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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: IT Resumes on: Today at 06:53:46 AM
Personally, every Resume/CV I send out is tailored to that industry, which means I can also make sure that I only include jobs relevant to that sector on it. 

Sometimes unrelated jobs in a different sector can demonstrate skills that would be valued in the sector you are applying for a job in.

For example, I was once a courier dispatcher (transportation industry). That doesn't seem all that related, if I were applying for a job in the banking industry, until you see the skills listed beneath it and see that I was required to demonstrate a fair amount of accounting skills.

So, my advice isn't to alter your employment history, but to list the skills beneath each job, that are relevant to the job to which you are applying.

If I were applying for an accounts receivable/payable job, they probably wouldn't care about my map reading skills from that courier job, but they would be interested in the daily AR/AP duties that job required. So, I would leave out the maps and list AR/AP.

And if I were applying for a job where I would be required to manage people, I would list how I supervised a team of about 150 drivers.

Every job requires a variety of skills, and it's those individual skills that are important (not the job title or sector), and nearly every job has at least 1 skill that will be relevant to whatever you are applying for. Sometimes it just requires a bit of thinking to see it, so you can list it.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 22, 2014, 10:24:24 PM
and...if we are completely honest....that whole scenario sounds like a joke anyway...so it fits right in here haha!

Our high school is sooo secure, that a teacher can't even use the bathroom without it becoming international public knowledge.

Yup, that fits right in here.  cheesy
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 22, 2014, 07:46:51 PM
Oh yes...I can see the logic there.....

There is no logic in this security system. It was a knee jerk reaction and a chance for some profitable corruption, on the part of the local school board (a school board member has a relative that works for the company that was paid to set this whole thing up).

But enough about this basement worthy topic. Back to the jokes!
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 22, 2014, 07:26:56 PM
When her co-workers retrieved their phones to try to call her, they found that she had been frantically trying to call and text people to come help her.

Um... Why not call someone outside of the school to come help? undecided

This is the first school in the US with a security system like this.

Calling someone outside the school would be like calling someone in another country. What could they possibly do to help you?

Because getting into that school is like trying to break into the Pentagon, and getting out is like trying to escape from a maximum security prison, if you are not a student or employee with a key card. And even then, it's tough, as you can see from this incident.

Not even a parent can get in there. The school is on constant high security lock down.

I would hate to think what it would be like if they switched it to maximum security lock down (which is supposed to be done if there is a shooter in the school, which could only be an employee or student, with the way it's all set up), where they deactivate all cards so nobody can move from room to room, and nobody gets in or out, even if they have a card.



5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 22, 2014, 05:30:16 AM
So, my town installed a really expensive, high tech security system in our local high school, with plans on expanding this to eventually include all the schools in the district. This was their knee jerk response to the Sandy Hook school shooting incident.

And in addition to the school district now being too broke to afford things like books for the kids, there have been some issues with the security system...like a teacher being trapped, locked in the bathroom for hours, and nobody knowing where she was.

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We’ve received reports that yesterday, a Belleville school teacher was locked in a bathroom at the High School due to the RFID system malfunctioning. Since school policy is to not allow the use of cell phones, no one knew where she was, or what happened to her until they went looking for her. Luckily, the teacher was carrying her purse, with her phone inside. When her co-workers retrieved their phones to try to call her, they found that she had been frantically trying to call and text people to come help her.
 
 By the way, this is the same RFID system that the Board of Education pushed through as part of their controversial surveillance system, installed and managed by Clarity Technologies Group, at a cost of $2 million.
 
 Even worse, when they actually discovered that she was locked in the bathroom, they could not open the door by swiping with their own RFID cards because the system had malfunctioned. Apparently someone had to come and pry open the door to finally get her out."

http://nutleywatch.com/75...ocks-teacher-in-bathroom/

Yes, I feel bad for the teacher that was trapped, but this is still funny, in a sad sort of way.
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Wordpress and Hackers on: August 21, 2014, 03:14:32 AM
Have you considered the idea that they don't want to attack you? And that they don't have any idea that they are doing it? That they could be the victim of malware?
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Frustrated Mom Creates ‘Ignore No More’ App To Get Teen Kids To Return Calls on: August 20, 2014, 05:21:48 AM

  • 7-8 times more likely to be abused
  • more likely to end up homeless with nearly half becoming homeless at the age of 18
  • 3 times more likely to be put on psychotropic drugs
  • 7 times more likely to develop an eating disorder
  • more likely to have PTSD than veterans of war and less likely to recover from that PTSD
  • more likely to become pregnant as a teenager
  • 20% more likely to be arrested
  • 6 times more likely to die

It may be anecdotal, but I'll vouch for the truthfulness in this.  Sad

But getting back to what qualifies parents to raise their kids, I have to ask what qualifies dogs to care for their own puppies and cats to care for their own kittens, for that matter?
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Giving personal identifying info . . . to credit protection companies? on: August 20, 2014, 05:09:06 AM
Unless you know for sure that you have been a victim of a data theft, there really is not too much need for this kind of service, and accepting a freebie from a 3rd party you don't know if you can trust could make you more likely to become a victim, not less likely.

And if you are ever the victim of such a data theft (such as something like this), wherever the breach took place, that company would likely pay for the service on your behalf for a number of years, and usually through a reputable monitoring company, just to cover their own legal butts.

I know, because my daughter's personal and medical info was stolen.  A local hospital worker was transporting it on a hard drive, in the back seat of their personal vehicle, to a hospital owned lab in the next town. They left their car unattended (to go grab lunch), and it was broken into...and the hard drive was stolen. The hospital contacted my daughter to inform her about this, told her exactly what data was on the hard drive, sent her a copy of the police report, and offered her 5 years of free credit monitoring through Experian (one of the Big Three credit bureaus).
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: High School Student Laptop Policy on: August 20, 2014, 04:29:43 AM
I expect any laptop provided by a school to come with the same privacy rights as the computer use in the classroom...pretty much none, with full logging and monitoring of everything the computer is used for.

Therefore, my instructions to my child, concerning the use of that laptop would be to use it as little as possible and only for school related things, and assume the privacy is equal to having their teacher standing over their shoulder watching everything they do, including watching what keys they type in as passwords on websites.

And as a precaution, when you are not using that school provided laptop, you will place it inside this box, to prevent eavesdropping on your private life (via microphone & webcam) when the laptop is not in use.

Furthermore, if you want to do anything that could be considered personal use, even something as trivial as looking up local weather info before heading off to school, you are to use your regular computer that was not provided by the school. (You know, that one provided by your parents, for such purposes.)

In fact, you may use that computer for your school work, as well, if it is allowed by your teacher, keeping that school provided laptop stored in that box the entire time that you are at home.

 Wink

Children are never too young to learn good computing habits, including good security and privacy protection habits. If they are old enough to understand how to start a web browser, type in a URL, and log in to a website, they are old enough to learn this stuff. I don't believe in keeping kids naively innocent and turning them loose among wolves, completely unprepared.

I would also contact the state school board in writing via Certified Mail, return receipt requested (cc: local school board, principal of child's school, president of PTA, child's teacher, local Congressmen, editor of local newspaper, TV news reporters, etc.) and ask them what their provisions are for covering the costs of the insurance on this unwanted, costly laptop, that the responsibility for it is being forced upon you, considering that every child is entitled to a free public education, and free doesn't mean $50 for insurance, nor does it mean accepting responsibility for a costly piece of equipment that could make your child the target of a robbery on the way to/from school.

I would also ask about what additional security provisions they planned to provide for my child, from home doorstep to school doorstep, to ensure their safety while traveling to/from school, to prevent them from becoming a victim of violence, due to having to transport this unwanted, expensive laptop. And if anything were to happen to your child as a result of having this laptop in their possession, who exactly is going to take full responsibility for it. (it, referring to any injury to the child, not the laptop)

 Cool
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Free eBooks on: August 18, 2014, 11:01:12 PM
I think the different countries mentioned as being supported may have more to do with licensing, than anything else. Even if a book is temporarily free, it doesn't mean the publisher wants it distributed globally, for free, and may exert some control over it, allowing it in some countries, but not others.

As far as taxes are concerned, it may all depend on why an item's final cost is $0, as to whether there are any taxes due on it.

I can only speak from the perspective of where I live, since I am not a global tax expert.

In my home state of New Jersey, there could be taxes due on a $0 purchase, depending on how it ended up that way. If, for example, Amazon marked down the price for clearance or just a sale, then it enters my shopping cart already priced at $0, and no taxes would be due on it, because 7% of $0 is $0.

But if it entered my cart at $2.99 and the use of a coupon or gift certificate reduced that price to $0, there would be taxes due on the original price at which it entered my cart, because 7% of $2.99 is $0.21, which is more than $0.

So, the online merchant, if they are required to collect the tax, would have to do so and then turn it over to my state's government.
11  Special User Sections / Adventures of Baby Cody / Re: A Genuine Baby Cody Sighting on: August 18, 2014, 04:39:24 PM
You're with Learnable? Awesome! I really like those folks.

After 40 posted something about them, I actually signed up smiley

Yup, I will have been working for them for a whole year, next month.   Cool

And if you know me, any job that comes with free ebooks as a perk, is a dream job. smiley
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Free eBooks on: August 18, 2014, 04:32:52 PM
Oh, I don't know. Maybe you should stick to NoiseTrade, then.  Wink
13  Special User Sections / Adventures of Baby Cody / A Genuine Baby Cody Sighting on: August 18, 2014, 11:50:31 AM
Of all the photos my boss could have picked to put on the company website, he chose this one, which clearly shows Baby Cody peeking to see who needs help with learning web development.

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https://learnable.zendesk.com/hc/en-us

This is the 2nd company I have worked for that has selected a DC related photo to display on their official website. The other chose a photo of me holding up a NANY mug.  cheesy
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Free eBooks on: August 18, 2014, 02:40:51 AM
Another nice one is BookBub.com. They have both free and cheap ebooks, and you can select categories of interest and specific retailers, and they will only email you when they have something that matches your preferences.

So, you can configure it to only notify you when they have cheap/free sci-fi and cookbooks to recommend on Amazon, if you want.  Wink
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Frustrated Mom Creates ‘Ignore No More’ App To Get Teen Kids To Return Calls on: August 18, 2014, 02:05:06 AM
My daughter is 28, and she doesn't call me back when I call her. She won't even listen to the voicemail. She drops everything and rushes home to find out what is wrong.  Grin

She knows I would never call her unless it was some sort of emergency. She knows this from years of living with me, just how much I hate phones and won't use one unless I have to.

See, if you pester your kids (or anyone else) too much, it's like crying wolf, and they stop responding. Save it for when it really counts.

Just because your kids and you are so well connected through technology, doesn't mean you can't give them the space and trust they need. Yeah, sure they will do dumb stuff. You can't stop that. Better that they do the dumb stuff while they still have you around to help them learn not to do it again, than to have you hovering over them every moment of every day, removing every opportunity for them to learn how to be independent, mature human beings, because you are afraid they will do all the stupid things you did. You learned your lesson, and they will too...in time...but only if they are allowed to make mistakes and learn from them.
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 18, 2014, 01:09:23 AM
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What happens when non-techies discover web dev tools.
ha!  Grin
There could well be a lot of those comments happening now, ever since Firefox started to use the hotkey combo Ctrl+Shift+V to pop up that window...

Ah, yeah. Anybody that fat-fingers a paste will have that happen now.  cheesy
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 16, 2014, 06:03:56 AM
What happens when non-techies discover web dev tools.

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18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS on: August 16, 2014, 01:23:12 AM
a cheap, small paint brush might be better, but yes - definitely an idea.

Please be sure not to buy anything synthetic for the job, and only those bristle types that are naturally anti-static (badger, black sable, boar). And don't reuse brushes that have been previously used for paint or other substances.

The calligraphy brush we have is natural hair. For paint brushes, I wasn't thinking of synthetic as they build up static charges, but good point to bring that up.

Not all natural hair is anti-static, which was part of my point. Don't chance it if you don't know specifically what kind of hair it is.
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS on: August 16, 2014, 12:22:06 AM
a cheap, small paint brush might be better, but yes - definitely an idea.

Please be sure not to buy anything synthetic for the job, and only those bristle types that are naturally anti-static (badger, black sable, boar). And don't reuse brushes that have been previously used for paint or other substances.
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 15, 2014, 08:07:50 PM
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21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS on: August 15, 2014, 01:25:46 PM
There's got to be a site out there that does repurposing...

Speaking of repurposing, buy yourself another one of those shave brushes and use it exclusively for this. Wink
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 14, 2014, 02:22:55 AM
Chemistry department with a dry sense of humor.

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23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 12, 2014, 03:10:29 PM
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24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 11, 2014, 11:47:06 AM
Little Johnny asks his Dad: "I have this homework on politics and economy and I'm not if I understand it"
Dad says: "Use the family as an example. I make the money so I'm the Capitalists, your mother deals it out, so she's the Government, we look after you, so you're the People, the baby is the Future, and we pay the maid so she is the Working Class"

That night Johnny is woken up by the baby crying, so he checks it and it needs changing. So he goes to tell his parents, but only his mother is there and she doesn't wake up. He goes to tell the maid, but finds that she's 'busy' with his dad.
He goes back to bed.

Next morning his dad asks how he is going with the homework. Johnny says: "I think I understand it. The Capitalists screw the Working Class while the Government is asleep. The People are ignored and the Future is full of sh*t"

Of course that leaves only the People to change the Future, but they don't want to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty. They would rather forget about it and go back to sleep, hoping someone else will come along and clean it up. Wink
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 09, 2014, 05:50:37 AM
These machines are too slick, it has to look all weird with duct tape and spoons on servo motors.

I'd like a Johnny 5 waiter to come rolling into my bedroom in the morning, holding a tray with a full breakfast, complete with a rosebud in a vase. Now that would be "too slick".  Wink

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