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Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 402

Availability of your systems administrator when the shit hits the fan: Outsourced to India - ~The third Thursday after Monsoon season ends.

How deluded are you? I work as a system admin in India with a company that has most of it's clients in US/Europe/Australia and I can't use that excuse. Of course you were using a hyperbole but it isn't even close to reality. The reason the quality suffers when you are outsourcing is *not* because of the competence of the workers it's because they don't really have an incentive to perform. We outsourced some of work to US(To be clearer it was a US based company that we bought out) and guess what the 2 projects with them are 2 years overdue. And here's the kicker they used company funds for personnel benefit and now we are suing them (or trying to, I don't know the details since I'm not in management)

Comment Some people are leeches and need to be identified. (Score 1) 503

Working in Dell tech support I got some experience with such folks.
I got a call from a guy who wanted a replacement for his keyboard and mouse. I read his previous history. He owned a Dell dimension 8400(P4, 512 mb ram) which at the time he bought it was top of the line. After 4-5 years(no warranty) he called in and said there was smoke coming out of his PC. Now I have no idea how a PC that worked fine for 4 years would suddenly catch fire but it was replaced with an XPS 360(Quad core, 2 gigs RAM, 512M graphics card and other modern hardware). Now he tells me he needs his keyboard and mouse replaced too since his new computer didn't have a PS/2 port. And I had to send those.
I got a call from this guy who claimed his monitor wasn't working. Looking into the history I found it had been replaced 6 times in the past 2 weeks(I figured he had been getting the replacement monitors but never returned the old one). I told him I would need to send a technician to look at it as the problem seemed to be elsewhere that's when he hung up.
The best refund calls I got were people who bought computers loaded with Vista wanting to go back to XP which was not available. Dell had to create a special exchange policy just for these cases.
In my opinion 99% of people do not try to abuse the system. The question is whether it's worth inconveniencing them to keep a check on the free loaders.

Comment Not all that bad (Score 1) 270

Maybe once the internet is truly broken it will only be the geeks using it using encryption/tor/vpns etc just like when I first learnt what computers were(around 1995). And since the population of people using the internet will be so low it wouldn't be beneficial to come after them.

Comment Re:Will you have the same views on your death bed? (Score 1) 1303

I've only got one life to live on this planet - I'm not going to spend it making someone else rich. I've seen too many people do that, and I can say it is not worth the opportunity cost of your LIFE.

THIS. everyday I think about wth am I doing except writing some software for a rich bastard get richer. I wish I knew how to do something that actually may matter. But I am weak and cave into the belief of having a 'good' lifestyle. I wish I was doing something meaningful/

Comment Re:BSD license was always more permissive, so grea (Score 1) 808

How is that a 'loophole'? GPL is only meant to prevent you from distributing someone else's work under a different license. Using it for your own purposes is fine.
As for closing that 'loophole' every company that uses a single piece of GPL'ed software would have to release all their code, that includes mine and I'm pretty sure I'd be out of a job if that were to happen. If we made GPL4 like what you imply, any software using that would die a quick death since nobody(by nobody I mean organizations which bring in the money) will be using it.

Comment Re:Mixed feelings (Score 1) 244

I agree with the part that largely bad code is a programmer's fault rather than the language, a skilled programmer could right a great program in LOLCODE. The problem with PHP is the inconsistency in syntax. Lot of function takes arguments in a different way eg: some functions take the variable being modified first, some do the opposite. The language changes too rapidly. A lot of code written for 5.2 is deprecated in 5.3.

So if you hate PHP, or you simply can't bring yourself to understand it, it's fair to assume you wouldn't like like C++ either. And for that matter, you certainly wouldn't enjoy Perl, any version of C (other than the sharp kind), Python, Ruby, Java, or any other modern language not developed by our friends in Redmond.

I hate working in PHP and I love writing code in Python/C/C++. And no I don't have a lot of experience with the .net family

Comment Other side of the coin (Score 1) 653

I am working on a project that was outsourced to my company. The project is way too complicated and requires a deep knowledge of stock/forex markets which I don't have but my PHB accepted the project and now I'm stuck with it and I'm the *only* person who's writing the whole application. I am producing shitty code and I hate doing that. But how to compare putting in a lot of time trying to find a job that probably will suck as much vs delivering shit code that will never come back to me?

Comment Re:why can everyone be happy. (Score 1) 272

You are lucky if a country code TLD actually matches where the website actually originates from or is targeted to.

Which is why you should pay attention more to what it says on the front page than it says in the TLD.

Exactly. Montenegro was assigned the TLD .me and what it is used for is '' and ''. Heck even I have a .me domain and I didn't know the name of the country before getting the domain.

Comment Re:Get another job (Score 1) 516

That's because programmers have no people skills.

I really don't get this stereotype. I am a programmer most of the time but I also communicate with my organization's clients and from the results I don't think I do a bad job. I agree for geeks people skills don't come naturally but when you apply your brain to study human interactions, geeks can be better at communicating with people. Although I guess it would be a different part of the brain that would be involved in interactions with people.

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