top Interview: Ask Bruce Sterling What You Will
top Open Source Beehives Designed To Help Save Honeybee Colonies
We had mites through the fall, and killed most of them by dosing the entire colony with
.... powdered sugar. Yes, we lost a bunch of bees, but the mites are gone.
top Ask Slashdot: Are We Older Experts Being Retired Too Early?
I'm 72 now, and still gainfully employed...just not by 35-year-old "managers" (or worse, "executives") who haven't got any substantive experience to evaluate competence. After a career consulting to IBM, Intel, HP, Amoco, DuPont (and lots more) at the CxO level on IT strategy, I semi-retired in 2001, to a small mountain town nestled in the Sierra Nevada mountains.
Interestingly enough, I too (and I'm the guy who Asked Slashdot this question) I located myself in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Howdy, neighbor.
top Ask Slashdot: Are We Older Experts Being Retired Too Early?
But when I send out a perfectly good resume and use the more obvious resources there are still precious few bites for someone
requiring to work remotely
How come nobody has commented on this part? No matter what age you are, requiring that you work remotely is going to make things difficult, no matter your age.
When you live in a rather remote part of the world (by choice and necessity) there aren't a lot of options. I
get that I may not be paid as well for doing so, and am totally fine with that. But I'm simply not willing to move back to Silicon Valley just to make a living wage.
top Ask Slashdot: Are Us Older Experts Being Retired Too Early?
The thing is, I
have relevant and current skills and if something new comes up I will learn it faster than anyone. I can lead a team of newcomers (common in SQA) like no ones business. I've worked with outsourced teams, and am quite well versed in overseas contacts. I've worked with github and 27signals through their earlier work and others along with tons of FOSS and OSS projects. My name is out there. You, as a fan of my side project (www.motopodcast.com) know how hard we work and how incredibly diverse we are.
It's just frustrating. I'm not done yet breaking things.
top A Ray of Hope For Americans and Scientific Literacy?
any of you RTFA, and looked at the website this is posted on? Pretty much a blog, a year and a half old with "stories", i.e. bloglinks so vacuous towards everyone. "Independent Journal Review" ?
Slashdot just got Onion'ed.
top HHS-Run Website Hacked To Hawk Boots, Perfumes, and NFL Jerseys
And the website that those jerseys were taken from and linked to is still quite active, with contact info.
top Ask Slashdot: Is Development Leadership Overvalued?
As a manager, you tend to get very little inside info into what your miscreants are up to because you're dealing with administrative bullshit. I'm managed. Not fun. I've actually demoted myself from management so I I could go back into the code base.
top Ask Slashdot: Building a Cheap Computing Cluster?
I just left a place that had over 100 M2075's used for R&D and test dualed up and all on the same network.... During the day, they were mostly real hot, all day. Some jobs ran overnight or the weekend. As they say, YMMV.
top Popular Wordpress Plugin Leaves Sensitive Data In the Open
With a whole bunch of payday loan text spam at the top. Wonder what plugin caused that?
top VLC For Windows 8 Reaches $65,000 Funding Goal On Kickstarter
Or 10 anons at Microsoft with $6500 a piece.
top How Can Wikipedia's Visual Editor Top Other Word Processors?
..they need to make something that imports the current format in a WYSIWYG fashion, renders and exports it properly. Dealing with the table structure there is a nightmare for low-intermediate experience editors.
top 100GbE To Slash the Cost of Producing Live Television
Correct me if I'm wrong, but the bottleneck in broadcasting isn't necessarily network speeds, but dealing with the disparity in ingest formats. Loads of non-interoperable formats come in, and broadcast teams have to transcode them into something that works, and quick, especially in live mediums. 10Gbe is fine for that. It's the hardware that does the transcoding that is holding things up. Finally, there are some companies that are using GPGPU boxes to speed it up..
about a year and a half ago
top Know What Time It Is? Your Medical Device Doesn't
Many (if not most) medical devices (think MRI/CAT/US, whatever) run on a variant of Windows as the underlying OS, be it standard or embedded. Switching to use an NTP server on the local network would be trivial.
The BIGGER problem (IMHO) is that these devices aren't shipped with any sort of malware protection, for the most part. One bogus USB stick plugged in, and..... I've spent years in the medical device field. The reliance on hospitals securing their networks, and not securing quarter million dollar devices at the manufacturer end always freaked me out. But again, the problem was how do you get updates, without communicating with the outside world and make it easy? Hospital IT staff are notoriously overworked and underfunded.
top Kodak Basement Lab Housed Small Nuclear Reactor
In the early 80's, fresh from a move to Northern California I took a job ($7.50 an hour or so) working at a lab that did Neutron Radiography. The process and results themselves are actually really cool. We'd test things like turbine blades for jet aircraft for porosity or residual casting material, welding flaws in Space Shuttle engines. Neat stuff.
Then, it was sort of off in an orchard area with a few houses around. Now? Subdivisions, crowd it. That being said, it really is a low-impact sort of deal. Fire up the reactor in the morning, work, power it down in the afternoon. Within 20 minutes of shutdown you could walk past the containment wall, peer down into the pool and watch the blue glow fade. Neat job, for someone just exploring their potential career field. Twenty years later, I was back in the radiography field from a medical devices software bent.
And yes, well after, my reproductive organs functioned just fine, thank you.
top Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Way To Deal With Roving TSA Teams?
As far as they are concerned, you have no rights.
Actually, you have three. With eternal thanks to
nice reference. Old-school...
top Osama Bin Laden Reported Dead, Body In US Hands
top Linux Kernel Exploit Busily Rooting 64-Bit Machines
top Slashdot Turns 100,000
... and my options still haven't vested. Feh.
top Shedding Your Identity In the Digital Age
... (and I did RTFA and the ones before) that getting offline (both 'net and financially) would be a wise thing. Seems like most people get tripped up by that, out of curiosity, cash troubles and loneliness.
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