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Ask Slashdot: Finding an IT Job Without a Computer-Oriented Undergraduate Degree?

ghostis Credibility Indicators... (504 comments)

You need credibility indicators, including the degree. Firstly, to make it past the automated resume filters. Secondly, to connect with often non-technical hiring managers. Start the process to finish the degree. In the breaks between degree work, get certifications in technologies that pay well. Yes, there are lots of people who have certs, but don't know really know anything useful. But I usually hear about them, because they actually got through to the interview rounds before getting found out. If you actually have IT/Tech chops, and have (the desired) certs, and are working on your degree, getting a decent job, while still not easy, will be at least easy-er. Finally, if you have time, do a good job at some volunteer IT work for a charity in return for a recommendation. Or do a really good job at some reasonable, concrete contract work and make a recommendation part of the compensation if they're happy. Hiring is a tough process for the hiring manager. Try to make his/her job easier with respect to hiring you.

more than 2 years ago
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Why 'Cyber Crime' Should Just Be Called 'Crime'

ghostis Old-school? (368 comments)

I think the cyber- prefix is an artifact our transitional age (no global network -> pervasive global network). Kids born today will probably not distinguish between "cyber" parts of their world and real parts as concretely as we do. If they hear "cyber" in conversation, they will dismiss the speaker as being part of their parents' generation. People born after the mid-70s tend think of the word "groovy" (language not-withstanding) the same way in my experience.

more than 3 years ago
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When automating everyday tasks with robots, the line must be drawn...

ghostis Design new robots... (465 comments)

Letting them design new robots. Then we lose control.

about 4 years ago
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Lost Ends

ghostis Re:Was Not Impressed at All (955 comments)

I have heard this called "Twin Peaks Syndrome." Twin Peaks apparently started out as a fact-based mystery, but the writers dug themselves in so deep, that they resorted to mystical hand waving to wrap things up.

more than 4 years ago
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Win7 Can Delete All System Restore Points On Reboot

ghostis Probably not a Win 7 bug... (449 comments)

Given the recent similar issue with supposedly buggy Windows updates, I say this is an undetected root kit cleaning up after itself.

more than 4 years ago
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Photoshop CS5's Showpiece — Content-Aware Fill

ghostis Re:I'm convinced! (378 comments)

Adobe makes their money on implementing efficient work flows for manipulating images, etc. If I am an independent designer, the more work I can cram into a day, the better I live. If I run a megacorp design department, the more work my employees can do, the fewer I need and the larger my bonus. I personally love and use the GIMP. It's an amazing project, but when I go head to head with my brother with his CS4 on a particular task, for the most part, I can't compete.

more than 4 years ago
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Deposit Checks To Your Bank By Taking a Photo

ghostis worth1000.... (494 comments)

Imagine the worth1000 Photoshop contests you could do with this ;-) "Biggest deposit by scratch-created check"...

more than 4 years ago
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US Intelligence Planned To Destroy WikiLeaks

ghostis Smells like a lure... (555 comments)

This leak feels like the ones Apple's secret police use. Since it's particularly inflammatory, I wonder if they only gave specific people access to it to track down who was doing the leaking...

more than 4 years ago
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How To Guarantee Malware Detection

ghostis Re:Malware detection is Bogus. (410 comments)

Also, as an admin, help your clients change their business processes to minimize the number of workstations where regular users are local administrators. Yes, some software packages need local admin to work, but most do not. While doing this will not be a panacea, it does seem to cut infection rates down.

more than 4 years ago
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New "Hairy" Material Is Almost Perfectly Hydrophobic

ghostis Slick! (133 comments)

What slick piece of engineering!

(I'll be here all night ;)

more than 4 years ago
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Throttle Shared Users With OS X — Is It Possible?

ghostis Re:Switch out the workstation.... (403 comments)

If the submitter is in a Windows shop (I assumed he was), those won't work. The idea is to transparently isolate the bad behavior.

more than 4 years ago
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Throttle Shared Users With OS X — Is It Possible?

ghostis Switch out the workstation.... (403 comments)

Get an old pc and a big enough drive.

After hours:

Unplug the workstation from the network.

Load Linux and samba on the old pc.

Put all of the son's data on the old pc.

Rename the pc to the workstation name, plug it into the net, and share out the drive.

Stuff the pc under a desk somewhere.

Rename the workstation.

Plug workstation back into the network with its new name and continue working.

more than 4 years ago
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Telecom Conference SUPERCOMM Shelved For 2010

ghostis Maybe online/social networking as well... (28 comments)

Instead of participating in a conference, companies seem to be using Facebook pages, client email campaigns, and the like. The customers that call/email/post back they visit directly to do demos.

more than 4 years ago
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If Everyone Had To Pass A Particular 101 Course, It Should Be About...

ghostis I voted for Skepticism... (1142 comments)

... but I doubt it's the right answer.

more than 4 years ago
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If Everyone Had To Pass A Particular 101 Course, It Should Be About...

ghostis Re:Lacking in school (1142 comments)

"herd/read" Nice pun! :-D

more than 4 years ago
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Bach Launches Updated MP3 Format

ghostis Reminds me of Sony's MiniDisc... (279 comments)

A new format with technically sophisticated features that doesn't seem to be quite in tune (pardon the pun) with what most users want... I was reminded of this when I saw that someone had tossed a case of 7 mini discs into the recycling box today. There was no post on the company "for sale" board, even for free - they were simply deemed useless. I think there will be a "digital album format" eventually, since many think the general concept is nice, but it will take a few design rounds to get it right.

more than 4 years ago
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Google About Openness

ghostis Hadoop? (283 comments)

Isn't Hadoop an open version of part of their back end?

more than 4 years ago
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Google About Openness

ghostis New from Google... (283 comments)

Open Privacy! A new standard for making access to your private information easier across all platforms...

more than 4 years ago
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Intel Patches Flaws In Trusted Execution Tech

ghostis Upgrade... (84 comments)

Sounds like Intel needs to move to the Systematic Hardware Integrated Trust standard...

more than 4 years ago

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Group Converts Honda to Run Directly on Trash

ghostis ghostis writes  |  more than 5 years ago

ghostis (165022) writes "ALL Power Labs in California converted an old Honda Accord to run directly on biomass by modifying their "Open Source Gasifier Experimenter's Kit (GEK)" to fit into the trunk of the car."
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Well, WTF are they?!

ghostis ghostis writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ghostis (165022) writes "Well... WTF are they?

o netbook
o MID
o laptop, damn it
o in my day, we moved our computers with trucks
o Microsoft Mobile Internet Cloud Compute Platform 2.0
o CowboyNeal carries my computer.

or something like that."
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Western Digital Renders Drives Useless

ghostis ghostis writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ghostis (165022) writes "Western has effectively rendered their My Book World Edition drives useless for feeding a media center by bowing to Hollywood. According to this support article, they block other users from seeing any media files on their My Book World Edition 1 TB drives due to "unverifiable media license authentication". (from BoingBoing)"
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