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Comment: Certifications... (Score 2) 108

by Narot23 (#48149055) Attached to: Oracle Database Certifications Are No Longer Permanent
Every place I've been around doesn't care if they're super current. Now that all the vendors are doing expiring certs, expired certs are still certs in the eyes of most hiring managers. "Oh yeah you know Jimmy is Cisco certified but I think it expired last year or something. We'll get him into update it eventually" is the general tone you hear from the managers. If the cert even matters, if you passed a test 2 years ago and it's $5,000 to stay "current" I don't think many managers care, if they care about certs at all. That's just one of those "oh, you have them, OK" items on a resume, like a bachelor's.

Comment: Feedly... So far. (Score 1) 335

by Narot23 (#43975109) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Will You Replace Google Reader?
Feedly has been good for my uses thus far. Multi-platform, web support, and it can be "toned down" enough for lightweight / rapid reading. Google Currents offers some cool layout options (for Android), but really lacks in terms of feed support and managing subscriptions. I'm by no means a power user with RSS, but find my bare requirements (self-managed lists/groups, mark read after viewing, iOS/Android/Browser support, images disabled in headline view) best served by Feedly.

Comment: How about with the Publishers? (Score 2, Informative) 509

by Narot23 (#43975009) Attached to: Sony's PS4 To Have Less Stringent DRM Than Microsoft's Xbox One
Microsoft has stated that it will be "up to the publisher" whether the titles will support used sales. Sony obviously hasn't built it in to their end, but what about publishers? Ultimately I wouldn't be surprised to see EA, Activision, etc. including serial numbers and on-line activation schemes with their PS4 titles. I like the pro-consumer stance Sony is taking, and it's good to see them turn it around at some level, but that is a hanging question - have they come out and stated that they won't support publisher-based used sale restrictions? I don't fully trust them - their history with proprietary formats and DRM says more about their stance than a single press event.

Comment: Re:Managers can innovate? (Score 1) 134

by Narot23 (#42575793) Attached to: Why Do Entrepreneurs Innovate Better Than Managers?
The question is, why should they? At least in the industry I'm in, managers are not there to have vision or innovate. That's the role that sales fulfills, and executive leadership. Managers are there to ensure that the innovation is feasible (is the "vision" even possible to do in reality?) and profitable. Compensation goes down that same path. The sales force and executive teams take the role of entrepreneurs, and get the biggest rewards. Managers are there to steer the ship, not chart the course. The rewards of that may fall above those who are simply assigned to perform tasks, but it's nowhere near the level of those bringing the new business in the door. Granted, I work in a manufacturing-related industry, so things may be different but a bit "loose" in terms of structure. Management tends to organize the capable employees into groups that can execute the ridiculous specs to which sales staff sell without any concept of technical feasibility or profitability. "Whatever the customer asks for, sell it and let production sort it out". In our industry, managers tend to be skilled & veteran operators - it may be different in others.

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