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Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

DoofusOfDeath Re:Best to pretend you don't have the PhD... (254 comments)

This was my experience as well. I have lots of experience, but I decided to get a PhD both to scratch a personal itch and to maybe open some employment doors.

What I found was that it did open a few particular doors, including for my current job which I'm really enjoying.

However, the number of doors open, compared to if I'd just stopped at a Master's degree, is probably lower. Especially if you consider the years I was working on my PhD rather than keeping up with the latest buzzword-bingo skills.

I guess I had to learn the lesson the hard way, despite some pretty clear warnings: unless you're going for a career in academia or research, you're better off stopping at a masters.

1 hour ago
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Mark Zuckerberg Throws Pal Joe Green Under the Tech Immigration Bus

DoofusOfDeath Re:Stop using Facebook (252 comments)

Dick Cheney brought us the current mess.

I think you'd need to be more specific regarding which mess you're talking about. We have a lot of issues at the moment.

2 days ago
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Mark Zuckerberg Throws Pal Joe Green Under the Tech Immigration Bus

DoofusOfDeath Re:Most transparent ever? (252 comments)

I'm sure his press secretary would argue that was more of an aspirational statement. And that it was necessitated by Republican inaction.

2 days ago
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Mark Zuckerberg Throws Pal Joe Green Under the Tech Immigration Bus

DoofusOfDeath Re:Stop using Facebook (252 comments)

There couldn't be a wrose personality to be in power than Zuckerberg.

I dunno. Dick Cheney or Nancy Pelosi might be worse.

2 days ago
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Emails Cast Unflattering Light On Internal Politics of Healthcare.gov Rollout

DoofusOfDeath Re:Was it really so bad? (385 comments)

> church...index cards and toilet paper

Exactly. Those xians are so stupid as you note. They are all racist and want to murder us minorities. That is the way of their kind. They flood the streets with guns to kill young black men, and they know that by denying them ER care that more of us will die. That is their ultimate plan. They are denying us healthcare in order to kill us.

I... think you're focusing on a minor bigotry of the GP, which was not really related to his main point.

2 days ago
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Emails Cast Unflattering Light On Internal Politics of Healthcare.gov Rollout

DoofusOfDeath Re:Was it really so bad? (385 comments)

Your login is "LostMyBeaver". I'm sorry, but I just have to ask... did you have a sex change?

2 days ago
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Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

DoofusOfDeath Re:why does the CRTC need this list? (319 comments)

Maybe they should just offer a link to a free YYZ download with every Netflix membership. Problem solved.

4 days ago
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Native Netflix Support Is Coming To Linux

DoofusOfDeath Re:But the movie selection still sucks (178 comments)

For $8 a month they offer a pretty good selection.

I agree, assuming that selection includes movies I actually want to see. Now it mostly doesn't, so its value to me is approaching $0, sadly.

4 days ago
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Native Netflix Support Is Coming To Linux

DoofusOfDeath Re:Finally! (178 comments)

Netflix is slowly gaining trust again.

Yes. Unfortunately, as my trust in them goes up, their useful library continues to shrink.

4 days ago
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Obama Presses Leaders To Speed Ebola Response

DoofusOfDeath Re:War! (221 comments)

Don't forget the "War on Poverty."

Don't forget the "War on Terrorism".

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

DoofusOfDeath Wow... (232 comments)

Is FDD here to stay?

It seems like you're extrapolating from that experience, to thinking "FDD" is a current trend. AFAIK it's not. A small number of dysfunctional shops like that has virtually always existed. I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that you've only been doing software development for a few years, so you're working from a limited sample size.

I have been in a few jobs where the managers were verbally and/or emotionally abusive. In both cases I left ASAP.

about a week ago
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College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

DoofusOfDeath Re:The UK Cobol Climate Is Very Different (270 comments)

This has always puzzled me why some developers list this as a negative. What is wrong with wearing a suit?

They're expensive. They generally need dry-cleaning. Spilling stuff on them is expensive. They're typically less comfortable than some alternatives. They tend to be hotter in the summer than what I'd normally wear.

Every professional workplace has an expectation of a formal atire.

Either you have an unusually narrow definition of "workplace", or your statement is just factually incorrect.

about a week ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

DoofusOfDeath Re:Great idea! Let's alienate Science even more! (922 comments)

I think you may be missing my point. Let me illustrate with a scenario:

Doctor: I think you have long cancer.
You: That's an extraordinary claim, I want proof.
Doctor: Sorry, you're not my patient. I don't have time to talk.

Do you ignore what he said because he made an extraordinary claim and wouldn't meet some particular burden of proof?

about a week ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

DoofusOfDeath Re:Great idea! Let's alienate Science even more! (922 comments)

If you claim that the existence of god or gods is a truth, it is incumbent on you to show that it is indeed a truth. Otherwise, you're just blowing smoke. Assertions are simply opinions.

So how does that work then? If you tell me something that's true, but you can't be bothered to try persuading me of it, shall I flatly refuse to believe it? Regardless of the idea's underlying merit? I don't see how that policy is profitable.

about two weeks ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

DoofusOfDeath Re:Hollywood Logic (922 comments)

I believe it was the great Joel Hodgson and Josh Weinstein, who counselled us in such matters:

If you're wondering how he eats and breathes
And other science facts,
Just repeat to yourself "It's just a show,
I should really just relax
For Mystery Science Theater 3000."

about two weeks ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

DoofusOfDeath Re:Great idea! Let's alienate Science even more! (922 comments)

Those who understand how to correctly apply the scientfic method know that the burden of proof is on the person making the assertion (the alternative hypothesis).

I never really bought into this idea of "burden of proof". It strikes me as a rhetorical / debating tactic, rather than a part of good-faith truth-seeking.

If an assertion is true, then it's true regardless of who in a debate advances it.

about two weeks ago
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U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data

DoofusOfDeath Re:Correction (223 comments)

...federal officials forced American tech companies to participate in the NSA's controversial PRISM program.

You misspelled "illegal." HTH. HAND.

You misspelled "treasonous".

about two weeks ago
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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

DoofusOfDeath Re:law enforcement scams (462 comments)

If Republicans had their way, the government would have no power whatsoever to confiscate anything from you without first convicting you of a crime.

I don't believe this is a partisan issue. It's a matter of good and honest governance, which neither of the two major parties has clealry demonstrated in recent memory.

about two weeks ago
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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

DoofusOfDeath Re:Seems reasonable (462 comments)

Grow up. Any country looks bad when compared to a perfect castle in the sky. For almost 2 centuries the United States stood tall among the nations of the world.

I'm not sure the native Americans would agree.

about two weeks ago
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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

DoofusOfDeath Seems reasonable (462 comments)

As a U.S. citizen, I'm baffled as to why courts have accepted the validity of civil forfeiture laws. It strikes me as a blatant violation of our Constitution.

When nationalistic Americans brag about our Bill or Rights, I wonder which version they're excited about: the version one gets from a plain reading of its text, or the twisted monstrosity that the three branches of government have foisted upon us.

about two weeks ago

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Choosing which OSS database project to help

DoofusOfDeath DoofusOfDeath writes  |  about 2 years ago

DoofusOfDeath (636671) writes "I've done a good bit of SQL development / tuning in the past. After being away from the database world for a while to finish grad school, I'm about ready to get back in the game. I want to start contributing to some OSS database project, both for fun and perhaps to help my employment prospects in western Europe.

My problem is choosing which OSS DB to help with. MySQL is the most popular, so getting involved with it would be most helpful to my employment prospects. But its list of fundamental design flaws seems so severe that I can't respect it as a database.

I'm attracted to the robust correctness requirements of PostgreSQL, but there don't seem to be many prospective employers using is. So while I'd enjoy working on it, I don't think it would be very helpful to my employment prospects.

Any suggestions?"
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Kickstarter for Linux version of Defense Grid 2

DoofusOfDeath DoofusOfDeath writes  |  more than 2 years ago

DoofusOfDeath (636671) writes "Awesome news for those of us who loved the game Defense Grid, and who wanted a sequel, and/or want to see more high-quality games on Linux. The developer of Defense Grid has started a Kickstarter project to develop Defense Grid 2. But even better for us Linux (and Mac) gamers, if they get to the $750,000 mark in contributions, they commit to a Mac and Linux port as well."
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Best country to avoid software patents?

DoofusOfDeath DoofusOfDeath writes  |  more than 2 years ago

DoofusOfDeath (636671) writes "What's the best country for computer scientists who just want to create, rather than worry about software patents?

Even though I'm nearly done with my PhD in computer science, I'm less enthusiastic than ever about my work, because of software patents. I used to be filled with wonder at the possibilities of what we could create with software, but now I just expect innovation to be rewarded with a patent lawsuit and crushing fines."
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Best way to store imporant personal data?

DoofusOfDeath DoofusOfDeath writes  |  more than 5 years ago

DoofusOfDeath (636671) writes "I'm about to digitize lots of old family photos and videos. At some point the digital versions will be the only ones we can find. What's the best way to store large amounts of personal data that's practical, affordable, and minimizes the risk of losing the data?"
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Google revoking DRM permissions on bought videos!

DoofusOfDeath DoofusOfDeath writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DoofusOfDeath (636671) writes "A few months ago I purchased a great Discovery Channel video from Google's downloadable video service. Sure I can't media-shift it, but I was willing to trade away some fair-use rights so my kids could see the video. I paid cash, they give me the video. End of story, right?

Wrong. Today I got this email (see below). It just goes to show that with DRM, there's little limit to the evil that can be done to you:

Hello,

As a valued Google user, we're contacting you with some important information about the videos you've purchased or rented from Google Video. In an effort to improve all Google services, we will no longer offer the ability to buy or rent videos for download from Google Video, ending the DTO/DTR (download-to-own/rent) program. This change will be effective August 15, 2007.

To fully account for the video purchases you made before July 18, 2007, we are providing you with a Google Checkout bonus for $20. Your bonus expires in 60 days, and you can use it at the stores listed here: http://www.google.com/checkout/signupwelcome.html. The minimum purchase amount must be equal to or greater than your bonus amount, before shipping and tax.

After August 15, 2007, you will no longer be able to view your purchased or rented videos.

If you have further questions or requests, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,

The Google Video Team

Google Inc.
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, CA 94043
"

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