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How Does a Self-Taught Computer Geek Get Hired?

soloport Sales and Persistence (523 comments)

Even if you're a FT employee, you are always selling yourself -- to your one and only client. The only difference with self-employment is you wake up to this fact (or starve, go back to selling yourself during a FT employment interview) and may have more than once client at a time. Even some FT employees work two or more jobs to get by. Self-employment is similar.

Want to get excellent at sales (even if you're going to stay with FT employment)? Read and re-read: Socratic Sales.

A lot of people believe that start-ups succeed or fail because of cash (enough or too little). Certainly cash flow is king when it comes to staying in business. However, the reality is: You either have time or you have money. It takes time to develop a clientèle through carefully crafted product fulfillment and good service. Or you can accelerate this process through expensive advertising. You can burn through a lot of cash if you solve everything with it. Or you can be more creative and leverage time, including other people's time, and spend from less to zero. Time and persistence can pay big dividends.

So, hone your skills. Sell them. Watch your cash. Develop relationships (clients vs customers). Bank!

more than 2 years ago
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Top 1% of iOS Game Developers Make a Third of All Revenue

soloport Tea Party Aversion to Simple Math (244 comments)

The math works like this...

Apple: Government
Top 1%: "Job creators"
Bottom 80%: The poor saps

Apple takes 33% from 100% of all developers.

USA: Government
Top 1%: "Job creators"
Bottom 80%: The "poor" ([rolls eyes] have you visited Bolivia? Somalia? Haiti?)

USA takes 10%, 15%, 25%, 28%, 33% and 35% from citizens -- generally, depending on income level.

The highest tax brackets have been in decline since 2000:
1993–2000: 39.6%
2001: 39.1%
2002: 38.6%
2003–2007: 35%

Coincidently, so have incomes for the bottom 80% of US citizens (especially if one considers cost increases e.g. health care, interest rates on personal credit).

more than 2 years ago
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Neil Armstrong To NASA: You're Embarrassing

soloport Lessons Learned (409 comments)

In the USA, 1% of the people are millionaires. In the US Congress, 48% of members are millionaires. Who do you think is duping who? It was once a government By the people, For the people. Now it boils down to, "Corporations are people, too, ya know!". So our once great country is now in tatters -- as far as people are concerned. Yet it remains a fantastic playground for corporations. Yay!

So, let that be a lesson for you, China. Oh... I'm sorry. Too late. You see, you will never grow to be the great country the USA once was because you are trying to emulate the wrong version of our government. Too bad for you.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Am I Too Old To Learn New Programming Languages?

soloport Learn all you can and then... (772 comments)

Make the leap to Consultant. Consultant is just another word for "continuous, steep learning curve". At 30 it's a setup for failure. At 50 it's just right. Am on my 8th year, strictly corp-to-corp (including via regular recruiters) and it pays incredibly well. Corporations just want solutions. You just want to code. Perfect!

more than 3 years ago
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Finding Fault With the Low, Low Price of Android

soloport Patents, Schmatents (364 comments)

Why won't Google just use the Force?

more than 3 years ago
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Linus Torvalds Ditches GNOME 3 For Xfce

soloport GNOME Intelligence Quotient (835 comments)

New study out shows a distinct correlation between desktop preference and IQ.

Preemptive: Looks as though it might have been a hoax.

more than 3 years ago
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McCain Decries "Hobbits," Accused of Ringbearing

soloport Re:Easy enough (722 comments)

Really? Do I really need to enumerate for you the virtually endless list of hyper-corrupt small governments? Oh. I get it. You're just trolling. Cool. (No one could be that full of BS.)

more than 3 years ago
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PS3 "Strong Contender" To Overtake Xbox 360

soloport First! (276 comments)

"the battle for second place is neck and neck" Hey, if you're not first, you're last -- Ricky Bobby

more than 3 years ago
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Anonymous Hack One Gigabyte of Data From NATO

soloport Hack (304 comments)

Anonymous programmed one Gigabyte of data from NATO Huh...

"The AnonymousIRC software development organization have claimed this afternoon that they have programmed into NATO servers" Programmed into?

Hate to be a grammar Nazi but the message is a bit twisted. What did they do again?

more than 2 years ago
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Why Businesses Move To the Cloud: They Hate IT

soloport Why More IT Profs Work for Cloud Vendors (538 comments)

"OTOH, who usually cleans up any messes that happens with it? Who gets blamed if the cloud provider has an outage?"

Precisely the stuff of why more IT professionals are moving to cloud vendors: Most people want to be seen as valuable contributors to the success of something.

So... Win, win?

more than 3 years ago
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Mobile Phone May Rot Your Bones

soloport Re:Pier Reviews? (220 comments)

I know a guy from La Paz who's first name is Pier? Yeah, that's the ticket...

more than 3 years ago
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Mobile Phone May Rot Your Bones

soloport Pier Reviews? (220 comments)

"Researchers at the the National University of Cuyo, in Mendoza, Argentina"

Pier reviews or it didn't happen.

more than 3 years ago
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Splinternet, Or How We Broke the Good Old Web

soloport Obligatory TMNT Reference (223 comments)

"I have always liked... Cowabunga."

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Continues Android Legal Assault

soloport Re:Not Microsoft's Fault (344 comments)

"So, what, we solve this problem by voting for the dudes that say they're honest and working for the people?"

No. Just convince Glen Beck that patents are the spawn of the Devil. Congress will fix this inside of a week.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Reportedly Ends Zune Hardware Development

soloport Re:we'll miss it (276 comments)

De Icaza? You're back?

more than 3 years ago
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KDE Software Compilation 4.6.0 Released

soloport Re:I'm afraid to look (202 comments)

"KDE? Fuck that shit, who wants a desktop with a smelly foot on it?"

Um... OK, I give up. You do?

more than 3 years ago
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Doorways Sneak To Non-Default Ports of Hacked Servers

soloport Re:What the fuck is a doorway? (63 comments)

When they say, "software pirates hack reputable legitimate websites" it means the number of web sites that have fallen victim is: two

Oh, and in between those two are The Doors...

more than 3 years ago
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Quark-Gluon Plasma Observed At LHC

soloport It Must Be Pointed Out (155 comments)

More than three thousand died in the Twin Tower collapse that occurred 2001-11-9, including Canadians.
Hundreds of thousands converged in South Africa for the World Cup opening ceremonies, including Canadians.
Overwhelming amounts of aid have poured in to Haiti from around the globe, including Canadians.
'Striking' evidence of a quark-gluon plasma has been observed by a team of researchers, including Canadians.

more than 3 years ago
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Miniature Human Livers Grown In Lab

soloport *Sigh* (154 comments)

I said LASERS! Sharks with LASERS... Not livers. LASERS!

more than 3 years ago

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