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Comment Re:Send in the drones! (Score 2) 848

There is a saying, attributed to Napoleon, 'never get in the way of your enemy when he is in the process of destroying himself'. Putin may score points at home by annexing the Crimea and invading Ukraine. Internationally, however, Russia moving towards becoming a pariah state, like Iran, North Korea, or Libya under Qaddafi. He's invaded and annexed part of his neighbor, shot down a civilian airliner, imprisoned political opponents, clamped down on free speech and murdered journalists, criminalized having a different sexual orientation. If the long-term goal is to politically isolate Russia, to help contain Russian influence like during the Cold War, well, Putin is doing a fantastic job of it.

War has been called "politics by other means". Putin has launched this war because he is desperate not to let the Ukraine fall into the Western political sphere- probably the best analogy would be the way the U.S. got defensive about having communist governments in Cuba and Central America. At best, he'll manage to carve off the eastern edge of Ukraine to create some tiny, pro-Russian buffer states. In the process of gaining this territory, Russia will isolate itself and its political sphere of influence will shrink. Putin will never give up power, and the West will never trust him again, so we could be looking at another 10-25 years of this sort of behavior, before eventually someone succeeds him and tries to normalize relations with the West.

He may get all of Ukraine and as far as becoming a pariah state, I don't think he cares. In real terms, with all the nukes he has it doesn't really matter if he's isolated or not. Of course this mess only complicates any future more serious mess that could have very real consequences to people and families in the west. As serious as this matter is, the next one will be much more serious. Choices and decisions made now will have consequences years and decades down the road.

Comment Re:Thank G-d I don't do much programming any longe (Score 1) 388

I have 38 years of experience. I started out as an MVS systems programmer, eventually coding program products on contract for various software houses, I've worked on various UNIX systems including Solaris and currently work on Linux and VMware. I'm also a developer at -- I used to do key zero supervisor state (kernel) programming for MVS (now zOS). I currently do programming for FreeBSD (some of it kernel). I've reinvented myself a few times. Same s**t, different pile.

I had a couple of students living in my basement a few years back. One was in third year comp sci. Many of his courses were Java and web based. I asked him if he was taking any O/S or compiler writing courses. He answered no and he had no intention of doing so. It makes me wonder how civilization will maintain what we built if there are few people with the ability to understand it. I don't think the age of the person matters. What does matter is that our universities are not producing enough people with the proper skills to replace those of us who have built the IT world we see today.

Comment We already do this (Score 1) 245

Anabolic steriods, growth hormone, aramatase inhibitors, clenbuterol, and other drugs. At one time even caffeine was banned (> 200 mg). What we really need is testing with teeth in it and the public to embrace natural athletes. As a retired athlete, when I competed, people wanted more and if it meant taking drugs, so be it.

Comment Re:And... (Score 1) 326

Zuck: Yeah so if you ever need info about anyone at Harvard Zuck: Just ask. Zuck: I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SNS [Redacted Friend's Name]: What? How'd you Zuck: People just submitted it. Zuck: I don't know why. Zuck: They "trust me" Zuck: Dumb fucks.

How to be rich and successful in corporate America: be a selfish, backstabbing cunt with no conscience! That's what we want! That's what we select for! The compassionate, mature guy well he can just go on welfare, fuck him. We love our sociopaths. Sociopath?! Where?!?!?! Here, Mr. Sociopath, let me give you some money and power, yeahhhh that's the stuff.

This applies to virtually every venture. It explains why this world is in the shape it's in. What's worse is that the vast majority of us put into the same situation would do the same. The human heart is sick with competitiveness and greed. I could go on and on about this and sound like a sermon (and I'm not a religious guy either, just someone who's just sick of the mess we've put ourselves in). I don't see a solution because the next guy will be as bad as the first. Frankly I think this is the best we will ever have. Sad but true.

Comment Re:Question: (Score 1) 708

Why is your family growing if you are looking at possible layoff?

This whole thread is way off topic. He's asking now that he's 40, how does he stay employable. I'm 56, started in IT well over 30 years ago and have yet to be unemployed. What I have done is bounced around from job to job and from city to city. I started out as an IBM mainframe application programmer, then a developer for a software house, then an MVS systems programmer, back to developer for a software house, then MVS systems programmer, and finally as a UNIX systems admin (for the last 19 years). In the mean time I was invited to the development team of the FreeBSD project (committer) 11 years ago. I think that taking opportunities as the present themselves and being flexible, Be willing to do anything and even if you love or enjoy a technology, be willing to move on to keep bread on the table. The downside to bouncing around is that you scew up your pension. Throw a divorce or two into the mix and early retirement is no longer an option. If I had to advise someone about career choices, I'd say stay out of IT. Get into law or some other career that pays very well. Then retire early and follow your dream without hesitation. Sometimes following your dreams when you're young can lead to struggling for the rest of your life.

Comment So what if they do? (Score 1) 242

So what if M$ locks down Surface? The benefits to them are obvious. OTOH, the cast of many other hardware vendors won't just roll over and die either. Their into it to make a profit too. I think for a time Win8/9/whatever may continue to run on third party hardware however these manufacturers want to stay in business simply because it earns a living. If they can't put Windows on their hardware or if they have to compete, they'll find alternatives, such as Android, a Linux distro, or create their own Linux distro, not to forget that there are a few *BSD alternatives out there too. Red Hat, Ubuntu, Mint, and others would love to fill the void. What about proprietary hardware? GPL can make it difficult however some hardware vendors have distributed binary drivers.As long as the API is documented and the ABI doesn't alter from one Linux release to the next, I'm sure they'll be more than glad to fill that void. I think there may be more opportunity for market share. The only thing I see that could cause any significant issue to this business model is the coolness factor. If Apple remains the cool gadget to have or if Microsoft shares Apple's coolness, then third party hardware vendors will slowly become extinct and FLOSS as we know it n the desktop, laptop, and tablet will be a thing of the past. It really depends on what the public wants and what they're willing to pay. With BYOD becoming popular,business doesn't have to pay for hardware or software, let the employee provide that.From this POV the bigger fish will eat the smaller fish and we may see the end of FLOSS as we know it. Ultimately it's hard to say because the fickle public which is usually enamoured with coolness will ultimately decide with their pocketbooks what to spend their money on. If the third party hardware manufacturers can produce cost effective products using FLOSS which have enough coolness to attract the masses, Open Source software will survive. if not, the big fish rule the pond. P.S. Given the trend of the last 40 years of bigger (the 1%) getting an increasing share of the pie, I feel that over time the world will become a place with fewer choices and more control in the hands of the few. We may not see this immediately but over the next 10-20 years there will be fewer choices.

Comment Re:Hello, next generation of game developers... (Score 1) 247

That's how I got into IT almost 40 years ago. I took a "Data Processing 20" course in high school. We learned the basics of IT, then COBOL and Fortran that semester. It was all punched cards then with turn around times of a week but enough to get me interested to obtain more education and turn it into a 30+ year career. I haven't looked at COBOL, Fortran, or S/360 (to z/Series) Assembler for years, now working on C, C++, and various UNIX variants (Solaris, HP/UX, DG-UX, Tru64, Linux, and FreeBSD) over the last couple of decades. There's less coding now (which I miss) and more BS but still, it's a well paying career.

Submission + - Boeing CEO Says Outsourcing Didn't Pay ( 2

frank_adrian314159 writes: The Seattle Times reports that Boeing's CEO is saying that the cost overruns on the 787 "Dreamliner" were greatly exacerbated by the company's heavy use of outsourcing. Although it is now fairly well accepted that outsourcing provides little cost savings and what cost savings there are often get spent in increased management costs and rework, the outsourcing drive goes on. It's nice to see a major industry figure saying that all is not so rosy as the MBAs would have us think.

Comment Re:Ridiculous (Score 1) 275

Depending on the person, after a while of being unemployed some may become depressed and vegetate in front of the TV instead of doing something constructive in life. I know of people who have taken their own lives after being unemployed for a while, so it doesn't take much imagination to understand why someone may not contribute to an opensource project while unemployed.

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