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Comment: Tiny Pieces (Score 1) 133

Open-Source software has a number of irreconcilable differences from closed-source software that makes comparison tricky:
  - Ownership
  - Rejection of low-quality code
  - No deadlines

A similarity:
There are more open-source libraries on GitHub in Javascript than any other language, and quite a bit of consumption of them. Most are built & maintained by one person. Lots of components are used to build an advanced website, but each is fairly replaceable.

My closed-source employer follows a similar process with each developer exclusively maintaining one or more tiny programs. Some of those were designed poorly to meet a schedule (by people who were let go). Now others (me) are creating replacement programs. Since each program does effectively very little, and it's well-documented for integration purposes, it's quite easy to replace entire programs outright that contain trouble. This gives us the same language freedom that open-source enjoys.
Further, it's a revolving door. Any program that's sufficiently devoid of "company secrets" is free to be open-sourced. This makes the company "dev-community focused" which helps hiring & retention.

Comment: Re:SOME of that is clueless HR. SOME is to get H1B (Score 1) 348

by snadrus (#49226383) Attached to: Obama Administration Claims There Are 545,000 IT Job Openings

This "perfect corruption" cannot be litigated against. It simply must rot organizations out of existence, which it will when nobody can speak to each other, nobody is capable of doing the work assigned, and cleaning-up the mess made becomes 10x multiples or more vs the money saved.

All the while, honest companies with good interview practices simply take over when their big, old competitors fail to progress or vanish entirely.

In the news: 100,000 IBM layoffs last month.

This is why small & medium businesses are the future, so you don't have one honest department & one broken department but instead have a successful company and a failing company.

Oh look, my old sig already held the answer:

Comment: Re:I'd just like to take this opportunity. (Score 1) 260

by snadrus (#49115047) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Parental Content Control For Free OSs?

Agreed! Having girls makes this trickier, but I plan to take them to nude beaches, discuss the factors involved with Torrenting movies, get them drunk before College, show them rehab (anti-drug), poverty (work ethic), deviancy (safety), etc. Want to inoculate your kids against some trouble and can't think of how? Google it!
Kids outlive parents. So Parents, expose your kids to all the worldly matters & discuss them, because one day you'll kick off and then what?

Comment: Ozone? (Score 1) 421

by snadrus (#49114959) Attached to: What If We Lost the Sky?

So we are lamenting not having enough Ozone (the chemical)? Then how about we produce some & release it. The sky then stays blue.

But if that's still not enough, then find "dark places" on Earth and coat with something white and permanent (Limestone).
Just requiring a formula change for Asphalt roadwork would go a long way here.

Comment: personal FOSS economies (Score 1) 205

by snadrus (#48553387) Attached to: The Failed Economics of Our Software Commons

I open source as many parts of my paid projects as i can so that I'm not forced to reinvent the same wheel i made through a previous employer.

This makes me more productive perceptually since i bring value from my previous positions. Others could as well, but aren't as versed with my creations as i am.
So why do my current employers give to my next? It's a perk choosing them nothing.

Comment: WebRTC (Score 1) 194

by snadrus (#47597557) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Bulletproof Video Conferencing For Alzheimers Home?

It's a blanket technology allowing you to do any authentication model. It's supported by Chrome & FF, so the standard won't break anytime soon.
You'll need someone to build out the web app (like me) and then the app can get pushed easily.
After that, a simple but modern browser locked into a kiosk mode should do it. Then I'd seriously consider reducing updates to zero by limiting the kiosk to only your server's domain.

Yes, it could break. Anything can, but this gives you control over the:
- UI
- updates (since you control the app it connects to)
- privacy (doubtful you can trust data mining in a medical facility)
And that's compelling.

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