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Ask Slashdot: IT Career Path After 35?

pwizard2 Re:Yes (376 comments)

Or Delphi.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: IT Career Path After 35?

pwizard2 Re:Most youg ones don't know crap... (376 comments)

Some older coders don't seem to know what they're doing, either. At my job I've taken over development of our in-house applications from the guy who was doing it before. Every single project apparently started out from the same template. That means there's lots of code in each project that is never used and just adds bloat. The code is spread out all over the damn place across different classes (when there is no reason for it to be), there are almost no comments, and having so much shared code means that fixing one problem inevitably causes something else to break. Oh, and there wasn't any source control in use when I started, either. The code must have moved around a few times because older stuff was missing and I had to redo it from scratch on one occasion.

about three weeks ago
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For First Three Years, Consumer Hard Drives As Reliable As Enterprise Drives

pwizard2 Re:Common knowledge (270 comments)

I haven't seen regular for $2.xx since the early 2000s. The last few years, I haven't seen it under $3.xx more than once and that was only for a day or two.

1 year,14 days
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Jury Finds Newegg Infringed Patent, Owes $2.3 Million

pwizard2 Re: Good advertising? (324 comments)

I'm against regressive forms of taxation like sales taxes and excise taxes (some states even tax food, I shit you not). Tax the rich instead--they can afford it.

1 year,22 days
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Should the US Copy Switzerland and Consider a 'Maximum Wage' Ratio?

pwizard2 Re:Yes. (1216 comments)

At least the Soviets had bread lines. Today's Republicans would simply let the lower classes starve because the rich need yet another tax break.

1 year,24 days
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Atlanta Man Shatters Coast-to-Coast Driving Record, Averaging 98MPH

pwizard2 Re:Whoosh! (666 comments)

We can also get Yuengling east of the Mississippi and it's way better than Coors.

about a year ago
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Infosys Fined $35M For Illegally Bringing Programmers Into US On Visitor Visas

pwizard2 Re:Big deal (201 comments)

20% isn't steep enough. If employers really can't find qualified people in this country, then they won't mind paying double or triple the market rate to get people with the necessary skills.

about a year ago
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Adobe Breach Compromised Over 38 Million Users, Photoshop Source Code

pwizard2 Re:Creative Cloud Crap (145 comments)

My Photoshop CS2 serves me very well and will continue to do so until Gimp catches up.

Me too, especially since CS2 is effectively free now. Adobe shut down the activation servers earlier this year so they actually gave out activation-free CS2 installers AND their serials. It's the only non-douchebaggy thing Adobe has done in recent memory.

about a year ago
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Adobe Breach Compromised Over 38 Million Users, Photoshop Source Code

pwizard2 Re:Would suck to be them (145 comments)

The rest of the world can finally see how god-awful their code really is.

about a year ago
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Infosys Fined $35M For Illegally Bringing Programmers Into US On Visitor Visas

pwizard2 Re:Crooks (201 comments)

And they wonder why people come to believe that capitalism is evil.

about a year ago
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Most IT Workers Don't Have STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Math) Degrees

pwizard2 Re:Personally (655 comments)

Sounds like you guys need to hire a tech writer.

about a year ago
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Dick Cheney Had Implanted Defibrillator Altered To Prevent Terrorist Attack

pwizard2 Re:Evil, powerful men have enemies. (242 comments)

Who doesn't want Cheney dead? When he finally dies, folks are going to celebrate knowing that vile piece of shit is gone forever. It's a shame there is no real Hell to send him to.

about a year ago
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Charlie Stross: Why Microsoft Word Must Die

pwizard2 Re:Here's the real problem he has (479 comments)

Wow, publishers actually accept a raw PDF as the finished product these days? Jesus.

about a year ago
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Charlie Stross: Why Microsoft Word Must Die

pwizard2 Re:Here's the real problem he has (479 comments)

LO/OO.o can produce passable old-fashioned doc files. However, editing a moderately-complicated docx originally produced in Word with LO will fuck it up every single time, I guarantee it.

about a year ago
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Charlie Stross: Why Microsoft Word Must Die

pwizard2 Re:Here's the real problem he has (479 comments)

A couple years ago, I was typing up/formatting a book manuscript with Lyx running on Ubuntu at the time. I might actually finish it one of these days.

about a year ago
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Dead Drops P2P File Sharing Spreads Around Globe

pwizard2 Re:Why yes! (174 comments)

If you just want to see what's there, a laptop running a Linux LiveCD (with all hard drives unmounted) would eliminate much of the risk.

about a year ago
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Producing Gasoline With Metabolically-Engineered Microorganisms

pwizard2 Re:Sounds plausible (233 comments)

A lot of the doppelbocks can be very filling too (plus some of them pack a kick at ~8-9% ABV). Bock-style lager was originally designed to be a meal replacement.

about a year ago
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An Animated, Open Letter To J.J. Abrams About Star Wars

pwizard2 Short version (376 comments)

Dear JJ Abrams,

We heard you're making the next Star Wars movie. Please don't fuck it up like George Lucas did with the first two prequels.

Thanks,

Star Wars fans everywhere

about a year ago
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Will New Red-Text Warnings Kill Casual Use of Java?

pwizard2 Re:Probably not, but if it does, good (282 comments)

Much more likely is that "unauthorized" Java VMs will start to crop up that let the user whitelist applets rather than relying on Oracle's certificate system.

Doesn't OpenJDK already do this? I haven't done Java in years so I'm a bit behind the times.

about a year ago
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US Killer Robot Policy: Full Speed Ahead

pwizard2 Re:Yeah... (202 comments)

Any assassin droid worthy of the name needs to use ReiserFS. That rules out Windows.

about a year ago

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Starting a network engineering business

pwizard2 pwizard2 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

pwizard2 (920421) writes "I live in a development of over 1500 homes, and new ones get built every so often. Each house has CAT5 cable in the walls and it is even coiled up in the phone boxes. Unfortunately, is not being used and it terminates in a completely useless place from a networking point of view, (outside by the phone box) at least in my house. I've done freelance computer repair for my neighbors on several occasions, and since all of them are on wireless networks like I am, it's safe to say that no one can use their CAT5 even though their houses have been wired for it. (which is a real shame) Everyone I've talked to is upset about it.

Clearly, the electricians didn't know what they were doing when they laid down the CAT5, but I do. (I wired the last house I owned for ethernet during a renovation and it worked great) It's too late to fix my house without gutting it, but something can be done about future homes. I see a good opportunity to start my own business, because obviously no one else is doing this.

I'm getting ready to talk to the head contractor the next time I see him, and hopefully he can tell me who to talk to to get this thing rolling. However, I'm not sure what (if any) credentials I need to start doing this professionally. I assume I need to be licensed and bonded and should start an LLC, but is there anything else? I don't think this would be designated as an electrician job, since the current carried by CAT5 is minimal compared to electrical wiring and has none of the inherent danger. If anything, I would classify this as freelance network engineering. Does anyone know what it takes to start this kind of business other than the necessary skill and experience?"
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Vista less secure than Windows 2000

pwizard2 pwizard2 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

pwizard2 (920421) writes "An analysis of threat data collected over a six month period by security software developer PC Tools suggests that despite a bottom-up code rewrite and the uber-annoying User Account Control feature, Vista isn't doing as good a job as some of its predecessors in keeping hackers at bay."
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Jack Thompson Facing Disbarment Trial

pwizard2 pwizard2 writes  |  about 7 years ago

pwizard2 (920421) writes "Controversial Miami attorney Jack Thompson faces the start of an ethics trial this morning which could get him disbarred. Have we seen the end of his shenanigans, and is he finally going to see some long-overdue comeuppance?"

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