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Comment Re:Oh, wait. You mean "Digital Natives", right? (Score 1) 405

I saw the string "n00bz" and its variations online in the days of dial up at 1200 baud and bang path emailing. I even used it myself once or twice. I didn't see or use it IRL though. We were treated like rock stars by the users. This was probably partly due to the low hanging fruit of a 25 person administrative office and no computers or "ceremonial" computers running a single industry-specific application.

I'd go in after office hours and locate the trash baskets with the most adding machine tape. The next day I'd sit the user for an hour and bring in a computer running Lotus 123 or that Borland app whose name I forget. and show them how to use it. It was not uncommon to cut the labour time in half. A month or so later when we were implementing a custom-written app with changes in the code written the night before and the um .... occasional... user-annoying bug. The users were our friends and partners.

The kids today on our first level support are occasional treated like crap by users/customers. Important executive is outraged because his new mobile has email on it he specifically remembers deleting on his old one. I know the sample size is less than TFA but my feeling is they are not stressed and don't hate their jobs. I do sense more stress in middle managers and the folks that the customers bitch to when they are unhappy with the service.

I was an early adopter of all the Usenet.die.die, mud, etc. I even used ICqueue. Today - I have a gmail account, /. and perhaps one or two other blogs.

I'm still employed by the same company for almost 30 years and I have NO stress in my job.

Comment Re:Fucking Hell, Harper needs to go! (Score 1) 122

Here is what I read:

Microsoft is building a training center.
They will be training folks from Canada as well as folks from other countries.

Microsoft Obscuristan has a young person they would like to train so they send him to the Microsoft training center in Canada.

They are not bringing them here to sew shirts in a sweatshop (or any IT equivalant) they are bringing them here to train.

It is a net benefit to Canada. It has a net positive effect on jobs available to Canadians.

From:
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/r...

They plan to double their current workforce by adding approximately 400 jobs. These positions will include paid internships for Canadian students and long-term employees.

This program will also bring international employees into 18-month (see note below) rotational training positions.

Note: Even though Microsoft’s Rotational Program is generally 18 months in duration, a 24-month work permit will be issued so that the employee may continue to perform Rotational Program job duties until they are transitioned by Microsoft into a new position elsewhere.
Extensions

No work permit extensions will be issued for this program.

As for the shortage, it's not that hard to find a person for a level 1 or 2 help desk, staging technician, etc. (it's still not that easy) It is a challenge and takes some time to recruit a level 3+ tech who can visit a site and design a system to improve their productivity or solve a data flow problem.

Our company pays $1,000 to anyone who refers an applicant for an advertised position. We probably pay a lot more to recruiting firms.

Submission + - Einstein's 'Lost' Model Of the Universe Discovered 'Hiding in Plain Sight'

Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes: Dick Ahlstrom reports that Irish researchers have discovered a previously unknown model of the universe written in 1931 by physicist Albert Einstein that had been misfiled and effectively “lost” until its discovery last August while researchers been searching through a collection of Einstein’s papers put online by the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. “I was looking through drafts, but then slowly realised it was a draft of something very different,” says Dr O’Raifeartaigh. “I nearly fell off my chair. It was hidden in perfect plain sight. This particular manuscript was misfiled as a draft of something else.” In his paper, radically different from his previously known models of the universe, Einstein speculated the expanding universe could remain unchanged and in a “ steady state” because new matter was being continuously created from space. “It is what Einstein is attempting to do that would surprise most historians, because nobody had known this idea. It was later proposed by Fred Hoyle in 1948 and became controversial in the 1950s, the steady state model of the cosmos,” says O’Raifeartaigh. Hoyle argued that space could be expanding eternally and keeping a roughly constant density. It could do this by continually adding new matter, with elementary particles spontaneously popping up from space. Particles would then coalesce to form galaxies and stars, and these would appear at just the right rate to take up the extra room created by the expansion of space. Hoyle’s Universe was always infinite, so its size did not change as it expanded. It was in a ‘steady state’. “This finding confirms that Hoyle was not a crank,” says Simon Mitton. “If only Hoyle had known, he would certainly have used it to punch his opponents." Although Hoyle’s model was eventually ruled out by astronomical observations, it was at least mathematically consistent, tweaking the equations of Einstein’s general theory of relativity to provide a possible mechanism for the spontaneous generation of matter. Einstein's paper attracted no attention because Einstein abandoned it after he spotted a mistake and then didn’t publish it but the fact that Einstein experimented with the steady-state concept demonstrates Einstein's continued resistance to the idea of a Big Bang, which he at first found “abominable”, even though other theoreticians had shown it to be a natural consequence of his general theory of relativity.

Comment Re:Consequences... (Score 2) 261

If the oil companies had their way, the spill would not have taken place. The Business Proposal was the Mackenzie Valley pipeline. The environmental folks opposed it because it. There were hearings and it was denied. "The noise of construction might frighten the caribou.!", etc.

Submission + - SkyOS now free (as in beer)->

Beardydog writes: SkyOS, the commercial, alternative OS created almost entirely by Robert Szeleney, became free (as in beer) sometime last month. Alternative OS enthusiasts can be forgiven for missing it, as the website has been largely derelict, and the forums overrun with spam, since the project was halted in 2009. It's not clear from the announcement whether the ISO available is the traditional build, or the version rebuilt around Linux. The post announcing the free version provides a license name ("public") and registration code that must be entered during setup. While it isn't quite the open-sourcing that most followers hoped for, it's heartening to know SkyOS won't be completely lost in the mists of time.
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Microsoft

Submission + - Surface with Windows RT vs. Windows 8 Pro: Should you wait before buying?->

An anonymous reader writes: With Microsoft finally making Surface with Windows RT available for pre-order, now many future users of this device may be thinking if they should buy the ARM-based version or if they should wait until the Windows 8 Pro version comes out next year — in about three months?
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Submission + - How to use Freenet for social networking->

Wonko the Sane writes: Freenet has been around for a long time but one of the things that has held it back is a lack of user-friendly documentation. At last, that seems to be changing. This blogger has put together a detailed instruction manual for installing Freenet and setting up secure social networking. Crypto-anarchism is now easy enough for Aunt Tillie.
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Java

Submission + - US Navy wants touch screens in tanks-> 1

jimboh2k writes: The US Navy has begun building a Java library of touch screen gestures it plans to use on screens deployed in tanks and other Navy vehicles. The screens will replace outdated and cumbersome keyboards and mice, while avoiding the proprietary hardware offered by Google and Apple.

The department hopes Java developers will pitch in, offering small incentives to develop touch screen gestures that will become part of a larger, open source library for public use.

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Comment Re:Market fragmentation (Score 2) 341

I applied for their Beta program for the Playbook SDK and received the reply below a couple weeks later;
Our company uses several custom-developed applications on several hundred blackberries. We have five professional software developers and a couple dozen amateur hacker-geeks. The Playbook's technical capabilities blows away any other tablet but is currently useless as a business tool. A company with a BES server could implement Playbooks tomorrow with very little concern about security IF there were applications.
The guys are testing Citrix on it now and it appears to be ok but until there are other remote apps (Teamviewer, RDP) None of the techies will use it for anything other than a toy gadget.
RIM won't allow us to have a native SDK for the Playbook because they want to focus on games??!!
I used to like Novell too.

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Thank you for your application to participate in the closed beta for the Native SDK for BlackBerry Tablet OS. We have received a large number of requests to join the beta, including yours, and apologize for the delay in responding
As we discussed in our blog post (http://devblog.blackberry.com/2011/08/native-sdk-for-blackberry-tablet-os-closed-beta/) the focus for the beta was game developers who would be leveraging OpenGL ES to create or port games to the platform. As your application currently stands, you did not meet the initial beta criteria, and we are unable to provide you with access today. We have added your name to the list for access to the beta when it’s opened up to a broader audience. We appreciate your patience and look forward to seeing your native application running on PlayBook in the near future. Please check the Inside BlackBerry Developer’s Blog for updates or follow us at @BlackBerryDev.
Thanks,
BlackBerry Developer Relations Team

The Internet

Submission + - Will London get free Wi-FI?->

twoheadedboy writes: "Virgin has confirmed it is in discussions to bring free Wi-Fi to London, yet it is being cagey on the details. CEO Neil Berkett said the ISP was in "quite advanced conversations" with a number of boroughs and councils. Virgin may be targeting the Olympics for completion of the rollout. Mayor of London Boris Johnson said he wanted free Wi-Fi for London in time for the 2012 Games, yet little headway has been made. The service could also provide some serious competition for BT Openzone, which charges for access."
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Microsoft

Submission + - IE9 First Impressions and Performance Overview->

MojoKid writes: Internet Explorer 9 debuted this week into a flourishing browser market; Microsoft's new browser will have to shine in order to win back any users who've since transitioned to Safari, Chrome, Firefox, or even Opera.
The first thing you'll notice about IE9 is that it's essentially been Chrome'd. Tabs, once kept below the address bar, have moved to the side. The separate search and address boxes have been combined, while the Home, Bookmarks, and Tools buttons have all shifted to the right. Performance-wise, the new browser is dramatically faster than IE 8 but not quite up to par with the latest versions of Chrome, Opera and the FireFox 4 beta.

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