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Comment Re:Books to read (Score 2) 352

Well yeah. But that is not a problem with the book exactly. The problem permeates the software development space in many other ways and the problem is...Many employers and many in the general public think that a weekend with the gang of four, Java in a nutshell and a complete lack of social skills are the definition of a complete programmer. Welders get more training and mentoring that the average programmer. Employers simply point to a goofy looking kid with bad motor skills and say get to it. Of course simply reading a book won't make you a good programmer. We need to develop apprenticeship and mentoring as standard models of how developers become REAL developers. As long a employers and the public equate bad social skills and the ability to type something that compiles with good developer we will have issues. It is not the patterns book that is the problem. It is in fact a very good book.

Comment Almost never. (Score 1) 263

Unless, it is from something you don't like to something you do (for instance from "IT Guy" to "Developer" or vice versa depending on your likes). Even then lowering your pay is simply the one of the options open to you. With a little more looking you might find that you can change and increase you pay. You have to be VERY careful because an employer is looking to minimize his expense and maximize your productivity. So, always bargain hard and start high. You can always move your price down, but you can't really move it up.

Comment I can safely speek for all here (Score 1) 236

We have all recognized security breaches or system vulnerabilities and been given the brush off. Nobody in the business world wants to be proactive. If a business has never been hacked then security will remain lax until that company is finally hacked. Even then most companies will just do enough to take away (or make it seem that they have taken away) that particular attack vector. (Hope nobody minds that I spoke for all of us).

Submission + - Dice runs scared. 6

cfulton writes: Slashdot management was found hiding under their desks today after a full scale nuclear meltdown on their site. Unable to post a reasonable reply to the thousands of negative comments on their BETA format, they simply modded down all the relevant comments. Then after running around the office for a while they all hid under their desks hoping it would all just go away.

Submission + - Slashdot Beta SUCKS (

DroolTwist writes: My scoop? Slashdot beta sucks. I'm definitely joining slashcott. Thanks for the years of entertaining and knowledgeable discussion, slashdotters. While I mainly lurked, I learned so much from discussions.

Submission + - slashdot drives away people with beta 2

An anonymous reader writes: For many months now, people have been quietly redirected to slashdot's beta site ( Any negative feedback of the beta is ignored and/or disavowed. The majority of viewers do not like the beta — resulting in major loss of viewership.

Will slashdot alienate existing users of the site and keep pushing the beta OR will it keep the users and boot the beta?

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