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Getting Hired As an Entry-Level Programmer? 540

An anonymous reader writes "I received a state university degree in Computer Science. After graduation, I immediately took jobs in QA to pay the bills while waiting for other opportunities, which of course turned out to be as naive as it sounds. I've been working QA for several years now and my resume does not show the right kind of work experience for programming. On the whole I'm probably no better as a a candidate than a CS graduate fresh out of college. But all of the job postings out in the real world are looking for people with 2-5 years of programming work experience. How do you build up those first 2 years of experience? What kinds of companies hire programmers with no prior experience?"
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Submission + - "Wicked problems" better cracked alone (

coondoggie writes: "Like Matt Damon's character in Good Will Hunting, individuals can solve more complex problems quicker and more efficiently than Internet-based group brainstorming, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories said today. The researchers looked at solving what they called "Wicked problems," which they defined as problems that by their very definition are so tangled that there is no agreement about their definitions, much less their solutions. The finding that individuals are more successful than groups in computer-mediated brainstorming suggests a time- and cost-saving potential for companies, the researchers said."

Feed Engadget: MIT gurus developing mechanical fin for autonomous submarine (

Filed under: Transportation

While we've already witnessed robotic submersibles take on fish-like sensing abilities, a team at MIT is hoping to equip autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) with a mechanical fin in order to nix the necessity of a propeller. In essence, the crew is looking to "create a more maneuverable, propeller-less underwater robot better suited for military tasks such as sweeping mines and inspecting harbors," and they are taking a note from the bluegill sunfish to make it happen. This particular creature sports a "distinctive swimming motion which results in a constant forward thrust with no backward drag," making it the ideal candidate to replicate. Current prototypes are being constructed with a "thin, flexible material that conducts electricity," and while we've no idea when the gurus plan on cranking out a finalized version, they've already got plans to study other aspects of the sunfish's movement in order to better design the bots.

[Via Physorg]

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Submission + - iPhone low 1st day sales, Apple shareprice drops (

Rexdude writes: From this article -AT&T's declaration that only 146,000 Apple iPhones registered on its network in the first two days it was on the market has led to widespread shock at what is now being seen as the device's failure and a down period for Apple shares, sliding 7.5 per cent over a few days last week, a fall of some $10bn in total market capitalisation Is this over reaction? Too much to expect within the first two days? Or is the association with AT&T causing the problem? Selling the phone over the counter without forcing a contract would definitely have helped..

Feed The Register: EU chooses mobile TV standard (

One system to rule them all

The European Commission has drafted a document recommending the adoption of Digital Video Broadcasting - Handheld (DVB-H) as a pan-European, mobile-broadcasting standard to avoid "market fragmentation".

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