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Comment: Got more offers by not being interested (Score 2) 226

by superflippy (#49598383) Attached to: Want 30 Job Offers a Month? It's Not As Great As You Think

Last year I realized that I'd never changed my LinkedIn job profile info to "not interested" after starting my new job a year earlier. I'd been getting a lot of pings from recruiters, and I thought that might discourage them. Nope. Saying I wasn't interested made the recruiters even more interested in me!

Which would be great if any of them had a job better than my current one, but they never do. Everything is more boring work I'm less qualified for, for less pay.

Comment: Re:Yahoo and HP (Score 1) 332

by superflippy (#48696125) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tech Companies Won't Be Around In 10 Years?

I think we're going to see a lot of disruption in enterprise software. A lot of companies are currently resting on past success, counting on the fact that it's really hard for companies to completely replace critical business software.

At the same time, innovations in development frameworks, team management, and a better understanding of UX are allowing upstarts to create better enterprise applications.

I'm guessing Salesforce might not be around 10 years from now.

Comment: Re:Well Duh (Score 1) 454

by superflippy (#48458117) Attached to: Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

Even the government is culpable. The national lab where I live has frozen wages so many times that the PhD's working there are on the bottom end of the pay scale for people with their degrees.

Mind you, I have to wonder where those people on the top end are. Really, who *is* hiring PhD chemists and physicists and paying them so well?

Comment: Re:There's a clue shortage on the hirEE side (Score 1) 574

by superflippy (#48310395) Attached to: The Great IT Hiring He-Said / She-Said

I recently updated my LinkedIn settings to say "don't contact me about job opportunities." I like my current job and don't expect to find a better deal anywhere else (decent salary, great coworkers, WFH).

As soon as I put up the "don't contact me" marker, the number of pings I get from recruiters doubled. Still offering the same depressing-sounding jobs with long commutes. I guess saying you're not interested piques their interest.

Comment: Re:Genius! (Score 1) 132

by superflippy (#47308811) Attached to: Mozilla Introduces Browser-Based WebIDE

There are many arguments against adding the IDE, but I don't agree with this one. People said the same thing when Google came out with Gmail. "We've already got hotmail and yahoo and a million other free email services. Why do we need another?" If this tool is good enough or simple enough to use that it becomes ubiquitous, then it doesn't matter what's already out there.

Comment: Yes, if you're a tinkerer (Score 1) 421

by superflippy (#46298405) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should I Get Google Glass?

I got one several months ago because I wanted to try building apps for it. If you absolutely have to play around with the bleeding edge of technology, if you are willing to spend that kind of money on a device so that you can be the one who invents what it's used for, then go for it. Otherwise, it's not worth it.

Comment: Re:All roads may run ill... (Score 5, Interesting) 227

by superflippy (#45214681) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You Choose Frameworks That Will Survive?

I worked on a project this year to completely rewrite a company's signature application from the ground up. Objectively, you'd think that's something you never, ever want to have to do. But, having done it, I think planning a complete overhaul & rewrite into the product's lifecycle is probably a good idea.

Since the application was first written about a decade ago many, many features have been added with each upgrade. The scope and customer base have expanded. And programming technology has changed hugely during that time.

Rewriting the entire application is a massive effort, sure. But to truly modernize and streamline it, to get rid of the legacy cruft and take advantage of new tools that didn't exist 10 years ago, I think it's worth it. I also think it would've been wise to do this sooner than we did (though that wasn't possible in this case for business reasons).

So maybe when you're choosing a framework, don't worry about whether it'll be the right solution forever. Plan to reevaluate your decision every 3-5 years and change frameworks if something better comes along. And, yes, absolutely adopt the MVC model, because then you don't need to replace every part of your application if one becomes obsolete.

Comment: Re:You would think. . . (Score 3, Interesting) 303

by superflippy (#44476091) Attached to: First Ever Public Tasting of Lab-Grown Cultured Beef Burger

I made the mistake of eating a hamburger in London in 2001. I was on a long business trip and just wanted something quick to eat, so I ducked into a McDonalds.

Little did I know that, thanks to the outbreak of Mad Cow Disease, this simple act would make me ineligible to become a blood donor for years to come.

If it wasn't for Newton, we wouldn't have to eat bruised apples.

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