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Comment: Re:Another sign NASA is circling the drain ... (Score 3) 160

by poached (#47679197) Attached to: The Flight of Gifted Engineers From NASA

There is rarely a better job than the federal government, if you can get in that is. Rather than take the best and brightest, they have a black hole of a job portal called Think about applying to private sector jobs is painful? Try applying for federal jobs. Jobs are posted six months ahead so you just sit there wondering if you made it to the next round. And it's kind of like applying to college. You don't know why you got rejected because the skills they are looking for are not very well defined.

Comment: Re:Technical People (Score 3, Insightful) 194

by poached (#47678655) Attached to: The Billion-Dollar Website

Agile is not about not needing requirements. It's about the fact that any complex project will have requirement changes and the project and the people on the project need to deal with those changes quickly. It's like that saying, "the only constant in the world is change." Rather than avoiding change and try to spec out everything in advance (which cannot be done), embrace it and deal with it so it minimizes disruption.

There are meetings to gather requirements, but those meetings are two-way; you also present and let clients play around with whatever you have and gather feedback and incorporating those feedback into the next iteration. By the time you deliver the product, there shouldn't be any surprises to the client about how the product behaves. Both parties are happy with their experience.

Comment: is auto a mistake in C++11 (Score 1) 427

by poached (#47673549) Attached to: Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

The auto keyword in C++11 makes writing code a hair faster but makes maintaining code much harder. It was seen as a great feature so programmers don't have to write out long and messy template class declarations, but I feel that it makes code maintenance a nightmare. Instead of knowing exactly what is being returned, the code that abuses "auto" makes the maintainer have to track down the function signature and then find the return type. Coupled with less than perfect (and much worse compared to C# and Java) IDE support for source code, it kills productivity. What is your view on the auto keyword?

Comment: How many affected are H1-Bs? (Score 2) 383

by poached (#47475019) Attached to: Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

During several rounds of layoffs I experienced in 2009, all of the workers laid off were non-H1-B holders. H1-Bs have better job security than their American counterparts (until they get their green card). I won't be surprised that the 18,000 are going to be either Western European or Americans. Hey at least in Western Europe they have better social services and losing your job won't be the end of your health care and other necessary services. America? Fuck it, you are out on the streets if you didn't save like a hawk. In this economy, finding a job will be very difficult, especially with that many hitting the streets at once.

Get rid of the dead weight and retrain the rest. You won't ever need H1-B to fill any jobs if your workforce is always trained and on the cutting edge.

Comment: Re:It will never work (Score 1) 548

by poached (#47283515) Attached to: Girls Take All In $50 Million Google Learn-to-Code Initiative

Girls like to find good mates, like we all do. Is sitting in front of the computer all day and only interacting with socially awkward nerds through IM going to help them? No. Is being a part of a marketing team working on a big marketing project and meeting with clients and co-workers going to help them? Much more so than the former. Making money isn't the end-all-be-all measure of work satisfaction, especially for women. Men are deluded to think that money==power==pussy, but it's much more than that to most women. Otherwise most of us would have incredibly hot wives and girlfriends.

Comment: Anti-competitive behaviors? (Score 3, Interesting) 79

by poached (#47039051) Attached to: Interviews: Ask Travis Kalanick About Startups and Uber

How do you respond to allegations that Uber has engaged in price-fixing for profit and anti-competitive tactics for market share? Examples: Uber forced driver shortage to boost surge pricing, Uber staff making bogus reservations at competitor's service. Is Uber just a big bully? Are you?

Comment: Re:seems like a back door (Score 1) 566

by poached (#46954159) Attached to: Let Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Work In US, Says White House

You seem to confirm my theory that it is easier to land a job as a H1-B than as a US citizen.

Could it be that H1-Bs have firmly and thoroughly infiltrated the corporate world that the hiring manager would prefer to hire someone of their race, religion, culture, etc? Or that because of the corporations and managers are willing to shell out the excessive amount of money to hire a foreigner over an American for guaranteed six years of service and no job hopping? Turn overs are expensive. It takes probably one year for someone regardless of background to get completely up to speed. If that person leave at the end of one year, I wouldn't have gotten back my return on investment. But six, and at which point you can hire someone cheaper to start over, sure, that sounds a lot better!

We all know that the white HR team have no say in who the manager decides to hire. The manager at this point in time is more likely going to be a) Indian or b) white but thoroughly believes in saving his own ass by hiring replaceable H1-Bs.

Comment: Re:AWS is NOT cheap (Score 1) 146

by poached (#46758097) Attached to: How Amazon Keeps Cutting AWS Prices: Cheapskate Culture

That's great that your service is 1/4 the cost of AWS, but do you have a data center in Europe that I can run my apps on? How about South America, Asia Pacific? Yeah, it may cost more, but I get to have my apps and services running in all major geographies so that customer can actually have a good experience. Can you provide that kind of service at your current price point?

Comment: Re:Immigration not H1B (Score 1) 325

by poached (#46646149) Attached to: Wants More H-1B Visas, But 50% Go To Offshore Firms

I wish it is a law for H1B employers to disclose the percentage of their company who are on H1B visas. I don't have a problem with foreigners, per se, but I don't trust that the reverse is not true - that those H1Bs are not going to bring their old world rivalries and discrimination against me. Especially with most of the H1Bs coming from the same country, India, there is a strong monoculture forming in these places that I would rather avoid. Interviews don't really tell the whole story because they can always select who they want you to meet during the brief time you have there.

A language that doesn't affect the way you think about programming is not worth knowing.