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Comment: flush with cash (Score 1) 37

by roman_mir (#48192625) Attached to: Rumor: Lenovo In Talks To Buy BlackBerry

The Chinese have so much productive capacity that they managed to accumulate gigantic piles of cash that came from the West and obviously they can't do anything with it except buy Western businesses. This is accelerating as expected as the Chinese are trying to get rid of their foreign cash reserves in exchange for solid assets. Soon enough the equation will balance itself out, when the Chinese have all the productive assets (real capital) and the rest of the world will be supplying cheap labour.

Comment: Re:Ho-lee-crap (Score 2) 245

by KozmoStevnNaut (#48185835) Attached to: The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

Because A.P Møller-Mærsk used to a point of pride for Denmark. One of our biggest companies and a big international player with influence all over the world, and they supported little ol' Denmark by making use of local labor and expertise, sponsoring public projects and *gasp* paying their taxes. It was a fully-sustainable business approach, and supported hundreds of other Danish companies, not to mention thousands of Danish shipbuilders, often lauded as the very best in the world.

South Korea is definitely not a third-world country, and I am not denigrating the great skills of their shipbuilders at all, it's a tough job for tough people. But it's still outsourcing tasks to the other side of the world, when they could very easily have been solved at home in way that would have been beneficial to both A.P. Møller-Mærsk and Denmark as a whole.

Comment: Re:Ho-lee-crap (Score 4, Informative) 245

by KozmoStevnNaut (#48185583) Attached to: The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

It's bullshit that they're building them in Korea, though.

We have perfectly capable, world-class shipyards in Denmark, practically begging to take on these kinds of tasks. In the old days, when Arnold Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller still ran the company, these orders would have gone to Danish companies. No more, now everything is outsourced to the lowest bidder.

Comment: Re:So what qualifies? (Score 1) 458

by roman_mir (#48182847) Attached to: In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

If /. was put in charge or anybody who thinks the way an average /. user does, then all sorts of things will qualify as trolling. All of a sudden difference of opinion qualifies as 'trolling' on a government level and is punishable by jail time. Vast majority may find it wonderful, that opinions of a minority are qualified that way, however everybody is in minority opinion on some things.

Comment: Re:Missing the point (Score 1) 124

Here is my take on it, I have a number of people from well known schools, same number of people from schools that nobody heard from and in some cases people from unknown schools who dropped out and started working for me when I offered them a job. I have a number of people that had no formal higher education at all and a couple of guys that didn't know much about computers before they started here.

AFAIC I care about the attitude, I care that the person can work within a team, that I can work with the person, whether they are eager to learn. This is a starting job for all of the people I hire, very few of them worked in the field before, I do not pay much but that is also part of the equation. The people that do not have student debts do not have the same problem as those with debt, they don't need to try and get a highly paid position right away and so they can afford to work with me, where they are gaining more than enough experience so that eventually they are propelled to better paying jobs.

I will say this: I have about equal number of good coders, whether they had any formal computer science training or not, but I go through many people to find good ones but it does not take much time at all to know who is who. Just in the last 2 months I interviewed about 15 people, 3 of them ended up with me, 2 are going to be excellent developers. Out of the 15, 4 decided it was too hard in the first 3 days. 2 decided that they made a mistake and shouldn't be in this field right during our meeting.

In the interview all I do is I show them what we do, how we work, ask them what they like to do and explain the structure here: you are studying here before I put you on an actual paying project. I teach you what you need to know and while I am teaching you, I am not paying you anything. Normally takes 2-3 weeks for a developer to go through training and start being productive. This is my way of doing stuff, I do not care where you studied, what you think you know, I only care to figure out if you are OK for the team and if you can learn and have the right attitude for this company.

Comment: Re:Why..... (Score 1) 259

by roman_mir (#48181755) Attached to: "Double Irish" Tax Loophole Used By US Companies To Be Closed

They do do that already. Their prices are what they are and not 2 times what they are now for a reason as well. Of-course actually building Apple hardware products is a costly endeavour, nobody else can really afford to do what they do to achieve the save level of user friendliness and beauty. I don't buy Apple products (not because of price, I just do not like their software), but plenty of people do. Their products are priced to satisfy demand of a specific set of population, however if their revenues did not cover their costs and did not make them good profits, they would have lowered prices by lowering the cost of production and very likely by sacrificing build quality to gain market share, however their customers are used to certain degree of quality and shine, and so Apple spends more than anybody else delivering just that.

If Apple could actually cut their production costs in half, while delivering the same quality of product, their prices would go down to increase market share, but they are in business of providing top quality systems (even with some problems, like the new phones that probably bend much easier than some others).

If you in fact believe that you could provide similar quality of the product as Apple for half the price, you yourself could do what you are talking about, but apparently it is not as easy as you say, since other companies do not provide the same, shall we say 'shine' in their hardware so far, while being able to charge much less than Apple.

Comment: Re:Browser Apps are NOT desktop apps (Score 1) 186

by KozmoStevnNaut (#48181111) Attached to: JavaScript and the Netflix User Interface

Because of convenience. Updates and new features are added automatically, and the developers only have to deploy a single copy to know that everyone has the latest features and bugfixes, instead of having to rely on people updating their local copies. And as long as you have access to a computer with an Internet connection, you have access to the apps you're used to.

Of course there are downsides, but local software has downsides too. It all comes down to your user profile, and for most people, Google docs has all the features they need. For power users, you have locally-installed applications with larger feature sets and harder learning curves.

Comment: Re:Language restriction (Score 1) 183

Right, it's definitely not a perfect solution. But then again, Chromebooks aren't really targeted at your type of use case. MS seems to want to resurrect the netbook, with a full Win8/10 installation to compete with Chromebooks. That's probably your best bet for cheap on-the-go development.

Comment: Re:So now I've contributed to OSS! (Score 1) 183

True, it's probably niche in the basic number of users. But the people who actually use extFS on their Chromebooks tend to be power users and developers, a lot of the time they are the very people who develop Chrome apps and extensions. That's a niche you do not want to neglect, and I think the Chrome developers realized that.

Mirrors should reflect a little before throwing back images. -- Jean Cocteau