top Ask Slashdot: Getting Exchange and SQL Experience?
From my experience, the kind of person who's going to "go out, get a beefy machine, install vSphere 5.1 on it, and do quite a few things with it," will always prove to be more useful when the _next_ big thing comes around. But then, I don't have much use for people who need to be told what to do.
about a year and a half ago
top Ask Slashdot: Single-Handed Keyboard Options For Coding?
Having been in a similar situation, I can confirm that this is sage advice. Unless you're paid per line of code, being forced to slow down a little and think is a great thing. On the flipside, you'll find that you can get very proficient with typing one-handed very quickly. You won't be at 100%, but you just might impress a few folks.
top Ask Slashdot: Is There a Professional Geek Dress Code?
We've all heard most of the advice here. I've seen cases where either side of the argument is correct; it ultimately comes down to the culture of your organization. For my part, when I was younger and my goal was to be taken more seriously, I found that overdressing for my part was useful. These days, I have to underdress so people won't find me so aloof and intimidating.
In your situation, I'd probably keep the geek-cred. I've seen it handy for attracting and retaining talent.
top Forget University — Use the Web For Education, Says Gates
No single authority can be entrusted to be that filter though! If people can't learn to sift through that on their own, they're essentially parrots with perhaps very large vocabularies.
top Compliance Is Wasted Money, Study Finds
sudo give me mod points.
top Learning and Maintaining a Large Inherited Codebase?
I find that if the other programmer wrote it in such a way where it's too complex for me to follow, I'm not the one who's a moron.
top Are You a Blue-Collar Or White-Collar Developer?
So why do all these CS grads not understand the very concepts they love to squawk about? I'm not sure what it is they're learning, but if they could just nail down the fundamentals of logic, I'd do a happy dance right through the cube farm.
top Moving Away From the IT Field?
Fight the system. Play World of Warcraft instead of working.
top IBM Releases Open Source Machine Learning Compiler
Nobody thinks about the internal workings of a method or function when they simply want to call it.
And this would be why people can't fricking troubleshoot.
top Sony CEO Proposes "Guardrails For the Internet"
Keep your store open later, dipshit.
top How To Help a Friend With an MMO Addiction?
How many people have you heard of that wake up in the morning and read all day until 3AM the next morning, only stopping for meals and potty breaks?
My ex. Anime fanfiction. I wish I was making this up.
top Game Companies Face Hard Economic Choices
The solution will be in tools that provide the appearance of higher production values without costing so much as these bloated dev and content creation teams. Speech synthesis with proper inflection, graphics tools that enable faster creation; THESE will bring production costs in line.
top Data Mining Moves To Human Resources
I believe quantifying employee "importance" by the number of email conversations they had and who read what they wrote is pretty silly.
Henceforth, I am no longer flirting with my female coworkers; I am simply garnering importance.
top Court Rules Autism Not Caused By Childhood Vaccine
Sadly, he's not a troll. What he's referring to is the new batch of what has suddenly become 'autism spectrum disorders'; seems to be the disease-du-jour especially amongst the self-diagnosing crowd.
The point is that labeling children with mild difficulties as 'autistic', specifically difficulties that are really more social issues than legitimate medical problems, does not in fact indicate an autism epidemic.
top Blind Man Navigates Obstacle Maze Unaided
Seems to me that what this indicates is that the information passed into the eyes is slapped into several different parts of the brain, and used in different ways. So, instead of a single image that is altogether processed by our conscious mind, we have different parts of the brain using this information to determine objects to avoid, reactions of other things around us, and so on. And why should this be a surprise? Consider that basic obstacle avoidance is a feature of extremely simple organisms based on very limited input; it seems plausible that this mechanism would remain separate, and a new mechanism would pop up to handle 'details' that did not require an immediate reaction.
Oh, yes, I Am Not A Neurologist, sorry!
top RIAA To Stop Prosecuting Individual File Sharers
From your point (USA I guess) nearly everybody south of you speaks Spanish.
top Huge iPhone Cut-and-Paste Tool Security Flaw
Donotreply.com was one of the domains available for Portal of Evil's evilemail service... and "some guy" in this case is Chet Faliszek, who's actually with Valve these days. Ever hear of a little game called Portal?
top UK ISPs Are Censoring Wikipedia
top Most of Woolly Mammoth Genome Reconstructed
top Microsoft To Offer Free Anti-Virus Software
It's not just AVG! I've yet to see an antivirus product that causes less slowdown than malware. Now, granted, I haven't been 'in the wild' so much these days, but it seems that the trend is toward keeping the machine functional enough that it can be used in a botnet rather than just randomly trashing data and such... and given that these sorts of attacks are either fairly simple to clean up, or not handled or detected by antivirus products... what the heck is the point?
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