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Comment LegalZoom will save you the headache (Score 1) 164

I know you want "free" resources, but IMO having legalzoom monitor all of this for you is easily worth the ~$100/yr you pay them for it, they alert you of all compliance deadlines for S/C/whatever corporations year round, tell you when to file your taxes, provide templates, guidelines and contracts for contracting, shareholders, act as the registered agent and respond to any state or federal inquiries immediately, giving you your own time to come up with a response... There are many more benefits to it, and I'm sorry if I sound like a fanboy but from my perspective I just paid them to take care of this and it was really worth it to never have to think about it and just follow the instructions on their website. That is kind of the point, instead of paying a lawyer x-thousand dollars to do this, they come up with professionally prepared, general resources similar to what you would get if you hired a lawyer, and make them available at a reduced price.

Programmable Quantum Computer Created 132

An anonymous reader writes "A team at NIST (the National Institute of Standards and Technology) used berylium ions, lasers and electrodes to develop a quantum system that performed 160 randomly chosen routines. Other quantum systems to date have only been able to perform single, prescribed tasks. Other researchers say the system could be scaled up. 'The researchers ran each program 900 times. On average, the quantum computer operated accurately 79 percent of the time, the team reported in their paper.'"

Comment Magento isn't exactly perfect either (Score 2, Interesting) 124

I have a few large scale magento projects under my belt, and I just want to pipe in here.

even the later systems are frequently criticized as suffering from poorly-written code and inadequate documentation

Magento does do a better job in these areas than say, osCommerce, but there are still massively underdocumented portions of the code base. The code is clean and extensible, but horribly inefficient, to the point where a lot of people speculate that the Magento team wants it to be like that, so when your store takes off you are more likely to hire them to speed things up.

Comment Experts Exchange (Score 1) 773

I usually find experts exchange to be pretty well informed on the answers they give out, also a little trick that not a lot of people know about: If you scroll to the bottom of the page you'll find all of the answers to the question being asked, whether or not you have a paid for account.

Comment start with nmap, then wiki (Score 3, Interesting) 528

1. portscan everything on your entire network and spit it out into a text file
2. set up a wiki
3. paste the results of the portscan into the wiki
4. start writing about everything that showed up

i've actually done this before with a pretty high degree of success, pm me if you want some help setting it up

Submission + - Hiring IT personell as personal assistants (

yelirekim writes: "I'm currently working a job at a medium sized financial services company and have found myself catering more and more towards developing applications to increase the efficiency of tasks performed by specific employees within our company. All in all it's a pretty good gig and allows me flex my programming muscles without holing up for days on end and cranking out code, I'm in pretty regular contact with many people here, and I've found that what I can provide them makes their jobs significantly easier.

I'll be moving to a different city soon, and am currently applying for jobs. I had this crazy idea that I would probably make a pretty good personal assistant to someone who has an extremely high workload. From my perspective, it makes a lot more sense to hire an assistant who can automate the organization (and in some cases completion) of the tasks / communications you have to deal with, instead of just administering or performing those tasks or communications. In any case, my question to Slashdot is: do you think that I'll have any success obtaining a position like this, does anyone else work a similar gig?"

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