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+ - does being 'loyal' pay as a developer? 11

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Does loyalty pay as a developer?

As a senior developer for a small IT company based in the UK that is about to release their flagship project, I know that if I was to leave the company now it would cause them some very big problems.

Mostly because I’m currently training the other two ‘junior’ developers , trying to bring them up to speed with our products. Unfortunately however they are still a long way from grasping the technologies used – not to mention the ‘interesting’ job the outsourced developers managed to make of the code (but I’ll leave that for another post)

Usually I would never have considered leaving at such a crucial time, I’ve been at the company for several years and consider many of my colleagues, including higher management, friends.
However I have been approached by another company that is much bigger, and they have offered me a pay rise of £7k to do the same job, plus their office is practically outside my front door (as opposed to my current 45 minute commute each way)

This would make a massive difference to my life, and naturally the other half wants me to snatch their hands off!
But I can’t help but feel that to leave now would be betraying my friends and colleagues, some friends have told me that I’m just being ‘soft’ – however I think I’m being loyal.

Some of you fellow slash-dotters must have had similar experiences over the years, any advice?
thanks"

Comment: Re:Cameras at every toll booth (Score 1) 354

by Chainsaw76 (#24754355) Attached to: California's Wireless Road Tolls Easily Hackable

To play the Devil's Advocate - Sounds like a pretty easy case of being able to prove it wasn't you. And before you say 'It is their job to prove it was you, not the other way around', sending the picture of the vehicle doing it is their way of proving guilt.

On the surface, I might agree. Except if a human had processed the information it wouldn't have ever gotten to me.

But the machine found me guilty. The appeals process, as explained in the automated ticket, involves paying the fine first, and appealing second. If you win your appeal you will get the $50 back...

-Jason

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+ - Petition to free MainActor source code 1

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Anonymous Coward writes "MainConcept decided earlier this year to discontinue maintenance and distribution of MainActor Video Editing Software. MainActor was one of the most complete and affordable video editing software available for Linux and Windows. Some individuals already sent emails to MainConcept requesting them to free MainActor source code but without success. I hope that we, the whole Open Source Community, will have more success by puting all our efforts together. So, by signing this petition, we, Open Source enthusiasts and non-linear editors, ask that MainConcept release most source code (if not all) of MainActor as Open Source so that the community can continue to support and improve it. A topic has been opened in the unofficial MainActor forum to Free MainActor source code"
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+ - The web Common Alerting Protocol can save lives

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An anonymous reader writes "The Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) is a simple, standardized XML data format used by the United States Department of Homeland Security, the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the Government of Canada, and many other organizations to exchange information about a broad range of warnings and emergencies. This article shows you how to use CAP and distribute critical information about life-threatening events of any kind."

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