Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?
Why are we just discussing IT professionals?
We're discussing IT professionals because there is an overtime exemption for IT professionals, and IT professionals are heavily represented on Slashdot.
Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor of Typing
I'm ambivalent about keeping or dropping cursive writing, but what will we use to replace cursive signatures on hard-copy legal documents?
Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election
Here is a prime example of gerrymandering. It's the 12th congressional district of North Carolina:
The district was deliberately drawn to increase the odds of getting a minority congressman. The district follows the Interstate 85 highway.
Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?
In North Carolina, USA, There was a surprising opponent to year-round schooling. It was the tourism industry.
US Requirement For Software Dev Certification Raises Questions
What? What planet are you living on? There is no insurance requirement to get a drivers license, and no requirement for a drivers license for that matter. Most states will require you to have insurance in order to register your car, but that is not the same thing as having Drivers License or State ID.
Care to retract your fabrication and start over?
Insurance requirements vary by state.
You are required to have liability insurance to get a driver's license in the state of North Carolina, USA. This is a requirement even if you don't own a vehicle. You may get a state ID card without insurance. The liability insurance follows the person, not the car. For example, if person A drives persons B's car into person C's car, then person A's liability insurance covers C's car, but not B's. Person A & B's insurance companies would have to figure out who covers the damage on person B's car.
Hearing Shows How 'Military-Style' Raid On Calif. Power Station Spooks U.S.
... Frankly, I'd be far more concerned about a coup from within than a bunch of moonshine-laden rednecks who have watched too many Dukes of Hazard episodes.
I'll take those rednecks over some of the "civilized" people.
Ask Slashdot: How Do You Assess the Status of an Open Source Project?
If you're a user of an open source project, how do you tell if the technical debt is increasing or decreasing?
South Carolina Department of Revenue Hacked, 3.6 Million SSNs Taken
North Carolina claims "first in flight", and has that phrase on the license plates, and South Carolina does not. Please don't confuse North Carolina with South Carolina.
Ask Slashdot: How To Give IT Presentations That Aren't Boring?
Talk to the participants beforehand. Ask about their pain points. Put up a survey with a few ideas for a presentation, then do the one with the most votes. See what the audience wants to hear. Show them stuff that will make their jobs easier.
Ask Slashdot: Copy Protection Advice For ~$10k Software?
Use a common license manager like FlexNet (FlexLM) from Macrovision. Another alternative is Sentinel. Most of the big commercial packages use it. You can license the software per computer, per seat, concurrent or time-limited. It's your choice.
Dealing With an Overly-Restrictive Intellectual Property Policy?
You overlooked a third option: The company sees that you aren't over-worked enough and want to work more, so they just make you work more hours per week.
FAA Bill Authorizes Surveillance Drones Over US
I wonder how long before people start investing in awnings, nets, kites, balloons and other devices that can hide what's happening on the ground?
The Zuckerberg Tax
I don't like mark-to-market. Even these billionaires need income. I would guess that their income comes from dividends. Let's just tax the dividends at the normal income tax rate. The different dividend tax rate is a large part of why billionaires pay less in taxes.
Actual Damages For 1 Download = Cost of a 1 License
Does this mean that there is no cost to infringing on an open source license? If that's true, then there is no penalty to breaking an OSS license. This worries me.
Is Twitter Aiding and Abetting Terrorism?
if the internet providers are aiding and abetting terrorism, or the phone system operators, or encrypted radio manufacturers, or SMS users etc etc
Yes, but some or all of those are already being monitored by the government. I wonder if this is a ploy to get more government access to Twitter's database.
Bufferbloat: Dark Buffers In the Internet
What can I do with my own laptop and wifi router to make my own situation better?
Your Tech Skills Have a Two Year Half-Life
On my CV, I list things that I have less than 2 years experience, but I put skill level qualifiers like "Novice" ,"Intermediate", and "Expert"
Your Tech Skills Have a Two Year Half-Life
Yes, I have seen versions numbers for platforms on CV's. I have them on my CV and I look for them in applicant CV's. I'm a Linux admin who manages two student interns (Jr. Admins). I do the screening of my interns as well as helping to screen full-time co-workers. When reading CV's, I give a higher weight to those with version numbers. I'm not too worried about minor numbers (i.e. RHEL5.4 vs. RHEL5). I'm not too worried about older versions. Version numbers act as a shibboleth to weed out the posers from those who have actually worked with a technology.
When interviewing a potential Linux admin, I always ask what version and flavour of Linux that they have experience with. If they can't give something credible, then I don't rate them as having that skill.
DARPA Proposes Ripping Up Dead Satellites To Make New Ones
If the original owners own the satellite, then would they be liable for the space junk they leave behind? Company A's space junk takes out Company B's working satellite. Let the corporate lawyer death-match commence! If there was real punching, then I would buy a ticket.
Marking 10 Years Since 9/11/2001
What should the US be doing instead? I'm being serious.