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IE9, FF4 Beta In Real-World Use Face-Off

yelirekim Re:Fuck this shit (358 comments)

You mean write real code that does something... like a web browser?

more than 4 years ago

High-Frequency Programmers Revolt Over Pay

yelirekim Re:Bosses earn too much (1018 comments)

"Taking tougher classes in school" isn't an option for the vast majority of people, for every millionaire investment banker there are tens of thousands of people who have been worried about keeping food on their plate, and their families plates, since they were old enough to understand that they needed to. That kind of poverty prevents them from focusing on schooling in all but the absolutely most driven people, there isn't anywhere near the level of opportunity provided to the impoverished as is provided to those who are raised wealthy.

Admittedly, this is a human condition, it's been like this for a few centuries. Those who want to succeed need to overcome it, but it's not as cut and dry as you're portraying it, and it's a very long shot from a level playing field that you can point a finger at and say "look, it's your own fault you're not a millionaire".

more than 4 years ago

How To Get a Game-Obsessed Teenager Into Coding?

yelirekim From someone who's been there (704 comments)

My dad sat me down when I was eight years old with the "Turbo C++ Bible" and had me copy the first example out of the portion dealing with graphics, this changed my life forever, but had very little to do with my dad and everything to do with the fact that I became immediately enraptured with my ability to make the computer do what I wanted. If that facet of programming doesn't have any sway with your son, there is probably a slim chance that he'll self educate (as is mandatory for anyone who wants to program professionally) but there is a trump card that I can think of that might help you out here: mobile development. I bet if you got your son an android device under the condition that he would learn how to develop applications for it it would turn out well for both parties. The main advantage here is that Android development is easy, and you can immediately interact with something on your phone that you've coded, which is way, way, way more engaging than white text on a black console, which is how most people start out. As a parent I'd say you don't have the ability to force your son to be a programmer, you do have the ability to enable him though.

more than 4 years ago

Facebook CEO Accused of Securities Fraud

yelirekim Re:Remember, folks (247 comments)

I'm not one to take the word of a New York times columnist as absolute fact, but the review you yourself have posted of that book clearly indicates that it's horribly embellished.

more than 4 years ago

China Hits Back At Google

yelirekim Google should go to war (432 comments)

They should task all of the potentially soon to be laid off workers with the new full time goal of dismantling internet censorship in China. I for one would welcome WWIII at their hands.

more than 4 years ago

William Shatner Takes On Social Networking

yelirekim Re:Not social networking... (294 comments)

Facebook started out as a closed community available only to ivy league universities, but then eventually used the fanaticism of that user base to leverage its growth. I think that this won't be as large as facebook because step 2 can't really happen, but it's a far cry from something that just flat out won't work. A 'trekkie' is by definition already a fanatic so this might not be such a bad demographic.

more than 4 years ago

iPhone's Liquid Sensors Can Be Triggered By Wintertime Use

yelirekim Nobody exposes the phone to cold for this duration (484 comments)

If you keep the thing in your pocket there shouldn't be nearly that much of a problem, you would have to regularly be talking on the thing for an hour at a time in cold weather to reproduce this.

more than 4 years ago

Best Open Source Business Tools?

yelirekim LegalZoom will save you the headache (164 comments)

I know you want "free" resources, but IMO having legalzoom monitor all of this for you is easily worth the ~$100/yr you pay them for it, they alert you of all compliance deadlines for S/C/whatever corporations year round, tell you when to file your taxes, provide templates, guidelines and contracts for contracting, shareholders, act as the registered agent and respond to any state or federal inquiries immediately, giving you your own time to come up with a response... There are many more benefits to it, and I'm sorry if I sound like a fanboy but from my perspective I just paid them to take care of this and it was really worth it to never have to think about it and just follow the instructions on their website. That is kind of the point, instead of paying a lawyer x-thousand dollars to do this, they come up with professionally prepared, general resources similar to what you would get if you hired a lawyer, and make them available at a reduced price.

more than 4 years ago

Magento Beginner's Guide

yelirekim Magento isn't exactly perfect either (124 comments)

I have a few large scale magento projects under my belt, and I just want to pipe in here.

even the later systems are frequently criticized as suffering from poorly-written code and inadequate documentation

Magento does do a better job in these areas than say, osCommerce, but there are still massively underdocumented portions of the code base. The code is clean and extensible, but horribly inefficient, to the point where a lot of people speculate that the Magento team wants it to be like that, so when your store takes off you are more likely to hire them to speed things up.

about 5 years ago

Mark Cuban's Plan To Kill Google

yelirekim Experts Exchange (773 comments)

I usually find experts exchange to be pretty well informed on the answers they give out, also a little trick that not a lot of people know about: If you scroll to the bottom of the page you'll find all of the answers to the question being asked, whether or not you have a paid for account.

more than 5 years ago

Documenting a Network?

yelirekim start with nmap, then wiki (528 comments)

1. portscan everything on your entire network and spit it out into a text file
2. set up a wiki
3. paste the results of the portscan into the wiki
4. start writing about everything that showed up

i've actually done this before with a pretty high degree of success, pm me if you want some help setting it up

more than 5 years ago

Yahoo Pulls the Plug On GeoCities

yelirekim Re:It hurts me inside (427 comments)

I don't really see facebook disappearing any time soon, there is an awful lot of value there for the people who use it. It's the equivalent of a "box of polariods" for about half of all college students in the US.

more than 5 years ago

Online Storage For Lawyers?

yelirekim there is this thing called a computer (287 comments)

I'm not really clear on why he needs to use online data storage when he could just buy a computer and copy the files onto it.

more than 5 years ago



Hiring IT personell as personal assistants

yelirekim yelirekim writes  |  more than 5 years ago

yelirekim writes "I'm currently working a job at a medium sized financial services company and have found myself catering more and more towards developing applications to increase the efficiency of tasks performed by specific employees within our company. All in all it's a pretty good gig and allows me flex my programming muscles without holing up for days on end and cranking out code, I'm in pretty regular contact with many people here, and I've found that what I can provide them makes their jobs significantly easier.

I'll be moving to a different city soon, and am currently applying for jobs. I had this crazy idea that I would probably make a pretty good personal assistant to someone who has an extremely high workload. From my perspective, it makes a lot more sense to hire an assistant who can automate the organization (and in some cases completion) of the tasks / communications you have to deal with, instead of just administering or performing those tasks or communications. In any case, my question to Slashdot is: do you think that I'll have any success obtaining a position like this, does anyone else work a similar gig?"

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