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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.

Comment: Re:Gotta ask ! (Score 1) 372

by poet (#45433699) Attached to: MenuetOS, an OS Written Entirely In Assembly Language, Inches Towards 1.0

Outside of the hobby aspect of it, there could be a real future in lower end devices.

Consider the resources that Android takes up. If you have something that is this small, efficient and presumably stable and you need to build out a lot of very small factor devices (phones, ereaders, tablets, medical equipment) something like this would be a very good thing.

Comment: Re:Boston Dynamics is a typical example of... (Score 1) 257

by poet (#45051541) Attached to: Boston Dynamics Wildcat Can Gallop — No Strings Attached

That will come. Military technologies generally make it down to the consumer but only the military can afford to pay for the R&D into such things. Once it is produced, used and does all its killing, it will make it down to the consumer for exactly what you say.

Comment: Re:Megalomanic (Score 0) 290

by poet (#44974241) Attached to: New Unix Implementation Turns 30

At this point none. Originally Emacs. Which was very important to the 1980s and early 1990s free software movement. I think he was heavily involved with the early movements for GCC like the debugger and its ability to handle multiple languages especially COBOL.

Yes he was involved in GCC and of course Emacs. I am not suggesting in anyway that his contributions weren't valuable. Just as his contributions today are valuable. What I am saying is it wasn't "he" who accomplished all of this. It was a huge army of people who prescribed to similar ideals as RMS.

My previous post got marked as Troll is actually kind of surprising since I wasn't bashing RMS in anyway. I just was trying to keep the record straight. If you look at the history of his two greatest (known) feats, Emacs and GCC I think you will see that they both truly started to progress once he wasn't involved as much and focused more on what he is really good at, which is espousing his ideas.

JD

Comment: Re:Megalomanic (Score 2, Informative) 290

by poet (#44973265) Attached to: New Unix Implementation Turns 30

No. He didn't. Was he a part of it? Absolutely but GNU has never produced a usable unix or unix like operating system and it certainly wasn't RMS it was hundreds of thousands of free software and open source developers.

Ask yourself, "What software projects does RMS devote his time too?". To my knowledge, not many if any. He is a great advocate and he has done many things for our community but he did not complete what he set out to do.

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