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Comment Ethanol and corn (Score 1) 375

Did yah ever think farmers were going to stop producing corn for food and instead make themselves rich selling thier food to make fuel?
Food prices would of course go up since so much of our food contains corn.
The shortage of corn for food would make the farmers rich on both ends.
What is the cost to make 1 gallon of Ethanol? Time+materials+ labor = 2 gallons of Diesel to make 1 gallon of Ethanol?

If Ehtanol is so great how come it's not used in the Aviation industry?


Comment Why? (Score 5, Insightful) 114

If you questioned why and you still placed your companies life in that data center you should be fired for stupidity.

It's the same reason I won't place my companies data at a DC in a crowded downtown area. Sporting events, politcial events, terrorist events.

If you say you don't have a choice then you haven't thought of alternative means. Cloud, managed hosting, or a more weather stable state.

Lower Manhattan is pretty much land filled area and 911 showed how vulnerable the WTC was below ground. They were extremely concenred about the Hudson flooding lower Manhattan.

Again if you placed your companies data at a DC in lower Manhattan you should be fired.

Comment Access? (Score 1) 141

Why are you using access?

I suggest you get either MySQL or MSSQL to manage your contacts before you find yourself wishing you had put all that data on a real database. Oh wait you are starting to see that already.

What are you copying and pasting? You must be looking for some sort of CRM.

You say you are wroking for this small ISP? That means they are also paying you small. If they haven't figured out how they are going to support a larger customer base then leave before the ship sinks. Don't stay loyal to stupid people. The promise of stocks went out during the dot bomb era.

Comment Auction? (Score 3, Insightful) 233

What is happening is you are running into the sales game. Don't think just because someone is caling you that they have a job for you.
I am not going to go into percentages here but a good number of these so called offers are B.S.

They are sales people. They are doing what they are suposed to quote un quote do what sales people do in a cold calling envrionemnt. It's the numbers game.
They get paid if they get some sort of information from you. Even a referal get's them a stale Twinkee of the week award.
They don't read your resume, because if they did they would offer you a interview appointment right then and there.
Or if they do ofer you an interview appointment it's to come to thier boiler room operation where all you hear are noisy phone calls and no privacy. it's like walking into an H&R tax office so that people who are waiting arround can hear what you make and what deductions you can't take.

Don't waste your time. Don't even give them more than 1 min on the phone.

Here is how a successful phone call should work.

Ring ring.
Hello Mr. so and so. I was looking over you resume and I am interested in your skills. We have a position open at a company _______ fill in the blank.
Starting Salary $$ benefits and whatever else they have to offer.
What would be the best time for you to come in for the interview?

If they don't have that down just hang up.

People love to waste your time. In fact there would be more millionares per capita if people were paid on the sole premise to waste your freaking time.

This is a bogus article because if you put yourself up for auction you arent going to get any offers and in fact I don't think people have the time to play let's see who we can get for X ammount of dollars. You better be a well known superstar if you think you can offer yourself to the highest bidder.

Most large organizations have outsourced your so called superstar programming experience to India anyway. These companies don't care if they get a workable product that serves the customer, all they care about is how quick thier project gets launched and how much money they saved up front. It's the same stupid shortsighted bullshit that American cars manufactures use. get the product out at all costs and when the recall happens fire the head of the engineering division because we decided to go with the low ball 20 cent micro switch over the $1.00 one that causes parking brakes to disenguage.

Comment Another Moron (Score 1, Insightful) 519

Gee let me wear this contraption that will garner all sorts of attention.

I can understand someones desire to express his art but to do it in an airport with TSA screeners who are basically highschool push outs is just fucking stupid.
I guess he can express his creativity in a public holding cell, see if they give a fuck about your expressionism.

Comment Re:Google Police (Score 1) 200

It's all about how cool I look with a phone nobody else has. Like it's going to help them pick up chicks. Here is a tip for all those Apple nubs and now Google nubs who think taking a prototype phone to a bar is going to get you laid.

Open your mouth and say. Hello, my name is _________.
Take it from there.

Comment Another skill we will only get underpaid for (Score 2, Funny) 298

The ammount of skills Network admins should know and still get paid a 10th of what we are worth is ridiculous.

I should be making close to 300k a year, Do you think any company would pay that?

So now I need to add codder to the resume which will effectively fall on my shoulders to maintain code? Bad idea.

I guess I should be happy and count my lucky stars that I have a job?

The one thing I have noticed in companies that Sales weasels get paid a lot more money than I and the responsibility lies on the network admin to keep it all running.

Comment I remember the comming of the ice age in the 70's (Score 1) 462

Meaningless! Meaningless!â
        says the Teacher.
âoeUtterly meaningless!
        Everything is meaningless.â
3 What do people gain from all their labors
        at which they toil under the sun?
4 Generations come and generations go,
        but the earth remains forever.
5 The sun rises and the sun sets,
        and hurries back to where it rises.
6 The wind blows to the south
        and turns to the north;
round and round it goes,
        ever returning on its course.
7 All streams flow into the sea,
        yet the sea is never full.
To the place the streams come from,
        there they return again.
8 All things are wearisome,
        more than one can say.
The eye never has enough of seeing,
        nor the ear its fill of hearing.
9 What has been will be again,
        what has been done will be done again;
        there is nothing new under the sun.
10 Is there anything of which one can say,
        âoeLook! This is something newâ?
It was here already, long ago;
        it was here before our time.
11 No one remembers the former generations,
        and even those yet to come
will not be remembered
        by those who follow them.

I love cut and paste :)

Comment Hirring for IT has always been strong. (Score 1) 198

This is dependant for certain areas in the U.S.
You need to go to where the IT jobs are at, if you think your dirt water town is going to have an IT hirring binge you are misinformed and dilussional.

However I have seen IT salaries stay within year 1998 ranges and they never recovered after the Dot bomb crash. They have never kept pace.

Also a lot of small companies (less than 100 people) hire one IT person to be Head Chef, Bottle washer and waiter and the pay is 25% less of an expert in thier particular discipline.

The only way you are ever going to go over the 100k mark and above you need to specialize in an area that is hot and always remain hot.

2. Management
5. Oracle DBA
6. Government contract

I am sure there are others but as I have been in the job market for the past year companies are hiring at bargin prices.
If this current president is voted out we will see empolyeers start to hire and wages will go up and those employers who thought they got such a great deal hirring IT man because of a "Weak Economy" will find themselves scrambling to keep thier bargin basement IT man.

But then I have seen IT people put up with a lot of B.S. for the scrap they are managing. I have been in 3 IT compaines in the past year and to see how they manage thier infrastructure is amazing.

Low priorites
No security or lack of it
Outdated equipment including the software that should have been updated as part of the original maintenance plan.

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