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Comment Re:Ten Years Ago... (Score 1) 804

Came here to say this. And your experience pretty much mirrors my experience. I was just getting ready to go to college when the news came through. At the time I started checking CNN site was melting while Slashdot was still up and running providing news and help. It was indeed one of the finest hours of Slashdot.

Comment Re:FAIL! (Score 4, Interesting) 492

With both engadget and Gizmodo getting their hands on the "next iPhone" in different bars in different cities, it is difficult to believe that somebody actually lost the phones. Either both engadget and Gizmodo got fooled or this is more a marketing campaign than lost phones. I would bet on latter.

Submission + - EU approves Oracle buying Sun

bertvv writes: (article in Dutch, here's a translation) and other sources report that EU commissionary Neelie Kroes has given the green light to the Sun Microsystems takeover by Oracle. The EC concludes that MySQL is not in danger from the takeover due to its open source license and the fact that with PostgreSQL, there's a good alternative available. The Java platform is also considered safe thanks to the open Java Community Process. Moreover, Oracle would shoot itself in the foot if it would limit access to the Java platform.

Comment Re:You will have to know tech either way (Score 1) 592

Where I work, managers are mostly promoted from their engineering positions than hired. And it is usually the good ones who get promoted. So whether they end up being good managers or not, they do continue to be good technically. Ours is a big company, so we do have our chaff. We have managers who were good technically, but wanted to have the "easy" life of management or managers who were promoted to management where they shouldn't have been promoted. This group is a minority though and the members of this group usually get sidelined from the people who do actual work.

Also, at least in my company, management life is not completely easy life. Tech is the better life and higher you get in tech, the more you get to go home at a regular time. For many of the managers, they need to work with teams in different countries. There are managers with teams in India and China, having conference calls managing their teams during nights and meetings during the days with their bosses and peers. There is flexibility on when and how you work, but that flexibility works both ways. As a manager you are expected to be available at mornings and evenings beyond the working hours.

Comment Re:bogus research (Score 1) 179

Pretty much all the Big Companies will have operations in all the countries in the report. I can tell for a fact that my company does. So I don't think the big companies argument holds water. Btw, the report has the criteria for measurement and the criteria are fairly objective.

Submission + - Acquired by Oracle: Should I stay or Should I go?

An anonymous reader writes: I was recently acquired by Oracle. Corporate Culture is a shock but doable. My job is secure (if I choose to stay). There are lots of other options out there (if I choose to stay). So what do you know about the big O? Seeking answers from you, questions from the Clash: Should I stay or should I go now?...If I go there will be trouble...And if I stay it will be double...So come on and let me know...Should I leave the great big O?

Submission + - Sexual Threats Stifle Some Female Bloggers

An anonymous reader writes: Excerpt from a Washington Post Article — As women gain visibility in the blogosphere, they are targets of sexual harassment and threats. Men are harassed too, and lack of civility is an abiding problem on the Web. But women, who make up about half the online community, are singled out in more starkly sexually threatening terms — a trend that was first evident in chat rooms in the early 1990s and is now moving to the blogosphere, experts and bloggers said. ... A 2005 study by the Pew Internet & American Life Project found that the proportion of Internet users who took part in chats and discussion groups plunged from 28 percent in 2000 to 17 percent in 2005, entirely because of the exodus of women.
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Submission + - New DST to cost $350 million?

ktappe writes: "An analyst at Forrester Research estimates the daylight saving time (DST) switch coming this Sunday will cost the average company $50,000 in time and labor expenses — a conservative figure that doesn't take into account missed airline flights or forgotten appointments. That's a total of $350 million for the 7,000 publicly traded companies in the U.S. Is this another case of an analyst pulling numbers out of the air, or will we really be paying a high price for earlier DST?"

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