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Comment: Re:Quite the Opposite (Score 5, Insightful) 269

by zacherynuk (#49746213) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Career Advice For an Aging Perl Developer?
Bollocks. This is the one thing that is killing older techs like us. IF WE DON'T WANT TO MANAGE, WE SHOULDN'T HAVE TO!

I'm lucky enough to have a diverse enough job now I can pick and choose the things I want to do - indeed I get to delegate managers (I delegate managers to manage me!) and I never delegate decent techs to manage! - they are two very different jobs and mind sets. The payscale, the HR ladder and you, are simply wrong. It's a different job mate. "know your strengths" - if you like doing something you will be good at it, if you are good at5 something you will likely enjoy it.

If now, at the the age of 49, I was told I couldn't do the things I enjoy doing (for paid work money) I would... I would probably just die, to be frank.

Comment: This is sane. Sensible. (Score 3, Interesting) 23

by zacherynuk (#49393595) Attached to: How to Prepare for an IT Security Disaster (Video)
But only practical for the it dept. And direct staff. I have never once succeeded in getting realistic ds involvement outside of primary it. Even massive banks sign only the most lowly of other departments to check legally required and audited dr runs, let alone scenario testing. Oh for it utopia.

Comment: Back in the 80's (Score 3, Interesting) 64

by zacherynuk (#49170227) Attached to: Games Workshop At 40: How They Brought D&D To Britain
When I used to play D&D I only bought the rule books and monster manuals.
Scenery and dungeons were created with things from the garden & plaster of paris / plasticine for the important quest stuff (like monuments / statues)
Almost all my vehicles, boats / wagons etc were made out of wood

The most fun, however, was creating the characters and monsters with cheap plastic army / farm figures and a soldering iron. It was painstaking, but meant each was subtly different physically and I could even tack-on extra items, such as weapons, backpacks, shields and such.

For me at aged 8 to 13, it was about bringing the world to life and becoming fully immersed in a beautifully rendered environment and a painstakingly planned quest / story - whilst following the rules laid out.

Although this wouldn't work for massive combat like 40k - I never did understand why people would buy rows and rows of overpriced, cheap (And they got cheaper and cheaper quality) 'models' and line them up in crappy sub-hornby-style environments.

For me, they brought only a loose world for my imagination to sculpt and I loved it. I was hooked on their writing from Deathtrap Dungeon FF days - but even as a young child never subscribed, nor could afford, the model side of their business.

Comment: Re:In other words. . . (Score 1) 57

by zacherynuk (#48777325) Attached to: Microsoft Restricts Advanced Notification of Patch Tuesday Updates
Win 7 didn't make it harder, but you had to jump through several more hoops to DO anything. Changing the time, creating a share etc. Or having to search for the option of turning off the fucking irritating wiggle a window to minimize all or snap to random monitor option.
MENUS work really fucking well. We shouldn't have to SEARCH for things - prime daily example for me is (Apart from everything MAC OS) is on the Server 2008 (Basically Win7) platform, I have to SEARCH for "common" to toggle "common desktop icons" because they removed the "FEATURE" of having a right click personaliZe.. which could only be brought back by installing the feature "THEMES"

8 / 2012 is just a fucking mess.

Comment: Re:Plumber (Score 1) 509

by zacherynuk (#47462335) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?
Aye. Mate. I agree with you on the possibilities. But to quote ICE T : “Shit aint like that!”

That’s coming from a small IT business ~ 1.5m$/yr.

We still have (major global) clients insisting on either fax or paper invoicing. Often the remittance is an amalgamation of several of our invoices and often the reference is ‘theirs’ not ‘ours’

In a truly wired system none of this should be a factor, but right now, right here. It very much is. I find myself knocking on the portcullis of big business daily. It’s. Just. Not. Budging.

I can import my statements directly into my accounting software, I can set regex rules and I could automate the bollocks off the whole thing. The people who pay me do not play ball. Shit, I Still receive cheques for fucks sake.





The machine will need operators for decades to come.

Comment: Re:Plumber (Score 1) 509

by zacherynuk (#47461923) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?
Have you *ANY* idea what you are talking about ?

At this stage computers can replace *some* functions of an accountant - and basically make submitting your accounts to the accountant less painful - but a good accountant works with YOU and with the SYSTEM. Computers / accountancy software simply cannot do that at this stage.

Bookeepers. How the FUCK do you think computers are replacing them ? Are computers opening the post for remittance advice, chasing short payments, chasing overpayments. Are they reconciling the ledger? Are they writing off stock, invoices and lost items ? Are they collating expenses receipts and chasing staff for proofs?

No mate, they aren't.

I hire accountants but I EMPLOY bookkeepers.

Comment: Re:And then throw it in a fire (Score 1) 91

Tell you what mate, good luck with your punch and hammer technique.

I very regularly need to physically destroy hard disks, and depending on the vendor, it's actually rather tough - especially 15K SCSI jobbies which, due to the rotational speed require very sturdy housings.

Couple of weeks ago I had to wreck 3 dozen old worthless drives - even with running water to keep the bit cool, I still went through 4 tungsten bits.

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