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Comment Set a specific goal (Score 2) 312

Get a book and read it to get the basics of the lanugage. I would pick a language such as Java or C# unless you want to focus on web development. I recommend C# because I think Visual Studio is pretty easy to work with and debug. There's lots of near-religious debate about languages and some people try to steer noobs into languages like C which is a terrible idea IMHO. Once you get the basics, set a goal for yourself...make a calculator or a poker game, etc. Build it one step at a time using sites like StackOverflow to ask questions when you get stuck. Then just keep doing it...automate stuff at work, look for opportunities to keep building your skill set...expand into other languages or database stuff.

Comment Salary Expectation != Salary History (Score 1) 435

It's 100% OK for an employer to ask what your expectations are. I think the best thing would be for employers to post a desired salary range, which unfortunately doesn't happen that often anymore. It's pretty annoying to have to apply and interview for a job where you have absolutely no idea if the offer will even be worth your time. However, as a hiring manager, my time is also important. I have to organize an interview by exchanging a few emails, coordinate several other people's schedules internally, follow up with HR that I want to do a background check, then HR has to call and actually make the offer (which usually has a relatively narrow salary range we can work with). While this is all happening, someone else may be on hold for a couple weeks that would actually take the job and may become unavailable. Without having any idea what ballpark salary people expect, this is obviously a huge waste of time. So salary history, no....salary expectations OR post the salary range in the job description, yes.

Comment To quote Syriana... (Score 1) 186

"What are they thinking *hah*? What are they thinking? They're thinking that it's running out. It's running out, and 90% of what's left is in the Middle East. Look at the progression: Versailles, Suez, 1973, Gulf War 1, Gulf War 2. This is a fight to the death. So what are THEY thinking? Great! They're thinking keep playing, keep buying yourself new toys, keep spending $50,000 a night on your hotel room, but don't invest in your infrastructure... don't build a real economy. So that when you finally wake up, they will have sucked you dry, and you will have squandered the greatest natural resource in history."

Comment Cool it with the NC hating... (Score 1) 760

I've been to tremendously shitty places in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, SC, New York, Pennsylvania, etc. I would live in Raleigh, NC over any place on the east coast except maybe for Boston. I've seen dumb, ignorant people in rural areas of all those states. I will say, I did get the hell out of rural NC as soon as I could. HOWEVER, Raleigh NC is a very nice place to live and it is very diverse. And if you want to generalize or stereotype NC, reply back with your own state and let the peanut gallery decide if there's any backwards dumbasses where you live. In response to some of the KKK comments, in over 30 years living in this state, including very rural areas, I have never once seen anyone that said they were in the KKK, I've never seen anyone in a robe, never saw any marches, etc. The most racist person I've ever met was an Italian guy who lived in a town about 1-2 hours outside New York City. Racism is everywhere. I do have a theory about a lot of the racism in rural NC however. I grew up in a small area that was 50% minorities and it was not fun. My elementary school was literally in the projects. We had Rodney King backlash going on in our high school. The problem is that a lot of the locals who don't leave these towns end up living with high minority populations. They only know very uneducated people that act obnoxious and dangerous and they draw correlations along racial lines. When they see a redneck they don't say, 'oh look, there's a dumb white person...white people sure are dumb!', but they draw those conclusions when the person isn't white because they don't know any other minorities. The minorities (and everyone else) that are educated and more intelligent leave to find better jobs in the city.

Comment I've found the exact opposite to be true... (Score 3, Interesting) 85

Really depends on the situation, but I've observed that people that sit closer to their manager end up developing more friendships with them which has obvious advantages. If a manager has a lot of direct reports, they will probably interact with the people closest to them out of convenience. More interactions and visibility with someone's manager allows them to showcase their strengths more often and talk about what they are working on. It also will increase their chances that their boss will be more empathetic towards them. However, if you are lazy and/or a screw-up and you just want to coast by, obviously sit far away from the manager (and everyone else for that matter). If you are concerned with upward mobility, you don't want to be some silent, nameless face in a far corner in the office unless your output is 100% of your job performance and your manager is staying well aware of your work. However, networking/relationship building is usually the best way to be "successful" in an office.

Comment Re:I would not jump to conclusions.... (Score 1) 630

I am not agreeing with expelling/detaining/arresting a teenager solely based off of drawing a weapon. However, the police found something which made them feel an arrest was warranted so I wonder if there is more to the story. Maybe it was just bleach and tin foil, maybe it was something worse. We don't know, the article doesn't tell us. A lot of people are assuming some kid doodled a grenade on a notebook and got expelled and arrested over nothing; maybe the kid had severe behavioral/psychological issues, he drew some f-ed up pictures that spooked the teacher, the cops investigated and found some very bad things at his house. Or maybe not, we don't know. I'm not taking a side, I am saying there may be more to the story we aren't hearing.

Comment I would not jump to conclusions.... (Score 5, Informative) 630

Although the story seems disturbing, it never goes into any detail about the student's behavior which prompted the search nor does it say what exactly was found in the student's home. Without more details the story, left this vague, is borderline sensationalism. The student could have been exhibiting some extreme behavior which the school could have been subsequently been lambasted for not following through with.

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