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Comment: Half-right. (Score 1) 323

by man_ls (#46548121) Attached to: More On the Disposable Tech Worker

He's kind of half-right, and the part he's right about is why I left the IT industry entirely. I just couldn't keep up, the skills churn was just too much and I couldn't devote enough time to learning the constant parade of new buzzwords just to continue to be able to do my job, while also having to do my job.

I knew quite a few people who were in various IT careers a few years ago, but have universally washed out and are now technical managers or in entirely different industries. The few who did stick around managed to do so because IT was both their career and hobby, and so they had home labs that were always running the latest-and-greatest of anything. Windows 8 was the straw that broke the camel's back, and I quit. Now I'm a technical manager too.

The industry moves too quickly, and requires a level of continuous retraining that's unlike anything else in existence. I'm not at all surprised it's better - for many reasons - to hire a new temp or employee than it is to retrain someone.

Comment: Re:Multiple Desktops on a Single screen. (Score 1) 389

by man_ls (#46280485) Attached to: Windows 8 Metro: The Good Kind of Market Segmentation?

As far back as Vista, I've had success running bizarre GPU/Monitor configurations that you'd think would never work but were always perfect. I'm talking 3 GPUs driving 5 monitors, with a GeForce and a Quadro of the same generation in PCIe slots and a 4-gens-back-not-same-driver GeForce in a PCI slot. Or two GeForces and a Radeon. With monitors of all different resolutions going at once.

It's not perfect, sure, but in my opinion Windows multi-monitor support is the most forgiving and easiest to configure of all operating systems currently on the market.

Comment: It may be an unfixable problem. (Score 1) 445

by man_ls (#45532375) Attached to: Female Software Engineers May Be Even Scarcer Than We Thought

I'm a male, but frankly I quit pursuing academic and professional computer science years ago largely on account of the same factors that alienate women. "Computer people" are, by and large, just not people I want to spend time around. Exceptions to the rule at an individual level, of course, but everyone more or less knows what I'm talking about. The dark triad with a sprinkling of misogyny.

It turns out that many people, especially women, probably don't want to "bro down and crush code" - and yet, that's where the culture of the industry lies. Especially at the level a recent graduate is going to get involved in.

Comment: No kidding. (Score 1) 292

by man_ls (#45523597) Attached to: Only 25% of Yahoo Staff "Eat Their Own Dog Food"

Yahoo's webmail is so bad, I finally got so frustrated with it I quit entirely.

And mind you: I've never used Yahoo webmail to actually receive e-mail. It was entirely unsuitable as nothing but a dummy e-mail account to receive automated task notifications at while testing software. I hate to think how it is if someone tries to use it for their actual e-mail.

Outlook, on the other hand, isn't actually that bad in my opinion. I (gasp) own a legitimate copy of it which I use with a my small business accounts.

Comment: Lots of stuff. (Score 1) 215

by man_ls (#45477711) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's On Your Hardware Lab Bench?

I don't do high-speed digital logic or anything like that; I primarily work on antique and vintage electronics, stereo hi-fi gear, microcontrollers and ham radio transmitters and receivers.

I have an inexpensive Rigol 100MHz scope, and an HP 16500B mainframe loaded with six more 100MHz scope channels + a pair of 250MHz channels; then I have a synthesized signal generator good up to 20MHz, a Leader FM Stereo Synthesized Signal Generator, an HP precision audio oscillator, an old AM RF generator from the early '50s, a handful of multimeters, and a very nice soldering iron, de-soldering iron, and a fume extraction system.

In all honesty, this is way overkill for what I work on...but part of the fun of having a good day job and a profitable hobby is being able to buy expensive toys that make everything just that much easier and more fun to work on.

Comment: Re:You Disgust Me (Score 1) 382

by man_ls (#42585343) Attached to: MIT Investigating School's Role In Swartz Suicide

He was banned from their network, repeatedly, after abusing the system and causing load issues on JSTOR. After being kicked off the wireless enough times he couldn't get back on, he physically broke into a restricted equipment room on campus and attached a laptop to continue attacking the network and scraping the articles and took steps to conceal his presence and identity from security cameras which were erected specifically to look for him.

Surely you can acknowledge there's at least one criminal offense happening in that string of events.

Comment: Do it. (Score 1) 417

by man_ls (#42490663) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Using a Tablet As a Sole Computing Device?

I've derided tablets as being restrictive and generally poor imitations of actual computing devices and bemoaned their lack of input options. However, this previous Christmas season, I think I've come around on the process. My aging grandparents, now in their 80s, struggle regularly with a laptop or desktop computer but immediately figured out how to use Skype, e-mail, web browsing and a handful of other day-to-day activities far easier than they were ever able to on a full computer.

A friend's mother reports a similar experience: from being unable to manipulate a computer into doing pretty much anything other than going to Google, she set up and checked her own e-mail account she hadn't accessed in years, made Skype calls to other relatives, downloaded and then effectively used several Bible-related applications, and watched a movie.

Tablets are a great choice for someone who only wants to consume content, with little interaction with it. While I don't understand how these otherwise very intelligent, although non-technical people can have so much trouble in the first place clearly there's an unmet need for consumer-functional computing out there.

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. -- John Muir