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Comment: Re:You're not trying hard enough (Score 1) 629

by caferace (#45563485) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are We Older Experts Being Retired Too Early?

I'm 72 now, and still gainfully employed...just not by 35-year-old "managers" (or worse, "executives") who haven't got any substantive experience to evaluate competence. After a career consulting to IBM, Intel, HP, Amoco, DuPont (and lots more) at the CxO level on IT strategy, I semi-retired in 2001, to a small mountain town nestled in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Interestingly enough, I too (and I'm the guy who Asked Slashdot this question) I located myself in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Howdy, neighbor.

Comment: Re:Lie a little (Score 1) 629

by caferace (#45538093) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are We Older Experts Being Retired Too Early?

But when I send out a perfectly good resume and use the more obvious resources there are still precious few bites for someone requiring to work remotely

How come nobody has commented on this part? No matter what age you are, requiring that you work remotely is going to make things difficult, no matter your age.

When you live in a rather remote part of the world (by choice and necessity) there aren't a lot of options. I get that I may not be paid as well for doing so, and am totally fine with that. But I'm simply not willing to move back to Silicon Valley just to make a living wage.

Comment: Re:Ageism is real, but... (Score 1) 2

by caferace (#45521303) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are Us Older Experts Being Retired Too Early?
The thing is, I have relevant and current skills and if something new comes up I will learn it faster than anyone. I can lead a team of newcomers (common in SQA) like no ones business. I've worked with outsourced teams, and am quite well versed in overseas contacts. I've worked with github and 27signals through their earlier work and others along with tons of FOSS and OSS projects. My name is out there. You, as a fan of my side project ( know how hard we work and how incredibly diverse we are.

It's just frustrating. I'm not done yet breaking things.

+ - Ask Slashdot: Are Us Older Experts Being Retired Too Early? 2

Submitted by caferace
caferace (442) writes "I've been around the block. /. user #442 ... Long time worker in the tech industry (nearly 30 years), absolutely kickass SQA and Hardware person, networking, you name it. But. I'm 50+ now and finding new regular or contract work is a PITA. And it shouldn't be. I have skills and aptitude to absorb and adapt to any new situations and languages way beyond what any of my college age brethren might have. But. I send out a perfectly good resume, use the more obvious resources, and still few bites for someone requiring to work remotely. Am I just whining, or is this common? Are we being put out to pasture far too early?"

+ - Nvidia Removed Linux Driver Feature Due to Windows

Submitted by RemyBR
RemyBR (1158435) writes "Softpedia points to a Nvidia Developer Zone forum post revealing that the company has removed a specific Linux feature as of the v310 drivers due to the Windows platform. A BaseMosaic user on Ubuntu 12.04 noticed a change in the number of displays that can be used simultaneously after upgrading from the v295 drivers to v310.
Another user, apparently working for Nvidia, gave a very troubling answer: "For feature parity between Windows and Linux we set BaseMosaic to 3 screens"."
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The Sharing Economy Fights Back Against Regulators 192

Posted by samzenpus
from the you're-not-the-boss-of-me dept.
An anonymous reader writes in with a story about the advocacy group "Peers". The group says their goal is to “mainstream, protect, and grow the sharing economy.” "The growth of the 'sharing economy,' a loosely defined term generally referring to the internet-enabled peer-to-peer exchanges of goods, has brought with it a shift in the way we think about consumption. Its rise has been fast, and loud. What started with a few enterprising individuals willing to let complete strangers sleep in their homes and use their possessions has now developed into a formidable economic force that threatens to upend several different industries. Along the way, it has posed some major legal challenges. The companies that are pushing it forward have continually undermined local ordinances, consumer safeguards, and protectionist regulations alike. As a result, governments around the country are trying to reign them in. That’s where Silicon Valley’s newest advocacy group comes in."

The Leap Motion Controller is Sort of Like a Super Kinect (Video) 108

Posted by Roblimo
from the touching-nothing-but-a-picture-magically-appears-on-the-screen dept.
What the Leap Motion product (they only have one right now) does is allow you to control your computer with gestures. We're not talking about just jumping around, but "painting" on the screen with your fingers (or even chopsticks) with fine enough control that Autodesk and other drawing-orientd software vendors are working to make applications compatible with the Leap Motion Controller. And game developers? You bet! Lots of them -- and this is for a device that's not even supposed to start shipping until May 13. But, says CEO Michael Buckwald, they already have "hundreds of thousands of pre-orders," so it looks like they are developing a large market for developers (over 12,000 are in the Leap Motion developer program -- out of 50,000 who applied) so it's possible that Leap Motion could become a pretty big deal. (You can see the Leap Motion Controller in action at the end of the video.)

Not Quite a T-1000, But On the Right Track 159

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the dancing-robot-death-machines dept.
New submitter misanthropic.mofo writes with a look at the the emerging field of robtic warfare. Adding, "Leaping from drones, to recon 'turtlebots', humanity is making its way toward robo-combat. I for one think it would make it interesting to pit legions of robot warriors against each other and let people purchase time on them. Of course there are people that are for and against such technology. Development of ethical robotic systems seems like it would take some of the fun out of things, there's also the question of who gets to decide on the ethics."

VIA Unveils $79 Rock and $99 Paper ARM PCs 158

Posted by timothy
from the what-no-scissors? dept.
Don't yet have one of those million Raspberry Pis, but you're in the market for a tiny, cheap ARM computer? An anonymous reader writes with this snippet from "VIA has decided it's time to update the APC (ARM PC) board with new components and the choice of two configurations. The new systems are called APC Rock and APC Paper. The hardware spec for both boards is exactly the same except for the fact the Rock ships with a VGA port whereas the Paper doesn't. The Rock also costs $20 less at $79, whereas the Paper is $99. The reason for the price difference is the fact that the Paper ships with a rather novel case whereas the Rock is a bare board. The Paper's case is made from recycled cardboard attached to an aluminum chassis to help with strength, meaning it will keep the dust off the components and make it easier to carry while keeping weight to a minimum."

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