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IT Job Hiring Slumps

charnov Indy (250 comments)

Do NOT come to Indianapolis for IT!

Pay rates are low even adjusted for the cost of living (which is dirt cheap for a northern city) and IT workers get ZERO respect unless you are working for a profit center (you are doing IT staffing, contracting or are a programmer writing product to be sold).

Between H1Bs and large contracting pushing down rates and squeezing out locals at the big operations (Lilly, Sallie Mae, Allison, Caterpillar, etc.) about the only good place for IT long term is working for state or the federal government (which is even lower pay but you might actually get a career out of it)... although many of those jobs are being handed over to contractors, too.

About the only place I have heard pays well for IT is Angie's List and it's only for programmers... that company is a ticking time bomb, though. How they stay in business while loosing money every year they have existed is a miracle of a pyramid scheme.

I am the last of my friends that came out of college in the early nineties still in IT. The rest have moved on to various other careers (several became attorneys, two are doctors, and one crazy bastard is a deep water welder... he makes more than all of us).

about a month and a half ago

News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

charnov Re:Sigh (748 comments)

Most of us old dudes moved over to Reddit and Soylent... one of us one of us... come on over.

about 2 months ago

Recommendations For Classic Superhero Comic Collections?

charnov Writer Gardner Fox (165 comments)

Fox wrote for a ton of different titles through the Golden Age. He was one of the best for stories back then so it might be wise to try his story lines.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Management Interface On an IT Appliance?

charnov Barracuda and Ubiquiti (114 comments)

Barracuda's interface isn't too bad on most of their products considering how complex they are. Ubiquiti's AirOS on their wireless bridges and devices is wonderfully put together.

Also, m0n0wall and Tomato are favorites of mine.

about 7 months ago

Do We Really Have a Shortage of STEM Workers?

charnov CS does not equal programming (491 comments)

Where I went to school in the 90's (Purdue), Computational Science was a math degree and we didn't touch a computer for the first two years unless you specifically took a programming course.

Programming IS a vocation that is an application of several disciplines. If a tech employer has no use for UML, then they are not a very sophisticated business. Hell, I work at a little rinky dink manufacturing company and we use UML and other modeling systems to lay out our business processes to better understand the business and for ISO 9001 quality management.

If you want code monkeys to crank out unmaintainable spaghetti to show your VC fund, then by all means go find some.

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Anti-Camera Device For Use In a Small Bus?

charnov laser anti camera device (478 comments)

Good luck finding and buying one as a civilian but what you want is an active sensing laser denial system... It's going to be expensive and I've only seen them in military gear but they work... Mostly. Link:

about 8 months ago

The Chip That Changed the World: AMD's 64-bit FX-51, Ten Years Later

charnov From the "burning" AMD Athlons (259 comments)

Tom's got nailed over the "burning" AMD Athlons. If you dig through the HardOCP forums from back in 2001-2002, Kyle Bennett and others managed to trace some not so savory relationships with Intel and the site.

I've never trusted Tom's since and they have a well established Intel bias. HardOCP is much more transparent in it's testng.

1 year,12 days

Former NSA Honcho Calls Corporate IT Security "Appalling"

charnov Until CIO CEO it'll never change (174 comments)

Until IT staff have the same power and ability to lean back on a state license like an engineer or architect and say "no" to dangerous, illegal, or just plain stupid demands from end user, management, and shareholders, this will not change.

1 year,16 days

The Chip That Changed the World: AMD's 64-bit FX-51, Ten Years Later

charnov Toms = Intel PR (259 comments)

Toms got outed years ago as being paid by Intel. If you want good, unbiased reviews of games and gaming hardware, go to HardOCP.

1 year,24 days

Ask Slashdot: How Best To Synchronize Projects Between Shared Drive and PCs?

charnov OwnCloud is pretty good (238 comments)

Keep the masters in a private cloud and sync to it from your PCs. Git and other multi-user SVN is an idea, too. Also, SharePoint is excellent (but lots of overhead).

about a year ago

Elop Favored By Gamblers As Microsoft's Next Chief Executive

charnov Kevin Turner = massive exodus (196 comments)

Kevin Turner, Lisa Brummel, and Amy Hood are all despised within Microsoft... they are Ballmer yes-people and Lisa Brummel is directly responsible for destroying any shred of productive culture there. They all need to go.

The employees want Satya Nadella or maybe Tony Bates... although many say it has to come from the outside... Sinofsky ;-)

about a year ago

Fidus Writer: Open Source Collaborative Editor For Non-Geek Academics

charnov Adobe Framemaker is an alternative (160 comments)

Framemaker in structured mode is an alternative for technical and book publishing. It supports content management systems natively and is all XML under the hood in structured mode. Being Adobe and meant for professionals, it's fairly pricey as you can imagine. Lyx/Latex is a pretty decent alternative.

about a year ago

NSA Can't Search Its Own Email

charnov Get Snowden to do it (165 comments)

Snowden didn't seem to have a problem finding information. Maybe they just need a contractor to come in and do it for them...

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: IT Spending In Engineering?

charnov 5.2% of gross is average for US companies (146 comments)

When we set our budget this year, we researched and found that the national average for IT budgets according to and couple of other sources (all self reported, though) was 5.2% of the company gross. I would sit down with the corporate comptroller or CFO and find out where you should be. It sounds like most of your expenditures are directly related to product (and if the use any form of cost accounting internally) should be able to trace directly to your expenditures. Remember, if after the analysis things look even better than 5.2% then promptly point out your exceptional leadership and ask for a raise...

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Getting Hired As a Self-Taught Old Guy?

charnov Usually cannot get reviews (472 comments)

Everyone is so terrified of a discrimination lawsuit that generally, you're never going to get a call telling you that you did not get the job let alone any feedback whatsoever from the interviewer.

about a year ago

Cumulus Releases GNU/Linux For Datacenter Routers

charnov Vyatta got bought by Brocade (67 comments)

Vyatta is owned by Brocade now. It's not in their best interest to support other hardware vendors. Cumulus is aiming to support all hardware. That's the piece that kills everyone: poor interoperability.

about a year ago

Why Your Sysadmin Hates You

charnov You are IT... (572 comments)

You are IT just at another section... try working WITH the rest of the team. You do realize that IT policy managers are the police of the corporation along with the safety manager, HR, legal, etc. They exist to keep employees from breaking the law and doing serious harm to the company. They work for the corporation, not you.

about a year ago



charnov charnov writes  |  more than 7 years ago

charnov writes "Viacom has filed suit against Google subsidiary YouTube for $1 billion for "massive intentional copyright infringement". Better copy off all your favorite Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, VH1, and MTV videos before they go poof!"



YouTube sued for $1 Billion

charnov charnov writes  |  more than 7 years ago Viacom has filed suit against Google subsidiary YouTube for $1 billion for "massive intentional copyright infringement". Better copy off all your favorite Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, VH1, and MTV videos before they go poof!"


SCO sues AutoZone

charnov charnov writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Well, I made a submission to slashdot (again) this time it looks like a scoop. It looks like SCO has filed suit against AutoZone for copyright infringement. I just know that an almost word for word copy of my submission by someone else will get picked (like before), but it is nice knowing that I even scooped Groklaw by 20 minutes.

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