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Comment: It's OK to move on... (Score 1) 735

by koala_dude (#37639158) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Does Being 'Loyal' Pay As a Developer?

Have you gotten everything you need from this job, professionally, financially, and personally? Are you satisfied this move is the best choice for you to grow professionally?

If you want this other position, give your current employer proper notice, and work with them to make the transition as smooth as possible. You can even discuss the possibility of being available as a consultant for a while if they need.

On the other hand, you might look over the offer and decide the trade-offs aren't worth it. Sometimes, the increased money is accompanied by increased stress...longer commutes, longer hours, more demands on your personal life (e.g., being on call 24/7). An interesting and rewarding job that pays less might be the better option then.

Chances are, however, you're intrigued by a new challenge, a new beginning, and better pay. Why not take the leap?

Remember, in the end, you are replaceable. It's part of business. People get sick, hit by buses...or better offers. Leave gracefully, don't burn any bridges, and you can continue to stay friends with those co-workers with whom you are close.

Best wishes on your decision. In this economy, it's rare to have such a choice to make!

Comment: Re:Its the phone company that caused the problem (Score 3, Informative) 393

by koala_dude (#37503234) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Calculators With 1-2-3 Number Pads?

My understanding is that Bell Labs tested a number of layouts before settling on the 1-2-3 matrix we use now as being simplest to master (see R. L. Deininger, Human Factors Engineering Studies of the Design and Use of Pushhutton Telephone Sets, 1960, Bell System Technical Journal [PDF]).

I'm not sure if calculator / comptometer manufacturers had their competing studies; I've heard that when Bell asked for an explanation, the answer was a shrug...comptometers were about 80 years by then, so I think the origins of their layout are as opaque and full of folk explanations as the QWERTY layout.

Regardless, I've encountered OP's request before...but for phone layouts which matched calculator layouts. I was working in an operations office a few years ago run by a person who was a fan of "Cheaper by the Dozen" who wanted to optimize our phone dialing speed (this was a fun place to work, even if this request sounds odd). We didn't have any success, but it was an interesting thought.

Comment: Another Thank You (Score 1) 1521

by koala_dude (#37219936) Attached to: Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

Thank you for your work with Slashdot. This place has helped keep my interest in tech alive with your combination of neat stories and wry, sometimes sarcastic summaries...the place won't be the same without you.

I discovered Slashdot and Google about the same time in 1997, and since then, both site names have now become part of our day-to-day language...we google stuff on the web only to discover the site we want has been slashdotted! If nothing else, that's a pretty awesome accomplishment!

Best wishes for whatever is next...thanks again, and have fun!

+ - SPAM: Rogaine Overview

Submitted by wilburmcmill24
wilburmcmill24 (2159868) writes "Most of them display that Rogaine is excellent for hair regrowth. Occasionally, the success are so outstanding. Consequently, FDA accepted its utilization for hair loss. Most of the other medicines and strategies out there have no these kinds of a proof displaying their efficacy. If you think science, it is logical to decide on a reliable medication, as an alternative of unproven ones which many of them are just bogus.

o No gender variation: Rogaine is utilized for both equally guys (two% or five%) and gals (two% only). Other FDA-accredited medicine Propecia is not accredited for use by gals.

o Availability: Rogaine is offered with out a prescription.

o Utilization technique: Rogaine is immediately utilized to the scalp. You do not have to consider it orally. Consequently, its systemic aspect-results (to full system) are minimal to none. So, males are relieved to know that it will work with no altering male hormones.

What is poor with Rogaine?

o No ensure: Rogaine's manufacturer obviously states Rogaine does not function for every person and particular person outcome will differ. A clinical check showed about fifty five% of the males who used Rogaine obtained some enhancement. That suggests that 45% of the users will not see satisfactory development.

o Not excellent for forehead: Rogaine stimultes hair regrowth at the leading of the human body, not at the forehead. Your hair loss affects principally forehead, Rogaine is not good for you.

o Delayed influence: Viewing some hair advancement, may possibly consider time. You will need to utilize Rogaine three or 4 months to see it starts to operate. So, just being aware of Rogaine is not superior for you may possibly cost you wasted money and time.

o Constant treatment: Those who see some enhancement then will need to maintain the medication to avoid shedding any hair gained. Its highest authorized duration of usage is not recognised.

Rogaine is the brand identify for a drug which contains Minoxidil in two% and 5% doses created to combat hair reduction. The principal issue is: Does Rogaine function?

Look at these information:

Minoxidil was initially produced to reduce substantial blood strain. A single of the facet effects noted was improved hair expansion in some individuals. This feature of the drug was then used to current market a medicine with large revenue prospective provided the range of men and ladies in the international current market concerned about hair loss or thinning hair.

The men and women who seasoned this aspect impact would definitely answer Yes to the issue "Does Rogaine perform?"

Nonetheless, the human human body is a complex organism and each and every personal responds in different ways to medicines and drugs. What works for some may not operate for people.

The manufacturers of Rogaine brought out a heavier dosage edition, identified as Rogaine Further Strength (5%). Some resources report that this version of Rogaine was 45% far more productive in stopping hair reduction and creating new progress than the normal edition (two%).

Having said that, it is important to notice these other observations:

About fifty five% of the guys who took piece in clinical trials noted an enhancement in their hair reduction dilemma. This signifies that in some guys hair loss stopped, in other people, hair loss not only stopped but there was an raise in density of hair on the scalp.

Hair Loss — Is Rogaine the Best Hair Growth Product?"

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+ - Gnome to become Linux-only?->

Submitted by Moderator
Moderator (189749) writes "Is Gnome about to drop support for non-Linux operating systems? That seems to be the consensus after a recent discussion on the Gnome mailing list. From TFA: "It is harmful to pretend that you are writing the OS core to work on any number of different kernels...the time has come for GNOME to embrace Linux a bit more boldly.""
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+ - Tumblr bloggrs ensnared in chain-spam scam->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "From The Register: Tumblr has become the target of a chain letter-style spam that spread rapidly over the micro-blogging service. The fake messages falsely warned that "your blog will be deleted unless you repost this" note, which claimed that Tumblr was drawing up a list of inactive profiles. The Tumblr chain letter took advantage of a shortcoming in the reblog function on the site that meant that more clued-up users could only warn about the scam by reposting the dodgy message themselves."
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+ - RIAA-Backed Warrantless Search Bill->

Submitted by lordvramir
lordvramir (2175034) writes "If you run a CD or DVD duplication company and you're based in California, you may soon be subject to warrantless searches in order to "fight piracy." California Senate Bill 550, introduced by Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), has slowly begun making its way through the state legislature as a way to cut down on counterfeit discs, but critics worry that it may open the door to Fourth Amendment violations."
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+ - FBI leaves paperwork behind after raid on anti-war->

Submitted by Sprouticus
Sprouticus (1503545) writes "An interesting development has occured in the case of some anti-war activists who had their house raided by the FBI. Apparently in their hurry to take the photos, computers and phones of the people involved, the FBI left their raid paperwork, including the raid plan and the interrogation questions, behind. This information has been posted oon a website put up to support the activists. It gives some real insight into the FBI mindset."
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+ - SPAM: World of Tanks Patch; Conquest mode imminent?

Submitted by
GamingHUD writes "World of Tanks, the popular and free to play action MMO, has seen the release of a new patch today and with it comes a dash of new content and a wealth of backend optimization to improve the gaming experience for players. The update adds in a handful of Artillery options to the following factions: United States, the USSR and Germans not to mention throwing in two new maps for players to make war on with their new toys."
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+ - New ATM lets users talk live to a remote teller->

Submitted by cylonlover
cylonlover (1921924) writes "Since their introduction in the 1960's, automated teller machines (ATMs) have provided bank customers with a convenient way to access their cash 24 hours a day seven days a week without having to wait until banking hours and queue to see a teller. Now the world's biggest ATM provider is putting the "teller" back in the automated teller machine with the unveiling of an ATM with integrated two-way video conferencing that lets users talk live with a remote teller."
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+ - Rodent thought extinct for 113 years reappears->

Submitted by Damien1972
Damien1972 (878814) writes "The red-crested tree rat had not been recorded since 1898 and was thought possibly extinct—that is until one showed up at 9:30 PM on May 4th at a lodge in El Dorado Nature Reserve in northern Colombia. About the size of a guinea pig, the red-crested tree rat had only been known from two skins previously."
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+ - FCC asks Apple, Google to location-tracking forum->

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cultiv8 writes "In its first look at the growing controversy about location tracking by smartphones, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission has invited Apple (AAPL.O), Google (GOOG.O) and consumer advocates to a forum in late June.

The FCC will study the risks and benefits of location-based services at a "public education forum" on June 28 that will include wireless carriers, other technology companies and consumer advocacy groups, the FCC said on Tuesday."

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