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Journal: Outsourcing

Journal by devaldez
Was just reading this and realized that a lot of people are pretty angry. I work with a lot of excellent engineers at a large MNC and I'm not seeing this trend or the anger. Sure, a lot of stuff is going offshore, but a lot of the stuff going offshore is boring, trivial, maintenance stuff. I've been in India a week interviewing and I cannot find these people taking our jobs...they aren't there. There is about a 1% hit rate for interviews here (based on our Indian colleague and he's going NUTS trying to find competent applicants. HE'S INDIAN and saying this, for goodness sake. This trend is already beginning to reverse , and it will continue until the offshore locations serious upgrade their capabilities. Quit bitching about the trend and prove you can compete...you'll win, I'll win, and our country will improve...if all you've got is bitching and bitterness, your either in the wrong career, wrong company, or wrong life.
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Journal: Who's that girl

Journal by devaldez

Ok, I just ran across this and my mind has been resonating ever since. I know I'm being immature, but, God, I haven't seen anything that sexy in a really long time. I don't generally seek p0rn, but I would be willing to look her up any time.

Who the heck is that girl?!

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Journal: The War

Journal by devaldez
So, it's now 5 days into the war and I still find myself very ambivalent to the whole situation. If you're wondering how I can still be in the middle, then maybe I'm being just too analytical. After all, the war isn't going as well as they promised, right? Moreover, we know that the US originally tried to hide the Kurdish genocide inflicted when Saddam gassed his own people. But hold on, we know that there are questions about Iraq's anthrax stockpiles and how they were possibly used.

As you can see, I don't have a way to parse everything...maybe I should listen to the French, Russian, and Chinese...Let's see, the French aren't so pure or so noble and we haven't even gotten deep into equipment and oil agreements. Ok, so how about Russia? Hmmmm, isn't it funny how a country can negotiate new deals in the midst of a UN arms inspection? So it has finally fallen to China to prove that there is something honest about the anti-war group at the UN...oops. And what about the fringe reports?

That being said, the US is just as enmeshed economically, but not for oil, at least not for current needs. This is getting harder and harder, not easier and easier.

Maybe I should fall back on my history...what about the major reason the UN was created...meaning the elimination of genocide? Well...what about Rwanda? It's also funny how the Rwanda Report from the UN doesn't actually exist online anymore. How about Yugoslavia? What about Kosovo? Shit...why the hell does this site exist if the UN is doing it's job?!? How many genocidal attacks in Iraq by Iraq before someone says "ENOUGH!"?

So, I've established that no one is clean in this damn conflict. Everyone stinks and the only "honest" person is Saddam since he clearly pursues his own agenda, reality, world opinion, and human lives be damned.

I'll tell you right now that I'm firmly on the side of logical consistency. The US cannot continue to support the Saudis while demanding that the Iraqis and Iranians change to democracies. Hell, the US isn't even a democracy except at the local level.

In the end, this is the shittiest conflict about which I've ever studied and it makes me sick.

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Journal: Wireless Musings

Journal by devaldez

Just been thinking about the whole 802.11g flare-ups recently...it's funny how marketing can backfire pretty damn quickly...the major premise of 802.11g over 802.11a was that g could happily live in harmony with 802.11b installations...it can, it just simply throttles back to b bandwidth. So, the only advantage is if you can manufacture g radios less expensively than a/b radios (if you want legacy coexistence/compatibility). Well, it seems pretty obvious that an a/b device would have two radios and therefore cost twice as much...right? Except that to work with b, g also needs a second radio or you throttle back...

In other words, the 802.11g advocates are getting eaten by their own false marketing, whereby they claim that they can have coexistence inexpensively, but they actually cannot deliver coexistence at all (which the a/b crowd can...different freqs and all) and the cost differential between one and two radios is trivial...

Funny how marketing works...

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