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Comment: Write some code (Score 3, Interesting) 121

by bwhaley (#44701531) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hands-On Activity For IT Career Fair

Come up with a few simple programming projects that students can run through. There's something magical about writing code and seeing the computer execute exactly what you told it to do. Write a Ruby Sinatra or Python Flask app and show how to access it from the command line. This will teach them what a web server is and how to write simple code at the same time.

Comment: Valve Handbook (Score 5, Informative) 522

by bwhaley (#43064091) Attached to: Can Valve's 'Bossless' Company Model Work Elsewhere?

Valve addresses this very question in the Handbook for New Employees:

Q: If all this stuff has worked well for us, why doesn’t every company
work this way?

A: Well, it’s really hard. Mainly because, from day one, it requires a
commitment to hiring in a way that’s very different from the way most
companies hire. It also requires the discipline to make the design of
the company more important than any one short-term business goal.
And it requires a great deal of freedom from outside pressure—being
self-funded was key. And having a founder who was confident enough
to build this kind of place is rare, indeed.

Another reason that it’s hard to run a company this way is that it
requires vigilance. It’s a one-way trip if the core values change, and
maintaining them requires the full commitment of everyone—
especially those who’ve been here the longest. For “senior” people
at most companies, accumulating more power and/or money over
time happens by adopting a more hierarchical culture.


+ - Surveillance Drones over U.S. get OK by Congress->

Submitted by suraj.sun
suraj.sun (1348507) writes "Look! Up in the sky! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? It’s a drone, and it’s watching you. That’s what privacy advocates fear from a bill Congress passed this week to make it easier for the government to fly unmanned spy planes in U.S. airspace.

The FAA Reauthorization Act, which President Obama is expected to sign, also orders the Federal Aviation Administration to develop regulations for the testing and licensing of commercial drones by 2015.

Privacy advocates say the measure will lead to widespread use of drones for electronic surveillance by police agencies across the country and eventually by private companies as well."

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Comment: Re:Crickets (Score 1) 328

by bwhaley (#38939523) Attached to: BTJunkie No More?

I used it exclusively. For me it was the best place to find torrents that where properly categorized with many seeders and, most importantly, ratings and comments so that you could be confident in the files you were downloading. It was an aggregator of other sites so it had an extensive database. I had been using it since it's inception in 2005. I'll miss it dearly.

Comment: Re:CS is part of IT (Score 1) 520

by bwhaley (#37514938) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: CS Grads Taking IT Jobs?

Is that really what you think IT guys do? The equivalent of fixing your car? What an arrogant statement. Like anything else, there is a spectrum of skills and job types within what you refer to as "IT," just as in any other discipline. Is the new help desk employee that resets user passwords the same role as the architect who designs redundant data centers for high availability or disaster recovery? Similarly, is the web developer who edits Wordpress themes the same as the C programmer writing drivers?

Not all programmers are high and mighty, genius computer scientists. Not all IT workers are Windows monkeys.

Comment: txteagle alternative (Score 2, Informative) 267

by bwhaley (#33189532) Attached to: Inside the Mechanical Turk Sweatshop

I learned about the txteagle service this weekend at a TEDx event. txteagle crowdsources services to mobile phone users in developing nations. While these small amounts not mean much to those of us in the US, for people in developing nations earning less than $5/day it can have a huge lifestyle impact.

Comment: Re:The way it should be (Score 4, Insightful) 183

by bwhaley (#28488379) Attached to: Domain-Name Wars, Rise of the Cybersquatters

One could argue that this is abusing the domain name system's original intent. To continue your example, why does Ford need,,, etc? They should be using subdomains: The make and model are both instantly more recognizable, as is the Ford brand in general.

The Internet would be a better place if the marketing people would focus on marketing problems and let the technology people implement solutions.

"Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago." -- Bernard Berenson