College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class
I looked in to Cobol rolls as a potential career shift as I keep reading on Slashdot how amazing a Cobol job can be...
After a quick scan of most UK job sites for Cobol in London (where all the banks are ..) e.g.
Pretty much all roles are Â£40l-Â£60k a year and require some kind of real world, commercial experience with Cobol/mainframes etc etc
That's not that exciting, The salaries are lower than equivalent positions in other areas of development. You have to work for someone like Lloyds. Chances are you'll need to wear a suit to work. Have to work in London. By definition, you're going to be supporting ancient, systems which have undergone years of maintenance by probably dozens of different developers and it's going to be super enterprisey, loaded to the gills with change control and red tape, etc etc.
I don't get it.. sounds awful..
New DNA Analysis On Old Blood Pegs Aaron Kosminski As Jack the Ripper
The more correct facts, however irrelevant, the salesman (journalist) can fit in their marketing (article) the more likely we are to buy the product (story) and not notice any mistakes or inconsistencies.
Ask Slashdot: Remote Server Support and Monitoring Solution?
Nagios is Open Source.. GPL V2 specifically..
Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team
In 1994 there were 23,730 homicides in the USA source.
Isis are responsible for way more than 23,730 deaths source.
Read in to that what you like :)
GOG Introduces DRM-Free Movie Store
99 cents might sway me, but as it is none of these are worth the price
Facebook Cleans Up News Feed By Reducing Click-Bait Headlines
This is solely about viral marketing and Facebook ad revenue. Preventing people from seeing naturally shared articles will prevent things from naturally going viral. In order to get views marketers will need to pay for views.
Old School Sci-fi Short Starring Keir Dullea Utilizes Classic Effects
USA, population : 318,463,000
*Rest* of world, population : 6,727,537,000
That's a rather large population who could be donating to get this made that they've just alienated.
What Do You Do When Your Mind-Numbing IT Job Should Be Automated?
One of the tasks here is the daily generation and collation of statistics across our various platforms to present to the clients. It contains things like the state of the tickets, number of tickets raised/closed, peak data across the platforms, systems metrics for utilisation and other similar things.
Currently these metrics are gathered manually be people eyeing up graphs and manually reading the data from them or running scripts that pull out metrics they need, it went from a half hour task to a 120 minute task, daily, as we've been growing.
I created a scaleable system that polled all the required statistics, from all of the various different systems in place, directly accessing the RRD files that generate graphs, polling our ticketing systems API to access the data, etc etc and then pushed them in to a database which could be polled easily for historic data as well as interrogated via a front end to generate the reports. It even allowed you to alter text in the report and export it to PDF to email to the clients.
After 2 years it's still sat, waiting to be rolled out, because of politics. The guys that run the reports just work from a process document and aren't really good enough to do much else. With the additional free time they have it would be too transparent that they can't do anything other than follow process but we do need them for various other tasks that can't be automated. At least by doing the reports manually they look really useful and the clients are happy..
PHK: HTTP 2.0 Should Be Scrapped
No, you really don't. Encryption is good for Facebook, but enforcing it for your Internet-of-Everything lightbulb or temperature probe in the basement gains nothing other than more complex bugs and lower battery life.
arent these the exact situations where encryption is necessary? i dont want someone sniffing the plain text credentials of my fridge as they fly through the air and then turning the temperature up to 40 ...
China Cracks Down On Bitcoin, Cuts Off Exchanges' Bank Access
Anyone keeping coins in an exchange for any longer than necessary to exchange them is an idiot.
Or a day trader
Ask Slashdot: How To Handle Unfixed Linux Accessibility Bugs?
i'll maintain it for Â£40kpa sustained across 1 single distro of your choice across its life time.
the choice is yours
Ars Technica Reviews Leaked Windows 8.1 Update
my very non technical mate got a sony vaio flip thing 10 days or so ago with windows 8 installed. he LOVES it, despite complaining non stop, it also auto updated itself this week, i think to 8.1, he certainly didnt do any registry hacks but had a text rendering issue with chrome that is apparently an issue caused by 8.1?
ive had a play and i dont really see the problem, sure its a bit different but its not a world ending calamity, i do prefer my mac tho
Ask Slashdot: How Do I Change Tech Careers At 30?
I'm 31 and seriously looking into getting out of software development.
It was cool when I was 14. It was still doable when I was 23. Now it's soul-crushing.
I wish I was a farmer or a carpenter.
oh god this is me so much, 34 and need to get out before i kill myself or actually have a heart attack
Bitcoin Inventor Satoshi Nakamoto Outed By Newsweek
Dude there are Mclaren MP4s for sale for Bitcoins, people are buying land and mansions with them, you can get takeaways delivered, bars and restaurants accept them, other than gas/water/electric youre basically set. Converting $500M bitcoin to cash is MASSIVELY short sighted.
You could just take them and probably live off them in an extremely luxurious lifestyle, or at the same time you could sell 1 or 2 a day which wouldnt move the market at all giving you both an awesome life style and cold hard cash.
Inside the Billion-Dollar Hacker Club
MtGox Files For Bankruptcy Protection
is this the same as the other self organizing investigation that tracked the silk road bitcoins to bitstamp?
Diet Drugs Work: Why Won't Doctors Prescribe Them?
Qsymia and Belviq work by suppressing appetite and by increasing metabolism, and by other mechanisms that are not yet fully understood
shucks, ive no idea, either that or because someone is paying someone else more for something else
Disabled Woman Denied Entrance To US Due To Private Medical Records
This is exactly why it's the only government in the world I'd trust to obey the law.
best troll ever?
Bitcoin Tops $1,000 For the First Time
shopify rolled out bitcoin as a payment method to 75,000 online stores today via bitpay
whilst thats not amazon, it's a start, who knows what the landscape will look like in 12 months!
Norway's Army Battles Global Warming By Going Vegetarian
this is exciting
is this like a blog? idimmu