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Comment: Re:Is that including "contracters"? (Score 1) 138

by spiffmastercow (#45769011) Attached to: Percentage of Self-Employed IT Workers Increasing

I'm betting that 18% includes people forced onto contracts because many companies no longer hire full time employees or require "contract" work before making a full time offer.

It includes people who are tired of obtaining a "permanent" position only to have the entire department liquidated 2-3 years later. Repeatedly. As a contractor, I can have multiple clients, which makes it less likely for them to all "fire" me at the same time.

That's fine, I'm not talking about people in your situation. Personally I'd probably do the same if I didn't need a consistent stream of income and health insurance to support my family. But there are a large number of IT workers out there that are on "contract", but are treated as an employee. This is basically labor fraud, and it should be stopped.

Comment: Re:Next job? (Score 1) 308

by spiffmastercow (#45749221) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Do You Run a Copy-Cat Installation At Home?

Most of my friends in the field have a similar experience, so either we all suck, or you're the one lucky enough to work for nicer employers than industry average.

Of course about half of the people in the field are going to be below average aren't they?

Only if the distribution is uniform.

Comment: Re:antibiotic used "preventively" in cattle (Score 1) 111

When the white man got to North America, they found the environment as full of resources as the Indians had found it when they got there over 10,000 years before.

Yeah, because there's no way of hunting more sustainable than what the Native Americans did: chase the herd of Bison off a fucking cliff so you could eat one or two of them.

Comment: Re: This is the Problem. (Score 1) 246

by spiffmastercow (#45706083) Attached to: The Business of Attention Deficit Disorder

Nope. Everyone gets the same coverage. Its paid by your employer, you never see that money on your payslip even. There are no tiers. Taxes are high, but we actually get good stuff for it. Despite the taxes we have the one of the highest standards of living in the world.

There is private insurance that basically lets you cut the line in certain cases, mainly ailments where an operation isnt time critical. We do have a few small private specialist hospitals that accept patients that pay their own way, but they work within the system as well. I had an operation on one of these hospitals, paid for by the standard single-payer insurance. Worked just like on any other hospital.

Now if only you would start accepting immigrants from America so that we sane Americans could escape from the idiotic politicians elected by the ~55% of the population that thinks like Curunir_wolf.

Comment: If you're trying to get in now, you're too late (Score 1) 213

by spiffmastercow (#45705491) Attached to: Surge In Litecoin Mining Leads To Graphics Card Shortage
I bought my R9 290 a week and a half ago, and even then I knew something was up with this, as cards started showing "out of stock". I paid $400, the going price at the time, and got it in last Monday. At the time I ordered, it looked like I could make $600/mo off of mining from it. Now it's close to $200/mo. I'll likely be able to eventually recover my initial cost, or sell right now on ebay for ~$200 profit and go back to my GTX 760, but the chance to make real money is long since over.

+ - Ask Slashdot: Best FLOSS iTunes Replacement in 2013? 1

Submitted by cs80
cs80 (3456089) writes "I've been looking high and low for a decent, open-source, cross-platform audio player that can import an existing iTunes library and sort my files based on their ID3 tags.
Nightingale, with its iTunes-like interface, would have been the obvious answer, but its file organization feature was pulled for being too buggy. What open-source audio player did you migrate to after dumping iTunes?"

Comment: Re:Doctors save soldiers (Score 3, Insightful) 406

by spiffmastercow (#45610223) Attached to: Why Engineers Must Consider the Ethical Implications of Their Work

Saying an engineer shouldn't design a better weapon is like saying a doctor shouldn't treat a wounded soldier.

No, saying an engineer shouldn't design a better weapon is like saying a doctor shouldn't culture anthrax for the military to use as a weapon. I'm not particularly opposed to designing better weapons for the military (it will happen regardless), but it does seem engineers are held to different ethical standards than medical docs. Not necessarily better or worse standards, mind you, just standards more suited to the job they perform.

Comment: Re:There is Oracle, and Oracle consultants (Score 2) 275

by spiffmastercow (#45586301) Attached to: How Much Is Oracle To Blame For Healthcare IT Woes?

Baloney...well, mostly baloney. There are times when it makes sense to do things in house and there are times where it very much does not make sense. Why hire full time employees for project management, development, QA, etc for an 12 month project? Does you organization have the expertise to run such an effort? What do you do with everyone once the project is over? Yes, you will want your own technical staff to be part of the process. Yes, it may make sense to do the maintenance / support in house. Yes, you should never do time and materials but instead fixed bid with penalties (this does mean you will need to have a very good spec up front). Yes, you should get several bids and do your homework on the companies providing the bids. However, none of this precludes using an outside contractor.

The US government actually has a number of internal contractors, dev shops filled with federal employees that contract out to other agencies. I used to work for one, and despite the monumental amount of red tape we had to slog through to do our jobs, we had a reputation for finishing projects with a low budget and in a timely fashion. At one point we had a number of lobbyists trying to get congress to shut us down because we were taking contracts away from private companies that failed to deliver on their contracts. The resulting conflict of interest from this arrangement is generally less than from a private contractor.

Comment: Re:This is a problem because....? (Score -1, Flamebait) 445

by spiffmastercow (#45532757) Attached to: Female Software Engineers May Be Even Scarcer Than We Thought

Don't get it. So women don't want to program. That's fine. Why do we feel the need to inflate the numbers? Feminism is an outdated concept by this point - and frankly, it doesn't apply to software engineering.

So that our future sons can get laid, and so that our future daughters get knocked up by smart douchebags instead of idiotic douchebags.

Comment: Re:Fucking rednecks (Score 1) 1030

by spiffmastercow (#45495393) Attached to: A War Over Solar Power Is Raging Within the GOP

The thing is, I can put solar on my house, and I will be to able to generate enough power, on occasion, to have some extra to put back on the grid. With the right configuration and local storage, I can even go off the grid. As a consumer, the other options you mention are things I can't do. Sure, solar is more expensive per KWH, but at least it's doable for lots of homeowners.

Separately, you may not have noticed that the Republicans have held effective veto power over new legislation in the Senate until just yesterday. Thus, making the claim the Republicans (even with a minority in the Senate) can be held somewhat responsible for lack of progress in the area seems reasonable.

They still have veto power on legislation, just not low-level court appointments.

Comment: Valuation is completely skewed.. (Score 2, Insightful) 188

by spiffmastercow (#45420479) Attached to: SnapChat Turns Down $3 Billion Offer From Facebook
I really don't understand how the "new" tech companies command such a high price point for such worthless products. Somehow Twitter is worth more than Redhat, FB is worth more than MS, and Zynga is worth more than EA? I get that there is value in novelty, and that some of the older companies may not be innovating the way they used to, but how is it possible that something trivial like Snapchat is worth more than a couple mil?

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