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Is Phoenix the Next Silicon Valley?

travisb828 Re:Arizona? No Thanks (555 comments)

It also takes some balls to leave your home country.

about 2 years ago
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WW2 Vet Sent 300,000 Pirated DVDs To Troops In Iraq, Afghanistan

travisb828 Re:Well that's okay (650 comments)

Yes, the Javanese. You think it was a coincidence that Java was developed by Sun and that there is a sun on the Javanese flag?

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Is Online Engineering Coursework Viewed By Employers?

travisb828 Re:Then **you're** naive! (201 comments)

Where did you work? Maybe it was a good was a good thing. I hope you found a job at a place that believed in investing in its people. I live in the US and my experience has been completely different, and maybe it's unusual.

Every year during budget season my boss is on my ass about the training courses I would like to take so she can secure funding. On top of that our entire department sets up a training seminar once a or twice year that our VP also attends. The Six Sigma Green Belt course was a good 3 days. The others tend to be a management and leadership based, but they have helped me learn speak managerese and schmooze.

There is also an internal online university with web based training with a ton of subjects ranging from software development to creating advertisement. Individual departments will also set up classroom training. For example, our business inelegance department does a week long training on building ETL using Informatica, and another week long training on Oracle Business Intelligence. Departments also do something called a lunch and learn where you bring your lunch and they go over something like the architecture of the billing system.

Outside of the department level training and education there is the $5,000 a year towards a degree at state accredited university. The degree has to be related to your current job. If you quit within a year of completing a course they paid for or get anything below a C, you have to pay the money back. I know a few people that have gotten their MBAs. One guy got his BS in physics.

more than 2 years ago
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AIDS Vaccine Breakthrough

travisb828 Re:Wooo! (417 comments)

you still have herpes and hepatitis

more than 2 years ago
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Chain World — Innovative Game Design Sparks Debate

travisb828 Re:Good luck with that (178 comments)

That would be cool. Each copy would then evolve independently and would be able to play different strains of the game.

about 3 years ago
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Microsoft Buying Skype for $8.5B

travisb828 Re:This is good news. (605 comments)

Not to mention that Skype is proprietary. Maybe this will push people over to SIP a little quicker.

more than 3 years ago
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Ma Bell Stifled Innovation, AT&T May Do the Same

travisb828 Re:Ma Bell Stifled Innovation? (354 comments)

That AT&T died in 2005 when it was bought by SBC. The new AT&T is SBC with the AT&T name, and Bell Labs was spun off in 1996 by the original AT&T to become Lucent. Lucent was then merged with Alcatel to become Alcatel-Lucent. Meanwhile the Bell Labs Holmdel Complex is sitting vacant.

more than 3 years ago
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I would draw the line at cloning...

travisb828 Asexual Reproduction (471 comments)

As an avid Slashdot reader I need a reliable method of reproducing asexually. It would also be nice to make improvements and add features in the next release.

more than 3 years ago
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Operation Payback and Hactivism 101

travisb828 Re:Can we PLEASE.... (423 comments)

We can call it cracking, but the rest of the world will continue to call it hacking. Crackers come with soup or are white people.

more than 3 years ago
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My Most Productive Day of the Week Is..

travisb828 The day without meetings (162 comments)

Meetings kill my productivity. I blame Outlook for giving the people the impression that time can be divided into distinct 30 minute chunks with no sense of continuity.

more than 3 years ago
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Students Banned From Bringing Pencils To School

travisb828 Re:You know... (426 comments)

If it makes you feel better, Massachusetts is in that part of the country we call New England.

more than 3 years ago
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When automating everyday tasks with robots, the line must be drawn...

travisb828 Re:cars (465 comments)

My daily commute is the most boring thing in the world. I would love to be able to read or nap during that time. But no, I have to sit and stare at the break lights in front of me while moving my feet around.

more than 3 years ago
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Word Processors — One Writer's Further Retreat

travisb828 Whatever works for you (391 comments)

Its all about personal taste, and I happen to like little red squiggly lines under most of my words.

more than 3 years ago
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Trojan-Infected Computer Linked To 2008 Spanair Crash

travisb828 You acknowledge that Software is not designed... (324 comments)

You acknowledge that Software is not designed, licensed or intended for use in the design, construction, operation or maintenance of any nuclear facility.

http://www.java.com/en/download/license.jsp

I really like that part of the Java EULA.

Even if the infected computer did directly cause the crash of the plane, Microsoft should put something similar in their EULA. Having this kind of disclaimer will remind people that they probably shouldn't use Windows in a system that may have lives depending on it. Its about using the right tool for the right job.

more than 3 years ago
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How many languages do you speak on a daily basis?

travisb828 Re:I know this is a silly question before I ask it (674 comments)

Keep in mind the US is an immigrant nation. There is a lot of language and cultural diversity.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languages_of_the_United_States

more than 3 years ago

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