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Comment: IT futures, according to me. (Score 1) 287

by h8sg8s (#46150983) Attached to: Layoffs At Now-Private Dell May Hit Over 15,000 Staffers

SW: infinite margins on shrinking marketshare. Expensive to compete with 'free'..
PC's: smaller, faster, so cheap they're disposable.
Tablets: as above, but more so.
Servers: smaller, faster, cheaper.
Storage: ever larger, ever faster, nobody deletes anything.

I think I'll work in storage - for now.

Comment: This interview is over.. (Score 1) 465

by h8sg8s (#45559465) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Are Tech Job Requirements So Specific?

Went for a job interview a few years back and they wanted someone with "10 years experience with Solaris 11." I pointed out to the HR screening guy that Solaris 11 wasn't released till 2010 or so, and that asking for anyone with that experience was unlikely to get any honest responses. His reply was astonishing - he said "well, I guess you don't meet the qualifications, this interview is over." Lazy HR folks are not doing their companies any favors.

Comment: politics != science (Score 1) 494

by h8sg8s (#45518297) Attached to: Healthcare.gov and the Gulf Between Planning and Reality

Proving once again (as if proof were needed) that science and politics are the worst possible companions. Read the Feynman Report on the Challenger disaster ( http://www.ralentz.com/old/space/feynman-report.html [among many others]) where he lambasts NASA decision makers for using politics-inspired wishful thinking instead of science to decide to launch over strenuous objections by staff scientists and engineers. This meme is seen throughout history as the politics of wishful thinking crash onto the iceberg of reality time and again.

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

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