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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

jmcharry A View From the Far End (509 comments)

I graduated in EE in '69. Over my career everything changed at least once or twice. What I found most important was an understanding of the fundamentals behind the practices. That is, the underlying theory, physics and mathematics. With a firm grounding in those and a feel for how to apply them, I could keep up with the changes. I suspect it is the same in most fields.

A couple of earlier posters noted she should do what she really loves to do, and that is of course correct, but concentrate on the basics at first. All else will change. Don't fight the changes, adapt to them, and exploit them. If you love what you are doing, it is part of the adventure.

Still, life is a crap shoot. It takes a little bit of luck as well as careful preparation. Aristotle said count no man fortunate until he is dead.

about 2 months ago

AT&T Introduces "Sponsored Data" Allowing Services to Bypass 4G Data Caps

jmcharry Sounds like 800 all over again (229 comments)

Why would a company sign up for this? Additional business, sure, but also for identifying information on users. If you call an 800 number, the called party gets your phone number, even if it is blocked, because they are the phone company's customer paying for the call. If they pay extra, they get it in real time. I suppose the plan is to do the same with sponsored data service.

As with 800 service, the sponsoring company might choose the areas to which it would pay for the data delivery, perhaps with granularity down to the cell site. This would be great for selling local advertising, and avoiding wasting money on low income areas and areas outside the desired marketing region. Balkanize and rule!

about 8 months ago

Open Source, Open World

jmcharry Left or Right Libertarian? (76 comments)

There are at least two different schools of "libertarian" thought. There are right libertarians like Ron Paul and left libertarians like Noam Chomsky.

1 year,5 days

GMO Wheat Found Growing Wild In Oregon, Japan Suspends Import From U.S.

jmcharry Are they sure? (679 comments)

Weeds that have evolved glyphosate resistance have become a serious problem. Are they sure this wheat didn't evolve its resistance naturally?

about a year ago

The Days of Cheap, Subsidized Phones May Be Numbered

jmcharry Re:Maybe not Lower Monthly Bills (329 comments)

True, but it was worth it to spite them. I bought an unlocked Sony Experia Xperia Mini from an outfit in NY, slipped in a Straight Talk SIM, and am now getting more for less.

about a year ago

The Days of Cheap, Subsidized Phones May Be Numbered

jmcharry Maybe not Lower Monthly Bills (329 comments)

I fired Verizon when they refused to lower my bill after my contract was up and the phone paid for. Telcos never leave money on the table.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Is the Bar Being Lowered At Universities?

jmcharry HI-YO, HI-YO, DISCERNIBLE TODAY (605 comments)

(A Song After Reading Toynbee)

Has it come to your attention how the race of man
Has been climbing upwards since time began,
How it's been climbing steady, and it's climbing there still,
But every time you notice it, it's going down hill?

Going downhill is the natural way,
For the old folks work and the young folks play,
And the pioneer morals universally decay -
Yet definite improvement is discernible today!
Hi-yo, hi-yo, discernible today!

Now there's been a quite demonstrable and healthy gain
In higher mathematics and the size of the brain,
Between us and the oyster there were great strides made -
But every time you look at us, we're slipping down grade.

Going downhill is the natural trend,
For the old folks gather and the young folks spend,
Yet line up all our forebears on the path that we descend
And a definite improvement is apparent at this end!
Hi-yo, hi-yo, apparent at this end!

The Egyptians, the Assyrians, the Greeks and Romans, too,
Hung up some fancy records when their world was new,
And some they hung so high the boys are shooting at them still -
But they saw themselves continually going down hill.

Going downhill is the way things run,
For the old have illusions and the young have fun,
And our manners and religions everlastingly decay,
Yet astonishing improvement is discernible today!
Hi-yo, hi-yo, discernible today!

  Maxwell Anderson and published in the May 8,1948 edition of The New Yorker magazine (pg 26) .

about a year and a half ago

The Power of a Hot Body

jmcharry Re:Mall of America has been using body heat for ye (161 comments)

Yes. And in the late 60s undergraduate agricultural engineering students at the U of I were using the heat given off by a chicken in designing chicken coops.

Bell Northern Research in Ottawa, Ontario designed its later labs to not only not require heating, but to pipe heat into the older buildings that still did.

about a year and a half ago

New Evidence Indicates Amelia Earhart Survived For a Time on Pacific Atoll

jmcharry Re:Not good evidence (365 comments)

Isn't there a preliminary phase in Good Science in which one looks to amass enough evidence for a hypothesis to justify the effort of properly testing it? At an early stage what may turn out to be good theory is indistinguishable from humbug.

more than 2 years ago

Commercial Drones Taking To the Skies

jmcharry Barrage Balloons! (148 comments)

This could revive a long dormant industry.

more than 2 years ago

Failures Mark First National Test of Emergency Alert System

jmcharry Re:Spotty (451 comments)

The alert is sent to a primary station in each area and daisy chained to others. WHQR is, I think, third in a chain. The alert hit there at 2:00:39. It got the start and stop "duck farts", but not the message itself. The scuttlebutt is that FEMA messed up the head end audio.

more than 2 years ago

NASA Creates Super-Black Carbon Nanotube Coating

jmcharry Fuligin (132 comments)

Being the color of Severian's cloak in Shadow of the Torturer.

more than 2 years ago

Science Fair Entry Shuts Down Airport Terminal

jmcharry Re:I don't know much about electronics.. (380 comments)

That wasn't an "after" picture of the device under discussion, but of something else they claim to have blown up, and showed as a warning to be clear what you are bringing with you.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Overcoming Convention Hall Wi-Fi Interference?

jmcharry Dish Antenna (251 comments)

Perhaps the router could be connected to a dish above the booth pointed straight down like a street light. This could overpower other signals in your booth and reduce your interference to other users. Dishes at wifi frequencies aren't large.

more than 3 years ago

Disney Seeks Trademark On 'Seal Team 6'

jmcharry Re:Parasites (254 comments)

Mickey has grown into a very bad rat. I would recommend warfarin.

more than 3 years ago

When it comes to jury service, I ...

jmcharry Re:Petit? Grand? (528 comments)

This may be a nit, but my understanding is that a grand jury or other process binding a defendant over for trial is on the basis that the prosecution has enough evidence to convict in the absence of any refutation offered by the defence.

more than 3 years ago

Malaysian Government Offers Free E-mail To All Citizens

jmcharry Re:USPO (189 comments)

Over twenty years ago the USPS was working on a plan to install Group IV fax machines in post offices and offer a very fast document delivery service. Congress stopped them because they thought it would compete with private services. (Group IV fax produces copy about like a laser printer, and about as fast, but requires ISDN.) I suspect the same would have happened had they tried to offer email.

more than 3 years ago

WA Election To Try Online Voting

jmcharry Bring Out Your Dead! (304 comments)

All they are asking for is a registered voter's name and date of birth. Email addresses are no problem; use throw aways from foreign ISPs. Then start reading those obituaries.

In a major campaign lists generated by canvassing of voters who have moved would work also, although getting birth dates might be slightly harder.

more than 3 years ago

Americans Trust Docs, But Not Computerized Records

jmcharry Re:pre existing conditions and job discrimination (162 comments)

I don't think there is a defense against that. You have to sign a third party release for your current insurance, and the insurance companies pool data. Physicians have to code diagnoses and treatments and key them into the system to get paid. Your nosey friends might not have access, but the people you most worry about do.

more than 3 years ago



Major Carriers Shun Broadband Stimulus

jmcharry jmcharry writes  |  more than 5 years ago

jmcharry (608079) writes "The Washington Post reports "The Obama administration made a national priority of spreading high-speed Internet access to every American home and offered stimulus money to help companies pay for it, but the biggest network operators are staying away from the program.""
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Comment Ratings Missing

jmcharry jmcharry writes  |  more than 5 years ago

jmcharry (608079) writes "I am missing the ratings on top level comments and some others. I see this in Fedora 10 both using Firefox and using Opera. This makes moderation nearly impossible for me. Are others seeing this as well?"

Our Reptilian Overlords

jmcharry jmcharry writes  |  more than 7 years ago

jmcharry (608079) writes "From the Washington Post: "Attention, all aliens. Come on down. Because, seriously, this is your crowd. About 50,000 of your closest admirers are expected this weekend for the Roswell UFO Festival, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the nearby crash landing of a flying saucer — and, naturally, the ensuing government coverup.""
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