×

Announcing: Slashdot Deals - Explore geek apps, games, gadgets and more. (what is this?)

Thank you!

We are sorry to see you leave - Beta is different and we value the time you took to try it out. Before you decide to go, please take a look at some value-adds for Beta and learn more about it. Thank you for reading Slashdot, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced

Shadow99_1 Re:"IT workers" vs. programmers not finding work? (398 comments)

I know this is really late to reply, but

I don't specifically have any work experience with either VMWare or Hyper V as they have never been part of a job I've had. I do have some experience using VMWare on spare hardware at home, but if it is not part of your job it's exceedingly hard to get solid experience that is useful for a corporate environment that does use them.

As for Linux and Apple 'experience' 9/10ths of the systems I've managed (even currently) are windows so I don't feel comfortable saying more than 'I have experience with'. If 9/10ths of the system I have worked with ran linux I'd probably be an expert at such things. Same with macs. However neither while I'm familiar with them and can solve a number of issues related to them, I'm hardly an expert. What terminology would you suggest to imply competence without expert knowledge? 'Experience with' sounds right to me.

And I have non-work related experience in information security (upon graduation my focus was IT security, then my first job above entry level was network administration). However few places seem to acknowledge non-work experience these days. Certification is almost equally iffy, you need to pick the certification your potential employer wants to go with. It's not like networking where a Cisco cert goes a long way because they buy out anyone who produces a better product.

As is my last job bridged management and administration (highest ranked in the IT totem pole that lacked a CIO/CTO reporting directly to the executives), I've been aiming for heading another step up. However my stumbling block there is a lack of a masters degree which seems to somehow now be a requirement for so many IT management positions (which makes zero sense).

about two weeks ago
top

Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced

Shadow99_1 Re:"IT workers" vs. programmers not finding work? (398 comments)

While I've specifically worked for places that are mostly dominated by windows systems (it's the most common operating system out there), I have experience with Apple and Linux systems as well as windows though no one ever asks me about linux and few ask me about Apple. I also have a considerably amount of experience in networking with both Cisco and non-Cisco routers, switches, and network appliances. I can be a systems admin or a network admin currently and have a lot of history in helpdesk work before that (though I'm not considered hireable in a helpdesk role since being an admin).

To be very specific I can look at the IT department for big companies locally like GE and Erie Insurance (both fortune 500 companies) and their local IT teams are all foreign. You may see one or two token white guys and the rest are indians. Even most of the little guys around here seem to be going that route, with several local colleges/universities hiring IT workers who are indian and I'll assume are H1-B's unless I see otherwise. I also see more and more groups of US IT workers gathering together and going the consultant route locally (1 company for over a decade now 16), so I'm guessing I'm not the only one to see the writing on the wall.

about two weeks ago
top

Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced

Shadow99_1 Re:What a minute here!! (398 comments)

No. This is not simply 'are you legally allowed to work in the US' this is 'Do you require us to sponsor your continued ability to live in the US'. The other question still exists, but is a different question. It only started to appear on apps within the last year or so where I live and even then I can apply for non-IT jobs and I don't see it. However all IT jobs I've applied for in the last year do.

about two weeks ago
top

Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced

Shadow99_1 Re:Catholic Health (398 comments)

This actually reminds me of a couple 'big places' in my local area that are fortune 500 companies with campuses across the country. I won't name names, but both companies initially stopped hiring new IT staff from the US and increased their basic employment requirements for IT. When older IT employees didn't retire quick enough 'early retirement' plans were offered. Those who were still there eventually just got 'let go' and the IT departments are now often 100% indian guys.

about two weeks ago
top

Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced

Shadow99_1 Re:"IT workers" vs. programmers not finding work? (398 comments)

I'm an admin by trade and It's been years of looking without finding anything. Even when I broaden my options to include everything outside of programming specifically (I can code, but it hasn't been my focus in over a decade). To many places want 'requirements' that are becoming insane. Why do I need to have a masters to act as a sys admin? Or 5 years experience on someones custom software package? I've even tried to bs my way into some of these by hinting I know xyz package they want and I'll get an interview where they end up ruling me out because I really don't know what 'excelsior' is or what it does, even though i can bet I've used a dozen similar packages.

about two weeks ago
top

Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced

Shadow99_1 Re:What a minute here!! (398 comments)

It is hardly just 'major brands', I live in nowhere Pennsylvania and for all IT jobs I'm now asked on the application if I'm an H1-B visa holder and so need the company to authorize me to work in the US... The assumption across the country now seems ot be that IT workers are H1-B employees...

about two weeks ago
top

Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

Shadow99_1 Re:In Finland (516 comments)

I personally get a lot of brown outs, power surges, and flickering. I've had multiple pieces of electronics go even on surge protectors as they get a charge higher than they are rated for... And full home UPS is out of my price range, but seems to be my only solution.

about three weeks ago
top

Multiple Manufacturers Push Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars, But Can They Catch Tesla?

Shadow99_1 Re:Where do you fill up? (293 comments)

I can't say for sure, but hot water heaters already store explosive compounds (steam) at sometimes high pressures. Compressing natural gas doesn't make it more dangerous then natural gas in general and a good storage container should minimize the risk of explosion. So it shouldn't really raise any extra risks, however as a 'new' technology being introduced into homes I doubt it would be trusted.

Just look at the overreaction to a couple of Tesla's that caught on fire (in very controlled manners) and how politicians wanted to have committee hearings on these 'unsafe' vehicles. All the while normal gasoline powered cars catch on fire regularly and their are rarely congressional hearings and often not even legal hearings on it. New things are intrinsically untrusted until a number of years after being introduced.

about a month ago
top

Three-Way Comparison Shows PCs Slaying Consoles In Dragon Age Inquisition

Shadow99_1 Re:Duh (227 comments)

It's not an xbox one though and you can't play DAI on it. It's also not running full graphics settings even on xbox one. My monitor is the only reason I can't play at a higher res (I could do widescreen 1080p on my TV, but kinda hard with a game setup for keyboard and mouse on a PC). I'm just saying you are overstating how much money needs to be spent to have a PC that can play games at a higher res than a console.

about a month ago
top

Three-Way Comparison Shows PCs Slaying Consoles In Dragon Age Inquisition

Shadow99_1 Re:Duh (227 comments)

I built my PC for under $1k 3 years ago and I can still run DAI at 1600x1200 at ultra settings on it. I haven't spent any money on my system in those years accept to add a extra HDD or two.

about a month ago
top

Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

Shadow99_1 Re:At will employment != Right to work (742 comments)

We have very specific reasons for wage floors. The big reason for those is that we (as a people) believe every person should be able to meet basic requirements for life in our country. Things like food and some form of housing. We have pretty much said we would like to avoid having people living on the streets as much as we can. A wage floor is meant to guarantee some level of access to these things.

about 2 months ago
top

Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

Shadow99_1 Re:Cost of government-provided services (346 comments)

A lot of municipal broadband offerings in the US have actually been 'private' companies with municipal backing (ie a municipal contract specifically to do the physical connections). Some people have just argued that these are not 'private companies' because of the 'municipal backing'. I'd rather avoid the argument then take sides.

In the US for a time the FCC mandated the phone companies offer DSL to any company that wanted to offer services over it, however those companies killed it by setting prices themselves with little government oversight. Also it meant to companies you had to deal with when having service issues, because the phone company was competing as an ISP as were the ones providing service over their connection. So they prioritized their own customers over their rivals to make things even worse. So with the 'ammo' of bad performance and bad service to wave around the phone companies said to the government "See that was a horrible idea, stop making us provide our competitors with access!" Hence that has basically been tossed out in the US right now.

about 2 months ago
top

Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

Shadow99_1 Re:Cost of government-provided services (346 comments)

This is less a theoretical natural monopoly as discussed by that economist, and more a physical and political natural monopoly because we would rather not have cables for 50 companies all running through our property. Also from a financial perspective, few companies want to own those physical connections as they cost a lot to lay in the ground or on a pole. So a very real type of natural monopoly emerges in that the public wants a limit on the hassle and bother caused from tearing up their lawn every year or less depending on demand for services.

Also some areas are not deemed as sufficiently profitable and without government involvement may never have any access if left to the companies to decide. I mean this is the cause of limited availability in many areas. A lot of this is not really 'not profitable' it is instead 'it's mildly profitable in the long run, but has a high initial investment'. We are way to focused on short term returns and not nearly enough on benefiting customers.

about 2 months ago
top

Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

Shadow99_1 Re:Cost of government-provided services (346 comments)

The European model has long been that because running the cables is a natural monopoly it is best for the government to handle the cable and let private business compete on top of that. The fact that most of Europe has wild ISP competition without impacting provided speeds suggests that their model may in fact be better.

Also attempts at this in the US have had mixed results. Well run municipal broadband has succeeded at providing low cost physical infrastructure and even ISP services without needing any tax money. Badly run ones have been financial disasters wasting both fees and municipal funds. Which honestly is pretty much the same record as most private corporations before the consolidations began leaving us with what is often a dozen monopolies spread across the country who never directly compete.

about 2 months ago
top

Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

Shadow99_1 Re:Oh good (907 comments)

Ok AC... How about the corporations do the same? If a company owes me money I'm lucky if I ever see it, let alone 'on time'. Hell many bills I have such as my cell phone and internet access require me to pay them a month in advance! I don't agree with doing that and so they always consider me a month behind and in their terms I am. However this 'deal' was a completely one sided one where I could not have my say in what rights and responsibilities we both had. I don't have a choice in providers either beyond 'this company that wants to screw me' and 'that company that wants to screw me'.

about 3 months ago
top

Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

Shadow99_1 Re:Oh good (907 comments)

I know this is a really late reply, I've learned sometimes it's best not to come back to comments I've made and look at replies so I do it rarely.

However for a 'shit happens' situation even in your world of 'have a spare payment in savings'.... I had the engine in my car go a few years ago and it cost $1.6k to replace the engine (including labor). I didn't have payments, but lets say I was still paying $300/month on the car (roughly what my payments had been) and I had $1.3k in savings... Do I fix the car (my only means of transportation) or do I pay the bill that month?

Even at $50/month in savings (What my parents always told me to put away) $1.3k is 26 months worth of savings. Or slightly over two years (minus any slight increase due to interest). They combined made about $50k/year and that was the savings they tried for. It didn't often happen though as something would come up and gobble up any savings they ever made.

about 3 months ago
top

Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

Shadow99_1 Re:Oh good (907 comments)

In the US and outside of major cities which have some basic form of mass transit... Access to a vehicle can often be a requirement for living.

I live 30 minutes from one of the top 100 cities in the US by population, but their are few jobs here. For a population of 5000 the number of local jobs is around 1200 (it used to be much higher by as much as 3x what it is now). Everyone else must work outside that (usually in the city). Medical care is also at least 20 minutes away. No mass transit options exist at all.

And don't even think to say 'move to the city' it's more expensive to live in the city then it is to live here and own a car. But shit happens and oh my god you could be a whole 3 days late on a payment! Wow that's just so criminal!

about 3 months ago
top

College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

Shadow99_1 Re:I took a COBOL class... (270 comments)

Your reminding me of when I learned COBOL... using microfocus in the 90's... I've never programmed in it after learning it though... I do however like the ability to describe the specific parts of what are effectively strings (though I don't think they are ever referred to as such) when handling input and output. I miss the fine ability to output text in C or C++ where I need a lot more effort to create the precision COBOL has...

about 3 months ago
top

College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

Shadow99_1 Re:The UK Cobol Climate Is Very Different (270 comments)

I found it funny at one job I had where they wanted me to where a suit every day to work... They were paying me $28,000 a year at the time and requiring me to crawl around on the floor at times to check network wiring or move around equipment... I'd need to use a dry cleaners daily to have some hope of keeping these suits clean. It took a lot of effort to explain this to someone and how dress slacks and a dress shirt with a tie may be somewhat better for my work 'uniform' than wearing a suit given some of the activities I had to do... I also argued for a raise based on this mandate, but that didn't go over with them at all.

about 3 months ago
top

California Declares Carpooling Via Ride-Share Services Illegal

Shadow99_1 Re:Read the GP's comment, fuckface. (288 comments)

Wow, love the union hate there... So you would rather everyone (except you I'm assuming) work in third world poverty conditions because that is what capitalism seeks (those with the means controlling production and hence wages)? That is what unions were designed to fight. If you cannot afford goods because 'unions' then it most likely means that you are paid shit and if your wages had been rising along with 'wealth' in this country you wouldn't have an issue. However that hasn't been the case in decades, general pay for labor has been stagnant in real terms and in many cases decidedly regressive. Your wages have not kept up with inflation in goods and the companies are amazingly happy about that.

Now I'm not saying unions as we know them now are all good, but unions are not some evil attempting to kill you by making it so you cannot buy things. That would be the corporations. It so happens the corporations found a great way of subverting unions by bringing in 'professional management' because workers are stupid after all... It didn't take that many shills to cause unions to fall for this trap of being run by the same people running companies... Enter corruption and rent seeking from the new 'management' who are often buddy buddy with the companies they function with... and you have the modern corrupted form of unions. Done to you buy the rich for the rich and keeping your wages down since the 50's and 60's...

The rich don't care about inflation, their gains are far higher than inflation by 3-4 times. Kansian Economics clearly tells them that inflation means growth of their wealth. Inflation is a means in which they can gradually increase prices over time with no other requirements. On the other hand companies 'don't have' the funds to increase worker pay for the lower rungs by even the same amount as inflation and so are constantly priced out of those goods and services as companies look to new markets with money to buy their products.

about 3 months ago

Submissions

top

Ask Slashdot: The State of Free Video Editing Tools

Shadow99_1 Shadow99_1 writes  |  about 4 months ago

Shadow99_1 (86250) writes "I used to do a lot of video editing a few years ago at an earlier job and at that time I used Adobe Premiere. Now a few years later I'm looking to start doing some video editing for my own personal use, but I have a limited budget that pretty well excludes even thinking about buying a copy of Adobe Premiere. So I ask slashdot: What is the state of free (as in beer or as in open source) video editing tools?

In my case... I support a windows environment at work and so it's primarily what I use at home. I am also using a camcorder that uses flash cards to record onto, so for me I need a platform that supports reading flash cards. So that is my focus but feel free to discuss video editing on all platforms."
top

Shadow99_1 Shadow99_1 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Shadow99_1 writes "I work at a charter school as their network administrator, however in the next few months I've been tasked with coming up with a way of teaching the middle school kids about computers and technology. Or at least coming up with a plan for teaching them computers and technology as I'll be working with one of the teachers to implement this. The problems I'm having with this are the requirements to tie in with their general education: reading, writing, math, etc. So I'm curious has anyone in the Slashdot community done something like this? And if so how and what did you decide to do? Also how did you keep the costs down?

I want to start with the basics by teaching the parts of a PC and having them use some of our spare parts from machines no longer under the service contract to put together a PC from scratch in teams. Then I figure on getting into Operating Systems, preferably by installing Linux on to the machines they have built. The problem here comes in with finding a modern flavor of Linux that will run ok on a P2 400 with 64 MB of ram. Ubuntu has had issues with my test system I tossed together. So I will need suggestions here as well.

I'd also like to teach some programming to the kids. However I'm six years out of date on my programming skills and I only learned BASIC, COBOL, and C++. It needs to be something that has a good English syntax (C++ doesn't really have this and even BASIC and COBOL aren't really what I want here), can generate output that the kids would be interested in (anything that can output to the screen easily or is easy to generate interactive content with is good), and also it needs to be a fairly low cost solution. It also should hopefully be easy for me to pick up as well.

I'd like some other fun projects as well, like maybe some simple robotics stuff (the Lego variety or something similar), some digital photography, etc. However the other things are a higher priority since I think I can apply them to their general education than the more fun projects.

So what would those of Slashdot do if given this project?"

Journals

Shadow99_1 has no journal entries.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?