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Discussions - Public / Re: Decline of Geek Online Discussion
« Last post by JoFrance on May 15, 2018, 03:55:46 pm »
I was never an IT nerd.  I met a lot of them over the years, but IT to me just had a place in my life, it didn't define me personally.  I loved IT work.

I don't care what gay people do.  My nephew is gay and his husband is black.  I love them both.  I've never considered myself tribal, but I do resent the attacks on white people just for being white.  I think most of us don't care who or what someone is if they're a nice person.  That's what does it for me, anyway.

I like to keep a toe in the water of tech discussions, but the truth is I'm retiring this year and so is my husband.  I'm so glad for him.  He's sick of the grind.  Its going to be interesting to have him home every day.  Uh oh.
Was 41,882, now 61,311 -- 46% growth in 2 months. 

FTE, Job and Career Discussion / DevOps: the growth of a skill du jour
« Last post by I D Shukhov on May 14, 2018, 04:59:08 pm »
When I last looked at in-demand skills on Indeed in March, I found that DevOps was mentioned 13,251 times.  Two months later I find it mentioned 15,725 times, for an astonishing 18.7% growth in 2 months.

FTE, Job and Career Discussion / Re: Short term projects?
« Last post by unix on May 11, 2018, 02:02:17 am »
Long term gig in IT is 2 years.
The infamous Samsung note 7 had that issue, and because the batteries are no longer removable, they had to recall the whole phone. If there are signs of an imminent fire, no longer possible to just take out the damn thing. So you lose your files as well.
double stupid

then there was that laptop fire some years ago.

and the icing on the cake is, the fumes are deadly. Hydrochrolic acid and sheet.Just one battery is enough to damage you, imagine several thousand in that car. It's not the fire, it's the fumes.
FTE, Job and Career Discussion / Re: Short term projects?
« Last post by Richardk on May 10, 2018, 07:47:06 pm »
My experience is quite dated since I needed a steady income, though I've experienced the same as both an employee and contractor. There was often no planning or specs and the ones in charge were clueless. As stated, part of the problem is the millennials with their 'know it all' attitude, want it now and don't want to pay for it.

The other part as I experienced it was a combination of Agile crap and micromanagement. In order for agile to work, it assumes the team knows what it's doing. Either through its customers, a business analyst or something. You can't have the blind, leading the blind. The other part is having a manager that can't leave anything alone and thinks he alone has all the answers. So he will push what he wants and chop out what he thinks is unnecessary.

This has gotten worse as time has gone on. I've had parts of projects whacked because the client didn't want to pay for it. Had a client "renegotiate" a contract AFTER it was completed. Had a client "peer review" my code so they could steal it, without payment. Had a client intentionally derailing my progress until I was no longer needed. Later I found out I was there to buy them time, not to find a solution. I've seen projects get cancelled in the final stages of testing, where they brought in 6 to 10 contractors over a year to complete it.

I have also talked to IT managers where work was sent offshore, knowing that the project would either fail or be cancelled. Their thinking was it was cheaper to offshore it than do it here. I was thinking why do it at all but often it was out of their hands.

I've also had a 2 - 3 month assignment run 1 year. And my best one was a short term project that ran for nearly 9 years, as part of a consulting agency. So you never know what you might run into.

In general things are worse than they used to be but hopefully you find a good client. Your new norm might be many more shorter term projects.
A few months ago, I bought a replacement Li-on battery for my watch.  The regulations for packaging that tiny battery are incredible.  As I recall, the package added another $15.00 to the cost.

I've read several stories of lithium ion batteries catching fire.  Including aircraft batteries on Boeing's newest airliner, the 787, and hoverboard batteries.  Getting Li-on battery technology right has proven to be nearly impossible.

Here's an article pointing out that once a Li-on battery catches fire, it's almost impossible to put it out until after it's discharged.  The Tesla is every bit as bad as the Pinto fiasco decades ago.
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