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Comment: Re:35? (Score 1) 376

by t0rkm3 (#48491711) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: IT Career Path After 35?

From a person who has spent most his life in networking, I just passed midline 2 yrs ago, most. Most network admins certainly don't take the time to consider the possibility until it starts to adversely affect the performance of a mission critical application. Senior Engineers, or Architect types who have been around 15 yrs plus often present the possibility, and may even build a demonstration, but if you have a management team that leans toward age bias it becomes an argument of credibility.

Comment: Re:the bottom dregs for the cloistered elite. (Score 1) 284

by t0rkm3 (#48262493) Attached to: Skilled Foreign Workers Treated as Indentured Servants

If you're doing fine... Then keep on doing. One thing to consider into your calculations if you have the opportunity again. The last company I worked for paid a pension at 8% of salary per year into a cash balance account that vests at 2 yrs of service. In addition, they allowed up to 3% of your salary to be put aside into stock, payable on a multiple based on earnings for the quarter. On 100K (before I negotiated some bitchin' pay raises) I put an average of 15K per year into retirement on a simple 3K investment.

That was aside from standard 401K matching and stock purchase plans and up to 15% annual bonus (which went straight to retirement and college funds)

The benefits above or competition to those benefits are pretty standard in this part of the country.

We don't get the buses, lunches, good coffee, or free soda. What we do get is worth a lot more in the long run.

Comment: Re:the bottom dregs for the cloistered elite. (Score 5, Interesting) 284

by t0rkm3 (#48261113) Attached to: Skilled Foreign Workers Treated as Indentured Servants

Hmmm... from my salary, which is about 15% off of what the average InfoSec guy with 20yrs of great experience can draw in the Bay area. I wonder at your supposition. In fact, I may spend the day wandering around my 75acres of well wooded land, or perhaps I'll ponder while I watch the soybean farmer that leases the other 75 acres is doing, or perhaps while I wander about my 4600 sqft home...

I lived in SoCal for 10 yrs. My wife is from the West Coast. I make a good living, and live a good life. Every now and then I get a nice offer from some west coast or other company to move and take up the urban life style. We consider it, and then pass. You can't trade knowing the people in your farmer's market by name, having conversations with the local coffee shop about roasting methods over a cigar and whiskey, all while enjoying an evening in which the background noise lacks cars but more than makes up for it with owls, crickets, cicadas, whipoorwills, doves, and all manner of other creatures.

When we want to go to the city... We drive and stay a week, or a weekend. We figure that the money we save on the home (my payments on a 30 yr note on the above property are just above 1100/mo insurance and tax included) and the time on the commute can be used on mini-vacations to the city.

There are things that we miss (an excellent dance school) but not a lot. We have a tutor that teaches my children Mandarin, and piano. They swim at the Y a few times a week, play indoor soccer on weekends. My wife acts in the local theatre companies (one of which is one of the longest continuously running theatre companies in the country). I can still go to the local gaming store and hang out with comic book nerds...

So... If you're pissed about the wage depression, you should probably look at a different profession, or another circumstance. From here, in Cali or any where else, I've never had a problem getting a good wage for the job that I do, nor have I had a problem getting offers for a damn good wage to live in the Bay, or Denver, or San Diego.

All of the above aside... The H1-B program is designed for abuse. It was designed by politicians. It falls under the same type of shit that had all computer workers classified as management/professionals to prevent hourly pay and/or overtime. The above was to point out that if you look somewhere other than the Bay, you can still build new stuff, and have a much better life. The Bay area is a technological sweatshop. Leave. When you leave, take your skills and desire to build with you. Make some other place in the country a great place to innovate. Austin is great, and not a terrible city (esp compared to the West Coast), Houston isn't bad either, lots of great places to live. When you build your customer base, move to a smaller town and enjoy your life, you only get one shot.

Comment: Re:OSX is a hammer without a handle (Score 1) 296

by t0rkm3 (#48220489) Attached to: How Sony, Intel, and Unix Made Apple's Mac a PC Competitor

I use a combination of brew and MacPorts. I tried Fink but the updates were so archaic as to be laughable, and I think it was missing something I wanted (hping or something similarly esoteric).

Either way... The dependency handling is terrible. Really. Terrible. Esp when compared to Ubuntu, RedHat, or Arch. Being that I fundamentally have issues with Ubuntu, and RedHat and some of their dependency handling, that's saying something.

Really, that sort of functionality is not in MacOS wheelhouse, so I was hopeful but skeptical while testing. As far as Nix-like work environment, they are where linux was about 10 years ago. It works. Mostly. I advise being prepared for a goodly load of of suck on the way.

Regarding using KATE. KATE is a little too cumbersome for my taste, but it is freaking cool and extensible. Anyone who has gone through the effort of getting it set up would want to take it with them when they changed platforms. That is not an unreasonable expectation, esp when the platform is built on a Nix. Better native options? Maybe, but not to the GP.

Comment: Re:LT LP (Score 1) 387

by t0rkm3 (#48168277) Attached to: Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

Or, it replicates the insanity of the Mac laptop.

For example, certain USB devices can cause the boot system to fall apart, not something I would like to see replicated in the Linux world. Tight integration sounds nice, and makes for easy argumentation.... but it's really the same old shit with new polish. People have been selling soup-to-nuts integration since the dawn of computing. What did it get us? Fucked.

If you don't like how the loosely coupled system is working, then fix it, optimize it. Don't tie it together so tightly that you create new, and likely catastrophic problems.

(typing this on a MacBook Pro, provided by my employer.)

Comment: Re:Money money money (Score 1) 163

by t0rkm3 (#46678645) Attached to: It's Time To Plug the Loopholes In Pipeline Regulation

Given that the spill was 1200 gallons... I may have seriously botched the math, but I think that equates to about 145m of pipeline. Given that the company manages 15000miles of pipeline, 145m between shut-off measures sounds pretty good.

It's not pretty for the neighborhood, but it really is small potatoes.

Comment: Re:Domes (Score 2) 139

That's kind of the problem... So, when your power is out for ten days and your basement is below the overly saturated water table and the sump pump can't run.... you end up with 18 inches of water. Just happened, we have 2500sqf basement that is 10' below the ground line... which puts the lowest point 5ft below the water table. Torrential rain and a power outage gave us 18 inches of water that it took 4 sump pumps most of the day to clear.

So? As a home owner... who wants that shit? Most don't. I've only ever seen 1 other basement larger in OK, and I was visiting to help my dad with finding the clog in the sump line.

Why do I have this? Cuz the house was built in 1901 and has been maintained very well. (Good bones ;-)

Comment: Re:Hold tech companies' feet to fire about H1-Bs (Score 1) 694


Actual, deep understanding of network protocols and application behavior over a network.

Python, for something other than a simple looping structure.

I have interview 30 people for network security positions. 15 with >5yrs experience and 15 with >4yr degree. We have hired 0 from university. Even hiring the experienced people was difficult as most of the people that are really good at their job are also very employed.

Comment: Re:Baffling trainwreck of an article (Score 1) 73

Yeah... I think Tim kicked his dog once...

It is rare to see such an officious, self-important and clueless article. Usually the clueless people try to retain the appearance of objectivity, and the officious and self-important try not to sound clueless.

I'm not even sure what this guy thinks caused the internet to come in to being, or how it was possible. From his stance it seems that he thinks if Richard Stallman had been elected Dirty Dictator in Chief that we would all be driving hover cars to our communal quarters to watch the next video release from StarDate, the life of James Kirk.

The Internet is a morass of people trying to climb over each for bits of information. Like a swarm of army ants hungry for the bit of data that enriches their lives. It will absorb anything that is useful in it's path. It just so happens that 'open source' folks are more humble about their code than the closed source folks... so the open tech gets integrated more quickly. There are cases where the inverse is true... and it gets swallowed up just as efficiently. (VMWare)

Don't fight it, try to ride it. Certainly don't be a wanker. If it offends you that Tim is a great salesguy and has done a great job of making people climb over themselves to a get book published under one of his imprints... don't buy the books. There are other (often cheaper) alternatives.


Another Way Carriers Screw Customers: Premium SMS 'Errors' 198

Posted by Soulskill
from the bank-error-in-their-favor dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Almost no one likes their carrier. And with the behavior described in this article, it's not surprising. TechCrunch catches T-Mobile taking money from a new pay-as-you-go customer after signing her up to its own premium horoscope text message service — and taking money before she's even put the SIM in the phone. Quoting: 'Perhaps carriers think they can get away with a few “human errors” in the premium SMS department because these services aren’t regulated. Perhaps it’s also symptomatic of the command and control mindset of these oligarchs. What’s certain is that if carriers dedicated a little of the energy they plough into maintaining these anachronistic, valueless (to their customers, that is) premium SMS ‘services’ into creating genuinely useful services that customers want to use then they would have a better shot at competing with the startups leapfrogging their gates. Or they would, if they hadn’t spent years destroying the trust of their users by treating them like numbers on a spreadsheet.'"

Comment: Re:There is no subsidy (Score 1) 409

by t0rkm3 (#43201715) Attached to: Obama Wants To Fund Clean Energy Research With Oil & Gas Funds

Only for the first few years... then you end up the other way around. The subsidy is built to match the recovery curve on oil investment.

Essentially, you can either do a flat year over year depreciation or you can front load it. Either way, you depreciate the same number of dollars. I am not sure how this ends up being a subsidy rather than a tax break on business cost... the same as my construction business. In fact, I often try to structure my spending to get a similar effect.

We don't know who it was that discovered water, but we're pretty sure that it wasn't a fish. -- Marshall McLuhan