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Comment This might actually be a good thing (Score 1) 154

It's driving massive interest and adoption of VPN technology, encryption, and general awareness of what your options are to maintain privacy online.

In a hilarious twist, most of the VPN technologies also cause huge headaches for firms targetting and deliverty ads, too - thus likely costing them money.

It ain't all bad.

Comment Come to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia (Score 3, Informative) 253

Humble homes available well under $100k CDN, some for less than $50k CDN.. ...all with gigabit fiber to the home, 5 minutes no traffic to an airport with direct flights to Toronto. (2h 30m).

Enjoy the cities. I'm living the good life. You can too, if you can work remotely in Canada!

Comment Operational inertia (Score 1) 303

Companies that inspire turnover but are otherwise stable collect cruft from employees who are competent enough to not be fired, through whatever means, but not talented or crafty enough to have options.

Short term this bloats the organization, as more people are required to accomplish the same tasks, but long term, limits the ability of the company to do anything or change tactics - gaining more and more inertial mass.

This is just a perturbation that moves IBM along that chain.

I accepted a job offer from IBM in the 90's after going through their lengthy and involved interview process.I didn't make it to my first day as the reams of paperwork I had to fill out before ever setting foot in the door were terrifying.

You can fight change or embrace it. IBM's competitors will be more agile. It's pretty clear that the future will be dominated by distributed teams with the absolute best people for the problem set working on it, almost certainly in a remote fashion. I'm writing on a computer's who's operating system was done in just sort of a fashion...

Comment Re:The commentary has a major flaw (Score 1) 188

The law lets you control entry and manage standards.

Law is a profession.. but the MBAs are trying.

Medicine is a profession. They know how to protect a gig.

Engineering (used to be) a profession. MBAs destroyed it.

Programming has no control over entry, standards, or base education requirements. It is not a profession.

Comment Re:The commentary has a major flaw (Score 1) 188

Why don't all you old guys open a consultancy, bid aggressively given the huge advantage you have by virtue of the increased productivity?

Seriously.. why not?

My guess is the advantage doesn't exist, and much of what's needed to make most applications works is indeed young people willing to gut out horrible code for systems that won't be around in two years, let alone ten.

I'm a EE, I have written hundreds of thousands of lines of code that are still in production - some of it decades ago - but I left programming, and I'm unlikely to ever be back. The problem with making novice programmers more professional is that software development is not a profession. It should be, but it isn't, and it never will be, until there is a force of law behind it.

#lawnoffoffoff

Comment Devices are a red herring. (Score 3, Insightful) 144

Border guards can ask for your account passwords.

You don't have to provide them, of course.

But if you're not a citizen, you don't have to be admitted, either.

There are little or no practical appeals.

Not responding truthfully to a border guard is a very serious crime; it's not an option, although refusing can be, with consequences.

It will be interesting to watch the economic impact of this over time - I suspect there will be none, as people have adapted in the past, and this will just become the norm.
 

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