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Ask Slashdot: Stepping Sideways Into Programming?

DaRat Job Security and On the Side App Development (152 comments)

One advantage of being on the product / project management side is that you'll have more job security if you've got good people skills. It's very easy to offshore dev jobs, but much harder to offshore the product or project management roles.

If you really want to code, why not work on an app or open source dev project on the side? Keep your day job, but do something else on the weekends and evenings until you're sure that you want to make the switch and have the skills to carry it through.

more than 3 years ago

Rupert Murdoch Publishes North Korean Flash Games

DaRat So, what will Fox News say? (186 comments)

What'll be interesting to me is what, if anything, Fox News has to say about this offshoring. I suspect that if one of the other media companies would do the same thing, there would be considerable outrage. In the case of one's parent company, well...

more than 4 years ago

The $8,500 Gaming Table You Want

DaRat Seen at GenCon (260 comments)

I saw these at GenCon last year. They are really well made and designed in general though more geared towards RPG play than boardgame or mini play. Pricey, but they are meant to be furniture equal to your nice dining room furniture, not a 2x4 gaming table. The lower surface may require people to reach a bit much though, and I would have liked to have tried one in action.

The slat covers could cause a problem with spilled drinks leaking onto the surface below.

more than 4 years ago

ELF Knocks Down AM Towers To Save Earth, Intercoms

DaRat Intercoms? (616 comments)

People still have working intercoms in homes? I thought that those went out in the 70's to early 80's.

more than 5 years ago

Why Amazon's Kindle Should Use Open Standards

DaRat iPod and iTunes (315 comments)

The Kindle does support the Mobipocket format. Docs in that format can be distributed freely and without copy protection. The tools are available for free.

A better analogue is the iPod and the iTunes Store. The iPod became the dominant mp3 player not because it supported proprietary and non proprietary formats. It became successful because it made the process of acquiring and transferring content (ripped and purchased) seamless and easy. The Kindle has something very similar in its ease with which you can purchase books and put them onto your Kindle.

more than 5 years ago

Sony CEO Proposes "Guardrails For the Internet"

DaRat Analogy fail (708 comments)

Ummm, most of the interstate system doesn't have guard rails. Sure, there are guard rails in the dangerous or highly populated spots, but most of the network doesn't have guard rails.

more than 5 years ago

The Most Annoying Software Out There

DaRat Norton Products... (885 comments)

The worst has to be the Norton XXXX products. I installed Norton 360 v2 on my laptop as an "upgrade" to Norton AntiVirus 2007, and I think that intentionally installing a few viruses and malware would have resulted in better overall system performance.

Symantec tech support was, of course, useless:
"Sir, you have a virus or malware."
"Yes, I know: the malware is called Norton 360 since my problems didn't appear until I installed your product. What I want to know is how to stop Norton 360 from using 100% of both cores and incessently accessing the DVD drive for no apparent reason."
"Sir, you need to run a scan for virus and malware."

At least I got the damn thing uninstalled and got a refund. Never again...

more than 6 years ago


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