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Comment: Re:All religions are cults (Score 1) 698

by SirGeek (#49478175) Attached to: 'We the People' Petition To Revoke Scientology's Tax Exempt Status

Not just Scientologism. Shouldn't we be reexamining all tax exempt organizations that promote a religious belief as their sole claim to tax exempt? Run a soup kitchen, great, soup kitchen is tax exempt. Run an empire with a soup kitchen, the empire should not be tax exempt- true for scientologists and Christians.

The original reason was because they used that status to help people (i.e. supply food/help for the poor and elderly). It was from a time before things like social security/etc. and many elderly lived in extreme poverty. Many social functions (that churches received the exemption for) are now handled by many other social services.

They no longer need the exemptions as it now just allows them to buy up land/property

Comment: Re:About time... (Score 2) 158

by SirGeek (#49147709) Attached to: Invented-Here Syndrome

I've seen this. Most coders just glue third party stuff together with a bit of business logic. Nobody ever writes anything from bare metal, no complex algorithms, nothing. It just takes too long to test your own stuff. The Java world is so rich in libraries that you can always track down something that does what you need.

And as a certifiable.. I mean certified tester, I'm the person who should be testing shit (and lets face it - Too much of the code out there IS shit)

Let the coders code, Find a person who understands HOW to test and let them test.

Also. If you're going to code using a language like JAVA, Write a freaking JUnit test and pass in Min, Max, Max and a mid range value to your methods/objects. Make 100% certain that it handles the data and errors that inevitably WILL happen. Then you have a quick way to REGRESSION TEST when you do a new release...

Comment: Without estimates you can't budget... (Score 1) 347

by SirGeek (#49141537) Attached to: The Programmers Who Want To Get Rid of Software Estimates

If you can't, based on the available facts (the design, requirements, etc.) , determine how long it will take to implement a project then you need to find someone who can. And you have to understand that there ARE external factors you can't control and if they change, the estimates change.

And management needs to know that your estimates are based on specific things (the requirements not changing). Any changes to requirements, etc. will impact schedule

If your company puts the budgets into stone, that's a different issue.

Comment: Yeah.. they can't find "engineers" in the country. (Score 4, Informative) 176

by SirGeek (#49119771) Attached to: H-1B Visas Proving Lucrative For Engineers, Dev Leads

No, The real issue (I believe) is that they can't find engineers willing to work for less than other engineers (2/3rd the pay and no benefits).

I've seen when they do a postings for H1B jobs, Its tailored specifically to that person for THAT job, then its posted for just long enough to meet the legal requirement to "prove" they tried to find a qualified US engineer but nope, They didn't find any so the H1B person is kept

Comment: Re:It all comes down to payroll (Score 1) 271

by SirGeek (#48867223) Attached to: The Tech Industry's Legacy: Creating Disposable Employees

Support ALWAYS gets the shit end of the stick.

I'm currently in testing (formerly of development AND support) and I always try my best to beat the snot outta new/updated code so that it doesn't take a dump that support has to clean up (despite every effort of development to put out crap).

Comment: Re:Scope creep ... (Score 1) 52

by SirGeek (#48796621) Attached to: FBI Access To NSA Surveillance Data Expands In Recent Years

A political catch 22. We say NSA is overreaching it needs to be stopped. The feds send in the FBI to investigate. We say the FBI is just as bad as the NSA.

The thing is the FBI, NSA etc... They are not trying to actively get rid of our rights. However their mandate is our security. Unfortunately Liberty and Security don't play nice with each other, more Liberty means people get to do more what they want and that could mean infringing on others security.

These groups are doing their jobs when they try to get more information. However what we lack is proper leadership to stand up and make the tough decision of saying, you are reaching too far, and we need to insure we keep personal liberty.

No they're NOT doing their jobs. More Data != Better.

They have access to information, their problem isn't that they need more data, They need to understand the data they DO HAVE so that they can analyze it properly for any threats. THEN when they have a specific threat they can request the additional data they need.. BUT only once they've actually identified a REAL target.

"There is such a fine line between genius and stupidity." - David St. Hubbins, "Spinal Tap"