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+ - Ask Slashdot: How should I gain project management experience? 4

Submitted by ivonic
ivonic (972040) writes "I worked for Microsoft for a year as a Windows 7 trainer, finished my degree in computer science, then took a good job outside of IT as that was the best thing available.

How do I stop myself from de-skilling in IT, and gain the experience needed to be a project manager (or Program Manager) whilst working full-time in an unrelated industry?

I don't just want to halve my salary and go back into a server admin job to 'work my way up', but I can't afford to do huge courses in project management. What should I do?"
Microsoft

+ - Why Visual Basic 6 Still Thrives

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "Microsoft recently extended 'It Just Works' compatibility for Visual Basic 6 applications through the full lifetime of Windows 8, so VB6 apps will have at least 24 years of supported lifetime (VB6 shipped in '98). So why has VB6, "the un-killable cockroach" in the Windows ecosystem, managed to thrive? 'Cockroaches are successful because they're simple,' explains David S. Platt. 'They do what they need to do for their ecological niche and no more. Visual Basic 6 did what its creators intended for its market niche: enable very rapid development of limited programs by programmers of lesser experience.' But when Microsoft proudly trotted out VB.NET, the 'full-fledged language' designed to turn VB6 'bus drivers' into 'fighter pilots', they got a surprise. 'Almost all Visual Basic 6 programmers were content with what Visual Basic 6 did,' explains Platt. 'They were happy to be bus drivers: to leave the office at 5 p.m. (or 4:30 p.m. on a really nice day) instead of working until midnight; to play with their families on weekends instead of trudging back to the office; to sleep with their spouses instead of pulling another coding all-nighter and eating cold pizza for breakfast. They didn’t lament the lack of operator overloading or polymorphism in Visual Basic 6, so they didn’t say much.'"
The Military

+ - Cyber weaknesses should deter US from waging war-> 1

Submitted by InfiniteZero
InfiniteZero (587028) writes "America's critical computer networks are so vulnerable to attack that it should deter U.S. leaders from going to war with other nations — Richard Clarke, a former top U.S. cybersecurity official said Monday. The U.S. military is entirely dependent on computer systems and could end up in a future conflict in which troops trot out onto a battlefield 'and nothing works.'"
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Comment: Re:That guy doesn't understand what irony means (Score 0, Flamebait) 528

by ivonic (#32440248) Attached to: Microsoft Talks Back To Google's Security Claims

You're right - it's not irony, it's hypocrisy.

Google is publicly berating Microsoft for their supposedly-inadequate security, yet their own products face similar complaints.

Of course you can't blame them for wanting to be as secure as possible, and they chose the route of ditching Microsoft rather than helping fix the problems that they seem to care so much about. If they think they can do better, then why don't they help fix them?

Comment: Re:OS versus Browser (Score 2, Informative) 114

by ivonic (#31680026) Attached to: MS Issues Emergency IE Security Update

The way IE integrates with the OS varies between releases. In XP and earlier, items such as Windows Update and Windows help are running on IE. Since Vista, these have been control panel applets instead, giving malicious code exectued in IE no power over it.

Users using another browser wouldn't be able to execute code that affects these components, but if some malicious code successfully attacks an IE user, it could potentially attack other parts of the system where IE is integrated (and to which IE has some form of access), and then execute code to potentially gain 'control' of a system.

This "remote code execution" usually isn't a hack that a script kiddie could run to gain access to your files, but often it's enough for hackers just to be able to redirect your browser (to fake online banking sites) or even just cause your PC to visit a site. Thousands of compromised PCs visiting a website a thousand times a second each is your basic DDoS attack.

Comment: Over the hedge (Score 1) 562

by tepples (#31235158) Attached to: Fuel Cell Marvel "Bloom Box" Gaining Momentum

that's assuming that natural gas prices don't increase since it is still burning gas as fuel.

As natural gas prices go up, the price of natural gas-fired electric power will go up, so Bloom Box users save on the mark-up.

Other than saving space, how is this better than solar panels which typically have a 15-20 year payoff period?

Photovoltaic and photothermal power sources have problems at night, on cloudy days, and far from the equator.

But even if the price was cut in half, the ROI would only be 7.2 percent

For one thing, Bloom is looking at cutting the price further than half. For another, the return on investment from a Bloom Box isn't purely monetary; it's also a hedge against relative prices of different forms of power.

Comment: Re:I know it's old news, but... (Score 1) 137

by toolie (#31235082) Attached to: Real-Life Equivalents of Video Game Weapons

One of the best uses aside from utter destruction (ever seen what a November does to anybody unlucky enough to be in the house it hits?) is deterrent. Bad guys don't want to go out when Apaches are in the air. There is a reason that Apaches have been in the air around Baghdad 24/7 for several years.

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