Do you think Java would have such widespread use if it weren't for the community projects? Java as a language hasn't changed much and the real innovation is coming from community projects like Groovy and Scala. C#'s language specification has changed and they're adding more features. Java's language is more stagnant. Would you change that?
This, plus: Take a good, hard look at yourself from the employer's viewpoint. Is your resume 10 pages long, etc? Are you networking? Do you have a good LinkedIn profile? Linkedin is how recruiting is done now.
Being self-taught only makes a difference if you let it.
An anonymous reader writes: From the I-wish-this-was-an-April-fools-joke department, the Jabba's Lego palace is getting discontinued because it resembles a mosque. FTA "The minaret-like tower features machine guns." Without Bib Fortuna, Jabba wasn't able to navigate the cultural delicacies of his palace and it had to be destroyed without a Jedi this time.
My daughter (3) has a great engineering potential. How do I encourage that in world where everyone wants to be reality TV star? My parents never fostered that and I became an engineer. I often wonder how things would be different had my parents done more.
I tried KDE 4.7 for about 2 weeks. I ended up going to XFCE. Not because of bloat, etc, but because it did exactly what I wanted. I do miss some of the widgets and GUI goodness, but those don't merit a switch.