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Ask Slashdot: How Often Should You Change Jobs?

InsertCleverUsername Re:Raises Don't Keep Up (282 comments)

Sure, I can see that. String them along--just as long as they aren't "the guy." (You know, the only guy that understands how the mission-critical systems work. I've seen companies go under when they lose that guy, without a knowledge transfer, which may take months). The replacement coder costs the new going rate, delivering a fraction of the productivity in the months before they have equivalent institutional knowledge and understand the wage refugee's code.

Ironically, even if a penny pinching manager did save a little, it's behaviors like this that drive IT wage inflation.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Often Should You Change Jobs?

InsertCleverUsername Raises Don't Keep Up (282 comments)

The pattern I've seen time and again is that even if you find an employer that gives regular raises, the market rate for programmers moves much faster than a lame 3% cost of living raise. So, unless you're an assertive extrovert, with a high tolerance for uncomfortable moments with your boss, you probably aren't demanding a competitive raise each year. Easier to just interview every few years and get a big salary bump.

And the employers who lost you? They'll pay much more to replace you, learn nothing from the experience, then repeat the cycle again in a few years.

about 4 months ago
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Fixing the Pain of Programming

InsertCleverUsername Re:Debuggers (294 comments)

People that need debuggers will never be any good.

People who work with trivially-simple applications and never have to deal with someone else's legacy mess will never be any good either.

about 5 months ago
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Electric 'Thinking Cap' Controls Learning Speed

InsertCleverUsername Re:It looks like people are going to line up (112 comments)

People are going to be lining up around the block for the "learn slower" electric charge.. if our society's obsession with alcohol is any indication.

Alcohol? The continued success of America's two political parties seems like better evidence.

about 7 months ago
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Exxon Mobile CEO Sues To Stop Fracking Near His Texas Ranch

InsertCleverUsername Obscure Subsidiary in Alabama? (317 comments)

In other news, Exxon Mobil CEO mercilessly ridicules /. poster that can't spell company name correctly.

about 8 months ago
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How Well Do Our Climate Models Match Our Observations?

InsertCleverUsername Re:These guys are deniers (560 comments)

If they have links to the petroleum industry perhaps you'd like to share exactly how much they have made and exactly where this money is supposed to have come from.

Admittedly, it has gotten harder. The money used to follow a much more transparent path. See http://www.scientificamerican....

about 8 months ago
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How Well Do Our Climate Models Match Our Observations?

InsertCleverUsername Re:BS (560 comments)

Nicely done. I'd post AC too if I was so ignorant I didn't understand the distinction between climate and weather.

about 8 months ago
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How Well Do Our Climate Models Match Our Observations?

InsertCleverUsername Re:Minor Fluctuation? (560 comments)

As the old song goes, little things mean a lot. You couldn't see the difference between a little botulin toxin and a lethal dose without a microscope. And I'm sure you wouldn't notice a 0.7 C difference between one room in your house and another, but multiply that amount of energy to a global scale and it starts to add up. Consider what climatologist James Hansen said about the current rate of increase in global warming: “(it's) equivalent to exploding 400,000 Hiroshima atomic bombs per day, 365 days per year. That’s how much extra energy Earth is gaining each day.”

about 8 months ago
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Global-Warming Skepticism Hits 6-Year High

InsertCleverUsername Re:Exactly 0% argue static climate (846 comments)

Climate change became the more popular phrase simply because so many people refused to accept that just because he planet as a whole is warming doesn't mean that every area also gets warmer.

In other words, the word with more play propaganda-wise got used. I go with the more accurate term.

Actually, it was Frank Luntz, a right-wing political consultant that's credited for the name change. He thought "climate change" sounded less scary and easier to ignore. Here's a quick read on Wikipedia with some of the back story on how climate science became a political football:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F...

about 9 months ago
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Do-It-Yourself Brain Stimulation Has Scientists Worried

InsertCleverUsername Re:Republicans should "go for it" (311 comments)

Naturally, the platform has to be mainstream enough to appeal to everyone possible. The reality is that the party has been co-opted by extremists hostile to some important pieces of science that impact policy. Here's your cites:

Exhibit A
Exhibit B (Yeah, it's Obama's list, but most would certainly embrace the denier label)
Exhibit C [youtube.com]

There are enough dangerous nuts in the great GOP Venn diagram (and a considerable overlap with elected officials) that the GP is basically correct.

about a year ago
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Kurzweil: The Cloud Will Expand Human Brain Capacity

InsertCleverUsername Re:Reasons to be hesitant around Kurzweil (267 comments)

"His speech and music synthesis stuff is solid"
was solid. Now it's decades old and he has done nothing. I have come to understand he wasn't some sort of genius, but just in the right place at the right time.

Really? He just got lucky, like those morons Da Vinci and Einstein? Sounds like a vineyard of sour grapes to me.

about 2 years ago
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University Receives $5 Million Grant To Study Immortality

InsertCleverUsername Presented for Your Consideration... (532 comments)

So... Grampa finally croaks at the age of 101. Hasn't been able to see, hear, taste, smell, or think straight for the last 15 years. When his magic soul is divinely uploaded to a new, angelic, ether-based model, is his consciousness just like it was when he died? Senile, socially disengaged, and slow to understand anything going on around him? Or, as many believe, would it be transformed to its former glory, when gramps was a young adult.

O.K... Now think about how differently you looked at the world; the skills, interests, and personality you had when you were much younger. Grandfather is a categorically different person from the vital young man he once was (he'd probably yell at him to get off his lawn if they met). So, in what sense would that angelic being be the same guy that died and not more so a recreation of somebody that existed 75 years ago?

I just can't see how the Judeo-Christian concept of an afterlife is anything but a big pile of paradox.

more than 2 years ago
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University Receives $5 Million Grant To Study Immortality

InsertCleverUsername Re:Waste of money (532 comments)

What a waste of money!

Why not give the money to Aubrey de Grey and/or the SENS Foundation

Amen. If de Grey, Kurzweil, and friends are right, by the end of the century religion and the clamoring for its promised afterlife will naturally extinguish. Who in their right mind would sign up for suppressing their sexual urges, spending their money building churches, and ruining several hours every Sunday, when there's no pay off?

more than 2 years ago
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University Receives $5 Million Grant To Study Immortality

InsertCleverUsername Re:Waste of money (532 comments)

Belief in an afterlife being just some made up story is simply your opinion.

Finally someone who "gets" it. They keep telling me that Spiderman is a fictional character, but I have read his texts and heard his message of justice and good deeds. I know that there are different versions of his tale, but that certainly doesn't mean that my understanding of his powers isn't de facto truth.

more than 2 years ago
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University Receives $5 Million Grant To Study Immortality

InsertCleverUsername Re:The Answer for $5M (532 comments)

Will his consciousness cease to exist or will his ability to show us it exist cease?

That's sort of a serious part of the question. Does someone's consciousness really cease to exist or just our ability to perceive it.

I have a magical unicorn that shits gold bars. The downside is that you won't be able to perceive it until you buy it from me for $10,000 (no personal checks, please). But, considering the value of gold, obviously you can simply assume the unicorn exists, right?

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do Before College?

InsertCleverUsername Re:If Poor Acquire Capital, If Not ... (335 comments)

GPA doesn't matter much once you've got experience, but still... Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude or Summa Cum Laude fit nicely on the education section of a resume, right next to degree and specialization.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's Your Take On HTTPS Snooping?

InsertCleverUsername Re:Don't do personal shit at work (782 comments)

That's your problem right there. Instead of spending an extra 2 hours a day at work, and also expecting to do 2 hours of personal stuff at work, people with "important" jobs should just go home at 5pm sharp and do their shopping and banking at home.

It's more like an hour of personal stuff and three extra hours of work (including work from home), but you're quite right on the point of reclaiming our personal lives. I'm not sure why we put up with it.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's Your Take On HTTPS Snooping?

InsertCleverUsername Re:Don't do personal shit at work (782 comments)

Your job has probably already been taken by robots. Sorry.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's Your Take On HTTPS Snooping?

InsertCleverUsername Re:Don't do personal shit at work (782 comments)

There are some jobs that require a warm body to be in place, answering a phone or managing an assembly line. Your presence, in these cases, isn't optional. It's not like I'm not being an elitist prick about this; it's simply a fact that many jobs (like help desk) require more rigid schedules. If the job doesn't, as long as you're giving 40 or more hours and you're there to collaborate with co-workers, a decent employer ought to trust you enough to allow some flexibility in your work.

more than 2 years ago

Submissions

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$10,000 Prize for Connecting Businesses with Government Data

InsertCleverUsername InsertCleverUsername writes  |  more than 2 years ago

InsertCleverUsername writes "The Department of Commerce has announced a $10,000 contest for developers making apps to utilize Commerce and other publicly available data and information to support American businesses. Developers must use at least one Department of Commerce dataset to create an application that assists businesses and/or improves the service delivery of Business.USA.gov to the business community. Developers may choose any platform. A list of developer-friendly data sets can be found on the Business Data and Tools page of Data.gov."
Link to Original Source

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Moderation

InsertCleverUsername InsertCleverUsername writes  |  about 3 years ago

Oh god... Every time I have mod points I wish there was a "Painfully Ignorant" moderation. Not to punish, but to keep the stupid from potentially infecting others. Like the poster earnestly commenting that a hydrogen economy would deplete all the water in the oceans because H2O would be the source of the hydrogen. Sigh... What if children were to accidentally read crap like that?!?

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Your troll mind-tricks won't work on me.

InsertCleverUsername InsertCleverUsername writes  |  more than 5 years ago

I'm sick of seeing posters with ignorant opinions throwing up a smokescreen by arguing that if they're modded down it's unfair and only because the moderator disagrees with them. No, it's because you're an inane dipshit spreading FUD and stupidity, pretending that you know more than scientists and others qualified to have an opinion, or you're just using /. as a vehicle for petty political attacks. The fact that you need a sig. line with insulting head games to defend your ideas is damning proof that you don't have any.

Your troll mind-tricks won't work on me. I'm still modding you down.

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Internet Stupid Quota Filled!

InsertCleverUsername InsertCleverUsername writes  |  more than 5 years ago Wow... I took a wrong turn on the Internet and stared into the abyss this morning. Here's what a Slashdot article might look like if you took everyone on /. and beat them over the head with a lead pipe until their I.Q. dropped 45 points:
Yahoo Answers (alt link)

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InsertCleverUsername InsertCleverUsername writes  |  more than 7 years ago

So I've been wasting a few minutes looking at people's journals and saw several that suggest a Foes list is some sort of juvenile way of pouting and saying you don't want to be friends. Sure... Maybe it is for people with a five-year old mentality, but most of us just use it to control the D/U ratio by filtering out Foes comments.

I read my news on /. because I like to read interesting articles and commentary by intelligent, educated people. If you're on my Foes list, it's because you're missing the mark. Chances are you've made a very stupid comment that betrays your ignorance of science or suggests you put ideology before honest discussion.

As they say... "Opinions are like assholes; everybody has one." But I don't want to listen to assholes.

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