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Comment Re:Tesla? (Score 5, Informative) 187

well since electric vehicles are 6% of the global demand for lithium, probably not. "Other" batteries such as cellphones, laptops, etc are 23%,

Electric vehicles are the biggest growth area, but other devices are currently the biggest demand.

at least according to financial prospectus, and I always tend to follow the money.

Comment Re:Often the simplest tool is the best job. (Score 1) 432

I have a pretty complicated but not state-of-the-art programmable digital thermostat. Not even "smart"

I wish I had one of those simple "set it to this temp with a lever, and a mercury switch will turn the damn unit on" kind.

As it is, every seasonal change I have to set a program to change to the exact same temperature 4 times a day every day (at least 200 button pushes)

Comment Stupid, but moral of the story: (Score 1) 164

There is no way this could be even close to conclusive, but the moral of the story is - if it is stupid, but a judge will call it probable cause, then it isn't stupid.

The truth is it doesn't need to be conclusive, it just has to look conclusive to a 60 year old law professional with no programming experience.

Comment Re:This is great, but honestly the closet is bette (Score 1) 165

Ok so this is it, lets say you are a developer. Your boss, the "business people," the users of the software, the QA team, those are your customers. Secondary to writing code, you are a sales person, and your product is "please keep paying me money to write code" These are the fluffy, piece of shit MBA books that I live my work life by: Raving Fans
Hug your customers
I used to use a different book for Meetings, but this one is way better, and is even styled as if it is some sort of science: Powerfully Simple Meetings: Your Guide For Fewer, Faster, More Focused Meetings

There are literally millions of books about how to deal with business people, I don't think it even really matters which ones you read. None are written for autistic people, but that is a good thing. Hug your customers is like a movie script for dealing with unreasonable people, which is mostly what you run in to if you think purely logically/logistically.

Also, if you put these on your bookshelf in your office/cubicle next to the programming books, EVEN IF YOU NEVER READ THEM, it will increase the non-technical people's opinion of you by a significant amount.

Comment Re:This is great, but honestly the closet is bette (Score 1) 165

that is my point. It is a great program, but an autistic person who is hired outside of this program will be much less of a second class citizen, making it a much more financially desirable thing to pass as NT.

Although it would be way less exhausting, and possibly worth the hit to your paycheck to not have to constantly watch your Ps and Qs, and to just let your Aut-flag fly all day. It just comes down to why you work. I work for money. I would prefer to do something I am good at and something interesting, but I wouldn't work at all if I didn't need money, so the thing that gets me the most money is the thing that I am going to do. It will not put a premium on comfort over money, that is nonsense.

Comment This is great, but honestly the closet is better. (Score 4, Informative) 165

As someone who grew up with a diagnosis, and has worked as a software developer/team lead for 15 years, getting paid well, and even promoted into architect roles... I am super lucky that I focused on being able to "pass" early on.

Though I am hired and paid and valued based on the skills that I have which are related directly to my diagnosis, I would never tell a perspective employer that I have the dreaded 'tism. Passing is much more lucrative, and even when I have a lower technical skill level than other members of my repressed class, I manage to make more money than them, because I can talk to management.

I highly recommend "business" books such as "Hug your customers" and other trendy MBA type books. Business interaction isn't nearly as hard as say high school, or social gatherings, because business interactions have specific enumerated rules, that have been written down, and are generally agreed upon. This is a boon for Autistic people trying to have successful careers because that means we don't have to rely on an instinct that is present in others but not us. Business interactions are already scripted, and working a script is significantly easier than navigating unspoken social protocol.

I applaud SAP for this initiative, but I urge working autistic adults to eliminate their own need for such programs by spending time learning the protocols of business, it is similar in scale to learning the rules to Magic the Gathering, but way more financially rewarding.

Comment 15 years ago vs Now vs +10 (Score 1) 279

I have been writing "enterprise software" (boring, lucrative software used by big business) for 15 years. Little has changed but the vocabulary, and even then it is synonym based changes ("Hosted" vs "Cloud", "GUI" vs "Single page application", etc). Sure I use new frameworks and describe my work in "new paradigms" but it is all just the same.

No matter what you do, or how you describe it, what tools you use, or even how you plan it, at a certain point you just have to do the thing.. actually write the code that makes the things happen that you want to happen.

No amount of framework overhaul, or "methodology shifts" will change the fact that there is a certain amount of stuff that you just have to do. The fact that I am willing to just do the thing, is what makes me a well-paid developer, and that's not going to change in 10 years.

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