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Comment: Re:Your employer (Score 1) 171

by Penguinisto (#47966729) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Who Should Pay Costs To Attend Conferences?

CFO: "We get to keep a productive employee doing the things he's been doing well, without having to pay for his continuing education and a networking opportunity that may wind up drawing him away from us. [...]

That only works until it's time for upgrades... then the company takes a massive hit in re-training time and lost productivity until their staff is up to speed.

Personally, if a company isn't willing to invest in me, then why the hell should I invest in it? Better to jump ship for a company that will invest in you than to sit on autopilot watching your skillset grow stale (and yes, for anyone not a developer it will grow stale, even if you train yourself or pay for your own training, because you'll never use it in a practical work setting. Devs have an 'out' in contributing to and maintaining OSS projects, though TBH it's a small comfort.)

Comment: Re:Don't bother (Score 4, Informative) 171

by Penguinisto (#47966527) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Who Should Pay Costs To Attend Conferences?

Hate to say it, but parent is almost completely correct.

There are some bennies to being on-site (hands-on labs with an expert on hand), but otherwise most conferences are just a big marketing push with a lot of hanger-on companies and startups vying for your attention on the main floor.

It wouldn't be so bad if the exhibitors had actual experts on hand to answer the tough questions w/o resorting to market-speak, but most of them don't, and are too busy evangelizing. If I wanted to get pounded with marketing-speak, I'd invite VARs to stop by at my office for that. If I want swag or bennies, there are plenty of local ones that local VARs are happy to give/throw (e.g. watching a Trailblazers game from a box seat while the VAR spends halftime talking to you about his product lines).

The last conference I went to was VMWorld in 1999, which had the hands-on labs and an opportunity to speak with the actual VMWare developers in an intimate setting about upcoming bits and existing problems (albeit the latter was restricted to certain big buyers/partners), but otherwise it seemed to be nothing more than a means to work over VPN interspersed with advertisement on-site, and more marketing disguised as after-hours drinking parties.

Seriously... They were fun as hell, and you used to learn a lot in the process, but the days of COMDEX and NetWorld are dead; you can thank the Internet for that.

Now classes or boot-camps? Different story, and still well worth going to depending on the technology and the depth offered. Conferences? Not so much.

Comment: Re:Small setup (Score 1) 284

by Penguinisto (#47943009) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

I use an Asus RT-66U as my Wifi router, centrally located on the second floor, antennas rotated horizontally to try to maximize vertical radiation patterns to get more signal downstairs.

Exact same model and rigging here... though the house I live in uses the old plaster-and-lath walls (it's an old beast).

Comment: Re:Small setup (Score 2) 284

by Penguinisto (#47942989) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

Dude - I live in a 105-year-old house, in a small town just outside Portland (OR), and I still do well even with a big front/back yard.

The trick? Easy:
1) the wifi router is upstairs, away from the chimney but with a clear shot downstairs (and to each bedroom).
2) It's an ASUS router (screw that cheapie one that the ISP gives you; disable that and hard-line to a decent wifi router with a good reputation made for gaming.)
3) Scan the frig out of your neighborhood, and pick a channel no one else is using.

Result? In spite of my laptop, the TV, Dish DVR, my wife's iPad, and two Android phones (albeit I keep wifi off on mine)... http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/3771041924 (taken off my MacBook Pro just now.)

Comment: Re:what is this even talking about? (Score 3, Insightful) 111

by Penguinisto (#47937077) Attached to: An Open Source Pitfall? Mozilla Labs Closed, Quietly

How can open source software die? the source is there! Anyone interested in the software has had ample time to get the source.

This, right here. Even if it goes stagnant for years? If you can get (or already have) the source, you can resurrect it.

By contrast, if you wanted to resurrect, say, WinCE? Well, good luck with that.

Comment: Re:Grim (Score 3, Insightful) 221

by Penguinisto (#47932481) Attached to: Obama Presses Leaders To Speed Ebola Response

Ye Gods... really?

If you're quarantined and you see neighbors dying of Ebola, for fuck sakes - do your rights demand that you escape by any means, carry it with you, and spread it to other areas?

I get individual rights over statism, and would be among the first to take up arms against a tyranny, but damn... think of your fellow human beings for once.

Comment: Re:What good is aid going to do (Score 4, Informative) 221

by Penguinisto (#47932207) Attached to: Obama Presses Leaders To Speed Ebola Response

I see you're still stuck in that Party vs. Party trap. ...need help getting out of that, or do you wish to continue laboring under the delusion that either of the big two political parties actually give a damn about anything beyond the continued acquisition of money and power?

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