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Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

b3x PHD's are for Academic and Government Jobs (479 comments)

Only government and academia value a PhD. Otherwise, as many have pointed out, your both overqualified and underexperienced.

about a month ago
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Earliest Version of D&D On Display At Rochester Museum

b3x Not to Hijack the thread ... (28 comments)

The National Museum of Play as it is a great place to spend the day with your kids. There is a ton of stuff to do for younger kids ( 13) and there is often some cool exhibits for the older kids. If your in the area check it out.

about a year and a half ago
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In a Symbolic Shift, IBM's India Workforce Likely Exceeds That In US

b3x Re:News flash, US (491 comments)

$80k is pretty good money for those of us living in the state of New York outside of NYC.

about 2 years ago
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Rise of the Online Code Schools

b3x Re:Online doesn't work for average students (so fa (98 comments)

One of the biggest issues for current MOOCs is the large attrition rate (in the 90% range). Assuming that people signing up are at least average intelligence (on average of course), this suggests that average students are unable, for whatever reasons, to complete these courses. Part of it is that the instructors come from elite universities, are used to teaching elite students, and approach the MOOC in the same way, leaving the average student in the dust. Another part is that average students lack the motivation, discipline, as well as the smarts to learn complex concepts without a real-life instruction.

New Years Resolutions also have a high failure rate too, are people too dumb to lose weight? The bottom line is that people change their minds, lose focus, are lazy, have ADD, don't get that job, adjust career goals, on and on and on. You being an elitist, attribute the attrition rate to ignorant peasants attempting to learn the skills of the gods, while the truth is that life happens and people saw something shiny and they signed up ... then forgot about it

about 2 years ago
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World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Launches On September 25

b3x Re:Said it here first... (247 comments)

Taking release day off is a waste of time. Lag, starting area congestion, server restarts, etc etc ... is not an efficient use of time for leveling. Now, taking Thursday and Friday off to be level capped, and running heroics by Teusday reset. Yes, that is totally an option.

about 2 years ago
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After 60 Years, Tape Reinserts Itself

b3x Enterprise Storage (312 comments)

As someone who manages TSM and a pair of IBM 3584's, I am rather surprised that people think tape has been out. How else are you going to off-site your backups? Sync across a WAN? Not when you are backing up many TB's of data each day ...

more than 2 years ago
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id Software Releases RAGE

b3x It is an id game ... (192 comments)

If you have been playing their games for 15+ years, then this game is going to be exactly what you have come to expect from id. A cutting edge game engine, with a bare bones but enjoyable game running on it. I played for about an hour last night (via wine) and it was alright. Was it worth $60? no probably not. The product I have seen is pretty much the same as the single player Doom 3 and Quake2/4. I don't think it is as horrible as the Ars review makes it out, but then they probably had higher expectations. I look forward to trying out some multi-player.

about 3 years ago
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World of Warcraft Finally Loses Subscribers

b3x Could Easily Have Been Gold Farmers (413 comments)

While loosing almost 10% of the player base is significant, people are making too big of a deal over it. The vast majority of these accounts could easily have been gold selling accounts, multi-boxers who lost interest, etc. There was a huge surge in the popularity of multi-boxing at the end of wrath, and fads which gained popularity due to boredom, will fade once new content is released. As many have pointed out, there is more competition now too ...

more than 3 years ago
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The Sidekick Failure and Cloud Culpability

b3x Cloud Computing (246 comments)

No matter where you go, there it is.

about 5 years ago
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For Some Medical Workers, a Flu Shot Or Possible Job Loss

b3x I work in IT at a hospital (541 comments)

We are being required to get both flu shots (seasonal and H1N1 when it arrives), and we are also required to sign a waiver releasing the hospital of all responsibility if something goes wrong. IANAL but this seems like a really shady thing to do. But in today's economy you can force people to do just about anything ....

about 5 years ago
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UK Child Abuse Investigators Resent Being Charged For ISP Data

b3x Of course there is a fee ... (241 comments)

If the ISP didn't charge for something like this, they would be inundated by requests from law enforcement, and others. The $$ keeps the agencies from making frivolous requests.

more than 5 years ago
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The Inside Story On the San Francisco Network Hijacking

b3x Re:Begs the question (471 comments)

his job is to run the network. and he is one of those people who, right or wrong, thought that this task was to be performed in spite of perceived incompetence. i would doubt that there is any reasonably sized IT department that does not have this sort of thing going on. be it an individual or a small group who feel that they, and they alone, are the only ones who should be touching certain devices. truth be told, there concerns are usual valid to some degree. if you work in a good sized IT department, there are people who have access to systems which they have no business working on. sometimes you have people who don't know there own limitations, and will with best intentions, totally screw things up. many people can relate to his fears ...

more than 6 years ago

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