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Comment Re:It is called risk-taking (Score 1) 318 318

There are times to play it safe, and there are times to take a chance and risk it.

And for someone fresh out of university with no driver's license, which time is this?

The time will be once you get your driver license and get a job and accumulate some experience. Then, that will be the time.

Stop playing the helpless victim. Use your brain.

Comment Re:trick them into it ... (Score 1) 318 318

That's the problem. If they think there is another offer, they will tell you to go take that one and not continue wasting their time.

I did the working from home thing. Worked OK until the startup got bought out, IT went to a consulting company and devs went offshore. Because you are generally not bumping into the office denizens on a daily basis, when something breaks and fingers start getting pointed, those fingers will get pointed at the person not there... which is the person working from home.

Not to cast judgement of a situation I know nothing off, but to me that sounds you did it wrong. Just because we work from home, that does not mean we are invisible. And that is the thing, blame gets thrown to those that are invisible. And that happens whether we work from home or from the office. Obviously, it is easier to occur in the former, which is more imperative to have your presence known.

Whether I work from home or work, I keep tabs on what I do. I don't start my day with a draft e-mail stating what I did yesterday and since last week. And I do not close my work until I have sent that draft to myself. Then, anyone that asks me for a report on what I'm working on can get it immediately. Manager doesn't ask me for a regular status report. Whatever, I send it regardless. Every important meeting I make sure I'm sure to participate, in presence or by phone/teleconference/whatever. Whatever the job, we have the urgency to establish ourselves as SMEs of something, to own a system or responsibility, to build credibility, to be on top of politics (oh yes, you can get a whiff off politics even when remote), and most important of all, to never lose composure when dealing with shenanigans.

Only when the environment is so dysfunctional that this is not possible, but then, it would be a losing proposition regardless of telecommuting.

Comment what a load of unsubstantiated crock (Score 1) 318 318

If you can do the job from home, so can some guy in India who gets paid 10% of your wage. Working from home is code for "Easy to outsource", and is not something you want to look for in a job.

Yeah, because the majority of people in IT who get outsourced were working from home... oh, wait.

Seriously, how far up the ass do you guys have to come up with such lame statements? Do you guys even think before you post them? Just think about it. Thousands of people get replaced all the time via offshore? The overwhelming majority of them worked with a required presence, in an office or a factory.

So how the hell do come up with such opinions?

Whether you work from home or from an office is irrelevant to outsourcing. We are all going to deal with it, so the question is whether we have the skills to delay it, and the skills to rebound quickly at another place, and the social skills and network connections to deal with this permanent feature of a global economy.

This has been going on for 15 years now, and it is an extension of the transition from work-for-life to oh-shit-everyone-is-a-contractor-now that has been going on since the late 80s. Where have you guys been?

Comment It is called risk-taking (Score 1) 318 318

Why are people so quick to assume that they can't ask for something, and negotiate their compensation?

Because when I have asked for things, the result has ended up being "we went with another candidate for this position", and "how can I make myself a better fit for your company in the future?" has gone unanswered.

Well, duh. That's the risk you have to take. It's like anything. You ask for something, and you risk getting a "no". And "risk" is the operative word here. Risk implies possibility, not certainty.

Fine, don't ask. You will never hear a "no", but you will never get what you want. To make an omelette you need to break some eggs. Interviews and job offers are nothing more than conducting business, between you and the prospective employer. And in business, like in anything else, there is a fine balance between risk-taking and rewards.

There are times to play it safe, and there are times to take a chance and risk it.

Comment This is how (Score 1) 318 318

Honestly, the best way to get a "work from home" job is to quit looking at jobs that want a presence.

Which brings us back to the original question: How can someone who recently graduated from university find a job that doesn't require a presence?

By having a linkedin profile first and foremost, and then going to dice and and search for jobs with telecommuting as an option. I shit you not, the jobs are there. Perhaps they are not the most numerous of all, but if you, the generic you, spent an hour every day perusing through those job openings, you will have about a half a dozen decent leads.

Then you look at those jobs, and you look at those requirements. Then you ask yourself, am I a match? If so, then apply. Rinse and repeat until that shit delivers what you want.

If you are not a match, then get a job that requires a presence that can lead you to acquire the desired skills. Wait a couple of years acquiring skills, experience and connections, all the while searching for the desired types of jobs until you get a feel for it, a feel of where the industry is headed, which skills are common in telecommuting jobs, etc.

Then, when you are ready, you apply. You search and apply till you get it.

This advise works for anyone, fresh out of college, or veteran from the trenches. It also work for anything other than telecommuting jobs. Define what you want, research and understand what it takes to get what you want, get those things, then go get it.

As far as IT is concerned, the most common types of jobs that are amenable to telecommuting are sysadmin/L3 support/JEE administrator jobs, Dev/Ops and freelancing with Ruby or Python (JEE/C++/C# work is less common in the telecommuting realms.)

And if you have a lot of experience, you can branch into business analysis, architecture or security, which are also open to telecommuting (the more experience you have, the greater the chances.)

Citations: 20 years doing this shit, both in person and telecommuting.

Comment Re:Dice supplying stuff to make a resume look nice (Score 1) 65 65

Today's software engineering world is so averse to training people it rarely considers searching for a veteran software engineer and letting him come up to speed on random techs.

Not to put too fine a point on it but that's your own responsibility, not the company you work for.

Only if you are a contractor. Otherwise, the answer is no.

Comment Re:Not all programmers are web frontend devs (Score 1) 126 126

You assume that Javascript is front-end That is no longer the case

Irrelevant to the topic at hand, JQuery (and front web development specifically which is the article's theme.)

This is like having a discussion on C/C++'s direct memory management and then drop a retort saying "you can get automatic garbage collection" with a link to Microsoft's C++/CX. #duh

Comment Re:Logjam / Diffie Hellman attacks (Score 1) 95 95

OpenSSL has added protection for TLS clients by rejecting handshakes with DH parameters shorter than 768 bits. This limit will be increased to 1024 bits in a future release.

Good. But it doesn't go far enough. How about some kind of deprecation warning if DH is using any well known prime number?

What prime number that is known or effectively computable for DH is not well known? Maybe I'm missing something here.

Comment Re:Predictable cadence? (Score 1) 95 95

What stops you from patching your machine in your own time?

Budgets, schedules, coordination with other 24/7 services that depend on it, etc, etc. If it is a single isolated system, then yeah, it's trivial. When we are talking about production and test environments with dozens (or even more) systems, then it is not just a matter of working "own your own time." This gets worse when there are systems that heavily utilize SSL.

Any such upgrade requires some type of basic regression testing of said systems outside of the typical testing schedules associated to development. And that brings up pulling resources from somewhere else to do the testing.

It is almost never our own time alone.

Comment Re:Predictable cadence? (Score 1) 95 95

Unfortunately in this world with change control, number of systems affected, testers that need to be lined up, business stakeholder notified of outage if any etc means that unless a security issue is out in the wild your are not going to deploy it. By having regular predictable releases you can organise regular pre-approved changes etc.


And how do you schedule predicable zero-day security patches, for instance?

Comment with regards to meaningless slogans (Score 1) 95 95

There's a difference between having the capacity for the moral depravity and incompetence needed to be a politician

What a load of meaningless crock. I'm sure it makes up for one hell of a slogan. Meaningless, but certainly attention-grabbing for the purpose of rhetorical posturing. Congratulations.

Comment Re:Drinking Water (Score 1) 51 51

They don't have clean drinking water but they have a space program? I think their brains are refried.

Yeah, because everyone in the US has access to clean water. I could take you down a trip in the South if you want some examples. #rollseyes.

Not everything is Mexico is backwards, just as not everything in the US is of a 1st world quality. Talking about talking shit just for the sake of it.

Comment Some still require ink sigs (Score 1) 395 395

The legal profession has embraced electronic signatures. At my work we use DocuSign for the majority of contracts with our vendors.

Not all participants in the legal profession have embraced e-sigs. For example, my wife and I needed to get a power-of-attorney (POA) so that I could a home purchase deal while she was out of the country. That was just a week ago. And the POA was required to be signed, in blue ink, before taking it to the court house.

Even in real estate, there are participants who, for one reason or another, still demand sigs. For the same property we are trying to close, the seller (a trust) required us to use ink signatures, which we found it very unusual since we have been doing e-sigs for ages.

For as long as someone demands an ink signature for something someone else wants, and there are now laws demanding e-signatures to be accepted when offered, we are going to have ink sigs. And that is going to be the case for a long, long time to come.

Comment Re:Cue creationists (Score 1) 51 51

Cue young earth creationists claiming this dinosaur was intelligently designed 5000 years ago.


Some of them already claim that soft tissue discoveries proved that dinosaurs were recent. IIRC it was listed in the "creationist rigs search results" article a week or two ago.

Of course, there's a pending religious schism between those who claim all the dinos died in the flood, those who claim that they were saved by Noah and died later, and those who say they never existed at all (the fossils being planted by God to make sure no eviloutionists believe the bible).

You forget the existing religious schism which pits creationists vs those who accept evolution. This is something that completely baffles me, creationism, since I came to the US 26 years ago.

Creationism is hardly a form of thought in the rest of Christendom, but it is so dominant in the US. How can this country who has achieved so much have so many troglodyte-thinking people?

My grandma back in my country, who has never left her little mountain town and who only completed elementary education accepts evolution (scientists say so, I don't understand it, but they do, because they studied a lot, so it must be true, that is what she says.)

The level of willful stupidity in this country boggles the mind.

Comment Germany is not socialist (Score 1) 528 528

Socialism has made many promises it cannot keep. Capitalism promises nothing, but can generate much more wealth.

1. Germany is not socialist. If you bring socialism in the context of comparing Germany with the US, you are an ignorant ass.

2. Socialism, capitalism, blah blah. You don't know what the hell you are talking about.

Seriously, get the hell out of whatever hole you live in, travel the US, and then travel the world. Then talk.

Time-sharing is the junk-mail part of the computer business. -- H.R.J. Grosch (attributed)