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Ask Slashdot: Job Search Or More Education?

Blackhalo Re:If you want to be a programmer, (182 comments)

>get a degree. Programming jobs are heavily resume/GPA filtered. Unless you have someone on the inside ("who you know"), what you know will only get you so far. The great jobs, IMO, for a newbie, are best approached with a great GPA and transcript. This seems absurd to me. With today's college costs, the value that employers put on experience over education, and the 60% unemployment/underemployment rate of recent college grads, getting an entry level job through a temp agency in even the most esoterically related field would par far greater dividends.

about a year and a half ago
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Forget Space Travel, It's Just a Dream

Blackhalo Re:just need a stargate addresses to dial (542 comments)

That's also a great way to teraform Mars. Just hold the stargate open until the pressures equalize.

Might work better to dial Venus from Mars, for pressure equalization.

more than 3 years ago
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British Teen Jailed Over Encryption Password

Blackhalo Re:Only 16 weeks? (1155 comments)

Why would not not take the 5th for a password? By disclosing the password to encrypted data, you be providing evidence that you had access to it, potentially incriminating yourself, if the contents are illicit.

more than 3 years ago
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British Teen Jailed Over Encryption Password

Blackhalo Re:self-destructing (1155 comments)

I doubt the USA would allow Intel to export TPM, unless they already had the keys to the back-door.

more than 3 years ago
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How Good Software Makes Us Stupid

Blackhalo Re:More like... (385 comments)

"There actually are such special offers that sound like you could save a lot, but are actually more expensive per unit/gallon/inch/whatever. And they actually work."

I accept your premise but reject your conclusion. Where is the study that shows the population to be more vulnerable to such obfuscation over time, or since the adoption of calculators?

about 4 years ago
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(Don't) Make Your Own Fire Tornado

Blackhalo Re:There's an easier way... (86 comments)

It's only when some jack-ass refills the bottle with gasoline, that you run into trouble...

about 4 years ago
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Court Says First Sale Doctrine Doesn't Apply To Licensed Software

Blackhalo Re:So let me get this straight... (758 comments)

"because you didn't accept the contract yet. Without that, whatever you paid for is still not yours." If true, then until the contract is consummated, the money paid for the "service" should not be theirs.

about 4 years ago
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Court Says First Sale Doctrine Doesn't Apply To Licensed Software

Blackhalo Re:Yay! (758 comments)

And yes, everyone and their brother will try to emulate this. So if software is now a license and not a purchase, won't publishers be obligated to provide replacement media?

about 4 years ago
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New Copyright Lawsuits Go After Porn On Bittorrent

Blackhalo Re:Interesting Tension (209 comments)

Great post! I wish I had mod points left. Even I have trouble reconciling Torrents of Porn. On one hand I recognize Flynt as a major force in free speech advocacy, on the other, I like free porn. Part of why the industry though, is going after this, is that AMATEUR porn being posted to the torrents, by Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, is starting to cut into the bottom line. I think the attack is not so much directed at the pr0noholics, so much as trying to chill the competing distribution methods.

about 4 years ago
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White House Fingers PlayStation As Obesity Culprit

Blackhalo Re:Playstation? (477 comments)

"Is there really a strong correlation between the playstation and obesity?" Based on my anecdotal observation, there is a hight correlation, with fast food, Wal*Mart and Fox News.

about 4 years ago
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Library of Congress Opens Records of Anti-Comic Book Shrink

Blackhalo Re:Ah yes, Wertham (257 comments)

The end of the comics code.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elfquest "This series was one of the early successes that marked the establishment of a phase in underground comics at which a new market of alternative independent comic books emerged that were closer to the comics mainstream." Wiki seems to underplay the impact of this title, as it was the mother-ship that had such broad appeal and sales, that led to a revolution at Marvel and DC.

more than 4 years ago
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Library of Congress Opens Records of Anti-Comic Book Shrink

Blackhalo Re:Ah yes, Wertham (257 comments)

"It encourages authors to look at both sides of situation more thoroughly than they would have otherwise which in my opinion adds more depth to the story."

Remember when Elfquest of all things, broke the back of the comics code, by going the independent route? Demonstrating that the independant route could be profitable AND allowing creators to keep creative control of their content? Then the mad rush of artists fleeing Marvel and DC to independant start-ups like Dark Horse and Image leading to the one of the greatest renaissances in comics? The comics code kept artists chained to their easels, writing pap. Good riddance.

more than 4 years ago
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HP Snaps Up 3PAR For $2 Billion

Blackhalo Re:Making the Deal (68 comments)

"Companies that do mergers are only able to make the aquistion work out about half the time, so it is rarely a good investment."

Where else is that money going to go that would provide and equivalent improvement to revenue, earnings and share price (how XEOs get bonused)? With Treasury yeilds falling like a brick, and the currency and equity markets in turmoil, acquisitions are a no-brainer for boosting share-prices. Add in the facts that you get to keep a competitor from piking up a key element to their business plan, and they get to deflect some attention away from the questionable ouster of Hurd, it makes perfect sense.

more than 3 years ago
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Economy Tanked While Government Surfed Porn

Blackhalo Re:Yet none were fired (405 comments)

"As far as anyone can tell, not one of these people were fired for both not doing their job and for using work equipment in a HIGHLY non-work related manner."

In the bush administration, you get a Medal of Freedom for that. "Nice job, Brownie..."

more than 4 years ago
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South Park's Episode 201 — the Expurgated Version

Blackhalo Re:meta joke (1224 comments)

When i saw it, really tought that was a metajoke Me too. It seemed too absurd to be anything but intentional.

more than 4 years ago
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Economy Tanked While Government Surfed Porn

Blackhalo Re:The SEC has always been worse than useless. (405 comments)

"it should be to a private agency that has something to lose if they fuck up, not to a bureaucracy which will in all likelihood get a budget increase after a major failure."

Great, just what we need. More Arthur Andersens.

"Arthur Andersen LLP, based in Chicago, was once one of the "Big Five" accounting firms"

It is now the "big four." And it looks like their hands might be a little dirty in the recent economic turmoil.

http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/04232010/watch.html

"The Andersen indictment also put a spotlight on its faulty audits of other companies, most notably Waste Management, Sunbeam and WorldCom. The subsequent bankruptcy of WorldCom, which quickly surpassed Enron as the biggest bankruptcy in history, led to a domino effect of accounting and like corporate scandals that continue to tarnish American business practices."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Andersen

more than 4 years ago
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Google Readying To Pull Out of China

Blackhalo Re:Duality in Leadership (343 comments)

"It would be bad for stocks and any investors would flip out ... probably even sue." No grounds. "Do no evil" is in the charter and it is nebulous enough that shareholders assumed the risk prior to buying shares.

more than 4 years ago
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XML Co-Founder Joins Google, Blasts iPhone

Blackhalo Re:To be fair (628 comments)

MicroSoft threatening to blacklist Compaq and IBM from the Win 95 launch if they shipped any systems with OS2 installed was pretty compelling too.

more than 4 years ago
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What Belongs In a High School Sci-Fi/Fantasy Lit Class?

Blackhalo Re:Where was this class for me? (1021 comments)

I sooo agree. I do not think I have ever been able to complete the first book but the second and third, are awesome. Plus he goes way overboard with the leper/"woe is me" real world stuff. Now "The Gap Cycle" is just twisted, brilliant!

more than 4 years ago
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What Belongs In a High School Sci-Fi/Fantasy Lit Class?

Blackhalo Re:5 Classics (1021 comments)

Niven/Pournel - Mote in God's eye... Lucifer's hammer.. Niven's - Long Arm of Gil Hamilton. Alan Dean Foster - For Love of Mother-Not

more than 4 years ago

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How NOT to do a news aggregator upgrade

Blackhalo Blackhalo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Blackhalo writes "What a SPECTACULAR train wreck. I don't really want to look, but I can't tear my eyes away.

"The news page on Digg, and particularly the Technology category, is currently plastered with links to discussions and images posted on rival Reddit instead. That’ll bring Reddit some traffic this morning, but more importantly it’s a bit of an embarrassing situation for Digg."

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