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New PostgreSQL Guns For NoSQL Market

Common Joe Re:the hype (162 comments)

There's a pretty good book I own in paperback (electronic versions available) for high performance stuff from PostgreSQL. It's called PostgreSQL 9.0 High Performance. It's probably beyond what you want, but if you're interested in looking at it, let me know and I'll bring it next time we get together.

about 2 months ago
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US College Students Still Aren't All That Interested In Computer Science

Common Joe Re:Salaries have fallen (306 comments)

It's always a fight for me to find work, usually 100 miles away from the previous job, most likely because HR rejects every resume lacking any keyword on the job reqs, and I'm one of the GOOD ones, with a resume that includes senior positions in big companies you've heard of. I swear HR has gone underground in the past few years, and is recruiting exclusively from LinkedIn or something.

You've almost got it. HR hires from consulting firms and one of the places consulting firms go is LinkedIn. That's right, boys and girls, you have to please a minimum of three layers to get a job. (Consultant, HR, Manager). You have to look good online, on paper, and in person.

Disclaimer: I don't have answers. I've been looking for about three years off and on (earlier in the States and now in Europe), but I know who calls me and who wants to talk to me: the consultants. I've physically walked into businesses (when I knew they were hiring) and asked for a name in HR but the front desk wouldn't even give me the time of day. When I went to CeBIT (a large convention here in Europe), I spoke with small companies, large companies, and consulting firms. The large companies pointed me to their website (which is takes a lot of time to fill in because they think they are special) and consultants dominated the floor. The few small companies that were there were very picky and want loads of experience in their particular area.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Minimum Programming Competence In Order To Get a Job?

Common Joe Re:Good Times, Bad Times, Warning (466 comments)

Yeah, unfortunately, I don't have many words of encouragement. The best advice I can offer at this time is look at the ads and see what they are looking for. There seems to be a good deal of suck to go around because companies are unwilling to make the effort to train people and managers are unwilling to hire based on "real" quality instead of paper quality.

When I sheer-dumb-luck ran across this guy (CEO of 20 - 30 employees), I went into full study mode. I took two weeks of reading hundreds of pages of tech docs and skimming thousands of pages in an effort to absorb over a dozen technologies. The third and fourth week has been to try to write some code, but as you can imagine, I've had very limited success; too much to learn too quickly. (I've been working my butt off weekends, some nights, and all holidays. I'm not sleeping very well right now.) Although I don't know much about the job or the company, I'm trying very hard to get this job. He's the first serious bite I've seen in a long time.

The take away I've gotten from my journey is that companies want you to look good on paper. The more your resume matches the ad, the better. Key words on high-demand jobs will also trigger phone calls. My key word was "Java". They completely ignored my lack of web experience or what I had been doing for the past 10 years. I even had a list of technologies on my website. "Java" was how I inadvertently got phone calls from head hunters, recruiters, (and in a few rare instances) HR. I'm into PHP now and it's my intention to write small programs and publish the code on the Internet so I can stand out in an interview, but this comment is very discouraging with that idea. (It's still my plan if this second interview doesn't yield me the job. I have to learn and keep up the skills somehow.)

I am trying very hard to figure out how sub-standard programmers get employed. Other than out-right lying, I cannot figure it out. I've never lied and I'm not about to start now, though.

Wisecat, I wish you luck in your journey. Be smart, keep at it, and don't become discouraged.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Minimum Programming Competence In Order To Get a Job?

Common Joe Re:Good Times, Bad Times, Warning (466 comments)

In my opinion, for a longer view, pick a field you are good at rather than one that appears strong now.

I usually agree with you, but I'm going against that advice right now. I've had multiple phone interviews that lasted about 5 minutes. Long enough for them to learn that I programmed in Java, but not JEE or J2EE. I'm good at what I do, but the market doesn't seem to want me as my skills don't present well on paper. It's hard to filter past the HR drones. When I do get it to filter, the managers are disappointed that I don't have 100% of the knowledge they are after. This has been going on for three years. It's a little hard to "wait it out" after so long.

Recently, I had a manager say he likes my skills, but he needs those skills in the web world. He's given me a little time to see what I can learn, so I've dived both feet into we web development and I get to interview with him again shortly. It was a good time for both of us because I was tired of searching for a non web-related job (which seems to be what most open positions want) and he was tired of interviewing script kiddies.

Merely food for thought.

about 2 months ago
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How the FBI and Secret Service Know Your Network Has Been Breached Before You Do

Common Joe Re:NSA (72 comments)

You don't have to pay anything, you can watch it, and you won't even have to die. Mostly to your specifications.

For your viewing pleasure: Feds Deconfliction

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Re-Learning How To Interview As a Developer?

Common Joe Re:Maybe it's not you (218 comments)

"Stable job" "all the way to retirement" [snip] they're average to below average [snip] I'd need to be convinced otherwise in the interview to give them an offer.

It's a shame that people only want rock star programmers today. The best of the best of the best. It leave common joes like me wondering why my talents are being wasted by companies. I think common programmers like me should have a good place to fit in a company, but I suppose my averageness doesn't allow me to envision the right way things should be like you rock stars. I envision training by companies and a little guidance by the rock stars so they can focus on things that I can't. I don't mind doing grunt work. But again, your vision of instability for the life of a project or a program is probably better than what I had in mind. After all, I'm only average. I'm only a common joe.

about 4 months ago
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1GB of Google Drive Storage Now Costs Only $0.02 Per Month

Common Joe Re:Amazon Glacier (335 comments)

No backup is complete without actually testing the restore capabilities. How is Amazon Glacier in that regard?

about 4 months ago
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Do We Really Have a Shortage of STEM Workers?

Common Joe Re:The Problem is Hitting the Ground Running (491 comments)

If you paid your new hire to spend his or her first week reading an O'Reilly book, then the next month paired up with a more experienced coder, you'd find that there is no shortage of workers, rather there is a surplus.

Nary a quote was better spoken. It is unbelievable how true this is.

about 5 months ago
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Do We Really Have a Shortage of STEM Workers?

Common Joe Re:Hard to find good developers in Denver (491 comments)

They may be out there but they seem to be behind a wall of recruiters

This is my current problem. I've encountered it living in two different countries in the past two years. If I can't present myself to a computer just perfectly and if I can't talk to HR just perfectly, I'm never going to get to you. I have a list of examples. (I even have an example of two managers who wanted to talk with me in a particular company and HR screwed up so badly that after a solid month of trying to talk to the managers, I finally said no to the company and walked away. I had friends in that company. My friends and the managers were left with wide eyes at how badly I was treated. And that company was posting multiple open positions every week. But, no, I couldn't talk or schedule meetings with the manager directly. That was a no-no and the managers couldn't do that. I had to schedule everything through HR.) Every time I try to talk to someone face to face in any company, I am shot down with "go on the computer and submit your resume". Frankly, my resume isn't impressive. I suck at making resumes. I suck at networking with managers. I'm a decent programmer with experience and I'm a good people person. I'm so frustrated that I can't seem to link up with the right people.

Sorry that I can't live in Denver or I'd contact you.

about 5 months ago
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CmdrTaco: Anti-Beta Movement a "Vocal Minority"

Common Joe Minority or Majority? (30 comments)

The purpose of the boycott is to tell Dice how many people are upset enough to leave. They can track the numbers. They will know. We will too even without exact numbers. In two weeks, either CmdrTaco is right (and a small minority spoke out and Slashdot will return to whatever is "normal" for the site) or he is incorrect and a huge majority will leave. Or Dice apologizes and a bunch of us stay. (I'm not too hopeful on that last one.)

-- Common Joe

Valentines Day Slashcott: Boycott Slashdot because "Fuck Beta!": February 10 - 17

Support Okian Warrior's alternate slashdot idea! Information can be found here: www.altslashdot.org.

about 6 months ago
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A Modest Proposal, re: Beta vs. Classic

Common Joe Re:Proposal Response (19 comments)

It's not Unitron, it's unitron, and always has been

Well, then... my bad on all fronts. :)

If I have to choose between giving up the name "slashdot.org" and giving up everything about the name of which I've been a part since October of 1998, it's no contest.

If that's the choice, I'm happy for Dice to take the name and leave the rest, since it seems like they'll be flushing the rest before long anyway.

I understand how you feel. I've been here a very long time -- like many others, longer than my UID suggests. I think since about 2003. I just have bad vibes about this jolt from Dice in all respects. We (the community) will figure something out. It may not be what we want 100% because of so many different opinions, but today's Slashdot isn't exactly what we want either. I'll see you around. :)

about 6 months ago
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A Modest Proposal, re: Beta vs. Classic

Common Joe Proposal Response (19 comments)

Unitron, you're looking for feedback on this idea. It's a little hard to follow and understand, but it sounds like you want to move slashdot.org to another URL (keeping all users and data and comments and stories intact). The slashdot.org would be used for the beta site and for whatever Dice wants to build there. If I understand you correctly.

I don't think the Slashdot crowd would appreciate that. I know I wouldn't. I'd prefer if they put whatever Dice really wants onto another URL (or a sub link or something) and put a little link on slashdot.org via advertisement. That would be cool with me. A family that has both hardcore and softcore IT people split into two areas. That actually wouldn't be so bad. I enjoy working with newbies. Not everyone has that kind of patience.

Based on responses I'm seeing, I don't think that is what they want.

Oh... I'm suspecting Unitron is one of several aliases you have. If I'm right, I'm not sure what you want to be called, so I just used "Unitron" here.

-- Common Joe

Valentines Day Slashcott: Boycott Slashdot because "Fuck Beta!": February 10 - 17

Support Okian Warrior's alternate slashdot idea! Information can be found here: www.altslashdot.org.

about 6 months ago
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An open letter to the management of Slashdot.

Common Joe Re:Noted (14 comments)

Very nice letter. Fully agree with it.

-- Common Joe

Valentines Day Slashcott: Boycott Slashdot because "Fuck Beta!": February 10 - 17

Support Okian Warrior's alternate slashdot idea! Information can be found here: www.altslashdot.org.

about 6 months ago
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Wozniak To Apple: Consider Building an Android Phone

Common Joe Re:Beta Sucks (249 comments)

Strange. I'd say you're trolling, but you have a low count six-digit user ID. I'll choose to treat you as misinformed.

You say that we are powerless. I disagree. I intend to boycott. Should that fail, I'll leave for another site... which is already in the making. (I might frequent both if both can survive. There are other IT sites after all.) That is the power of my choice.

As for power the of Slashdot, it comes from the community -- people like you and me. If enough people boycott, the quality of Slashdot will be seriously affected for a week. It will be interesting to see the results.

-- Common Joe

Valentines Day Slashcott: Boycott Slashdot because "Fuck Beta!": February 10 - 17

Support Okian Warrior's alternate slashdot idea! Information can be found here: www.altslashdot.org.

about 6 months ago
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The Standards Wars and the Sausage Factory

Common Joe Re:IMMINENT DEATH OF SLASHDOT PREDICTED (234 comments)

You probably already know about it as you're usually on top of things and I'm now going back to some older posts, but just in case, I'll reply to you anyway. altslashdot seems to be in progress of being constructed. It may end up at a different website, but that's the start.

-- Common Joe

Valentines Day Slashcott: Boycott Slashdot because "Fuck Beta!": February 10 - 17

Support Okian Warrior's alternate slashdot idea! Information can be found here: www.altslashdot.org.

about 6 months ago
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The Bitcoin Death Star: KnC Plans 10 Megawatt Data Center In Sweden

Common Joe Re:About the proposed boycott (250 comments)

One thing is missing from these boycott calls: a means of communication before, during and after the proposed boycott. Without such a means of communication nobody will know whether the boycott is successful or not. At the most they'll head for /. - thereby negating the effect of the proposed boycott - to see whether it is as empty as intended.

It would be nice, but there is no requirement to discuss before, during, and after. Either Dice fixes what they are doing and the majority stay (some have already left over this) or people build their own Slashdot-like website. I'll come back on the 18th and look around. I'll know if things are back to normal or if they addressed the problems. If things really go south here, check out one of the other alternative slashdots that are being worked on. It will take some time for this to finish shaking out.

-- Common Joe

Valentines Day Slashcott: Boycott Slashdot because "Fuck Beta!": February 10 - 17

Support Okian Warrior's alternate slashdot idea! Information can be found here: www.altslashdot.org.

about 6 months ago
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NYPD Is Beta-Testing Google Glass

Common Joe Re:Wrong Target (158 comments)

In fact, do to incessant whining I've decided I really like Beta quite a bit and can we keep it just as it is? I'm going to fight hard for Beta now just because I know it pisses you off.

I already responded once to you but I had to reply to this comment: I'm in support of both the beta and the classic. I personally hate the beta and prefer the classic, but there is no technological reason why they can't run side by side. I know there are some people who like the beta. That's ok. It's their cup of tea. There is no reason why either needs to be taken away.

Before you say I'm contradicting myself in my signature, I'll also say that I merely picked up the "Fuck Beta" line because it was being forced down my throat in broken form. If they have plans to actually fix it (which they say they do but I'm not convinced of for reasons I won't get into here), I'm interested to see the finished product as are a lot of other people.

-- Common Joe

Valentines Day Slashcott: Boycott Slashdot because "Fuck Beta!": February 10 - 17

Support Okian Warrior's alternate slashdot idea! Information can be found here: www.altslashdot.org.

about 6 months ago
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NYPD Is Beta-Testing Google Glass

Common Joe Re:No you are NOT Slashdot (158 comments)

Consider this: if beta worked, you could just close the "petty vendettas" easily. (It's one of the things we're complaining about.) Most of the threads spawned pretty much had separate threads for beta and on-topic stories. I thought that separation was pretty amazing considering no one organized that. Yes, there were cross overs, but it wasn't that bad.

No matter what, I think you'll get your wish in a day or two and you can be happy. There's going to be a boycott and you can read your articles without interference. After that, things will go back to normal or become a ghost town.

(Yes, the editors responded, but they did not address all of the issues, so you're still going to see some noise for a day or two.)

-- Common Joe

Valentines Day Slashcott: Boycott Slashdot because "Fuck Beta!": February 10 - 17

Support Okian Warrior's alternate slashdot idea! Information can be found here: www.altslashdot.org.

about 6 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Common Joe Re:Just be honest - it's not for *US* (2219 comments)

I already responded to one of your comments, but I want to respond to this one specifically.

Take a look at this website. It's obviously verbally vulgar, but otherwise it is safe for work and it's funny. It also makes a very serious statement that I think a lot of Slashdotters would agree with. I suggest you read this in its entirety. It's short and won't take long.

I have other opinions, but I won't repeat what others are already telling you.

about 6 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Common Joe Re:Resurrecting Technocrat.net (2219 comments)

Groklaw and Slashdot served two different needs. I'm not sure you can combine them, although in all honesty, I did not use Groklaw nor Technocrat.

Check out www.altslashdot.org and see about pooling resources if you're serious about a replacement. Someone actually mentioned you and Technocrat in the comments on the first page.

-- Common Joe

Valentines Day Slashcott: Boycott Slashdot because "Fuck Beta!": February 10 - 17

about 6 months ago

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250 Hard Drives Used To Make a "WD F1" Car

Common Joe Common Joe writes  |  about 9 months ago

Common Joe (2807741) writes "Rob Ryan (of Western Digital) and his family created a scaled F1 car made entirely out of hard drive parts. The site has lots of neat pictures. The "WD F1" car lights up too. There is also brief 45 second video, but the first half of the video is a bit of an advertisement for WD."

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