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Re: Programmers with network engineering skills
From: Rodrick Brown <rodrick.brown () gmail com>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2012 20:04:04 -0500

On Feb 27, 2012, at 7:53 PM, William Herrin <bill () herrin us> wrote:

On Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 3:22 PM, Owen DeLong <owen () delong com> wrote:
On Feb 27, 2012, at 12:02 PM, Brandt, Ralph wrote:
Generalists are hard to come by these days.

I think you're more likely to find a network engineer with (possibly limited)
programming skills.

I wish. For the past three months I've been trying to find a network
engineer with a deep TCP/IP protocol understanding, network security
expertise, some Linux experience, minor programming skill with sockets
and a TS/SCI clearance.

The clearance is killing me. The two generalists didn't have a
clearance and the cleared applicants are programmers or admins but
never both.

On Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 6:12 PM, Rodrick Brown <rodrick.brown () gmail com> wrote:
Good Luck guys like these are being scooped up by large financial
firms and hedgefunds and they don't come cheap  ~$250k easy!

Not all of them. I've been approached a few times but there is
something sleazy about helping a bunch of tycoons do millisecond
timing attacks against the market. The money doesn't magically appear.
Every dollar they squeeze out that way is stolen from some grandmother
who has held the stock for 20 years.

Try explaining the number of ex-Bell Lab R&D folks working on trading desks these days. A major financial firm I worked 
for in the past directly targeted candidates from the telecom industry. In recent news a russian programmer who 
allegedly stole Goldman Sachs proprietary code was making $400k/year and he's probably still on the market looking for 
work :-) 

Bill Herrin

William D. Herrin ................ herrin () dirtside com  bill () herrin us
3005 Crane Dr. ...................... Web: <http://bill.herrin.us/>
Falls Church, VA 22042-3004

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