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Comment Re:fluctuating weight of KG? (Score 1) 299

While platinum and iridium (or irridium if we want to go with your spelling) are more corrosion-resistant than iron, they are not corrosion-proof. "Not a big factor" is fine for short periods of time. The hundreds of years this thing is expected to exist and the extreme precision that it is supposed to remain accurate to are enough to make "not a big factor" a "big enough factor" to worry about. If not, it would have been made out of whatever it is your brain is made out of. That appears to lose mass quite quickly.

Comment Re:HTTPS means something specific (Score 1) 252

So far it seems that most of the responders here have missed half of the purpose of HTTPS. Sure, using HTTPS vs. HTTP means that the traffic is being encrypted between your web browser and the server, but that is only half of the reason to use HTTPS. The other half is that there is a certificate on the server you are going to that verifies the authenticity of the site. That certificate is signed by a trust chain, the root of which, is installed into your browser as a trusted authority. Websites use HTTPS to prove to you that you are communicating with the correct site, not just to make the traffic invisible to prying eyes. The need for verification of who the server is sending its email to is usually totally unnecessary since the company sending the email relied upon the customer to supply the correct one.

Submission the slashdot flowchart->

erle writes: "This "flowchart" on slashdot was just too cool to pass over. Obviously a frequent reader, since they 'understand' the coolness (oops did I give too much away?). Im sure that all slashdot'ers have a great sense of humour. I came across this site, not sure if anyone has seen it yet, but whoever has done this, sure has one, and a great one. Hope you all enjoy it . (I sure hope my boss does not read this one)"
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The Media

Submission Al Gore talks about his book, confesses to read /.

An anonymous reader writes: Al Gore has come out with his new Book — The Assault on Reason, and has generated quite a media buzz. Everybody asking is he going to run for president, and one of the more interesting interviews is available at Politico — where he confesses to be occasionally reading Slashdot.

"[Mr. Gore] has a Google news page and regularly reads about two dozen sites that range from traditional outlets like USA Today as well as new media venues like, a technology site, and Huffington Post."

Al is also voicing himself in the upcoming Futurama movie.
The Courts

Submission Warner found guilty of piracy

XSforMe writes: "After a six year long legal battle Warner Music was found guilty of plagiarism and piracy, according to a judge in Mexico. The disputed property lies in the rights of a song included in a music album produced by a popular mexican interpreter which sold over 3 million copies. The judge has ordered Warner to pay Mr. Lifshitz (claimant in the trail) 40% of the net income of said album. Warner has 15 days to either pony up the money or take the case to a higher court."
United States

Submission Getting out of IT, where to start?

cavtroop writes: I've been doing IT for almost 12 years now, with the typical progression: pc support, server support, network support, etc. I used to love my job, and look forward to coming into work, learning something new, and surmounting challenging obstacles. After years of doing this and that in IT, I'm now an IT Generalist, and finding a job is getting tougher and tougher — most hiring managers are looking for subject matter experts. My lack of a degree (I joined the military, and went straight to work after that) is also beginning to hinder me greatly.

I've been giving some thought to getting out of IT lately. I find I no longer enjoy my work — most of the work I do provides little challenge, and I honestly don't remember the last time I learned something new and interesting. With the recent news of IBM possibly laying of 100k people plus (and the years long trend towards out-sourcing), the prospects of ever getting a meaningful IT job again are looking dim.

I think its time to hit the eject button on my IT career. But where to begin? I tried searching for a career counselor, but most of the hits were shady fly by night places, or people that just want to sell you a book.

Has anyone out there in /. land had a similar experience? What can I expect, and where can I start? Any tips, etc would be beneficial.

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