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Comment: Re:Won't everyone be a millionaire? (Score 1) 450

by Shados (#46773459) Attached to: Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

Yup. Those numbers aren't surprising.

If you're a decent software engineer and live in San Francisco, Boston or NYC and you buy a house today, by the time you retire, it will probably be worth 1-2 million.

Then other stuff in the summary:

being most valued employee at your organization. If you exclude the execs, yes, software engineers probably get the best work to salary + benefit ratio if any profession right now.

Any decent software engineer who doesn't get a raise this year is probably quitting faster than their employer can tell them the news, and will start their new job with an extra 10-20% pay tacked on before they finish their sentence.

In place worth working at, outsourcing is frequently used for level 1 and 2 support, click testing (so actual QA Engineers can do something more meaningful), and to deal with legacy software no one else wants to touch.

Its not that way everywhere, and that's why the numbers aren't 100% in every category. But they seem about right.

Comment: Re:It seems to me (Score 1) 140

by Shados (#46770479) Attached to: Bill Gates Patents Detecting, Responding To "Glassholes"

Risk getting broken more than stolen. Its not much harder to steal than any ol engagement ring that half the girls in their 20s or 30s prance around, and those are frequently worth a LOT more than $1500. But diamond and rare metals are a lot harder to break than a fragile piece of technology in your face. I can "pretend" to bump into someone wearing them and if they're shorter than me, there goes the glasses!

Comment: Re:FLAME WAR! (Score 1) 188

by Shados (#46760107) Attached to: The Security of Popular Programming Languages

The example you give is a decent one, because there's an easy comparison point: C#. VB.net and C#, aside for unsafe block, inline event handlers, XML literals, VB6 compability assemblies and a few other minor things, are exactly the same. They compile to the exact same bytecode, byte for byte, if you write the same thing in both.

Yet VB.net devs are paid less, VB.net code is almost universally worse, VB.net companies are generally garbage, even though the 2 language are almost exactly the same, because of all the factors you already pointed out.

Comment: Re:We don''t do tax returns in the UK,you insensit (Score 1) 383

by Shados (#46757213) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

Right, so it only really save the step of retreiving your W-2 in the US (where you just type your personal info, it pulls data from your job and does all the math for you....then you add investment info and whatsnot).

So it saves you one step, and the easiest one. No arguing that its better...but it doesn't add much (the main issue in the US is the tax code is too complex and downright retarded...the tools to handle it actually work fine)

Comment: Re:We don''t do tax returns in the UK,you insensit (Score 1) 383

by Shados (#46756855) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

Of course the US tax code is like, what, the second most complicated in the world or something? (I think Germany has it worse?), which is a problem in itself.

That said, what you describe definately seems like it would work quite well for people who just work for an employer, as you mentioned.

But here at least, the amount of people who are either self employed, do free lance on the side, or have some kind of investments, is a pretty damn large portion (on top of my head I actually don't know a single person who does not fall in one of those categories...of course its because of where I live and is not representative), so, at the very least, it wouldn't help me much :)

Comment: I just use TurboTax (Score 2) 383

by Shados (#46756739) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

Filing taxes is annoying enough, and even the "premium" options are just not that expensive for anyone in our field with a job (if you're not in that category, its a different story, obviously), that it just doesn't matter.

I do have a condo I just bought, I'm married, and I do have stocks, but using the appropriate TurboTax option, I basically just punch in some information, and it retrieves my W-2s and tax papers. Punching in the real estate data takes 5 minutes. So all in all, about 45 minutes for both people and forget about it.

Only annoyance was that the e-filling for stocks wasn't available for like, a month after I tried to file, so I had to wait a bit to submit the whole thing, but considering the amount the IRS wants from me, I wasn't in any particular hurry.

Comment: Re:How enforceable are they anyway? (Score 1) 97

by Shados (#46721975) Attached to: MA Gov. Wants To Ban Non-Competes; Will It Matter?

In MA, precedent(s) was (were?) set for enforcing them for, as you mentioned, key employees. If you're the CTO of a company making, let say, algorithms to design perfect donuts, and you quick to go work for Dunkin Donut's secret research facility in Boston, they would enforce it there. If you're just the tech lead for one of their random development team, in theory the judge will take your side.

Comment: Re:Works both ways (Score 1) 1037

by Shados (#46676091) Attached to: How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

Regardless, you're correct that it goes two ways. The easiest way to see it is in other countries. US beliefs, as well as stereotypes (including negative ones), are being pushed around via the internet. Certain ultra liberal countries have started having abortion debates, when no one had ever questioned it before.

A particularly bad one: I've heard someone call a black person a "slave" as a slur...in a country where pretty much anyone of color is a rich investor immigrant or professional and no history. So not only its racist as hell, but it also doesn't even fit.

The internet is just putting everyone in a melding pot and the lowest common denominator comes out. Since people rarely check facts and have no ability for critical thinking, whatever is loudest and most visible will be the belief of the majority after a while.

Comment: Just push critical thinking (Score 3, Insightful) 470

by Shados (#46669205) Attached to: It's Time To Bring Pseudoscience Into the Science Classroom

People in general are gullible and believe whatever they hear. Being skeptical, double checking facts, looking at references...those are things people don't even think about anymore (well, they never did, its not new).

Schools need to push more on THAT. Teaching people to prove what they say, that its not because everyone says something that its true, and to learn how to separate facts from made up stuff. The rest will follow.

Comment: And it affects non-americans too (Score 2) 325

by Shados (#46639217) Attached to: FWD.us Wants More H-1B Visas, But 50% Go To Offshore Firms

The argument about local workers being displaced aside...its a slap in the face for foreign workers who can't get an H1B and are actually the original target audience for those visas.

I have friends who Canada with credentials up the wazoo, who have been working on TN1 visas for a bit, and want something more permanent. Those are 150-300k/year jobs (lead software engineers and architects) that aren't easy to fill outside of California.

And they have to hit the lottery like anyone else, and more likely than not they won't get their H1B...and so they have to stick with TN or looking for an american to marry =P

Not cool.

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