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Comment: Contractor Vs. Employee (Score 4, Informative) 165

by wjcofkc (#46816423) Attached to: Tech People Making $100k a Year On the Rise, Again
As someone who has done a lot of contracting but has also done long stretches as a full-time employee, I would take less pay for a full-time position any day. As a contractor, insurance generally costs more and covers less. You also miss out on a lot of corporate perks. Further, contracts are usually defined as 3-months, 6-months, one-year with an unknown possibility of being hired on at the end of your contract. So as soon as you get cozy, poof! Then, if the contract does not specify a time limit, you never know when the ax will fall. There are misc. other downsides as well. So yes, I always made a lot more money as a contractor, but being a real employee is always better.

Comment: I would have to test drive it first. Duh. (Score 1) 341

by wjcofkc (#46816223) Attached to: Will the Nissan Leaf Take On the Tesla Model S At Half the Price?
It looks pretty cramped, but looks can be deceiving. I friend of mine got a Hyundai Veloster. It's a tiny little car, but once inside it's a remarkable vehicle. My friend is also nearly seven-feet tall. The car handles very nicely, and handling is important. It uses gas, but easily gets fifty-miles to the gallon. That's almost as good as electric for me. Not to mention it handles itself very well in the snow which is important where I live. With options he paid ~$30,000. It worked out so well his wife got one.

Comment: Re:Surprised? (Score 1) 124

by wjcofkc (#46815445) Attached to: VK CEO Fired, Says Company Under Kremlin Control
Would it really be such a bad thing for the Soviet Union to come back? The offered a balance of power. With the exception of a couple proxy wars (not that they weren't bad) we kept each other in check, but never checkmate. Compared to now, the world did its own thing. After the fall of the Soviet Union, we immediately elevated ourselves to the status of, "United States of America: Full-Time World Cop." That has not gone well. I sometimes miss the sanity of mutually assured destruction.

Comment: Re:Not sure about the recovery test (Score 1) 125

by wjcofkc (#46793895) Attached to: SpaceX Launches Load to ISS, Successfully Tests Falcon 9 Over Water

Instead, they should use one of the old oil rigs that are out there. Clean it up, land it on the rig, and then offload with a crane to a barge and take it back for launc.

That is actually rather brilliant. Even if they had to invest in modifying a rig or building their own platform, it eliminates the potential hazard to humans. Maybe if they could demonstrate successfully landing a dozen or so, then they could land them at a spaceport.

Comment: More to bounties than bugs (Score 1) 235

by wjcofkc (#46788585) Attached to: Bug Bounties Don't Help If Bugs Never Run Out
Bug bounties don't always involve bugs. A lot of times it is paying someone to back port software. For example software x version 1.5 is available for and popular on... lets say an Ubuntu 12.04 based system. Version 2.0 comes out with a host of cool new features, except that it is only available for Ubuntu 13.10 based systems and the maintainers are not going to port it to 12.04. So, within the same frame work of a bug bounty, community members pool money and pay someone $300 to back port the software. I see this sort of thing happen all the time and have personally benefited from it. I also see distro maintainers offer bounties to fix bugs for their own projects or bounties to back port features of their latest system to their previous version. Or is he only talking closed source style bounties? Overall the article is hard to follow logically and seems to have a very narrow view of the world of software in general and I admittedly did not finish it because of that.

Comment: Worth it if you can afford it. (Score 2) 256

by wjcofkc (#46778903) Attached to: SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon
I have a 120 gig Sandisk Extreme 2 SSD and as a performance upgrade, you really can't do better than an SSD, assuming a minimum of 4 GB of ram. I was a little skeptical of claims when I bought it, but I can vouch that people aren't messing around when they talk about instant boot and zero-second loads times for applications. Mileage may vary depending on the brand and model, research and watch the specs closely. A paltry 120 gigs by itself is not enough for me or most people these days so I balance things out by installing the OS and applications on the SSD, while most files go onto a hard drive. This means a slight change in workflow, but it is entirely worth it.

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