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Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

tomtermite Pre-17th century literature and a software dev/arc (392 comments)

Honestly, for me, I loved Pascal, HyperCard and Maxromedia Director. That interest led me to Objective C, then Java, then back to Objective C AND Java. But programming (and now architecting software and services) may not be your interest. But if so, you can learn many ways without univeristy. Save that for the really interesting stuff.

about 2 months ago
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Wi-Fi Shown To Interfere With Aircraft Systems

tomtermite Re:FAIL (300 comments)

It is common that anything in the states with FCC transmit/receive approval should not interfere with other devices; perhaps Boeing needs to shield their equipment better?

more than 3 years ago
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Chinese Stealth Fighter Jet May Use US Technology

tomtermite Re:Old (339 comments)

The Chinese may have stolen stealth technology from the downed F117, re-purposed Russian designs (which lag even the 1950s stuff of the SR71), but they are running down the wrong path. Forget Z-day, the Terminator scenario is looming...

more than 3 years ago
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Relaunched Recovery.gov Fails Accessibility Standards

tomtermite How to do 508 right - www.financialstability.gov (197 comments)

Our company developer the Trouble Asset Relief Program's site, at http://www.financialstability.gov/

I am happy to report, MOSTLY compliant with Section 508.

And it has cool stuff, too.

more than 5 years ago
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Google Bans Tethering App From Android Market

tomtermite Re:No crazy restriction for Windows Mobile Apps (361 comments)

With capitalism, a company makes something, offers it to the market at a price, and people decide to buy or not to buy. Case in point, iPhone. Development for Apple is notoriously painful (not writing the code - Cocoa, iPhone SDK, WebObjects makes that easy). But that's because they are letting outsiders into the guts of their product. They want (need/have to have) ultimate say over their product, to leverage their investment and ensure what is available in the marketplace is indeed what they intend.

Quit whining. If you don't like what the company (Google, Apple, Microsoft, etc.) offers, buy a competitor's product, or, better yet, make your own that is superior (the American way -- and open source is one means to that end).

more than 5 years ago
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Balancing Performance and Convention

tomtermite Go with proven technologies... (171 comments)

With over ten years under its belt, WebObjects has proven very beneficial to our company. Of course, Java developers are sometimes hard to find, and the learning curve for WebObjects can be steep, but the community is tight-knit, and the Wonder (open source) frameworks have addressed that persnickety 5% you describe...

After all, iTunes, UPS and other enterprise solutions show that a core set of frameworks, scalable architecture, and talented developers can yield a business model that works.

more than 5 years ago
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How To Cut In Line and Not Get Caught

tomtermite Re:Just what we needed.. (256 comments)

Actually, in some cases, *letting people cut* is beneficial...

http://realityme.net/2007/10/22/driving-patterns-let-the-ass-merge/

On freeways, the people who are 'self serving' by waiting until the lane disappears before merging actual improve the flow of traffic for everyone.

Line cutters rejoice.

about 6 years ago

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Net Neutrality Efforts by the FCC Stymied

tomtermite tomtermite writes  |  more than 3 years ago

tomtermite (246492) writes "Congress is busy... blocking net neutrality efforts by the FCC. From the Washington Post: "Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Tex.), ranking member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee filed an amendment to an appropriations bill aimed at preventing the Federal Communications Commission from adopting net neutrality regulation.""
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Good mid-range router for a budding SAAS provider

tomtermite tomtermite writes  |  more than 6 years ago

tomtermite writes "We're a budding software-as-a-service provider. We will be going live in the autumn, and we are fairly confident in our architecture to accommodate scaling. While our developers are focused on meeting the goals laid out in our software roadmap, I have been losing sleep over security. I am charged with selecting a mid-range router to provide a strong firewall/access control for a reasonable price ($1000-3000). The default choice seems to be Cisco, but I want a web GUI for management, and some strong DoS protection. We're projecting thousands of users in 8-12 months, so we don't want to choke on too weak of a router. Any suggestions from application service providers or current SAAS providers? Cisco doesn't make it easy to find the right feature mix, and I don't want to overlook some less-publicized but equally robust options. We run Apache for web tier, WebObjects for middle tier, and MySQL for data, from multiple servers at one data center. We don't need load balancing, but would like the 'standard' router extras (VPN, etc.)."

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