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Comment: Look to larger, established companies for testing (Score 3, Insightful) 257

by doug (#49745757) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Career Advice For an Aging Perl Developer?
I've been using perl professionally for 22 years now, and I'm not seeing much of a drop off. I am noticing that a lot of the work is in testing organizations. They've written a lot of code and it needs to be maintained. Look around for automation testing positions and you'll see that a lot of them are in perl. It is not particularly fun and sexy, but you didn't say that was a requirement.

Comment: 11,000 years ago, not 300 (Score 3, Insightful) 56

by doug (#49669027) Attached to: The Milky Way's Most Recent Supernova That Nobody Saw
TFA says it was 11,000 light years away, so it took 11,000 years for the light to get to Earth. We should have seen it 300 years ago, but the explosion was a long time before that. So the summary's opening line of "A little over 300 years ago, a supernova ... exploded" is incorrect.

Comment: Re:run constantly on her COMPANY ISSUED iPhone (Score 1) 776

by doug (#49668943) Attached to: Worker Fired For Disabling GPS App That Tracked Her 24 Hours a Day

I know I shouldn't feed the trolls, but I'm not wise enough to leave well enough alone.

The guy lives in Denmark, so most likely he is not going to be either a Republican or a Democrat. Since it is likely that he will be "very liberal" by US standards, he's more likely to support the Dems if he cares at all about US politics.

FWIW: I'm a card carrying Republican from the South and it seems that I am generally better informed than you are. Yeah for the well educated.

And to help you out with your ad hominem attack on me, I've got nothing against them tracking their phone. It is their phone after all. But it seems like a thinly veiled attempt to track her. Or at least that is how her boss is (mis)using those features. I'm fine with her being "reachable" 24/7 if that was agreed to when she took the job, but this seems to go way beyond that. Hopefully this will give you fodder to explain how I've been ruining slashdot for the past 18 years.

Comment: Re:Boorish (Score 1) 662

by doug (#49347439) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear
I would have sworn that my ZX5 was built in North America. A google search says that it would have been built in Mexico, which I'm fairly certain is not part of Europe. It was an awesome little car and I only got rid of it 'cause a 20 something idiot didn't know to drive slower in icy conditions and totaled it. Anyone saying that the only good Focuses were built in Europe is uninformed. Or perhaps stupid. It is hard to tell those two apart on the internet.

Comment: Re:There might be hope for a decent adaptation (Score 3, Informative) 331

by doug (#49182515) Attached to: 'The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress' Coming To the Big Screen
The lunar colony sends food back to earth which helps keep food costs down, and thus avoids scarcity based social upheaval. Later they use continuing food shipments as a bargaining chip when trying to get recognized. I think it was effective with India and China.

Comment: Re:been there, done that (Score 4, Insightful) 280

by doug (#48612285) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?
Most degrees have a year or more of generic coursework. And some microbiology might mean a few math and science classes. That could be as much as a third of the required courses have already been completed. So a two year sprint with summers might be enough. It would be brutal as there are no soft subject classes to dilute the STEM. My personal advice is always to get the degree. Most of it is of little use, but dipping your toes in a bunch of different areas is invaluable. And many managers/HR only want to hire folks with fancy pieces of paper. If you only want some STEM, then why not a hybrid approach? Technical writers often have a minor in a STEM field, but not the whole degree. That might be something you can pick up in just a year.

Comment: Have you thought about publicly shaming them? (Score 2) 204

by doug (#48093787) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With an Unresponsive Manufacturer Who Doesn't Fix Bugs?
Why not just bad mouth them. If they get a reputation for poor service, then so be it. This shouldn't be anyone's first approach, but if you've tried for over a year and they're not living up to your expectations, then they squandered more than one chance to do better.

+ - Will Windows 10 address the operating system's biggest weakness?->

Submitted by colinneagle
colinneagle writes: The real question on my mind is whether Windows 10 will finally address a problem that has plagued pretty much every Windows OS since at least 95: the decay of the system over time. As you add and remove apps, as Windows writes more and more temporary and junk files, over time, a system just slows down.

I'm sure many of you have had the experience of taking a five-year-old PC, wiping it clean, putting the exact same OS on as it had before, and the PC is reborn, running several times faster than it did before the wipe. It's the same hardware, same OS, but yet it's so fast. This slow degeneration is caused by daily use, apps, device drive congestion (one of the tell-tale signs of a device driver problem is a PC that takes forever to shut down) and also hardware failure. If a disk develops bad sectors, it has to work around them. Even if you try aggressively to maintain your system, eventually it will slow, and very few people aggressively maintain their system.

So I wonder if Microsoft has found a solution to this. Windows 8 was supposed to have some good features for maintaining the OS and preventing slowdown. I wouldn't know; like most people, I avoided Windows 8 like the plague. It would be the most welcomed feature of Windows 10 if I never had to do another backup, disk wipe, and reinstall.

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+ - The 'Man in the Moon' was Created by Mega Volcano->

Submitted by astroengine
astroengine writes: Whenever you look up at the near side of the moon, you see a face looking back at you. This is the “Man in the Moon” and it has inspired many questions about how it could have formed. There has been some debate as to how this vast feature — called Oceanus Procellarum, which measures around 1,800 miles wide — was created. But after using gravity data from NASA’s twin GRAIL spacecraft, researchers have found compelling evidence that it was formed in the wake of a mega volcanic eruption and not the location of a massive asteroid strike.
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