Ask Slashdot: Money-Making Home-Based Tech Skills?
Lots of software companies will either hire you on staff or contract with you as a freelancer to do remote quality assurance on their products.
You can pitch your writing & communication skills as an asset here. Instead of saying: this doesn't work, you can write reasonable, reproducible, clear defect and quality reports.
How Do I Get Back a Passion For Programming?
I stick in more advanced stuff into my code when I can, but that is always on the sly
Please don't do this. Resist the urge to get clever for the sake of being clever. This will almost always come back to bite you (or more likely a coworker) later in time.
With software, less is definitely more so try to write as little code as possible to solve te problem at hand.
The NSA Wants Its Own Smartphone
SIPRNet only allows SECRET information and below. You need to be on JWICS to access Top Secret information.
As smart-phones go, my phone is ...
making phone calls.
Seriously. I love my HTC Hero (Android 2.1) as a PDA but the phone call capability is not very good on it. If I'm doing something and a phone call comes in, sometimes I might miss it or the phone will freeze for a few seconds before the call comes through. Ever tried calling someone while they're calling you? Good luck with that on this phone. Oh well, thankfully, I don't make too many calls
Rackspace Shuts Down Quran-Burning Church's Sites
If they're not quite the same thing, why bother comparing them at all?
NYC Drops $722M On CityTime Attendance System
I believe its worth noting that SAIC was behind the disaster that was the FBI's Virtual Case File project.
MagicJack Femtocell Gates Cell Traffic to VoIP
Consumer Reports seems to think so (with some caveats). They covered it in this months issue.
Move Over BoxeeBox, Here Comes PopBox
Perhaps this announcement explains why the Popcorn Hour C-200 is such a disaster. I had such high hopes for that device but it seems like Syabas spent little to no time on QA. They advertised wireless capability and shipped the device without a driver, the blu-ray drive they "approved" is EOL and there is a list of issues as long as my arm.
To me, it appears they were busy with the PopBox and didn't spend enough time on the C-200. I'll pass on anything from these guys in the future
Three Lawmakers Ask For Enforcement Against Leak Sites
From the summary:
How has [sic] the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration...
Why was the sic added to this statement? I'm not an English major but I don't find that sentence to use any archaic or incorrect spellings nor do I find the grammar to be wrong.
Lockheed Snags $31 Million To Reinvent the Internet, Microsoft To Help
From reading the actual BAA, it sounds like this is not an effort to replace IP networks but to supplement them with additional protocols. In fact, the requirements explicitly state that MNP must carry legacy IPv4 and IPv6 traffic.
What Questions Should a Prospective Employee Ask?
For a software position, try to see how well the company scores on the Joel Test:
- Do you use source control?
- Can you make a build in one step?
- Do you make daily builds?
- Do you have a bug database?
- Do you fix bugs before writing new code?
- Do you have an up-to-date schedule?
- Do you have a spec?
- Do programmers have quiet working conditions?
- Do you use the best tools money can buy?
- Do you have testers?
- Do new candidates write code during their interview?
- Do you do hallway usability testing?
Hackers Breached US Army Servers
Why aren't classified information on a separate network, not connected to the Net
It is, in fact there are multiple, separate networks.
Other than the author repeating the word "sensitive" over and over again, there wasn't anything concrete in the article about whether the information was actually classified. I suspect it wasn't.
Wolfram Alpha Launches Tonight, On Camera
Have you ever release a large piece of software to a large group of users before? How about a small piece of software to a small group of users?
Something always goes wrong and there is usually a good reason for it. It should be a neat learning experience for all involved
KGB Material Released By Cold War Project, Available Online
If this interests you, check out the book, The Sword and the Shield which is compiled from the notes of a KGB archivist who smuggled documents from KGB archives for about 20 years.
I'd rather measure my days by means of ...
I've had a Simpsons trivia calendar on my desk for the last 8 years.
Wiretap Whistleblower, a Life in Limbo?
I'll share my personal story to show how quickly a thriving democracy can turn into an oppresive regime, here in the US.
I had published a couple of letters to the editors in the San Jose Mercury News, discussing politics. I was reading foreign media which were hinting that US intelligence on Iraq WMD was bogus. Guess what? I stood very quiet, very silent. Who knows who was listening and how far the goverment was willing to go to silence dissent. If it had been just me, I would have stood up and fought for my rights, but with my family in mind, I decided to cave.
How does that story show anything other than your own paranoia?
Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar 2008
Showing one image a day for 25 days is a great way to generate repeat traffic for your blog and increase page views, especially if your blog is picked up by Slashdot!
Or you could skip the middle man and go directly to the source and get as many beautiful HST images as you want... right now.
Because thats what an advent calendar is!
I understand that being skeptical of blog postings is tradition (and a good way to get mod points) on Slashdot but trust me, the Big Picture does just fine without needing to troll Slashdot for hits
Bush Administration's E-Mail Deluge May Overload Archive System
Did you stop paying attention to email in 1995?
No more fancy signatures and html crap will cause a 60-80% drop in volume if not more.
I know you hate it when your mom or the boss' secretary at work sends out a cutesy formatted email but some people can actually use HTML email effectively in lieu of sending a document or a link
Mandate the Usenet way with replies after the original, (it will) teach people to cut irrelevant repeats.
Irrelevant repeats for you may be important context for someone else.
Stop the addition of stupid and ineffective disclaimers.
Often times, those disclaimers are required by law. Most people don't add them for fun or to make themselves feel important.
Teach the use of (ftp) servers for sharing large documents, no more Microsoft sized attachments, send a link.
FTP? Are you serious? Sending documents by carrier pigeon is more secure and reliable than FTP
The Best Fictional Doomsday Devices
If you value your time, don't even bother to RTFA
What an odd thing to post to Slashdot
How Do I Get Open Source Programs Written For Me?
First off, please realize that custom software development is likely to be a 5-figure investment. Just because you want to open source the end product doesn't mean that it will be cheaper to do. You may find someone to quote you a really cheap price but I guarantee you that you won't be happy with the end product and you'll probably end up spending more over the long run than if you had paid up front to do it correctly.
With that in mind, there are plenty of quality software consulting firms that will do this for you. To your developers, it shouldn't make a difference what you do with the end product. If you want to open source it, thats your business because you've paid for it.
If you don't have the money to pay someone else to do it, I'd start learning to write software and/or reach out to other lab rats in your field who may want to help
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