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Comment Re:I could see it (Score 1) 886

Still, many have been totally unqualified and it becomes readily apparent in the interview process.

Then you are doing something wrong.

The people you want are already gainfully employed by great companies. They are the people who were not laid off during the recession, and now those companies are doing everything they can to keep them.

To get them you need to pay directly through salaries and perks and big hiring bonuses, or hire a headhunter plus offer the salaries and perks. You cannot lure happy talented professionals away from their jobs very easily. And companies I've seen are doing all they can to keep their best workers very happy.

My current company is doing everything it can to keep the talent it has. It seems every week or so there is an email asking how they can make our lives better. We're also hiring at salaries that remind me of the dot-com bubble.

Comment Re:Salaries (Score 4, Insightful) 886

Apparently strong network security (packet/protocol level) + network operations background + minor software development + security clearance is an impossible combination to find.

Ya think?
- Network security person + clearance. One job.
- NOC ops + clearance. One job.
- Part time software development. One job, either part time or contract.

Don't complain that you can't find somebody stupid enough to attempt to do all three jobs. If they already have their security clearance then their BS filter works just as good as your resume filter. There is no shortage of open jobs that are SINGLE jobs requiring security clearance.

I've seen my own share of job postings where it is clear the job will be a nightmare just by the way they word it. The classics are like yours, listing multiple full time jobs as a single job, and then mentioning overtime will be requested for the salaried position.

Comment Re:8 out 8, and all WPA (Score 1) 277

They're on hundred megabit Ethernet, yes. But that ethernet connection is probably not HME all the way to an Internet backbone.

Most likely the building is hooked up to a much slower connection.

Consider, for example, that your typical office network is gigabit Ethernet. That doesn't mean you have gigabit to a backbone; more likely the office will have have a 12Mbit, 25Mbit or even 50Mbit connection to the outside world.

Comment Re:What is scanning plates going to change? (Score 2) 295

They already know that the drugs are going by that road. They already stop people when they are suspect. What is scanning plates going to change, except violate peoples privacy and cost money? What is the cost-benefit analysis of this whole thing? If they don't publish that, it's either not researched and should never be allowed, or it's so bad that if it were to become public, nobody would want it to happen.

At the hearings that is one of the many points that was brought up. Basically the legislative committee saw there was no real benefit, it exposed huge privacy and long-term Big Brother concerns, etc. None of the legislators in the committee seemed likely to go for the plan.

Comment Re:The Department of Redundancy Department (Score 1) 628

Non-profit does not mean you need to have zero cash at the new fiscal year.

A non-profit organization simply means that the capital funds cannot be withdrawn by individuals; it is not their profitable enterprise. Non-profit organizations can (and do) accumulate wealth --- they are just a little bit limited to what they can do with the money.

Non-profit organizations can carry as much money as it takes to do business. For example, a non-profit healthcare company may have a billion or so invested in hospitals and medical equipment, they don't need to sell everything so they are completely broke every fiscal year.

Comment Re:Learn about photography (Score 5, Informative) 111

You are right that light balance and natural noise are both very important.

Take for example the camera-assistant production slates (those little boards you see movie makers use with the clapper on top). They do a lot more than just showing the script location and film location, but they also have little black and white (and gray) lines on the clapper. Those are amazing tools that are deceptively simple. The clapper makes a sharp noise that lets you sync and balance the audio, digital boards will record the sync for individual film frames, and the lines provide for image calibration.

The black, gray, and white boards allow you to balance the brightness in post production exactly the way the original post was looking for.

Most boards also have calibrated colors to help balance those, as well.

Shooting slate is a very important step in good photography, both for stills and motion pictures.

And to the posters suggesting trying to eliminate all natural noise in photos, you don't really understand what you are talking about. Your eye expects noise in the real world.

Photos need natural noise, they look unnatural or cartoonish without it. Traditional photographs are full of noise because the silver halide gelatin and other chemicals are not perfectly uniform. The chemicals naturally clump up and form noise. (This property makes it easy to identify tampered photos since the natural noise is different between two areas.) Even digital photos get noise when you print them or display them on your screen. If your camera automatically smoothed out all the noise, the image would look like a cartoon or a naively ray-traced image.

As far as using image editing apps such as the GIMP or Photoshop, yes they are able to do a great job with digital images but they are limited by the knowledge and skill of the human using them.

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