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Comment Re:Give me a raise (Score 1) 327

You may be right of course but it is an interesting point.

I might add, that as you get older, finding technical jobs gets more difficult but management roles are easier. I employ techies now and am ashamed to say that I have to force myself to interview the older ones because very few of them still have the passion that the young ones do, even if they are less likely to make mistakes. Some do still have passion and make excellent employees but I can understand why some people would pass over my rather extensive technical CV when they see my birth date :)

With your low Slashdot UID, I guess you have been in this game a while too. I'd be interested how you see your own future panning out in this respect.

Comment Re:Give me a raise (Score 1) 327


This is true. I was a senior tech as after all, I had been doing it for twenty five years so I started to get the hang of it :) I am starting to get the hang of managing things too but my point still remains the same. Take me back to that pay grade and I'm tapping away at some code :)

It's really tough looking at my younger team members working away at techy stuff seeing the mistakes they are about to make. I have to keep my mouth shut and let them make them. It's the only way they will develop but it cuts deep to know how it really should be done but having to let it go.

Comment Re:Give me a raise (Score 1) 327

Except most people will vote for those that will be best for them, not what will be best for the business as whole and that in many cases is not the same person.

I took over a troubled team as my first management position. I was amazed at how childish people could be. Constant fighting, splitting up into little groups, people scoring points of each other rather than having a common purpose. It was awful and left to themselves I think it would have had to be dismantled.

That team needed management and though it is now a happy team for the most part, it still requires management to keep it that way.

The real problem is that management is generally not considered a skill taken seriously by an organization. In their view nearly anybody can do it. Just shove them in an office and give them a team. It is a skill, it does take time to learn and it needs to be taught.

Comment Re:Give me a raise (Score 2, Interesting) 327

While I agree with the sentiment,I would say in my own case as a manager, if the pay scale were the same as when I was a techy, I'd just stay a techie.

As a techy, you know what you deliver, you invest in what you are responsible for and generally speaking your working world revolves around the things you know you are skilled at. For me at least, as a manager, it took time to find what it was I was delivering and even now, when I am clearer on that, it is far less concrete a thing. If my team delivers far more than expected because I have managed well, it could be said I have delivered, but I cant get away from the feeling that in fact, my team have just done a really good job instead :)

As a techy, I had Unix, I had C, perl, storage systems, networks etc and these I knew well and they followed strict rules. As a manager, I am constantly thrown into areas of no rules I know about and it's up to me to react as best I can, understand what the hell people are talking about and deliver stuff while looking to my team like I know what the hell I am doing.

I like the people management part of the job and I do like it when the customer is happy with what the team have delivered but if it were the same pay scale, Id be on the shop floor.

Comment Re:We are not amused (Score 2) 253

It is important to be careful when referring to "stupid directives". Most of them are not and the ones that make the headlines are not even true. For example, the banana thing was an attempt by the EU to keep the quality of bananas in the face of sub-standard imports. Interestingly, the legal properties of the banana were taken from the already existing UK regulations.

Some EU directives discussed are a bit nutty but most of them never make it to being a law.

Comment Re:flat as a pancake: invasion pending (Score 1) 236

I completely agree.

On my ipad I have three icons next to each other that look almost exactly the same. On my Android phone I have something similar and the Dolphin browser on my phone has loads of little blobs that bear no relation to anything and the only way to find out what they do is to press them.

With OSX I have chosen not to upgrade to the latest just in case I end up not knowing what anything does. Strangely, Apple are still producing Logic X with things that look exactly like their physical counterpart, right down to useless cables in some cases.

Comment Re:A GPS company. (Score 1, Interesting) 71

On android google maps is pretty cool. You can say "ok google, take me home/work/xxxÂs house" without pressing anything. You can also say things like "take me to the nearest bar/pizza/ATM" etc. The navigation itself is pretty good and can use public transport if you want it to.

AppleÂs problem when competing with google is that their apps only work on Apple systems. Doing what google has done with street view is a huge undertaking if you are restricted to a smallish percent of the market.

I do understand that Apple wanted to get away from relying on Google for maps but I donÂt think they have succeeded.

Comment Re:Real fight (Score 2) 179

However, that all started out as "can windows run without explorer". It turned out that it probably couldn't and Microsoft was found guilty of using one Microsoft product to unfairly increase the use of another Microsoft product. This is different and rather interesting though because now, Microsoft and Cyanogen are going to prove that Android can run perfectly happily without Google apps. This should suit Google just fine when the EU comes knocking.

Comment Re:Cue the systemd WhineFest! (TM) (Score 1) 551

You have plainly been around a while. Even longer than I in fact, at least on Slashdot.

I am slightly disconcerted with the unseemly personal attacks on the developer of a controversial new system component. I am slightly more concerned with the aggressive tone adopted by those who believe this component a step forward. The rather distasteful suggestion that those that hold a different opinion are simply disposable is not very attractive especially since many who are not convinced by systemd have many, many years of watching unix and unix like systems break.

I am on the fence personally, willing to be convinced but bear in mind I have many, many years of having my arse saved by following the trail the very transparent init gives us. I have many many years of experience of pain when required to follow less transparent approaches such as SMF.

Perhaps you have a convincing argument for me.


Comment Re:Exit codes matter (Score 1) 928

This is an improvement and makes it possible to use standard monitoring tools. If one of those is a unique identifier, thats even handy.

What makes this even better is that it allows me to easily create a script to re-format the logs into something everything and everybody can easily read just as they used to.

Nothing is finished until the paperwork is done.