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Comment: Not all finance jobs are evil (Score 1) 559

by AWG (#40281973) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Ambitious Yet Ethical Software Jobs?
Plenty of finance jobs are ethical. Work for fraud or anti-money laundering (plenty of high-intensity data work there). Or work for risk management and stop the bad guys.

At lots of institutions risk management is a joke (see JPM's CIO blow-up). But at the GOOD ones, risk management has a seat at every table. It's up to YOU to make sure those a**hole traders aren't going to explode the bank and lose their client's money. Not to mention the shareholders.

Seems pretty ethical to me.

If you still feel bad, decide what an "appropriate" amount of money is for yourself, and give the rest to charity every month.

Comment: Mission Creep, art vs. products (Score 1) 247

by AWG (#39643105) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: At What Point Has a Kickstarter Project Failed?
Kickstarter was not originally meant to sell real 'products' as far as I can tell. But they don't turn people away who use it for that purpose. Felix Salmon covered the the 'mission creep' of kickstarter quite well last month on his blog. Actually Felix's blog is a great place for coverage on Kickstarter and the recently-passed JOBS act, which seems awesome on the surface but actually is filled with some quite terrible things.

The bigger risk, however, is on the side of the funder - and that's the risk that the project will get funded, you will spend your money, and you will end up getting nothing in return. For original-concept Kickstarter projects, that's probably OK: you supported the arts by funding an artist, and you hoped to get a memento of that funding, but the reward was just a reward, and not necessarily the main reason you funded the project. For things like bars of soap and iPhone docks, however, the great majority of the funders are thinking of themselves as buying a thing. And they're not properly discounting the very real risk that they will end up with nothing at all.

Input Devices

Brain-Control Gaming Headset Launching Dec. 21 112

Posted by Soulskill
from the oh-hey-it's-real dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Controlling computers with our minds may sound like science fiction, but one Australian company claims to be able to let you do just that. The Emotiv device has been garnering attention at trade shows and conferences for several years, and now the company says it is set to launch the Emotiv EPOC headset on December 21. PC Authority spoke to co-founder Nam Do about the Emotiv technology and its potential as a mainstream gaming interface." One wonders what kind of adoption they expect with a $299 price tag.
Games

Games Workshop Goes After Fan Site 174

Posted by Soulskill
from the don't-anger-your-base dept.
mark.leaman writes "BoingBoing has a recent post regarding Games Workshop's aggressive posturing against fan sites featuring derivative work of their game products. 'Game publisher and miniature manufacturer Games Workshop just sent a cease and desist letter to boardgamegeek.com, telling them to remove all fan-made players' aids. This includes scenarios, rules summaries, inventory manifests, scans to help replace worn pieces — many of these created for long out of print, well-loved games...' As a lifelong hobby gamer of table, board, card and miniature games, I view this as pure heresy. It made me reject the idea of buying any Games Workshop (read Warhammer) products for my son this Christmas. Their fate was sealed, in terms of my wallet, after I Googled their shenanigans. In 2007 they forbid Warhammer fan films, this year they shut down Vassal Modules, and a while back they went after retailers as well. What ever happened to fair use?"

Comment: Self Investment (Score 1) 537

by AWG (#28675339) Attached to: Which Language Approach For a Computer Science Degree?
Expose yourself to as many useful languages as you can. Learn a bit about the (business-wise) useless ones too -- they can still teach you a thing or two. The really important thing to learn in school is the theory of developing systems that work, and doing so as simply and elegantly as possible. Any company worth working for will pick up on that. If you really learned from your CS degree, learning a new language will simply be a study in syntax. For a true nerd, it is easy enough to "master" the nuances of a specific language in your free time; learn as much of the hard stuff in school while you can!
Programming

+ - Python 3.0 Alpha Released->

Submitted by AWG
AWG (621868) writes "Although not due for a production release until August 2008, eager python developers can take a sneak peak at the first alpha build of python 3.0 (aka "Python 3000"). This next leap in python will finally cull a lot of deprecated technology as well as re-organize a lot of the libraries and underlying data structures. In short, it isn't necessarily backwards compatible! Release announcement is here, or just skip ahead to read about what's new."
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Data Storage

+ - What OS/FS to use for 16TB storage array? 1TBx16!!

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Dan Cabrera
Dan Cabrera writes "So I just took delivery of a large package (pickup truck bed sized box) labeled 'server' — turns out it's the one I've been waiting for a while from a client. We had some miscommunication and I assumed this was a 2-4, maybe 5TB system for use as a production content shared drive, but it turned into a real monster, SuperMicro SC-836 with HighPoint 2240 Controller and *16*x*1TB* Hitachi drives in a RAID5 array. It's got WinXP64 loaded, but there must be a better solution after reading of ZFS and related technology now available as open source, no? Looking forward to your comments and suggestions! I'll repost with some benchmarks as this puppy grows up (into the wee hours of the morning I'll work :) Happy SD'in! PS: Just need a large drive to save rendered projects to and backup music/other projects (This is for a world known DJ, so the each tour/show can involve a LOT of media!) ...and, how the heck am I gonna do off-site backup for this in event of disaster? Ay-yay-yi!"

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