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Comment Re: How about an AMD AM1 combo? (Score 1) 171

Motherboard and CPU will set me back by $50 to $75, depending on which AMD AM1 CPU I get. I got all the other parts to put this system together. As a general purpose computer running Linux, I can use it for other things than a terminal server. How well does your expensive "industry-standard device" run at compiling C programs?

Comment Re:Question for Bernie Sanders (Score 1) 212

You yourself have now replied thrice in this thread, and yet can not point at a single thing, Sanders would do differently from Chavez... Figures...

I very much doubt Bernie Sanders will re-write the U.S. Constitution to keep himself in power indefinitely. As his age, he'll probably keel over a month into office like President William Harrison.

Comment Re:Huh? (Score 2) 163

I recently started converting old BASIC games from a book into Python to improve my programming skills for that language. On several occasions I had to write out informal flowcharts to understand the GOTO/GOSUB spaghetti hell that I was dealing with. No wonder I could never get any of these BASIC games to work on my Commodore 64 as a kid.

Comment How about an AMD AM1 combo? (Score 4, Interesting) 171

I recently picked up an ECS KAM1-I motherboard ($25) for the AMD AM1 processor ($25 to $50). The motherboard has two serial ports and two serial port headers for four COM ports. I'm planning to build out a Linux console server for my Cisco certification rack. This is cheaper than trying to convert a Cisco router into a terminal server.

Comment Re:Huh? (Score 1, Interesting) 163

During my tour through college in the early 1990's, we had to use a plastic template to draw flowchart diagrams for programs in the Intro to Computers 101 class. A decade later, after the dot com bust, I went back to school to learn computer programming. The bookstore no longer sold the plastic template and none of the programming classes mentioned flowchart diagrams. I guess they weren't needed for object-oriented programming (OOP).

Comment Re:Moving jobs is often the only way to get a payr (Score 1) 212

Why do you deserve more money simply for the fact that you have been doing the same thing longer than everybody else?

That doesn't apply to CEOs. I worked for a Fortune 500 company where the CEO laid off 10% of the workforce, got a 60% raise for a lousy fiscal year, and bought a new yacht to keep up with his peers.

Comment Re:At what point do we reevaluate the position (Score 1) 212

Only if you apply for a government job with a security clearance. My two-hour investigative interview turned into four hours because I had a multiple jobs after being out of work for two years and filing for bankruptcy. For several years I had a weekday job and a weekend job. Sometimes the weekend job started right after my weekday job on Fridays. The government's view is that you should have one and only one job at a time, and working two or more jobs is suspicious activity.

A good supervisor can step on your toes without messing up your shine.