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How to Become an IT Expert Companies Seek Out and Pay Well (Video)

GC Re:PHD is over kill for most IT jobs and one can b (207 comments)

I've had one month off since July 2010, plus two weeks this Festive season just past.

For the first year I averaged 50 hours a week, since September 2011 I've done a straight 37.5 hours per week and no more.

I have however worked in IT in one way or another for over 20 years, any many of those was as a corporate slave.

about 2 years ago
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How to Become an IT Expert Companies Seek Out and Pay Well (Video)

GC Re:PHD is over kill for most IT jobs and one can b (207 comments)

It's not a job, it's not employment, it's business. I sincerely doubt HR even know he's done work there.

I'm a contractor, I go in to solve their problems, US $90 an hour, when I'm done, I'm done. The Invoice is in the post.

I never have to interface with HR, I'm not looking for Health Insurance, Gym membership or any of that stuff, leave that too the employees.

If I had a PhD then it would probably go quite a way for me, might not get a potential employee too far, but then that's not what PhDs are for!

about 2 years ago
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Oxford City Council Mandates CCTV Cameras In Taxies by 2015

GC Taxi drivers might get bored (235 comments)

I work in Oxford at the moment, and one thing is for sure, next time I get into a cab and the taxi driver wants to have a conversation I now have a very good reason to ignore him and exercise my right to silence.

more than 3 years ago
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Linux Receives 20th Birthday Video From Microsoft

GC just wait (368 comments)

This is fine, until Linux put the Cake in it's sauce code, then Microsoft sued for patent infringement.

more than 3 years ago
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ISP Refuses To Block the Pirate Bay

GC The ISP view (219 comments)

As someone who has worked for an ISP this comes as no surprise.

At the end of the day we know what the customers want - they want free films, free music and pirated software. The Pirate Bay provides the means to locate such stuff.

While the most prolific users are a problem, ISPs provide access to this medium - if we block the P2P sharing sites then our customers will go elsewhere, and in a market which is highly competitive we cannot afford to lose such a large section of our market.

more than 2 years ago
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What's Your College Major Worth?

GC University won't automatically get you there. (433 comments)

I dropped out of University and eventually persued vocational and on-the-job training. I now earn the equivalent of US $175,000 a year and consider myself reasonably comfortable.
While getting a degree could be considered a nice 'lift' up the ladder early on, graduates are often considered rather green in industry and often the type of people who won't like to get their hands dirty - to be honest, in these economic times, that isn't what employers want!

more than 3 years ago
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NVIDIA To Push Into Supercomputing

GC Re:More like pararell supercomuting... (103 comments)

Yes, but if you check out the top500.org - the list of the 500 known fastest 'supercomputers' you'll see that they all achieve their benchmark through parallelizing their tasks across multiple cores.

I think it is safe to say that all modern supercomputers achieve their 'power' in this way - I've not seen any terahertz single-core/processor systems on the horizon, and don't expect to see them.

more than 3 years ago
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Stopping the Horror of 'Reply All'

GC The worst I've seen (256 comments)

Our CEO at a company I used to work for sent out an all-employee mail detailing a salary freeze for all employees and voluntary redundancies. Moments later the CFO sent out an email to his accounts team detailing that their pay-rise would not be affected and that they should not consider redundancy... needless to say, the hapless git hit reply-all...

more than 3 years ago
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Google Admits To Collecting Emails and Passwords

GC Re:Don't wait for Google policy. (157 comments)

Sometimes it's not necessarily what you're communicating to a server that is interesting, but which servers you are communiating with!!

more than 4 years ago
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Dutch Hotels Must Register As ISPs

GC Hotspot Wirelesses will have to change (152 comments)

I happen to be typing this from a Dutch Hotel.

This particular one has free wireless, and there is no way to identify a particular system accessing the net to a room. In fact, without staying here I could still probably sit in the car park or hotel lobby and access the internet from there. There's even a PC in the lobby with anonymous access from it.

Granted it does use a "Hotspot" login page (just need to check a checkbox and click login), so I suppose that could be modified to have someone provide a room number or PIN etc...

Changing the way things work though will invariably be a pain though, especially if you need to access the Internet over the weekends and the authentication system breaks down or something else goes wrong... (as seems to be quite common with the systems in many hotels). Reception tend to look at you with rather blank faces when this happens, and it usually isn't fixed until a weekday.

more than 4 years ago
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Can Employer Usurp Copyright On GPL-Derived Work?

GC Do a "code rewrite" (504 comments)

Leave the university and do a "code rewrite", as long as they can't prove you copy and pasted the work that you did under their employment, they have little legal standing and unless this is a real programming gem I doubt they will send the lawyers after you... just look at what happenned to SCO.

more than 4 years ago
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Russian Hacker Selling 1.5M Facebook Accounts

GC Re:Translation (193 comments)

Ditto

more than 4 years ago
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# of wireless APs (w/ SSID shown) in range now:

GC Re:But are they secure? (394 comments)

Or maybe just one person logged onto each of the un-encrypted ones and turned on the encryption. :-)

I remember I had some issues in my old apartment (too many wifi's around me and mine seemed to have trouble getting a channel), I logged onto each of the unprotected routers and reduced their transmit power until I couldn't find them anymore.

more than 4 years ago
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The Times Erects a Paywall, Plays Double Or Quits

GC OMG (344 comments)

Not that anyone will necessarily listen to me, though obviously they must be listening to Rupert.

I have not bought a newspaper, watched Sky (for anything other than football) for the best part of seven years. Why the hell do they think that I might get my credit card out in order to listen what they have to say, they should pay me for the benefit of listening to them.

more than 4 years ago
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I typically stick with the same desktop environment

GC Re:Starting with TWM, (432 comments)

Every now and then in all of this, I really just miss TWM and vaguely consider going back.

Oh - yes - I know exactly what you mean. I started with twm and then tvtwm and for the minimalist who just needs to get things done it was perfect (with the added advantage of the virtual sized desktop). Editing a .twmrc is probably beyond most these days... though anyone who has a nice conky setup will probably love it.

more than 5 years ago
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70% of P2P Users Would Stop if Warned by ISP

GC Warnings... all the time (318 comments)

You may be interested to know that we (as an ISP) get these types of messages on a daily basis to our abuse accounts:

-----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE-----
Hash: SHA1
 
Re: Unauthorized Use of NBC Universal Properties
Notice ID: XXXXXXXXX
2 Mar 2008 14:07:33 GMT
 
Please be advised that NBC Universal and/or its subsidiary and affiliated companies (collectively, NBC Universal) are the owners of exclusive rights protected under copyright law and other intellectual property rights in many motion pictures and television programs, including the title(s) listed below (the NBC Universal Properties). NBC Universal diligently enforces its rights in its motion pictures.
 
It has come to our attention that Blahblah Plc is the service provider for the IP address listed below, from which unauthorized copying and distribution (downloading, uploading, file serving, file "swapping" or other similar activities) of NBC Universal's motion picture(s) listed below is taking place. We believe that the Internet access of the user engaging in this infringement is provided by Blahblah Plc or a downstream service provider who purchases this connectivity from Blahblah Plc.
 
This unauthorized copying and distribution constitutes copyright infringement under applicable national laws and international treaties. Although various legal and equitable remedies may be available to NBC Universal as a result of such infringement, NBC Universal believes that the entire Internet community benefits when these matters are resolved cooperatively. We urge you to take immediate action to stop this infringing activity and inform us of the results of your actions. We appreciate your efforts toward this common goal.
 
Please be advised that this letter is not intended to be a complete statement of the facts or law as they may pertain to this matter or of NBC Universal's positions, rights or remedies, legal or equitable, all of which are specifically reserved.
 
Please send us a prompt response indicating the actions you have taken to resolve this matter, making sure to reference the Notice ID number above in your response.
As you can expect from any "abuse" email contact at an ISP, most of these go ignored, besides - The USA has no jurisdiction here.

more than 6 years ago

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