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Comment: Ominous (Score 1) 491

by loom_weaver (#46566677) Attached to: How Satellite Company Inmarsat Tracked Down MH370

As another poster stated on the original article:

It would appear that someone on board deliberately, covertly and professionally flew it away, to the remotest spot within fuel range.

Trying to cover his tracks meanwhile, probably to avoid the stigma of being found out.

Pretty sinister, looks like the plane was pretty much flying to the South Pole.

Comment: Interviewing is honed skill (Score 2) 218

by loom_weaver (#46552319) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Re-Learning How To Interview As a Developer?

I consider interviewing to be similar to sales. You're selling yourself and you need to be able to effectively counter objections. It's a skill that very quickly becomes rusty.

One book I found helpful is the Adams Job Interview Almanac as it helps identify the reason why questions are asked.
http://www.amazon.com/The-Adam...

Doing so isn't easy and is a skill that must be practiced. In the current commercial for AT&T with the 4 women and 1 man professionals, would you be able to understand why each question is asked and be able to answer effectively?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Comment: Re:Isn't decomposition recent... ? (Score 1) 167

by loom_weaver (#46495307) Attached to: Forests Around Chernobyl Aren't Decaying Properly

I think so. I remember reading in a museum somewhere about a hypothesis that ancient trees didn't decompose... they just kept piling up.

Based on a genetic analysis of mushroom fungi, David Hibbett and colleagues proposed that large quantities of wood were buried during this period because animals and decomposing bacteria had not yet evolved that could effectively digest the tough lignin.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...

Comment: Re:Innovation rarely exists. (Score 1) 100

by loom_weaver (#45562271) Attached to: Open Source In the Datacenter: It Was Never About Innovation

> Proprietary software tries to leverage the time and energy of a small group of talented people, to prduce a product of greater sophistication than an individual software hack can produce in a sensible amount of time, and extort money out of them for the service of providing an already made package that should suit thier needs. (Should). This is done to get a slightly higher amount of monetary valuation of "time" from the customer, and offer a "bargain" in time expenditure vs value to the customer.

Yes for the core product. But a lot of the value that proprietary corporations provide is in the area that the talented people often don't want to do. Things like support, bug fixes, documentation, improvements of mundane old features, and customizations for a select few.

Comment: Re:How safe? (Score 1) 947

by loom_weaver (#45227943) Attached to: How Safe Is Cycling?

Biker here for about 15 years. Definitely concur here.

The two most dangerous conditions are when vehicles are turning right or left at intersections. Doesn't matter if you have the right of way or not, you have to assume that they don't see you and will plow into you.

Also remember that even though they are muck lighter, bikes suck at stopping compared to vehicles. Think tire surface area contacting the pavement and mass.

Took me several collisions (luckily none severe) to learn my lesson.

Comment: Other Departments (Score 1) 167

by loom_weaver (#45148337) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: As a Programmer/Geek, Should I Learn Business?

Absolutely yes and at least become familiar with other departments at your company. It will really make you appreciate the roles that sales, marketing, technical support, product management, professional services, accounting, legal, etc. play.

As for myself I transitioned from pure development into professional services (customer-facing post-sales installation, training, integrations, trouble-shooting). As much as I liked development I'm finding I'm really good at this role even though I consider myself an introvert. This group works really close with sales and technical support and I've learned a lot about those departments.

Benefits include: travel to exotic places, exposure to many companies (good networking opportunity), short-term projects with rapid closure, more time and brain energy to pursue personal projects, and very importantly: I'm no longer part of a cost-center i.e. when billable I'm making the company money! It offers some protection against off-shoring.

Drawbacks include: travel, no social life, and I miss hard-core development.

I realize that this may not be the path you intend to become an entrepreneur but relaying my experience for the benefit of others.

Comment: Re:Worth the tradeoff.. (Score 1) 566

by loom_weaver (#44230365) Attached to: HTTP 2.0 Will Be a Binary Protocol

I don't think it's the amount of data (sure it's a factor) but instead a single request ends up being multiple requests to a variety of servers including the image cache server, the ad server, the cookie tracking server, bung-hole analytics... never-mind legit servers such as the database cluster etc.

Heck, it's servers all the way down.

A penny saved is a penny to squander. -- Ambrose Bierce

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