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Comment: Hacking hours (Score 1) 232

by pellik (#47026287) Attached to: Programmers: It's OK To Grow Up
I'd suggest if you want older geeks to keep up with new tech more then give them a later start in the morning. Most of my good hacking time for personal projects happens between 12am and 4am, and that's great when my work hours are somewhere around 10-5. When I need to be at work by 8 every day I find myself in bed by 11:30 or 12 every night, with a more limited ability to stay up late even when interested in a project.

Comment: Re:Troll (Score 1) 451

by pellik (#46426835) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do I Change Tech Careers At 30?
There are so many examples of people in IT who are self taught I don't even know where to begin with your statement.

Many companies are willing to talk even with no degree and zero experience if you have a rare skill-set they are looking for and approach them at a hiring booth or trade show to explain your situation (not the HR filter people). Consider that for some skills (security- pentesting, RE) the degrees are practically worthless as the curriculum doesn't even come close.

However, specifically, this guy who just wants to install windows and set up a few services doesn't sound like he has a unique skill-set to leverage.

Comment: Re:However.. (Score 1) 247

by pellik (#46364821) Attached to: The Rescue Plan That Could Have Saved Space Shuttle <em>Columbia</em>
You're not as far off as you imagine. The only speed change needed for the two orbits to meet is enough to match altitude where they intersect, which is likely not all that much. However, such a meeting may take a long time to occur. The upside though is that when they do meet it will remove any issues about the safety of de-orbiting.

The moon may be smaller than Earth, but it's further away.