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Programming

Submission + - Choosing to program or stay at home with the kids

An anonymous reader writes: I have been back working for 10 months after taking a one year leave of absence to stay at home with our first baby. I loved it, but also love programming, so I went back to work. Now our second child is here, and I'm thinking about going back to being Mr. Mom for a few years until the kids are in grade school. My question is, if I quit doing software development for 5 years, how hard would it be to get back into it? I have six years experience now and a BS in CSci. Thoughts on what my chances would be of getting a job with a company at an entry level since my skills would probably be out of date? What could I do for a few hours per week to keep my skills at least somewhat up to date? Thanks.
Education

Submission + - US Proposes Large Mirrors to Fight Global Warming

eldavojohn writes: "Washington is telling scientists to figure out how to reflect the sun's rays as a way to combat global warming. As per usual, the politicians might have over stepped their bounds in making assumptions about technology. From the article,

The US has also attempted to steer the UN report, prepared by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), away from conclusions that would support a new worldwide climate treaty based on binding targets to reduce emissions — as sought by Tony Blair. It has demanded a draft of the report be changed to emphasise the benefits of voluntary agreements and to include criticisms of the Kyoto Protocol, the existing treaty which the US administration opposes.
The US is urging them to think of ways (such as man made reflective dust storms) to use as "insurance" against rising emissions."

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