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Comment Stick with hardware certs (Score 4, Informative) 182

It depends on what track you want to get into IT on. If you want to start in programming then yes, you most likely need more schooling. With the glut of applications most companies are seeing these days you will have trouble even getting an interview without a BS in EE/CS or something similar. That said it sounds like you are comfortable with the hardware end of things, and if you would like to pursue that track the degree requirements tend not to be as stringent. Most of the network engineers/ops positions at my company are people with certifications, be they CompTIA, Cisco, M$, etc. They aren't any less skilled at their positions, but the networking world tends to place more value on results than degrees, in my experience. So assuming you want to stay on this track I would suggest starting with certs. You can always work your way sideways into a dev position if that's what you want to do, but that's the easiest way to get your foot in the door AFAIK.

Submission + - First Known 'Social Chromosome' Found (sciencemag.org) 2

sciencehabit writes: To humans, all fire ants may look alike. But the tiny, red, stinging bugs known as Solenopsis invicta have two types of social organization, and these factions are as recognizable to the ants as rival football teams are to us. Researchers once thought that the groups' distinct physiological and behavioral profiles stemmed from a variant in a single gene. Now, a new study provides the first evidence that the gene in question is bound up in a bundle of some 600 other genes, versions of which are all inherited together. This "supergene" takes up a large chunk of what may be the first known social chromosome, analogous to the chromosomes that determine sex in humans.

Comment Not really new information (Score 2) 530

Modern tests don't actually present single-measure IQs anymore, for the most part. Even the old Stanford Binet test is using multiple scales these days, and any more modern test such as the Wechsler scale will use many different measures. Anyone with a moderately reasonable IQ (/sarcasm), would realize that intelligence can't be quantified with a single number.

Comment Re:Your lost your rights the minute you broke the (Score 1) 305

I agree with the GP. We need to start executing some of these terrorist jaywalkers. While we're at it I don't really like my neighbor and I know he has a DUI so I'd like to label him as dangerous as well, please start monitoring him immediately, or at least throw him in prison so he'll quit mowing the lawn at 7 am.

Comment We haven't slowed them yet... (Score 1) 187

It frustrates me that the media is treating the recent arrests http://www.theatlanticwire.com/technology/2011/07/fbi-confirms-arrests-anonymous-hacking-case/40153/ as some sort of major blow against Anonymous. The people arrested accessed the LOIC from their home IP addresses! This is not the work of master criminals. The picked up a few morons who blindly followed Anonymous's call.

Comment Re:Adsense (Score 1) 143

You cannot justify your unethical actions by citing someone else's. This is akin to arguing 'I punched him because he wouldn't stop yelling at me.' Leaving aside the issue of Google's market dominance or not, the practices reported in TFA are shady, and cannot be represented as otherwise.

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