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Comment: It's the cloud (Score 5, Insightful) 146

by poet (#49416433) Attached to: The New Struggles Facing Open Source

The cloud... GCE, AWS/EC2 etc.. that are the biggest threat to Open Source. Things like S3 with its proprietary protocol, developers falling in line for RDS and Dynamo. In short, locking yourself into very expensive, closed alternatives because: "It's easy". The battles never went away, they have just shifted. If you are paying attention and not spending all your time reading CTO magazine, you can see this.

Comment: Re:if that were true (Score 1, Interesting) 348

by poet (#49220015) Attached to: Obama Administration Claims There Are 545,000 IT Job Openings

That just isn't my experience, nor does it reflect the reality of the market. Every company that I know that uses H1B pays very well (I don't use them). My employees make market rate and any offshore work I do usually gets more than market rate.

Now it is true that there are bad apples out there, no question but as a rule from a market perspective, I don't ever see it. I have interviewed hundreds of people in the last year. The ones that were hired, were worth it and make market rate. The ones that weren't were because of very specific things.

To answer your specific comments:

A. People are worth what the market states they are worth, period. If I can get a foreign worker that does the same or better job for less, then the stateside worker isn't worth more than that. (FTR, I pay market rate no matter what).
B. This is a lame excuse. Don't work for those companies or do what you need to do to get the experience.
C. All management is clueless except with IT is clueless. That type of arrogance pretty much makes you undesirable as a candidate. Crappy work environment? Well that is some companies no question but it is certainly not all nor the majority.
D. And this is where the mistake lays at its core. If you believe that, you are interviewing with startups and yeah, working for a startup usually sucks. Find companies that have been around a while (>5 years) and you will be in a much better position.

Comment: Joe is not rudimentary! (Score 1) 31

by poet (#48621247) Attached to: Book Review: Build Your Own Website: A Comic Guide to HTML, CSS, and WordPress

I still use it today. It is an awesome editor. It is modeless (because I shouldn't need to go into a mode to edit a document in an editor...), it isn't clunky like nano, and isn't an desktop environment like Emacs. Don't get me wrong, I can and have used all three of those extensively but to this day, I request joe on any machine I am working on more than once.

Comment: Re:before anybody pops pills (Score 1) 670

by poet (#45627263) Attached to: Diet Drugs Work: Why Won't Doctors Prescribe Them?

This isn't exactly correct.

(2). Meat is not the problem and in fact can greatly help you lose weight especially if you are eating thin meats like poultry or rabbit. Your body burns calories like this:

* Carbs
* Fat
* Protein (and it takes more calories to burn protein than any other calorie)

If you have a high protein diet, guess what calories are going first? Carbs and then Viola... fat.

Now I am not advocating Atkins here. You have to be smart about it and carbs are not all bad. The main problem with carbs (not talking about processed carbs here) is that your body burns those calories first, so you end up hungry all the time. So high protein, high fiber, lots of veggies and have an orange now and again.

Of course let's not get started on the problem with Whisky. :P

Comment: Re:Good health in a pill? Sure, why not? (Score 1) 670

by poet (#45627161) Attached to: Diet Drugs Work: Why Won't Doctors Prescribe Them?

It isn't a win because a pill isn't going to stop diabetes (for example). Losing weight can be hard, especially (ahem) when you get above 40 but it isn't impossible. Pills like this should be reserved for the morbidly obese and should only be used in conjunction with mandatory and perpetual doctor care. The goal isn't weight loss. The goal is good health. You can have a BMI of 10% and be in horrible health with diabetes and any number of other ailments.

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