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Comment: oh no! (Score 1) 447

by jemmyw (#48135223) Attached to: Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

uh oh. I got married on the beach for $500 with 4 guests and didn't tell any relatives, so that my girlfriend could get on my visa. And we're atheists.

OTOH 2 of the guests were our children, we'd been together for 10 years and we earn more than 125k. And we did go on honeymoon, but we took the kids, so does that count? 39% + 51% + 41% x 12.5 x 2 = ?? Will we get divorced?

Comment: Re:Diversity vs monoculture (Score 1) 123

by jemmyw (#48108543) Attached to: US Remains Top Country For Global Workers

I've gone a different way around.

1. I left Britain for New Zealand... I love NZ, the weather is perfect for me, neither too hot nor too cold at any time, it rains but doesn't feel miserable like the UK does sometimes. Great coffee, good food everywhere, good people who mostly respect immigrants. But downside, very small tech sector, everyone knows one another which I found a little difficult at times.
2. Once I had my NZ passport went to San Francisco. Hate the weather, California is too sunny. Hate the tech scene, I think the startup thing going on in SF is actually a bit crappy to work near. USA is diverse and interesting, I've loved travelling around. I could settle in New England, Maine is lovely. Americans are lovely people, but deeper friendships take longer for some reason, maybe cultural differences.
3. About to move to Denmark. I doubt the language will be too much a problem, looking forward to the better social support system. Will definitely be commenting on it in the near future.
4. Australia maybe...
5. Back to NZ, build a house.

Comment: Re:Aren't all the airlines complaining about usage (Score 1) 819

by jemmyw (#47848923) Attached to: 3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

This is a well thought out comment.

Perhaps an all-seats-equal type business model might make a better travel experience.

I've wondered the same, I'd certainly pay a bit more for seat equality and this experiment at the premium economy level of comfort.

Ever tried a Bus over the holidays?

It'd work in some places, but not all. America is pretty big, I've been driving around the Western states for 2 months, but getting all the way across was too long and complicated with kids and cats (yeah) so we flew the rest from CO to MA. I'm moving overseas this month to Europe, and we're planning to use the trains instead of flying or driving for our holidays.

Comment: Re:A rather simplistic hardware-centric view (Score 3, Interesting) 145

by jemmyw (#47660825) Attached to: The Quiet Before the Next IT Revolution

Indeed, and virtualization is a rapidly evolving part of infrastructure right now. We may no longer be upgrading the hardware as rapidly (although I'm not certain about that either), but the virtual layer and tools are changing, and upgrading those requires just as much upheaval.

Comment: Re:Cry Me A River (Score 1) 608

by jemmyw (#47419205) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

I agree but it's a difficult situation. A lot of the interpreted languages (ruby, php, perl, python, node) offer a standalone packager of some kind. Then the linux distros offer *some* integration so that you can install those packages their way, or get access to precompiled versions of ones that require it. In my experience that integration has always been the pain point.

Comment: Re:Cry Me A River (Score 2) 608

by jemmyw (#47417099) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

I'm working with some web software at the moment. It's the kludgiest amalgomation of crap that I've seen in quite some time.

It sounds like some poor decisions have led to that situation for you. Ruby and Node both have fairly flexible package management solutions that let you pin dependencies and provide private repos for your specific dependency versions when for some reason you can't use official ones.

However, one thing that has always bothered me is when we say "well we're using ruby xx.xx (or node xx.xx or php xx.xx or whatever) on our development machines, so we must install that version on production" and then the hoops taken to do that. It should be "production can run ruby xx.xx so that's what you have to develop against".

Comment: Re:I've quit two jobs, due to overwork (Score 1) 710

by jemmyw (#47316205) Attached to: Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

Working 5 days a week for 8 hours at a time doesn't make any sense anymore.

I agree. But it's good to have that structure when you first start out. It's also good to know when to break out of it, and I wish I had done so far earlier than I did. If you are a technology worker you should understand that some days you can work longer, some shorter. Sometimes you feel like you can't work on the major tasks so you do support for a few hours. And I often shift the time around. For some reason I feel way more productive between 11pm and 1am than 11am and 1pm.

Comment: Re:I've quit two jobs, due to overwork (Score 1) 710

by jemmyw (#47312833) Attached to: Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

My wife often comments that I am not very easy to distract when working. And the day is still delineated with events: children wake us up, time for breakfast then work. Lunch time, walk out for coffee. Dinner time, 5:30, time to stop working. Sure if you had no family then that might break down.

I've seen plenty of people working long hours at the office.

Comment: Re:I've quit two jobs, due to overwork (Score 1) 710

by jemmyw (#47312507) Attached to: Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

Yes I overplayed it a little there. The best workers work wherever is best for them, be it the office or at home. But the thing I find distracting at the office is the people. I love talking to people and helping them out and so forth (which obviously happens remotely too, but not as much) but for getting some programming or spec work done my own calm space is best. I can work a little long from home without really thinking about it because there's no hassle of "getting ready" or the commute. Although there is often the "shit, video conference in 5 minutes, no trousers" moment.

Comment: Re:I've quit two jobs, due to overwork (Score 4, Insightful) 710

by jemmyw (#47312149) Attached to: Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

This is rather anecdotal. I refuse to believe that I'm in a 5% percentage of people more effective working from home than in the office. The office is full of distractions, noise, people to waste time with, toys like pool tables and so forth. I go in every so often because some of those distractions are important.

But home is nice and quiet. Can move between desk, sofa, bed, outside with laptop. I suspect that those who find distractions working at home will find distractions working in the office.

I've noticed that the best workers in my company are the ones who have gone remote. I'm not saying that they are best because they're remote. But they're probably the ones who don't feel they need to be seen in the office to prove their worth.

Comment: Re:Good! (Score 2) 619

by jemmyw (#47277725) Attached to: 2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

I've lived in NZ and California.

3) the population is mostly concentrated in a couple of cities, and not of a huge relative geographical area. More folks can do mass transit there, and drive less often.

The USA could really do with more mass transit. There's plenty of concentrated population. I've not spoken to a single American here who disagrees, so it must be down to politics. When you say concentrated... the Wellington region has less than 400k people. And yet you can get around reasonably easily via train and bus. I lived in Waikanae, an hours drive north of Wellington, and getting the train + bus took an 1hr 20 mins.

In the USA I live near Santa Rosa, and it takes 1hr 15mins to drive to where I need to be in SF when there is no traffic (ha). Public transport would take more than 3hours! And North Bay alone has a greater population than the entire Wellington region.

4) an immigration policy that would get us called Nazis if we implemented them here (see also the current immigration woes and their contribution to economic issues here in the US)

Really? I did not know that. I found it way easier and less bureaucratic to get into NZ.

I'd rather just believe that it's done by little elves running around.