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Comment Call your headhunter (Score 1) 416

It sounds like you're mostly fed up with dealing with management and that you've decided in your mind that its not possible to find a place without clueless management. Considering just how in-demand developers are right now, I'd encourage you to look around. When you are interviewed, interview _them_ and get a good feeling for what the management is really like. There are certainly places that don't have clueless management.

My feeling (as an entrepreneur, and someone who struggles with this a lot) is that you're more likely to find that in a smaller company (where you get more say over the final product). Maybe at a startup that's well funded and has been around a couple years. Or just a small-medium business. There's also consulting and longer-term contracts. These days you really do have a LOT of options if you're a good developer. If there's not much in your area, consider remote work. Or starting a startup on the side (follow Hacker News religiously if so -- see

In short, call your headhunter (

If you actually _are_ tired of coding itself, that's an entirely different conversation.


MIT Unveils Portable, Solar-Powered Water Desalination System 117

An anonymous reader writes "A team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Field and Space Robotic Laboratory has designed a new solar-powered water desalination system to provide drinking water to disaster zones and disadvantaged parts of the planet. Desalination systems often require a lot of energy and a large infrastructure to support them, but MIT's compact system is able to cope due to its ingenious design. The system's photovoltaic panel is able to generate power for the pump, which in turn pushes undrinkable seawater through a permeable membrane. MIT's prototype can reportedly produce 80 gallons of drinking water per day, depending on weather conditions."

Claimed Proof That P != NP 457

morsch writes "Researcher Vinay Deolalikar from HP Labs claims proof that P != NP. The 100-page paper has apparently not been peer-reviewed yet, so feel free to dig in and find some flaws. However, the attempt seems to be quite genuine, and Deolalikar has published papers in the same field in the past. So this may be the real thing. Given that $1M from the Millennium Prize is involved, it will certainly get enough scrutiny. Greg Baker broke the story on his blog, including the email Deolalikar sent around."

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