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Comment: Re:and what, pray..... (Score 1) 189

by tuzo (#30061018) Attached to: Microsoft Plugs "Drive-By" and 14 Other Holes

Seriously tough, I think that when people choose to use a browser that messes with system internals above other browsers that are NOT messing with the kernel, they get what they ultimately deserve.

I don't think people have this coming to them given that:

  • most people don't "choose" a browser -- they just use the one that comes with their OS
  • an extremely small percentage of computer users actually know what a kernel is

Should users be more educated? Maybe. But I don't think it's going to happen because most people don't care. They just want their computer to work.

What people really deserve is great software with as few bugs and security holes as possible irrespective of their technical understanding of computers.

Comment: Re:ehh (Score 1) 672

by tuzo (#29632895) Attached to: Best Developer's Laptop?

The question I have is how much squinting at fine fonts I'd do at 1920x1200 on only 17" of screen - it's great on a 26", but can't see it being that good on a laptop.

I had a Dell M60 with 1920X1200 17" screen and I did find the fonts to be a bit small. Sure, the room was nice to have but I did have to increase some fonts so that they would be easier to read. e.g. when reading online documents in a browser I would increase the default fonts for a more comfortable reading experience.

Comment: Re:Two I consider important (Score 1) 569

by tuzo (#29007873) Attached to: What Questions Should a Prospective Employee Ask?

2. Overtime policy - This generally doesn't vary much due to have a legislated minimum here (1.5x pay past 8 hours a day (or 12 if that's your schedule) or 40 hours per week), but it's always good to know.

The laws vary by province so check your local listings. For example, in Ontario Information Technology workers are exempt from overtime policy (among other policies).

So I would definitely clarify the overtime policy before accepting an offer.

Comment: Re:I've Heard This Story Before (Score 3, Insightful) 381

by tuzo (#28677905) Attached to: Analyst, 15, Creates Storm After Trashing Twitter

I'm normally as disparaging of teenagers as they come, having recently left that "I know everything there is to know" stage of my life (I'm 22).

I think you may still have some more more moments in the future where you realize how little you knew as a teenager and how, at 22, you vastly underestimated the amount you didn't know as a teen. :)

This isn't a flame at you, I just think it's what happens as we learn more and reflect.

Comment: Re:Veterinary Clinic App (Score 2, Informative) 655

by tuzo (#28084177) Attached to: Ridiculous Software Bug Workarounds?
Wow, ACMS...I haven't heard that one in a while! ACMS stands for Application Control and Management System and was the TP monitor that processed the transactions. The UI pieces were probably done using DECForms. At the time I thought it was pretty decent technology. (Just don't set the timeout to 10 seconds!)

Comment: Re:I used to intake around 500 mg/day (Score 1) 700

by tuzo (#27495727) Attached to: Beware the Perils of Caffeine Withdrawal

I don't usually buy 'Advil' or 'Bayer'. I buy 'ibuprofen' or 'aspirin'. I have little need for a brand name attachment to the drug I'm after.

Where I live, Aspirin is a brand name trademarked by Bayer. "Today, Aspirin is a registered trademark of Bayer AG in Germany and more than 80 other countries." See for more info (if you are really bored).

Comment: Re:not specific to "network admin" (Score 1) 372

by tuzo (#26413017) Attached to: How Will Recent Financial Downturns Affect IT Jobs?
The article says that you cannot bridge the gap by working your up the corporate ladder and that those who do catch up are ones who jump ship to other employers. Obviously, if you enter the workforce when times are tough, your wages will be affected. However, to think that there is some sort of predestined reason that you have to be underpaid over decades is false. I think it comes down to how you manage your career. If you want to be paid a "fair market wage" by your current employer, you need to convince them why the salary is "fair" and why you deserve it. If you cannot do that and your research is correct you should be able to find a job at that wage somewhere else. Now, if there is protracted downturn, it may be possible that you might find yourself making more than you could get on the open market but less than people hired in years around you. But over 20 years this seems unlikely. I think the main problem is that most people go into their performance review and just take the X percent raise that they are offered.

Comment: Re:Three ways (Score 1) 540

by tuzo (#25365251) Attached to: Getting Hired As an Entry-Level Programmer?

People with technical skills are a dime a dozen (unless you are striving to get into some very abstract programming job)

In my experience this isn't true. I guess it depends how you define technical skills, though. But in so many IT shops you see the same problems from the same sorts of programmers (who, I assume have technical skills?): Why wouldn't you check for null? If you caught the exception, why wouldn't you log an error? Why would you catch an exception and then ignore it? Why would you use a cookie to determine if a user was admin? Why didn't you use a transaction for those two database operations? etc. I'm not making this stuff up. I guess it's Sturgeon's Law for programming.

An Ada exception is when a routine gets in trouble and says 'Beam me up, Scotty'.