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Comment Don't Worry too much about it (Score 4, Informative) 467

As somebody who DID work as a systems administrator for a publicly traded, Canadian based company that supplies software to the online gambling industry I can say that unless you're an executive it will have no bearing on your future employment any more than working for an 'evil' defence contractor or such will. Sure, you'd have a hard time getting a job at amnesty international after working for BEA, but the experience you'll get will open more doors elsewhere. The company had far more trouble hiring people who were willing to work for the company, in fact. Though in Canada 'online gambling' had a much more negative connotation than it does in England, where betting shops are everywhere.

The experience I got was very worthwhile. I got to travel to interesting locations to setup the servers. Places like Curacao in the Caribbean, Malta, Ireland, the netherlands (we did work for the government casinos there, in fact), etc. I started out in a very jr position, but moved up extremely quickly because I was capable and they had a hard time finding good people who were willing to work for them. This gave me Sr-level quality within 2 years. I've since moved on, but I would do it again in a second. It's not been a black mark on me at all and people are usually curious about it. Because of complex legal and national regulations, the accountants also were in a similar position. They had a lot of trouble getting quality accountants, so they had to get more Jr. ones who moved up fast.

The executives had far more trouble after leaving, though they also ran the company rather poorly. In fact I'd say that the worst part was having to work with/for some people that I would consider less than high caliber. Because of this, I became the go-to guy to fix poor decisions made from incompetence at the CTO and director level.

Comment Re:Is it 1988 again? (Score 1) 715

And most of them got new jobs. I'd rather have labour mobility than have a union take 2% of my salary and have other companies not willing to hire because it's so difficult to fire bad employees; I know this is a generalization, but overall it's true. I've done very well without union help and where I live (Ontario) there are strong enough labour laws that if a company fires me without cause, they'd better be offering me a nice package if they don't want to hear from my lawyer.
Technology (Apple)

Submission + - iPhone users fight AT&T in Vermont, Alaska (

destinyland writes: "AT&T forbids iPhone contracts in Alaska, Vermont, and parts of 15 other states. But in these states "iPhone rebels" simply violate AT&T's contract and surf the networks of AT&T's wireless partners. "We will spot that very quickly," an AT&T spokesman insists, adding they would then "most likely" terminate that person's service. But other users simply open a P.O. Box in a different state — and hope AT&T thinks they're just roaming a lot. It's yet-another grass roots challenge to AT&T's exclusive carrier status. As one user complained, "I do not need Steve Jobs or the others in Cupertino, California deciding who my cellphone carrier should be.""

Submission + - Physicists claim to have broken the speed of light

bain writes: "The Telegraph report that two German physicists; Dr Gunter Nimtz and Dr Alfons Stahlhofen of the University of Koblenz, claim to have broken the speed of light by 'conducting an experiment in which microwave photons — energetic packets of light — travelled "instantaneously" between a pair of prisms that had been moved up to 3ft apart.' Since this goes against Einstein's special theory of relativity, you can expect a lot of people to dismiss this as rubbish."
Portables (Apple)

Submission + - Apple releases new MacBook Pro's (

Espectr0 writes: "Apple has upgraded their line of MacBook Pro's. This revision includes a decent amount of ram (2 GB), LED backlit displays, 2.2 or 2.4 Ghz processors, 8x double-layer SuperDrive and NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT video cards. Apple recently addressed Greenpiece's concerns regarding its environmental policy by unveiling a clear strategy which mentioned a planed switch to the LED-backlit displays technology starting this year. Lastly, the battery is supposed to last 6 hours."

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