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Comment: Sales and Persistence (Score 4, Insightful) 523

by soloport (#38190510) Attached to: How Does a Self-Taught Computer Geek Get Hired?
Even if you're a FT employee, you are always selling yourself -- to your one and only client. The only difference with self-employment is you wake up to this fact (or starve, go back to selling yourself during a FT employment interview) and may have more than once client at a time. Even some FT employees work two or more jobs to get by. Self-employment is similar.

Want to get excellent at sales (even if you're going to stay with FT employment)? Read and re-read: Socratic Sales.

A lot of people believe that start-ups succeed or fail because of cash (enough or too little). Certainly cash flow is king when it comes to staying in business. However, the reality is: You either have time or you have money. It takes time to develop a clientèle through carefully crafted product fulfillment and good service. Or you can accelerate this process through expensive advertising. You can burn through a lot of cash if you solve everything with it. Or you can be more creative and leverage time, including other people's time, and spend from less to zero. Time and persistence can pay big dividends.

So, hone your skills. Sell them. Watch your cash. Develop relationships (clients vs customers). Bank!

Comment: Tea Party Aversion to Simple Math (Score 3, Insightful) 244

by soloport (#37567202) Attached to: Top 1% of iOS Game Developers Make a Third of All Revenue
The math works like this...

Apple: Government
Top 1%: "Job creators"
Bottom 80%: The poor saps

Apple takes 33% from 100% of all developers.

USA: Government
Top 1%: "Job creators"
Bottom 80%: The "poor" ([rolls eyes] have you visited Bolivia? Somalia? Haiti?)

USA takes 10%, 15%, 25%, 28%, 33% and 35% from citizens -- generally, depending on income level.

The highest tax brackets have been in decline since 2000:
1993–2000: 39.6%
2001: 39.1%
2002: 38.6%
2003–2007: 35%

Coincidently, so have incomes for the bottom 80% of US citizens (especially if one considers cost increases e.g. health care, interest rates on personal credit).

Comment: Lessons Learned (Score 1) 409

by soloport (#37495142) Attached to: Neil Armstrong To NASA: You're Embarrassing
In the USA, 1% of the people are millionaires. In the US Congress, 48% of members are millionaires. Who do you think is duping who? It was once a government By the people, For the people. Now it boils down to, "Corporations are people, too, ya know!". So our once great country is now in tatters -- as far as people are concerned. Yet it remains a fantastic playground for corporations. Yay!

So, let that be a lesson for you, China. Oh... I'm sorry. Too late. You see, you will never grow to be the great country the USA once was because you are trying to emulate the wrong version of our government. Too bad for you.

Comment: Learn all you can and then... (Score 1) 772

by soloport (#37073010) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Am I Too Old To Learn New Programming Languages?
Make the leap to Consultant. Consultant is just another word for "continuous, steep learning curve". At 30 it's a setup for failure. At 50 it's just right. Am on my 8th year, strictly corp-to-corp (including via regular recruiters) and it pays incredibly well. Corporations just want solutions. You just want to code. Perfect!

+ - What If Android Lost the Patent War?

Submitted by adeelarshad82
adeelarshad82 (1482093) writes "The patent system is certainly complex especially when it comes to smartphones. The Financial Times estimates that as many as 250,000 patents are at stake in a smartphone. And as expected veterans like Microsoft, Nokia, and Apple, each have tens of thousands of patents each however Google's portfolio is reportedly on the low end—"under 1,000." Taking advantage of the opportunity, Apple has its patent strategy aimed squarely at the number one rival to its iOS mobile operating system, Android, which is now embedded in 40 percent of all U.S. smartphones compared to Apple's 26.6 percent. Apple's lawyers have been aggressively suing Android manufacturers HTC and Samsung for various technologies, from the "look and feel" to how it connects to broadband networks. A recently published article takes a deep dive into lawsuits' possible outcomes and their impact on end users."

Comment: Why More IT Profs Work for Cloud Vendors (Score 1) 538

by soloport (#36474480) Attached to: Why Businesses Move To the Cloud: They Hate IT
"OTOH, who usually cleans up any messes that happens with it? Who gets blamed if the cloud provider has an outage?"

Precisely the stuff of why more IT professionals are moving to cloud vendors: Most people want to be seen as valuable contributors to the success of something.

So... Win, win?