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Comment: Have another option (Score 1) 349 349

You only get what you negotiate, not what you deserve or desire. The best way to negotiate is be willing to walk away.

So, you should find another one or two companies willing to pay you what you want in terms of money and options. Then go to your existing employer and say "With the economy picking back up, I'm looking to find a company that will allow me to grow with them. Do you think AbcCorp could be that company for me?" "yeah, sure, excuse me while I fix my pointy hair, ummhmm..." "I've tried to figure out where that puts me, and found that a comparable position at XyzCorp offers 25 scooby snacks plus the opportunity to drive the mystery machine. Do you think my value to AbcCorp puts me in that range at this company?"

Don't use overly confrontational terminology, like "match their rate", "if I stay", etc. Treat it as a fact-finding mission and at the end of the day, you must be OK leaving if you and your employer don't agree on what the facts are.

Additionally, if you don't find other companies willing to pay more, or if you determine in your heart that you wouldn't really want to move companies, then at the end of this process you will be happier even if you stay. That is just as important to discover.

Comment: Craig Newmark for Nobel Peace Prize (Score 1) 316 316

I've been saying this in conversations for about a year now, what does /. think?

Craigslist is responsible for a significant amount of reuse and recycling. This is an incredible amount of energy not required to create new "stuff". Tons of pollution not emitted as that "stuff" no longer needs to be shipped across the ocean to me. Craigslist also reduces the friction on employment searches and makes possible a local small-jobs employment market as a means of supporting employment.

On top of all this, Newmark refuses to run ads on the site, minimizes listing fees, and has repeatedly refused to be bought out. His actions speak volumes, and his site is a great service to humanity.

Craig Newmark for Nobel Peace Prize.
Programming

+ - Naming bi-directional streams in an API? 1 1

DingoTango writes: My coworker and I are designing an infrastructure API to manage data streams. It will allow a client developer to set up streams going to and from some invoked server functionality, and allow a server developer to write services that both consume and produce streaming data. Our quite civil disagreement involves naming:

From the perspective of the client platform, the client's output stream goes to the server, and input stream comes from it. For the purpose of any ensuing discussion, let's call this the "Local" perspective.

However, if the client developer considers the service to be a widget, then the stream going to the service is the input stream and the stream coming from it is the output. Let's call this the "Widget" perspective.

As this is an infrastructure utility, we aren't able to name the streams according to function.

What say ye, Slashdot? Is there any precedence, experience, or ungrounded yet vociferous opinion that will resolve this for us?

Comment: Starfall + a mouse (Score 1) 417 417

I second the above suggestion to use http://www.starfall.com/ and just hand over the mouse (but not the keyboard). Get a cheapo computer off of craigslist for this. By the time your kid is four you're going to have to drag him away from the computer and all of the games he'll then be able to find on his own. Seriously, the first word my 3-4 year old learned to type completely on his own was "games". Google is amazing when it comes to instant feedback and gratification. Now, almost five, he'll ask us how to spell "iron" and then type "ironman games" into google on his own. I don't know whether this is good or not. But if it's what you want, you're asking the right questions.
Earth

Planned Nuclear Reactors Will Destroy Atomic Waste 344 344

separsons writes "A group of French scientists are developing a nuclear reactor that burns up actinides — highly radioactive uranium isotopes. They estimate that 'the volume of high-level nuclear waste produced by all of France’s 58 reactors over the past 40 years could fit in one Olympic-size swimming pool.' And they're not the only ones trying to eliminate atomic waste: Researchers at the University of Texas in Austin are working on a fusion-fission reactor. The reactor destroys waste by firing streams of neutrons at it, reducing atomic waste by up to 99 percent!"

Comment: Giving back to /. (Score 1) 146 146

http://www.starfall.com/ is a website that can significantly help your pre-schooler and early reader improve their literacy, based on my son's experience with it. (More self-reporting bias?) I first learned about this site on slashdot a couple of years ago, and it is so good, I want to make sure it is shared.

Comment: Common root cause (Score 1) 921 921

I think the root cause here is a desire for greater control. Prayer is one way of expressing a desire for control. So is instructing doctors to take every measure possible to prolong your life, in whatever quality. If these two observations are not directly causal, they likely have a common root cause.

Philosophy: A route of many roads leading from nowhere to nothing. -- Ambrose Bierce

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