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Comment: open source project (Score 1) 133

by dwater (#46559211) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Moving From Tech Support To Development?

find an open source project that interests you and get involved, making sure your contributions are attributed to you; then you can point a potential employer at your work.

alternatively, in an appropriate point in the interview process (even in your letter of introduction), ask your potential employer to give you something to do as a project for a few weeks so that you can prove yourself and they can see what you can do.

Comment: Re:One of the first customers (Score 1) 113

by dwater (#46137927) Attached to: Sound System Simulates the Roar of a Rocket Launch

" ``It's the wild colour scheme that freaks me,'' said Zaphod whose love affair with this ship had lasted almost three minutes into the flight, ``Every time you try to operate on of these weird black controls that are labelled in black on a black background, a little black light lights up black to let you know you've done it. What is this? Some kind of galactic hyperhearse?''

The walls of the swaying cabin were also black, the ceiling was black, the seats --- which were rudimentary since the only important trip this ship was designed for was supposed to be unmanned --- were black, the control panel was black, the instruments were black, the little screws that held them in place were black, the thin tufted nylon floor covering was black, and when they had lifted up a corner of it they had discovered that the foam underlay also was black.

Comment: Re: Questions not addressed in the summary (Score 3, Informative) 113

by dwater (#46137907) Attached to: Sound System Simulates the Roar of a Rocket Launch

Having experienced the Notting Hill Carnivan, I can totally believe this...the sound systems they have on the floats are so loud I found it quite difficult to even breath and started to make me feel sick. They're powered by quite big generators on the floats themselves....quite nuts.

The floats/etc were a bit boring, imo. My wife and I didn't stay long.

I find that they can reach 140db: http://www.theinformationdaily...

Comment: Re:I don't think so (Score 1) 153

by dwater (#46106431) Attached to: Samsung's First Tizen Smartphone Gets Leaked

hrm, I wonder...I have noticed on my travels the ubiquity of non-Google Android devices. I wonder if the value of *those* is doubled.

I am, of course, assuming you mean, by 'base Android', the one which is installed on Nexus devices - ie it doesn't have all the manufacturer-added software? If you instead consider 'base Android' to be what is available for free, then perhaps it does indeed add value since it is otherwise quite simple, constituting just a platform.

I think people in 'the west' seem to think Android is only the one that has the Google services/apps/etc, since that seems to be the only one available. In China, for example, I've yet to see such an Android device, and yet there are plenty of non-Google Android devices...perhaps the s/w added by Samsung is adding value to *those* devices.

Of course, that wouldn't excuse them from also adding the s/w to the devices that *do* have Google services/etc...

I'm not sure if my suggestion is actually the case, just wondering.

Comment: Re:Pretty low bar... (Score 1) 168

by dwater (#46105795) Attached to: AMD Announces First ARM Processor

Yes, but I'm curious why it would make less (or more, even) sense for Intel to 'get into the ARM market' than any other chip manufacturer.

I can think of a reason of the top of my head - ie it might dilute their stance/marketing message that 'IA is best' or something like that, but I'm not sure if that is really true. In fact, I can imagine Intel saying, 'well, this isn't the first time we've made ARM' and that making people say, 'oh, right...ok then...nothing to see here'.

I'm just curious what other reasons the poster was thinking about...

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. -- John Muir