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Comment The language is only a tool... (Score 1) 277

You will be the most important factor in getting that 6 figure salary, not the language you use. All decent programmers should be able to break down complex problems into smaller pieces and use whatever tools are at hand to solve the problem. It doesn't matter the tools you choose to use so long as you can adapt to the situations, learn how to use new tools, and get the job done well. I find the many people allow recruiters and HR departments to tell them what they are worth; based on prior budget meetings, market value, and what they feel the job is worth. A job interview is a sales presentation; you are selling yourself to them and they are selling you on their company. Plain and simple. Once they are sold on you, and you are sold on them, then its about negotiating a price that benefits both parties. Mind you that interviewing at these companies can be quite laborious task; some interviews can be hours in front of a white board writing code in response to questions, then answering a bunch of S.T.A.R. questions, multiple rounds of interviews, etc. By the time it is done and over with, as soon as they toss that old "market value" bit, i toss that out the window. The market isn't in this room writing code for you on the white board, answering silly college questions about algorithm run times, and self-evicting maps. Then start negotiating, if you have the experience, you showed them you have the knowledge, you can negotiate much higher salaries. The language is just a tool. You are what they are paying for, you have to be worth the money. For the record, I do make almost twice the salary you were asking about as a lead java developer, i know and have used many other languages, and the post someone made about quality of life should probably trump you want for a 6 figure salary. What good is it to make the salary you want, only to have to work 60 hour weeks and then your spouse leaves you and you paying them half your check plus child support anyways?

Comment Re:And? (Score 1) 582

Even if you are surprised why is this a story? They are a business that owns a search engine, so #$@#$ what if they bias search results, what else would you expect from any business. This is just simple MS hating at its worst. I understand MS isn't the best thing out there and many, so called, geeks love their unix or linux distros but come on. Would this even be news if it weren't MS? Just stupid.

Submission + - multi-touch open source initiative

ifakemyadd writes: "An open source initiative has started to develop software and hardware for multi-touch user interfaces. These techniques were widely made popular by the Jeff Han videos, and apple iPhone. Development currently seems focused on homebrew devices which use webcams and software based blob detection. OS development priority currently seems to be Windows, followed by OSX, and finally Linux.

Devices, including Han's (which will be publicly available through the company perspective pixel) use OSC typically implemented over UDP. Most users use VVVV and Java to generate the OSD data from webcams. There is also touchlib, a C++ library for windows.

With Xql in the works, will the multi-touch open source initative catch on in the linux dev world, easily realizing the Han desktop utopia for the end user? And with linux development, will the multi-touch open source translate into increased open source used in embedded systems? The thought of multi-touch devices besides apple's iPhone quickly entering the market via open source initiatives is an invigorating thought, especially if it encourages business to adopt open source practices"
Portables (Apple)

Submission + - Another Macbook Fire

dsgfh writes: Unfortunately for apple, another Macbook has gone up in flames over the weekend. Apparently not part of the original battery recall, the machine in question was in standby mode on a bookcase, plugged in to charge when it ignited at 3 in the morning. _Poses_New_Safety_Questions/1173715199 BTW... where's the Fire Breathing Batteries topic when I submit a story?

Submission + - Parallelize Application for Faster Linux Booting

IdaAshley writes: Linux can serve as a client desktop or server right out of the box, a flexibility that slows its booting process. This article shows you options to increase the speed with which Linux boots, including two options for parallelizing the initialization process. It also shows you how to visualize graphically the performance of the boot process.
The Internet

Broadband Providers' Hidden Bandwidth Limits 443

An anonymous reader sends us to the Boston Globe for a story that will come as a surprise to few here: broadband suppliers will cut you off if you download too many bits. It tells the stories of several Comcast users who were warned — without specifics — that they were using "too much" bandwidth, then had their accounts summarily cancelled. Looking into the future: "...even if only a tiny fraction of customers are downloading enough to trigger the policy, that will probably change as more entertainment moves to the Internet."

Submission + - Can you beat the virtual skeptic in a debate?

Sextus_Empiricus writes: "

Here's an excerpt. Can you do better?

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Skeptic: So tell me, David, what are your views on Mathematics?


Skeptic: Well?

David: Mathematical truths cannot be disputed.

Skeptic: You mentioned something about truth. What does it mean for something to be true?

David: For something to be true it must correlate with all other parts of a system.

Skeptic: Please justify your claim that for something to be true it must correlate with all other parts of a system.

[ David has reached the suspension of judgment. He is now tranquil. ]"

Submission + - Using Google Earth to see destruction

An anonymous reader writes: On Monday, an environmental advocacy group [Appalachian Voices] joined with Google to deliver a special interactive layer for Google Earth. This new layer will tell "the stories of over 470 mountains that have been destroyed from coal mining, and its impact on nearby ecosystems. Separately, the World Wildlife Fund has added the ability to visit its 150 project sites using Google Earth.

Submission + - STS - Slashdot Technical Support?

An anonymous reader writes: I love Slashdot even though I don't have an account. And I know that I am not alone in either respect :-)

I would actually like to suggest a feature for Slashdot that I think is a good idea. There are many question and answer support sites for different technologies, Linux distributions, programming languages, database server software, you name it.

Wouldn't it be cool if Slashdot had one for everything under the sun? I've been Googling my ass off trying to find an answer to an NFS problem with no success. I am thinking of of a page with different categories and subcategories for users to post questions about whatever is bugging them.

Maybe answering and resolving other users questions could count for karma, registered users could create categories, etc...

Maybe it's already been suggested but anyway...

Submission + - 10 Best IRC Clients For OSX

The Foo writes: "The first step in joining the IRC community is to find a suitable client that fits your needs in design, usability, price, and stability. Some advanced users may want more of an old school design that reminisces days of command line chatting. If your new to the game, you may want something with a nice design and layout that feels more modern..."
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - The Incredible Shrinking Engine

Somnus writes: In the latest issue of MIT's Technology Review , researchers describe how they can dramatically boost engine output and efficiency by preventing pre-ignition, or 'knock:'

... Both turbocharging and direct injection are preexisting technologies, and neither looks particularly impressive ... by combining them, and augmenting them with a novel way to use a small amount of ethanol, Cohn and his colleagues have created a design that they believe could triple the power of a test engine ...
Why didn't I think of this?
The Media

Submission + - new media art project

Claudia Vess writes: ": An interactive ART NEW MEDIA PROJECT by

                Philip Kohn, Thomas Edwards, Brian Judy, and Claudia Vess
                1021 7th St. NW, WDC


CAFE HOURS: M-W 5-11pm; Th 5-12pm; F 5-1pm; Sat 12-1pm; Sun 12-11pm. MON 5pm — 11pm
CONTACT: email:

Ever wished you could talk back to an "interactive" video kiosk ?
Your 2 Cents is an interactive kiosk that you can cozy up to.
An animated talking head will ask you questions about current issues,i.e. "Do you think smoking should be banned from the streets too?" The interviewer not only records your answer, but after you give permission, plays it back — of course, with a little twist. Recorded interviews can be seen on the kiosk screen. Whatever your answers, the effects are amusing. See smoke coming out of your ears as your answer about smoking is played back. Some of the questions are serious, some call for your acting ability, and some ask for your predictions about the future. The project is amusing and a harbinger of art to come.

Your 2 Cents builds on work the artists exhibited at Artomatic 2004 where they met. Philip Kohn, an imaging research scientist at NIH developed facial tracking software used in the playback that enables the computer to add effects to your image. The computer was built by Thomas Edwards a robotic artist, engineer and founder of DC Dorkbot. The interviewer is animated by computer game and fine artist Brian Judy. Development and content is contributed by conceptual/installation artist Claudia Vess.

The computer was built specifically for this project which is funded is part by a New Media grant from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts DC Commission for the Arts."

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