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Comment: Tin (Score 1) 198

by OldCrasher (#30184162) Attached to: Major Electronics Firms Support Ending Use of "Conflict Minerals"

They want to ban tin. Tin goes in solder. Solder holds chips to circuit boards. Circuit boards have via's lined in tin to allow for complex circuit design. Ban tin and you make most of our tech industry dead overnight. Now I know there are people that want to return our world to the caves, and this may be a good step in that direction. But do all /. readers really want themselves to be reduced to sending their comments in on Slates?

Comment: One hit wonders (Score 1) 344

by OldCrasher (#29699911) Attached to: When Do You Fire a Headhunter?

I've always regarded HH's as one-hit wonders. If they send you to a job (however appropriate) and you decline/fail the interview/or hate the "opportunity" then they just wander off anyway. Now, I will say I have known some headhunters for more than 15 years, but they are few - they know my disagreeable traits. In general, you just need to move on.

As for resume modifications, etc... rub behind your ears, if still damp, then "No" they never change aaanyyyything.

Comment: Re:What glory days? (Score 2, Interesting) 623

by OldCrasher (#29573889) Attached to: Has the Glory Gone Out of Working In IT?

Interestingly enough, not all businesses have a network, in fact the vast majority of businesses still don't have a network. Many are just 1 to 20 person companies, I agree, but they form the bulk of the working population. They don't have networks because either the business doesn't justify it (which is often hard to believe) or they can't afford to get someone in to do it for them. Ma & Pa are not calling in IBM. They need John & Jane. They need the personal touch. These little companies often have to buy inappropriate package software. It's in these areas that the Glory quietly continues. Building computers & building software for the little folk. Because the little folk are in fact doing the interesting stuff, and them doing interesting stuff means we as the IT players are helping that interesting stuff get done better. Which is glorious!

Comment: Think again (Score 1) 1359

by OldCrasher (#28493695) Attached to: Emigrating To a Freer Country?

Political asylum is a mugs game. The grass is always the same shade of green of the other side of the fence, which ever way you go.

You need a better angle.

I chose Climatological Asylum. The weather is miserable in the UK (most years, though not this by all accounts), with cold damp winters leading to cold damp summers. It made me really depressed, so I fled. Love New Mexico, much better weather. And the grass is always browner on the other side of the fence!

Only the Icelandic people would think you stupid from fleeing on climatological grounds.

Comment: Re:NJ to Manhattan data point (Score 1) 1137

by OldCrasher (#27868891) Attached to: Your Commuting Costs By Car Vs. Train?

I too live in NJ, and commute into Gotham. It takes a total of between 3 and 4 hrs a day to do the train rides. The parking is approx $1/day (resident perk), which equates to a saving of $30-$40/day if I were to pay for parking in the City.

The wear and tear on the car is covered by others, the wear and tear on me to drive that journey, is simply inestimable. I know that I can eat babes after about an hours commute in the car, and this commute could easily be 2 hrs each morning. Nerves would be wrecked, stomach churned, finger nails eaten, and hair ripped out.

NJ Transit may be the worst rail company on the face of the planet, but I can still get to work (relatively) reliably, can sleep on the train, and look down on all the poor schlubs stuck in their tin coffins on the Garden State Parkway. A monthly pass cost $227, good for multiple trips a day, weekend travel, and any of the tram rail lines in NJ.

The 18th century way to travel still works well in the 21st Century - where it's available.

Comment: Re:Louisianian.... (Score 1) 429

by OldCrasher (#26217163) Attached to: Being snowbound ...

Don't worry, I was in Washington D.C. back in '92, it snowed no more than a trace, and like some budget impasse, shut DC down. So, living in the Deep South, not demanding or anticipating feet of snow, you have friends in DC that don't know what to do with it either, and they get it regular as clockwork, several times every year. I think living inside the Beltway dissolves their brains; living under the shade of a Live Oak keeps your brains cool and collected.

Comment: Isolated (Score 4, Funny) 429

by OldCrasher (#26212559) Attached to: Being snowbound ...

You want a snow that cuts the town off, not your house. Then you can go down the local bars and see if you can drink them dry. You need challenges in life. Driving in snow is a small challenge; drinking a pub dry is a life long achievement!

Louth, 1987, 3 days of Public House bliss. 18" of snow, 50mph winds, 70ft snow drifts, 5 lost snowploughs, all roads closed. No internet, drat!

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