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Comment: Re:Here is why you never chase what's "hot" in IT (Score 1) 196

by King_TJ (#48177717) Attached to: The One App You Need On Your Resume If You Want a Job At Google

This is VERY true. (I'm another 30+ year I.T. veteran.)

The job market for I.T. works much like other markets .... If you have connections, it likely trumps everything else. (I'm pretty sure any decent sized company doing much with I.T. has employees who can detail scenarios for you where someone got a "cherry" job in I.T. because of who they knew.)

Next, you need lots of experience. If you're interviewed by someone with I.T. knowledge, they'll be able to discern how deep your knowledge goes. If you're interviewed by people with less of a clue? You'll need to draw on your experience to figure out what buzzwords and tidbits to share with them to impress them.

Lastly, you can try to lean on certifications and formal education. This works *very* well for I.T. positions inside of school systems. (They HAVE to at least pretend these things have big value, since that's what they sell to all of their students.) It also has value for government jobs where everything tends to be scored and education gives you a certain number of "points". For everything else, it just depends on how much the people hiring believe in the usefulness of it.

Chasing what's "hot" is a waste of time, vs. just getting better at the things you deal with in I.T. all the time (whatever those happen to be). Software applications evolve. (Heck, I think IBM finally dumped all "Lotus" branded products last month, officially. Yet there was a time when skills in Lotus apps was a big deal.) It's more important that you're good at getting things done for the companies you work for than bragging about years of experience with particular tools or apps. Obviously, you had to work with SOMETHING, so of course you'd mention it. But it's a losing battle chasing the "cool new thing" that the magazines are writing about.

Comment: Are liquid-nitrogen superconductors relevant? (Score 1) 340

by michael_cain (#48173117) Attached to: The Physics of Why Cold Fusion Isn't Real
As I recall, only some of the samples prepared by identical methods displayed superconductivity. Eventually fabrication became reliable, but it took considerable time. Granted, superconductivity is a whole lot easier to measure than excess heat on the scale that some LENR experiments claim to produce.

Comment: Re:SlashDot Is Watching You (Score 2) 75

by Ralph Wiggam (#48173113) Attached to: Kickstarter Cancels Anonabox Funding Campaign

This isn't what the Internet was designed to be, its not the outpost of freedom we wanted. I am trully disappointed.

The internet was designed to be a way for DARPA contractors to share data without having to mail giant tape spools to each other. "We" didn't get involved until a couple decades later.

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 2) 75

by Ralph Wiggam (#48173073) Attached to: Kickstarter Cancels Anonabox Funding Campaign

I believe that among this target market there is a belief that any off-the-shelf hardware is going to have NSA back doors in it.

And you can certainly hand make one unit for less than $7500. But setting up mass production of any consumer electronics product, even one based on stock boards, requires one or two orders of magnitude more money than that.

Comment: Re:Top to bottom (Score 1) 77

by Ralph Wiggam (#48171077) Attached to: An Air Traffic Control System For Drones

having to file a flight path befor the flight and waiting for the government official to give you the green light.

FTsummary- "The system will use what it knows about other drone flights, weather forecasts, and physical obstacles such as radio masts to give the go-ahead."

Where did you get that a "government official" would be involved?

Comment: re: criminal past (Score 2) 406

by King_TJ (#48168541) Attached to: As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

Absolutely 100% agree with you about the U.S. needing to give up on the "war on drugs" thing. That failed policy has cost untold billions of taxpayer dollars and made criminals out of insane numbers of citizens -- all with essentially no upside.

The system you speak of in the Netherlands sounds pretty reasonable too, and I could see the U.S. potentially adopting something similar. But I'm also not sure I'm that opposed to the present system, at least in theory, that's used in our country? I think the fact is, employers can and do hire people with criminal records all the time. Just because you have one doesn't mean you're branded unemployable (though some believe that initially).

I'm sure it makes it more challenging to get a good job ... but in a sense, I think they have to view it as starting over. Just like someone new to the job market can't expect to walk in and get hired making a 6 figure salary at a Fortune 500 firm -- an ex-convict has to work his/her way back up the ladder from one of the lower rungs. What employers really want to see is evidence the person really has changed their ways and illustrates good work habits and honesty.

I know several places I've worked in the past definitely hired people with former criminal records for such jobs as truck/delivery drivers or movers. Others get into such things as car sales, where their pay is based mostly on commission and things are micro-managed enough that they don't have a lot of opportunity to commit crimes without leaving behind paper trails or video evidence.

Comment: Re:Telsa's lobbiest crashes (Score 0) 291

by Ralph Wiggam (#48162881) Attached to: Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

Look at the existing franchise laws and how they are being used. It's not really a question that bribes are occurring, it's what lobbying is by it's very definition.

No. Lobbying involves talking and bribery involves illegal money.

If it's "not really a question" then you should be able to provide tons of evidence to back up your claims. How about it?

Today's scientific question is: What in the world is electricity? And where does it go after it leaves the toaster? -- Dave Barry, "What is Electricity?"