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post #11 of 15 Old 05-01-2012
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Given that this is a 2007 thread, he's probably since joined the Navy, and done the 4 years and moved on.
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I've been wondering if it would be possible to be a software engineer at sea. You could communicate by live chat & email, and then upload your work back home each day. It shouldn't require much bandwidth.
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Steel, anything is possible IF your employer is willing to accept telecommuting and "at sea" doesn't happen during assignments. Because truly at sea, you'll be using satellite data connections and you can still figure a buck a minute or more which is still really damned cheap considering what was possible ten years ago.

One might ask, if a competent "software engineer" shouldn't be able to figure out the possibilities and costs for internet connections. Unless you're really something special, most employers want solid connectivity while contractors/employees are on any kind of assignment.
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It still should be better than trying to outsource software work to India!
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It still should be better than trying to outsource software work to India!
Not necessarily..

1. Their internet connection speed and up-time will be far better than yours on land (never mind at sea)
2. Their hourly rates are about half whatever you might ask for, and
3. If the client needs someone to attend an urgent meeting, they're a plane-flight away - not 1000 miles from the nearest land..

If you're into IT and wanting a job at sea, a cruise ship is the best place to be - their IT needs are enormous. Walking to work is good to!

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