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Ask Slashdot: How Much Is a Fun Job Worth?

neersign gotta decide what makes you happy (397 comments)

after working my old job for 6 years, waking up every morning saying "i don't want to go to work", I finally completely changed industries and got a new job this year. It was 100% the right decision. But, I gave up working at home, hanging out with my dog all day, and about 10% of my pay. Still, I only have a 10 minute bike ride to work (or 30 minute walk), I can wear shorts in the summer, and I'm more or less my own boss. I've been here for the better part of a year now and I still enjoy every day. It's all about deciding what makes you happy.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Finding an IT Job Without a Computer-Oriented Undergraduate Degree?

neersign I just did this too, this month (504 comments)

I graduated with a mechanical engineering degree and got into an industry that I didn't particularly care for out of college. I sat at a computer working in 2d autocad all day. It was supposed to just be a pay check while i searched for my dream job and ended up lasting 6 years. Long story short, through my entire year long search for a "dream job", every company I interviewed with said they didn't care about degrees, they just wanted someone with experience. When I interviewed for programming positions, they just wanted a strong portfolio. When i got tired of interviewing for programming positions for over a year and not even getting one offer, I changed my search to linux system administration and found a job within a month. I got a junior position and my boss said he didn't really mind that I am lacking in the more technical aspects of networking and such. I think it mostly came down to me presenting myself in a professional manner at my interview, having general corporate experience, being organized, and generally not being an idiot. Apparently the only other person they interviewed didn't even come in, it was over skype and the girl didn't even dress up. And there were about 30 other resumes, some of them were University of Phoenix grads. My boss just laughed at them. so, tl;dr: as long as you know your stuff, it doesn't matter what your degree is in.

more than 2 years ago

Can We Really Tell Lossless From MP3?

neersign Re:Ya this was a horrible test (849 comments)

i agree the test should be "which sounds correct", not "better". They should also test and record with a mic first to prove that what the subjects are hearing is in fact different. If you play two mp3 tracks and people say "none sound like the original", then you know people can detect the loss due to compression. Which is also an argument for buying better equipment to play audio on. In theory, the more expensive the audio equipment, the more accurate the reproduced audio should be, just like FLAC should be able to reproduce the original audio better than mp3 at any bitrate. Which is why it's important to listen to the audio equipment in the store first, to make sure you are spending your money in a way that goes with your listening preference.

more than 4 years ago

Installing Linux On Old Hardware?

neersign Re:When you have a machine from that era... (507 comments)

i have a pentium 1 laptop (100mhz, 32mb ram i believe) that I was able to run DSL on and NetBSD. I tried installing debian but it ran for 3 days grabbing packages so i finally just killed the install.

more than 4 years ago

What To Do With a Free Xbox 360 Pro?

neersign Re:Why bother? (416 comments)

i still use my original xbox as my media box with XBMC. The main downside is the slow processor which limits what can be decoded, but there is a pretty good HOWTO in the wiki for tailoring the settings of h.264+ac3 for output on the xbox.

more than 4 years ago

Choosing a Personal Printer For the Long Haul

neersign Re:One suggestion (557 comments)

I have a Brother MFC-7840W and can confirm that Brother has great OS X, Linux, and Windows support. My OKI C8800 also works very well on all three, but isn't quite a consumer model printer. So, I wouldn't discount OKI right away either.

more than 4 years ago

US Cell Phone Plans Among World's Most Expensive

neersign Re:I have it under 50$ (827 comments)

i have ATT and live in PA with a MD number. I only pay PA tax on my line.

more than 5 years ago

Keeping a PC Personal At School?

neersign don't whip it out (695 comments)

Apart from not bringing the laptop to class, how about you don't take it out during class? If people don't see it, they won't know it's there and they won't ask to use it. I'd bet they are already trained on asking you so they'll ask you for a few weeks even if they don't see it, but keep saying "sorry i didn't bring it" and soon they'll learn to rely on other resources.

more than 5 years ago

Build an $800 Gaming PC

neersign overclocking buyers guide (296 comments)

I wrote an overclocking buyers guide and I have been updating it relatively frequently over the last few years. it hasn't been updated in a few months tho as my work has started taking up more of my time. but, it too could also be seen as a gaming guide

more than 5 years ago

Narcissistic College Graduates In the Workplace?

neersign Re:Precious Snowflakes (1316 comments)

It's funny that people don't think of this, or don't want to do this. I was sent to Europe for a two week engineering conference and took an extra weekend to explore a little on my own. Out of the 7 americans on the trip, only one other did the same thing.

We had another engineering conference in Colorado and I was amazed that only two other people wanted to go out early and hit the slopes. The company payed the airfare so all I had to do was pay the extra nights stay and lift no brainer to me. I'm sure everyone has their reasons one way or the other, but opportunities like these don't pop up everyday so it's hard for me to understand why everyone doesn't make the most out of them.

more than 5 years ago

NASA Contest To Name ISS Module

neersign Serenity now... (197 comments)

...Insanity later.

more than 5 years ago

HD Radio Recording In the US?

neersign Re:not a problem (303 comments)

sure, but if you are compressing the stream to mp3/ogg/etc and listening over standard headphones then most people wouldn't notice the difference. If you want to use digital spdif to connect and then encode in flac or other loss-less, that is an option too. There are many different avenues with the same result.

more than 6 years ago



AMD releases the Radeon HD 6790

neersign neersign writes  |  more than 3 years ago

neersign (956437) writes "Aimed at the mid-to-upper range gaming segment, the 6790 offers full HD (1080p) gaming at only $149. It is aimed to sit between the 6850 and the 5770/6770 (OEM) while competing directly with the Nvidia Geforce GTx 550 Ti. Even though AMD's reference board has two 6-plug power inputs, a few of their partners are releasing them with only one. All the usual suspects have reviews out with benchmarks: BenchmarkReviews, bit-tech, TweakTown (by Sapphire), Tom's Hardware, HardwareSecrets, and Overclockers."
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Google ChromeOS CR48 Netbook Hands On Preview

neersign neersign writes  |  more than 3 years ago

neersign (956437) writes "Like many others, I received my free CR-48 netbook from Google this morning. This thing certainly takes cloud computing to the next level. It's very easy to use, fairly fast, and pretty light."
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Futuremark Releases 3DMark11

neersign neersign writes  |  more than 3 years ago

neersign (956437) writes "Futuremark just announced the release of a new version of their flagship benchmarking app, 3DMark. It received the moniker 3DMark11 mostly for it's reliance on DirectX11, but it is being released curiously close to the year 2011, too."
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AMD Radeon 6000 Series, Llano, Set to Debut

neersign neersign writes  |  more than 3 years ago

neersign (956437) writes "O ATI, ATI, wherefore art thou ATI? A cheap Shakespearean knock-off reference doesn’t really do justice to the way AMD has positioned itself currently with the pending Radeon 6000 series release along with its line of ”Llano” APUs But then, I’m not really much of a writer, and this ain’t no renaissance. AMD has closed the book on its successful history with ATI branding by recently folding ATI into the AMD name as one in the same. In doing so, the dramatic timing and importance of this shift is AMD making a statement that should not go discounted. They are saying AMD is bold. AMD is confident. AMD is ready to ring in a new era, changing the landscape upon which the game is played."
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Streaming March Madness on Linux?

neersign neersign writes  |  more than 5 years ago

neersign writes "March Madness is here and is streaming all of the games over the internet for free. The downside is they are using Microsoft technologies to do so. The standard player lists Windows XP/Vista, IE6, and WMP 9 as the base requirements. The High Quality Video Player requires Silverlight 2. So my question is: how would a Linux user be able to work around these requirements and watch the games?"

neersign neersign writes  |  more than 7 years ago

neersign writes "There appears to be a BSD-derived operating system under development claiming it will have full DirectX 10 support. The developer claims they have made a deal with Microsoft where the source must be closed but the operating system can be released for free, only with the request that users legally own one Microsoft operating system. The operating system is called XSOS and it uses what is assumed to be a modified BSD kernel released under the BSD license with Windows running in emulation on top of it. Discussions about the operating system can be found here and here. The home page for the project is here."


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