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Comment I love my netbook (compaq hp mini 311) (Score 2) 336

32-bit (castrated) intel atom (N270?)
nvidia ion1-LE (castrated) till I gave it back it's testicles (nvidia ion LE vs. full fledged ION just a configuration issue, bios updated ) now my video playbacl is hardware accelerated
1gb ram
32-bit win7
very good keyboard could compete against Thinkpads!

it's small I take it everywhere I go, and it's fast to boot and so on...
sad that some people don't understand the term NETBOOK

Comment Disruptive Behaviour and Segmentation (Score 1) 279


even those guys from uce-list have honorable goals I think their way of trying of achiving a spam free internet it will hurt the ecosystem of the internet itself.

And especially one aspect "freedom". I distaste spam as many like you being nagged by "Luke" or "Mr. Motumba" with their ideas of marketing, I thought that blacklisting might be a good way to prevent spam, but lately being affected by yahoo & aol filtering out emails sent to people that I know in person(arround 12 per month to the same person), the emails aren't marked as spam, they just don't reach their destined recipient, they just vanish.

Also the behaviour of putting internal communication into public and stating that german law does not apply to them because they are not operating from germany is wrong and is a lie. On their page they state that "bavarian people" make up these lists. Those guys are behaving like outlaws, like those spammers they fight.

But I don't get it like many others here in /. why not using fingerprinting of those messages and statistical methods to identify spam.

Comment Charmingly Simple ? (Score 1) 310


just my 222 cents,

Windows NT 5.1 (or WindowsXP like most of you like to call it) has except the Luna theme many good traits from windows NT 5 (2000) which from the point of Windows XP was and is also excessivly used.

For WindowsXP it was easy to kill Windows2000 later because the people found out the ways to make it look like windows2000 and btw. they found the windowsXP "gold key" that gave them till 2-3 years ago to use the update service without installing virus infrested 40 day crack resetting tools. Well Microsoft closed that golden oportunity for a reason, to make it easier to kill windowsXP. Also the release of ServicePack 1 and later ServicePack 2 fixed many serious issues.

With Windows2000 having reached Service Pack incarnation 4 and Windows XP having reached Service Pack incarnation 3 (we should just count 1 or 2 up, because when updating from SP3 it's around 300-500 mb that equals to 2 ServicePacks)

You can now tell how hard it was for Windows 7 to battle the persitence of WindowsXP.
Windows7 gained acceptance just shortly in the corporate world, that will make Windows8 perhaps the new Windows Vista

Microsoft should go back to it's roots (Windows2k/XP)
And Linux/GUI devellopers and LibreOffice Devellopers should not jump the ribbon,
Windows2000/XP(w/o Luna) and Office 2k/XP/2k3 had from MPOV the neatest look and best working experience, except for Excel we can't have more than 16-bit rows data .. sorry Stuck in the 16-bit World.

Comment Re:Daily reports (Score 1) 468

Is actually a very bad idea because you can tweak a report and this will only put more pressure on your overachievers, weekly reports and no other reporting sideways, this keeps the bureaucracy in a good balance.

Mostly when your team members aren't achieving the intended amount of work then you need to find out why. And you should stop idiotic things like cake day or company message day, because in the eyes of the overachievers they will most likely feel goofed around and the underachievers will accept this and eat the cake.

Cake day is good but don't mix up your intentions.

The chance, find out what makes an overachiever so determined for their work
- perfectionism
- company binding

Find the difference between under and over doers, and then you will be able to boost all, but don't think your underachievers will reach top levels most likely not.

Btw. the main problem,
- responsibility (task is given with less explantion no liberty of thougt, you got to do what you got to do!)
- praising falls short

btw. sometimes your under achievers if they change their job within the company they can turn 180 !

Comment Re:What? (Score 1) 1774

But for that you need to understand how things really work, and if you actually observe something that because of your believe should not happen,
how can you improve that ? (well, hope you're not getting into biomed or ..)

And Bill uses the term engineer as in an M.of engineering science and in science and in engineering when you do understand how something worked, you can improve things by thinking and scientific invention(prediction) and not just tinkering around and being a lucky one. This is what high tech & science is today.

And if an engineer/scientist is not able to adapt his way of thinking because his observation and his analysis tells him a whole different story than his believes, he simply is no good engineer/scientist at all. Look at Max Planck(Quantum Theory), he nearly got mad because he observed something what seens to disprove his believes, but he accepted it and overrulled his believes (and that of many others, and without this (r)evolution we might have waited much longer for many inventions based on quantum theory (semiconductors for example)

In university I knew a guy, evangelical anti-evolution jesus freak, and well he opted into bio science, and guess what, one day he posted on his that-time-favoured-social-web-plattform, that he could not disprove evolution, because of what he observed.

Comment Re:Germany ! - Welcome to Germany (Score 1) 999

Finding a job in germany, it's difficulty level: "medium" ;)
- German employers demand a high level of self-reliance (look at a problem and find a solution by yourself without additional help)
- The other thing is know your stuff and like what you are doing.
- Having real working experience is also good.
- But you should improve language skills first, because that might be a showstoppers. (please read further to see my hint)

An engineer is like a swiss army knife - has every tool, perhaps not the sharpest or best but gets the job done.

Masters degree automotive & robotics:
I would suggest looking down to the south of germany, like munich for example, they have an automotive focus,
or RWTH Aachen (very hard, very elite) mostly looking Aachen and south of it. The automotive areas are
Stuttgart(Mercedes Benz, Porsche), Ingolstadt(Audi), München(BMW).

btw. Thinking aside from automotive:
University of Stuttgart has Wind Power Engineering courses and Suzlon group is also active in Germany (Hamburg & Rostock)

But even though I would suggest first re-doing your B.eng or germany (I think there is so much difference in academic titles you will be able to do that ), only for first 2 semesters or even more, just to assess the requirements better, because this is the most difficult part for foreigners from china and india to cope with the requirements. Please keep in mind, Bachelor degrees just sound equal, but are not in terms of requirements & their contents.

This approach has also a benefit, you would have gained a degree perhaps quicker because of your previous knowledge, you could devellop your language skill
and you could have earned a german engineering degree, even called the same, but I would say this has a good "ring" in every employers ear.
(this was also confirmed by a guy from india with a german masters degree I recently met)

But also as german employers like self-reliance, you will need that too in a german university, sustianability, creativity and not being shy.

And language skills are important, even you can do your Masters degree 100% in english, but you need a real social network with fellow students to achieve your goal. But a word of caution, you will probably encounter people who don't like indians or *enter country here*, racism is quite international, but those are not the majority. The better you speak the language the less those people will get a grip! Most professors speak a very simple english, but this changes as the medium age of them changes.

Comment Re:Germany ! - Welcome to Germany (Score 1) 999


when I remember correct for people from US, Canada and Israel there are special "lessend" restrictions.

I think the best(easiest) way to find a job here, is to study. Because you have time to get to know german "beurocratic" specialties, also company internships are mostly part of a universitty education, so this is a good way to getting to know the companies. There are many students from vietnam & china, and sometimes they decide to stay here for a while after they received their /b.eng./
(a good amount of courses are only taught in english)

Nearly every university has special internal consultants for foreigners to guide them through the beurocratic jungle.

Just a Job:
1st applying for a "good" (sometimes starting at or even less don't know right now exact 36000â/year) paying job, this will differ as for certain jobs.

European/German job sites like monster, xing, and so on, are good for looking into job offers, just try "" and enter some german words like "Ingenieur Stelle Angebot" is also good!

Then there is a priorization, german & EU workers first, if there are no applicants (equally quallified) than the foreign applicant is good to go.

Then there are "Engpassberufe"
- Medical doctors
- mechanical, electrical, automobile engineers

where getting a job for a foreigner is much easier

But an at least 2 year education is mostly needed.

Even company leading jobs might be excluded from the german & EU first rule! ("FührungskrÃfte")

Members from these countries do not need a visa:
Australia, Israel, Japan, Canada, South Korea, Newzeland, USA

others need one even for a job interview

Some sites with information -> set to english
-> entry & residence

sorry for the messed up posting,
I just woke up.

Comment Germany ! - Welcome to Germany (Score 4, Interesting) 999

1.) very reasonable priced health care ! (contributions will be transfered by your employer to the insurance company from your salary)
- the health care insurance company is not allowed to pick, they have to take anybody

2.) good job market

3.) reasonable priced rent

4.) you can mostly get along with speaking english,
but learning german is not that hard,

Example: that iranian young women whose face pic was taken from facebook by western media due to a name glitch, she was prosecuted by the mullahs,
got asylum here and after only one and a half year she is fluent and speaks execelent, she was on radio last week.

If you want to learn german the national public radio (not npr) has a livestream,

you can also find places on the internet where you can watch our exported tv series ("Der Tatort" which translates as "The Crime Scene" or "Derrek" these got even dubbed with japanese language for Japan of course!!)

5.) state forced sponsored pension (will be transfered by your employer as part of your salary) after your 67 birth day these insurance benefits will be paid

6.) disabled persons & families are last to be fired (workers rights)

7.) strong unions

8.) from north to south, funny speaking people

9.) reasonable wages
When you negotiate your salary keep taxes and other things in mind (~%43 will be subtracted from your salary) so just add it beforehand !

10.) IT, Tech & Engineering Jobs

I love my country so I'd like to present my country to people in this world, european, african, asian, indian.

Think of finding a job ?
-> Try Germany!

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