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Want To Influence the World? Map Reveals the Best Languages To Speak

umdesch4 Re:I'm just happy to get anyone to read what I wri (142 comments)

I know, right? I got a pretty good crash course in Spanish after moving to Mexico for a year in 2000, to a city where almost no-one spoke English. So now I'm fairly fluent in English, French and Spanish. Since leaving Quebec almost 30 years ago, I only speak French with anyone once every few years as a bit of a novelty. Spanish? Absolutely never in the main cities in Canada. I work in IT, and I've only ever met one guy who spoke Spanish. The order is, and has been English, Chinese, Russian, and German, with Hindi floating around on either side of Russian, and Japanese down near the bottom (but still way above Spanish) more or less exactly as you stated, in every corporate environment I've working in for the last 20 years. That includes the teams several other countries. Conclusion: The secondary languages I've learned have absolutely no use in any business I've conducted throughout my entire career in IT.

4 days ago
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Preferred Type of Game?

umdesch4 ARGs (171 comments)

Alternate Reality Games. Love 'em. Hard to classify though, since the best ones have a heavy 'real world' puzzle solving component, and aren't necessarily confined to an online experience. That part alone would make me consider them video games, but some of the late night phone calls I've gotten, and weird places I've gone to, definitely elevates this type of game into a class by itself.

about two weeks ago
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Samsung Seeking To Block Nvidia Chips From US Market

umdesch4 Re:I mean this respectfully (93 comments)

Wait...you're asking for a boycott on Samsung, but not Apple? ...and you think that Apple hasn't tried (and succeeded) in lawsuits defending their frivolous patents by outspending their competition on fancy lawyers? While I agree that Samsung has pulled a lot of crap that is boycott-worthy, the way you've stated the case is, to put it nicely, disingenuous.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?

umdesch4 Re: Mod parent up. (176 comments)

Well, there are reasons beyond that to be fair. Thinking of the reasons why some of my previous jobs were in large corporations:

- More likely to get training when you're starting out and wet behind the ears, be surrounded by people with more experience you can learn from, and not have to be the guy with all the answers when you're so junior.
- A certain level of job stability and good benefits when you have bills to pay, and people you're supporting.
- Something recognizable to other employers for your future job hunting.

Having said all that, you're right about one thing. If you stay in IT long enough, and you're good at what you do, there does come a point where, if you've worked for large companies for a while, you realize how crap it is, and that you deserve better and can get it in a smaller shop, or startup.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?

umdesch4 Re:Sorry, you'll have to outsource. (176 comments)

[citation needed] Specifically I'm saying, citation of someone with no domain experience in a type of business starting one, and becoming wildly successful that wasn't due to either luck or downright unethical practices. One example please...just one. Thanks.

about a month ago
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R. A. Montgomery, Creator of the "Choose Your Own Adventure" Books, Dead At 78

umdesch4 Re:Used to love those (80 comments)

My favorite one was the space/sci-fi one. My memory is fuzzy, but there was a page where something really cool happens, but it was an unreachable, unlinked page that you couldn't normally get to. I found it because I had a practice of putting a little pencil mark on the corner of every page I read, so I could see which pages I hadn't read, and try to figure out how to get to them.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Programming Education Resources For a Year Offline?

umdesch4 Re:Absolutely agree (223 comments)

As phantomfive also said, thanks. I have a copy of Einstein's Relativity right here that I was planning to re-read soon, but I think I'll take your advice and read up on tensors first, to enhance my understanding. You've given me a reason for looking forward to this more than I already was. Wish I had mod points for ya!

about a month ago
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Entrepreneur Injects Bitcoin Wallets Into Hands

umdesch4 Geez (77 comments)

I love bitcoin. I've mined them, bought them, sold them, bought real tangible (completely legal) things with them, donated to worthwhile causes with them, and have read enough to understand how the whole system works...and even I think this is a downright retarded idea.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Programming Education Resources For a Year Offline?

umdesch4 Re:Obvious guy says (223 comments)

I'll add, if it was me, I'd bring the couple of Raspberry Pi kits I've had kicking around for months and never had the time to play with, plus the handful of soft copy guides I've got kicking around on a laptop, and finally do something with them, like I've been meaning to for ages. You will have access to electricity, I assume?

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Programming Education Resources For a Year Offline?

umdesch4 Re:Obvious guy says (223 comments)

I came here to say this. People commenting here don't seem to have the experience to back it up. I spent a year in a beautiful place where the climate and culture were a 180 from where I'd spent most of the rest of my life up to that point, and hardly anybody spoke a word of English. It was an awesome adventure, but I still had a whole heap of Cisco training materials on a laptop, and managed to write my CCNA exam when I came back. I had enough downtime over the course of the year, and sometimes I just wanted use the time to learn something radically different from my current surroundings, and more related to my former life. It helped me stay sane when I started to feel like a stranger in a strange land, and it made me remember that I'm not an idiot. When you spend a year trying to function in a place where you don't speak the language too well (especially at first), you can start to feel like you've lost too many brain cells. As for what to bring, that's hard to say, but I'd recommend something that's formatted as a course with study guides and practice tests, just because then you can gauge how well you're absorbing the material without needing to be online to confirm it.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Data Warehouse Server System?

umdesch4 Re:Why "Big Data" (147 comments)

Totally this. I work for a company that has a 5TB database that's currently holding all granular transaction data for a few thousand companies over 10 years. The main transaction detail table grows by 1-200k records per hour on average (around 50 new inserts a second), which amounts to about 1-2 GB a day. With the way things are ramping, we're on track to increase by around 1 TB a year on that database. We allow several levels of reporting to those companies, with details vs. aggregation, and all kinds of data warehouse slicing and dicing for everything they could possibly want. There are issues with some reports being slow sometimes, and data warehouse problems occasionally making it fall as much as a whole day behind (oh, the horror!), but it generally works.

As a rule of thumb, we don't consider this anywhere near big data. A large Oracle database, and some standard (by now we could call them "traditional") tools for cubes and data warehouses is all we need.

about a month and a half ago
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Landfill Copies of Atari's 'E.T.' End Up On eBay

umdesch4 Re:$50+, really? Can I get $50 for my copy? (107 comments)

I know right? I actually have 3 copies of it, 2 of which were thrown into those "buy this whole shoebox full of 2600 carts for $10, but you have to take them all" garage sale deals, and 1 of which is still in the original packaging (although not sealed).

about a month and a half ago
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Rumor: Lenovo In Talks To Buy BlackBerry

umdesch4 Re:Different reactions (73 comments)

Yeah, I wonder about this. It's extremely hard to come up with numbers. You typically end up with specific cases hitting the news in chunks, like this: http://www.theglobeandmail.com...

Then there's my own anecdotal evidence from copper mining, where my friend left his management position at one Canadian mining company shortly after a Chinese company acquired 51%, only to have another Chinese company buy a 40% stake in the next company he ended up at. Now he's waiting for the other shoe to drop, when the additional 11% acquisition quietly happens with no press. I've heard the same stories in every natural resource sector I know people in, but I just spent an hour googling this, and I can't find any top line number for just how much of Canada is actually owned by China. I suspect it's truly shocking.

about 2 months ago
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Early Reviews of Destiny: Unfulfilled Potential

umdesch4 Re:And then watch all of them... (93 comments)

I don't think you know who Jeff Gerstmann is. Other than that though, I agree with you.

about 3 months ago
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Among Gamers, Adult Women Vastly Outnumber Teenage Boys

umdesch4 Re:Amazing (276 comments)

I think maybe "money spent" would be a better metric. If you buy AAA titles, consoles, surround sound systems, projectors, liquid-cooled rigs with dual video cards, gaming headsets, specialized controllers, keyboards, and mice...in short, if some non-trivial percentage of your household's disposable income goes towards gaming, then you are a gamer. Does it not make economic sense to target the demographic that is spending outrageous amounts of money on this stuff. Otherwise you're chasing a very thin, long tail. Good luck keeping your game dev company afloat with that plan.

about 4 months ago
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Oregon Sues Oracle For "Abysmal" Healthcare Website

umdesch4 Re:Oracle sucks. (212 comments)

Too bad you posted AC, otherwise I could make sure I never hire you. Sorry man, but the last 10 companies I worked for got pretty big things done with Oracle DBs, and were able to host several-terabyte databases doing things that even DB2 would choke on, never mind MySQL or SQL Server, or any other DB I've worked with. I've worked with more companies that have migrated *to* Oracle because they outgrew what they were using, than the other way around. There's always much gnashing of teeth, and angst over going with such a reprehensible company's product...but that's been my experience at least.

about 4 months ago
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Oregon Sues Oracle For "Abysmal" Healthcare Website

umdesch4 Re:Oracle sucks. (212 comments)

I'm not a PhD level database guru, but my career has been almost entirely working with databases over the last 20 years. I can say that the underlying technology of the Oracle RDBMS itself is light years beyond other systems. I'm not an advocate of anything Oracle has done in other arenas over the last 10-15 years, but I experience an existential crisis every day in my job where I love working within an Oracle database, but hate pretty much everything about the company that owns it.

about 4 months ago
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Oregon Sues Oracle For "Abysmal" Healthcare Website

umdesch4 Re:Reputation (212 comments)

Have you seen SAP?

about 4 months ago

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