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Comment: Fuck this shit. Last straw. Bye slashdot (Score 4, Insightful) 285

by syousef (#38811587) Attached to: Psychics Say Apollo 16 Astronauts Found Alien Ship

I've been here for about a decade and a half and I'm done. I do not come here to read about fucking psychics and lately I get real news in popular press before it hits this site. This place was always a nasty one, full of trolls well entrenched along with worthwhile posters, but the news use to be quality and you could get a decent conversation. Now I'd be better off reading the fucking enquirer. Nice knowing you slashdot, don't let the door hit your arse on the way out.

Comment: Re:Step backwards, and gloat (Score 1) 129

by syousef (#38709460) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Changing Career From OLTP To OLAP Dev

a data monkey is suppose to land him an architecture role.

The only way to enterprise architecture that I know of is to have Ivy league diploma, then you need about 5yr of experience as an analyst while you conspire to get the current architect promoted away while making you and people in your team (but not as good as you evidently) looking good.

Where I am competition is about as cutthroat as for most other management roles. But yes, 1 architect per 30-50 devs is sufficient, so it's quite specialized. I think job security would be the biggest issue for that kind of job...it's hard to fall back to developer because you go stale, and it's hard to find another architect role if you lose your current job.

Comment: Step backwards, and gloat (Score 2) 129

by syousef (#38707650) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Changing Career From OLTP To OLAP Dev

So... you're saying you've already made the switch from OLTP to OLAP and you'd like to take this opportunity to gloat about it, but you'd still like to hear from other developers what they think the prerequisites are for making such a move and what has held them back from doing all the cool stuff you're doing? Or am I missing the question?

You forgot to mention that he thinks that moving from being a code monkey to a data monkey is suppose to land him an architecture role. I would have thought his original job would see him better qualified. At best this is a step sideways but in reality it is probably a step backwards....and if he doesn't realise this it's probably just as well for all involved.

But then even slashdot's heyday ask slashdot was about clueless time wasters asking how to do their job or apply for one they weren't qualified for and had no idea about. Now that slashdot is a shadow of it's former self why would we expect the quality of these submissions to improve?

Comment: Re:I just got back from a job fair today (Score 1) 948

by syousef (#38683080) Attached to: Do Companies Punish Workers Who Take Vacations?

The economy is global.

If your your job function does not absolutely require your physical presence in a specific location, then your job is worth exactly what the cheapest person *in the entire world* will do it for.

Yeah do you realise how few jobs do not require a physical presence?

All that needs to happen is to keep existing regulations without continually eroding minimum standards.

Marinate on that, as the hip young kids say.

I'm pretty sure they'd be kicked out of the "hip young club" if they said that.

Comment: Re:I just got back from a job fair today (Score 1) 948

by syousef (#38683046) Attached to: Do Companies Punish Workers Who Take Vacations?

No other solutions? Guaranteed working conditions are NOT necessary. We can have decent working conditions with much softer approaches than naked and clumsy dictation to employers. Make the environment worker friendly, so that businesses have to compete for workers. How? Well, for one, health care that is not tied to employment.

Well look there. Government regulation DOES come into it. Didn't you just dictate what an employer should or should not be responsible for providing.

Try again.

Comment: Re:Who still pays for antivirus? (Score 1) 391

by syousef (#38680048) Attached to: Symantec Sued For Running Fake "Scareware" Scans

So choose from those. Personally I don't run any antivirus as I don't download random executables from the internet nor surf to random porn sites or download from torrent sites. Windows is also secure now a days, and I haven't had a single malware in like 10 years.

Speaking as someone who once almost got pwnd drive by style on a well known photography blog and another on a major news site, I can honestly say you've got rocks in your head. Either you don't use your computer much at all for anything interesting (and I'm not talking about porn or warez crap!) or you have been very lucky and are living proof that often being lucky beats being smart.

The software that prevented both attacks was free in each case. Free version of Zonealarm and Microsoft Security Essentials. It was still very disconcerting that a process had been initiated on the computer and then frozen by the respective software.

Comment: Re:Now that's a little patronising... (Score 1) 31

by syousef (#38679920) Attached to: Google Science Fair Back For 2nd Year

That there aren't that many women interested in science? He'd have to qualify that.

Certainly my experience. From my observation women just don't tend to get passionate about science. Sorry if that's politically incorrect but everything from science classes, science clubs to the workforce - even when there is a significant (often misguided reverse sexism) attempt to address the imbalance - I see few women who "get it" when it comes to being passionate about science. When they do get interested, I don't think they are at a particular advantage or disadvantage.

"Mr. Watson, come here, I want you." -- Alexander Graham Bell