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Comment Re:scotch? (Score 1) 116

The headline is ambiguous. You can 'defend' it with snark and a dictionary citation, but that doesn't change the ambiguity.

"Vacation Firm Forged Court Docs To a Scotch Review" is just as likely an initial interpretation as "Vacation Firm Forged Court Docs To Scotch a Review"

"To take down" is a much more accurate and less ambiguous verb to have used in this headline.

As they say:
Time flies like an arrow.
Fruit flies like a banana.

Comment Re:Short black with one (Score 2) 192

Sorry, but this anecdote fails at explaining any cross cultural confusion. Was he buying something that wasn't milk? Your setting is Amsterdam, is this funny because he was buying drugs, not milk? Was he buying old milk because he didn't understand the expiration system? Is it funny that someone would have the expectation that a refrigerator would keep something fresh for more than 4 days? Is the joke that he thought milk that smelled like milk instead of an industrial product was 'off'? I'm genuinely interested in your insight here, especially because it earned a "5, Funny".

Comment BlackBerry approved same as Knox (Score 2, Informative) 49

I don't understand how the takeaway from this is bad news for Blackberry. The same announcement that Samsung's Knox was approved said that Blackberry 10 is approved.
“We are pleased to add Blackberry 10 and the Samsung Knox version of Android to our family of mobile devices supporting the Department of Defense,” the spokesman said. “We look forward to additional vendors also participating in this process, further enabling a diversity of mobile devices for use within the department.”

Comment Consultant or Manager (Score 1) 435

Your experience makes you an ideal software manager. Coder, Teacher, Sales. You know what makes the clients tick. You know what makes the developers tick. You know how to get them to tick in sync. Don't apply for code monkey jobs. Apply for the jobs where the breadth of your experience will be an asset, where they'll know the team you're in charge of will make the right software the first time around.

Alternately, pick a concentration (Hadoop, for example would be very au currant), blog about it, put up some sample projects, call your self a consultant in your specialty, charge at least twice a reasonable rate and use your sales experience to get yourself a consulting gig. One gig leads to another. Also helpful: work up a couple presentations on your chosen specialty and try to convince someone to let you present to them on it (users groups, industry group, BeCamp meeting, tech conference). For extra bonus cash, read a few books on Software Architecture and add "Architect" to your title.

I don't know who the unemployed software engineers are. Possibly people living in the wrong town. I know no unemployed programmers. My office let go a few people, all of whom had new jobs lined up within 2 weeks. Of course, I mean actual software engineers who are experienced, productive, flexible, customer focused and able to have a conversation out loud with other people.

Comment Re:Nothing New Here... (Score 2) 369

> is that where we're at [as humanity], are we really that childish?
Yes. Pretty much always been this way. A few people manage to grow up and are often the ones involved in public discourse. The Enlightenment was a particularly successful period of time where enough adults got together to come up with some great new ideas.

Comment Tinker Bell is an Engineer Now (Score 1) 298

In Disney's 2008 "Tinker Bell" Tinker Bell is an engineer. She spends much of the movie fighting "her destiny" because, basically, the "tinkers" are not cool. The general theme though is that she has a powerful gift for engineering and that she should recognize that. The climax of the film is Tinker Bell frantically producing blueprints while schematics and equations float around her head. She saves the day, wins the admiration and respect of the community, her friends and her self. She also earns the privilege of participating in a group activity she though the was going to be excluded from because she wasn't cool.

Personally, it chokes me up a little bit to imagine 6 year old girls saying, "When I grow up I want to be an engineer just like Tinker Bell."

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