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Comment Re:Poor thought process (Score 1, Informative) 101

Well, that might work for you, but I would suggest to everyone else that you ALWAYS take a gun to a knife fight if you want to win. I can have my gun out just as fast as some idiot can pull their knife out....PERIOD. Here is a hit, don't walk around oblivious to your surroundings, and you will always be in a position where your side arm (even concealed) can be accessed long before issues arise.

Comment Re:The old talent doesn't understand the new stuff (Score 1) 229

Personally, I haven't worked with any senior engineers that weren't opposed to new technologies. They were just very skeptical because they have been burned so many times by the empty promises and worse, dealing with unintended issues that result because very rarely is the happy path ever taken. As we all know, it it the edge conditions that cause the issues because a generic frameworks many times cannot anticipate all edge conditions so they just don't handle it.

The young engineers are always ready to change for the sake of change many times, and they have never seen results when things go bad. They also don't seem to understand the full cost ($$$) of the situation of the upgrade. This includes the internal costs of testing as well as the potential cost to the customer for their internal testing. Rarely do I see a true risk analysis done which can be translated into a "risk versus reward" understanding of is the change worth it. All of this comes from experience: it just can't be taught, it must be experienced.

Comment Re:The old talent doesn't understand the new stuff (Score 1) 229

I think you and I need to go have some beers and discuss the scars we have on our backs from being forced to go down the same roads.

If I hear one more person tell me about this great new frameworks that will solve all of the problems, I believe I might beat that someone to death with my stapler.If I hear one more project manager tell me about this great new development approach which will solve the delays, I will take my keyboard and beat them upside the head. What the heck ever happened to good engineering practices..*sigh*.

And now, everyone, please get off my darn lawn.

Comment Re:What country do you live in? (Score 2) 165

The big issue with contract work is that you experience the ebbs and flow of the current market conditions immediately. If the market is good for employees (meaning full employment), then I have seen contract workers pull down wages that are better than full-timers. The problem right now is that the market is good for employers because there are so many people looking for work so they can get lower wages.

Comment Re:No "new" (Score 1) 497

I really hoping you are being sarcastic because if not, you really haven't worked on any projects of real size. What you describe is really nice for an app that does addition and subtraction, but when you have connections with multiple databases, have several dozen static sockets connections going while processing messages from those sockets, your suggestion of not using objects is naive at best.

Comment Re:Grants? That is your worry? (Score 2) 286

That will never happen for us moron.

First, nice to see you can state your case without a personal attack. Second, have you ever been exposed to the government procurement system?

The argument is philosophical in nature. You might be surprised that many people just aren't comfortable giving any government such power in what is a civil matter.As you think I am ludicrous to not give the government such control, I am on the other side and think it is ludicrous to think the government will NEVER abuse such authority.

Comment Re:Grants? That is your worry? (Score 4, Insightful) 286

When they say "more government", that doesn't mean that it actually employs more people. they are talking about more power/authority to the government.

I have no idea why they are selling, but imagine this. What if the controlling entity of Nat Geo wants to sell meaning it is not a hostile takeover, but the government says sorry, no deal (for whatever reason). Imagine if you owned a business and wanted to sell to the highest bidder, but the government steps in and says sorry, you have to sell to the lowest bidder because "we" think it is better. Do you really want that? Does that not open the door to abuse? I think it does.

I have a theory that it's impossible to prove anything, but I can't prove it.