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Comment: Re:As soon as possible (Score 1) 102

by RotateLeftByte (#46780767) Attached to: I expect to retire ...

Agile is called Fragile at our place.
It is anything but Agile as the edict is 'no spikes'.
Then there is all the technical debt being built up and again the edict is 'sod the documentation, deliver or else'.

I'm glad I'll be retiring in a tad over 2 years and I won't have to put up with the BS any longer but by then Agile will have been replaced by some other buzzword.

Comment: Re:Touristy places will be in for a surprise.. (Score 1) 148

It does happen and sometimes the costs can be severe.

There is a small costal village in Kent that for a while had no UK mobile coverage. Instead they were connected to a French Carrier 22+ miles away. The uproar foced at least one UK carrier to put a basestation in the village. This ruling will eliminate the charges if you happen to connect to the french carrier

I've been in Basel on the Swiss side yet my mobile insists on connecting to one of the French networks. This ruling won't stop roaming charges if your phone is registered in Switzerland.

Comment: Re:Logic (Score 1) 218

Typically it costs a lot more to 'Pay' to have your brand mentioned than it is to give away some kit for free.
That costs you only the cost price of the items and is often tax deductable as a promotional expense.
Also, in many places giving kit is not considered a bribe whereas paying $$$$$ for some placement is the opposite.

Simple really.

Comment: Re:Anti-Capitalistic (Score 1) 462

by RotateLeftByte (#46059659) Attached to: How Silicon Valley CEOs Conspired To Suppress Engineers' Wages

In the end if say Google and Apple were in a salary war the ultimate lose would be the employees.
Why?
because they would soon shift their positions to lower cost economies.

Don't price yourself out of a job. The Union in one place I worked did just that. That company is now a mere memory and the old site a supermarket.

Comment: None of the Above (Score 1) 387

by RotateLeftByte (#46034479) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: It's 2014 -- Which New Technologies Should I Learn?

There really is no future in IT. The bubble has burst and Everything 'IT' is in danger of becoming just another commodity.
If you aren't already a manager then just don't bother.

Take up a new career NOW before it is too late.
I've been writing software for 40 years ranging from cobol on Punched Cards through C, C++ , Java and onto to more modern things like Ruby, PHP and NOSQL.
I'm just hoping that I can hold on and keep employed until I retire in a couple of years.

Or you could slap on some makeup and pretend to be an H1B Visa holder. I'm sure you will get a job quickly but you will have to drop your salary expectations but hey, at least you are still employed.

Comment: Re:The Internet of Things (Score 1) 195

by RotateLeftByte (#45933419) Attached to: Hackers Gain "Full Control" of Critical SCADA Systems

Have you never heard of Firewalls and VPN's?
As part of my job I login to sites all over the world via VPN (actually two VPN's). None of the systems I connect to are visible on the internet. Good job too.
Putting all sorts of devices directly on the Internet as all those IPV6 advocates are so fond of reminding us that there is plenty of address space to do it is just stupid and will eventually cost a lot of lives. Perhaps it will take a major catastrophy to wake people up to the dangers of doing this.

Having been involved with computer networks since 1974 I feel that some of these 'connect everything' advocates need to be taken outside and given a good seeing too in the hope of making them see sense.

Comment: The Internet of Things (Score 2) 195

by RotateLeftByte (#45932351) Attached to: Hackers Gain "Full Control" of Critical SCADA Systems

could someone a lot wiser than me please explain why we need to connect everything and anything to the internet?
I expect the hackers are rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect of being able to hack all sorts of things. Imagine all the havoc they could cause by making all the freezers in a country suddenly defrost?

Frankly, I think this drive to connect everything is totally misguided.

 

Comment: Target Practice (Score 1) 397

These things would be just the job for that in some parts of the US given the number of holes you see in road signs.
A few 12bore blasts and they would be landfill.

with the millions of guns available and people not wanting Big Bro spying on them these will soon bite the dust in more ways than one.

 

Comment: Re:Netherlands has the same situation. (Score 1) 175

by RotateLeftByte (#45422369) Attached to: Italy Investigates Apple For Alleged Tax Fraud

No tax evasion here.

If the order is fulfilled from the servers that reside in Eire then you pay the VAT applicable for Eire.
There is a space on the VAT form to record the VAT you have collected on behalf of other EU countries.
I have the same gripe with Adobe. Buy a DVD and you pay 20% because it is shipped from Scotland(I'm in the UK). Download it and you pay 23% because their servers are in Eire.

Comment: Re:Population density? (Score 1) 569

by RotateLeftByte (#45266513) Attached to: Why Is Broadband More Expensive In the US Than Elsewhere?

There is competition ALL over the UK. There are basically TWO levels. Nationwide using the BT infrastructure to the ISP
Then there is what we call LLU (Local Loop Unbundling)
This give the right for an ISP to put their kit inside a BT exchange and take over the operation of your phone + internet completely. If the line between your home and the exchange goes wrong then your ISP calls BT to fix it under contract. This is all regulated.
I live in a town of some 50K people. I can choose between at 6 different LLU providers and one Cable (Virgin Media).
BT have put Fibre into the local distribution cabinet so I get

80Mbits down/20Mbits up/250Gb per month 08:00-23:59, unlimited for the rest of the day + phone with all calls for approx $50/month including 20% VAT.
Most of the people who live near me are on Virgin Cable so I downloaded Window 8.1 the other evening at 5.5Mbytes/sec.
I can't complain really.

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