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Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

line-bundle Re:There is discrimination at the door (459 comments)

I did not say I had one. I said the last interview I had. Trust me, I had done plenty of interviews.

about 3 months ago

Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

line-bundle There is discrimination at the door (459 comments)

I am black. Let me tell you my story. This was my last attempt to enter the IT industry

Once upon a time, a big financial company whose name ends in "berg" and begins with "Bloom" came to my school for an onsite interview for financial software developers. I went to the interview and blew their socks off. They told me there and then that we want you in New York for the final interview. They flew me to NY that evening and put me up in a hotel not far from their office.

Next morning I went to the office for the final interview. The HR lady looked at me and told me the position has been filled. No interview, no nothing. I never tried for any programming job since then. The end.

I left the computer field for pure finance, only doing programming purely as a hobby now.

about 3 months ago

Elite Violinists Can't Distinguish Between a Stradivarius and a Modern Violin

line-bundle Stradivarius instruments were not created by God (469 comments)

I do not understand why some people believe these instruments have something so powerful it cannot be replicated. If Antonio can do it, so can a good modern human.

We are all human and what one human can do, so can another. We need to look at our generation as no worse than generations past, and in some ways better.

about 10 months ago

Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

line-bundle Sas day indeed (2219 comments)

I remember watching Kuro5hin collapse and die because of some pig-headed decisions. I never imagined slashdot's blaze would be this much more fiery.

I have been on slashdot for almost 15 years (was anonymous the first few years). It has been a fun ride.

The initial silence of Dice, and then the market-speak of "Timothy" has been astounding. It's truly tragic what I have witnessed over the last two days.

This has convinced me that my hours can be better spent elsewhere. With this final message I bid farewell to my favorite website for the last 15 years.

I make a prediction, and I hope I'm wrong: with the Dice/Timothy attitude, in 6 months slashdot will be no more.

about a year ago

Infosys Fined $35M For Illegally Bringing Programmers Into US On Visitor Visas

line-bundle They really should DIAF (201 comments)

I am angered and saddened by what companies like Infosys have done to the US immigration system. I remember having to fight really hard to get my first H1B in the US because of those companies (I got my US higher ed paid by the NSF yet I'm not American, and I'm not a programmer).

After they have completely wrecked the H1B system they are now going to wreck the visitor visa system.

I am angry because they destroyed the reputation of the H1B system, one of the few legal ways to become a citizen. I am saddened because Americans are have a stupid immigration debate on fundamentally illegals, yet leave such monsters prowling the halls of congress.

about a year ago

Torvalds Uses Profanity To Lambaste Romney Remarks

line-bundle Re:Romney *is* a moron (1223 comments)

What does Romney know about political advice?

more than 2 years ago

Chinese Censors Accidentally Block Shanghai Index

line-bundle Is that the correct date format? (345 comments)

Does China use the MM/DD/YY system? For some reason I thought this was exclusive to the US only.

more than 2 years ago

Why Hubble Broke and How It Was Fixed

line-bundle Re:The real hero (73 comments)

Looks like you did not read the article, but this is slashdot after all.

He talks about teamwork. Individuals contribute, but group dynamics are very important, and perhaps a deserve larger share of the success than any individual.

By picking someone out as the hero you are committing the same errors as in the past.

more than 2 years ago

Wikipedia Didn't Kill Brittanica — Encarta Did

line-bundle Overpriced CDROM (288 comments)

I tried to by Britannica CD in 90s. They were charging almost as much as paper edition. It was only in early 2000s when they realized the error of their ways.

They could have sewn up the encyclopedia market but their high price was unjustifiable in the light of substantially cheaper offerings such as Encarta.

Sure, Encarta is not as good as Britannica but it's good enough for most kids. This is the key point: good enough is the enemy of perfect.

more than 2 years ago

Playbook OS 2.0 Released

line-bundle My take on it (too little far too late) (90 comments)

I have the 64Gig playbook and I've been playing with the new OS. Here is my opinion.

RIM still has a lot of work to do. Their device still needs a lot of polish to just be on par with the iPad. Then they need to provide some earth-shattering software to make it worth buying.

One critical failure they have is that they do not have software "showing off" their hardware. Rumors have it that the Playbook has a GPS, compass etc. I have no way of knowing that. They have an impressive spreadsheet and word-processor. It doesn't matter because most tablets are consumption devices. They need to have a very good pdf reader. What they included is barely passable.

They need to improve their music player. I could rant all day about this but here are a few points. You can't upload by album. You can't list by album. You can play music on external bluetooth speakers.

I'm seething now. Let me stop

more than 2 years ago

Mechanic's Mistake Trashes $244 Million Aircraft

line-bundle Re:Affirmative Action (428 comments)

Here is what bothers me: if you're black and you make a mistake it's because you're black.

This is not fair both to the black person because he can make mistakes like any other (white) person, and to black people because they are suddenly set to impossibly high standards.

about 3 years ago

The Computer Labs That Created the Digital World

line-bundle Awful on mobile device (48 comments)

It's practically unreadable on my mobile device. Is there a simple page without acrobatics?

more than 3 years ago

FTC Approves Microsoft's Takeover of Skype

line-bundle Surprised? (153 comments)


more than 3 years ago

Unlocked iPhones in US For $649

line-bundle Will AT&T unlock then? (334 comments)

So will AT&T unlock our iPhones like thry do ther phones. I think the reason they had is now gone.

more than 3 years ago

What Does IQ Really Measure?

line-bundle Duh! (488 comments)

It measures IQ of course!

Your IQ must be in the (Celcius) room temperature range.

more than 3 years ago

Inside a Verizon Wireless Superswitch

line-bundle Needs a complete rewrite. (107 comments)

"While finite numbers were unavailable," WTF does that mean?

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Prepared Are You For a Major Emergency?

line-bundle No (562 comments)

I am not prepared.

more than 3 years ago



Papermaster leaves after antennagate

line-bundle line-bundle writes  |  more than 4 years ago

line-bundle (235965) writes ""Mark Papermaster, the Apple executive in charge of hardware for the company’s flagship iPhone, has departed the company in the wake of widely reported problems with the antenna of the recently introduced iPhone 4.

It is not clear if Papermaster was kicked out or left on his own."

Previously, at the Apple press conference on the antenna issue, Mr Papermaster was not present. This was very unusual considering that he was in charge of the iPhone. Papermaster was featured before on slashdot here."

Link to Original Source

NSA list top 25 programming errors.

line-bundle line-bundle writes  |  about 6 years ago

line-bundle (235965) writes "The NSA, via BBC has helped put together the list of the world's most dangerous coding mistakes. Over thirty companies including Microsoft, Department of Homeland Security got together to publish the document. The SANS Institute has more information. Just two errors listed in the document account for more than 1.5m website security breaches."
Link to Original Source



line-bundle line-bundle writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Just as a friendly heads up, you're forgetting to log out in the UGA science library. Kinda odd to see "Have you meta-moderated recently?" when you're trying to just look at Slashdot anonymously. >.>

P.S.: Don't worry, I'm logging you out, and I'm not touching anything other than your journal.

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