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Today In Year-based Computer Errors: Draft Notices Sent To Men Born In the 1800s

_aa_ Jul-11-014 (205 comments)

Why did we skip three digit years?

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Certifications To Get?

_aa_ Headhunters (444 comments)

To everyone suggesting experience is superior to certifications and education, I completely agree. Unfortunately third party head hunting contractors hired by Fortune 500 human resource departments do not.

Your experience, intelligence and charisma will impress the hiring manager and might even get you the job, but.. you never got to meet him/her because you got rejected by the asshole third party headhunting contractor because your resume was not bit for bit identical to the job posting, even if you're an internal candidate for Christ's sake. Back in the good ol' days you could probably convince a human resources associate that even though you don't have required certification X, experience Y makes up for this. Today, that human resources rep has been replaced by a third party contractor whose job is to thrash through the thousands of resumes and present 25 precisely qualified candidates to the hiring manager. The hiring manager will never see any "maybes" or "close enoughs" or "willing to settles".

My advice is to hand tailor your resume to the specific job posting each time you submit it. If a job requires a certification or degree, you'd better have it. If it says "or equivalent experience", I'd put an "Experience Equivalent to Certification X" section right up top on my resume and emotionally prepare myself to be bumped by the hundreds of other candidates that actually have Certification X.

If you have Certification Y and the job posting doesn't mention Certification Y as a requirement or a desirable, leave it off. If you can get through the phone interview with the headhunter and get an interview with the hiring manager, this might be a great time to bring up Certification Y, but to a third party headhunter, superfluous education/certification can only over-qualify you. While suggesting you have a certification that you do not is dishonest and immoral, I've never heard of anyone getting fired from McDonald's because they forgot to mention that they graduated magna cum laude from Princeton.

If you are lucky enough to be happily employed I'd recommend taking every opportunity your employer offers to obtain education at their expense. Even if you don't need it now, having a vast portfolio of degrees and certifications will empower you to craft precisely targeted resumes in the future

If you are unemployed or looking to switch, I would hit every job posting for which I am precisely qualified first, then target jobs for which I am over-qualified at companies that will have much opportunity for advancement. If you are unemployed and under-educated/certified, target entry level positions at companies that will pay for or assist with training and education. "Does the hiring company offer education assistance?" is always a good question to ask a jack ass headhunter.

more than 3 years ago

Any Open Source Solutions For DIY Auto Diagnostics?

_aa_ RomRaider (270 comments)

RomRaider is available for Subaru vehicles.

more than 4 years ago

Obama Choosing NOT To Go To the Moon

_aa_ Re:good (920 comments)

No flames here. I agree with you. Manned missions are a pretty much a waste of money and, most unfortunately, lives.

What aren't wastes of money are the Mars rovers. I'd love to see hundreds of those little buggers buzzing around the solar system.

I was hoping to see a budget increase for that program and more programs like it. Can anyone shed light on the future of the Mars Rovers? Maybe a Mars Rover Tow Truck to get Spirit unstuck from the mud?

more than 4 years ago

VW Concept Microcar Gets 235 MPG

_aa_ Twin Drive Golf (507 comments)

I have seen dozens of fuel efficient concepts from VW in the past couple of years but so far I haven't seen anything hit the showroom floor, at least not in the states. Flipping through my DasAuto marketing bullshit magazine, I see an SUV and a Minivan. Not exactly a fuel efficient line-up for 2010, if you ask me. The Diesel Jetta is a step in the right direction, but again, it's not on the lots yet.

That being said, I saw this interesting little car floating around the blogohedron a couple weeks ago. I'll let you rtfa, but if this hits the US showrooms in 2010, I suspect it will be a Volt killer. Also, it's not hideously ugly.

Long story short, I am so fucking tired of waiting on this shit. At least in the Golf Twin Drive, Germany is putting some money behind it. As much as I hate corporate subsidies, governments need to make some incentives for getting SUVs and Minivans off the roads, and fuel efficient compacts on the roads because consumers apparently aren't interested, or if they are, the car makers aren't hearing them or don't care.

more than 6 years ago


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Nugget (Pellet) Ice

_aa_ _aa_ writes  |  about 13 years ago I present to you a saga, a saga of ice, but not just any ice, mind you, Pellet Ice. Years ago, Hardee's (Carl's Jr. for some of you) served it, but they stopped some time ago. Ever since then, I've been on a quest to locate an alternative source.

There are many reasons why pellet ice is superior to other forms of ice. Pellet ice is small enough to chill your beverage quickly and entirely, yet big enough that it does not slip through your lips while drinking. Pellet ice is rather pourous. This makes for soft, easily chewed ice. This chewiness is found to be pleasurable by many consumers. Chewing pellet ice can remove plaque and massage gums to help prevent the gum disease gingivitis. Pellet ice has no fat or calories, therefore when chewing pellet ice you are actually burning calories. Chewing pellet ice can combat nervous eating habits and nail-biting. Pellet ice has a smaller water/volume ratio than some other ices, therefore a greater mass of ice can be generated using less energy, time, and water. After you have completed your beverage, the remaining ice is as pleasant as a flavored sno-cone. Pellet ice has no sharp edges. Pellet ice is too small to choke on. Individual pellets melt quickly, shortening the window of oppritunity for accidents when dropped on a restaraunt floor. However, when grouped in a cup or storage container, pellet ice can outlast many other types of ice at room temperature. Pellet ice is non-transparent making it highly visible in all types of beverages.

I am pleased to announce that many Sonic locations have adopted our beloved pellet ice. I give many thanks to them for their nationwide renewal of a beloved classic. I only hope that this one small step will enlighten the masses to wonders and beauty of pellet ice.

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