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Comment: Re:Was pretty obvious (Score 1) 284

by tjb (#48263943) Attached to: Skilled Foreign Workers Treated as Indentured Servants

Of course, they actually mean, "we can't get any cheap American workers anymore... OMG our profit margins!"

Where exactly does this idea come from? Facebook is renowned for paying their devs extraordinarily well (like $200K+excellent equity package). If they were looking to save money, they could just drop to the 70th percentile and probably still do ok on the hiring side.

Comment: Re:The feminists want you to find a way! (Score 1, Insightful) 227

The cart doesn't push the horse - the reason housing prices are so high in SF and SV is because tech workers earn exceptionally high salaries compared to virtually every other industry. Only medicine, finance and law pay better but law (and to a lesser degree finance) is a total crapshoot with a lot of lawyers earning almost nothing from their JD.

$150K + equity is pretty standard for a moderately experienced developer living anywhere between San Francisco and San Jose and you can live pretty damn well on that, even in the bay area.

Comment: Re:The feminists want you to find a way! (Score 4, Insightful) 227

People in this career path are generally treated poorly and don't make that much money compared to career paths with similar educational requirements and difficulty, and the prestige is pathetic.

I don't think that's even remotely true. In San Francisco, people are freaking out because the techies are making (what many consider) too much money and all sorts of financial types are abandoning Wall St. for Silicon Valley because tech is considered way cooler than finance.

+ - NVIDIA sues Qualcomm and Samsung seeking to ban import of Samsung phones 2

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Calibax (151875) writes "NVIDIA has filed complaints against Samsung and Qualcomm at the ITC and in Delaware, alleging that the companies are both infringing NVIDIA GPU patents covering technology including programmable shading, unified shaders and multithreaded parallel processing. NVIDIA is seeking damages and a ban on US import of a raft of devices with Snapdragon and Exynos processors until there is an agreement on licensing."

Comment: Re:Maybe inflation is higher (Score 1) 286

by tjb (#47026969) Attached to: Cable TV Prices Rising At Four Times the Inflation Rate

Shadow stats, in their 1980-based data set, claims that inflation has been at least 6% every year since 2000, which would imply a minimum price factor of 2.26. In other words, someone earning $60K in 2000 would need to earn $135K (at least!) in 2014 to maintain the same lifestyle.

If that doesn't strike you as utter crankery, you just can't be helped.

Comment: Re:it's about defensive analytics (Score 1) 56

by tjb (#46670699) Attached to: Mystery MLB Team Moves To Supercomputing For Their Moneyball Analysis

Yup, defense is where it is at. The SF Giants won two WS in 3 years by (accidentally, I think) putting together a team that was focused on pitching and defense while everyone else was focused on offense.

While offense is WAY more important, it is too well understood now to gain any advantage over other teams. In 2002, Billy Beane could flip a guy with a great swing or subjectively good defense for someone with better OPS+ and generate wins because everyone else valued the scout's opinions and not the numbers. In 2014, everyone values OPS+/PECOTA/Cairo over subjective opinion so the market has become almost completely efficient in that regard.

The 2010 and 2012 SF Giants had above average (but not spectacular, particularly in 2012) pitching and absolutely awful hitting but managed to win 2 championships when the current state of research says that they shouldn't. One, you could explain it away as a fluke. Two? Maybe there's something there and defense would seem to be where the current blindspot is and if someone can get ahead of the crowd in understanding it, they can get ahead of the crowd and intentionally put together a championship team in that way.

Comment: Re: I'm calling bullshit. (Score 1) 137

by tjb (#46559559) Attached to: Silicon Valley Anti-Poaching Cartel Went Beyond a Few Tech Firms

From TFA:

"“For each of these ‘Restricted Hiring’ companies, Google has agreed to the following protocol.

1. Not to pursue manager level and above candidates for Product, Sales, or G&A roles — even if they have applied to Google;

2. However, there are no restrictions to our recruiting from these companies at individual contributor levels for PSG

3. Additionally, there are no restrictions at any level for engineering candidates."

Point 1 will probably get them in trouble, but point 3 makes it pretty clear that this did not apply to engineers.

Comment: Re:I'm calling bullshit. (Score 1) 137

by tjb (#46559463) Attached to: Silicon Valley Anti-Poaching Cartel Went Beyond a Few Tech Firms

Yup, same here (well, not Apple but a different company that was mentioned and have totally gotten cold-called by Google). Based on the documents in TFA, it appears that the agreements were mostly about cold-calling and didn't apply to engineering staff. This seems mostly to be about executive staff and salesforce.

Now, excuse me while I play the world's tiniest violin for those executives at major tech companies that had their salaries suppressed.

Comment: Re:Basci inerview tips (Score 1) 218

by tjb (#46552867) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Re-Learning How To Interview As a Developer?

Yikes! No!

Well, ok, that may fly in other places, I guess, but in Silicon Valley anything fancier than business casual is not going to work in your favor during an interview. Hell, when you interview at Apple they explicitly tell you not to wear a suit.

Look nice and all, but dress appropriately for where you are interviewing. Maybe "dress like the company's CEO" is better advice, so put that hoodie on when you interview at Facebook.

Comment: Re:Work where you grew up (Score 3, Insightful) 285

making $100,000/year and having $60,000 or $70,000 of that amount after taxes going to rent

That's way too high of a rent estimate. Even in San Francisco, you can get a decent place for 1 person for $3000/month.

Generally speaking, if you put a premium on having a big house and lots of land, Silicon Valley is probably not for you as the difference in pay will not make up for the absurd cost of housing. If you're willing to compromise on housing, the higher pay is more than worth it in terms of the stuff and experiences you can afford. Compared to most places, housing is a lot more expensive, and restaurants/bars are moderately more expensive but groceries are cheaper (high-quality produce, in particular) and most non-perishable goods (cars, anything you can buy on Amazon) are the same price as everywhere else.

"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler." -- Albert Einstein