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Comment It takes a lot of work (Score 1) 125 125

Being a manager - a *good* manager - requires just as much training and work and learning as it does to be a good programmer. If you are considering making that move, be prepared to take some courses and read management journals and blogs just like you read programmer stuff today. It's a skill and an art, too.

Also, don't give up programming. Keep your fingers in the pie, give yourself some of the project tasks (make sure they're not critical-path jobs!), keep up with languages and trends. You'll get more respect and support from your team, you'll make better management decisions, and you'll be more effective at communicating the issues with upper management.

In the end, it can be just as rewarding as being a straight programmer, but your rewards will come from seeing your team members achieving great things and knowing that you helped them be great.

Comment Re:Um.. we don't see it as advancing our career (Score 1) 125 125

It would be nice if knowing the language and job were all that is required to get hired today. The truth is that 50+ people don't get hired as programmers, period. It doesn't matter what you know, as you won't even get an interview, and your resume ends up in the trash as soon as they figure out your age.

Comment Re:The actual battle is not Android vs iOS. (Score 1) 344 344

I was going to mod you up until the last sentence. First you point out that the high-end Samsung phones cost as much as Apple phones and then you say Apple makes more profit (90% of the industry profit in the Christmas quarter) only because Apple buyers are more susceptible to advertising and are therefore more easily conned into paying more for their phones. Broken logic there.

Comment Water leak (Score 1) 307 307

The only actual computer failure I have experienced in the past 20 years was a leak in the liquid cooling system on my Mac Pro G5. I had owned that computer for about 5 years when it started leaking.

I took it into an Apple store for repair. They declared it non-repairable, and gave me a brand-new, quad-core Mac Pro Intel, for free. On a five-year-old computer with no warranty.

Comment Re:What about Snowden (Score 1) 270 270

Yes, but the specific issues which MAY have caused China to dump these products is not spying on US citizens, no? It's spying on China that they care about, which, in my view, Snowden had no righteous reason to divulge. Sure, spying on US citizens is bad and anti-constitutional. He may have done us all a favor bringing that to light. Just how did it help us, and what righteous standing does he have, by disclosing the details of our abilities regarding foreign entities?

The tree of research must from time to time be refreshed with the blood of bean counters. -- Alan Kay