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Comment: Ratio of web designers to programmers... (Score 1) 309

by Kogun (#46980677) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Computer Science Freshman, Too Soon To Job Hunt?

for most companies is hugely in favor of the programmers. A few years ago I needed to hire a college-grad CS major for (non-web) software development. I contacted the local university and received several dozen resumes, and nearly every prospect was highlighting their web design experience and looking for a job doing the same. The exception to that were the foreign graduate students, whom I could not hire for security clearance reasons, and one previously home-schooled kid (for high-school) that fast-tracked his way through college and was not stuck in that web design rut like everyone else. While I found two other candidates I could barely justify interviewing (because of what they did for hobby programming, not what they espoused in their schoolwork), the previously home-schooled kid got the job. No contest, really. I was mad at the school for producing so many no-interview/no-hires and wrote them a letter saying as much.

The company I worked for at the time employed 90-100 people, with about 25 of those being software developers. We only had one web designer and he was also doing all the IT in three cities, so web design was very part-time activity. The most important part of our web-presence was CRM software, which we wisely outsourced to a big-name company which hosted that portion for us. We paid that company about half of what we'd pay one full-time programmer and it handled thousands of customers. That left our IT/web designer doing fairly rudimentary web development.

It is a scaling issue. The tiniest company that needs a rudimentary web presence might do web development in-house with a poorly qualified individual and then later maybe outsource to gain a fairly robust but static online web presence. Once they are big enough to hire a competent in-house web person, they still won't need to hire a second web developer until that company is either very large, or doing something very unusually interesting online--and outsourcing can usually be done cheaper in most of those cases.

The bottom line is that you should concentrate on school and the non-web oriented CS courses that school can offer you. Most companies don't need anything fancy or unusual for web design and a university that is pushing more than one class in that area as part of a CS degree is exploiting the students' ignorance of the job market. There is more than enough fundamental things to be learned in CS without getting bogged down in teaching whatever the latest trendy web tools are.

If you need to earn money, offer your part-time services as a consultant to small mom-and-pop businesses that have crappy websites. As a demo, repackage what they have into something less crappy. Send them a link and then offer to revamp and maintain their website. Smaller churches are another good candidate and could probably use a part-time IT person to help them from time-to-time. Line up a few of those each year and you'll have a nice side-business and resume to augment your degree.

Comment: Re:tl;dr (Score 1) 331

by Kogun (#46860303) Attached to: Why the Sharing Economy Is About Desperation, Not Trust

Marx also failed to see the term "poverty" encompass such a broad spectrum of living conditions. What was poverty in Europe prior to 1848? Compare that to what we call poverty in the US or EU in 2014. Similarly, compare the living conditions of the working poor in 1848 vs today. If Marx could time-travel to from 1848 to 2014, he might reconsider a great deal of his Manifesto.

Comment: Re:And Russia will announce shortly (Score 1) 291

by Kogun (#46642897) Attached to: NASA Halts Non-ISS Work With Russia Over Ukraine Crisis

You prefer to leave space flight to the whims of a billionaire instead of dictator?

I hope private companies are successful in achieving reliable manned flight, but I don't believe the US should be putting all its eggs in one basket. Until there are viable alternatives, the US would be wise to pursue as many avenues to space as possible.

Comment: Re:And Russia will announce shortly (Score 1) 291

by Kogun (#46642347) Attached to: NASA Halts Non-ISS Work With Russia Over Ukraine Crisis

Except Bolden has said he would recommend killing SLS and Orion if Russia stops flying our astronauts to the ISS.

'Bolden said the space station would probably have to be shut down without Russian transport, and in that case, "I would go to the president and recommend we terminate SLS and Orion."'

Care to rethink what the agenda is?

Comment: 2 days later..maybe have to kill SLS and Orion if (Score 1) 291

by Kogun (#46642241) Attached to: NASA Halts Non-ISS Work With Russia Over Ukraine Crisis

.."if Russia stops American astronaut rides to the International Space Station any time soon and before U.S. companies are ready to do the job."

Asshole. How does this even make sense?
'The space station would probably have to be shut down without Russian transport, and in that case, "I would go to the president and recommend we terminate SLS and Orion."'

Comment: Re: and for a hardware company w/ no market share (Score 1) 151

by Kogun (#46615207) Attached to: How Facebook and Oculus Could Be a Great Combination

I thought about your 1) but concluded no, because when companies do this, they acquire proven companies with a predictable revenue stream. Oculus is burning money and their business model relies on a bunch of people adopting new behaviors for interacting with their computers. A killer VR app is needed to make this work, even among the hardcore gamer market. FB is not the killer app for VR, so...there must be much more to this story we don't know yet for this to be the case..

For 2) I think this is on the right track and would add that if Oculus had an IP portfolio that provided licensable tech, AND there was a giant, burgeoning VR market about to explode, then there'd be even more weight for this scenario. Not sure Oculus had that key IP, however.

But given the huge amount of money paid--for a hardware company with no market share in a nearly non-existent market, I think about 40x too much--FB either bought a toy they wanted to make sure came to market, or they aren't done with acquisitions and the other shoe has yet to drop.

If FB wants to somehow integrate into a VR-type environment, then I think FB acquired the wrong company, and they should have courted CastAR. The CastAR device, being potentially highly mobile inside with smartphone hookup, and in AR mode, allows you to walk about, integrates into an environment is far more friendly to the kinds interaction FB provides. Either way, however, CastAR benefits by Oculus' success, as the vast majority of users still need to be convinced that VR or AR is a worthy thing. 'Foculus Rift' blazes that trail and CastAR grows alongside as the market does.

Comment: Re:I fully support this (Score 1) 154

by Kogun (#46483263) Attached to: A Look at the NSA's Most Powerful Internet Attack Tool

So as long as it doesn't bother you, you think it is ok that the government abandons due process, checks and balances. Who the fuck are you?

... I'm betting my systems aren't infected with this stuff.

Why should you believe your systems aren't infected? You must believe the NSA was savvy enough to employ agents undermine open source cryptography but too stupid to use agents or other means to undermine your malware/virus protection. But you aren't supposed to care, anyway, because you are a boring nobody. So why do you even comment? You have nothing insightful to add because you are nobody and are only thinking in terms of your own little world and the systems you use. This doesn't affect you, so shut the fuck up.

Comment: Re:I fully support this (Score 1) 154

by Kogun (#46482625) Attached to: A Look at the NSA's Most Powerful Internet Attack Tool

... but a government that is untrusted by its people (and by all accounts Americans don't trust any existing political party) cannot effect effective governance. In other words, you're asking your government to fail and then whining when they do. That's not very productive.

You plea for trust demonstrates your complete lack of understanding about our government system, the purpose of checks and balances, the entire judicial process, the purpose of elections, sunshine laws, government oversight committees, the entire Bill of Rights. Get a fucking clue and quit this pathetic shilling.

The US government is explicitly built on a foundation of distrust and for damn good reason.

Comment: Re:You're outraged. Now what? (Score 1) 154

by Kogun (#46482155) Attached to: A Look at the NSA's Most Powerful Internet Attack Tool

Do you know why there is news every day? Because the quantity of information leaked by Snowden is overwhelming. Furthermore, the scope of the violations is beyond all measure. We would do less, and care less if all this were released at once.

The information is dribbled out, little by little, because we Americans have a short attention span and if it were all released at once, we'd be interested only until the next celebrity break-up, or Superbowl, or Oscar night, or terrorist bombing, or jet-liner gone missing.

The slow leaks also provides ropes for which government employees and politicians to hang themselves. There is still uncertainty about what information Snowden took, and government denials will continue to pour out, only to be revealed as lies as Snowden's information comes to light. We should be thankful for the wisdom in the dribbles.

Comment: Re:I fully support this (Score 2) 154

by Kogun (#46482071) Attached to: A Look at the NSA's Most Powerful Internet Attack Tool

Your position is common but Machiavellian, and extraordinarily short-sighted.

A primary underlying principal of our government, found throughout the Constitution, is that the processes of justice, law-making, and enforcement must be fair. This same principal does not guarantee fair outcomes. Checks and balances, search warrants, innocent until proven guilty, 5th amendment rights, equal protection clause, etc, are all part of processes designed to protect the innocent and ensure a fair process of enforcement and prosecution of the law. Those processes are full of checks and balances and redress, designed to prevent the exact kinds of abuses the NSA has secretly circumvented.

You are endorsing illegal procedures for all in fear of a handful of terrorists. Anonymous Coward, indeed.

When the government decides, as you have come out in favor, to put aside fair processes in favor of desirable outcomes, it replaces this core principal with "the ends justify the means". In such a Machiavellian guided government, *anything* can be justified. Like assassinating American citizens overseas with drones, spying on millions of Americans, suspension of habeas corpus, stop and frisk, etc.

Your short-shortsightedness ignores the NSA's potential for abuse and the weakening of security for all. You presume the NSA is employing only trustworthy citizens that would not take advantage of their unique powers in order to aid and promote their political affiliations, or enrich themselves through surreptitiously gained information. Evidence already shows your assumption to be wrong, in contradiction to your assertion. If you do not pay attention to the news, perhaps you should research more before posting. But, assume for the moment that there has been no abuse. In your wonderful fantasy of government employees never abusing their powers, why should there be any checks and balances, search warrants, habeas corpus, trials by jury, etc? After all, these things are only necessary if we assume human weakness also affects government employees.

Finally, your anonymous post suggests you may not be real, not interested in exploring the issue, but instead, may be a government astroturfer.

Comment: Re:History repeating (Score 1) 631

by Kogun (#46364921) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Do You Still Trust Bitcoin?

Your "oops" probably speaks more truth about what happened to a lot of MtGox victims than you realize. In the US, at least, we've grown accustomed to the nanny state with the government always promising to protect us from fraud. So I have to assume that, although there were plenty of warning signs that MtGox was seriously flawed and unwilling to correct their issues, people assumed they would be protected in some manner *other than the security they gave up that was built into the bitcoin design).

Comment: Re: As Frontalot says (Score 1) 631

by Kogun (#46357237) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Do You Still Trust Bitcoin?

The value of BitCoin is really based in what someone is willing to pay you in legal tender in exchange for it, otherwise it's worthless. That's the pyramid part - it depends on new folks coming in and willing to buy your existing stock with legal tender which can then be used for goods and services. Without people actively buying into it with real currency, it's utterly useless and has no value.

Wrong. BC can act very effectively as digital currency without any legal tender being introduced into the system. There are plenty of non-tangible information and services that are available that can be exchanged through a commonly agreed upon crytpo-currency. That anyone should decide to also exchange a digital currency for government backed currency is hardly a necessity and does not make it a pyramid scheme. Your argument applies just as effectively to the stock market as it does to BC. i.e, it doesn't apply.

...seem to be in their 20's and products of upper income homes who grew up in the 90's during all the "you deserve it!" entitlement trend in child rearing. I'm a product of the 80's, when we were all told we were "special" - but we were also told that we had to work for it and not to expect a free ride. The popularity of BitCoin among these folks is due to the "get rich quick" aspect that they always felt they deserved and believed they had finally found their golden ticket.

Your personally smug generational bias only diminishes any points you have hoped to make.

Comment: possible remedy to costs, efficiency, comfort, (Score 1) 473

by Kogun (#46219921) Attached to: Ugly Trends Threaten Aviation Industry

Most of our GA aircraft are based on designs that haven't changed in 50 years or more. There is an aircraft in development aimed squarely at many of the shortcomings of the old designs, flying 5-7 with the space and comfort of an automobile, at higher speeds than typical GA aircraft (200+kts) and with fuel economy better than most cars on the road (40mpg):

Time-sharing is the junk-mail part of the computer business. -- H.R.J. Grosch (attributed)