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Comment: Re:I find one utterly worthless, to be honest. (Score 1) 546

by Shados (#47821705) Attached to: Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

Keep in mind not all schools are equal though. Considering a lot of the big name companies will ask you to write the fucking b-tree during the phone screen (never mind what they'll ask you on site), they'd have a hell of a time hiring if schools didn't teach it...yet they don't.

I don't have a bachelor either, but my wife does, and straight out of college you'd have been hard pressed to make her flinch on any of the topic you mentioned....after her first year.

Comment: Re:Raspberry Pi is not slow (Score 1) 107

by Shados (#47805899) Attached to: Raspberry Pi Gets a Brand New Browser

We live in a world where there aren't enough "experts", and amateurs work for 125k/year on average in the big tech hubs.

At that point you end up having to do simple math. Is it worth it hiring the guy at 180k+/year who could do this in a way that it can run on modest hardware, or you hire the peanut gallery, who'll write maintainable code, but will do so with hardware requirements of $1000 instead of $100.

In that situation, the i7 cpu looks like a bargain.

Comment: Re:Grandfather Clauses vs Hostage Negotiations (Score 1) 275

by Shados (#47746823) Attached to: Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

They may advertise that way sometimes, but IMO these services do not replace backup solutions. That can also be done in the cloud, but not with Dropbox or Google Drive. So even if you use them for your file storage/access needs, you'd still want either conventional backups (tape or otherwise), or use a service like Glacier or Carbonite or whatever for actual backups.

That way, if one service craps out on you, you have your files on the other. If both crap out on you on the same day....well, just think of it as if your tape backup vendor's locations caught on fire or something :)

Comment: Re:How Linux wins the Desktop (Score 1) 727

by Shados (#47716571) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

The problem is the "good enough" mentality. A little like how IE6 was seen as "good enough" by Microsoft, and then they got pushed into the ground, a lot of features of the *nix ecosystem are seen as "good enough!" and then never improved on. Whenever you mention pushing and configuring software on a network, you'll hear stuff like Puppet or even rsync. Those tools are inadequate compared to the state of the art on so many levels....

Of course, Windows is having that issue more and more lately, as Microsoft is cutting corners more than ever before in fields they use to dominate. So I guess it evens out?

Comment: Re:Call me a heretic, but... (Score 1) 209

by Shados (#47578549) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: When Is It Better To Modify the ERP vs. Interfacing It?

If you're big enough to have millions of dollars to spend on a big ERP (remember: the big names in the ERP industry charge you a % of your if it cost millions, you're making hundreds of millions...), you probably have requirements that aren't exactly trivial to build in house.

If you're, let say, a large international retailer with brick and mortar stores, several factory plants and warehouses, etc... writing the software to handle all the international regulations, the warehouse transfers, handling prepacked product manufactured by third party, etc, will be tens of millions of lines of code. Not exactly something you wipe out in a year.

Of course, if you're just an e-retailer that ships stuff internationally and skip the few countries that make it hard, that's a LOT easier, and a couple of average in-house devs and a good logistic analyst and you're good to go. Bonus point if you outsource your warehousing.

When these big ERP projects fail, its usually companies who have exotic, meaningless processes and refuse to change it, so they have to customize the ERP to hell and beyond. Its normal to have to customize it a bit: everyone is a little different. But there's a point where its the company's fault. I worked somewhere where the concept of SKU. which was used as a unique identifier everywhere (normal, common way to do things) didn't have a 1:1 correlation with a product (ie: they would reuse SKUs for completely different products, and had interns "guess" what it mapped to depending on context in spreadsheets). Thats never gonna work, and things go downhill from there.

Comment: Re:Maybe Apples and Oranges? (Score 1) 529

by Shados (#47489089) Attached to: US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

Not quite, but almost. A big chunk of the people being laid off aren't even in the US. Then from what's left, a chunk aren't even in the same field as what the H1Bs are used for (ie: HR, managers, etc). Of what's left after that, they absolutely can do internal transfers if they can relocate and whatsnot. Of what's left after that, some people just don't have the correct skillsets and may be hard to train in a pinch.

And yes, of what's left some people will slip through the crack. The Microsoft open reqs aren't exactly secret. If you think you qualify, and are ok with the location, go ahead and apply. Living right around the corner from a Microsoft office, a lot of my friends are H1Bs...they all make a heck of a lot more money than I do, and definitely don't fit the stereotype... (For the most part the ones I know are Canadians from Waterloo who preferred coming on H1B over TN1...)

Comment: Re:But scarcity! (Score 5, Insightful) 390

by Shados (#47482473) Attached to: Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

The problem is still the lack of competition in the market. If everyone had the choice between 4-5 ISPs, considering the popularity of Netflix, consumer ISPs would be paying Level 3 truckloads of money to ensure Netflix works flawlessly...and the roles may even be reversed (where Level 3 tries to gouge Verizon, since they'd know Verizon would have no choice or lose a ton of customers).

But since there isn't any competition, Verizon takes their own customers hostages...

Comment: Re:Help me understand (Score 1) 390

by Shados (#47482339) Attached to: Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

Netflix pays level 3 to get their bits from their servers all the way to the edge. Customers pay to get bits from the edge all the way to their house. Level 3 and Verizon make an agreement for the parts where those 2 networks touch each other.

Verizon is saying: "The direction of bits matter. Because our customers are paying to receive bits and not to send bits, YOU owe US more money. If our customers paid to SEND that much bit instead of receiving them, then we'd owe you if it changes anything on the network".

Thats bull. Customers pay for a certain amount of bits coming from any edge to their house. Who cares exactly where it came from?

Comment: Re:Available food ... (Score 1) 253

by Shados (#47481635) Attached to: New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes

I definately gained a lot of weight when I moved to the US. Restaurants everywhere, and so cheap, it takes a fair bit of willpower to resist.

Aside for availability and quantity though, its not that different from Europe, especially not Montreal. Sounds like you went to the wrong area of both cities. (All the easily accessible restaurants in NY are just shitty fast food making a buck because of their location, too, which doesn't help)

Some programming languages manage to absorb change, but withstand progress. -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982