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Comment Re:Another one bites the dust (Score 1) 365

I have nearly tripled my income in 3 years and making a concerted effort to build my network on LinkedIn played a big role in that. It is less crucial to me now, and the level of utility is VERY industry-specific (I'd even argue "niche-specific"), but if you put effort into it and match up well with the expertise recruiters are looking for, it's unmatched as a recruiting platform...I never got the kind of interest on Monster or Career Builder, etc. that I had and continue to get through LinkedIn.

Comment Re:But ... why? (Score 1) 71

What does Oracle do that is both 1) good or great, and 2) not database? I was a part of an acquisition and worked for Oracle 4 months before jumping ship. What I saw was a wasteland of half-baked integration work on their acquisitions, and abandoned products, often multiple in the same area, and a strong streak of anti-"wasn't acquired or made here" syndrome. I've heard nothing but contempt for Oracle's consultants which is why everyone I dealt with outside my org worked with third party implementation, support, and often hosting. The pay was crap, no bonuses, no raises, no opportunity for promotion or transfer, and my department's director even rejected any training, even the Oracle University stuff. I just don't see why anyone works with or for Oracle in 2014.

Comment Re: approximately the resolution of an adult eye (Score 2) 217

48khz (up to 24khz effective) has been around at least as long as DAT. 24-bit 96khz has been around at least as long as DVD's. Then you have the SA-CD format, which is only 1-bit depth but in the mhz range, and now 192khz audio is starting to reach consumer-level devices and even 384 in studios I believe. Working with music, I can't imagine needing something better than 24-bit, because already my limitation is with the microphone, recording equipment, and playback speakers. I haven't tried 192khz+ yet but it's hard for me to think it would be even a 1% effective improvement over 96khz.

Comment Re:surprised!!!! (Score 1) 704

There's already been Stratfor traffic indicating growing international concern about the threat that Bitcoin poses to standard fiat currencies. I think you underestimate the momentum the cryptocurrency trend already has. Cryptocurrency : Filesharing :: Bitcoin : Napster, and we're in 1999 from an evolutionary perspective. And this has much much bigger potential to affect the way the world works.

Comment Re:Where they fail (Score 2) 207

I don't think you had to buy the phone outright. I watched this policy evolve and basically it came down to any phone activated after (IIRC) 6/29/12 must choose a different plan, no more grandfathering you in. Up until that point I had used my new every 2 discounts and kept my grandfathered unlimited data, but seeing that the end was near and being eligible for an upgrade, I took my upgrade, sat on it for a while, and activated it the week before the end date. Since this is also now one of the few phones out there with a physical keyboard (Motorola Droid 4), I have two reasons to hold on to this phone as long as possible. It's actually pretty buggy and terrible (had to RMA it immediately and am on my second one, actually), but better than the alternative for me, which is paying way more for less data with Verizon, a bit more for less data with someone else, or similar cost keeping unlimited with a terrible network in Sprint. Hopefully by the time I'm due to upgrade again (next summer), this will all be sorted out in some way (phones, plans, AND networks).

Comment How do you know this? (Score 4, Informative) 472

How do you know the people getting the jobs have no experience? I am probably not as old and not as experienced as you, but I was getting beat out for entry-level jobs by people with degrees AND experience, sometimes a ridiculous amount of experience for the position and/or pay. Fact is, there are a LOT of people looking for a job or a better job out there, and lack of a degree is an automatic disqualifier for a lot of positions right now due to the number of applicants hiring managers are seeing that have both the desired experience and degree.

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