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Comment: OP - Here's your answer (Score 1) 506

by cps42 (#45617973) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why So Hard Landing Interviews In Seattle Versus SoCal?

As someone who oversees several branch software development offices in SF, LA, and Seattle (along with a few east coast ones) and is hiring developers (I've got 100+ and looking for more) - I can point to three things that are killing you:

Suggestion - Apply to work with this guy from LA. In 6 - 12 months, start making noise about wanting to transfer positions to the Seattle office.

Once you're in Seattle, with a job, you're not a Californian any more, and you can move to MSFT campus for the experience.

Comment: Re:Market Saturation (Score 1) 506

by cps42 (#45617847) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why So Hard Landing Interviews In Seattle Versus SoCal?

I think that's true - I was looking for a job in Seattle for a while, and had no trouble getting interviews as a Linux infrastructure manager, but the offers were low -- 20 - 30% lower pay than I was making in the SF Bay area. The pay difference was more than a years worth of house payments on my bay area house, so it wasn't worth the move.

If you're trying to pay for a San Francisco or New York house on a salary anywhere else, you aren't moving. Seattle salaries account for the fact that housing prices are 25-30% lower in urban Seattle / Bellevue / Redmond than in San Francisco, and the surrounding communities are significantly lower than that.

Per one of several cost-of-living comparison sites you can google for:
Rent Prices in San Francisco, CA are 71.43% higher than in Seattle, WA
Restaurant Prices in San Francisco, CA are 6.31% higher than in Seattle, WA
Groceries Prices in San Francisco, CA are 3.62% higher than in Seattle, WA
Local Purchasing Power in San Francisco, CA is 10.27% lower than in Seattle, WA

Comment: Re:Do the right thing (Score 2) 187

by cps42 (#42818579) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You Handle SPF For Spam Filtering?
This. If an admin like the GP is so high and mighty about DNS records meeting RFC compliance (You do listen for DNS on both UDP and TCP right? And you've signed your domain with DNSSEC?), you can at least do your SMTP services correctly too. Asking for an authed SMTP submission session for each domain is now the correct best practice. Unauthed SMTP relays are a dying breed.

Comment: TuxType, for letters, reading (Score 1) 417

by cps42 (#33471998) Attached to: Software (and Appropriate Input Device) For a Toddler?
I agree with the above posts that 18mo might be a little young for computer exposure, but between 3-5, as reading skills start building, using the per-letter TuxType can be a fun game occasionally, and will introduce the computer keyboard to your child. Also, many web apps are there on places like, and that have good games for kids that involve reading, math, and comprehension skills I was surprised to find out that at my daughters Kindergarten last year, their "rediness" assessment was done on a PC. Because my daughter had been exposed to the computer mouse and keyboard earlier, she was able to handle the challenge with less help, and her scores were more accurate to her real skills. She now also uses the iphone with more skill than either my wife or I, and I'm not sure how I feel about that. ;-)

Comment: Grand Central (Score 5, Insightful) 199

by cps42 (#28507245) Attached to: Desktop As a Cellphone Extension?
I understand you dont want to run for your phone -- Bluetooth won't reach up and down stairs, so linking phone and computer are likely not going to solve your problem. Why not use Grand Central and a Skype number? Have Grand Central ring your cell and your Skype number at the same time. Then whichever you're closest to, you can answer.
Data Storage

+ - What OS/FS to use for 16TB storage array? 1TBx16!!

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Dan Cabrera
Dan Cabrera writes "So I just took delivery of a large package (pickup truck bed sized box) labeled 'server' — turns out it's the one I've been waiting for a while from a client. We had some miscommunication and I assumed this was a 2-4, maybe 5TB system for use as a production content shared drive, but it turned into a real monster, SuperMicro SC-836 with HighPoint 2240 Controller and *16*x*1TB* Hitachi drives in a RAID5 array. It's got WinXP64 loaded, but there must be a better solution after reading of ZFS and related technology now available as open source, no? Looking forward to your comments and suggestions! I'll repost with some benchmarks as this puppy grows up (into the wee hours of the morning I'll work :) Happy SD'in! PS: Just need a large drive to save rendered projects to and backup music/other projects (This is for a world known DJ, so the each tour/show can involve a LOT of media!) ...and, how the heck am I gonna do off-site backup for this in event of disaster? Ay-yay-yi!"

+ - Multiformat Listening Test at 64kbps 1

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prospective_user writes "Do you think you have good ears? Think again.

The community at Hydrogenaudio has prepared a Public Listening Test for comparison of the most popular audio codecs (AAC, Vorbis, and Microsoft's WMA included) in a battle to see how they stand at compressing audio at 64kbps.

Many of the participants right now have expressed their surprise at being unable to determine which is the original and which is the compressed version of 18 samples covering a vast amount of musical styles.

The results of this test (and other that are conducted at Hydrogenaudio) will be used by the developers of the codecs to further improve the "transparency" and let this kind of test be even harder.

Everyone is invited to participate and show how good your listening is!"

Kill Ugly Processor Architectures - Karl Lehenbauer