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Comment: Re:california is a joke (Score 1, Funny) 80

by hax4bux (#48901471) Attached to: Ed Felten: California Must Lead On Cybersecurity

No need to get all lathered up and angry! Relax! Clean your guns, watch some NASCAR and enjoy some BBQ pork rinds.

California won't come to you, I think you will be safe in whatever flat spot you park that single wide trailer in.

And be sure to tell your neighbors and coworkers how lucky they are to not be in California!

Comment: Re:If you wanted ownership of the machine (Score 1, Informative) 184

by hax4bux (#48845245) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can I Trust Android Rooting Tools?

gMail and chrome != Google Play Services

Google Play Services is like iTunes for Android, there is an agent on the phone which does such chores as:
1) deliver GCM "push" notifications (and other housekeeping chores)
2) notify you of application updates
3) probably other stuff but I haven't had coffee yet

+1 to brad-x, if you are serious about owning the machine then you should not be on Android

Comment: Re:Here's the deal (Score 5, Interesting) 215

by hax4bux (#48407819) Attached to: Do Good Programmers Need Agents?

I have been contracting since 1992. It is true we both want to get paid max($$). It is not true these are separate money pots. Most companies will look at your commission and my hourly rate as my total burn rate.

I will agree that recruiting is difficult because I don't know anyone who sticks w/the job even though it can be a license to print money. I will also agree that a competent recruiter is a joy. I switch jobs perhaps every year which means I am always looking for my next contract. Most recruiters are on to some other sales position in a matter of months, so there is constant churn.

Yes, there is a hostile attitude to recruiters. Some of it is silly, some of it is well earned. The fake jobs on DICE just to collect resumes are one bad example. The meat market, commodity skill attitude is another. I have a dedicated phone line that I keep just for recruiters to leave voice mail, and I have an amazing collection of WAV files containing broken english about skills I never had for jobs I would never consider.

My favorite ploy is the agencies who stalk me on LinkedIn. When I move to a new contract, they call my old employer to ask if they need any additional help. And they call my new employer to ask if they need any additional help. The kicker is they drop my name as if I endorse this action, which frequently gets me a email about "which side are you playing?" Needless to say, I do not return the phone calls of these agencies.

To wrap up, I would starve without recruiters and I am happy to do business w/them when it works out. You just have to be picky about who represents you.

Comment: Re:Tasks in the military can be limited (Score 1) 299

by hax4bux (#48076219) Attached to: Why Military Personnel Make the Best IT Pros

I am also an expired CT, and I spent my last six years of active duty in software. When I separated, it was difficult for people to understand my background unless they were already in the community. I agree w/you: we (CT) should do rather well but I only know a handful of people who have managed to build decent careers outside of DoD.

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