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Developers, IT Still Racking Up (Mostly) High Salaries

DaMattster Pffft (170 comments)

I earn 72,000 as a regional truck truck driver and I have SO much less stress and NO on-call. I'm home on weekends and if my girlfriend's son has a school event, I can literally ask for one of my routes to take me by the school so I just park the truck and attend. If we want to do a family dinner during the week, I can also get routed to stop by the house. I think my girlfriend and her son like me more now that they see me less ;-) Leaving IT was one of the best life's decisions I've ever made. IT turned me into a monster. My girlfriend says I'm like a totally new and better person.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: LTE Hotspot As Sole Cellular Connection?

DaMattster Nice idea (100 comments)

But this could end up costing you more money as you will consume data like a person buying supplies for an impending disaster. Since data is capped and overages are horribly expensive, the OP would do well to rethink his strategy.

yesterday
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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

DaMattster I'm surprised (283 comments)

The Lee-Enfield is probably one of the best rifles to have ever been made.

2 days ago
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Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

DaMattster Re:Bose is overpriced crap and always has been (312 comments)

And so is Apple.

I respectfully disagree. My MacBook Pro which I got around July of 2012 has been 100% reliable. It has never needed any warranty work whatsoever so unlike the Windows laptops I've had in the past. I've had Dell, Gateway, Sony, Toshiba and each and every one of those machines have needed at least two significant repairs under warranty. I will give you that Bose is overrated. I've found some cheap WalMart noise cancelling headphones that work just as well but then again my hearing isn't 100% sharp anyhow.

2 days ago
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India Successfully Launches Region-Specific Navigation Satellite

DaMattster And meanwhile (82 comments)

India's people are quite impoverished and many of the home don't even have indoor plumbing. I don't understand a government that wants to go to the moon, mars, or have its own fancy satellite GPS system while it can 'barely' take care of its own people.

2 days ago
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The Guardian Reveals That Whisper App Tracks "Anonymous" Users

DaMattster Well (180 comments)

Looks like I WILL NOT be trying this app at all. I was a bit curious.

4 days ago
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Commerce Secretary: US Wants Multi-Stakeholder Process To Preserve Internet

DaMattster Danger Will Robinson (57 comments)

This is a bad idea because the stakeholders have the monetary wealth to exert influence over the internet and thus causing even more problems. It must remain regulated by a neutral, objective third party that cannot be co-opted by money, power, or influence - or, at least, not any more than it already has.

5 days ago
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Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

DaMattster Intriguing (376 comments)

So why would the Pentagon hush-up signs of chemical weapons? That just doesn't make any sense because that was used as one of the primary justifications for going to war with Iraq. The only thing that I can surmise is that it was a political move to try and make George W. Bush look bad but even that is tenuous at best because the Pentagon overwhelmingly supports the president. One would think this would not get buried but ran up the flagpole very quickly.

5 days ago
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Amazon Web Services To Build Two New Aussie Data Centers

DaMattster Concern (27 comments)

With Amazon hemorrhaging money to the tune of 2bn, how can they possibly afford new data centers without some serious financial backing? A recent article questions the safety of keeping data stored in the cloud because how could you retrieve your data if your cloud provider should go tits up. Furthermore, even with the fastest transmission speeds and lowest latency times available, it could take days to recover large amounts of data. Then you have to have the storage to accommodate what you've ostensibly outsourced.

5 days ago
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If Your Cloud Vendor Goes Out of Business, Are You Ready?

DaMattster My thoughts (150 comments)

Here is to hoping the cloud is a fad that dies off even though it probably won't. I can see the private cloud being beneficial but a private cloud is just marketing speak for a virtualization environment. One positive to come out of the cloud has been software as a service which again is marketing speak for renting software. I like the ability to use Office 365 and essentially rent my copy of Mac Office 2011. I haven't checked out Apache Open Office or Libre Office recently so I don't know if they have improved, but (unfortunately) Microsoft Office is still the gold standard.

5 days ago
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Oracle Database Certifications Are No Longer Permanent

DaMattster Yup (108 comments)

That's exactly what it is about: profit. Oracle sucks!

5 days ago
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Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

DaMattster A good idea (404 comments)

I have to side with the flight attendants on this one. Takeoffs and landings are some of the riskier parts of the flight and passengers should be paying attention to the flight attendants, not have their nose buried in a smartphone or tablet. This is a safety issue which is of utmost importance, especially as more and more people are being crammed on a plane. If an emergency hits, the flight crew need the undivided attention of the passengers. I was not a fan of the FAA easing restrictions on these devices for specifically that reason. I hope the flight attendants prevail.

about a week ago
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Federal Government Removes 7 Americans From No-Fly List

DaMattster That whole list (124 comments)

Just needs to go the fuck away! The Patriot Act is mostly a failure and we're no safer and have significantly less liberties. Another tragic knee-jerk reaction by government results in an abysmal travesty of justice.

about a week ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

DaMattster Oh God! (973 comments)

Not another cold fusion claim ... smh!

about a week ago
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Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined

DaMattster Well (280 comments)

I wouldn't trust the company to have my back. I may be a bit gullible and trusting, but I know enough to know that Corporate America will fry you in the name of money or image perception.

about a week ago
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Despite Push From Tech Giants, AP CS Exam Counts Don't Budge Much In Most States

DaMattster I wonder (144 comments)

If this is due to the public perception that technology as a profession is one that is likely to be outsourced or given to foreign workers with H1B visas. It could also be due to perception that careers in technology are unstable, feast and famine. I left technology as a career because I'm sick of having my job held over me with a looming threat of being easily replaced. I'm sick of the vendor certifications and being evaluated for potential based on them. Also, I grew weary of performance-based metrics and evaluations. The MBA mindset has killed IT. I traded in my cube,for a tractor trailer 6 months ago and haven't looked back. Truck driving isn't likely to be fully automated any time soon and we aren't importing foreigners .... yet. It's nice being in demand instead of a commodity to be disposed of. The BLS sees massive shortages in labor predicted over the next 10 years in the trucking field.

about a week ago
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The Cult of Elon Musk Shines With Steve Jobs' Aura

DaMattster Wealth or intelligence (181 comments)

Do people idolize Elon Musk for his intelligence or wealth and success? I think the answer is that he has attained wealth and success that most people can only dream about. You may call me a troll, but I think this cult of Elon Musk only exists because of his vast wealth. Americans tend to place a whole lot of value on success as being wealthy and famous so a lot undeserved praise gets heaped on these types. I would council that simply because someone is wealthy, it is dangerous to accord them more respect. I'm not saying that Musk doesn't deserve the respect, but do we accord him more respect due to his wealth?

about a week ago
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What Will It Take To Run a 2-Hour Marathon?

DaMattster For me (254 comments)

I hate running so it would take either (a) An act of God or (b) the Police to get me running anywhere, let alone a two hour marathon.

about two weeks ago
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Outsourced Tech Jobs Are Increasingly Being Automated

DaMattster Re:Automation is the future (236 comments)

To a certain extent, yes. However some functions cannot or should not be fully automated. There are reasons why we still have human beings flying planes. I am an ex-IT guy as I drive an 18 wheeler now. You hear about automation attempts at self driving cars and trucks but a self driving 80,000 pound semi going 65 mph is not a good idea. Driving a truck requires many, sometimes split second decisions and requires processing multiple events happening at once. An 80,000 pound semi is absolutely lethal if the driver loses control and is unable to regain control. Imagine a software or hardware glitch on an 80k semi carrying hazardous material .... you have a scenario likely to kill, maim, or effect thousands of people. Automation can and should be more of an assist rather than a takeover. I could see automation for trucks enforcing safe speeds, following distances, warnings, etc. Even Airbus and Boeing recognize that only so much can and should be done automated.

about two weeks ago
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Outsourced Tech Jobs Are Increasingly Being Automated

DaMattster Second link (236 comments)

I was more curious about the second link in the article as I was hoping for some examples of what was being automated. Instead the article was just another example of poor technology journalism: the author used a lot of words without writing anything of substance. It only spoke to the economic impact which is, I daresay, fairly obvious. I'm hoping technology journalism isn't devolving over all.

about two weeks ago

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Ask Slashdot: Would you be willing to sign a petition against SecureBoot UEFI?

DaMattster DaMattster writes  |  about a year and a half ago

DaMattster (977781) writes "Please visit the White House website and sign the following petition: http://wh.gov/wHLq. When it comes to computing, many slashdotters value openness and SecureBoot UEFI is the very antithesis of open. Instead, SecureBoot UEFI makes it extremely difficult to use Linux, BSD, Minix, or whatever other open source operating systems there are out there. Please help me send a message to Microsoft that this mandate of SecureBoot UEFI in order to run Windows 8 is not only anti-competitive but anti-innovation as well"
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Worldwide: April Sizzles as La Niña Fizzles

DaMattster DaMattster writes  |  more than 2 years ago

DaMattster (977781) writes "The waning influence of La Niña helped April 2012 to become the fifth warmest April worldwide in 133 years of recordkeeping, and the warmest April on record in the Northern Hemisphere, according to scientists at NOAA's National Climatic Data Center."
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IBM to laid-off: Want a job in India?

DaMattster DaMattster writes  |  more than 5 years ago

DaMattster writes "IBM employees being laid off in North America now have an alternative to joining the growing ranks of the unemployed — work for the company abroad. Big Blue is offering its outgoing workers in the United States and Canada a chance to take an IBM job in India, Nigeria, Russia or other countries. Through a program dubbed Project Match, IBM will help interested workers whose jobs are on the chopping block to "identify potential opportunities in growth markets and facilitate consideration by hiring managers in those markets," according to an internal company document obtained by CNN."
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Samba 4 has reached Alpha Stage

DaMattster DaMattster writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DaMattster (977781) writes "Samba4 alpha1 is the culmination of 4.5 years of development under our belt since Tridge first proposed a new Virtual File System (VFS) layer for Samba3 (a project which eventually lead to our Active Directory efforts), and 1.5 years since we first released a Technology Preview. We wish to allow users, managers and developers to see how we have progressed, and to invite feedback and support."
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DaMattster DaMattster writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DaMattster (977781) writes "PHOENIX, Arizona (AP) — Behind the county hospital's tall cinderblock walls, a 27-year-old tuberculosis patient who spent years living in Russia sits in a jail cell equipped with a ventilation system that keeps germs from escaping. Robert Daniels has been locked up indefinitely, perhaps for the rest of his life, since last July. But he has not been charged with a crime. Instead, he suffers from an extensively drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis, or XDR-TB. It is considered virtually untreatable."
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DaMattster DaMattster writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DaMattster (977781) writes "Here is a very tasteless, disturbing, and sad story: especially for someone whose family has survived the Nazi concentration camps. The gingerbread nazis One Christmas display near Cleveland, Ohio has some residents seeing Red! From the Angel Gabriel to the nativity scene, most symbols of the season have a story behind them. But artist Keith McGuckin likes to take the traditional and make it non traditional. "And add a little bit of an edge to it," says McGuckin. And Thursday's unveiling took the holiday in a very different direction. "They're Nazis," exclaimed one young woman. "It's called 'The Secret Lives of Gingerbread Men'," he said."

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