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Comment: slogans =/= answers, fallacies galore (Score 1) 211

by luis_a_espinal (#49630379) Attached to: Uber Forced Out of Kansas

Because they care about their people more than they care about the taxi lobby.

That's not an answer. That's a slogan.

Apparently they don't though.

This is circular reasoning.

Wonder if they will get away with it?

The question is irrelevant since the premise, the original premise, still remains to be proven/explained as valid.

Seems to me there is a reason Kansas is dying.

Unproven statement. Can't make sound conclusions from it.

This may be a symptom.

Bad hypothesis based on a false premise.

Comment: Worth of Learning (Score 1) 250

by luis_a_espinal (#49624637) Attached to: Is It Worth Learning a Little-Known Programming Language?

Is It Worth Learning a Little-Known Programming Language?

How sad that people have to ask such questions. What is worth? Worth with respect to what? For what?

Are such measuring worth in terms of potential monetary ROI? Or do they ever consider the significant value of learning for the sake of learning, stimulation of the mind, exercises which "laterally" help in being mentally agile and adaptable?

I lean to the later value of worth. And it is true that for a busy professional, sometimes time is not available, but to have to ask such a question, that is sad.

Comment: Programming Talent Myth? What's That? (Score 1) 408

by luis_a_espinal (#49620619) Attached to: The Programming Talent Myth

Jake Edge writes at that there is a myth that programming skill is somehow distributed on a U-shaped curve

Been doing this shit for 20 years, 10 (very) different companies, using different languages and technologies, for app and system level development, working shoulder to shoulder with a very diverse bunch of people. I've never heard of this myth till today.

If I were to be forced to pull guestimations out of my rear, my impression has always been the following:

1. that programming talent distribution with the X axis representing some quantifiable function of both talent and experience (two different things) closely resembles a normal distribution with near zero kurtosis and a slight, but measurable skeweness to the left. The skewness to the left results because, in my experience, lots of people leave the field or stop being active in development before getting to the next level of experience, engineering and craftsmanship. They leave because they suck or don't like what they do, or because they do a perceived beneficial lateral move into management or sales/sales engineering. Less and less people remain in the field honing their skills and making the transition into technical lead/more senior positions responsible for more complex problems.

2. The probability of introduce massive numbers of WTFs per code change sets (or introduce a single massive WTF in a single code change set) as a function of talent and experience resembles an exponential distribution. No matter how experienced you are, you can still fuck it up badly, but the probability of doing so is inversely proportional to your talent (or at least, it should be inversely proportional to your advertised talent.)

Comment: Re:"The Ego" (Score 1) 549

by luis_a_espinal (#49619363) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Announces Bid For White House

So, HP lost 65% of its market value and $100 million dollars, because they made stupid hiring decisions for their CEO. That is the self-correction. Whether Carly gets rich is irrelevant.

That is not self-correction. It is paying the price. Self-correction in a market, with respect to erroneous decisions, is when the rate of occurrence of that type of errors either diminish over time or the rate remains constant with the negative impact diminishing over time. Neither is the case.

Comment: Re:"The Ego" (Score 1) 549

by luis_a_espinal (#49619347) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Announces Bid For White House

When MBA professors mentions *this* as the biggest problem in American corporate culture (can your sense of irony for a second), then this is not idle shit talking.

And when individual companies do this, like, oh, HP, they pay the price. So, it may be a widespread problem, but it is self-correcting.

Self-correcting with respect to what? By replacing one badly performed CEO with another? Or by one company correcting itself while two, three more go down the same bad path despite the obvious, in-your-face, cautionary example?

When the phenomenon keeps occurring to the detriment of the entire national economy, that is not self-correcting.

Comment: Re: "The Ego" (Score 3, Insightful) 549

by luis_a_espinal (#49614531) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Announces Bid For White House

She was also a U.S. Senator for New York for eight years (i.e. Elected twice). But of course, that was also a job that she only got for being Bill Clinton's wife and not because she holds a law degree from Yale University, not because she was a professor of Law at the University of Arkansas, not because she was she was on the congressional legal advisory staff in the Watergate impeachment process, and not because she played an important role in organizing the Carter presidential campaign. Facts.

Facts are never important when we look for reasons to hate ;)

Comment: your view is biased (and stupid). (Score 1) 121

Maybe you should have looked after your employees better, and paid them well enough to ensure they'd stick around. Companies that depend on locking in employees with non-competes are bad actors in my view.

In your view?

I don't defend non-compete agreements, but you are seriously mistaken if you think employees can leave (and worse, go after your clientele) because they do not get treated better. I've seen employees leaving with confidential information, and client information (in industries where that is/was illegal) despite getting a very good treatment, benefits, salaries and a decent work culture. These people not only damaged (or try to damage) the company, but by transitivity, they did so against their fellow (ex) co-workers who did nothing against them.

Oooooohhhhhhhhh evil companies bluhr durr durr.

Either it never occurred to you that this is possible, or your have never seen it, or you simply decide to ignore it. Either way, it doesn't help the position you are trying to present.

Avarice, malice and treachery runs on both sides of the fence. It is human nature, and to pretend employees do not act on it is simply stupid.

That people on /. mod you up without even considering the real examples in history of employees damaging companies that treated them well, that is not surprising.

Comment: Typically a non-existing problem (Score 1) 121

This is precisely why I won't leave California. I will never sign a non-compete contract.

I've never signed (nor being asked to sign) a non-compete in the 20+ years I've been working in the East coast (Florida, specifically). And even if you were asked to sign one, they are rarely enforceable. The one case I know well was completely obliterated in a county court because it would have forced the defendant to take unreasonable daily commute drives to work - meaning 20 miles one way.

Comment: Re:"The Ego" (Score 5, Insightful) 549

by luis_a_espinal (#49614271) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Announces Bid For White House

So, there was a lot of MBA talk and attempts to score big in quarterly reports

And this is the crux of the matter, the focus of scoring big in quarterly reports. This is not hand-waving, purely ideological complaints. When MBA professors mentions *this* as the biggest problem in American corporate culture (can your sense of irony for a second), then this is not idle shit talking.

Business executives are graded per their deliveries at the next immediate quarter, not in their capacity to create long-term value. That is what a shareholder's economy is all about. And Fiorina is a great example of it.

Comment: Experience should cause differentiation (Score 4, Insightful) 538

by luis_a_espinal (#49613989) Attached to: Recruiters Use 'Digital Native' As Code For 'No Old Folks'

"That federal law protects individuals who are 40 years of age or older from employment discrimination based on age." HR drones everywhere are rolling on the carpet laughing. Ever tried to get HR to pass your resume along if they spot any clue that you are 50+?

As we get older, That we should accrue several skills that are hard to commoditize (sp?), such as:

  1. veritable expertise in a domain (several domains preferably to act as fall-back plan A, plan B, plan C, etc.),
  2. a reliable professional network,
  3. a portfolio of work (something, anything),
  4. increased business acumen,
  5. leadership skills,
  6. cross-domain troubleshooting abilities (software/hardware/network troubleshooting),
  7. and an ability to do lateral moves, however painful they might be, to put food on the table without significantly sacrificing our current lifestyles.

All of that crap translates to the following: By the time we hit 40's we shouldn't not be directly competing for the same type of jobs with right-out-of-school kids. Or in more general terms, we should allow ourselves to fall into a situation of having to compete with people 15-20 years our junior.

If we are, then we didn't pay attention to our career development. I saw this in earnest because I spent (wasted) a good chunk of my mid-career years being happy as a "code warrior", disdainfully avoiding any opportunities to take greater responsibilities or broadening my professional and technical horizons. I wasn't being lazy as I would happily clock 60/70 hours "just coding". I was just being ignorant (and ignorance is bliss, right?)

It wasn't until I had people depending on me that I realize how stupid and dangerous that is. We do not get any younger, and we must have something to show from all those years of experience (show something other than coding abilities.)

I oppose age discrimination on principle (and any kind of discrimination unrelated to reasonable work requirements - working more for less is not a reasonable working requirement.)

But I see too many people resting on their laurels expecting to retire doing the same shit they have been doing for the last 20-30 years. That *dream* started to get shattered when the Japanese started beating the crap of American manufacturing 30-40 years ago.

Some people really hadn't gotten the memo yet.

Comment: Re:/.er bitcoin comments are the best! (Score 3, Interesting) 251

by luis_a_espinal (#49587749) Attached to: Bitcoin Is Disrupting the Argentine Economy

..which, from TFA it is - an act of economic desperation. Their currency loses 25% per year and trying to convert it to dollars takes time and huge fees - losing roughly 30%. If bitcoin provides a better, faster arbitrage, then it is, in this case, a more "reliable store of value."

I think it's more of a damning comment on Argentinian currency rather than a spotlight on the quality and fungibility of bitcoins.

Or it could be seen also as a spotlight of bitcoins as a tool to preserve wealth in a free-falling economy.

Comment: Re:Free Markets 101 (Score 1) 88

by luis_a_espinal (#49586467) Attached to: White House Outsources K-12 CS Education To Infosys Charity

The US preaches free markets to the rest of the world, yet the IT programmers there seem to think they are entitled to a monopoly on jobs. I thought free market capitalism was about open market and prices based on demand-supply. Why are IT workers so threatened by this? Is it insecurity about their skills or ability to compete?

Why won't India allow Walmart to open stores in India?

Stop trying to make sense to these sock puppets. It is like trying to teach math to a coconut.

Parts that positively cannot be assembled in improper order will be.