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Ask Slashdot: Computer Science Freshman, Too Soon To Job Hunt?

Elfich47 Re:Really? (309 comments)

Unless you are so busy that your start-up is consuming more time than your studies, finish your degree.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Computer Science Freshman, Too Soon To Job Hunt?

Elfich47 Re:Different focus, I think (309 comments)

At this point in a career, recruiters are the way to go. Until a solid collection of connections through work experience can be built up recruiters can find jobs faster that you can.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Computer Science Freshman, Too Soon To Job Hunt?

Elfich47 Re:HR lies. (309 comments)

At the same time if I am comparing twenty resumes and one says: 5 years relevant work experience and the other nineteen say: 5 years relevant work experience and a BS in comp sci the one resume that doesn't have the BS is going to get passed over on the first pass.
When an HR rep has to review 20-50 resumes for a job opening any deficiency or typo will get you passed over without a second thought.

about 3 months ago
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$7 USB Stick Aims To Bring Thousands of Poor People Online

Elfich47 Re:Copepods, gotta catch 'em all with folded cloth (201 comments)

I hate to sound dumb but, where you do plan on finding the seed to start these gardens, let alone the water infrastructure?

about 3 months ago
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$7 USB Stick Aims To Bring Thousands of Poor People Online

Elfich47 Re:Copepods, gotta catch 'em all with folded cloth (201 comments)

Some of these areas are so poor that if you show *any* signs of attempting to improve yourself, or get up in the world you will be beaten, or killed for attempting to upset the current powers that be. And since powers that be are the local strongman, warlord or government you keep your head down and avoid drawing the attention of the guys with guns.
That's an awfully nice garden you have there, mind if I take all the fruit off of it? And sometimes not even that, just having to defend your improvements from the locals who want your improvements for yourself.

about 3 months ago
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$7 USB Stick Aims To Bring Thousands of Poor People Online

Elfich47 Re:pointless? (201 comments)

But in Africa, cell phone towers are popular and the internet is expensive and in limited areas.

about 3 months ago
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$7 USB Stick Aims To Bring Thousands of Poor People Online

Elfich47 Re:Completely Pointless (201 comments)

Does it get food and potable water?

about 3 months ago
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$7 USB Stick Aims To Bring Thousands of Poor People Online

Elfich47 Re:pointless? (201 comments)

Then get people cell phones with SMS options. They are portable, easily charged and CHEAP.

about 3 months ago
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$7 USB Stick Aims To Bring Thousands of Poor People Online

Elfich47 Re:How is Burying Africa Under PCs Going to Help? (201 comments)

Problems: No food, no water, no money, no electricity. Anything not nailed down is stolen, anybody who has a claw hammer steals everything else.
If you want to help these people, you get them something from the following list:
More of the straws that filter out the guinea worm. Google the guinea worm yourself, it is a horrid way to die.
Clean drinking water
Food
A permanent shelter to live in
And if you have any of those three things, expect to have to defend it with tooth and claw because someone with a gun will shoot you for it.

about 3 months ago
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$7 USB Stick Aims To Bring Thousands of Poor People Online

Elfich47 Completely Pointless (201 comments)

This is a solution in need a problem. Until the people in impoverished countries have some other things first, a USB stick that can reboot dead computers is kind of insulting.

How about we provide (in this order):
1. Food, shelter, sleep, and sex.
2. Security, employment, health, morality.
3. Friendship and family
4. Self-Esteem
5. Self-actualization

Until all of items in group 1 and most of the items in group 2 are secured, self booting: internet USB sticks is like trying to teach dog to play banjo.
And this is assuming that the local infrastructure can support USB booted computers for internet access.

about 3 months ago
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German Pranksters Spoof Google Nest At Tech Conference

Elfich47 Re:Google Lawsuit (45 comments)

I also expect that re:publica 14 will be the last re:publica conference for a while. It is painfully obvious that the organizers did not check with their legal council when they approved this little stunt. I won't be surprised when Google:Legal shows up at the organizers door and slaps them stupid with a lawsuit.

about 3 months ago
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German Pranksters Spoof Google Nest At Tech Conference

Elfich47 Re:Google Lawsuit (45 comments)

I agree. I expect to see a news item in the next six months that reads "German activitst company goes out of business after prank goes wrong" after Google's legal team sues the company into insolvency.
And if that doesn't work, don't expect to be able to have any useful google results on that company for a long long time.

about 3 months ago
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Nissan Develops a Self-Cleaning Car

Elfich47 Winter is a bitch (94 comments)

It the paint works as advertised (lots of companies are working to develop similar products) it will have a significant effect on the automotive, transport, flight, rail and other industries that move things and people around:
This coating prevents the build up of corrosive materials and as a result slows the corrosion process, extending the life of vehicles, trains, planes etc. Getting road salt off of a car in the winter is a big thing because road salt eats cars alive. If a coating can prevent it from sticking to the car in the first place vehicles are going to last a lot longer.
I can see the plane industry leaping at this the moment it is commercially viable: A coating that prevents wings from icing up? Yup, put that on every plane that comes out of the factory and retrofit it onto every plane in the fleet.
The moment a coating like this can be made crystal clear automotive manufacturers will put it on windshields and bug strikes sticking to the windshield will be a thing of the past.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

Elfich47 Re: what if... (716 comments)

That means the builder deviated from the design and has shoddy construction practices. The builder would be fired from the job and back charged for the work that has to be ripped out. The employees would not be punished by the owner/architect/engineer or CM.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

Elfich47 Prgramming/compiling vs Engineering/construction (716 comments)

Very simple difference:

In construction the design is cheap (5-10% of the building cost) and the compiling is expensive. In construction you only get to compile once. In addition anything that leaves an engineers or architect's office that has been stamped and signed is certified to provide a working structure, building or system; assuming the builder follows the plans correctly. Everything must be installed in the correct order and location. Deviations from the plan (we are assuming the plans and specs are good) involves and expensive reworking, redesign and law suits.

In programming, the expense is in the design of the system, compiling is cheap. In computer programming you compile as often as you need. One can test run sections of the code as needed to see what works and how it interacts.

The labor requirements are flipped between the two industries. Trying to compare the two can lead to some poor analogies quickly.

about 6 months ago
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How Amateurs Destroyed the Professional Music Business

Elfich47 Quality burger and qualtiy music (617 comments)

People can tell the difference between the $1 burger and the $15 burger. Can that person tell the difference between the $5 burger, $10 burger and $15 burger, and is the improvement in taste/texture worth the cost increase? I will bet that most people cannot tell the difference between the $5 burger and the $15 burger.

That is the issue the music industry is facing: while a lot of people can tell the $1 burger from everything else they cannot tell the difference between the $5 burger and the $15 burger. Because of that they are not willing to pay the difference for something they do not appreciate.

about a year ago
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Dutch Architect Plans 3D Printed Building

Elfich47 Re:In general (74 comments)

I can see this type of technology being used for foundation work first. I expect that there will be some trial and error (like the toy building being designed above). The moment someone has a working system where you can feed concrete into an auto printed an it spits out a complete foundation in less time than it takes to lay out the forms and pour concrete and strip the forms then you have a winner. I expect some fierce competition from the pre-insulated forms companies where the form becomes the insulation for the foundation.

about a year and a half ago
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Nearly 150 Companies Show Interest in the Tech Love Boat

Elfich47 Re:Wonderful idea, hope it works and takes off (332 comments)

Let me know if you need people to help chip in on the cost of that ticket. I'm sure there are people around who would help. - Like me.

more than 2 years ago
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Nearly 150 Companies Show Interest in the Tech Love Boat

Elfich47 Re:Wonderful idea, hope it works and takes off (332 comments)

No, no one is forcing me onto that boat. And I have no intention of getting on it.

The environment on the ship has to be such that it is more attractive than being on shore in San Fransisco. Here are the pros and cons that I see:

Pros:

No oversight from uncle sam
Can hire anyone you want from anywhere in the world.
Cons:

Subject to a local government (ie the ship captain) that is not responsible to the people living on the ship, the local government is responsible to the ship owners.
Complex taxation issues when re-entering the country you are a citizen of.
Contract dispute is based on 1400 century law -"Lex mercatoria". This does not address criminal law or if people want to bring in the lawyers.
All physical goods will cost more aboard ship. That is because all goods have to be imported from shore to ship.
Remote access to physical goods. You can't just run out for material stock if you need something.
Corporate town issues - The company renting you space also owns the barber shop, ferry service, grocery store, and the internet service.
Going ashore means constant scrutiny by customs and immigration.
The assumption the the ship will be allowed to anchor twelve miles offshore is laughable. The US doesn't recognize the twelve mile limit. The coast guard will push them off to the 200 mile limit.
Because of the limited space on the ship you have to live within the society the ship sets up. It's not like you can go to a different cafe if you don't like the mocha-chino.
Observations:
The ship is trying to set up its own miniaturized uptopian society of happy workers while trying to ignore the reality of what people do when they aren't working: Drink, fight, get laid, have babies, make messes, casually destroy property, join clubs, explore behind locked doors, get bored, go for walks, fall in love, pay bills, litter, join crusades, paint the apartment, get sick, etc etc etc.
Start up companies have little no assets or capital. Being a start up on a ship like that is an extravagance I don't see many companies springing for. Why pay extra to be anchored off shore when you can get similar office space on shore?
I don't know about you, but I'm done with the shared dorm room atmosphere. Sharing a room with three other people gets old fast.
Blueseed gets partial ownership of each start-up. For getting the opportunity to be a start up on their ship, they get to own part of you.

more than 2 years ago
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Nearly 150 Companies Show Interest in the Tech Love Boat

Elfich47 Re:Wonderful idea, hope it works and takes off (332 comments)

All of the questions that you marked up as "Straw man" are the important questions that will arise when the rubber hits the road (or the ship leaves port as it were).
The questions were:
Dispute resolution - The disputes can be as simple as "Who gets to use the bathroom first" and "Who has to wash the dishes" to " He hacked my server" to "assault"
External threats - Who decides what is an external threat? Are there guards? Do the people on the boat have to double as militia in the time of threat?
Entry restriction - Sure you can pay to enter. Will there be health and welfare checks? What happens if someone is carrying hepatitis, smallpox or something nasty? Who is going to say that that person cannot enter?
Health and Safety rules - Yup, I want to work someplace where I can be made to work 60-80 hours a week because I can't leave the ship. Will there be a doctor onboard? How about emergency services?

Other questions:
Food production/import: I don't see any detail on food production. Will it all have to be imported?
Drinking water: Are they going to produce all of their own drinking water?
Waste control and sanitation: Are they going just dump all of their garbage overboard along with their black water? The coast guard may have word with them on that.

These items are very important. Unlike your American dream scenario, the US was self sufficient when it broke away from the UK. Any ship would be dependent upon the mainland for food, water, fuel, parts, health care and defense to maintain its standard of living. All of these things will have to be barged out to the ship.

You can bet anyone coming ashore from that boat will be subject to immigration control and the customs service.

more than 2 years ago

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Obituary for Joy Bubbles

Elfich47 Elfich47 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Elfich47 (703900) writes "Joy Bubbles recently passed away due to a heart attack. So who is Joy Bubbles and what does he mean to you?

He was one of the original phone phreaks who used the phone network as his own playground. Known as 'the whistler' he would unlock the phone network's tone system through whistling (and being able to whistle 2600Hz on command).

He also helped out the phone networks, did scent research and placed calls to terminally ill patients who needed someone to talk to.

An all around good guy."

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