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Comment: Re:Welders make 150k??? (Score 4, Insightful) 367

by snoig (#46827013) Attached to: Skilled Manual Labor Critical To US STEM Dominance

From the article: A good trade to consider: welding. I recently visited Pioneer Pipe in the Utica and Marcellus shale area of Ohio and learned that last year the company paid 60 of its welders more than $150,000 and two of its welders over $200,000. The owner, Dave Archer, said he has had to turn down orders because he can't find enough skilled welders.

So in reality what you have are some welders putting in long hours in the oil fields and probably working 70 to 80 hours a week so they are getting paid lots of overtime. In the real world, that doesn't sound so good. It's no wonder Pioneer Pipe can't find people to fill positions.

Comment: Re:No thanks (Score 3, Informative) 84

by snoig (#45861263) Attached to: The First Prescription-Only App
I have also recently been diagnosed as a type II diabetic. While I'm sure that eventually I will easily be able to manage my diet by how I feel without an app like this, there is a learning curve and something like this could be very helpful to me at this stage. I've found some online resources that are very helpful when it comes to meal planning that could be even more useful if they could be integrated with my blood glucose meter and a smartphone. Imagine the day when there will be an implantable blood glucose meter that also monitors blood pressure and heart rate then communicates via wireless with your smartphone. Snap a picture of your meal, a barcode or menu item and it will be able to tell you how much time will need to spend on the treadmill to remain healthy.

Comment: Just what I need, more ads (Score 2) 274

by snoig (#45124129) Attached to: Grocery Store "Smart Shelves" Will Identify Customers, Show Targeted Ads
They already know I'm a middle aged single geek. How many more erectile dysfunction and over 50 dating site ads can they throw at me? And here's a clue for you ad programmers. If I need the erectile dysfunction pills, I don't need the dating sites and if I need the dating sites, I don't need the erectile dysfunction pills. Now get off my lawn!

Comment: The downside of installer/deployment jobs (Score 1) 220

Keep in mind that any type of install/deployment jobs that will keep you active and on your feet all day will also require a lot of travel. The problem with this is that once you start eating three meals a day in restaurants, there's no way that you wont get fat. Make time for exercise outside of work. Exercise should be a stress reliever.

Programmable Quantum Computer Created 132

Posted by Soulskill
from the four-out-of-five-ain't-bad dept.
An anonymous reader writes "A team at NIST (the National Institute of Standards and Technology) used berylium ions, lasers and electrodes to develop a quantum system that performed 160 randomly chosen routines. Other quantum systems to date have only been able to perform single, prescribed tasks. Other researchers say the system could be scaled up. 'The researchers ran each program 900 times. On average, the quantum computer operated accurately 79 percent of the time, the team reported in their paper.'"

Comment: Time for a new job (Score 2, Informative) 1006

by snoig (#30091312) Attached to: Software Piracy At the Workplace?
As someone who has been there and done that, my advice is to start activly looking for a new job today. It's one thing if management doesn't know what's going on but it's different if they know and don't care. In my case, I mentioned in several meetings that I needed to get legal and when my next review came around they needed someone with a different skill set. My two reviews before that were above average. The point is that if they are to cheap to get legal they are also to cheap to give you raises and support you and your job in other ways. Other places where I have worked that had no pirated software policies in place also had HR policies in place for cost of living and merit raises that were fair to the employee. Just get out of that place as fast as you can and you will be glad you did.

Comment: I would try CiviCRM/Drupal (Score 1) 186

by snoig (#28138447) Attached to: Customer Resource Management For Non-Profits?
I am in the same position, IT manager for a non-profit of about 70 people. We currently use Raiser's Edge and I find it to be at least twice as expensive as any other product on the market. Maintenance and support are very expensive and if I could use that money for a part time developer, we would be better off. And I've found that the sales people know next to nothing about their product. Every time you turn around, there's another module that they should have suggested for the last upgrade. Plus, you pay by the seat so it's not a good solution if you want several people to have access to the database. I've done a bit of research and testing with CiviCRM and I would like to replace Raiser's Edge with it. Raiser's Edge is a lot of overkill for what we do and CiviCRM looks like it would handle things nicely. But Raiser's Edge is entrenched so there's no replacing it anytime soon. But if I were starting from scratch, CiviCRM would be the way to go.

Comment: there are a few limitations (Score 1) 169

by snoig (#28115223) Attached to: Using WiMAX To Replace a Phone?
I thought the same thing when I saw that my PPC phone supported wifi. However, the battery on the phone has a very limited life when I have both wifi and bluetooth running. I'm lucky if I can get half an hour out of a fully charged battery. Also, the problem with non-EVDO wireless ISP's is that they are really designed for fixed wireless, not roaming. If you think you see to many dead zones with your cell phone, wait until you try WiMax.

Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes. -- Dr. Warren Jackson, Director, UTCS