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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

Cereal Box Re:Simple (509 comments)

> Never own a credit card. They are all scams and are far more likely to ruin your credit than help it.

That's terrible advice. The best way to improve your credit is to actually have credit in the first place. A good credit score is a balancing act involving increasing the length of time you've had credit, minimizing 30/60/90 day lates (or more accurately, not having any), and having a good amount of available revolving credit (but not too much). The point is to demonstrate that you can be responsible with a decent amount of credit for a significant amount of time.

Not having a credit card whatsoever does not help you, it only hurts you. Think about it, if a friend asked you for money, you'd feel more at ease if the two of you had a history wherein he demonstrated that he could promptly repay you, and over a longer period of time paying back small amounts of money, you'd feel more comfortable lending him larger amounts of money.

The best thing to do is to get a credit card and pay it off in full every month. Pretend that the card is an extension of your checking account and never spend more money than you can put your hands on in any given month.

about 3 months ago
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Will Peggy the Programmer Be the New Rosie the Riveter?

Cereal Box Other options in technology (333 comments)

Personally I'm of the opinion that in order to be a really GOOD programmer you have to live, eat, and breathe it. Part of that is spending your formative years locked away coding on a computer, eschewing things like friends, social gatherings, etc. I know I did. How many girls and young women are willing to do that? I dunno, maybe that factors into it.

But I don't see why the only option for women in technology is programming. Where I work, it seems like just about every Project Manager is a woman. And that's probably because a good PM has to do things like interact with many people, pay attention to details, schedule, organize, etc. which traditionally are things that women are good at. Why not, you know, stress those kinds of options to young women interested in tech jobs instead of trying to force women into something they really don't seem that interested in? Just because men dominate a certain industry doesn't mean there's a "problem", you know.

about 8 months ago
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WhatsApp: 2nd Biggest Tech Acquisition of All Time

Cereal Box Re:CNN argues it's worth the money (257 comments)

While I agree this is actually a service that makes money, it doesn't make quite as much as you assume. First, there's probably a good amount of dead accounts. And I believe there are longtime users that are grandfathered in for free. Second, the first year is free, so the revenue from an additional 1M users per day isn't realized for a whole year, and again that's assuming that all users decide they want to pay after a year is up.

about 8 months ago
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AOL Reverses Course On 401K Match; CEO Apologizes

Cereal Box Re:abusing the 401k (123 comments)

I don't understand how that being a dead point in hiring would be a big deal. If you are separating from IBM and still want to have a job, you secure the job first, then quit. If you have a better job lined up even in late November, surely a one time 401k match of a couple of thousand dollars isn't enough to keep someone at IBM.

Correct, you should have a job lined up first, but it's very, very difficult to time something perfectly so as to minimize the matching hit (i.e., as soon after 12/15 as possible). And the amount of money you forfeit is not a trivial amount. IBM matches 6%, so for your average 100K+ salary, that's 6K+ of investment money flushed right down the toilet if you leave towards the end of the year. You can't just look at it as "oh well, I lost out on 6K." Look at it as "I lost out on 6K that could've been invested for the next 20 to 30 years."

And I do have to give credit to AOL for one thing. They have a sense of shame, which is more than I can say for IBM.

about 9 months ago
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The Hobbit and Game of Thrones Top Most Pirated Lists of 2013

Cereal Box Re:I desperately want to give HBO my money (193 comments)

These are the arguments I hate the most from the pro-piracy camp. You obviously aren't desperate enough to give HBO your money since you have multiple options:

1. Upgrade your cable package to get HBO. Pricey, but if you're truly desperate, there you go.
2. Purchase through iTunes. You won't get it immediately as it airs, but you'll get it.
3. Buy the Blu-Rays when they come out. Same drawback as point 2, but it's an option.

I think what you mean is that you're desperate to watch the show first run for a price that you consider reasonable (I'm guessing something in the neighborhood of $10 or less). Doesn't work that way.

about 9 months ago
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The Hobbit and Game of Thrones Top Most Pirated Lists of 2013

Cereal Box Re:Bullshit (193 comments)

You have to cancel HBO with your cable company. Yes, you have to call up to cancel it, but it is by no means "nearly impossible". People do it all the time. Subscribe for the show, cancel when it's over. You may even be offered a couple extra months to not cancel.

And couldn't you buy the Blu-Rays when they come out? Sounds like you have options, you just don't want to pursue them.

about 9 months ago
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The Hobbit and Game of Thrones Top Most Pirated Lists of 2013

Cereal Box Re:Bullshit (193 comments)

When you say "selling network time" that sounds like you're saying "selling advertisements", which HBO doesn't actually do. They do create shows to entice people to subscribe, yes, but advertising is not the reason.

about 9 months ago
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The Hobbit and Game of Thrones Top Most Pirated Lists of 2013

Cereal Box Re:Bullshit (193 comments)

You can't buy GoT on Blu-Ray where you live?

about 9 months ago
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The Hobbit and Game of Thrones Top Most Pirated Lists of 2013

Cereal Box Re:Clearly losing money? (193 comments)

Personally, I pirate movies/TV shows because there's no "just works" legal way to obtain them.

OK, so you download movies for free, gotcha...

The legal ways require an internet connection

Wait, what? Doesn't pirating a movie require an internet connection? And posting on Slashdot, for that matter?

about 9 months ago
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Tesla Gets $34 Million Tax Break, Adds Capacity For 35,000 More Cars

Cereal Box Re:Thanks, California taxpayers! (238 comments)

I think it's easier to find a plugin than a gas station.

Uh yeah, I doubt that.

about 10 months ago
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Apple Unveils iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S

Cereal Box Re:The 5C isn't even cheap (773 comments)

Only T-Mobile gives you discounts. And they have the worst coverage of the big four providers. So that's why it's not really productive to compare unsubsidized prices. Pretty much everyone gets their phone with a subsidy and two year commitment.

And yes, you have to lock yourself in for two years to get that price. But so what? There really isn't much ability to jump around from provider to provider anyway. Only T-Mobile and AT&T use GSM, so from a technological standpoint you're effectively locked in to one provider or another. So again, that's why talking about two year contracts isn't that important either...

about a year ago
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Apple Unveils iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S

Cereal Box Re:The 5C isn't even cheap (773 comments)

Assuming you're on the one and only US carrier that gives you a discount for bringing your own phone, yes, the Nexus 4 is cheaper overall than a new iPhone 5S. However... if you're on AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint, your iPhone 5S costs that same $199.

about a year ago
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The College-Loan Scandal

Cereal Box Subsidies (827 comments)

Part of this has to do with the subsidies they add to tuition. I remember when I was in school, tuition was about $2000 per semester. One semester, they decided to jack up tuition by $400. Most of that $400 was earmarked for subsidies for lower-income students. I found out during a meeting where the chancellor announced the change that 40% of our overall tuition went to subsidies. 40%! At which point I asked:

"So you're increasing tuition to help students who can't afford tuition, because we keep raising tuition to help students who can't afford tuition?"

They just kind of shrugged that question off.

about a year ago
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Despite Global Release, Breaking Bad Heavily Pirated

Cereal Box Re:Pirate vs Pay (443 comments)

At least you're an honest pirate. Usually there's lots of hemming and hawing about "oh I wish there was some way I could pay for this content, but it's not available in my country/available right this instant/etc. so reluctantly I must pirate it."

about a year ago
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Despite Global Release, Breaking Bad Heavily Pirated

Cereal Box Re:bittorrent still better than netflix.. sadly (443 comments)

In my case, the pirating happened because netflix dropped the ball and the content wasn't viewable hours after (atleast 12+) it had been broadcasted. We've all been told, and I've even said it myself; provide me a service which updates quickly with good enough quality, and you'll have a deal.

Are you being serious? Being available 12 hours after the original broadcast is pretty quick, especially considering that it's the middle of the night in Finland when the show airs in the US. Don't you have to work on Mondays? You get home and the episode is available on Netflix right away.

Seriously, stop moving the goalposts.

about a year ago
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Despite Global Release, Breaking Bad Heavily Pirated

Cereal Box Re:What is this TV you speak of? (443 comments)

"can't use hulu or netflix where I live"

"which costs 45 pounds"

Do you live in the UK? Netflix is not only available there, but has every episode of BB. The new ones are even being added immediately after they air in the US.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Node.js vs. JEE/C/C++/.NET In the Enterprise?

Cereal Box Re:Wheel reinvented once again (304 comments)

I don't think it's change for the sake of change necessarily. You've got to remember that this stuff is created by a young generation that's just entering the workforce. They see existing technologies as old and crufty. Declaring types? Get with the times grandpa!

Plus, there seems to be a fascination with making code as terse as possible...

about a year ago
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John Carmack: Kudos To Valve, But Linux Is Still Not a Viable Gaming Market

Cereal Box Re:He's obviously right (635 comments)

Also if that's true, then how come the highest average payment per player are linux users, for the humble bundle [humblebundle.com] as of now?

Because the people who bought the bundle on Linux are overpaying to send a message?

more than 2 years ago
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Ouya Android Console Blows Past Kickstarter Goal

Cereal Box Re:Why did they need Kickstarter? (270 comments)

In addition to that, they get actual input as to if people would want this

At this point, why does it matter? Clearly they've convinced some VC folks that this is a good investment. That's my whole point. They basically funded this entire thing (to the tune of several million I'm sure) and then feel compelled to ask regular people for a measly $1 million because...?

I get the idea of "advertising" but still find it funny that asking people for money is the same thing as advertising in this day and age. Couldn't they have announced details of this thing to the major tech sites, I dunno, months ago?

more than 2 years ago

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