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Comment: Re:You say tomato? (Score 1) 234

by evilviper (#46813189) Attached to: Intentional Backdoor In Consumer Routers Found

but free DDNS providers drop like flies and Asus' DDNS is free and reliable

You don't need the DDNS update client running on your router... See instructions here:

OpenWRT has packages for damn near every Linux program, which you can run on your router... You can even install devel packages and compile it yourself. pledges to be free, forever. Plus I like their domain. Asus's DDNS is a commercial product, and certainly has no such pledge, so they're pretty damn sure to go the way of dyndns.

Comment: Re:For splitting wood. (Score 1) 214

by evilviper (#46813159) Attached to: Reinventing the Axe

This might be good for splitting wood, but there are a lot more uses for an axe. This axe wouldn't work well for most other uses.

An ax is terrible at splitting wood. A maul / wedge is a very specific tool, that isn't good at any other job a normal ax can do.

Saying this weird ax does better at wood splitting than a normal chopping ax, without comparing it to a wedge/maul, is stupid and pointless.

Comment: Re:*sigh* (Score 1) 351

by evilviper (#46804747) Attached to: Google: Better To Be a 'B' CS Grad Than an 'A+' English Grad

given how laborious and difficult an actual english degree is and how high the failure rate is, saying that CS has more 'rigor in thinking' and 'challenging' is laughable.

Swinging a sledge hammer is laborious.

Community colleges have astronomically high failure rates. That doesn't mean their courses are harder than 4-year colleges.

Those upper level english courses require a lot of rigors thinking and are quite challenging,

Art and philosophy require lots of "thinking", too... just not the exacting, logical, process-oriented type needed for engineering.

Comment: Re:do they have a progressive view? (Score 1) 336

by evilviper (#46796359) Attached to: Detroit: America's Next Tech Boomtown

Yes, because conservative views have turned the tech industry off from flocking to Texas for jobs. There's a sarcasm tag embedded there.

Texas is a purple state, projected to go Blue in a few more years. Texas leans a little bit to the right, but California doesn't lean very heavily left, itself.

Comment: Re:It could happen (Score 1) 336

by evilviper (#46796297) Attached to: Detroit: America's Next Tech Boomtown

The obvious benefit is that the cost of living is much lower than California or similar.

That's an idiotic thing to say. California is a huge state. You might as well say the cost of living in "North America" or "On Earth" is too high.

I couldn't believe last time I was in CA to visit a friend that they had just paid almost a million dollars for a 3-bedroom house with no property.

I'm in CA, and I bought a 3br house on half an acre for $45k. I was paying $500/mo rent before that, for a 2br apartment.

Unlike rust-belt states, I pay almost nothing for heating and cooling. My electric bill goes up maybe $10/month in the summer, and my natural gas bill goes up maybe $10/month in the winter (water heater, mostly). The insane home heating costs in the rust-belt will eventually trump the lower property prices.

So your list of benefits is all imaginary.

Comment: Re:This needs to be Illegal (Score 1) 220

by evilviper (#46793447) Attached to: California Utility May Replace IT Workers with H-1B Workers

" Under no circumstances should any Utility in the US be allowed to Off-Shore IT operations"

They aren't. I know this from first-hand experience as a Sr Engineer for a major phone company, that is to remain nameless. I was responsible for the audit, after the DoJ specifically told us we needed to ensure anybody who wan't *physically* in the US at the time, would not have access to ANY production data.

Despite the idiotic headline, this has to be about H1Bs who reside in the US, NOT off-shoring. The Fed wouldn't allow a list of 5 power pole locations to leave the country.

Comment: Inflation and Cost-of-living (Score 1) 466

by evilviper (#46785821) Attached to: Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

"According to a recent survey of 1,000 U.S.-based software developers, 56 percent expect to become millionaires in their lifetime.

That's not difficult if you're earning 6-fixgures, aren't staying in a very expensive area, and are just good with money.
<Insert joke about nerds being single>

66 percent also said they expect to get raises in the next year, despite the current state of the economy.

I personally expect to get a raise every-single-year. Inflation stays around 3% every year. If my company doesn't give me AT-LEAST a 3% increase in salary each year, I consider it a slap-in-the-face. A pay cut by another name. And worse, a pay cut after a sterling annual review, and a year of hard work.

Inflation/cost-of-living year-over-year was only at zero for ONE year, during the depths of the recession. It's not an ongoing excuse to withhold annual raises.

There's little that pisses me off more than hearing that "company policy" limits raises to no more than 3% (or 2%, or 1%). That's institutionalizing yearly pay-cuts for all employees, including top-performers. Even when I make a stink and get more than that, it makes me look at that company with utter disgust, as they show how much they HATE and want to be at war with their (good, long-term reliable) employees. Nothing makes a company better than the few long-timers, who have everything about the company and all the systems in their head. "Company policy" that punishes them for staying instead of job-hopping is the most utterly moronic thing I could imagine... But this rant is getting off the rails, quickly...

84 percent said they believe they are paid what they're worth, 95 percent report they feel they are 'one of the most valued employees at their organization,'

Well, obviously people don't stay at a company where they feel ignored and undervalued (see above). And when your work will determine whether the company hits or misses a deadline, you speak to CxOs on a regular basis, or you're responsible for many millions of dollars of equipment, it's easy to feel highly valued, even if perhaps you are not.

I know I've occasionally been the highest paid person in some medium-sized companies. With the higher contractor rates, and overhead of contracting firms, it's not too difficult to end up costing the company more than the CEO's salary, even if not all of it goes into your pocket, and some of it is government taxes/fees/programs that get stuffed into salary for contractors but not regular staff.

Comment: Re:Dunno (Score 1) 323

by evilviper (#46785751) Attached to: I expect to retire ...

I should have enough by mid 60s, assuming Congress doesn't raid my 401K, Social Security still exists, and the entire economy hasn't collapsed. Hmm, now I'm depressed. :(

Hell, my retirement plan DEPENDS on the world economy collapsing!

I'm stocking up on shotgun shells, shiny bits of metal, and cans of pork & beans.

Man is the best computer we can put aboard a spacecraft ... and the only one that can be mass produced with unskilled labor. -- Wernher von Braun