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No More Foamy Beer, Thanks To Magnets

HappyDrgn Re: Home mitigation? (130 comments)

Fact: beer has feelings. Your basement beer sees people less and is lonely. Its overreacting to human interaction.

Solution: spend more time in your basement.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

HappyDrgn Re: America, land of the free... (720 comments)

You've never seen a background check report have you? It lists state and county, date of conviction, the severity of the crime, what crime was committed and penal code section. It's a bit more detailed than just showing a yes/no for convictions, no one has to investigate what happened as it's pretty plainly detailed in the background check.

about two weeks ago

Preferred Type of Game?

HappyDrgn Re: *Sigh* (171 comments)

Lookup Friday Night Magic locations, they typically play all kinds of various games. When a friend and I got back into fantasy type games, and none of our other friends would play, so that's where we went. Met new friends, had fun, learned new games.

Part of course correcting social discomforts is to actively seek social interaction... Meeting new people with an already established shared interest ( like at a comic book store playing d&d ) is a lot easier to handle than say some stranger at a night club...

about two weeks ago

Colleges Face New 'Gainful Employment' Regulations For Student Loans

HappyDrgn Re:Disturbing (331 comments)

Sure, they should have known better than to voluntarily sign up for something they could not pay back. Thats easy for me to say being someone who's always had an aptitude for these things, but to a certain extent we've all failed to provide most high school graduates with the tools to be normal well adjusted and functional adults. The first time I learned to balance a checkbook was when I got a checking account, the first time I saw a car loan was when I bought my first car, the first time I learned how taxes worked was when I did my taxes for the first time. These are all things that should augment basic freshmen high school math classes as mandatory subjects you learn in public school before getting put into the wild, but they are not. I'm positive that I am not part of some minority that learned this on my own as an adult, and I am equally positive that there's a fair percentage of us who are just not as well equipped to learn this on their own, those are the ones that these types of organizations will pray on. The problem with just brushing these off is that there was predatory intent to financially exploit a subset of the population who are already in need and looking to make something better for themselves.

All that being said, I'm not necessarily in favor of this regulation. IMO it ignores the greater pre adulthood education issue.

about 2 months ago

Apple Pay Competitor CurrentC Breached

HappyDrgn Re:Clown Shoes (265 comments)

In a former workplace we had a "You dun fu*$ed up" statue that we would pass around. It's humbling to receive and plain fun to pass on to the next guy or gal. I hope you get those clown shoes ordered.

about 2 months ago

Apple Pay Competitor CurrentC Breached

HappyDrgn Re:It's Ironic... (265 comments)

I've made ~$30k purchases on a credit card a few times with no problems. On the other hand I've had problems before with $20 purchases at convenience stores... so there's that.

about 2 months ago

Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

HappyDrgn Re:So they got their reservation using deception? (1007 comments)

Does not appear to be deception, but rather no one bothered to ask what it was about in any detail. Additionally, it seems that the faculty does not really care...

University officials say they have no plans to interfere with the event. “Free speech is at the heart of academic freedom and is something we take very seriously,” said Kent Cassella, MSU’s associate vice president for communications, in a statement. “Any group, regardless of viewpoint, has the right to assemble in public areas of campus or petition for space to host an event so long as it does not engage in disorderly conduct or violate rules. While MSU is not a sponsor of the creation summit, MSU is a marketplace of free ideas.”

about 2 months ago

Verizon Injects Unique IDs Into HTTP Traffic

HappyDrgn Step #6 image is all wrong (206 comments)

Step #6 image should have been this instead:


I think it illustrates whats happening more appropriately...

about 2 months ago

After NSA Revelations, Why Aren't More News Organizations Using HTTPS?

HappyDrgn Because they are in cahoots? (2 comments)

I mean, seriously, it's there any doubt left that most mainstream news outlets push their own half of the agenda for the machine? Assuming some did care.... look at what happened to yahoo or what's happening to Microsoft when they push back! Those are ( somewhat ) thriving companies, these are dying media giants who wouldn't have the same kind of financial resources to fight the regime, it's secret courts and it's legion of spy agencies. Additionally, they likely don't own enough if the infrastructure like a tech giant for it to even matter... I fully expect to one day find out the NSA has root certificate authorities and secret proxies anyway.

about 3 months ago

Game of Thrones Author George R R Martin Writes with WordStar on DOS

HappyDrgn Re: Amen, brother Amen! (522 comments)

"Name 1 way to back up her emails and pictures on a remote server that requires fewer mouse clicks than forwarding them herself with email."

Dropbox - drag, drop, done. Single click.

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Experiences Working At a High-Profile Game Studio?

HappyDrgn let him experience the good and the bad (189 comments)

Can you share with me your experiences so I can give him real life examples to convince him to take this job?

No. It's better to learn what type of job you enjoy on your own. If he is talented he will be fine; maybe he will hate it and quit, maybe he will like it, who knows. If he likes it you'll just end up looking like an asshole. The important thing is he will probably learn and move on. There are good and bad jobs across industries in technology, I've had my share of both and I would never trade those personal experiences for someone else's opinion. They've given me more insight and experience about the industry than anyone could summarize for me. They have become part of how I interview and look for new jobs.

about a year ago

Sexism Still a Problem At E3

HappyDrgn Re: This is bullshit. (737 comments)

Yeah those non entertainment industry shows just use bribery and send prostitutes to your room... much more low key and family friendly.

about a year and a half ago

TSA Moving X-ray Body Scanners To Smaller Airports

HappyDrgn Re:Who's the criminal (168 comments)

I find it interesting that the TSA has caught more thieves (within their own ranks) than terrorists.

Citation needed

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Explaining Version Control To Non-Technical People?

HappyDrgn Re:How Much Would What Cost? (383 comments)

git doesn't need a central server.

Right... and by those standards neither does svn. Look man, I use git on my personal machine all the time, but it's a far cry from version control that a team can reliably utilize without a centralized component to it. Before you go on about git on a desktop machine please think about the implications. In general I think a central server should be baked into the costs for any revision control proposal, just because it can run on your desktop does not mean it should.

"What happened to my merge!?", "Oh sorry man, I rebooted"

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Prove IT Knowledge Without Expensive Certificates?

HappyDrgn Re:Simple: By Communicating It (186 comments)

"Are you seriously telling me that you are that unwilling to invest in a profession or trade that you intend to pursue for the rest of your life??"

I invest in my career daily, 15 years and counting now, I don't see certifications as any kind of meaningful investment. I've held top positions at small start ups on up to fortune 50 tech companies. I'm going to hire my engineers based on demonstrated real world experience. I agree with l0ungeb0y; get up there and show me something on a whiteboard or log into a vm and build something. If you have no experience put a cert on a resume, but they are no more than resume filler IMO. Certs are not even on the same playing field as real experience. Any monkey, with enough practice, can fill out the right bubbles on a sheet. Aside from entry level gigs, it takes real experience to ace a tech interview however.

My advice; Get a Linkedin account and setup a small website. Do a few gigs and get some positive reviews on your profile page. Go to your local chamber of commerce mixers and start networking. Do well and start building a reputation. Know what you can do, but more importantly know what you can't. You might need to start with small and cheap gigs to build a trust relationship before you'll start getting bigger ones. References and recommendations are golden.

more than 2 years ago

Why Juries Have No Place In the Patent System

HappyDrgn Re:flamebait? (387 comments)

"Lawyers who do not have a stake in the outcome of a case can be very impartial and in complex cases like patent law knowledge is the key."

That is until the trial-by-lawyer-tribunal lobbyists come along...

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Smartest Way To Transfer an Old Domain/Site?

HappyDrgn Re:Step 1 (113 comments)

I would take the added step of putting an auto reply / vacation message on the old mailbox, so that anyone emailing you gets a reply telling them your email address has changed, but still forwarding the message so you still get it.

more than 2 years ago

Are Brain Teasers Good Hiring Criteria?

HappyDrgn Re:Well, they're a good indicator of intelligence (672 comments)

Are you seriously tell me that you are an automaton - you just want to clock in your 8 hrs at work so you get your paycheck and aspire absolutely nothing else from your career??

In the 15 years I've been doing this I have realized that there are far too many people whom deep down inside the answer is yes. Maybe they are too beat down, or jaded, or just don't care. I know plenty of guys who started in the industry with me or shortly after that are still in the same job role, not for lack of skill or opportunity to advance, but pure desire and motivation.

Going through these posts so far I'm a little shocked and taken back by the common themes... look guys, no one is going to hand you promotions and raises, you need to go out and get them. The first step in doing this is to reflect on your career and skill set, then honestly answer these questions, at least to yourself. IF the answer truly is "for a paycheck" then fine, but don't also expect large raises and promotions; these generally go to people who are aggressive with their career and in it more for just a paycheck.

It's easy as engineers to sometimes feel entitled; how many of us have saved companies from a major disaster? saved millions of dollars? saved people their jobs? You might be asking "where is my cut?" The short answer is tough luck, you did your job and you don't get one; that's not to say you don't deserve one. Feel good about what you did, and use it to propel your career, but don't get caught up in what you did not get in return. With pay and promotions sometimes you need to fight for it and sometimes give up and switch jobs, cities, states or countries to move up, acquire new skills and receive higher pay checks. The major advances in my career and pay all came from job transitions between companies, with some minor victories in there while on the job.

In some imaginary utopian world a manager would pro-actively promote you and shower you with praise, fame and fortune. Your CEO would be driving the honda and you the bently. When you came to work a carpet would be laid out and fresh warm hot pockets would be already made for you. People would line the cubicle walls and cheer for you as you walked by, that balding manager would shake your hand and thank you for recovering his email. Sysadmin day would be more than just a joke on slashdot... That's not the world we live in. Companies more often than not suck, some less than others. Your *real job* is to find the least sucky job, get the most money you can for yourself and advance your skill set quickly because there aint no one out there who's going to hand it to you -- no matter how much to deserve it.

more than 2 years ago


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