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Submission + - Why Can't I Enter Dashes In a Phone Number Field? 1

loxfinger writes: It seems that every website that asks for my phone number insists that I enter only the digits: no dashes or spaces. I'm very used to putting dashes in phone numbers. Is there some fundamental reason why websites can't quietly filter out the dashes? (And heaven forbid I enter a space in a credit card number!)

Comment Investment in Employees (Score 1) 509

When I was a programmer in the 1990's, software companies had this idea that if you hired smart problem-solvers, you could teach them the details, like a particular programming language. These people, ideally, were adaptable and interested in expanding their knowledge. If you accidentally hired someone who couldn't cut it, you let them be on their way. For the employees that you valued, training and tuition reimbursement were the norm. For better or worse, that way of thinking has died. Unless you're a true superstar, you can be replaced by someone who has more current skills, is willing to work for less, and is young enough to not to be encumbered by a family. A programmer is no longer a long term investment, someone whom the company hones over the years, but a disposable razor who seemed sharp at the time of hire. You have someone who won't keep up technically and and has less than ideal social skills? They're outta here, baby, even in the old way of thinking.

Submission + - Print Version of RoR Tutorial Second Edition is "Hopelessly Mangled", For Now (railstutorial.org)

loxfinger writes: Michael Hartl, author of the recently released "Ruby on Rails Tutorial Second Edition" has advised that people NOT buy the print version of the book since "the print book's source code listings have been hopelessly mangled, with all angle brackets, curly braces, and quotes inexplicably omitted. This makes the source listings worse than useless. (The online HTML book and PDF are unaffected and remain correct as before.)"

Comment Re:Honest question (Score 1) 90

Depends how your learn. Some people actually enjoy paging through a book, writing notes in the margins, flipping back to a previous page to review a diagram, whatever. A (good) book presumably has a qualified author, editor, and reviewers. They've put time and effort into explaining material clearly. You can check reviews on Amazon or wherever to get an idea if the book would be a good "fit" for you. There are so many websites with so much information, it can be hard to know which ones are best or even mostly correct. If you like researching on the web, that's great, go do it. If you prefer to have an experienced author do the research for you and create a physical book, that's great too.

Submission + - Social Security Information Systems Near Collapse (informationweek.com)

matty619 writes: An Information Week article warns that the computer systems that run the Social Security Administration which were deployed in 1979 may collapse by 2012 due to increased workload, and a half $Billion upgrade which won't be ready until 2015.
One of the biggest problems is the agency's transition to a new data center, according to the report. The IG has characterized the replacement of the SSA's National Computer Center (NCC) — built in 1979 — as the SSA's "primary IT investment" in the next few years.
The agency has received more than $500 million so far to replace the outdated center, which is now so severely strained by an expanded workload over its time of operation that it may not be able to function by 2012, according to the report.


Submission + - Universities Responsible For Lack Of IT Security? (adamonsecurity.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The UK is short of some 50,000 IT Security Staff, and with the increase of computer related attack coverage in the news means the demand for security staff is only going to rise, but what are universities doing to cope with this demand? I read an interesting article at http://adamonsecurity.com/ that raises some fair (and at times shocking) points about how much real world security skills are actually taught on security qualifications by Universities in the UK. The article is heavy handed at times but definitely holds some interesting points about the state of IT education and the damage that it is potentially causing. So what actually will UK security students get for their now 9000GBP per year?

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