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Comment Don't be married to Drupal (Score 1) 523

The best way to get hired is to have skills that are in high demand. I just searched drupal on and got 210 hits for the entire market served by Monster. I got no hits for the medium-size city where I live. That makes it a relatively small niche in my view. But if Drupal is the way you want to go, I would advise you to develop guru-level Drupal skills, so you can nail every question in a technical interview.

And regarding your lack of a degree, I don't hold it against a candidate when I'm looking to hire someone. The fact that someone is self-taught I see as a fairly reliable indicator of certain traits I look for in a developer. You can't thrive in this business long-term if you're not capable of learning and mastering new technologies on your own. People that can't do that end up working in the same cubicle at the same large company for 25 years maintaining some legacy system built with technologies that happened to be fashionable when they were hired right out of college.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 190

I'm not an apple fan, I like Linux. However all hardware manufacturers are guilty here not just apple.

However, few hardware manufacturers are as pious and self-righteous as Apple is.

Why aren't they using union workers in US plants, and complying with US environmental laws rather than China's much more lax laws?

If they did that, they could employ some of the poor 99%ers at the OWS encampments, who can't make payments on the student loans they took out to get degrees in filmmaking or women's studies.

Comment Re:Well there you go (Score 1) 1855

The prez just won his second term

my thoughts exactly

You must not be old enough to remember how popular George H.W. Bush was after leading the coalition that drove the Iraqis out of Kuwait in early 1991. That was a far bigger deal than this, and unemployment never went above 7.8 percent during his entire term. But go ahead and count those chickens if you want.


Wisconsin Designates State Microbe 102

Hugh Pickens writes "The NY Times reports that state legislators in Wisconsin raced against the clock to pass a bill designating Lactococcus lactis as Wisconsin's official state microbe. 'The first time I heard the idea, I thought, I've got more important things to do than spending my time honoring a microbe,' says Gary Hebl, a Democratic state representative who proposed the bill which, he says, would make Wisconsin the first state in the nation to grant such a designation, 'but this microbe is really a very hard worker,' added Hebl, referring to the bacterium supported by the Department of Bacteriology at UW — Madison used to make cheddar, Colby, and Monterey Jack cheese. The proposal faced only one detractor in committee ('the opponent was clearly lactose-intolerant,' says Hebl), and there was no sign of a last-minute campaign from other bacteria, so by evening, the Assembly had approved the measure, 56 to 41. In case there were any doubts about Wisconsin's priorities, a separate bill also awaits consideration in Madison, declaring cheese Wisconsin's state snack."

Comment Remember Ike's Warning? (Score 5, Interesting) 874

Remember Ike's warning about the Military-Industrial Complex? In that same speech, he also said:

the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers.

The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present and is gravely to be regarded.

Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite.


Think about that the next time someone tries to discredit research because it was funded by an oil company.

Ike's warning has been borne out. Public policy has become the captive of a scientific-technological elite, who, unsurprisingly, are a bunch of dishonest frauds.

Comment In my experience, no. (Score 5, Insightful) 223

I've been part of two large, high-profile projects that cratered spectacularly (as I knew they would) and I consider it some of the most valuable experience of my career as a software developer. I've told that to interviewers a number of times. If they don't get it, then I don't want to work for them.

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