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Comment: The bigger the company, the bigger the problem. (Score 1) 221

I work for a large multinational (well, for a subsidiary. Parent company is massive. Global subsidiary is quite large. We're a regional offshoot).

We get a fair amount of our deadlines set by head office, with a "We've put out a press release saying it'll be out on this date". You can't say no, it won't work. This sort of thing isn't restricted to big companies. In smaller companies I've had bosses tell me (and this pre-dates Agile as IT design tool) that I have to have the code finished before the end of the week, as they've got an advert in Saturday's paper.

Like in Mythbusters, failure is always an option.

Comment: Was that a shark? (Score 1) 261

As April Fool plots go, this is one of the stupidest, asking your users to jump through hoops to read your content (and when you lose that, you lose advert revenue as well).

To add insult to injury, you haven't unscrambled them again, and it's April 2 here (and well inside it, too)

Does anyone want to buy a 4 digit Slashdot user ID? I don't want to be associated with this once great website any more.

Comment: Yes. Well, mostly. Often. Sometimes. (Score 1) 878

by Monty Worm (#40590949) Attached to: Does Grammar Matter Anymore?
Person-to-person: not so much.

If you're writing for a professional purpose, having good grammar shows attention to detail. If you can't show you have paid attention to detail on this small thing, I'll assume you didn't pay attention on the things that mattered.

If you're writing fiction, if I notice patterns in the writing (like poor grammar), I'll start paying attention to them instead of the narrative flow. This is a bad thing.

If you're writing to a person, consider what impression you want them to have on you. Good grammar / complicated words may not be necessary. Or they might be very necessary. See http://www.girlswithslingshots.com/comic/gws-849/ .

Comment: Re:.tk, seriously? (Score 1) 137

(disclaimer: I am a former employee of Dot.TK)

The reason most domains get removed from the .tk name space is that they breach the terms and conditions that users supposedly agreed to when signing up. This includes (but probably isn't limited to): Drugs, alcohol, tobacco, sexual content, piracy, and other illegal activities.

And in an attempt to reply to as many of the points raised in other replies as possible:

  • Most of the hijacked domains were (in the time I was there) taken down after requests by their mainstream counterparts. From what I understand, this is essentially required to hold a trademark to defend it, or delayed legal attempts to regain it may treat it as abandoned.
  • It's a full Registry/ *and* Registrar. If users only want URL forwarding, they can have it. If they want to add A, CNAME, and MX records (IP6 wasn't supported yet when I left, but that was a while back) that's another option. Your own Name Servers? Not a problem.

Knowing the company, it'll probably remain for a few days, while the traffic builds up. Then it'll be taken down. At which stage, Anonymous will either start a massive hack attack on Dot.tk, or they'll simply create another domain name elsewhere, creating an electronic variant of whack-a-mole (close domain, another opens up)

+ - Dennis Ritchie, the father of C and Unix passed aw

Submitted by o0Ops
o0Ops (2483682) writes "According to one of Rob Pike's recent Google+ status Dennis Ritchie, a computer science pioneer well known for developing the C programming language and Unix, died at home last weekend. The influence of C and Unix is fundamental and phenomenal. This is another sad news in computer science following Apple's co-founder Steve Jobs's death last week."

Comment: Seriously? (Score 1) 456

by Monty Worm (#36881442) Attached to: Is Twitter Rendered Obsolete By Google+?
In comparison to Google +, Twitter is open.

I use Twitter both as what it was designed for, and as a central point for dispatching to other services.
If I post to my blog (mostly, but not entirely photos taken from my phone) it posts into twitter. In turn, posts from my twitter feed are reposted into Facebook. I dislike that conversations growing from postings remain trapped in whichever site they happen to be in, but no one seems to care. I do like that people who have never met (due to being in different parts of the world, and in different social circles inside) can effectively have discussions inside shared facebook comments/links etc.

I told Google+ about my twitter account, and it did nothing about it.

I'm far from convinced Google+ will last, far from making twitter obsolete.

Comment: I have *some* skeptcism... (Score 1) 807

by Monty Worm (#31244328) Attached to: Debunking a Climate-Change Skeptic
I have several problems with Climate Change science as it's seen in the popular press and addressed by politicians.
  • Carbon dioxide is *not* Carbon. Carbon includes coal, graphite, diamond. Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas. There are others, methane for example, that some studies think has more effect than CO2
  • Carbon-offsets are bullshit. Worried about CO2? Use less, don't try to buy a penance from someone else (who is no doubt making a profit)
  • Cutting down on oil dependency is a good idea, even without climate considerations - there simply isn't an unlimited supply.
  • By definition, we're still in an ice age (ie permanent year round ice exists). I'm not trying to claim it isn't shrinking, or that we aren't accelerating that shrinkage, but this is a long term process that we shouldn't take all the credit for.
  • Habitats are shrinking. Species are going extinct. But to be honest, we don't even know all we have yet. And having watched the local transport people clear and bulldoze areas beside train tracks, I feel that even micro-habitats might help. Looking untidy doesn't mean it doesn't help.
  • Evidence exists that at times in the recent (ie 500-1000 years) past that the climate *was* several degrees hotter.

Be totally honest here - slight (5-10 celcius) changes won't result in the end of humanity - civilisation maybe - but humans are more adaptive than that.

The reason I don't speak out on it more as that the idiots are doing at least partially the right things, albeit for the wrong reasons.

Comment: No employer == my current and past employers! (Score 1) 569

by Monty Worm (#29009561) Attached to: What Questions Should a Prospective Employee Ask?

no employer on earth will offer you more than you asked for.

Actually, the last two jobs I've been offered more than I asked. For the record, I'm a LAMP (Perl) developer - although in this case the M is an O, and sometimes the A has morphed into Cron or Postfix.

First one I had been without a job for 1 1/4 years, and just wanted to work. I gave a low figure, and was offered 25% more than that. Second job was not quite as bad, but I optimistically asked for a 10% rise as a result of moving - and got 10% *on top of what I asked for*

Seriously, if you're being hired via a recruiter, ask their advice, before the interview stages . Because they're getting paid a cut of your salary, they'll generally recommend something that's feasible, while being as large as the feel you can get away with.

A good recruiter is your friend. Bad recruiters a: should be shot, and b: are everywhere.

Suggest you just sit there and wait till life gets easier.

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