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Comment: Most layoffs are predictable (Score 1) 271

by jonhorvath (#48867691) Attached to: The Tech Industry's Legacy: Creating Disposable Employees

It is usually easy to know when there will be layoffs. Here is a short list of common indicators of a pending layoff.

* Early retirement plans are being offered.
* Your company was recently purchased.
* If a team member leaves, there isn't a replacement being hired.
* The company revenues are tanking.

If two or more above indicators are present at your company, it's time to start looking for a new job.

Comment: Re:my lightbulbs are on the internet! (Score 1) 163

by jonhorvath (#48741119) Attached to: Nest Will Now Work With Your Door Locks, Light Bulbs and More

I've had good luck developing a python/nodejs web app using Open Z-Wave. The only connection to my system is a single SSL enabled web site hosted within my house. No data is stored outside of my house. I'm guessing my setup is more secure than a typical consumer grade home automation system.

I wanted to learn the details of Z-Wave, so I built right on top of the Open Z-Wave library. There are open source frameworks that may be able to jump start your efforts.

Comment: Re:Internet of Hype ... (Score 2) 163

by jonhorvath (#48740551) Attached to: Nest Will Now Work With Your Door Locks, Light Bulbs and More

I've developed using my own Internet connected thermostat using Open Z-Wave. Honestly, it has been the most fun I had with computers and programming since the early Internet days during the 90's. I suspect much of the hype is from developers finding a enjoyable use of their skills in creating interesting and useful products.

The ultimate goal is not to have a thermostat that can be set from a smart phone. A fully connected house with intelligent alogrithms can acomplish some very cool activities. As an example, all my lights would automatically turn off when I go asleep at night. Transmitting these activites through the Internet/Cloud, is my biggest concern with all these new home automation gadgets.

+ - Ask Slashdot: Have you experienced Fear Driven Development (FDD) ?-> 1

Submitted by nerdyalien
nerdyalien (1182659) writes "Few years back, I worked for a large-scale news-media related web development project in a South-East Asian country. Despite formally adopting Agile/Scrum as the SDLC, development was driven based on fear imposed by managers, and architects who were proficient in ADD — A**hole Driven Development. Project ran 4x over its initial estimation, and not to forget those horrendous 18 hours/day, 6 days/week shifts with pizza dinners. For better or worse, I was asked to leave half way thru the project due to a row with the manager; which followed with poor performance reviews and delayed promotion. Are FDD and ADD here to stay ?"
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Comment: Re:Help me understand (Score 1) 390

by jonhorvath (#47482727) Attached to: Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

It could be that the Verizon network can't handle the load of unimpeded Netflix traffic from Level 3. Version has two options to mitigate this problem. One is to upgrade the capacity of the entire Verizon network, which would be fairly expensive capital expense. The second is to limit the peering bandwidth with Level 3. Verizon went with the second option, and it obfuscates the root cause of the Netflix network performance issues. As a public corporation, Verizon made the best decision for it's shareholders.

Comment: Re:sigh... (Score 1) 169

by jonhorvath (#40001675) Attached to: Kodak Basement Lab Housed Small Nuclear Reactor

I actually worked in Kodak Building 82 as a co-op back in 1992. This article brings back all the fond memories of the green glowing goo that would reandomally appear around the office.

If I had any clue that there was a reactor in the same building, fire alarms would have be taken much more seriously. Heck, I would have went straight to my car and go home for the day.

Backed up the system lately?

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