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Comment Re:Missing the point. (Score 1) 297

90% of the useful knowledge gained in college is not gained in an actual classroom. Your chances of early success in your field have more to do with that external knowledge, your desire, and your work ethic, than where you attended school or what your major was.

Getting into MIT will impress your family, and graduating might even score you an interview at a company with an impressive name and no idea how to keep you interested in work.

The guy who went to a JC, learned C before he took the class because he didn't want to wait until his prereqs were complete, attended OSCon and DefCon, committed updates to 8 open source projects, and took an extension class on how to interview before he even applied to a 4 year college will have a lot more doors open for him.

Comment Or... (Score 1) 735

I haven't done it myself since I've been self-employed for ... well what seems like forever, but I have seen several people leave their jobs only to come back as contractors days later with a 300% bump in their pay. A company of any size will have limits on what they pay people internally. Those rules generally don't apply to contractors with very specialized knowledge.

It's not the fact that you have a hammer that gets you paid, it's the fact that you know what, where, when, why, and how to whack whatever it is that needs fixing.

Comment Once upon a time (Score 1) 235

There was a time when a headline like this never would have made the front page of slashdot. It's because of this kind of thing that I only come back to slashdot on the rare occasion that I have run out of other things to read on the internet. And what's this? Addthis.com showing up in noscript? Please, bring back the quality!

Comment Re:Commercial databases (Score 1) 509

You are better off with commodity hardware and a data layer with a code base that can be referenced. All high end hardware will get you is dollars out the door and a fraction of additional QA that may or may not be worth while.

All licensing costs for a commercial db will get you is access to a knowledge base and increased costs to run it.

You run into tougher road blocks with less (and sometimes no) solutions available with DB/2 and Oracle. On something the scale of Facebook, that simply will not work.

Comment Re:Not surprised (Score 2) 166

That makes sense for everything. But when the consultants don't know the product, the client doesn't know the product, and the sales rep doesn't know the product, it's impossible to know what the requirements should be. Mix in the fact that the consultants need projects to move forward because they need the money, and sales people need projects to grow because they need the money, and the client needs projects to move forward because their current state of operations is overwhelming and obviously inefficient at all levels of the chain from the lowest worker level to the highest executive and you get a special set of wrong.

Throw in offshore development of the base product that goes untested, requirement and development priorities in the product base that are mismanaged, and a support structure that is designed for profit and CYA instead of support and you have an SAP project.

Comment Re:I fly all the time (Score 1) 487

I fly frequently as well. In many small airports, they try to push ALL people through the rape-scanners. The same policy is in effect at major airports depending on the terminal.

I also have dark skin.

Ever gone 7 flights in a row and get "randomly selected" for further screening? Ever had your genitals grabbed by a TSA agent? 4 times during one screening?

Ever been kicked out of an airport for refusing to be scanned? Had your flight cancelled by the police? Been surrounded by police and TSA for refusing a scan?

I have. Believe me, it's not fun.

Dosimeters are not that expensive, and they would go a long way towards making people feel more comfortable, but regardless of cancer risk or radiation risk, the TSA creates a violation of personal privacy, security, and comfort. They do so without providing even a fraction of a security improvement. I would even go so far as to say that security is worse with TSA in place.

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