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Comment: Re:We need to learn hipster BS [Re:Tech Savvy] (Score 1) 419

by Tablizer (#49617547) Attached to: Recruiters Use 'Digital Native' As Code For 'No Old Folks'

When a company wants to do something risky, I try to make sure I practice C.Y.A. with a well-CC'd email with wording similar to, "I believe it's notably risky to do X. I highly recommend against it. A lower-risk alternative is to do Y."

Management can go ahead and choose X if they want, but at least you've documented that it's against your recommendations.

Some people simply enjoy blaming and pointing fingers, and will jump at the chance to do so. (Sometimes there's also sticky politics behind it that a techie isn't made aware of.)

And don't expect outright apologies. Many people really hate to admit they are wrong. Humans are just that way. The best you can hope for is that they respect your opinion more in the future because your prediction turned out correct and theirs flubbed.

Carnegie's "How to Win Friends and Influence People" is a great book on office relationships and human nature, even if it's a bit disturbing in places. I highly recommend all geeks read it. It should be required reading in college.

Comment: Re:We need to learn hipster BS [Re:Tech Savvy] (Score 1) 419

by Tablizer (#49616911) Attached to: Recruiters Use 'Digital Native' As Code For 'No Old Folks'

I knew the risk of startups at the time and was willing to accept it then. I was trying to transition off of desktop application dev, expecting it to be a shrinking field, and knew I'd probably have to eat some salary for a year or two in exchange for web-oriented experience.

Comment: Re:summary as i understand it: (Score 1) 194

by Tablizer (#49616859) Attached to: No, NASA Did Not Accidentally Invent Warp Drive

There is a middle ground between groundbreaking and dud. We could learn something new about the interaction of fairly well-known forces, for example, even though it won't provide anything of significance in space due to some yet-to-be-found limit. Or be some inadvertent testing snafu that will make future testers smarter, having this hard-won lesson.

If I had to guesstimate the probabilities right now, I'd go with:

10%: Revolutionary breakthrough

50%: Somewhat interesting lesson having only incremental practicality per new technology or testing methods

40%: Dud or scam

Comment: Double Standard? (Score 2) 257

Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX) is worried that scientists employed by the U.S. government have been running roughshod over the rights of Americans in pursuit of their personal political goals...

And politicians, corporations, and the wealthy have NOT?

Let's not have a double standard here. If we are going to hunt down bias, hunt down ALL bias.

Comment: We need to learn hipster BS [Re:Tech Savvy] (Score 4, Interesting) 419

by Tablizer (#49614157) Attached to: Recruiters Use 'Digital Native' As Code For 'No Old Folks'

Their bullshit may be more modern. Perhaps us ol' fogies should attend "Bullshit like a young buck" courses.

When you are interviewing with a PHB, talking the talk matters. Let's face it, the work world is largely a bullshitting game, for good or bad. It would be nice if it were about logic and planning, but humans got into the mix and mucked up that ideal.

I remember during one interview the PHB asked me if I liked to download stuff to my PC to experiment with new gizmos. I replied that I did, but that I prefer to have one "production" PC to get regular work done and a separate "experimental" PC that can be rebaselined if the experiments mess it up and/or to not cross-mix experiments. (Active-X was the "big thing" at the time, which should be enough to explain my caution.)

Anybody with experience will agree this is the rational way to do it. However, this was a start-up and they had no money for double PC's. (Maybe I should have offered to buy my own spare.) My "kind" wasn't welcome. The details of reality bothered them: they wanted to be sold cheap pie in the sky. That is, naive pioneers who don't know about the arrows yet.

That's not me. I value my experience and all the caveats I've learned over the years. I don't intend to sound grumpy or a like parade-rainer, but rather I'm just giving potential risks and estimated probabilities in a direct factual way. If you want to plow thru the asteroid field without being told the odds, then hang out with Jedi's fresh off the dust-farm and contraband runners. And off my swamp, get!

Comment: Re:getting a job though is still tough (Score 2) 65

by Tablizer (#49612955) Attached to: AI Experts In High Demand

The technology has its place. But it isn't something that magically does the right thing.

It only has to be slightly less stupid than typical humans, and/or cost less than humans. It may also need more trace-ability, such as knowing why it gave an answer it did. With humans you can ask and usually get an answer such as "we always did it this way", "that way usually works for me", or "because the alternative confuses the sales team", etc.

But career-wise AI has had multiple boom/bust cycles as the usual hype-masters overdo claims and damage AI's cred. Have a Plan B if you go into AI. (No, not a Plan 9.)

Comment: Re:Isn't there some vetting process? (Score 1) 467

by jandrese (#49612801) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Announces Bid For White House
If you let a bunch of loons run it's pretty easy to look good by comparison. Look at Mitt Romney. A terrible candidate by most measures, but still better than all of the frothing at the mouth crazies he was running against. This is especially important if you don't have a good centrist candidate and you need to make him look centrist by comparison.

Comment: Re:Actually, it makes sense (Score 1) 467

by jandrese (#49612759) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Announces Bid For White House
Actually firing people is unpopular, even when you are "lowering the size of government". It means taking services away from people and reducing government oversight. It's better to just spend recklessly and then force the next president into financial crisis after financial crisis so they are forced to make the cuts instead.

That's why "debt doesn't matter" when the Republicans are in charge.

Lack of skill dictates economy of style. - Joey Ramone