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Ask Slashdot: How Will You Update Your Technical Skills Inventory This Summer?

zeldor PI (208 comments)

for me its the summer of PI. raspberry and arduino projects and general amusement.

about a year ago
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Proposed NJ Law Allows Cops To Search Phones At Crash Scenes

zeldor or better yet... (397 comments)

the passenger was using my phone...

about a year ago
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NSA Building $860 Million Data Center In Maryland

zeldor electricity (177 comments)

where the @#^( are they getting this much electricity? are there secret nuclear power plants on the east coast?

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Job Search Or More Education?

zeldor where to begin... (182 comments)

at this point you are well trained to work in the repair section of best buy. if that is the kind of career path you would like by all means go for it.
but basically with your education and the economy/job market the way it is you will be in low paying menial jobs for a long time.
If however you have some concept of another field you would like to do that you can 'use' computers in go back for some more education
in that field. the tech school wouldnt be too bad of a choice but you might also find something useful at a state school.
holding out hope for the perfect job that pays well and you love will just fall into your lap is a lot like winning the lottery.

if you have the ability and desire a good applied sciences degree is always useful.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: CS Degree While Working Full Time?

zeldor Re:education yes but CS? maybe not (433 comments)

so if you are planning to a) stay at this place long enough to get a degree, and b) stay longer at this place they will make you sign up for for them
to pay your education bills (which is a good thing) you can see right there you will be at this place/job for quite a while more.
So at that point will you be wanting to go into a computer science position or something different?
but honestly after 10 years of real education nobody cares so much about education unless you are going to teach or do research for the govt.
get an education but think carefully about in what area.

sorry, meant 10 years of experience not education

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: CS Degree While Working Full Time?

zeldor education yes but CS? maybe not (433 comments)

so if you are planning to a) stay at this place long enough to get a degree, and b) stay longer at this place they will make you sign up for for them
to pay your education bills (which is a good thing) you can see right there you will be at this place/job for quite a while more.
So at that point will you be wanting to go into a computer science position or something different?
but honestly after 10 years of real education nobody cares so much about education unless you are going to teach or do research for the govt.
get an education but think carefully about in what area.

about a year and a half ago
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Why The Hobbit's 48fps Is a Good Thing

zeldor how does it "look" different (599 comments)

not having seen the movie or old enough to remember it if it happened in the golden age of movies..
how does it look different in the theater at 48fps vs normal 24fps movies?

about 2 years ago
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Details of Initial "Disc to Digital" Program Emerge

zeldor so a digital movie worth $5 now (201 comments)

can I just give walmart $5 with no dvd and have them add a movie to my ultraviolet account?
not that I have one but it seems that the industry just claimed a digital copy of a movie can be bought for $5 in HD.

more than 2 years ago
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Data Breach Flaw Found In Gnome-terminal, Xfce Terminal and Terminator

zeldor Re:Is konsole affected? (184 comments)

It looks like only if the scrollback size is unlimited or at least really huge.
I have 1000 line scroll back and konsole creates no such files in /tmp.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Parallel Cluster In a Box?

zeldor can you write GPU code? (205 comments)

do you or them know how to program on a GPU?
if its really embarrassingly parallel EC2 spot instances and the gnu program 'parallel' will work quite nicely.
But if coding changes are required then the hardware is the least of your expenses.
 

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Use For a New Supercomputing Cluster?

zeldor hardly the biggest (387 comments)

Amazon's HPC cluster there in Virginia I suspect is way bigger then your little toy..
plus all the agencies.

about 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Ebook Reader for Scientific Papers?

zeldor still looking.. (254 comments)

I was so looking forward to the KNO device for this very reason.
but it didnt quite make it to usefulness :(

The ipad and goodreader is my current default but the screen is really just a little to small for
tech/scientific docs.

the asus eee pad transformer has promise but battery life sucks.

there are some flip screen laptops that are nice but again short battery life and quite spendy.

Ive been looking for years for such a beast but technology and demand arent there yet.

s

more than 3 years ago
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Netflix Deflects Rage Over Price Increase

zeldor the change is good for me (722 comments)

Their changes means my plan drops by $1.01 a month. Im all for it.

more than 3 years ago
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Piracy Is a Market Failure — Not a Legal One

zeldor Re:liberal BS (591 comments)

this country is increasingly ruled by corporations. Its only natural that the
people start adopting the ethics of corporations. This is to maximize profits
at the cost of everything else.
and by not spending money when they dont have to people are doing exactly
what ethics tells them to do...

more than 3 years ago
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Latest Top 500 Supercomputer List Released

zeldor Re:actual purpose (130 comments)

pleaides isnt nukes, its nasa. airplanes and weather.
the others some are nukes some are open unclassified uses.
noaa/nsf/etc

more than 4 years ago
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In Defense of Jailbreaking

zeldor its not their device anymore (405 comments)

once you buy it its no longer their device, its your device
and should be able to do with it as you please.
however there are non consumer friendly laws that
got bought that prohibit this concept...

more than 4 years ago
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New Plan Lets Top HS Students Graduate 2 Years Early

zeldor Re:Why go to community college? (425 comments)

It actually can.
I did this very thing some 25+ years ago now.
though my highschool was paying for my community college
at the time. The was pre-AP classes and this was their version.

It was a very useful thing to do community college before
I went on to a real university. not for everyone but
it was like a halfway program for higher education.

more than 4 years ago
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Is Programming a Lucrative Profession?

zeldor it can be if in your job you also program (844 comments)

strictly "programming" is becoming a blue collar job these days.
but if you find a profession that you like that needs programming
skills in addition to its normal requirements you can do great.
myself I went to school to engineering (aerospace), that needs
a lot of programming as all we do is write code.
So its applied programming if you will which tends to be
a lot more useful in the real world then just a programming
degree.

more than 4 years ago

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