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Comment It's not about the role, its about the industry (Score 1) 135

When a bubble bursts some industries will get hurt worse than others. Tech is really in just about all industries now and will be impacted but there are enough shortages that if you are good at your job in one industry you should be able to transition to another. The best things you can do to prepare for a bubble bursting is to have a financial cushion in case finding the next job takes some time and minimize your non-job related commitments. For example, if you think a bubble is coming make sure you can afford a pay cut if you do lose your job and have to take a lower paying one. Hold off on buying a house since if your region were hit hard it makes it more difficult to move to one that wasn't. Minimize your debt. Things like that.

Comment Re:we get it (Score 0, Troll) 295

How cute...

And extremely naive. Taxes and world government is EXACTLY what it is all about. Carbon taxes, carbon credits, carbon markets the world's politicians are virtually salivating at all the political favors and capital they can grant and gather if they could just get the idiot masses to fall in line.

You do realize that people BREATHING creates carbon dioxide, don't you? You do realize that carbon dioxide is quite literally PLANT FOOD, don't you?

Comment Re:Sigh. (Score 1) 91

That is horrible advice - and it is colored by your own targeted experience.

I have followed Ken Starks effort to provide disadvantaged children with Linux computers for 5-6 years now (maybe longer) and he is doing some amazing things. There are a lot of distros and software out there and Reglue provides an age/environment appropriate distro and software to the children that he helps. At this point there is not enough hardware available to give every disadvantaged child a computer so it is focused on those that will make the most of it. Good students that will and can take advantage of the computers provided. He makes every effort to get them internet access also although it might just be for a few months to get them started - he also routinely tries to get ISP and local businesses to provide connections to the families he helps. Even if all it means is that the student can be at home working on a paper or assignment while having to watch siblings instead of having to choose between going to a library and leaving them alone or not getting the assignment done the program is providing good ROI.

Comment Re:Simple - NOT QUITE that simple (Score 1) 509

I don't think that it is accurate to say predatory lending laws prevent cards from being LEGAL. They may have prevented them from being profitable enough to grow beyond the upper/upper-middle classes. Amex, Carte Blanche and Diner's club were created in the 1950's.

Having a credit card and using it wisely is an important and vital skill to have - paying off in full each month to get a cut of the interbank fee just makes sense. And if you are really careful taking advantage of interest free / other special offers can really pay off too.

Just because mortgage interest is tax deductible does not mean that you should not pay off your mortgage. No matter how much interest you pay when you deduct it you will only get back a PORTION of it so you are still net out of pocket in almost all situations. When you start taking into account "real" interest rates and rates of inflation then sometimes your advice might make sense. That said, I do have a mortgage and its nice to see the deduction but I am still paying a lot more in interest than it is saving me on my taxes.

Comment Sure, just do this (Score 1) 306

If you really want to change the way you code then read the following article.


Pick an old project that you think might be a good candidate for a major re-factoring and follow EVERY SINGLE ONE of the rules and rewrite it using them.

I think that some of the rules are a bit overkill but as an exercise and to force yourself to learn some new tricks follow them all and don't stop following them until they are second nature.

Submission + - The Individual Midnight Thread 40

unitron writes: Trying to figure out time zones is starting to make my brain hurt, but apparently in a bit over 6 hours somewhere on the other side of globe from Greenwich the Week of Slashcott will begin, as Midnight arrives for anyone in that zone, and then it travels west, where I will encounter it in about 23 hours.

So if we can get this thread out of the Firehose, I was thinking that, as the 10th arrives for us in our respective locations, we could leave here what may be our final farewells to Slashdot.

Until Midnight, this is our meeting place, our City Hall, our town square.

(and yes, our playground)

After that I'm not sure where we can congregate to discuss how the Slashcott's going and whether it's time to move on.

I'm going to jump the gun and lay claim to "So long and thanks for all the Karma", and perhaps someone could do a Bob Hope and re-write the lyrics to "Thanks for the Memories".

In the meantime, a bit of housekeeping.

An AC beat me to the week-long boycott idea by a couple of hours, and suggested the date range of the 10th through the 17th.

As part of a group of people familiar with the concept of beginning a count with 0 instead of 1, I really should have spotted the mistake of putting 8 days into that particular week.

So, should Slashcott Week end as the 17th begins, or do we give Dice a bonus day?

Comment Re:It might be an unpopular opinion... (Score 2) 822

Whether the NSA was breaking the law or not is immaterial. I think that the more important questions is SHOULD they be doing what they are doing?

I think its an important distinction because if they were breaking the law then there are other avenues Snowden could have pursued that probably would not have required breaking his NDA. However since many at LEAST believed it was legal and appropriate that is what required Snowden to go public - and I think makes him more hero than traitor.

Comment Re:Raspberry PI (Score 1) 420

I bought two Raspberry Pi's a few weeks ago and set one up using the OpenELEC distro for XBMC and it works very well streaming HD video over my wired network using samba shares off of my ASUS N-66RT and other computer shares. Once my cases get here I will be trying to set the other one to output using the composite video. Using the android remote app (over wireless network) to control it has a perceptible lag on the menu but works well and is just fast enough that it is not annoying.

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