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Comment: Re:Taking one course solves a "shortage"? (Score 2) 147

by b1tbkt (#46464737) Attached to: How St. Louis Is Bootstrapping Hundreds of Programmers
You're failing to grasp the inference. There is a serious shortage of *good and cheap* programmers. The more you put into the marketplace, the cheaper they get. St. Louis is a great place with lots of potential but the tech environment around here is still somewhat dictated by the interests of large conservative companies (this is changing but not quick enough) who insist that all employees have a minimum of a bachelor's degree for the privilege of obtaining a $12/hr coding job - even for those who have 5+ years of experience in the field. The underlying economics work great for the employer's but not so much the other way around. Though I'm not a developer (well, I code when I need to but have never held that title), I've been working with closely them for a long time. Coding is one of those things that is so inherently complex that you simply can't train random people to be good at it. Speaking from experience, a team of 20 average coders can be far exceeded in output volume and quality by two good ones in the same amount of time. It scares me when efforts like the one mentioned here try to generate broad appeal for the profession. There will always be mediocre performers (true for doctors, mechanics, lawyers and actors alike) but the talent pool is already well-stacked in that category.

Comment: Predictions for public statements from PD (Score 3, Interesting) 192

by b1tbkt (#46198641) Attached to: Cops With Google Glass: Horrible Idea, Or Good One?
"I'm sorry, we can't release the officer's Glass-cam video at this time, as it's part of an ongoing investigation."

"Due to the overwhelming amount of video collected by our officers, we can only retain video streams for n days. Since the incident in question occurred (n+1) days ago, there's simply nothing that can be done to retrieve that data."

"Our department's forensic computer investigation unit has confirmed that the officer's Glass-cam was malfunctioning on that day and all attempts to recover video from the incident have proven unsuccessful."

Comment: Silly is.... (Score 0, Troll) 259

by b1tbkt (#45367583) Attached to: Canonical Targets Ubuntu Privacy Critic
...calling this fair use. Google your legal jargon before making an a** of yourself, chucklehead. ...the seemingly mathematically certain linux fanboy responses. These come in the form of an invariable insistence upon uprooting your entire work/play environment to switch to a different distro which will be chock full of its own warts (this is the voice of experience speaking). This being, by fanboy logic, the only reasonable solution to any problem. I wonder if anyone has submitted a proof on this yet? I've been working intimately with FOSS for almost fifteen years and this sort of 'solution' has always come across as boneheaded. Unfortunately, it always comes across, too. ...deriding a company for trying to find a way to feed their employees and their employees' families. We all know that Ubuntu has been unprofitable to date. If your only contribution to the larger discussion is to throw grenades and run then you're a very real detriment to the FOSS community. ...deriding a company for the occasional affront without acknowledging their contributions. Ubuntu has contributed significantly to the visibility of linux-based solutions through both marketing and refinement of the UI (it's not to my liking but they're trying hard, at least, to find some common ground). Silly is you.

Comment: Re:No (Score 1) 289

by b1tbkt (#44952101) Attached to: Boy Scouts Bully Hacker Scouts Into Submission
Forced to do this? Could you expand upon that please? If they want to retain claim to the term 'scout' as part of their brand then perhaps they are 'forced'. Would the average person conclude that any 'scout' organization is affiliated with or endorsed by BSA (open-ended question)? If I'm overlooking something from Copyright Law 101, please feel free to engage in constructive dialog. Otherwise, we're all left to believe that you lack sufficient grasp of the relevant laws to convey their applicability simply and with clarity.

+ - Boy Scouts bully Hacker Scouts into submission-> 1

Submitted by b1tbkt
b1tbkt (756288) writes "Youth-focused Maker organization "Hacker Scouts" has announced their decision to surrender their name due to bullying by the Boy Scouts of America. It appears that BSA has interpreted their federal charter to include a claim on any and all use of the term 'Scout' in an organization's name. The litmus test for such a claim, so far as I'm aware, is the likelihood of causing confusion. The term 'Scout' is sufficiently generic though and by this reasoning most every airline in the world would need to eliminate 'Airlines' from their name."
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+ - Wiring Home Furniture

Submitted by b1tbkt
b1tbkt (756288) writes "So it seems that furniture manufacturers have not yet acknowledged the realities of modern life. Kitchen tables could benefit greatly from built-in concealable receptacles. Even more obvious is the need for electrical wiring in couches and coffee tables. I realize that there are safety (fire) concerns but as it stands most families that I know already have power cords for laptops, tables and phones draped over, under and through their couches at any given point. If someone wanted to wire their furniture with AC or some type of standardized LV DC system, what are some dangers to watch for and what, if any, specialized hardware exists for the purpose?"

+ - What is the state of domestic engineering technology?

Submitted by b1tbkt
b1tbkt (756288) writes "I'm preparing to move into a new home and my new home-office has some odd angles in it. I'd like to have some custom furniture made-to-suit but would like to play around with the arrangement a bit in something like google sketchup. With telemeters and auto-stitching photo apps available for phones, there must be some reasonably quick method for acquiring and coalescing all of the requisite data without the tedium of acquiring length and angle measurements of the room by hand and then manually grafting dozens of photos onto the resulting wireframe?"

+ - Hacking Urban Noise

Submitted by b1tbkt
b1tbkt (756288) writes "I live at the corner of one of the busiest intersections in our City (pop. 350k). Although I've replaced all windows, insulated, and caulked every square inch of the place, the fire trucks and cars with obnoxious stereos still regularly intrude on my home office. Most of the noise comes in through the windows. I'm considering mounting an oblong parabolic reflector in the ceiling above the windows with a steady feed of white or brownian noise directed into it (eg., via small speaker placed within the reflector) to create a 'wall' of sound that would act as a buffer to the outside world. Active noise cancellation would be nice, too, but that's probably more than I want to take on. I don't see any products on the market for this sort of thing. Does anyone have any experiences to share with similar homebrew noise remediation efforts?"

Comment: Juvenile Delinquency (Score 1) 412

by b1tbkt (#18397245) Attached to: How to Stop the Dilbertization of IT?
While the earlier post about the industry maturing and thus bring about stability is spot on, there is another factor that has caused many otherwise unnecessary controls to be put on IT departments. My job is a unique one that frequently lands me in the IT departments of all manner of businesses. I'm usually at these places off-hours helping to prepare the owner(s) for the pending dismissal of one or more key employees (often some of the IT folks themselves). What I've noticed, time and time and time again is that, unlike other corporate disciplines, IT leadership is still treated quite liberally and with undeserved reverence (remnants of dotcom v1.0). IT leaders in most small to mid business are overgrown children who are proud of the fact that they're 30+ years old and allowed to cover their office/cubicle with Star Wars paraphernalia. I can't tell you how many times I've been called in to clean up some disaster created by the in-house IT 'director' who had no functional backups, no network resiliency, no recovery plan , and no idea what I was talking about when asking him these questions. Of course, all of the office staff are quick to whisperi n your ear about how difficult Joe StarWars is to deal with (I still hear about a half-dozen unique 'Nick Burns' stories a week). If you're reading this at your desk, LOOK AROUND! Have you spent more time, in the past week, wondering how best to arrange your starship collection than wondering how well you've prepared your company for an IT-related disaster? If so, grow up! Or don't - I make my money at your peril an the stories your former coworkers will tell me of your arrogance and incompetence are so much more humorours upon the realization that you're back out in the workforce expecting to get paid the king's ransom you'd convinced your former boss you were worth. When interacting with these types and inquiring whether the basics have been done, you typically get... A. I'm always too busy fighting fires, they need to hire another employee so I can get to the important stuff B. I'm never been given any budget to do any of that stuff C. Yeah, we've got all the gear laying around, I'll implement it when I get time (see item A). The fact is, even with extremely limited resources, good admins can significantly minimize the reactive component of their job and focus on implmentation of newer technology to further stability and availability (hey challange and an opportunity for creativity). Long story short, the IT field is now drowning in a vast sea of moderate-to-highly intelligent children (despite physical age) who have developed an immature and more annoying version of the god-complex which afflicts many an M.D. The management in many companies has come to terms with this or will soon...as this happens you will see the 'bureaucracy', as you called it, increase in an effort to keep IT departmens in check. Those individuals with genuinely brilliant minds and the motivation to match will, in most cases, have little opportunity without just leaving for a startup.

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