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Comment: Re:$100k today the equivalent of $80k in 2004 (Score 1) 150

by buddyglass (#46818949) Attached to: Tech People Making $100k a Year On the Rise, Again
I don't see how that invalidates what I said. One could argue that a ban on importing workers is actually the more artificial playing field, rigged to prop up the incomes of domestic IT workers. This also raises an interesting question: how would you propose we calculate the "value" of of a worker's labor if the answer isn't "the amount an employer is willing to pay to acquire it"?

Suppose I were to claim that my 40-hours a week is, in fact, worth $10M/year, even though I'm only getting paid $100k/year. On what basis would you dispute that claim?

Comment: Re:Whats the take home? (Score 2) 150

by buddyglass (#46816803) Attached to: Tech People Making $100k a Year On the Rise, Again
$100k, the minimum needed for one to be in the "six figures" bucket, is more than ~80% of U.S. households earn, many of which have two incomes. A household with two developers both earning $100k/year would be in the top 4% of all households.

As for the cost-of-living adjustment for the Bay area, relative to Austin, I used a number of online calculators and $100k in Austin seems to be the equivalent of about $162k in San Jose.

Comment: Re:*sigh* (Score 1) 347

by buddyglass (#46806761) Attached to: Google: Better To Be a 'B' CS Grad Than an 'A+' English Grad
I personally didn't find college English classes that challenging, as a CS person, but then I'm somewhat of an outlier among CS people. I know plenty of folks who did decently well in their CS classes would would have had trouble performing in an upper-division English class. And I'm not even talking about the ones for whom English was a second language.

Comment: i'm missing something (Score 1) 235

by buddyglass (#46789073) Attached to: Bug Bounties Don't Help If Bugs Never Run Out
If the bounty amount were sufficiently large, i.e. larger than the amount of net profit a black hat could hope to gain by finding and exploiting security a given defect, couldn't a company create a scenario where even a black hat (acting rationally in order to maximize his profit, which is often not going to be the case) would be motivated to report it and claim the bounty rather than exploiting it?

Now, in theory, if there are truly infinitely many such flaws to be found and subsequent ones aren't any harder to find than the initial ones then a large enough bounty would bankrupt the company. But I have serious doubts at the presence of infinite (or even "practically infinite") security flaws that all require "about the same effort" to find. My suspicion is that the difficulty will increase the more flaws are found.

Comment: here's how (Score 1) 464

by buddyglass (#46773207) Attached to: Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires
Start working at 25. Work until you're 60. Put $800/month, every month, into an account that earns 4% nominal interest (i.e. counting inflation) annually. Buy a home worth about $300,000 and pay it off over 30 years. Assume the value of your home increases at about the same rate as inflation, so 1.5% annually. This is probably a low estimate. When you retire your savings account should have about $550,000. Your home should be worth about $450,000. Voila, millionaire.

Comment: Re:my situation is similar (Score 1) 386

by buddyglass (#46769339) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?
I'm not forced to pay the $30 fee. I could do my taxes by hand, if I wanted, and avoid it. TurboTax also has a free option which I could *probably* use, but for the $30 you get more hand-holding and sanity checks to make sure you didn't screw something up. To me, $30/year is worth it if it reduces my chance of being audited even slightly. Plus its way cheaper than what I'd pay an accountant or tax preparer.

Comment: my experience (Score 1) 225

by buddyglass (#46769269) Attached to: How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer
I'm a senior mobile dev. at a ~30 person startup who's recently been asked to step into a "DevOps" role. It's being represented as a promotion, since in theory the role will involve more responsibility than my current "pure development" role. Its been pitched as a part-time thing with 30-50% of my time staying devoted to mobile development. At this particular company the DevOps role is seen as being responsible for deployment, but also the build environment and some internal productivity and monitoring tools that require some development effort but aren't part of the company's core product. We'll see how it goes.

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