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Comment: Re:Realistic (Score 1) 369

by byteherder (#49131923) Attached to: The Groups Behind Making Distributed Solar Power Harder To Adopt
This is where you are wrong. They do get to buy cheap power from those solar installations during the day and sell for more.

Let me give you an example of how this works.

Solar guy (for one month): Uses 1000Kwh - produces 500Kwh = net 500Kwh @ $.10/Kwh

Big utility - buys wholesale power at $.15/Kwh during the day when the sun is shining and everyone is using AC but during the night the price drops to $.05/Kwh.

So during the day Big Utility is "buying" power from the solar guy for $.10/Kwh and selling it for $.15/Kwh. So who is the real winner is this scenerio?

Comment: We need agents (Score 2) 145

by byteherder (#49119537) Attached to: Attention, Rockstar Developers: Get a Talent Agent
Why do actors have them, why do athletes have them, why do writers have literary agents. I have been saying this for years. Since the last dot com boom, actually, when tech talent was just as scarce. Why not tech talent, too, I make way more than average actor, athlete, and writer.

There are three reasons I can think of, right off the top of my head to have an agent.

1. Screen all the recruiter calls.
Everyday I get calls from at least 10 recruiters. Most are offering positions and salaries that I would not consider and they would know this if they read my resume instead of just doing a keyword search. Yes, I am talking to you, Mr recruiter, that wants to offer me a web development position in San Francisco for 3 months at $40/hr and no expenses paid. Try hiring someone local. No they done want your crappy position either.

2. Be on the constant lookout for my perfect job.
Hey I am working full time so I don't have a lot of time to devote to finding my perfect job.

3. Negotiate a better salary.
Now I have gotten pretty good at this over the years but it would be nice to have the latest industry figures when we did enter that phase.

I will get off my soapbox now.

Comment: Engineering is way undervalued (Score 3, Insightful) 323

Engineering knowledge and skill is way undervalued in the current development climate. It is more about get it done fast, get it out the door. Don't make the code pretty, don't make it reusable, fix it later attitude. Patch it up, put a bandaid on it and move on to the next fire.

The only place I have seen where engineering skills are valued is where lives are at stake (nuclear reactor code, Space Shuttle) or enterprise software that has to be up 24/7 or the business fails.

Welcome to the real world.

Comment: Re:As long as you are personally there, sure.... (Score 1) 283

by byteherder (#48972651) Attached to: FAA Could Extend Property Rights On the Moon Through Regulation
Right, they have zero chance of actually enforcing their property rights if someone violates them until they get back to or attempt to get back to Earth.

The FAA could deny you any landing rights on Earth though and arrest you if you violate that order. So unless you plan on living the rest of your life on the moon that would force you might want to comply.

Corporations are in the habit of wanting to make money, and if the FAA denies them cargo landing rights and seizes the cargo upon landing, corporations will have to follow the regulations too. Also, any terrestrial based corporation can be sued and hefty fined imposed by the FAA for such violations. No corporation would be willing to take the risk.

So who are your going to sell your minings to, the Martians.

Comment: Great programmers are made not born (Score 4, Insightful) 214

by byteherder (#48919905) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Makes a Great Software Developer?
To be a great programmer (or even just a good one), you need to never stop learning. Always be learning something. Many times in my life I have learned something on my own, only to be able to apply is a totally different situation later in life.

Great programmer are insanely curious. They want to know the how things work, why one solution is better than another, always improving. That is the key, always be improving your craft, and your knowledge.

Comment: Re:100% Agree (Score 1) 567

by byteherder (#48574549) Attached to: The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait
If you are working with something that naturally is in landscape mode, say, a powerpoint presentation, then landscape is the best choice. For me, having as much of the document on screen to minimize scrolling is a bigger plus. I do a lot more scrolling that I do panning, so minimizing that is better.

Comment: Re:100% Agree (Score 2) 567

by byteherder (#48574463) Attached to: The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait
If I want to compare code, side-by-side in landscape mode is better. I use the the diff tool and it helps having the extra horizontal space.

When I can writing code (maybe it is just me) but I like to see as many lines of code as possible on the screen as possible. That is why most coders reduce their type size to just above micro print. It sure would be nice to have some more vertical lines. I find that too much scrolling just breaks up being in the zone.

If at first you don't succeed, you must be a programmer.