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Comment: For Android (Score 2) 167

by odoketa (#47794373) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Phone Apps?

BeyondPod has been my podcast app of choice.
MyTracks is a hiking program that will generate files that google and apps like Lightroom can use. I use it to add GPS info to my photographs, or to tell me how far I hiked. Or both.
I like Orbot with Firefox and Twitter. I don't really need to route everything over TOR, but it makes me feel warm and fuzzy when I do.

Comment: Re:Key is non-programming skills (Score 1) 466

This. I rarely give coding tests when hiring - a quick check to see if you can at least comprehend the basics. I'd love to do more, but frankly our coding requirements aren't that high, and your ability to interact with your colleagues in a rational way is more important. A jerk is far more of a problem in the office than a mediocre coder.

Comment: delegation is never easy (Score 1) 125

by odoketa (#46872753) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Intelligently Moving From IT Into Management?

The new guy will never be as good as you are. That's just how it is. He'll make mistakes, he won't take things seriously enough, etc. etc.

As the part-owner of the company, you're just going to care more. That's OK. It's your job to take the future of the business seriously. His job is to keep the servers up and running. He should be good at that, and take that seriously. It's not his job to be you.

If you don't turn it loose, they'll quit. Any self-respecting professional will. Micromanagement makes people stabby. Don't micromanage. Do set expectations - realistic ones, and do hold them to it. But don't do the job they were hired to do. Show them the ropes and turn them loose. As for the passwords etc., as someone else noted, if you're the only one who knows those, you need to work on your disaster plan, because that should never happen. You could blow a blood vessel in your brain reading these comments and then who is going to manage the servers?

The fact is that management isn't IT, and IT isn't management. You're changing jobs, and you need to let the old one go.

Comment: Follow your heart (Score 1) 263

by odoketa (#46340943) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: When Is a Better Career Opportunity Worth a Pay Cut?

(Sorry - the subject is a joke brought on by people warning you not to read posts that tell you to do this)

Maybe the money is really bad. Maybe they're ripping you off. Maybe you have a family to feed. Maybe you have a car payment. Or a house payment. Maybe for some other reason you just really need the money. In that case stay exactly where you are.

Otherwise you should move - money is a pointless thing to hold out for. The average family of four makes 50k in the US today. I expect this pays fine compared to that. Be realistic, be cautious, but go where it's interesting. Wasting your life in a boring job is silly.

Comment: Interesting (Score 1) 359

by odoketa (#45999457) Attached to: GPUs Dropping Dead In 2011 MacBook Pro Models

We have about 30 of these machines, and have noticed a higher than expected failure rate, specifically on the gpu. We've been waiting for an official announcement, but since we have AppleCare haven't been bothered. There is very little question in my mind there's an issue, and I'm finding it interesting and revealing to watch how this plays out.

Comment: Re:Wrong Subject (Score 1) 65

by odoketa (#45331371) Attached to: Report Claims a Third of FOIA Requests To the NYPD Go Unanswered

I'm pretty sure if the law says 'must respond to all properly filed requests', then yes they are.

This type of counterargument may have a long and storied history, but it's still crap. If the law says X, then you are required to follow the law. Even if you don't like it.

And for God's sake - they're the ones who are supposed to enforce the law! What does it say about the NYPD when they think they can pick and choose which laws are appropriate, or which parts of the law they have to follow?

Comment: government (Score 1) 768

by odoketa (#43938877) Attached to: Seeking Fifth Amendment Defenders

Recently a high ranking us gov. official plead the 5th during a particularly complex trial that was part fishing expedition.

Now that I have more experience working in government, I realized I had a new interpretation of her actions that were not immediately 'she did it, but doesn't want to admit it'.

Every day officials are asked to make an awful lot of decisions, based on limited information. Some of them are no doubt corrupt, but many are trying to do the job to the best of their ability. But they are human, with biases and foibles and sometimes just plain oops moments.

In the case of this trial, it was high profile, and it was slanted just enough (as I recall) that the people on the other side of the table would have been very happy to find any misconduct, of any kind.

More than likely, at some point in her career, she did something that was not, strictly speaking, completely legal. I don't think it's possible to avoid it, given the size of the bureaucracy and the rules governing it.

In this case, the 'MAY incriminate me' becomes just that - 'I know what I did, and I did the best that I could, but frankly, maybe something in there wasn't strictly in line with every one of the 10.8 bajillion rules.'

This could (I'm not saying does in every case, but could) prevent some rabbit hole/witch hunt situation that just doesn't benefit anyone.

Comment: Re:Think About It This Way (Score 1) 656

by odoketa (#43875343) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Important Is Advanced Math In a CS Degree?

I don't know your situation, so I can't comment on life choices, etc. What I can say is that the person who made the comment you responded to probably isn't making a value judgment, just stating a fact.

Hiring managers have very little information on which to base a very important decision. Hiring people is easy. Firing people isn't. And getting stuck with someone who is mediocre can screw your organization for years to come. So you extrapolate - a LOT. You generalize - a LOT. And then you cross your fingers and hope the person who shows up to the face-to-face interview is as good as their resume said they were. And then you cross your fingers again and hope the employee you hired is as good as the person at the interview said s/he was.

It is common to see hundreds of resumes come in for a good job. If you give someone a quick shorthand that lets them winnow that pile down quickly, they're going to take it.

Does that mean you weren't the best candidate? Nope. But it does mean you need to write one hell of a resume to overcome the default, because otherwise you're just not going to get past the first cut.

And to the OP: the math may or may not be related (it's always hard to say where life will take you after), but if you figure out how to motivate yourself to do things you don't want to do, and do them well, you'll have a leg up on an awful lot of people.

Comment: Re:They saw this coming for ages... (Score 1) 235

by odoketa (#43811109) Attached to: Main US Weather Satellite Fails As Hurricane Season Looms

Holy cow - the best? Really? Despite a foreign policy indistinguishable from Bush? I voted for the man, gave money to his campaign,etc. and even I can recognize a mixed record. There have certainly been some successes - I expect Obamacare will become another strong safety net, for example - but 'best ever'? C'mon!

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 51

by odoketa (#41499225) Attached to: HP Releases Open webOS 1.0

You may be right. On the other hand, a system that works on modest hardware, that has a solid interface (I have always thought WebOS was the best of the phone user interfaces, conceptually) and that is, like Android, open source, has the potential to fill a very useful niche.

Comment: Re:Non-issue (Score 1) 95

by odoketa (#39497689) Attached to: Blackboard Buys Moodlerooms and Netspot

Sort of true, but not really.

If I recall correctly, in addition to commercial support, MoodleRooms also contributed back to the code base. I don't know the percentage of improvements that came from them, or from NetSpot, but I'd bet they were solid components if someone was willing to pay to have them written. And there's all the improvements related to running Moodle as an enterprise app, as opposed to on an old 486 in the back closet, which is often how many installations start out.

If Blackboard's plan is to harm Moodle, they could do worse than taking out some of the key development partners - over time, simply stop contributing. It's slow, but they can't kill the product all at once anyway. So they could collect revenue for a while, and at the same time take development resources away from the community. Eventually the customers decide to move, because the product no longer supports (shiny new thing), and look! they already have a relationship with Blackboard!

Comment: Re:Doing your research (Score 1) 570

by odoketa (#38411414) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Most Efficient, Worthwhile Charity?

If you're lucky, you might be able to donate both globally and locally - the above post references Heifer Int'l, which is HQ'd 30 miles from my house. So I can simultaneously fight poverty far away, and ensure a local employer keeps being a local employer. YMMV, but it's worth thinking about.

He keeps differentiating, flying off on a tangent.