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Comment Re:Wow, end of an era. (Score 3, Informative) 152 152

Well, I suppose it can finally no longer be said that the Sparcstation 10 I keep here just for old times' sake can still run "current Linux distributions."

NetBSD and OpenBSD both run on the SparcStation 10 and they're actual UNIX operating system. http://wiki.netbsd.org/ports/s... http://www.openbsd.org/sparc.h...

Comment Re:Negotiating salaries is for the birds. (Score 1) 429 429

You should know the salary range offered before the interview. If they're not willing to provide a range, then you need to tell them the minimum you would work for.

If you know that you're not willing to take anything less than $120K, then you need to say so. If you don't then you're just wasting everyone's time.

Comment Re:Equitable pay? (Score 1) 429 429

And thus the power in salary negotiation is very loopsided, as the employee has much less information about the market and the competition than the employer has. Thus salary negotiations in most cases don't happen in a free market environment.

Why do you think the employee has much less information about the market and competition? If you work with an agency they'll tell you exactly what's going on in the market, salary ranges, number of open positions versus available talent, etc. For example, in Chicago right now there's a shortage of front-end developers and companies are having to show them the money since they get multiple job offers.

Salary negotiations happen when the company really wants you and knows that you have other options. Many employees under-sell themselves, but it is true that you can't negotiate (effectively) unless you're willing to walk away.

If you've got unique skills and aren't simply a cog in the machine, then you should be asking for about 20% more than what you'll take. Good employers will work with you and I would avoid the ones that aren't willing to negotiate. Never take the first offer.

Comment Re: Too many white and Asian males (Score 1) 398 398

Chicago has taken to promoting certain races over others in order to make their diversity numbers look "better".

"The Latino firefighters had each waived race-based promotions twice as a matter of personal pride and a surefire way to avoid serving under the stigma that they didn’t deserve the promotion on their own merit.

But when they got the third promotion offer, Cmdr. Monica Porter made it clear that if they turned it down again there wouldn’t be a next time, the firefighters, who all asked to remain anonymous, told DNAinfo.com."

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago...

Comment Re:No, not so much (Score 1) 255 255

So you are a wiz at dreamweaver or whatever other crapware people use to make template webpages these days, great for you. What happens when the company that hires you expects you to actually UNDERSTAND HTML and PHP and AJAX and JAVASCRIPT?

If this hypothetical company wanted a person who understood HTML, PHP, AJAX, etc, then why would they hire a Dreamweaver guy? Why would the Dreamweaver guy be applying for a non-Dreamweaver position?

You are correct that pinning your career to a particular technology isn't a good idea. However, you don't seem to understand that big corporations don't hire computer scientists (programmers) and then have them learn the products that are being used. They typically want to hire someone who already has experience with what they're using.

Comment Re:Stupidity of Leadership (Score 1) 179 179

I thought that the "No Child Left Behind" thing meant keeping children who didn't achieve the required standard back a year, to repeat the same grade again while the other kids moved ahead. Has it changed?

I thought it meant lowering standards so that everyone can pass?

http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2015/06/10/412240568/raising-graduation-rates-with-questionable-quick-fixes
http://www.joannejacobs.com/2014/05/illinois-sets-lower-standards-for-blacks-latinos

Comment Re:Stupidity of Leadership (Score 1) 179 179

I was placed in my school district's gifted program in second grade and also had the privilege of attending an invite-only school for gifted students during high school. Throughout my schooling there were instances where some parents were upset that resources were going to the gifted kids. According to their logic, the gifted kids were already doing well in school so why should they get extra resources when there are kids that are struggling. These parents were okay with the gifted kids being stuck in non-challenging classes instead of being allowed to reach their potential.

Comment Intel NUC5i5RYK as living room PC (Score 1) 558 558

I just deployed an Intel NUC5i5RYK with 16 GB of Corsair Vengeance DDR3L @ 1600MHz memory and a 500 GB Samsung SSD 850 EVO M.2 running CentOS 7 as my new living room PC. The on-board Intel HD Graphics 6000 adapter is supported by Xorg's latest driver and the on-board WiFi chip is recognized. I initially tried installed FreeBSD 11.0-CURRENT, but the WiFi chip wasn't supported.

Normal usage consists of web browsing with Chrome. Spotify and Netflix's web players both work 100%. I use VLC for watching saved content as well as streams from my SiliconDust HDHomeRun Plus OTA/cable box and my Foscam IP cameras. Even with multiple VLC windows open, I'm typically running about 60% idle and the SSD is always less than 1% busy. I've only been able to get the SSD up to 10% busy while copying files to an external drive over USB 3.0. The RAM is also overkill, but the Intel graphics adapter will take advantage of some of it if it sees 16 GB installed.

I was going to list some more specs, but the following article does a better job. I've been very happy with the new machine so far.
http://www.tomsguide.com/us/intel-broadwell-nuc-mini-pc,review-2688.html

Comment Re:Java is done (Score 1) 223 223

Sun would be just fine today if Oracle hadn't bought them.

Sorry, I'm going to have to disagree. Sun was a hardware company that also sold an operating system. From the late 90's on Sun began losing marketshare to Linux on commodity hardware. Sun tried to respond by moving to x86 and publishing a companion CD/DVD of (old versions) of popular open-source software with limited success. It's a fact that Solaris was pretty much useless without also installing a bunch of GNU software as Sun shipped obsolete/buggy versions of quite a few programs. People who had existing Solaris installations did typically stay on Solaris, but new deployments tended to be Linux-based operating systems.

These days Oracle/Sun is a niche player. They target large, slow moving corporations with large deployments and the budgets to match. I would be quite surprised to hear of a start-up or small company that were still using them.

Comment Re:Clean room implementation? (Score 2) 223 223

Nitpick - technically, we're talking about Java, where there are no header files. The interface is defined in the same source files as the implementation.

You're correct that Java doesn't have header files; Java uses Interfaces which fulfill the same function. Best practice is to write your API using Interfaces, and not code to a particular implementation (classes).

You can define Interfaces and Classes in the same source file, but people typically create a separate file for each one.

Comment Re:Hell No Hillary (Score 1) 676 676

Last I checked, the regs regarding emails for the state department went in to effect in 2005 and clarified in 2009 iirc.

There's also the Federal Records Act of 1950.

Under the Act, each federal agency is required to make and preserve records that (1) document the organization, functions, policies, decisions, procedures, and essential transactions of the agency and (2) provide the information necessary to protect the legal and financial rights of the government and of persons directly affected by the agency’s activities.[1] The Act defines a federal record without respect to format.

The Act also requires agencies to maintain a records management program. Did Hillary have one? Based on what I have heard about the process used to determine which emails were "personal" and which were business it doesn't sound like she did.

Accordingly, to ensure that they have appropriate recordkeeping systems with which to manage and preserve their records, agencies are required to develop records management programs.[2] These programs are intended, among other things, to provide for accurate and complete documentation of the policies and transactions of each federal agency, to control the quality and quantity of records they produce, and to provide for judicious preservation and disposal of federal records.

http://itlaw.wikia.com/wiki/Fe...

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