Walmart Unveils Turbine-Powered WAVE Concept Truck
Maybe not exactly ... but for some reason it reminded me of the truck from Highwayman.
Ask Slashdot: Modern Web Development Applied Science Associates Degree?
It doesn't have to be math heavy ... you can focus more on 'web design' or even 'user experience design' rather than heavy programming 'web development'.
Prince George's Community College (PG County, Maryland) offers a lot of certificate programs, including ones on 'Computer Graphics' and 'Web Technology', that can be expanded into a AAS in IT (which would require you to take some programming courses, even if concentrating graphics)
Take a look at the pages numbered 116 to 124 the PDF of their 'programs of study' from their course catalog : https://www.pgcc.edu/uploadedF...
Do We Really Have a Shortage of STEM Workers?
I was talking to someone from Boulder last night, and they (scientific data archive) had three of their programmers poached (got contacted out of the blue, they hadn't been looking to jump ship before that), and haven't had much luck finding replacements.
She said the programmer unemployment rate was 0.5% in their area. So, if you're an unemployed programmer, who's in a position to pick up and move, you might want to look at job postings in that area. (although I'd advise doing research into cost of living there .... it's not ungodly expensive, but it's not the cheapest place, either)
Best Valentine's Day gift (as recipient):
Unless someone's been lusting after some swanky new vaccuum, or spends hours a day trying to sterilize their environment, giving someone that says 'I think you're not doing a good job of cleaning' or 'I think you should clean more often' is not the way to go. (even if it's 'I know you've been complaining about the old vacuum, so I got you a replacement', save it for next week, and give something else for valentine's day.
If you've already bought the vacuum, and are planning on surprising your significant other tonight, I'd highly suggect you break out some magic markers and some paper and making a few 'I will clean the house' coupons to give along with it.
Ask Slashdot: Best Options For Ongoing Education?
... or if you don't want to just write a toy program that you're going to throw away, then find some open source project that you can contribute to.
Or check Code For America (or whatever the equivalent is in your country) to help out on local projects ... then you're also networking in your area, if you're looking for a new job.
Go to school for learning the fundamentals of programming ('this is a variable', 'this is a function'), or maybe to get a deeper understanding of different styles of programming (procedural / functional / OO / event-driven, etc.) ... but for learning languages you're often better off working on a project you care about and maybe finding a support community (local users group for that language, or the support community behind that project) or a mentor (eg, someone else from that project)
If you're one of those people who learn better from structured education ... then maybe look into a MOOC or community college. This is not one of those situations where shelling out university prices is appropriate.
South Koreans Using Kinect To Monitor DMZ
For years people have complained about how much of an idiot security guards have to be for Solid Snake to be able to sneak around under their noses by hiding in a cardboard box.
Now someone's actually built a system that would make it completely effective ... and they used video game controlers to do it. Coincidence?
(conspiracy theorists can now discuss the probability that Konami paid them to it)
The Moderately Enthusiastic Programmer
"Flexible hours" can also mean "You know that sign-off you need? They might show up at 2pm, or they might work from home today"
Or it might mean "We're okay with you coming in late so long as you put in 12 hrs each day"
Would Linus Torvalds Please Collect His Bitcoin Tips?
This would likely qualify as an honorarium (a payment given for professional services that are rendered nominally without charge) ... which is taxable in the US.
As with anything else ... the government *might* not care about it for most people, but once they've decided they don't like you, they're more than willing to find any little law they can to get you.
Until the money gets to be high enough that it's worth contacting a tax attorney about, it's better to just not take it.
(I am *not* a tax attorney, but I have received honoraria before (I think it was $500), and they gave me the appropriate paperwork to include when filing my taxes)
Fixing Broken Links With the Internet Archive
Just today, I sent some mail and got :
Too bad AOL seems to have taken those URLs down. A quick hop to archive.org told me that my ISP's been blocked for sending spam ... oh, joy.
Ask Slashdot: How To Reimagine a Library?
No, you have after care *in* the library.
If you think about it, most sports teams are after-care for the kids, but with this one, there's little chance of injury and the kids aren't missing class on a regular basis to go on bus trips to other schools.
Personally, I think it's a great idea; when I was 2nd through 4th grade, I went to a DoDDS (Department of Defense Dependent Schooling) school in Europe -- on the days that my mom was working at Family Services (basically a thrift store) on the base, we'd have to kill time ... choir practice, library, rec. center, bowling alley, etc. Sometimes we'd go and visit my mom or dad at their work, but mostly we'd hang out with the other kids who were in a similar situation.
If you get to the kids early enough, and teach them to appreciate the library, I think you've got a chance. My local library system has a policy of intentionally *not* opening up libraries near high schools, because of the kids who come in there and goof off and talk back to the librarians when they're told to calm down.
Ask Slashdot: How To Reimagine a Library?
Most of us haven't been in a school library in years, unless we have kids who are of that age.
There are a *lot* of librarian mailing lists out there ... if you want the geek perspective, try code4lib. They won't suggest that you try to hack together your own loan system using smartphones & barcode readers. (they'll instead tell you about the one they made that you can have a copy of)
Most of the innovation in library spaces is happening in public & college libraries these days, adding makerspaces or going high-tech ... but that's not applicable to an elementary school. I wouldn't even suggest it for a high school (where you'd have seperate computer labs, shop classes, home ec., etc.)
I wouldn't even bother with educating them on the benefits of real, deep research vs. satisficing with the top hit from Google ... leave that for middle or high school. In elementary school, just focus on making reading accessible and fun.
The only thing that you I think is wrong with school libraries is that they're closed in summer, so the books are sitting going to waste. I'd love to see there be better coordination between our local school & library systems, but our current library system is so disfunctional that I don't see that changing without them getting rid of the director who thought it was a good idea to fire all of the branch managers.
Blowing Up a Pointless Job Interview
I haven't had to interview too many people at my current job (boo, federal budget cuts), but when I did, on 80% or so of people, I asked the question:
"Star Wars or Star Trek?"
The thing is, I didn't really care which one you picked, so long as you could explain why. And if you picked something else (Firefly, Battlestar Glactica, Dr. Who, Red Dwarf, etc.) and could give a passionate answer, that's even better. The only wrong answer is the 'I'm not going to pick one or the other because I don't want to offend anyone' unless you could really impress me some creativity in the process.
And for anyone who complains that there might be people who haven't seen any of 'em (I still know some people who are almost 30 and qualify) ... I work at a NASA center ... if you haven't seen any of the TV shows I've listed, there's a *really* high probability that you wouldn't fit in.
Obama Announces Surveillance Reforms
... then why not have them be the keepers of the data?
Then they'd be able to accurately monitor how it's actually being used.
Having some third party manage it just seems like one of those 'well, technically we're not supposed to, so we found a loophole' ... like how they're not allowed to operate spy satellites over the US, so they have to instead buy imagery from commercial businesses to get those images.
Thousands of Gas Leaks Discovered Under Streets of Washington DC
Not to worry, there are forces at hand already working on the rodent problem there.
Thousands of Gas Leaks Discovered Under Streets of Washington DC
Back when I lived in DC (late 1990s) there were regular reports of exploding manholes ... with the best guess of the cause being a combination of gas leaks and electrical shorts. Of couse, in the report on the problem blamed PEPCO (electrical) not Washington Gas.
About 10 years ago, they had a solution -- install manholes with vent holes in them, so the gas pressure can't build up as easily. Of course, you instead get extra water underground, which can lead to faster corrosion of pipes.
Last year, when the methane levels were first reported, the estimate was 38 exploding manholes per year ... so I'm guessing the vented covers have been less than successful.
Programmer Debunks Source Code Shown In Movies and TV Shows
And then you sit there waiting 20+ minutes, and when it gets to 100%, it then goes back to 0%, because that was just the time to complete one file ... but there's no indication of how many files need to be processed, so you're just left hanging.
I wonder why people even other trying to give estimates on time to completion.
New Home Automation?
I completely agree -- I've got one on the front porch, but nothing on the back deck. If I want to run a line without leaving the back door open, I end up stretching an extension cord from the detached garage behind the house.
Putting them on the sides of the house would be useful for hedge trimmers, the electric chainsaw for when I don't want to drag out the big one, paint sprayer, pressure washer, etc.
I've been places where there was conduit run so they popped up boxes about a foot high near the large trees. It was low enough so it wasn't a huge distraction, but gave the ability to run lights, sound and fans when having a party and decorations for the holidays.
Book Review: The Digital Crown
You're making the mistake of assuming that means that you *must* have 'great content' to 'keep users'.
Which is either not true, or 'great content' has been defined as 'any content that keeps users', and then we might be able to say 'this review was great content' with a completely straight face.
Bennett Haselton: Google+ To Gmail Controversy Missing the Point
It's been so long ago since I had a land-line account, I can't remember if I was paying $8/month for service plus $6/month to not be listed, or the other way around.
Either way, it was possible for pay the phone company so that I did *not* show up in the phone book. Which I happily paid, as I'm one of those people with a unique name, and previously had a stalker.
Experiment Shows Caffeine Boosts Long Term Memory
For example, does the caffeine whole trying to do last-minute cramming for finals overcome losing so much sleep for so many hours?
And are there implications for PTSD? (if remember things better, could that increase the chances of PTSD?)