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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

chris_mahan Re:Sigh... (789 comments)

if they do that, every single country out there will go out and develop nuclear weapons deterrents. Ukraine specifically received guarantees from Russia for its protection when it gained independence, 20--25 years ago. Russia's word is so easily broken? Sad, dangerous and sad.

about three weeks ago

Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

chris_mahan Re:Good (225 comments)

Chromebooks have to be online to work, so remote into a debian/ubuntu vps and do your stuff there. SSH client app on chromebooks works great.

about 2 months ago

OpenStack: the Open Source Cloud That Vendors Love and Users Are Ignoring

chris_mahan API bad (99 comments)

I used them for years,finally gave it up.

The API was not good enough, and for my use, cheaper VPS providers were cheaper.

about 4 months ago

How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

chris_mahan Re:reduce the amount (983 comments)

Maybe it's cheaper to buy the blu-rays than to archive them...

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Does Your Employer Perform HTTPS MITM Attacks On Employees?

chris_mahan Re:Yes they did. (572 comments)

My company does this, but selectively not on some sites, such as my WellsFargo banking account.

about 7 months ago

Do We Really Have a Shortage of STEM Workers?

chris_mahan Re:Applicant to job ratios suggest otherwise (491 comments)

I'm a quantitative analyst at a bank, you insensitive clod!

(that aside, I have a BS, and 15 years experience in computer programming, and I essentially code solutions I design for internal clients. It's not bad at all!)

about 7 months ago

Gov't Puts Witness On No Fly List, Then Denies Having Done So

chris_mahan Re:No popcorn yet (462 comments)

The reason it's not a sworn statement is because it's probably illegal to give her the letter, so the Malaysian Airlines personnel who gave her the letter could face criminal prosecution (and also find out how well the Malaysian government cooperates with the US Department of Justice).

Like you said, though, effin unreal.

about 10 months ago

Gov't Puts Witness On No Fly List, Then Denies Having Done So

chris_mahan Re:No popcorn yet (462 comments)

How can she prove she is on the list when the airlines are instructed not to let the passenger know the reason why the passenger is denied boarding...

about 10 months ago

Gov't Puts Witness On No Fly List, Then Denies Having Done So

chris_mahan Re:No popcorn yet (462 comments)

Did the airline refund her the price of the ticket and all associated transportation costs (hotel, etc?) No? Nice. If she paid for the ticket, and she's on a no-fly list, who reimburses her for the services not rendered?

about 10 months ago

UK Prime Minister Threatens To Block Further Snowden Revelations

chris_mahan Re:wrong target (431 comments)

Doesn't the NSA have the ability to put a manila envelope on the president's desk, and next thing you know: boom! Hellfire missile blows up you and your family. No police, no judge, no jury...

about a year ago

87-Year-Old World War II Veteran Takes On the TSA

chris_mahan Re:News for nerds (218 comments)

Actually, no. Once you enter the TSA screening area, you may not leave without going through with it...

about a year ago

Snowden Spoofed Top Officials' Identity To Mine NSA Secrets

chris_mahan Re:Amended quote (743 comments)

Ah, uh, I have to replace the network card.

Oh, no, the machine is welded shut.

Get a new machine...

1 year,24 days

NSA Recruitment Drive Goes Horribly Wrong

chris_mahan Re:come on (530 comments)

How do you know whether an order is lawful or not if the law itself is a secret?

about a year ago

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

chris_mahan Re:online resume (472 comments)

Granted, it's a grey area. I would say, though, that cheap doesn't mean bad, and fast doesn't mean bad either. I went to Cal State Northridge, and Pierce college before that. It took me 12 years (working, family, etc) but the total cost was probably no more than $15,000. (Pierce is dirt-cheap, CSUN was 600-1200 per semester, and I did 12 semesters). $15K in some places pays for one semester!

about a year ago

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

chris_mahan Re:Fake it (472 comments)

I recommend against that. Some companies do check, and then they can fire you for cause, and you can kiss severance and unemployment benefits goodbye.

about a year ago

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

chris_mahan online resume (472 comments)

Put your resume online somewhere, make the page google-search-engine friendly (html5, validating, good structure, no fancy tables or javascript).

There are fewer restrictions there, because no page numbers, etc.

People scour the internet to find talent.

Be open to contract work, even 3 months contract, as these can turn into 6, 12, or full time.

My story: 2010 a recruiter found my resume through google search, called me for position, was 3 months contract, got extended 3 more, then 9 more, then full-time, and I've been full-time at the firm 15 months now.

Looking for a job is a full-time job, which includes research.

Also, if a degree is holding you back, get one online (as cheap as possible and as fast as possible). Showing on your resume that you are continuing your education toward a degree can positively influence the resume-filter guy in HR. (Put something like: Attending University XYZ, aiming for a B.S. in Information Systems.) Also, degree does not have to be absolutely related to your career; it's just needed for HR to check the box marked "4-year diploma".

Take any work you can get. You don't have to put it on your resume (there's no database of jobs people have had out there except in govt) if it's not related to your career.

To start your own business and if you don't have assets to protect, you just do work on invoice basis. File a schedule C when you do your taxes (turbotax etc, have that). Do report your income, and pay your taxes. It will be a hassle to find clients, but you can find them. Everybody has crappy computer systems that break. Establish trusted relationships with a few, and before you know it, by word of mouth, they will advertise for you. A word of warning: do not take on exploratory work. Do only what you have done in the past, successfully. It will be easier on everyone, and your reputation will be: gets the job done well and fast. Exploratory work should be considered part of your ongoing education. Any costs incurred there (books, computers, etc) can become a business cost and be deducted from your schedule C income.

I am not a lawyer, a tax professional, etc. Check local laws. etc.

about a year ago

Reversible Male Contraception With Gold Nanorods

chris_mahan Re:key word (160 comments)

Are we supposed to infer from post content that in some cases, Anonymous Cowards are women?

about a year ago



'$100 laptop' production begins

chris_mahan chris_mahan writes  |  more than 7 years ago

chris_mahan writes "From the article at the BBC: Five years after the concept was first proposed, the so-called $100 laptop is poised to go into mass production. Hardware suppliers have been given the green light to ramp-up production of all of the components needed to build millions of the low-cost machines."
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