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Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

wdhowellsr The Final Straw (739 comments)

I've been with Slashdot for a very long time and have appreciated the stories and discussions. Most stories that were political, fringe or flame bait would never be posted if only to keep the site technical and not political.

This story has no place on Slashdot, and throwing Statistician into the title doesn't make it anymore relevant to what Slashdot is supposed to be about. Please remove my user and all of my information.

Good by and good riddance.

about 2 months ago
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After Non-Profit Application Furor, IRS Says It's Lost 2 Years Of Lerner's Email

wdhowellsr Re:Janusz Muzykant (372 comments)

I was going to reply then realized it was an Anonymous Coward. Is it me or are there a lot more Anonymous Cowards inside and outside Slashdot.org?

about 6 months ago
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After Non-Profit Application Furor, IRS Says It's Lost 2 Years Of Lerner's Email

wdhowellsr Re:Yawn (372 comments)

I was going to reply then realized it was an Anonymous Coward. Is it me or are there a lot more Anonymous Cowards inside and outside Slashdot.org?

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Fastest, Cheapest Path To a Bachelor's Degree?

wdhowellsr No College for Me. (370 comments)

I'm not sure on which area of programming you are focused, but until recently I was doing contract development exclusively and more often than not beat out people with Bachelor's and even Master's.

That being said, the reason I've been successful has nothing to do with intelligence or years of experience. I have gone out of my way to find contracts with Fortune 500 companies starting in 1994 with EDS followed by Blockbuster / Viacom, Sprint, Disney, Darden and other well known companies. I've actually taken less money to work for some of these companies because I know that people read our resumes very quickly and look for things that stand out.

Degrees over almost everything else are important if not critical if you are looking for temp to perm or contracts with companies that require it, obviously. However, you could hand two resumes to someone with absolutely no knowledge of programming and they will immediately recognize the names and form a strong opinion.

Another thing that I believe has brought me success is the fact that I decided in 2004/5 to focus exclusively on N-Tier, .Net, C# enterprise web applications. I've actually passed up contracts even though it might be another week or two so that I can maintain a resume that speaks clearly to a specific technology. The bad thing about web development is that it changes faster than Florida weather. The good thing is that if you keep up with the cutting edge technology such as Angular, SignalR, Breeze and anything else that is coming up you will never want for work.

While my post title, "No College for Me" may offend a lot of people, my belief is that you must do what you can to be marketable and stand out. If I stand side by side with someone with exactly the same experience and focus, they will get the job if they have a degree. On the other hand, I landed the contract at Blockbuster / Viacom in December of 1996 because I had just received a Microsoft Certified Professional certification in Windows 95 so had a large logo at the top of my resume. I am currently working on my (they keep changing it) Microsoft Certified something relating to developing applications. When I put that at the top of my resume I believe that it will again trump most if not all degrees.

On a related note, I went to Orlando Code Camp this weekend. There were 789 males and one scarily hot Goth girl with a mini skirt and some disturbing yet erotic tattoos. Damn, I'd like to see her code.

about 9 months ago
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French, German Leaders: Keep European Email Off US Servers

wdhowellsr Please tell me I'm dreaming! (115 comments)

Yes. This is the last one, and if this isn't true and Slashdot.org will permanently resemble a wife married for 28 years with a fifteen year old son and a twelve year old daughter so be it, I spent most of my early life without sex (ie Please tell me the browser cache is screwing with me. Please tell me that my wife wants to have sex more often ( ok that isn't going to happen, I have a 12 and 15 year old) Do we really have Slashdot.org back? Isn't that better than writing a curse word in caps? No. Please tell me this SHIT,SHIT,SHIT,FUCKING,FUCKING,FUCKING,JACKASS,JACKASS,JACKASS beta experiment is dead and buried. Excuse my French.

about 10 months ago
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Silk Road 2.0 Pledges To Compensate Users For Stolen Bitcoins

wdhowellsr Please tell me I'm dreaming! (84 comments)

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about 10 months ago
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Gabe Newell Responds: Yes, We're Looking For Cheaters Via DNS

wdhowellsr Please tell me I'm dreaming! (511 comments)

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about 10 months ago
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N. Korea Could Face Prosecution For 'Crimes Against Humanity'

wdhowellsr Please tell me I'm dreaming! (325 comments)

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about 10 months ago
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Windows 8 Metro: The Good Kind of Market Segmentation?

wdhowellsr Please tell me I'm dreaming! (389 comments)

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about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Anti-Camera Device For Use In a Small Bus?

wdhowellsr Please tell me I'm dreaming! (478 comments)

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about 10 months ago
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Oops: Security Holes In Belkin Home Automation Gear

wdhowellsr Please tell me I'm dreaming! (77 comments)

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about 10 months ago
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A Mathematical Proof Too Long To Check

wdhowellsr Please tell me I'm dreaming! (189 comments)

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about 10 months ago
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NVIDIA Launches GTX 750 Ti With New Maxwell Architecture

wdhowellsr Please tell me I'm dreaming! (110 comments)

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about 10 months ago
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Can Reactive Programming Handle Complexity?

wdhowellsr Please tell me I'm dreaming! (149 comments)

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about 10 months ago
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Are You a Competent Cyborg?

wdhowellsr Please tell me I'm dreaming! (101 comments)

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about 10 months ago
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A Primer on Data Backup for Small- to Medium-Sized Companies (Video)

wdhowellsr Please tell me I'm dreaming! (76 comments)

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about 10 months ago
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Does Crime Leave a Genetic Trace?

wdhowellsr Please tell me I am dreaming! (160 comments)

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about 10 months ago
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Darker Arctic Boosting Global Warming

wdhowellsr Please tell me I'm not dreaming! (378 comments)

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about 10 months ago
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A New Car UI

wdhowellsr Please tell me I'm not dreaming! (237 comments)

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about 10 months ago
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HealthCare.gov: What Went Wrong?

wdhowellsr Splat Programming (400 comments)

The ObamaCare web site is an example of Splat Programming. What is Splat Programming? Cut and paste from every where, run once and move on if it appears to even marginally work, and don't think very long about method or variable names. The most important part about Splat Programming is that you don't try to combine css or js files but rather just reference them individually via CDN and only change function name or variables that conflict. Most importantly, do not do any loading, scaling or security testing especially if you know that the test will fail.

The other part is Government Projects. You don't have to worry about errors and omissions because the standard government contracts do not hold the contractor liable if the final result is approved. Finally, unlike commercial projects, there is an infinite amount of money available to pay for years of bug fixes and upgrades.

Thankfully this site only effects a small percentage of people so there is really no cause for alarm.:)

about a year ago

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Windows Cloud - No Sql Licensing

wdhowellsr wdhowellsr writes  |  more than 4 years ago

wdhowellsr (530924) writes "I was just finishing a client setup on a Windows Cloud server with a major vendor when I couldn't install a licensed copy of SQL Server 2008. I quickly discovered from a very reliable source that licensing of SQL has not yet been resolved when dealing with pure Cloud Servers. I have verified with one of the top Enterprise Hosting companies that as long as the server is not shared and the customer has very clear licensing, there are no problems.

Unfortunately the best part of Cloud Hosting, being able to dynamically create and destroy servers, actually makes it very difficult to license.

I would love to have slashdotter confirmations."
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Oil hits beaches in 3 days

wdhowellsr wdhowellsr writes  |  more than 4 years ago

wdhowellsr (530924) writes "The oil slick from the damaged rig in the Gulf of Mexico is going to hit the beaches of the Gulf Coast in three days. Some of the best beaches in the world are on the Gulf Coast. I'm not a marine biologist or oil slick specialist but wouldn't it be better to set the slick on fire when it is well away from land versus letting it hit the shores? I would think it would be preferable to deal with nasty smoke off shore then oil in all of the beaches and habitats.

I know one of you guys knows the answer. Bill in Sunny Orlando Florida"

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Patent is Live

wdhowellsr wdhowellsr writes  |  more than 4 years ago

wdhowellsr (530924) writes "I promised that I would post my patent once it went live. You can find it at http://www.freepatentsonline.com/y2009/0310272.html but I want nothing to do with it and must say that it was made in haste and is about three-hundred words pages short.

You may think me cynical but if you think that you can trust patent attorneys you are a fool as they would steal from their own mother and sleep well."

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Nick's Kid's Choice Awards - 10,000K Hits?

wdhowellsr wdhowellsr writes  |  more than 5 years ago

wdhowellsr writes "My ten year old son and seven year old daughter are watching a live broadcast of Nick's annual kid's choice awards. For some background they received ninety million votes on their web site for the awards. Dwayne Johnson, the host, asked the TV viewers to go to Nick's site and vote for what they wanted him to do.

Conservatively there has to be at least five million viewers on the show and everyone of them, including my daughter, immediately went to the web site to vote.

If there is a slashdotter that has anything to do with Nick's site, I would love to know how they estimated and prepared for the obvious onslaught of web site hits.

The web site came up in under ten seconds."

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Microsoft Expression Web can't open IIS7 sites!

wdhowellsr wdhowellsr writes  |  more than 5 years ago

wdhowellsr (530924) writes "I'm currently testing Micrsoft's Expression Studio for an upcoming Silverlight Project and discovered a very interesting bug. I have always used ftp to remotely design and update my web sites. However it turns out that Expression Studio cannot connect to IIS7 web sites because of the pipe character contained in the IIS7 username.

The exact quote is "Microsoft Expression Web does not recognize the pipe in the IIS 7 FTP username as a valid character, so it is not currently possible to use Expression Web on an IIS 7 account. If you are unfamiliar with the pipe character, it is what separates the numerals from the letters in your IIS 7 FTP username. For example: 0099999|yourdomain0. This is a known bug, and Microsoft has assured us that it will be addressed in the next major Expression Web release. We do not, however, know when that release will be made public."

I was testing the Expression Studio suite for an upcoming Silverlight project and find it absolutely absurd that they would put off a simple user name filter fix for the next major release."
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China Wins Metal Total - According to Drudge!

wdhowellsr wdhowellsr writes  |  more than 6 years ago

wdhowellsr (530924) writes "Slashdotters are getting way to good. I was in the middle of posting a story about "The Drudge Report" posting a link titled, "Olympics over, China counts medals and respect..." that connected to "Yahoo Sports", http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/beijing/medals?sort=gold, apparently showing China winning the Gold Count and the Metal Count. I checked back and apparently someone at "The Drudge Report" figured out that It might appear to be slanted and so now points to a less provacative story about happy young chinese citizens.

This is a perfect segue into Slashdotters opinions about these Olympics, not even politically since that horse has been dead for at least a few years now. Now that the fireworks are fake, the singers lipsync to someone else, sixteen is the new fourteen and all sorts of other fun diversions herein lies the question.

Is it possible to have Olympic Games in the year 2028 that isn't completely fabricated or at least chemically, electronically and bionically enhanced?"

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ROKU

wdhowellsr wdhowellsr writes  |  more than 6 years ago

wdhowellsr writes "I just received my Netflix Roku receiver today and all I can say is &f39as&(qw3*(*Y!. The picture is crystal clear and the setup took about fifteen minutes even with my locked down wifi. Although the selection is limited the technology is perfect for the application. Has anyone else installed the Netflix Roku."
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Ben Stein's Expelled!

wdhowellsr wdhowellsr writes  |  more than 6 years ago

William Howell writes "By now you surely have heard of Ben Stein's upcoming movie, "Expelled — No Intelligence Allowed". Regardless of your position on anything related to this movie or the battle between accepted science and ID, I have a rather disturbing proposition to anyone that likes to play devil's advocate.

Imagine for a moment that we were able to bring a highly regarded intellectual from the past who considers the Scientific Method as the primary means of establishing scientific laws and theories. Now imagine that we must bring him up to speed as to our current laws and theories relating to all fields of science. He doesn't buy the concept of concensus because he experienced the absurdity of "Flat-Earth" societies.

To steal a phrase from "And The Band Played On", "What do we know? What can we prove?." Clearly we are very comfortable immediately discounting scientific experiments that cannot be duplicated such as Pond's and Fleishman's cold fusion. However for some unknown reason we are loathed to apply the same level of critique upon the origin of the universe and all that it entails.

It has taken over forty years for me to have the balls to admit that I don't know. I believe that this debate over the origin of the universe and organic matter is absurd because neither party can prove anything. I defer to Stephen Hawking who said in "A Brief History of Time", that in paraphrase, "I leave the origin of the universe and life to the theologians and meta-physicists"."

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wdhowellsr wdhowellsr writes  |  about 8 years ago

wdhowellsr writes "I am currently setting up a lab that will need to provide me with the ability to test equipment for electronic systems from low voltage dc to super high voltage ac. I'm currently getting a Fluke 43b meter to be the primary testing equipment and will be wiring the entire lab to every possible variation of ac and dc voltage. My question to you is what would you consider the perfect lab not just for electronics but for computers, chemistry, and biology. I've tried to find resources on the web that would give me information regarding this but have been unable to find anything. Hold Nothing Back, William D. Howell"

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