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Comment: Re:All the movies had women in business (Score 5, Insightful) 766

by xtal (#48198309) Attached to: NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

Computing IS anti social!

You get good at programming by staring at a screen and figuring things out. For thousands, and thousands, and thousands of hours. There is no getting around that fact.

The more complicated it gets, the more "anti social" it is. What does that mean anyway? Do we all need to sit around and code by committee?

Comment: Re:Government involvement (Score 1) 346

I agree that smaller government isn't "the" answer, but smaller is easier to keep an eye on, and much of the "smaller" means that things instead get shifted to the state or local level. Frankly, I like that, because I can easily go downtown, or easy enough to the state capital, but when D.C. is in charge, there is zero chance of being heard. I would rather be a tiny voice here in NC than a non-existent one in DC.

Comment: Re:Australia can get it right (Score 1) 145

by Vanders (#48045599) Attached to: UK Government Tax Disc Renewal Website Buckles Under Pressure

The UK moved to a fully online vehicle registration system yesterday, can't you read? They are just having some zero-day issues, as most large-scale sites do.

As other posters have already explained, online payment for your tax disc nor the website are new at all. It is also not "fully online" as you can still pay at a Post Office, with cash even, if you wish. The only change that happened on the 1st of October was that you are no longer required to display a tax disc in your windscreen.

The problem appears to be a surge in users trying to use the website for some inexplicable reason; probably a complete failure to comprehend on their part, and there are a bunch of confused people trying to renew when they don't need to.

Comment: Re:Oh good (Score 1) 907

by Pharmboy (#47997069) Attached to: Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

No, it was called a Senior Airman. Very few Sr.Amn went to NCO school and took the rank of buck sgt. before just going for staff, so the majority of E4s were Airman tier, not NCO tier. Sr. Amn and Buck paid the same, both being E4, with the only difference being NCO school and tier, plus some advantages (priority) if you wanted to separate rats and quarters and were single. Oh, and the star on your sleeve was silver instead of blue, although that isn't a perk, just an indication you were an NCO.

Note that most of the "exceptional" airmen back then would simply go below the zone (make E5/Staff Sgt. in less than 4 years) rather than seek buck sgt. Bucks were fairly rare for a variety of reasons, including the above.

Yes, I was in the Air Force. So was most of my family.

Comment: Philosophy Major here (Score 1) 392

by Fished (#47921533) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

I was a philosophy major as an undergrad, have a Masters in Theological Studies, and a PhD in New Testament, and pastored a couple of churches along the way (part time.)

I've been working in IT continuously since the mid 90's (part-time when I was working on the PhD), and am presently employed by a Major Telecommunications Company as a senior architect. I make very good money, and when I left another Major Telecom Company in March, after 15 years, I had 15 inquiries just by posting to Facebook. The other day, I had a recruiter from Amazon practically beg me to come interview (they lost out in March due to being too slow to arrange an on-site interview.)

The degree doesn't matter. The skills matter. If anything, my broad background sets me apart from the pack. But only because I've got the skills.

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