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Comment: Re:That's great news! (Score 1) 494

The idea of equality and balance is -to use a somewhat flawed analogy until I find a better one- to have the pendulum neither swing nor stay to one side, but to hang straight down the middle - that is true balance. "Balance" conceived of through averaging isn't true balance or equality at all, it's merely alternating imbalance at best. Pushing it into an opposite side to "balance" for time spent on the other smacks of revenge.

IT Consultant Talks About 'Negotiating for Nerds' (Video) 61

Posted by Roblimo
from the paying-it-forward dept.
Matt Heusser did a Slashdot video interview back in 2013 titled How to Become an IT Expert Companies Seek Out and Pay Well. Despite noise from a few yammerheads about Matt getting 'free advertising' on Slashdot, which is unlikely since the vast majority of Slashdot users are more likely to compete with him than to hire him, most of the people who saw that video (or read the transcript) knew he was giving helpful advice to peers who might want to get out of the cubicle and work for themselves.

Today, Matt is with us again. This video is about 'Negotiating for Nerds.' Matt talks about negotiating a pay raise or consulting fee increase, starting with learning who has the actual power to negotiate with you. This is essential knowledge if you are employed (or self-employed) in IT and want to make sure you're getting all you are worth.

Comment: Re:Hell No Hillary (Score 1) 676

by cyberchondriac (#49463885) Attached to: Hillary Clinton Declares 2016 Democratic Presidential Bid
Right.. Of all the shitty candidates this election, she's actually one of the worst.
Here's a starter for you.

Fired from the WaterGate investigation for unethical behavior
Benghazi coverup.
Email Scandal, she hosted her own server for government work (!) and then wiped the server before the emails could be retrieved... oopsy? Yah, right.
Claims her and Bill are "broke"..and claims to be in touch with the common citizen. Royalty complex.
Vince Foster
There's more I just haven't dredged up yet. She is clearly unfit for presidency. No more Bushs or Clintons, thank you.

Comment: Re: And it's not even an election year (Score 1) 407

The positions are out there.

My last hiring blitz I had to bring in 28 contractors. Mainframe coders, Java devs, analysts, project managers, ETL/BI, reporting...

Trying to find 4 qualified Java developers took multiple postings. Sure, I'd get 40-100 resumes for each posting, but the majority were complete trash.

Most recently I've been looking for C#/Python/GIS devs.

And just yesterday I saw that Camelot Unchained was looking for a C# developer with threading knowledge and it's almost enough to make me quit my management life, move to DC, and get back into software development.

Getting a job as a good coder in Madison, WI isn't hard. Finding good labor available on the market in Madison WI... good luck.


Comment: One of the ones my son uses (Score 3, Informative) 315

by RingDev (#49442279) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Introduce a 7-Year-Old To Programming?

My kid loves this one:

I got him started on it when he was 10, and he completed all of the free levels in two weeks with minimal help after I worked with him through the first few.

Lots of other great recommendations here:

The board game one I've heard is good for younger kids, but once they have it down it's rather boring.


Comment: Re:Over exaggeration = fodder to the climate denie (Score 1) 304

by RingDev (#49430755) Attached to: Obama Says Climate Change Is Harming Americans' Health

There's a moving picture going on and this conversation is focusing on 1 frame.

The EPA is currently wrapped up in litigation over their legal authority to regulate CO2 emissions. One of the current arguments being put forward by the coal industry lobby is that even if AGW is real, it isn't having any immediate and measurable impact on the health of Americans. If there's no health concerns, then there's no reason fro the EPA to regulate.

So the President goes out and makes a statement, backed up by multiple research papers (someone posted links above if you're interested in digging into them and debating their merit), that say that no, in fact, AGW/AGCC is having a direct impact on the health of Americans.

Out of context, it seems like an odd thing to go on the stump about, but in the context of the EPA/coal industry court battles, it makes sense as the feds are trying to ensure the EPA retains it's legal authority to regulate CO2.


Comment: Re:Never read the book, but (Score 1) 113

by cyberchondriac (#49388553) Attached to: Coup in Arrakis Capitol Leaves Region in Flux
Well, name any other big ticket movie where you actually hear the character's thoughts as a voice over (disembodied ObiWan doesn't count, special circumstance there, he's a ghost) and constantly throughout the entire movie, at that. Not as narration either, that too is different, that's story telling, not actually hearing inside someone's head in real time. The only other place I ever see that happen is in comedy, like SNL.

Comment: Re:Never read the book, but (Score 1) 113

by cyberchondriac (#49387993) Attached to: Coup in Arrakis Capitol Leaves Region in Flux
You're going to miss some stuff, sure, but it's been done. A few of the Harry Potter movies did just that (several were over 700 pages) and they were pretty well done. Even Lord of the Rings, though okay, they were maybe shorter (I don't recall exactly). Gandalf, and Frodo and Boromir had things going through their heads, but they didn't require a voice over to get those across to the audience. That said, Gollum sort of cheated by being schizo and talking to himself, but that was excusable because he's stone freaking nuts.

Comment: Re:Never read the book, but (Score 1) 113

by cyberchondriac (#49387971) Attached to: Coup in Arrakis Capitol Leaves Region in Flux
Because books are a different medium. They're not visual like movies, except for what you picture in your head. Books lends themselves better to having characters' thoughts heard, because books can be written in third person or "God" mode, among others, but expressions and actions are only described, not seen.

"You stay here, Audrey -- this is between me and the vegetable!" -- Seymour, from _Little Shop Of Horrors_