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Comment Re:You've got to admit (Score 2) 314

I've worked for the federal government for over seven years. For me it took two months between the job offer and my start date due to the HR office being slow sending me paperwork and then slowly processing the paperwork. I also had to wait on a security clearance.

Now that I've been around for a while I am more involved in the hiring process. Last year we tried to fill two positions. One of those the employee started within a month because she already had a clearance and was moving from a contract position within the same building. The other position has been in the works for OVER A YEAR NOW. Mind you we picked a candidate and completed salary negotiation and everything in the summer of 2010! I'm surprised that person is still going along with the process!

The latest issue is we are trying to hire a couple "Computer Scientist" (GS-1550) developmental positions (GS 7/9/11). We are trying to get the advertisements up as soon as possible so we can start processing their clearances so they can start as soon as they graduate in the spring. We had job descriptions written up and the HR people gave the go ahead, but just before they posted the advertisements on they came back and said we are not authorized to hire in the Computer Scientist job series, they must be the IT Specialist (GS-2210) job series. This goes into the differing requirements the Office of Personnel Management places on different job series, but to keep it simple the difference is a Computer Scientist has an education requirement (basically must have a BS in Computer Science) whereas anybody who knows what a computer looks like can be an IT Specialist (most of my coworkers are IT Specialists and at best they just make Powerpoint slides and non-technical whitepapers).

Frankly I'm tired of just picking up people with security clearances who aren't geeks (don't have a passion for this area) and only want the job because it pays well (and is stable because, yes, it is hard to fire people). I'd much rather hire a college student who at least has some *interest* in this area (proactively chose computer science to study). After HR applies their scoring criteria all the candidates that are left are former Intel Specialists that took an "Intro to HTML" at some point in their lives. Just the perfect type of people I need to help build applications, design database schemas, and manage servers!

It doesn't help that, at least in the DoD, there is this mindset that people are just "bodies" that can be trained. (Is it like that elsewhere? Seriously I've been cooped up in this Defense Wonderland for so long I don't know what the real world is like anymore.)

Actually to be more fair, I don't care if the individual has a degree or not. I just want someone who is passionate about computers/IT/programming/whatever. Someone who, if they don't know, has a desire to learn. In the 7+ years I've worked in the DoD I can count the number of people on one hand I've met like that.

Let me get off this soapbox before I start complaining about how all these people in the government are crying about cyber-threat-this and cyber-weapon-that, while at the same time don't understand anything about technology and have watched one too many cyber-movies.

Comment Can't go... (Score 1) 673

I work for the government and have been deemed to be in an "emergency essential" position, therefore I will not be raptured. I have to stay behind and continue to provide government services to our damned citizens. Funny thing is that's how we always refer to our customers...

Comment Why? (Score 3, Insightful) 196

The government doesn't need to be wasting money on stuff like this right now... Not only do the wifi base stations cost money, there are also the reoccurring Internet connection costs and general maintenance costs. Or is this supposed to be some sort of telecom bailout? Besides who wants to use an Internet connection directly controlled by the feds?

Venezuela's Last Opposition TV Owner Arrested 433

WrongSizeGlass writes "AP is reporting the owner of Venezuela's only remaining TV channel that takes a critical line against President Hugo Chavez was arrested Thursday. 'Guillermo Zuloaga, owner of Globovision, was arrested on a warrant for remarks that were deemed "offensive" to the president,' Attorney General Luisa Ortega said. This comes on the heels of last week's story titled Venezuela's Chavez To Limit Internet Freedom."

Dell To Leave China For India 352

halfEvilTech writes "India's Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, told the Indian press that Dell chairman Michael Dell assured him that Dell was moving $25 billion in factories from China to India. Original motives were cited for environmental concerns. But later details come up as to Dell wanting a 'safer environment conductive to enterprise.'"

Comment Re:I've nearly last count... (Score 1) 958

I don't know... if you are referring to it as "US-occupied CSA" then at best you probably could only count the counties you have been to!

But since you refer to EPCOT with the one true capitalization scheme you probably aren't one of those types, though for extra bonus points you could have called it "The EPCOT Center" ;-)

(so far I've only been to 3 countries outside of the Americas)

Comment This happened to me (Score 1) 589

I think it was the FCC who actually visited my house when I was in 4th grade. I had a NES and the RF adapter was messed up, so I mucked around with it with some aluminum foil and got it working again. One day a couple of guys in suits visited our house and said that there was a signal interfering with airplane radios and we had to disconnect the device... My parents were amazed at the time how the government was able to track down our one house in the huge neighborhood. So I'm proud to say I had a run in with feds in elementary school!

Comment Re:I didn't know Feinstein was a Republican.... (Score 1) 873

This argument is a perfect example that just blindly following a single party is not good for democracy.

Unfortunately most people are lazy and will just go with one of the two parties and assume/pretend that that party either is completely aligned with them, or even worse, will adopt the same position on a given issue as their party since the "other guys" have taken the opposite position (i.e. "I don't care about about X but since my party is for it and the other guys are against it I will be for it.")

We have to look at each politician as an individual - not as a Rep/Dem/Indp - with their own stands on the various issues we care about. Unfortunately there is usually just one or two issues (abortion/Iraq/death penalty/etc.) which decide our entire opinion on that one politician.

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