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Comment: The Message (Score 1) 120

by carys689 (#47767013) Attached to: The Grumpy Programmer has Advice for Young Computer Workers (Video)
The message I got was: either become a brain-dead manager (technologically speaking, of course :) ) by the time you reach your 40s or work for the government if you want to stay employed in the field. I managed to make it to 61 without becoming a manager, so I guess that's not too bad. And he's right about allowing yourself to be attached to your code: don't. As hard as it may seem to be able to do that, don't forget it's just code.

Comment: What? (Score 1) 179

by carys689 (#47730667) Attached to: Professor Steve Ballmer Will Teach At Two Universities This Year
What's he going to teach? How to f--k up a company that had a good thing going? How to steer your company into market niches that other companies already own? How to pay so little attention to the quality of your product while pursuing market niches that other companies already own that you can't maintain the market share with what you had? These are classes I could skip.

Comment: Too little, too late? (Score 1) 514

by carys689 (#47575343) Attached to: Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step
Mr. Jackson apparently has run out of other things to crab about, so he is going to start crabbing about the lack of diversity in high-tech. U.S. affirmative action has been around for over 50 years and during that time there has been enormous opportunity for blacks and other minorities to get an edge on education, often at the disadvantage of more qualified whites, and improve their ability to get better paying jobs whether it is in high-tech or elsewhere. By and large, for whatever the reasons, with relatively rare exceptions, the black/non-white community, in general, has failed to avail themselves of this. To claim racial discrimination at this point is ludicrous.

Comment: Re:it depends on what "skilled worker" means. (Score 1) 401

by carys689 (#47404357) Attached to: No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

The H1B program is designed to obtain the kinds of people you were talking about, but the program is in fact being used to hire an enormous numbers of very ordinary people whose main feature is they work for less money.

What you say I believe to be true. Speaking from my own experience, covering the most recent 20 years or so, the vast majority of the so-called "computer science" people outsourced from overseas are "ordinary" software developers and the most practiced skill is Java and Java-related technologies. There is very little "theoretical" knowledge here.

Comment: THe Worst (Score 1) 283

by carys689 (#47313977) Attached to: Perl Is Undead
Perl has got to be one of the WORST programming languages ever designed -- all those dollar signs to make up for bad syntax design. I thought C++ was bad, but C++ is syntactically a thousand times more sensible than Perl ever was. Even a syntactically obtuse language like Scala is better than Perl.

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