My conjecture is that the industry as a whole is saturating, and people fortunate enough to have landed the higher echelons in companies are doing the animal-planet alpha-male thing and running anyone possibly more technically competent than themselves out of the company while they still have the power to do so.
I am handling it by developing independent products and working with small companies, as my hope for ever working for a big company again is dashed. I can not imagine a company that has the financial resources to hire expensive lawyers and managers has any place for artistic types. I consider myself to be one of the dime-a-dozen gardeners in their eyes. A "computer janitor" as one of my fellow slashdotters noted so eloquently.
We have got tax and business law so convoluted with special interests that actually doing anything makes little business sense, when there is far more money to be made by throttling competition and selling rights to do anything. I see this going on and on and on as long as the world relies on the US as their bank, as it is well known that bankers eventually end up owning everything due to their capability of not only creating currency out of thin air, but also expecting usury on it that can only be met by their printing yet more currency to pay the amount owed.
History shows only one way has worked to reset the system, and it ain't pretty. Civilizations have worked just like a relaxation oscillator ( avalanche mode ) for as long as we have recorded history. No reason it stops now. It is not human nature at all for it to stop.
Sadly most "save the environment" types failed Chemistry class in high school, and as a result they don't understand that it's not the raw molecules which are usually a problem, but rather how they're hooked together. They tend to believe that any time you have a nasty substance made of A and B, that by extension both A and B are also just as nasty... if not worse. Reality is usually about as far from that as can be
Yes. I have seen a lot of that. I am highly "save the environment", but that does not mean not to use it to its best purposes. I used to work for Chevron. In the research lab as well as the refinery. Great folks. I learned a heck of a lot there. Including how to put hydrogen and carbon together many different ways as well as how to take them back apart. Its all simple little building blocks, but when they are assembled as a toxin, well, that's what they are. Reverting it back to something useful is just a matter of disassembling it then reassembling something useful out of it.
That is why I mentioned getting the oil companies in on it. They are really good at taking things apart then making something useful out of the pieces.
There is nothing hazardous about the elements in any of this stuff. Its how they are assembled that makes it so hazardous. Destructive decomposition by fire is a great way of disassembling unwanted molecules back to far simpler predecessors..
Oil refineries have done this for years. Its known as "flaring". There are lots of oil refineries in the Mid-East. They already have all the equipment in place to disassemble nasty complex molecules.
Not everything in crude oil is nice and pristine. A lot of nasty stuff comes up mixed with the oil.
I think it is high time the government work with the oil companies to borrow the use of their flaring and cracking technologies to disassemble this mess of unwanted molecules and re-form them into something useful, or at least render it harmless.
God knows how many databases my IP got in when I was searching for cracks and hacking tools about ten years ago when I got quite interested in the hacking scene as a result of catching a virus and was insanely curious on just how they did that.. I ran across lots and lots of sites which looked good from the search engine, but when I got there, there was nothing of value. Meaningless drivel and a lot of links to yet more meaningless drivel... or like an old saying "lots of twisty passages" that go nowhere.
Find our niche. Do it for yourself. Build your own dream - not slave away at minimum wage building someone else's dream.
This wage-slave thingie is as bad as prostitution.
My respects to you, Sir.
You provide a service to the community that is far more valuable than most.
A stint in Aerospace removed a heck of a lot of drive out of me. Applying modern management methods to artistic types burns them out damn fast.
Currently, I am working in another little startup. If I had any significant bills to pay or had a family to support, I would be in dire financial straits. I would earn more spendable money being a greeter in Wal-Mart, but I would not enjoy standing eight hours a day robotically saying "Welcome to Wal-Mart" to everyone as well as inspecting every shopping cart that tripped their Sensormatic EAS system.
Sitting in a cubicle trying to implement my designs is not my idea of fun. I am a lab rat. I hate cubicles. I hate ties and dress codes. I hate meetings - if you have anything to say, drop by for a chat - but this thing of requiring me to drop everything and show up somewhere at a fixed time is ridiculous. Its a bad design. Kinda like me memory-mapping I/O ports right in the middle of a memory space currently used by a memory chip.
That was my greatest disappointment when the new wave of management overran the small business I used to work for. Thank goodness I was paid well there before the management coup because we had a lot of successful products to sell. I do not know a single one of the creative types that were able to stand up to the modern management methods. But the stockholders seemed to love them. Pure case of "tragedy of the commons" if you ask me. Destruction of our future product stream for a short term benefit of hyping the sales and profit of our existing line. It seems only people overly concerned with profit, and not design quality, rank that as being so damned important.
I would say if someone else is paying for your study, go for it. A lot of corporations - especially in the Military-Industrial Complex - justify their bid on the amount of credentialed and degreed personnel they are placing on the customer project. Whether or not these people are internally driven to do the technical part of the job seems to be of little importance to the management team. They want certs to sell.
If you are thinking of getting into debt for this, please oh please think twice. My own experience shows there is a terrific glut of very highly qualified "do-ers" out there already. The de-industrialization of America has left cadres of engineering types left over from the hey-days of the 60's on the streets.
As America, banker to the world, transitions from a manufacturing based economy to a service based economy, it seems to me the best jobs are to be found in services catering to helping others comply with government mandates. Every new law passed mandating compliance with some government requirement is a gold-mine for those prepared to assist existing businesses in complying with it. Legalized extortion. While the government holds the gun on the business, you go for their wallet.
I, for one, am extremely impressed with the Japanese, making do despite such a setback.
My take: Salute them and cut them some slack. A lot of slack.
In the early Bible days, it was over who had dominion over the tax paying / tithing populace.
Every war I have studied was over who had rights to tax others. Right now it seems the America is being allowed by the world bank to run rampant with bad money policy because our armed forces enforce the banking elite's ownership claims. Our government seems to have been sold to the bankers. And as long as money can buy enforcement of claims, bankers will continue printing it.
Here are 1200 vendors selling hardware processors designed specifically to mine bitcoins
If you were on the Titanic in its final moments, what would be worth more - a satchel filled with gold? A bag of diamond jewelery? A big old stryofoam cooler box with a broken lid?
Frankly, it surprises me other countries would hang onto a US dollar as an investment, and only accept it as a medium of exchange to quickly buy something else of real intrinsic value. I think of the dollar as more of a copper transmission line for wealth - not a battery - because the dollar as leaky as hell. Its printed on demand in reckless abandon, created from nothing, and in and of itself not worth the paper its printed on. It seems a game of musical chairs, and whoever is holding the dollar when the music stops leaves the room - broke.
When all is said and done, it seems the only investment that survives is the ability to physically intimidate and coerce people - and a people trained and intimidated enough to take it. aka "He who has the gun soon has the gold and the gun."
The "talk on a beam of light" has been a popular science fair project since LED's and photodiodes became available.
Nothing new, but the idea of having divers being able to communicate underwater, voice or texts, seems useful. You wanna text someone? Use your flashlight. Light him up. The light contains the message.
No sense much trying to do a lot of numerical heavy lifting with an Arduino. It simply does not have the horsepower or memory for it. It can act as an intermediary between a tablet which has all sorts of horsepower, and a platform controlling motors and reading sensors.
If the application is quite menial ( say datalogging ), an Arduino can handle it quite nicely on its own when coupled with appropriate storage blocks - but in and of itself, just maintaining a FAT filesystem alone would be difficult for an Arduino, yet a piece of cake for a Raspberry Pi.
I am presently building with an Arduino platform and note I am taking a significant amount of its resources just to deal with two rotary quadrature encoders and two LCD displays.
I am aiming for absolute simplicity. I need lots of low speed I/O and bit-banging special protocols more than anything else ( and I can get it via Arduino's I2C bus ). I will continue with this, but if there is any significant numerical analysis or display, its going to have to partner with something else to do the heavy stuff.
As it is, I intend to use a Parallax Propeller chip if I exceed Arduino's capacity, as most of my needs are menial bit-banging protocols to interface old technologies to newer stuff - and I want it all done in parallel so I do not have interrupt, timing and latency issues. The Propeller chip has eight cores, running in parallel, so each core can be tasked with an individual menial thingie ( UART, SPI, I2C, video, audio, DMX lighting, whatever ), and they will run in parallel without contention or timing issues from waiting for the program counter to be handed to them.
Andre LaMothe has developed a "Chameleon" board combining an Arduino with a Propeller chip if you want to explore this avenue.
A Raspberry Pi would do everything. But then, sometimes a hand calculator comes in handy when you don't want to launch a fullbore compiler to evaluate some mathematical thingie you dream up.
I see a Raspberry Pi ideal for those places you would normally put a full-fledged tablet in... say an interactive kiosk with full display and TCP/IP networking. It has the horsepower to do darned near anything. And lots of hardware I/O as a bonus, where the Arduino solution involves channeling everything from the tablet through the USB bus or network link ( YellowJacket, DiamondBack, or similarly equipped Arduino ).
I guess one of the things I would like to see most is some sort of interface which would adapt to any LCD display out there and let me drive it with the Raspberry Pi output, as there always seems to be some defunct LCD display somewhere that I could repurpose.
Maybe something down the lines of this