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Comment: Re:Republicans could... (Score 1) 598

by KermodeBear (#49727257) Attached to: The Demographic Future of America's Political Parties

And it would make sense for them to do it, too. The Republicans always promote themselves as the "small government party that wants to get government out of your life," so the legalization of marijuana and backing of non-traditional marriage should fall right in line with that.

So, you know, put up or shut up. Do they believe in the freedom to live one's life as one wishes, or do they not?

Comment: Re:Don't worry (Score 1) 598

by KermodeBear (#49727167) Attached to: The Demographic Future of America's Political Parties

So with that information in hand, if one were to be conspiratorial about it (don your tin foil hats people), one might worry that the political left might want to encourage poor economic policy and dependence on the government in order to capture the vote for a long time to come.

No, no, no, settle down, geeze, I'm not saying that there is some great grand conspiracy, but I have no doubt that there are in fact some people who think that way.

Comment: Re:Gerrymandering (Score 1) 598

by KermodeBear (#49727071) Attached to: The Demographic Future of America's Political Parties

The media did a great job of smearing Romney, and he himself didn't do a great job of handling it. I'm not surprised that some districts had zero votes for Romney, and I'm not surprised that he lost. The guy was too passive to stand a chance against the very aggressive Obama campaign.

What should raise eyebrows, however, are the voting districts that had more votes than registered voters.

+ - ISIS "Message to America" Planned Attack->

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KermodeBear writes: A group of hackers affiliated with ISIS are threatening to carry out a cyber attack—dubbed “Message to America”—against a number of targets 2 p.m. EST today. The targets were not identified on ISIS forums and social channels but the hackers are promising something “surprising” that “will frighten America”.
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Comment: Knowledge and Experience Won't Save You (Score 4, Insightful) 420

by KermodeBear (#49655541) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Moving To an Offshore-Proof Career?

"knowing the business" or "being the best in what you do" would save one's derriere

Except that it won't, except in very special circumstances.

Let's be honest here: Most IT jobs - being a sysadmin, writing software, setting up a network - are not complicated. Most systems don't need much other than some some packages and configuration handled by something like Puppet. Most software doesn't do anything remarkable - it just shuffles data from point A to point B and displays a few things to an end user. Etc., etc.

A vast majority of IT jobs only require mediocre skill and knowledge. Most H1-B folks I know have rarely been mediocre, but they ARE cheap and management doesn't know the difference anyway. All they know is eventually their widget does the new X they've been asking for. So what if the code is a terrible mess and deployment is a gigantic pain? The management doesn't see or care.

Knowing the business? That's what project managers and other management-y types are for (or so they think). You and I know that a software engineer who is well versed in a certain business will design better systems, for example, but I've not once seen a manager that believes this way.

Management sees IT staff as nearly a commodity with people easily interchangeable. They're not entirely wrong - not entirely - but they think they're not wrong at all.

Remember: It isn't what YOU think that is important when a company is doing the hiring. What is important is what THEY think and how cheap they can get you and how much they can work you before you burn out.

Comment: Re:Are we sure these are parodies? (Score 4, Insightful) 148

by KermodeBear (#49553121) Attached to: Random Generator Parodies Vapid Startup Websites

Yeah, it's pretty amazing. It reminds me of so many "Web 3.0 Hipster Startups" that bastardize a word and make some kind of vague hand-wavey promise by using a buzzowrd or two and adding "in the cloud".

Ugh. The modern tech industry makes me want to puke. Maybe I'm getting too old for this...

Comment: Re:Fuck No (Score 2) 199

by KermodeBear (#49474711) Attached to: Chrome 42 Launches With Push Notifications

Can we also get rid of the fucking obnoxious TLDs? I learned that .today is a valid TLD. It's bullshit. There's so many TLDs that ICANN should just throw in the towel and say "Okay people, register whatever the hell you want." Either that or go back to a small set of TLDs that actually mean something as God intended.

Comment: Re:Lies, bullshit, and more lies ... (Score 1) 442

Hey now. As a bear, I am horribly offended that you would want to put either one of those fools near any of my kin. Stick them in the lion cage. Cats are a lot less fussy about these things and they have a proclivity for torturing their prey before killing it.

Comment: Re:The average person thinks they've above average (Score 1) 220

by KermodeBear (#49416181) Attached to: How would you rate your programming skills?

I used to think I was a good programmer. Then I started to learn about how much I didn't know, new techniques and frameworks and languages, and then I saw that I had a lot to learn.

Ten years later, I've learned a lot - but I've also discovered even more that I don't know and that I can improve upon.

So, I consider myself "average". In my domain I'm pretty good, I can crank stuff out that works well, is easy to understand and set up, has tests and documentation, etc., but there's a really, really big world out there.

Never say you know a man until you have divided an inheritance with him.