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Comment: Wrong place to ask this... (Score 1) 317 317

Lots of people on this site will have an opinion, but most of them are worthless.

A better way to find out would be to scan the ads for your area and see how many people are asking for various certifications, and to ask reasonably reputable headhunters and/or hiring managers (whoever you have available) in your area to see what's in demand (assuming you want to stay in that geographical area).

Best of luck to you.

Comment: Your snippet is completely misleading (Score 1) 523 523

They aren't giving up teaching "handwriting". They are giving up teaching CURSIVE.

Half of the comments are from people who don't realize that.

That being clarified, teaching cursive in a school is no longer a good use of time, any more than teaching shorthand is a necessity. Schools can't (or at least shouldn't) choose their curriculum based on people's fear or tradition, they have a very limited amount of time to teach a huge number of skills, and many competing interests.

I think this decision is a good one - MANY U.S. schools have already removed cursive from their curriculum. It's simply not used anymore.

The fact that incredibly old history books are written in cursive has no bearing. Have you ever tried to read that crap? It's illegible - not because of bad handwriting, but because the way people spoke and wrote then was completely different.

Comment: My advice would be.. (Score 1) 451 451

My general advice would be to ask these questions of recruiters and hiring managers, not the mostly non-hiring community of slashdot. There's tons of really bad advice in these comments. Having switched tracks a few times, I can tell you that in my experience it generally involves choosing an area to specialize in, taking some classes and/or getting certifications, trying to get some hands on experience if possible, and then marketing yourself well.

Comment: Re:I'd say Great Idea (Score 1) 192 192

I'm not sure I agree. If you were being filmed, would you *bank* on the fact that your corrupt officials would erase it if you acted improperly? After all, they could just as easily use you as the sacrificial lamb. I think just the knowledge that everyone they're doing is being filmed would cause you to act differently.

Comment: Here are some suggestions (Score 1) 796 796

* For younger kids: Charlotte's Web What the Witch Left The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe * Older/Young Adult/Adult: The Eye of the World (they also have an edited version for younger readers) In Defense of Anarchism (actually a very intelligent and thought provoking critique of democracy) Tao te Ching The World According to Garp The Stranger, by Camus Immortal Poems of the English Language (a great compilation) Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy Neuromancer On a Pale Horse Map of the World Where the Red Fern Grows Joy Luck Club

Comment: Re:yeah no (Score 1) 682 682

You don't seem to have actually read the post. But, if you have and just don't understand, there are a lot of different custody situations with children that are possible, and when you throw a hostile ex-spouse in the mix, it's really pretty easy to see why having a way to communicate with your child in that way, if the other person will agree to it, could be very good for the child and parent. It could have something to do with having an opportunity to talk to the kid when he's not actively being monitored; it could have to do with the kid being able to call the other parent if they're being abused. It could just have to do with wanting to be able to stay in touch with your kid when they aren't with you, and have a video call before they go to bed at night. It's not a perfect solution, and it raises a different set of issues, but in the context of a weird custody situation it's easy to understand why it might be desirable.

Comment: Glaring unsupported assumption in the article (Score 1) 330 330

This article makes a HUGE - assumption - that 12-steps programs, and AA, work, and work specifically better than other programs. That is highly questionable and I don't believe there's been any conclusive evidence either way. Of course, there's the question of whether AA works versus just going to some sort of social program... the article doesn't differentiate much, but it's a big question. Our knowledge of addictions and ability to treat them is in its infancy and is sadly not a priority for many... this article just proves that.

Comment: Re:sounds like they're running exchange (Score 1) 165 165

I think they probably put a lot of thought into exactly this when they implemented their system. I have no doubt that the NSA has the ability to search the e-mails of their own employees. But, I also agree that they most likely built their system so that they could fend off open records requests in a way that at least seems feasible to outsiders. They may have implemented additional "security features" or add-ons that make it difficult/impossible. But, I just don't see an intelligence agency NOT having the ability to search their employee's e-mails (both individually and system-wide)... I think that internal monitoring is probably very heavy. They don't want any more Snowden incidents, after all.

Comment: Re:looks like copy paste fail (Score 1) 364 364

Okay, it might not be malice, but I'm sure we can all agree it's evil, i.e. harming others (e.g. takedown notices) to benefit oneself (e.g. stockholders).

Never made a judgment call on if it was good or not. Just that it was not Malice.

Just so long as we're focused on what's important.

Simplicity does not precede complexity, but follows it.