Capabilities?

By far the best solution I've come across. It's a enterprise class product you can use at home for free. All you need is a PC with a couple NICs. I use a cheap fanless Dual Core 2GHZ Atom machine with a couple gig of RAM. It's a turn key solution with a lot of options.

It has all the whiz bang VPN and firewall features you'd want. Plus a bunch of intrusion detection, malware and virus features. Really the list feature list is huge. The only limit is the home edition is limited to 50 active devices.

Comment: Re:Exactly: it's not about R, it's about statistic (Score 1) 387

by Kagato (#47866457) Attached to: Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

Indeed. It helps that R is the learning language many stats programs use in college these days. Often the college kids no more than the experienced Matlab/SAS folks. It also helps that many "big data" databases will natively run R code. HP Vertica in fact will split and optimize R between all the nodes in the cluster.

R is definitely a language on the rise for big data applications.

Comment: Re:Anthropometrics (Score 1) 819

by Kagato (#47846967) Attached to: 3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

American, Delta and United are the top three airlines in the US. Seat maps and seat assignments can change several times between time of purchase and flight. That's because routing can change every time there are Irregular Operations (IROPS) and the fleet movement changes to deal with it. I.e. Weather, Mechanical issues, etc.

None of the top three airlines have homogenous configurations. American is a mix of US Airways and American, United is a mix of Continental and United and Delta is a Mix of Northwest, TWA, and a slew of secondary market planes from Airtran, various Red Chinese carriers and European carriers and Delta.

Southwest only has 737s and coach class, but they have 5 different versions of that plane with drastically different capacities.

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