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Comment: Re:Stick to what you know (Score 5, Interesting) 387

by gr7 (#46035111) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: It's 2014 -- Which New Technologies Should I Learn?

On the plus side, Embedded programmers get about twice as much as web programmers. Switch to contracting if you want more money - around $50 per hour for web developers $30 to $75 and around $100 per hour for embedded programmers ($75 to $200). I'm not an expert on rates. This is just people I've met. It's a small sample but it makes sense. Embedded C programmers with more than 3 years of experience are damn hard to find. It's a niche market.

On the minus side, there are fewer Embedded programming jobs out there so you have to travel farther and often you can't work from home because you need to be with the hardware and often there aren't enough hardware to let you take one home. Or you need expensive debugging equipment like oscilloscopes, etc. Again I'm talking about contracting where you will have to travel to different places every time you get a new contract and they will be farther away than those web development contracts.

I recommend you stick with embedded C and if you want to learn something, learn how to use an oscilloscope, read a schematic and study some basic electronics so that when something doesn't work you can tell the Electrical Engineer exactly what is wrong instead of just saying "it's broken". This is how you get in the upper end of the salary range.

If you do switch to web programming then obviously you need to know: html, javascript, SQL. Those are the most basic and key things you need to understand.

Science

+ - Extinct Species That Could Be Brought Back->

Submitted by Press2ToContinue
Press2ToContinue (2424598) writes "Diversity is a good thing, right? If so, then what if we could bring back extinct species at will? According to a current article in National Geographic, we just may be at that point now, and the list of species ranges from wooly mammoth, Tasmanian tiger and the woolly rhinoceros to the passenger pigeon and the dodo.

It seems inevitable: it's not a question of "should we," but "when will we?" So the question really seems to be, "who gets to decide?" And if done, can it be undone?

Oh, and one more question.... "where's the goat??" (Jurassic Park, 1993)"

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Data Storage

+ - Seagate new SSHD hybrids have dual-mode flash caches->

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crookedvulture
crookedvulture writes "Seagate's has revealed its next-generation hybrid drives, and for the first time, there's a 3.5" desktop model in the mix. The new family of so-called SSHDs includes standard and slim notebook variants with 500GB and 1TB capacities, plus 1TB and 2TB desktop versions. All of them combine mechanical platters with 8GB of NAND in a dual-mode SLC/MLC configuration. The SLC component is largely reserved to cache host writes, while the MLC portion is filled with frequently accessed data to speed read performance. Despite MLC NAND's lower write endurance, Seagate claims the SSHDs have more than enough headroom to last at least five years with typical client workloads. More impressively, the mobile SSHDs are supposed to be faster than the old Momentus XT hybrid even though they have slower 5,400-RPM spindle speeds. The mobile models are slated to start selling shortly at $79 for 500GB and $99 for 1TB, while the 1TB and 2TB desktop flavors are due in late April for $99 and $149, respectively. Unlike other NAND caching solutions, Seagate's tech requires no software or drivers, making it compatible with any OS."
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Robotics

+ - Drone came within 200 feet of airliner over New York->

Submitted by FoolishBluntman
FoolishBluntman (880780) writes "(CNN) — An unmanned drone came within 200 feet of a commercial jet over New York, triggering an FBI appeal to the public for any information about the unusual and potentially dangerous incident.
The crew of Alitalia Flight 608 approaching John F. Kennedy airport on Monday reported the sighting.
"We saw a drone, a drone aircraft," the pilot can be heard telling air traffic controllers on radio calls captured by the website LiveATC.net."

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Idle

+ - Nike Debuts First Football Cleat Built Using 3D-Printing Technology->

Submitted by fangmcgee
fangmcgee (1716754) writes "Nike made history on Sunday when it debuted the first-ever football cleat built using rapid-prototyping technology. Weighing no more than 5.6 ounces, the “Vapor Laser Talon” boasts a contoured three-dimensionally printed plate designed to provide optimal traction, as well as help football athletes maintain their “drive stance” longer and more effectively, according to the sportswear giant."
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Yahoo!

+ - First Yahoo, now Best Buy bans telework->

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bednarz
bednarz writes "Is telecommuting the new scapegoat for poor performance? Best Buy, in the midst of a corporate restructuring, has canceled its flexible work program http://www.networkworld.com/news/2013/030513-best-buy-telework-267403.html and expects corporate employees to put in traditional 40-hour work weeks at the retailer's headquarters (they used to be able to work whenever and wherever they wanted). The announcement comes on the heels of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's decision to end telecommuting, which ignited a http://www.networkworld.com/news/2013/022813-yahoo-telework-267219.html firestorm of criticism. It also follows news of Best Buy's plans to lay off 400 corporate workers as part of a plan to cut $725 million in costs and restructure its business."
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Comment: Re:What would I do without the web? (Score 1) 418

by gr7 (#43082715) Attached to: Developers May Be Getting 50% of Their Documentation From Stack Overflow

Before the web, microsoft would let you click on any keyword or function and hit the F1 key and it had great documentation hyperlinked to similar functions and with examples and it told you what .h files to include and so on. It was great. It still is somewhat decent.

Before GUI's, everything was paper doc and the languages were simpler and there were fewer of them to learn and you had to "ask someone" when you ran into problems that you normally see on stack overflow. I was one of the people that had stream of people asking questions.

Comment: php does documentation best (Score 1) 418

by gr7 (#43082665) Attached to: Developers May Be Getting 50% of Their Documentation From Stack Overflow

Don't flame me because you think php is a bad language. I'm just saying it has the best documentation out there. It's on the web and each piece has good examples and then - most importantly - anyone can comment below for each function and feature - issues they've run into. The kind of stuff normally found on stackoverflow. I've been programming since everything was paper (the computers printed on paper only, and the documents were all on paper). I love paper docs, but online, editable, wiki like documents are the best.

Trust the crowd.

Education

+ - Which tech degrees pay the most from day one?->

Submitted by alphadogg
alphadogg (971356) writes "Young technologists have a variety of undergraduate degrees that they can pursue at the collegiate level. But which degree is going to produce the most job offers and the highest starting salaries? Should college students major in computer science, software engineering, IT or some other niche in order to snare the top prize four years from now: a six-figure starting salary, perhaps with stock options? Network World talked to colleges and professors across various tech disciplines about industry demand for their graduates. It pored over starting salary data from the PayScale College Salary Report 2012-13 and also looked at unemployment rates by college major compiled by Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce. One trend is clear: The more challenging the tech-oriented major, the more job opportunities available to newly minted graduates ... as well as higher starting salaries. Students who take more math, science and engineering courses in college, tend to earn higher salaries upon graduation."
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Data Storage

+ - Are SATA port multipliers safe?->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers at the U of Minnesota and FutureWei Technologies discussed their research into SATA port multiplier behavior when disks fail at this month's FAST 13 conference. Bottom line: they were able to reproduce a consistent failure on healthy drives by failing another drive on the same PM. I'm interested in hearing from /. readers about their experience with drive failures on PMs. Or comment on the original article."
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Apple

+ - Hedge Fund manager shows how easy it is to manipulate shares of Apple->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "In early trading on Tuesday, shares of Apple dropped down to about $437 a share, the lowest Apple has traded at in over a year.

But a curious thing happened just about 3 hours into the trading day.

Hedge fund manager Doug Kass put a tweet teasing the idea that Apple was going to announce a stock split on Wednesday during the company's shareholder meeting.

Shortly thereafter, with Apple trading at $449, Kass put out another tweet saying that it's about time he sell off some of his Apple shares.

But just one hour later, as Kass continued to sell off his shares of Apple, he tweeted out that the rumor — which he effectively willed into existence — was baseless."

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Science

+ - Blood Test To Determine Whether People Are Suicidal->

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rtoz
rtoz writes "Scientists Are Developing A Blood Test To Determine Whether People Are Suicidal.

Last year, researchers in Sweden published a study linking suicide attempts to higher-than-usual levels of quinolinic acid, a neurotransmitter associated with inflammation.

Now, a team of scientists in Australia is using that finding to develop a blood test to measure levels of quinolinic acid in the blood.

The test would function as a diagnostic tool to help doctors gauge a depressed person's mental state--the higher the levels of the chemical, the more likely a patient is to attempt suicide."

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Science

+ - Why the Arabic World Turned Away From Science->

Submitted by
Geoffrey.landis
Geoffrey.landis writes "The historical period that we call the dark ages, from perhaps 600 to 1200 AD, was the golden age of Islamic science, when great advances in science and technology were taking place in the middle east. But somehow, as the west experienced its renaissance, the blossoming of the age of science, and the founding of the modern technological world, the Arabic world instead turned away from science. Muslim countries have nine scientists, engineers, and technicians per thousand people, compared with a world average of forty-one, and of roughly 1.6 billion Muslims in the world, only two scientists from Muslim countries have won Nobel Prizes in science. Why? In an article "Why the Arabic World Turned Away from Science" in The New Atlantis, Hillel Ofek examines both the reasons why Islamic science flourished, and why it failed. Are we turning the same way, with a rising tide of religious fundamentalism and dogma shouting down the culture of inquiry and free thinking needed for scientific advances? Perhaps we should be looking at the decline of Islamic science as a cautionary tale."
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