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+ - Ask Slashdot, Electronics Engineering

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An anonymous reader writes "As someone who has tinkered with Raspberry Pi's, Arduino's, BeagleBones and the like. I want to take it to the next level by designing my own pcb's and circuits, possibly even my own arduino. As someone who's knowledge of electronics only goes so far as off the shelf parts and components, what resources are available online or via books that one can learn the intricacies of this amazing field? I've dabbled in Eagle CAD once or twice but I see others designing their own arduino's and such and I can't help but feel like I would really love to learn how to do that."

+ - Bitcoin-exchange CEO found dead->

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An anonymous reader writes "SINGAPORE—The CEO of a virtual-currency exchange was found dead near her home in Singapore.

A police spokesman said Thursday that initial investigations indicated there was no suspicion of “foul play” in the Feb. 26 death, meaning officers do not suspect murder.

The spokesman said police found 28-year-old Autumn Radtke, an American, lying motionless near the apartment tower where she lived.

Police have so far classified the death as “unnatural,” which can mean an accident, misadventure, or suicide."

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+ - Microsoft Confirms DirectX 12 Is Alive And Well, Demo Coming At GDC->

Submitted by MojoKid
MojoKid (1002251) writes "Buzz has been building for the last week that Microsoft would soon unveil the next version of DirectX at the upcoming Games Developer Conference (GDC). Microsoft has now confirmed that its discussion forums at the show won't just be to discuss updates to DX11, but that the company is putting a full court press behind DirectX 12. The company responded sharply over a year ago, when an AMD executive claimed that future versions of the API were essentially dead, but it has been over four years since DX11 debuted. To date, Microsoft has only revealed a few details of the next-generation API. Like AMD's Mantle, it will focus on giving developers "close-to-metal" GPU resource access and reducing CPU overhead. Like Mantle, the goal of DirectX 12 is to give programmers more control over performance tuning, with an eye towards better multi-threading and multi-GPU scaling. Unlike Mantle, DirectX 12 will undoubtedly support a full range of GPUs from AMD, Intel, Nvidia and Qualcomm. Qualcomm's presence is interesting. With Windows RT all but moribund, Qualcomm's interest in that market may have seemed incidental. However, the fact that the company is involved with the DX12 standard could mean that the handset and tablet developer is serious about the Windows market in the long term."
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Comment: Where? (Score 4, Interesting) 263

by gabereiser (#46336705) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: When Is a Better Career Opportunity Worth a Pay Cut?
Where do you work that you get such a laxed environment where Architects are actually doing their jobs and no developer is just cowboy coding architecture into the mix? I want to work there. I think you really need to evaluate where you are and how good you have it. If you want to make architectural decisions, maybe work your way into an architectural role. If you just want to implement XYZ because you think it's cool. You deserve the paycut. I don't want you to take it the wrong way, but a lot of jobs I've worked at has been developers making the architectural decisions and the architecture ends up shit. Be glad you have a committee that cares enough about it to prevent people from implementing anything they feel like. I'd love a job like that.

Comment: Re:Let work provide tools for work (Score 1) 158

Learning new skills is part of being a programmer, I'm not saying that at all. I'm saying learn these skills when your interested in doing so, not because there's a potential for some project through work and you want to be an asshole and take it on yourself without getting professionals who have been doing it a lot longer than you have involved.

On the contrary, I implore every programmer to learn new skills, especially ones that are job related, but not a completely separate set of skills so you can be there to catch some project contract that your company may need. Its the same as saying "Hey, I've been a developer for 10 years, let me go learn photoshop so I can do graphic design for marketing because they need someone to do it". That is really poor judgement.

Comment: Re:Let work provide tools for work (Score 1) 158

And this, this is what I was getting at. Surely a company who needs a mobile presence wouldn't just throw the job at some guy because he "says" he can do it, he has to prove it. And no one in their right mind would do this on the side, not get paid, unless they loved to do it. Not for some "chance" to get the job that his job may or may not present to him. The older you get, the more you realize that companies exploit tech-level people because they don't understand what's involved. By us tech-level people explaining REALITY, we will continue to be looked at as someone who can just do whatever the hell they feel like giving to us, no questions asked, and are expected to deliver. If he was hired as a .Net engineer, then was asked to build a Java ESB, clearly any professional would say "I'm not qualified to do so" instead of "Let me learn it in my own time, my spare time, and I'll make it for you for the same amount of money I'm already being paid to be a .Net developer even though I still have that role to fill"

Comment: Re:Let work provide tools for work (Score 3, Insightful) 158

This, I'm surprised people are even giving suggestions for him to do work that's "not part of his job description" in his spare time. Don't. Just don't do it. You either get paid to do the work level that your qualified to do or you don't. Don't take on responsibilities that aren't yours. This is a cardinal rule as will only end up in you working yourself to death doing everyone else's job (even if they don't even work there at all). Limit yourself to your job description and leave it at that. If that need a mobile developer, inform them that you would do it gladly but that it would be additional job duties and you should be compensated for it in turn.

Comment: Re:Market Saturation (Score 1) 506

by gabereiser (#45614345) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why So Hard Landing Interviews In Seattle Versus SoCal?
I was going to point out the "MS Stack" problem myself. Seattle is not the place for MS developers because outside of Microsoft, no one uses them. I've gotten interviews with Amazon and it's all Java/Linux/Unix work. Leave the dark side and join us in the light, you'll not only get paid more, but you'll enjoy more opportunities as well. - Former MS Stack Developer

You can observe a lot just by watching. -- Yogi Berra