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Comment At least NASA says its humans (for now) (Score 1) 371

Well, at least NASA's site still says its humans.

see here

and to be honest I think more people would trust NASA than the State of Wisconsin or whatever.

To be honest I'm a little surprised and a lot pleased that the NASA site clearly lays out its humans that are the cause. Yeah, yeah, we'll see what happens with the new administration, but no matter what a lot of Slashdotters think I still have a lot of respect for the individual scientists and engineers at NASA.

Comment Its not a zero sum game (Score 1) 435

I wonder who else you miss

An important thing to note about building your software team....there is probably no magical must-have person out there. I'm really happy with the team I built, so yeah it doesn't matter who I've missed. I'm sure I've missed lots of good people, but I only have so many slots to fill and there are more good engineers than there are slots.

So for the networking (or rather the reluctance to do it) its not a question of "clueless company misses good people". Its "What do I do personally to maximize my probability of getting a job?". If you're not willing to network, then your probability just went down. As a hiring manager, I don't really care. I already have more resumes than positions to fill.

Comment Re:Spectrum... (Score 2) 226

An honest question, maybe you'll actually see my reply. My son is 8 and I've always suspected he might be on the spectrum, but all his teachers always assured me everything was fine so he didn't need any help. But everything you describe seems to fit him to a T.

Do you have any web links to any resources or anything that go in to more detail on this, and what maybe I can do to help?

Thanks in advance.

Comment Re:Video of explosion (Score 1) 338


After watching, a serious question? How do you first respond to that? That's like, way more than a single fire truck could handle I think. Even one of those big ones at the airport with the special foam? What is the procedure to get that fire and stuff under control? Helicopter foam drops?

Comment Re:I'll be adding to that number soon (Score 1) 381

In case you actually read your replies, or someone else in a similar situation reads this, in all sincerity I have two questions.

What is it you really have experience in and know how to do? (programming, sysadmin, welding, etc)

Where do you live?

Cause in my neck of the woods, we seriously cannot hire enough people. I'm sitting on 2-3 developer vacancies and 3 IT/sysad vacancies. And yes I do the interviewing and hiring. And yes I hire junior people with the intent to train and grow them. And yes I hire senior people if they are smart and can get things done, not if they have technology X on their resume.

So I am honestly curious, cause its been 6-9 months now and I cannot find people.

Comment Re:Lack of friends (Score 1) 146

(feels for you)

Same thing with my son. What's really heartbreaking is how he "tries" to make friends, i.e. walks up to kids at the playground and stuff, but is socially awkward so they inevitably tease him or disregard him. Which makes him sad.

Man, I wish there was a way to teach your kids that it'll be ok, someday he'll have a close friend or significant other and it'll all be ok.

P.S. You made me a little bit sad at work today. But that's ok. We're all in this together.

Comment Re:Amazon I think may fall down a bit... (Score 1) 250

To be honest...CloudFormation. Being able to define the entire environment in code(ish), and letting the environment self-manage and self-heal. We don't have sysads who sit at the console and manually configure things, launching servers and whatnot. In fact, in the prod VPC no on logs in to any servers. If there's a new redhat patch or something, the base image gets updated and the instances in the production environment automatically replace themselves.

Check out the Netflix Tech Blog for some ideas on how to manage an environment in a controlled, hands-off way like this. We know EXACTLY what prod looks like because its strictly defined, and we run an exact copy of the CloudFormation in dev (except for external DNS) so we can do system/integration testing.

But from a developer perspective, we're actually moving away from even having our own VMs. Now I can write all my code as Lambda or Elastic Beanstalk or Elastic MapReduce, use RDS or Dynamo as the backend. Use SMS or SQS services so I don't even need APN/GCN direct access anymore. Host all my APIs consolidated with API Gateway, shared the APIs amongst my web and mobile clients. Now I've got my entire product line and services in a scalable, easily-managed environment.

To be honest, you can probably do this in Azure with a different set of services and things, but it does seem really easy and powerful in AWS to get things going, instead of just deploying to a hosted IIS/SQLServer combo.

Comment Re:Facebook is already declining (Score 3, Insightful) 250

As a "place where people are on the internet" it's not bad

I think this is where you hit it on the head, at least from a business perspective. Now I know there's a lot of Facebook haters ("You'll never catch ME on there!"). And hey, good for you. Seriously. But the bald truth right now is that facebook has like a billion users, so if you're in any sort of consumer-facing sector, if you're not leveraging Facebook in some way you're really missing the boat.

Comment Re:Amazon I think may fall down a bit... (Score 3, Informative) 250

I guess you're modded up because you sound interesting, but really? I'm not trying to be insulting but do you know what you are talking about?

This article is a little old but AWS really is that far ahead of everyone else.

Plus, in terms of services and features, AWS is also ahead.

Now where Azure has benefit is if you're an MS shop and you want to just outsource your entire backoffice. But if you're developing....AWS has a lot more features than Azure, if you know what you're doing. No, you can't throw together a .NET wizard-based project, but if you're using an open source stack, or more of a LAMP-like MVC environment (python, rubyonrails, etc) then AWS throws so many tools for you to use (RDS, Dynamo, S3, etc) then its hard to see how you DON'T think AWS is a good environment for developers.

And what do you mean by "Platform Issues"?

And actually, all the enterprise developers I've worked with are looking more at AWS than Azure (not that I'm some sort of worldwide development expert or anything).

Comment Re:Because they are stupid. (Score 1) 729

That's actually not the reality I've seen. Maybe this is true on the West Coast, but in Atlanta and the southeast there are more openings than people, seriously not enough talent. If my boss fired me I could walk into another job right away with no salary cut.

I don't know what its like in California or those big tech hubs, but in Atlanta if you've already got tech skills you're pretty much set.

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