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Ask Slashdot: When Is a Better Career Opportunity Worth a Pay Cut?

gabereiser Where? (263 comments)

Where do you work that you get such a laxed environment where Architects are actually doing their jobs and no developer is just cowboy coding architecture into the mix? I want to work there. I think you really need to evaluate where you are and how good you have it. If you want to make architectural decisions, maybe work your way into an architectural role. If you just want to implement XYZ because you think it's cool. You deserve the paycut. I don't want you to take it the wrong way, but a lot of jobs I've worked at has been developers making the architectural decisions and the architecture ends up shit. Be glad you have a committee that cares enough about it to prevent people from implementing anything they feel like. I'd love a job like that.

about 2 months ago
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Will Microsoft IIS Overtake Apache?

gabereiser Re:NETCRAFT CONFIRMS IT! (303 comments)

... sean bean has been confirmed for the sequel!

about 3 months ago
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RNC Calls For Halt To Unconstitutional Surveillance

gabereiser Re:Oh, the irony (523 comments)

exactly. They voted this in, now they are angry and want to get rid of it. Oh so ironic.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Configuring Development Environment On a Shared Workstation?

gabereiser Re:Let work provide tools for work (158 comments)

Learning new skills is part of being a programmer, I'm not saying that at all. I'm saying learn these skills when your interested in doing so, not because there's a potential for some project through work and you want to be an asshole and take it on yourself without getting professionals who have been doing it a lot longer than you have involved.

On the contrary, I implore every programmer to learn new skills, especially ones that are job related, but not a completely separate set of skills so you can be there to catch some project contract that your company may need. Its the same as saying "Hey, I've been a developer for 10 years, let me go learn photoshop so I can do graphic design for marketing because they need someone to do it". That is really poor judgement.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Configuring Development Environment On a Shared Workstation?

gabereiser Re:Let work provide tools for work (158 comments)

And this, this is what I was getting at. Surely a company who needs a mobile presence wouldn't just throw the job at some guy because he "says" he can do it, he has to prove it. And no one in their right mind would do this on the side, not get paid, unless they loved to do it. Not for some "chance" to get the job that his job may or may not present to him. The older you get, the more you realize that companies exploit tech-level people because they don't understand what's involved. By us tech-level people explaining REALITY, we will continue to be looked at as someone who can just do whatever the hell they feel like giving to us, no questions asked, and are expected to deliver. If he was hired as a .Net engineer, then was asked to build a Java ESB, clearly any professional would say "I'm not qualified to do so" instead of "Let me learn it in my own time, my spare time, and I'll make it for you for the same amount of money I'm already being paid to be a .Net developer even though I still have that role to fill"

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Configuring Development Environment On a Shared Workstation?

gabereiser Re:Let work provide tools for work (158 comments)

This, I'm surprised people are even giving suggestions for him to do work that's "not part of his job description" in his spare time. Don't. Just don't do it. You either get paid to do the work level that your qualified to do or you don't. Don't take on responsibilities that aren't yours. This is a cardinal rule as will only end up in you working yourself to death doing everyone else's job (even if they don't even work there at all). Limit yourself to your job description and leave it at that. If that need a mobile developer, inform them that you would do it gladly but that it would be additional job duties and you should be compensated for it in turn.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why So Hard Landing Interviews In Seattle Versus SoCal?

gabereiser Re:Market Saturation (506 comments)

+1 to this as it happened to me and I live in Florida!

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why So Hard Landing Interviews In Seattle Versus SoCal?

gabereiser Re:Market Saturation (506 comments)

I was going to point out the "MS Stack" problem myself. Seattle is not the place for MS developers because outside of Microsoft, no one uses them. I've gotten interviews with Amazon and it's all Java/Linux/Unix work. Leave the dark side and join us in the light, you'll not only get paid more, but you'll enjoy more opportunities as well. - Former MS Stack Developer

about 4 months ago
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Bitcoin Tops $1,000 For the First Time

gabereiser dammit... (371 comments)

why didn't I buy 1,000 bitcoins when they were $50 a few years ago!!!

about 5 months ago
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French Court Orders Google To Block Pictures of Ex-F1 Chief Mosley

gabereiser Re:Why is he special? (180 comments)

I was just thinking the same thing. By all this media attention on the fact he wants to remove those photos, he's essentially creating the Streisand effect. I wouldn't be surprised if my this time next week there's 10000x more references to those photo's online.

about 5 months ago
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How Elon Musk Approaches IT At Tesla

gabereiser Re:SAP (231 comments)

S - Software A - Against P - Productivity

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Hardest Things Programmers Have To Do?

gabereiser Documentation (473 comments)

Apparently where I work, it's documentation. It's so hard, we don't have any.

about 6 months ago
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Ubuntu, Kubuntu 13.10 Unleashed

gabereiser Re:ZDNet Article (143 comments)

And how is the linked ZDNet "review" a review? It's just a glorified slideshow...

about 6 months ago
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Whistleblowing IT Director Fired By FL State Attorney

gabereiser Re:So sue 'em. (569 comments)

He can't sue. Florida is a "At Will Employment" state. The only thing you can sue for here is Discrimination. In Florida, you can be fired for anything, with or without reason, and you can quit, with or without reason.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Deal With Programmers Who Have Not Stayed Current?

gabereiser Re:Seriously! (509 comments)

This too. I stopped reading at that point. My suggestion, just get rid of him. If he doesn't want to learn, doesn't want code reviews, can't use a VCS, he's not worth keeping around no matter how much business knowledge he knows. He's garbage.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Becoming a Programmer At 40?

gabereiser Short answer... (314 comments)

If you can learn all that, and retain it, your good. Keep doing what your doing and you'll have a bright career regardless of age. The reason why so many "older" folk are removed/forced/quit from IT is because they reach a point where they stop learning. Either through their own mind-set (I can grep so why use XYZ to do what I've been doing for 20 years, example) or from their lack of learning ability. I say, if you can learn to be competitive and have fun doing it and enjoy doing it then by all means your totally employable. I've hired older programmers simply because they kept up with the times and actually love what they do. It's the ones who continue to use java struts or EJB that I kick to the curb.

about a year ago
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How much I care about GMO food labeling:

gabereiser Re:You're rudely forgotten my demographic! (461 comments)

The demographic that they are forgotting be the Grammar Nazis

The demographic that they are forgotting forgetting [would] be the Grammar Nazis

1 year,5 days

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XBox 360 gets a face lift, slimmer, more sexy....

gabereiser gabereiser writes  |  more than 3 years ago

gabereiser (1662967) writes "Engadget posts..
"At first we were doubtful that a edgy box appearing in a little Flash ad from Italy last night could be legit, but Microsoft just got real with the new Xbox 360. (That's all it's officially called — just "the new Xbox 360.") It'll launch today (June 14th, 2010) priced for $299, while the old Elite will stick around for $249 and the Arcade will drop to $149. The new box is crazy sexy in glossy black with touch-sensitive buttons, and Microsoft says it's "whisper quiet." On the features front, it's got integrated 802.11n WiFi and 250GB of storage, and we're told the hard drive is removable, although it's not a standard drive or same drive as the old console — we're wondering how upgrading will go, as older Memory Units won't work, either. There's also a "custom Kinect port" on the back that looks like an HTC-style ExtUSB port, and it also seems like the power supply has moved inside the case, which is a welcome change. New Xbox 360 units are shipping to retailers now, with availability expected later this week, and MS conference attendees are actually getting theirs shipped today.""

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