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Comment: Re:And well they should. (Score 1) 68

by gbjbaanb (#47801617) Attached to: China Gives Microsoft 20 Days To Respond To Competition Probe

usually though its "we need $100,000 for office licences, plus $30000 for unforseen developmental and admin expenses".

However, you're right in that its easier to ask for a budget, and the bigger the budget the more important a manager you are, so therefore, you buy the most easily explained tool that costs the most. And then you pad it out with that office 365 rollout, and the sharepoint site that never gets used.

Comment: Re:Also terrible advice (Score 1) 119

by gbjbaanb (#47772969) Attached to: The Grumpy Programmer has Advice for Young Computer Workers (Video)

Leave and be hired back is exactly what I did but....

there are many who couldn't hack it as developers who now manage outsourced teams(and still can't really hgack it, buit at least now they can cover their incompetence with a mix of blame culture, meetings and emails).

I once interviewed a guy for a dev job and when we mentioned the new outsourced team he piped up with a lot of enthusiasm "do you need someone to manage them" as if it were a career progression (and I suppose to him, it would have been for reasons explained earlier). I didn't hire him but it showed where the useless people headed.

Comment: Re:Terrible advice (Score 1) 119

by gbjbaanb (#47763875) Attached to: The Grumpy Programmer has Advice for Young Computer Workers (Video)

Its interesting though - so many programmers think that programming is a cool and important job that requires a ton of skill and talent and dedication.... and then they learn at around 40 that is all a load of old bollocks, hence the reason companies have outsourced much of it to 3rd world places. A programmer is just a tech equivalent of a bricklayer.

so to keep being employed in IT, you need to change with it, and learn that programming is less important than the design and architecture that goes into it, those roles (along with managing the 3rd world brickies and customers) are what's important.

Not as much fun though... but since when was work supposed to be fun.

Comment: Re:PID1 - A Controllable Master Control Program (Score 1) 810

by gbjbaanb (#47755397) Attached to: Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

this speaks of the new dawn where we might not be able to hack our shell scripts to do whatever, but we can write higher level code to effectively manage their operation.

w00t, no more writing shitty bash shell scripts, now we can write proper code in Python!...

oh no, wait.... we replaced everything for that?

Comment: Re:Choosing Sides (Score 2) 810

by gbjbaanb (#47751431) Attached to: Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

1. ok, so it needs a bit of rework to multithread its process-starting system. I that significantly more difficult that rewriting the entire loader?

2. So it needs an extension to monitor services. Technically, I think this is better handled by a different task, one that is more into monitoring rather than blindly just continually-restarting a service that's crashed due to some external dependancy failure. Again, its not much of a task to add this than it is to rewrite the entire loader.

3. Individual services should be the ones to care about their configuration. Why would the loader be the one-stop place for all kinds of stuff that should be part of the OS or part of a processes dependancy tree. This is probably the worst bit, making systemd significantly more monolithic than before.

Comment: Re:I forced myself to watch it (Score 1) 300

by gbjbaanb (#47749407) Attached to: Put A Red Cross PSA In Front Of the ISIS Beheading Video

There's a bit of a difference between reporting on something, and having it turned into a good-v-evil, or commentary on America foreign policy, or just how evil the West is. The current ISIS video is a lot more than reporting, the reason they did it in the first place is entirely propaganda on their part,

Comment: Re:Okay... and? (Score 1) 316

by gbjbaanb (#47741737) Attached to: For Microsoft, $93B Abroad Means Avoiding $30B Tax Hit

Hey! Can I myself also claim that I paid my share through the taxes paid by the companies who made a profit with my money?

But they don't pay taxes, remember, the argument is that taxes are paid by you because of the money you earn thanks to the companies just being there.

So I rather think that its more like that if I've already paid Microsoft's taxes via my salary then I can consider it perfectly ok to take as much of Microsoft products for free.

Comment: Re:tax by transaction (Score 1) 316

by gbjbaanb (#47741691) Attached to: For Microsoft, $93B Abroad Means Avoiding $30B Tax Hit

including every transaction made on the stock markets which counts in the hundreds of millions if not billions a day

sure about that? The LSE says about 500,000 transaction per day (about £3bn per day but the proposal was per transaction)

Visa says about 200 million txns per day., with Mastercard (100m) and Amex (14m) you're still way off "trillions".

so overall, I make that less than 400 million - $4m in tax revenue per day, still quite a bit short.

(other stat I found said 26.2 billion credit card transactions per year in the US alone.)

Comment: Re:Here's the interesting paragraph (Score 1) 375

by gbjbaanb (#47727915) Attached to: Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

We do have precedent - Czechoslovakia is now 2 countries, as is Sudan and Yugoslavia.

I just hope Scottish independance goes better than the latter two.

Scotland may have some issue if they decide to get out of the nuclear game, mainly because of the number of jobs that will be lost when the base (and supporting businesses) gets closed.

At that point, Britain will almost certainly move the base to somewhere else in the UK, probably somewhere with lots of unemployed, ex-heavy industrial workers. As a result, they do have very good political value.

There is talk of just scrapping it completely, and relying on nuclear cruise missiles and bombers instead. I'm not sure how practical this is, but given the relatively stable state of nuclear politics (ie who would we potentially nuke today with our deterrent?) it doesn't seem so bad an option. The money could be funneled into traditional forces that end up being heavily used for peace keeping and humanitarian purposes.

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