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Comment: my opinion (Score 1) 274

by richman555 (#46917869) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Joining a Startup As an Older Programmer?
I am 42 and have been working in the web/internet/ecommerce realm and have done a little bit of everything over the last 19 years (I think). I look back at the earlier years and my first several jobs often required 50-60 hr weeks and 24/7 support. I'd say a start up is fine, as long as you get in with a higher position with some 'real' opportunities for personal gain. I look back at my 20's or early 30's and I really worked hard long hours... and I would really love to have them back. The employer always dangling the carrot... and every project is THE MOST epic and important project ever... My advice is to do what is most important to you and do not undersell your own experience. By this point, I would believe you have been through literally hundreds of projects and have given so much time to your employer. Perhaps the startup is looking to leverage your experience... allow you to lead and flourish and that may be worth it. If they are just looking to fill hours of 'resource' for project work, it may not be for you.

Comment: Companies are cheap (Score 1) 198

by richman555 (#44599613) Attached to: The Decline of '20% Time' at Google
Companies don't like that they have to pay for some form of R&D. This is essentially what 20% time is except it is open to all employees. So it is possible to make improvements in all facets of the company, not just certain strategic areas. Of course, someday this will backfire, when innovation, learning, and growth comes to a halt.

Comment: The reality is more like this.... (Score 1) 138

by richman555 (#44193895) Attached to: Who Will Teach U.S. Kids To Code? Rupert Murdoch
The first thing that needs to be done is not have all American students (who are there because the have some interest) quit these courses after the first several semesters. The second thing is to stop excessive outsourcing of development jobs. This has nothing to do with skill and training, its more about saving money. The third thing is that these businesses don't feel your computer science degrees are all that important anyway. You are putting to much importance on technical things when these companies believe their business models and management are the keys to success (not technology). When it comes to technology... the feel they can get anyone to do this work.

Comment: Likely always has been happening (Score 1) 417

by richman555 (#44147261) Attached to: Snowden: NSA Spying On EU Diplomats and Administrators
I believe the US has been spying like this for years. Tapping our phone conversations, planting bugs, and even sitting outside our house. Its just that technology has caught up so that alot of this information is digital and can be aggregated over time and searchable. Honestly, if you can't trust your government who can you trust. You hope that they use this information wisely. Also other countries would love all of this information as its a new age of espionage.

Comment: The new sweatshops in the US (Score 2, Insightful) 209

by richman555 (#33187088) Attached to: Microsoft & Intel Get a Pass On Higher H-1B Fees
This is a tragic industry trend. I work at a company where about 75% of all developers are HB1 visa holders. These companies are looking for 'instant' workforces that they can bring along and dismantle when a project ends. They also like to work these people like crazy, as they will only be around for a few years. They can work hard for a few years and go back to their country with more money maybe to buy a house or get married. As for HB1 visa holders being cheaper, perhaps a little bit when it comes to health care, etc. I think employers like that they can demand even more out of these folks.

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