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Comment: Worry about more than your movies (Score 2) 307

by mdf356 (#42488241) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Keeping Your Media Library Safe From Kids?

I wouldn't worry too hard about keeping your kids from seeing your movies -- they're too long to be interesting, mostly. The real issue is once your kid figures out how to click around on youtube. You'll start them with Sesame Street or something and when you turn back they're watching a kid pretend Elmo is being butt-raped, with graphic commentary.

YouTube "related video" links are the real problem in this space.

Comment: Re:seriously? not this again (Score 1) 233

by mdf356 (#42031285) Attached to: Hounded By Recruiters, Coders Put Themselves Up For Auction

Why are people not offering higher salaries to encourage more skilled people from other parts of the country to move there?

I think we are. $150k/year is pretty good and that's the floor...but we've offered much higher. Add in great health insurance (medical, dental and vision), RSU grants, 20% yearly bonus, ESPP program, 401k with 125% match, $5k/yr educational benefit, $650/yr health benefit (gym, trainer, etc), $900/yr commuting benefits and you're looking at a package that's well over $200k.

For how many years experience, though? And anyways, one has to live in San Jose or wherever else in the valley to have this job. You'd need to offer me a lot more money than that to get me there.

Comment: Re:how many of the jobs didn't exist as well? (Score 1) 233

by mdf356 (#42031169) Attached to: Hounded By Recruiters, Coders Put Themselves Up For Auction

And isn't your "4 years at google and a *Standford* CS degree" just the same arbitrary requirement as a recruiter that thinks "rails" is a form of transportation?

He was just giving an example of someone who has an obviously solid pedigree.

It's not obviously solid. I was a TA at Cornell for a few years. Some of the people who graduated were smart. Some weren't. I assume the same is true of people working at Google; after 4 years some will be getting promotions and responsibility, and some will be looking for an exit since they aren't getting promoted.

I'd interview the above theoretical candidate exactly the same as I would someone with a degree from University of Utah and no company I'd ever heard of on their resume. Because both smart and dumb people can be found everywhere.

Comment: Re:Are you an engineer? (Score 1) 333

by mdf356 (#41947089) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Developer Or Software Engineer? Can It Influence Your Work?

Sorry; rereading what I said I realize what was confusing.

How do I, as a person who already has an MS in CSE, get to call myself a Software Engineer? I'm not going back to college for another, extremely similar degree. There wasn't a SE major when I was in college. So I assume there must be some other mechanism for people to be allowed to call themselves "Software Engineers" whenever the law that started limiting this was passed.

Comment: Re:Are you an engineer? (Score 2) 333

by mdf356 (#41946863) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Developer Or Software Engineer? Can It Influence Your Work?

Unless you have a degree in Software Engineering

Now I find this alone fascinating. When I was in college, "Software Engineering" was one class in the CS major. There was no Software Engineering degree available at my school, and I suspect at no college or university.

Comment: There's a difference? (Score 3, Interesting) 333

by mdf356 (#41946215) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Developer Or Software Engineer? Can It Influence Your Work?

Both places I've worked in my 11 years as a professional didn't really distinguish. I have a Computer Science and Engineering degree. I write and design software. I'm in the research and development arm (or the Engineering arm) of the company. It's several ways to say one thing.

Yes, some distinctions can be drawn, like whether you interface with customers, who does the architecture or design, etc., but in general the people I work with are all over the software life cycle, from beginning to end. We do development (of software) and the official job title has always had "Engineer" and sometimes "Development" or "Software" in it.

Comment: Re:No (Score 1) 388

by UncleTogie (#41879193) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Samba4 a Viable Alternative To Active Directory?

Unfortunately, attempting to provision on a fresh Ubuntu 12.04 install with the following additional packages: build-essentials python-software-properties build-essential libacl1-dev python-dev libldap2-dev pkg-config gdb libgnutls-dev libblkid-dev libreadline-dev libattr1-dev openssl (please note these pre-requisite are not documented in the wiki) gives the following error: "libkdc-policy.so: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory" and I cant get an answer as to where to find or build this module or find such info in a web search. All in all, it has been a very frustrating experience.

According to their bug report on it, it was fixed in a beta release recently...https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/samba4/+bug/887537

Comment: Re:Good (Score 1) 319

by UncleTogie (#41173279) Attached to: Russia Wants a Hypersonic Bomber

Lets be ridiculously generous and assume a scramjet boost phase could lift you to 155 km at mach 18. You have only gained about 5% of the necessary kinetic energy needed for LEO

Pardon my pointing this out, but NASA's got another idea on boosting...


Comment: Re:What everyone is missing (Score 2) 112

by UncleTogie (#41078485) Attached to: Video Purports To Show Successful Hover Bike Test Flights

Hearing it was mechanical in nature made me call bullshit before I even saw the video.

A gyroscope flywheel is mechanical, yet would serve such a purpose. Mechanical gyros are used in spacecraft and aircraft.

Even bytes get lonely for a little bit.