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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Change Tech Careers At 30?

iceaxe I did it. (451 comments)

After college I worked in retail management for a few years. At age 30 I left that field and took a job working in tech support for a large software firm which shall remain nameless. Using that as a springboard, I launched into a career which has included both support and operations type positions and coding positions. I'm currently a senior level software developer/architect leading distributed teams on major projects, and am tracking toward management as I get older and can see where the bread is buttered. It was a bumpy ride getting it going, but some of that was due to macro-economy events outside my control, and some was due to not having all the right buzzwords and HR search terms on my resume at first.

The one bit of advice I can give for sure is this: work your tail off becoming really freaking good at both what you do, and what you want to do next. If you don't have the depth of resume, you'd better be able to perform in an interview in a way that leaves no doubts that you know your stuff. Then when you land that gig, hit the ground running, and never let up.

about 8 months ago
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Facebook Debuts New Gender Options, Pronoun Choices

iceaxe Re:What's the difference? (462 comments)

I'll never understand why people think they have a mandate to go around telling other people what they should be allowed to call themselves, or do with their own lives, bodies, etc.

I find it even more confusing that many of those with an especially egregious case of this syndrome describe their viewpoint as "Freedom".

about 9 months ago
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Facebook Debuts New Gender Options, Pronoun Choices

iceaxe Re: What's the difference? (462 comments)

[...] I just don't care [...]

This seems to be the useful part of your post. You are not interested in this bit of data about someone on facebook. Fair enough.

Personally, I do care about the wishes and feelings of people I meet, and if having a different gender term on their facebook profile helps someone feel better or express themselves more effectively, I am completely in favor of them having that choice. I can't really tell whether you are opposed to them having the choice or just want to make it clear that you don't want to know how they describe themselves.

Anyway, it's really not about you and whether you care, is it?

about 9 months ago
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Major Internet Censorship Bill Passes In Turkey

iceaxe Re:Slashdot Beta Sucks! (104 comments)

This.

After 15+ years of near-daily slashdotting, this UI would cause me to not visit.

about 9 months ago
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Major Internet Censorship Bill Passes In Turkey

iceaxe Re:NoBeta! (104 comments)

Get off my lawn, Beta.

about 9 months ago
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The Moderately Enthusiastic Programmer

iceaxe sometimes... (533 comments)

Sometimes I feel like my fire hose of passion is directed into a black hole of greed. Every passing year I keep turning up the pressure and getting nothing more in return. In fact, less.

The well will run dry one day.

about 9 months ago
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Polar Vortex Sends Life-Threatening Freeze To US

iceaxe Re:Remember folks.... (684 comments)

Let's diagram it:

Deniers <=== Reality ===> Alarmists

It interesting to think about where the distribution curve falls on this scale for different populations.

about 10 months ago
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Polar Vortex Sends Life-Threatening Freeze To US

iceaxe Re:Global Warming (684 comments)

Here you go, try a little data.

about 10 months ago
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IAB Urges People To Stop "Mozilla From Hijacking the Internet"

iceaxe from my point of view... (499 comments)

I work on a web based application/service that allows small to medium size companies in our industry to offer the same sort of experience for their customers that a much larger company would offer. As part of this system, we offer the ability for our clients to incorporate third party applications into our product using various single sign on methodologies.

Unfortunately, many of these scenarios require third party cookies to be allowed in order to maintain two different sessions in two different applications (from different sources). We already struggle with this in the browsers that already have 3rd party cookies disallowed by default. If Firefox goes through with this, we anticipate huge numbers of unhappy end users whose experience will be very negative until we are able to educate them on how to allow 3rd party cookies.

I hate ad spam as much as anybody, and use all the blockers and no-[whatever] add-ons, and ghostery, and, and and myself. But I'd sure like a solution that doesn't involve breaking perfectly benign features as well.

about a year ago
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Scientists Explain Why Chairman of House Committee On Science Is Wrong

iceaxe Re:data sample question (476 comments)

The problem with providing all of these great sources of data is that many of the people asking these "questions" also think that the Earth was created in situ less than 10k years ago, and all of your evidence was manufactured by the creator, apparently just to trick people into not believing in said creator. I never have been able to make heads or tails of that logical conundrum myself, but there it is.

about a year ago
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With Sales Down, Whale Meat Flogged As Source of Strength

iceaxe Re:Sorry, you're wrong here. (311 comments)

More or less correct, but please note that the efforts of the "whining hippies" may have contributed to the erosion of the "demand" side of the economic forces. There's a reason ideologues fight over the content of schoolbooks, you know. Market forces can be used, not just endured.

about a year ago
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Linux Mint 15 'Olivia' Is Out

iceaxe Re:Did they fix upgrade-in-place? (185 comments)

Sorry, an operating system that doesn't have an upgrade path is a no-no for me. Reinstalling isn't an upgrade path. I just don't believe all my settings and custom scripts (that I don't even remember where they are and what problem they were supposed to fix) will be magically reapplied.

1. Some of those things you custom scripted around are probably fixed in the new release, and your scripts will just muck things up.
2. Similar applies to settings.
  (I have experienced these myself.)

3. Failure to organize and remember what you've messed with is not the distro's fault.

4. Be smart and keep a separate /home partition. Mine has been through about 5 iterations over two different distros now, and still going strong. I keep two different OS install partitions, and when it's time to install a new OS, I blow away the older one and replace it with the new install. That way I can still fall back on my current setup if need be. And yes, I have done that. Disk is cheap. Use it to your advantage.

5. Try it out in a VM and see if it's worth the trouble before screwing with your system. I installed the Olivia RC that way but am still undecided on whether I'll bother. I'm still running Maya (LTS) as my main, with backports.

6. Anonymous Cowards don't take advice, but maybe somebody else will benefit. (And I'm sure others have even better ways of managing this.)

about a year and a half ago
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Linux Mint 15 'Olivia' Is Out

iceaxe Re:Did they fix upgrade-in-place? (185 comments)

I have a ntfs partition with directories that I symlink from my home, so I can put stuff there that I want to share back and forth. I don't see a need to have the whole home partition accessible from windows.

However, I only use windows for a couple of games and a handful of other rarely used programs, so my use case may not match yours.

about a year and a half ago
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Apache OpenOffice Downloaded 50 Million Times In a Year

iceaxe Re:Nacho Libre Office? (155 comments)

But they wear their stretchy pants!

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Prepares Rethink On Windows 8

iceaxe Re:Just like New Coke (536 comments)

And it's obvious that C12H22O11 that came from a cane tastes better than C12H22O11 that came from corn.

about a year and a half ago
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Internet Explorer 0-day Attacks On US Nuke Workers Hit 9 Other Sites

iceaxe Re:Hold Microsoft Responsible (157 comments)

I don't care what happens, I am NOT tucking in my Hawaiian shirt.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What If We Don't Run Out of Oil?

iceaxe Re:Indifferent to it being infinite, it is plentif (663 comments)

Another way of looking at it is that the self interested industrialist will say or do almost anything to keep the gravy train a-rollin' for as long as can be finagled, and if it kills off the human race in a generation or two, well, that's their problem.

On the other hand, I've heard rumors that energy companies are already preparing diversification strategies. (While the other hand keeps the gravy train going...)

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: What If We Don't Run Out of Oil?

iceaxe Re:Stop the extremism! Let's work together! (663 comments)

I agree. One extremist group says, "Stop! The bridge is out!". The other extremist group says, "No it's not, full speed ahead!"

I say we compromise, and stop in the middle of the bridge. That way we all win.

about a year ago
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Huge Explosion at Texas Fertilizer Plant

iceaxe The difference is... (422 comments)

Nobody is making money off of terrorism and mass murder (except perhaps "news" outlets and businesses selling unnecessary things to frightened people?) so we can't accept that, but if someone is in business, a few corpses are just the price of getting rich. Welcome to the plutocracy.

(Note to the sarcastically challenged: I agree with the anonymous parent poster's sentiments.)

about a year and a half ago

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iceaxe iceaxe writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I find that Slashdot now has journaling for users. My, how things have changed.

Then again, why shouldn't they?

I mean, with nearly (more than?) a million users, there are a great many opportunities for interesting interactions.

So I post this meta-post. Meaningless. Perhaps more substance later. Or perhaps my attention will drift across the cyberscape to other impersonal interactions.

'nuff 4 now.

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