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Ask Slashdot: Joining a Startup As an Older Programmer?

jonxor Go for it! (274 comments)

This question so accurately describes where I currently work, that I'm seriously wondering if you're talking about my company. If so, I can tell you, I am one of the younger guys who works at a company exactly as you described and we recognize that we lack experience. We have youthful vigor, time and energy, but we are hungry for experienced people who have seen the pitfalls and mistakes that can be made and give us guidance. There are always the people who put in the extra time because they are young, with no spouses or children, and the culture is sort of transitioning from a startup to a more compartmentalized corporate culture. We recognize the people who put in the extra blood sweat and tears, but we also recognize the value of an experienced worker who doesn't have to do that, and as such, there is no negative stigma from the company culture around people who want to go home at the normal time, and stick to putting in sane (40 - 50 hour weeks) time. I say go for it, because the older guys in the club get respect and recognition. If you really have wisdom and have not wasted your years, then your experience will be plenty to show for it.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Type of Asset Would You Not Virtualize?

jonxor Authentication (464 comments)

Along with virtualization management, do not virtualize whatever system provides authentication to allow you to manage the VM's (domain controllers in the case of hyper-v). Other than for hardware requirements (PBX, phone interfaces,anything requiring proprietary hardware) everything else is fair game. The list of hardware that can not be accessed by a VM is getting shorter, as virtualization giants have started to support giving VM's some GPU time on the host, as well as access to USB devices.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Network Backup Solution Out of the Box?

jonxor Datto Devices (251 comments)

I have worked with a company that builds devices that do just that: It's a powerful NAS, and anything you put on it gets automatically uploaded off site. Works pretty well, I used one for years, and set one up for my mother's law firm.

about 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Monitor Your Own Bandwidth Usage?

jonxor PFSense (319 comments)

If you are willing to replace your router, I highly reccomend the FreeBSD-based router software "PFSense". It runs on any X86 hardware, and combines the ease of use of a commercial router, with the highly advanced networking features of expensive routers, while running on any hardware you have (so if it breaks, you can just move your config files to another machine, boot it up, and begin running again). I am so confident in it, I deployed it at my workplace, a multi-million dollar business with about 75 users, and several WAN Connections. Recommending it because it includes a bandwidth meter, is like recommending an airplane because it has a reading light; That is only one of its many features and uses.

more than 3 years ago

My phone is ...

jonxor Nokia N900 (274 comments)

Yes, I have an N900. Unlocked from the factory. It's like the PS3: Amazing hardware, Abysmal software/support. Unlike the PS3, however, I don't have to fight for root access. I would rather have a phone that worked better, than a phone with a nice spec-sheet.

more than 3 years ago

Failed MMO APB To Be Resurrected As Free-To-Play Game

jonxor It was decent (90 comments)

I played the game before it shut down. Imagine GTA Multiplayer, (much better than MTA). The only problems with it were the massive amounts of hackers and a broken Matchmaking system (which was easily fixable, it matched players up by "threat level" which could be manipulated by actions, rather than a players "rating" which determined progress in the game (unlocked vehicles, weapons, clothes, etc). The gameplay was extremely fun when you weren't matched up against a hacker, or somebody 10 times your rating. I would play it again if they bring it back, and do something about the hacking and matchmaking. There were no real "levels" in the game like a traditional MMO. Someone fresh into the game could make kills on veterans, and win missions, if they were skilled enough (although that didn't happen often, it was do-able).

more than 3 years ago

Why You See 'Free Public WiFi' In So Many Places

jonxor I see this alot (260 comments)

Is that why I also see dozens of "hpsetup" Ad-hoc SSID's from nearby laptops?

more than 3 years ago

White House Pressuring Registrars To Block Sites

jonxor Who voted for Change? (569 comments)

I thought Obama was all for Net Neutrality, and freedom? Guess that Changed too.

more than 3 years ago

Safety Commission To Rule On Safety of Rulers In Science Kits

jonxor I think you all missed something (446 comments)

While it is a bit funny, Don't forget chemical Hazards. Cadmium, Lead, Mercury, etc. Especially if any of the materials come from China, You should test their chemical composition. China Hasn't yet gotten the Memo, that we don't like Toxic Cadmium in our McDonalds happy meal toys (Age 4+).

more than 3 years ago

HDCP Master Key Is Legitimate; Blu-ray Is Cracked

jonxor Re:Clueless about what HDCP does (1066 comments)

All True, But we will likely gain the ability to use our HDCP Sources (PS3/Blu-ray) on non-HDCP monitors, which is good news for everybody who's got an older LCD with DVI input that refuses to work with HDCP content.

about 4 years ago

Ray Kurzweil Responds To PZ Myers

jonxor Who's at fault then? (238 comments)

Maybe if Slashdot Editors weren't trolling around the internet LOOKING for just such scathing material, we wouldn't have this problem. It's turning into DIGG, in a bad way. I hate seeing articles titled "Bill gates kills 1,000,000 cute puppies"! only to have the actual article be about some random 10 year old workstation that blue-screened at a stuffed animal factory. I find that CMDTaco is usually the one with the most Torch-and-Pitchfork attitude in writing, usually trying to paint something in a bad light. My impression of him, is that if Ghandi was discovered to have used a Sony product, we'd see an article the next day "Ghandi supported evil capitalist empire" (Regardless of how Evil Sony is, the articles always seemed to have a slant to them)

more than 4 years ago

Data Storage Capacity Mostly Wasted In Data Center

jonxor Don't forget about performance... (165 comments)

I would look more to the issue of drive performance as the main cause of this. What happens to a spinning platter hard drive, when it has to read data from half-way in the disc, rather than from the outside? Performance drops anywhere from 45 to 70% once you have your hard drives filled half-way. Naturally, in order to keep high performance on real-time critical data, you have to get higher density platters, and only use the outside of them. Unfortunate as it is, I think this is more of a cause for un-used storage space than under-prescribing.

more than 4 years ago

Too Much Multiplayer In Today's Games?

jonxor Too Little? (362 comments)

I think multiplayer modes are often overlooked, and thrown in as an afterthought with most developers, But I think attention to them should be increased, not eliminated. I have never had a game where I said "Darn, there is multiplayer". It's true that many games just aren't suited to multiplayer, like story-heavy RPG's (Except Diablo) and Civilization multiplayers (Besides people who have a few days to finish a game). But, Multiplayer is like the un-programmable level. Once you have mastered the single-player aspect of a game, what is there left? It is a great boon to the re-playability of a game to be able to go on and face human opponents. It almost seems like a necessity on some games, so much so that the fans go on to write it themselves (Such as the case with multi-theft auto for GTA3, Vice City, And San Andreas). I don't think there has been any significant percentage of games with a properly implemented multiplayer system that went mostly un-used.

more than 4 years ago

Does Anyone Really Prefer Glossy Screens?

jonxor Just tilt it down. (646 comments)

I used to have a laptop with a glossy screen, and used it outside frequently. These screens change the amount of reflection into an all-or-nothing case, rather than mostly washed out, or just slightly washed out of normal LCD's. A few tips to make it slightly less annoying: -Don't sit with anythign brightly colored, reflective and/or sunlit behind you (Bright green grass, bright white sheets, the sun, etc -Tilt it down, It's similar to a one-way-mirror. Reflections will angle down, but the backlight will still pass through normally. Glossy screens aren't really better or worse at managing reflections, they just reflect it all in one direction, rather than diffusing it everywhere. I'm no scientist, so I couldn't tell you the math behind it, but all of the above has worked for me in real-world scenarios.

more than 4 years ago


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