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Cyborg Cockroach Sparks Ethics Debate

squarefish Re:Cockroach rights? (512 comments)

Not true- I've seen them on boats and those boats dock. It's the same way AK has giant Norwegian rats running the shipyards- they got there by boat. Much of AK has more pleasant weather than Chicago and they sure has hell don't freeze here, so I call bullshit! With the amount of air traffic, ships, and trucks, there is simply no way that AK doesn't have them.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Certifications To Get?

squarefish My personal experience (444 comments)

I think certs do help and I prefer the big name certs like COMP-TIA because a lot of large corporations participate and sponsor them. If you want to work for a small company, then it probably does not matter as much. With most of a BSMIS complete, a Network+, and some Apple certs, I was able to get hired on with two other folks from my team that had consulted for a large bank for 4 years. I don't know the exact reason, but I was able to negotiate 20k more than my closest co-worker when we were hired. None of us had full degrees and I was the only one with any certs. COMP-TIA recommends A+, Network+, then security+ in that order. I may be back in the job market soon and it's a lot easier to grab a couple certs for things I already know then to deal with finishing my degree via a bunch of bullshit classes that cost a lot more. If you have a degree to finish, a lot of colleges will let you transfer over certs for credits, so you can sometimes do double-duty with certs. My college will give me 6 credit hours for an A+ and then I get to add A+ to my resume right away while I'm chipping away at the degree. I also recommend certs that will stand without having to take update tests- this will save you money and pain in the future. I will also say that although I had done a lot of networking prior to getting my Net+, I learned a lot in the process and it helped me stand out on our team. The info I learned directly applied to the project we we're on and it greatly elevated my status on the team. I was quickly assigned to work directly with our software vendor to design and test enhancements to fix a lot of issues that had been missed originally.

more than 2 years ago

Watchmen Watched

squarefish Re:Okay, my review (489 comments)

There is more character development in book and some of it did make it into the movie, but it's chopped up for the most part like the novel was. With the book you'll find yourself flipping back to other sections after certain discoveries, but you can't really do that in a movie theater and it's a huge amount of information all at once. There was a great deal cut out from the movie, but some of it will re-appear in the director's cut, which will add 30 minutes. I personally thought it was done probably as well as it could have been, but that will leave those that have not read it scratching their heads wondering what the big deal is and not getting a whole lot of it. Finish the book, watch it again, and then let's see how you feel differently about it.

more than 5 years ago

What Happens To Code From Failed Projects?

squarefish Re:Code Heaven (225 comments)

Actually, I think it gets it's own little piece of silicon heaven

And why wouldn't it?

more than 6 years ago

Successful Moonlighting For Geeks?

squarefish Re:OnForce.com (448 comments)

OnForce is awesome and easy to work with- the platform allows providers a lot of flexibility on what types of jobs they want, for how much, and easily allows you to set multiple parameters for how far you are willing to travel including zip codes, mileage rages, and area codes. I completed 29 jobs for them a few years ago when I was between jobs and I still keep an active profile in case I end up in that situation again. They are a great organization and they do a great job. I would highly recommend them to anyone. You also get your money within a couple days of completing the job- there are some tricks and you'll learn those as you go, but most of the clients are good, but they all have their own rules and policies that you really have to pay attention too.

more than 6 years ago



What does an election judge need to know?

squarefish squarefish writes  |  more than 6 years ago

squarefish (561836) writes "I was recently chosen as an election judge in Illinois and will be training for this position later this month. What do I need to know and be aware of outside of the 3 hour training they provide? I do not know the location or details of the precinct I will be working yet, but the voting methods and machines vary throughout all areas of state. What should I watch for in the training and on election day that would make me a better and less partial judge? I'm an independent and offered to judge for either party. I will not know anything about my assignment until 10 days prior to the election. My training is one week prior to the general election."


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