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Comment: Re:Tech Savvy (Score 5, Interesting) 529

by war4peace (#49614149) Attached to: Recruiters Use 'Digital Native' As Code For 'No Old Folks'

Disclaimer: I'm nearing 40.
I don't think you're right. Using Google taught me a lot of things I otherwise wouldn't have known. Gone are the days when you could master an IT area without looking up documentation on a daily basis. Before, you had brick-width books which weighted up to 10+ pounds. Now, you have Google AND some books. There is no "better" between the two. I use both.

Self-taught is self-taught, be it through books or online lookup. Memory could only take you so far, and many strains of formal education throughout the world are still following the classic way (learn it by heart or else!) which, let's be honest, is becoming obsolete. But I digress.

Companies are looking to hire young people because:
- they take most shit and are happy eating it. I was there, I've done that.
- they likely don't have a family (so they're more likely to use their free time working)
- they're eager to please (I call it "dog loyalty"). It's not an offensive term, it's just younger people are yet to be screwed over and so they're fully loyal even to a vicious master.
- they're cheaper because employers play on their "lack of experience".
And many other reasons which I'm too lazy to enumerate, most of them being unrelated to technical skills.

Comment: Re:Seriously, Why is this a Story? (Score 1) 128

by war4peace (#49607921) Attached to: 4.0 Earthquake Near Concord, California

Anything rare enough becomes a story.
The question is: Why is this a story posted on Slashdot? I might get it as a local story, if all they got during the last decade is less than a 3-pointer, but for Slashdot, there should be literally hundreds of such stories every day... would it publish them all?

Comment: Re:Very very very poor multi-tab open (Score 3, Interesting) 235

by war4peace (#49606535) Attached to: Chrome Passes 25% Market Share, IE and Firefox Slip

Chrome has a lot of issues:
1. It's a fucking RAM guzzler. 14 simple tabs eat up 2 GB RAM after 24h of usage. If I leave the browser open for a week, it's going to eat up over 4 GB RAM with the same tabs open, without working with any of them. I inadvertently discovered that when I went vacationing for a week and left Chrome running on my PC. Firefox, with the same tabs, eats 600MB RAM (as reported by Chrome's own about:memory).
2. Opening several tabs at once slows the OS to a crawl until they all load, which could take up to a minute (on a fast PC).
3. Tabs crash suddenly even if they're not used for a while (or maybe because of that).

With that being said, I depend too much of its deep interconnection with other Google services and it's amazingly helpful in managing my data, so I'll keep grumbling about its shortcomings while using it.

Comment: Same ISP since 2009 (Score 3, Interesting) 102

by war4peace (#49606495) Attached to: I've had my current ISP (disregarding mergers) for ...

And I love it. 1 Gbps Internet speed, Fiber all the way to my desk, 100+ digital TV channels (which I never watch), free 3G USB dongle which works almost anywhere in the country (except countryside), all for 22 bucks a month.
There are alternatives but they're all suckier so I'll stick with my current ISP for as long as possible.

I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve immortality through not dying. -- Woody Allen