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Comment: Give up Windows Now. No Excuses! (Score -1, Troll) 245

by turgid (#46679309) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Will You Need the Windows XP Black Market?

I got off the Windows treadmill when Windows 95 came out. I was young, but lucky enough to have some education and some contact with clued-up people and I got the whole Emperor's New Clothes thing.

I went straight to Slackware Linux (where I still am) which has been a great education and got me into Solaris, Debian, Red Hat, SuSE, CentOS, Gentoo, Ubuntu and MINT.

I have never needed to run a Windows desktop since. Ever. Period. You can do it, and you can run your DOS and Windows stuff if you really, really need to.

In 99% of cases it's just fear, ignorance and laziness stopping people getting off of Windows.

Even Mrs Turgid has found herself at work booted off of Windows/IE/MS Office onto google's cloud stuff. There was no training provided and none required. IE no longer required either.

Comment: Re:Question (Score 1) 129

by turgid (#46652867) Attached to: Interview: Ask Bruce Perens What You Will

No, there isn't. I wish there was, but the problem is that all the stories that this community really cares about are here and not on technocrat.

The quality of stories here has been in steady decline for 10 years and the standard of the associated discussions is pretty abysmal. Occasionally there's something good but it's 80% filler and non-stories.

You can't have a decent discussion about anything because it's all anti-FOSS zealots, ignorant newbies and pro-MS "sensible" people these days. Gone are they days when CPU architecture and OS kernel design were discussed.

Comment: Visual Studio 365 Azure Edition (Score 4, Funny) 119

Yes, we use Visual Studio 365 Azure Edition for our C++ projects. Our compile times are a little longer, but we're riding the latest wave of post-Enterprise active data web cloud assured technology.

This gives us all the advantages of future web technology developments as they happen with Microsoft's world-leading Software Engineering/Code ARTezan(R)(TM) Cratfperson paradigm.

As a bonus, all of our best-shored development consultants were able to migrate their legacy Visual Source Safe projects seamlessly using cloud-aware IE plugins.

Comment: Re:I don't *want* US workers (Score 1) 325

by turgid (#46642243) Attached to: Wants More H-1B Visas, But 50% Go To Offshore Firms

Why? Because while my company does do business in the US, I despise US workers - who are generally a bunch of self-important, entitled brats who think they are God's gift to development. The worst part? They are simply lazy. My God are Americans lazy. Show up at 8:45... leave at 4:15... hour and half lunch.. sitting around surfing the Internet all day while finding a few minutes here and there to do some work in between facebook posts.

Is that you, Vineet Nayar? Racial prejudice against Westerners is OK, is it?

You go around telling the executives of big businesses that their staff are lazy, spoilt, expensive and unproductive and that you have a magic silver bullet to cure the problem: hoards of young, enthusiastic (naieve and exploitable hungry and poor) Indians with fantastic educations willing to do the work for a fifth of the cost of the Western staff! And it's all under the world's most modern management! They're empowered!

How could it possibly fail?

Because it's only half true. They may be young, hungry and ambitious, dazzled by Western corporate brands and desperate to make an impression but they are straight out of college, have no experience, are learning everything from scratch, posted to a foreign country on meager living expenses away from their families for months at a time. They are expected to acquire institutional and professional knowledge from large teams of mature professional engineers in a handful of weeks and to be productive straight away.

Every corner is cut. Design? No. Testing? No. Compiling code? No (you really have to experience this to believe it). Unit tests? Why bother, we are super-Indians and never make mistakes like you stupid fat, lazy westerners... And that would take time.... Documentation? No. Listening to instructions? No (just smile and nod and ignore).

And the company has no interest in delivering more "value" than the bare minimum to maximise its profit and future income stream.

And we're starting work on a similar project for one of your major competitors. No, of course none of the knowledge we gained from your project will be used in your competitor's project...We promise. We are professional and world-class.

Comment: Re:I don't *want* US workers (Score 1) 325

by turgid (#46642061) Attached to: Wants More H-1B Visas, But 50% Go To Offshore Firms

Boeing sure learned their lesson after their Dreamliner got grounded when the steaming pile of crap that HCL delivered was so bad they had to hire a whole new set of American developers to fix it.

HCL also managed to completely derail the development of Xerox's next-generation A3 "multifunction devices" (copiers). A few months later, Wim Appelo, the genius who masterminded it all, mysteriously resigned from Xerox...

What astounds me is that these outsourcing deals are still being made despite the total lack of success of any of them in the last 20 years. Just ask anyone who's been involved below VP level. It always ends in tears.

Comment: Ignore Silicon Valley (Score 5, Insightful) 379

Ignore Silicon Valley.

50 years ago it used to be a hot-bed of science and technological innovation. Now it is a magnet for designer coffee-swigging social cloud blog web 2.0 get rich quick smartphone app hipsters.

Look for real companies designing and building real products for proper customers. Silicon Valley's day is gone.

Thus spake the master programmer: "When a program is being tested, it is too late to make design changes." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"