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Comment: Off topic (Score 0, Flamebait) 56

by DaMattster (#48630643) Attached to: India Successfully Test Fires Its Heaviest Rocket
This might be off-topic or even seen as discriminatory but I will take the chance. I'm appalled at India's Government for putting it's space program above the welfare of its people. There are many Indians living in abject poverty whilst her government fritters money away on fancy projects that ultimately do nothing at all save for showing off to the world.

Comment: IT (Score 1) 720

by DaMattster (#48544931) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?
For what it's worth, IT is not what it is cracked up to be. It is one of those careers that looks better from the outside, looking in. Granted, my experience is jaded and I'm autistic so I don't function well in an office environment. Have you thought about a career driving an 18 wheel semi? The reason I ask is that many companies don't care if you're an ex-con and the money is VERY VERY good. After 13 years of being in IT, the most money I made is 75,000.00 a year and I worked 90+ hours per week plus on call time. I felt as if I was only noticed when things went wrong and I got absolutely sick and tired of dealing with people who think that computers should be perfect. Furthermore, I got sick of being penalized on performance reviews for not making improvement suggestions. Every time I made a good suggestion, the answer would be "let me look into that." As a rookie truck driver, I'm earning 65,000 a year and my cubicle is an 80,000 lb semi with satellite radio, GPS, and a few other bells and whistles. I get quarterly fuel and safety bonuses and I can get pretty much routed wherever I want to go. Since it's cold and snowy up north, I've requested routes that take me through the desert southwest. If I could turn back time, I never would've gone to college - I would've gone straight into a tractor trailer training school. Also, contrary to popular belief, truck driving has challenging moments and there is almost rarely a dull day. :-D

Comment: Re:My 0.02 (Score 1) 109

by DaMattster (#48522051) Attached to: Workers On Autism Spectrum Finding Careers In Software Testing
This is why long distance, over the road trucking is great. It attracts people who are wired a little differently. I found I don't even have to think about being on the spectrum. I actually have friends and something of a social life with many fellow drivers. We have a tendency to be brutally honest to each other but we'll go to the ends of the earth to help a fellow trucker in need.

Comment: IT workers (Score 2) 139

by DaMattster (#48502593) Attached to: Want To Work For a Cool Tech Company? Hone Your Social Skills
The reality of it is that there are more qualified IT professionals than there are jobs available. Competition is very stiff for many system admin and engineering jobs. System admins are overworked and under-appreciated: they are treated as very disposable. Screw that! I tell most folks to stay out of IT.

Comment: My 0.02 (Score 5, Interesting) 109

by DaMattster (#48502555) Attached to: Workers On Autism Spectrum Finding Careers In Software Testing
I know that this is off topic but why does underemployment have to be seen as such a negative thing. I am on the spectrum, I have a masters degree in Information Systems, and I drive a truck. I love my job! I don't consider it being underemployed at all. I have precious solitude, books on tape, the ability to take a nap during the day, and a boss who I communicate over text message. The office requires some really strong social skills and savvy personalities. Forget all of that noise and stress. I'm far happier and more successful as a truck driver than I ever was administering windows and unix systems. I gave up trying to get any kind of accommodation from a workplace, instead I chose a career to suite my temperament and interests. The bottom line is that society places too much emphasis on a very saccharine, one dimensional definition of success and happiness. I now see success and happiness as holding down a job I like and living below my means. If I could do my professional live over, I never would've gone to college - I would've gone right to tractor trailer training school. Instead, I got caught up in society's expectation for me to make it big in some bullshit white collar gig and lead a miserable daily life. Yeah sure, I don't make high five figure salary anymore but no amount of toys that that money could buy me gave me any happiness whatsoever. This is just my 0.02 cents but I feel a sense of freedom in the past six months that I've never felt in my adult, professional life. Choose a career based on your temperament, aptitude, and interests - not on how much money you can make or what society expects of you.

Comment: I wonder (Score 2) 129

by DaMattster (#48489973) Attached to: Graphene May Top Kevlar As a Bullet-Stopping Material
Kevlar tactical vests, being essentially a ballistic, polymer weave, have a shelf life of only about 3-5 years or so before they lose their power to slow and stop bullets. Apparently the strength of the polymer degrades over time, especially with repeat exposure so heat and UV. I would be curious if the graphene-based body armor is stronger and with a longer shelf life.

Comment: Lived there (Score 1) 289

by DaMattster (#48489967) Attached to: Gilbert, AZ Censors Biology Books the Old-Fashioned Way
I've lived in Gilbert, AZ, and in some ways, it is a mini bible belt in its own little domain. There are Jehova's Witnesses, Mormons, Catholics, and Protestants all locked in a political contest with one another. Gilbert is a really nice part of the east valley with safe neighborhoods and streets and friendly people. Its a shame religion is so embedded in politics. If you want to teach your kids creationism, the bible, and/or religion specific teachings, that's what Sunday school is for. Please don't dictate to me and my family your way of system of beliefs and force it onto me. I make the choice to be atheist but I don't come right out and criticize the faithful, rather it's the faithful that lambast me.

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