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301  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: IT Resumes on: August 23, 2014, 08:01:50 AM
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.

Agree.

But...

It's not so much a thing an applicant can do - but certainly something a potential employer should do - is to remember the advice given by Paul Hawkins in his book Growing a Business: Hire the person, not the position.

Unfortunately, in an era of HR departments and 'pre-screening' forms with checkboxes, if you don't have enough exact hits on a laundry list, you'll often never make it to that F2F interview where you can (hopefully) shine.

I went in for an interview ages ago where I was asked if I had any direct Sun experience. I was familiar with it as far as the name and general specs went. And I had played with a SPARC station - once. So I said "no, but" I was very experience with IBM, Novell, and (the then spankin' new) Windows NT Server network environments. And that I also had enterprise level VAX and Unix experience - so picking up another network/OS shouldn't be a problem.

The HR person frowned and stared at her form and said "I don't have a box for any of those..." Then she smiled (I had been laying on the charm big time up till then) and said "Well...why don't I just check it off as yes anyway, and if it comes up in the interview, you can explain it to them!"

Turned out this company was migrating off Sun and was looking for migration specialists. Of which there were a fair number applying. Or so they said. (Yeah, sure! Roll Eyes) However, what they didn't have (yet) was anybody who really knew NT server. So I didn't get the job I went to interview for. Instead, I got a different job with them. As their NT server "goto" guy.

But I never would have gotten to interview at all if the HR person hadn't checked the box for "recent experience with Sun Microsystems environment." And that's always going to be a problem whenever non-tech screeners (HR) sit between a candidate and the interview panel for a technical position.

In this economy candidates have to be pre-screened if you don't want to interview 200 people every time there's a job opening. And people with sufficient tech experience to read between the lines are usually far too busy with their own work to be handed a list of 50 interviewees to attend to. But with a poor screening process you risk throwing out the gold along with the sand when you're panning for the "good help."

I don't have a good across the board suggestion for how to fix that.

Of course there's always this to contend with if you're a job applicant:

302  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Suggested top 30 solitaire board games on: August 22, 2014, 05:21:47 PM
BTW - I can vouch for Eldritch Horror by Fantasy Flight Games. I'm playing that currently. Good game. Especially if you're a Lovecraft/Mythos fan. They just released their first expansion (Forsaken Lore) for it too! Thmbsup
303  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Suggested top 30 solitaire board games on: August 22, 2014, 03:32:38 PM
Don't know if anybody else has this problem, but I often have trouble putting together a game night because the it's hard to find people who have the patience to learn (or the time to play) the sort of games I like. So that means playing them solitaire (where possible) more often than not.

So what to play?

Youtube-er Ricky Royal has some suggestions with his mini-review of his favorite 30 games suitable for solitaire play in a 3-part video:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtzVD-HzWD0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtzVD-HzWD0</a>

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emtiAQ__cwc" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emtiAQ__cwc</a>

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIs7VQslhxY" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIs7VQslhxY</a>

Lots to look at and investigate even if Ricky sort of rambles like he does. Check it out. Thmbsup
304  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Talents and talent shows on: August 22, 2014, 03:06:42 PM
...she seems to remind many people of Kenichi's stuff from last year, which is understandable as the interaction with a projection is similar between the two. She actually did her original animation act that I mentioned above a few years before Kenichi was on AGT, but as far as the show and its viewers are concerned Kenichi invented the concept. Wink

- Oshyan

That happens. It's been said that only one product can own a 'word.' Fedex owns "overnight" while DHL owns "worldwide." Same goes for a creative concept. Somebody gets dubbed as the inventor and that's that.

Not that it matters when it comes to your GF. She's good. Very good indeed. And it doesn't matter so much who's first. All that really matters is who's best at it. Thmbsup
305  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: IT Resumes on: August 21, 2014, 06:04:39 PM
Do research the company to find out what they do so your resume can be tailored to their needs.

This. This. This. Thmbsup

I haven't once sat in on an interview where somebody didn't ask a question or two to determine if the applicant had at least some clue about who the company is and what it does. Most management types (who usually have the final say when it comes to making a hire) find it insulting (to say the least) when someone walks in the door looking for a position and knows absolutely nothing about the company.

So do some research. With Google there's no longer any excuse for not taking the time to find who you want to work for.

That and don't lie. Especially about degrees earned, certifications held, schools attended, or companies worked for. These can all be easily checked  - and nowadays they often will be. Even if they don't catch it prior to hiring you, it's an unexploded bomb waiting to go off. Most companies have very strict policies about falsifying information on an application or during an interview. Most places make it grounds for immediate dismissal if/when discovered.

The first Fortune 500 I worked for had such a policy. I sat down the hall from a 7+ year veteran employee who was well respected and very good at what he did. Things were going swimmingly for him until top management started considering him (without his knowledge) for a major promotion to a deputy director position. Background checks were the norm for such positions because directors were responsible for overseeing contracts.

That's when they discovered he didn't have the MBA he said he had. While he had attended management grad school, he never finished his degree. He had only completed about a year before quitting.

He was out the door that same day.

Lesson: When it comes to your job: Don't lie. About anything. Ever. tellme
306  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: August 21, 2014, 02:11:46 PM
I'm of the 'old school' where companies had free betas... and closed betas were given comp copies rather than you having to pay to play.  I might play once its out.  But I'm not paying an extra $25 to participate in beta.

+1 on that.

That said, they brought back an updated Elite? That's simply awesome! One of the finest - if not THE finest - game from that era. I must have logged hundreds of hours playing it on my C64 . Thmbsup
307  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Talents and talent shows on: August 21, 2014, 02:08:05 PM
I watch very little (more like zero) network TV.

And for once I'm sorry I missed something.

Terrific concept, great execution - and ORIGINAL! (How rare is that?)

Thanks for sharing. I wish her all the success her talent and hard work promises. Thmbsup

(P.S. Howard is right. She is adorable. Definitely a keeper.)
308  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Wi-Fi Turbocharge: The Future of Connectivity (From The Web) on: August 21, 2014, 11:44:20 AM
To be honest, get me a cabled connection any day.

Amen to that!

This.
309  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Nextdoor: The anti-facebook social network for neighborhoods on: August 21, 2014, 06:22:58 AM
For news, where I am we have a nice little local news site called DoingItLocal.com which leverages the power of smartphones and user contributions to gather info on breaking stories in the immediate area. They post before the major news outlets - who now monitor DoingItLocal like they used to monitor police/fire scanners in the days before encryption. It's a good working symbiosis. DiL spots and reports, and the big boys follow up with more in depth coverage than DiL can provide.

Here's something interesting. DiL has brought back the old local "street reporter" image:

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Posted on January 16, 2014 Posted in FAQ   
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When I first started covering news stories,  police were rightfully suspicious and wonder who is this guy and why is he recording us?  I also  own a reminiscing website YouRememberThat.com and back in the day reporters would be wearing a fedora style hat and they would have their press pass in the band of their hat.  It was a natural thing for me to do, and unnatural thing  since I don’t really like wearing hats.  But it was an important thing for me to do because not many men wear fedoras these days and it stood out.  It helped identify me with the public officials on who I am.  Years ago I even had an assistant fire chief refuse to talk to me because he had no idea who I was; today he and I are good friends.

The hat made me recognizable to the public officials and the public.  Adding the trench coat was a natural progression.  I joke about it that I go work in costume but it also allows me to do something no other media can do and that is come out from behind the logo.  To be a real person.  People like that.

My audience has grown substantially since the early days and most cops and firefighters now know me.  I learned the other night covering a fire a cop didn’t care who I was, I went to the next block and the cop was happy  to see me again.  It also stands out in my mind when I’m at a shooting and people shout out “It’s DoingItLocal!” or as I’m walking to a fire and people are looking out their windows, recognize me and give me a wave.  All it comes down to is I just want to tell you the story of what is going on in your neighborhood.

Maybe this is one way to get around some of the hyper-paranoia some police officers display when facing cameras and questions? However, it's probably easier here since our local emergency services (and citizens) are well aware it isn't illegal to film the cops. And our cops (to their credit) aren't in the habit of harassing smartphone owners. At least so far.

310  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: High School Student Laptop Policy on: August 20, 2014, 02:20:40 PM
Or we may simply be dealing with the standard overypaying of academic/government contracts, where a product that would cost a normal human $200 somehow costs a government office $2000.

Aggravating and non-intuitive to be sure.

But when you factor in  the Byzantine bidding process, the paperwork, compliance auditing, and add-on social engineering (hiring requirements, rules for preference to be given to favored suppliers for parts of the contract, commitments to targeted groups and businesses, the GSA "discount", etc.) it's easy to see how the final sticker price can soar.

Government people usually have no responsibility for recouping their expenses. Operating costs are not "real" to them. If they run in the red, they just ask the appropriations committees for more money. Businesses who need to run things off their P&L rather than the public tax base don't have that luxury.

Not saying that is always why crazy price tags happen. But it accounts for a lot of it. Just ask anybody who ever had to put together a proposal based on a government "request for bids." Providing the goods or service itself is easy to price out. But then you hit those sections on reporting and compliance - and ask: "Ok....How the heck much is it going to cost us to do all this stuff? Better quadruple the first number just to be sure we're covered."

 undecided
311  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Aug 20th is H.P. Lovecraft's Birthday on: August 20, 2014, 02:02:18 PM
Go out and fhtagn somebody! Thmbsup

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That is not dead which can eternal lie.
And despite strange aeons, H.P. will never die!


312  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: High School Student Laptop Policy on: August 20, 2014, 12:18:36 PM
They can also quite effectively lock down these laptops to prevent what they consider misuse without needing 'monitoring' features to do it. Locking down a system prevents misuse. Monitoring a system identifies misuse once it's occurred.

So if the goal really is prevention rather than rule enforcement, there's no operational need for live and/or discretionary monitoring capabilities.

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Or we may simply be dealing with the standard overypaying of academic/government contracts, where a product that would cost a normal human $200 somehow costs a government office $2000.

This is what I'm convinced of.  For $800 I can get a pretty good laptop- in fact, my gaming machine upgrade I just did to a pretty hot rig didn't cost much more than this... including video card.

Hmm...do I detect a sweetheart deal with somebody on this "initiative?" I hope they didn't contract for Surface Pro 3s! undecided
313  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Nextdoor: The anti-facebook social network for neighborhoods on: August 20, 2014, 12:01:34 PM
I'd still want to own the server. Cool

Because even though the neighborhoods are walled off from each other by the software, it's still all under one roof.

Hack a small local community server and you compromise one neighborhood. Hack mothership Nextdoor and you've hacked all of them.

 huh

P.S. 1 in 4 neighborhoods have signed with Nextdoor? Seriously? I'd sure love to see some proof for that boast. (I suspect there's a little finessing going on over exactly what constitutes a signed-up neighborhood - and how many neighborhoods in the USA there actually are.)

PPS - I fully intend to bring back a classic BBS. That's still on my hot project list for this year. Cool Thmbsup
314  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Delaware makes purchased digital content inheritable? on: August 20, 2014, 08:57:34 AM
TechDirt just weighed in with this article.

Blogger and attorney David "Passive Guy" Vandagriff draws different preliminary conclusions over what the new law may actually mean over at The Passive Voice blog (full article here):

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PG did a quick scan of the Delaware law and is skeptical that it permits ebooks to be inherited.

Instead, it appears to be designed to permit an executor or designated agent access to electronic accounts for things like ID’s/passwords, email, financial services, social media, domain registration, online store accounts, health insurance, etc.

The powers of the executor or agent are specifically limited to the relevant EULA’s which, in the case of ebooks, place limits on ability to transfer ebooks.

As mentioned, these conclusions are based upon a fast skimming of the legislation and PG could be wrong about his conclusions.
315  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Anybody else sick of hearing "OMG Facebook is spying on us!"? on: August 20, 2014, 06:04:11 AM
Honestly though...we all know our information is being bought, linked, sold, auctioned, taken apart, put back together, and whatever else...life is life

IMHO, acquiescence and capitulation are no way to go through life. Whether or not the above is true, we don't need to accept it. Or tolerate it either. Just sayin'  Wink
316  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: High School Student Laptop Policy on: August 20, 2014, 05:39:35 AM
any district provided laptop is not coming in my house. It's none of their business what goes on under my roof and insisting on monitoring activity which does is an unlawful invasion of privacy.

This. Along with everything in app103's post. Thmbsup

317  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: High School Student Laptop Policy on: August 20, 2014, 12:45:06 AM
@cschw - Yet another example of school administrators stepping outside their designated role and acting in blatant excess of their legislated authority.

I doubt that policy (as presently written) would survive a creditable legal challenge. (That threat suggestion to get the laptop insured should, by itself, be ripe for Watergating.) There's just so many things wrong with the policy and the mindset behind it that I'd hardly know where to start if I were an attorney. Maybe you could contact the people at TechDirt and Popehat with your story. (TechDirt especially loves stories like that.) It's amazing how often simply turning the spotlight of publicity on school boards is enough to send the bureaucratic cockroaches scurrying.

However, since few government employees are as timid and litigation-fearing as most school administrators, I'd be inclined to try calling them up first and 'ask' for (i.e. politely demand) a meeting. Mention you have some very deep concerns. Imply you've spoken to a few interested parties along with some outside advisors. At the meeting, suggest the consensus is that the school system does not have the legal authority to unilaterally institute such a policy or requirement. And then ask WHO wrote the policy - and how can you get in touch with Sir/Madam/Fido to discuss it further.

Don't be too surprised, however, if they accuse you of 'threatening' behavior because you had the temerity to question them. And to cobble together an ill-conceived and hasty little character assassination program to deal with you "troublemakers." Or possibly to just stonewall.That's the knee-jerk reaction of petty authority whenever it's challenged lately. So best to have a few people present when you call or go to meet them. Just to keep "the story" of what happened straight later on. (Because they'll never consent to your taping your conversation with them.)

Luck!
318  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 19, 2014, 06:01:07 PM
^Didn't say it was more qualified. Just said it intervenes. Routinely. With the blessings of many of the parents more often than not. Largely because many parents won't trust themselves or their peers to raise kids responsibly. I'm not advocating for government involvement. I'm just responding to the "nobody/ever/period" part of an earlier comment of yours by me saying "Fine. But unfortunately, that's not how it works in practice."

Anyway, I'm done with the topic. Feelings are running a little too high - and I've pretty much said all I have to say about it already. So I'll shut up and let some other people talk for a change.  NFNF  smiley
319  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 19, 2014, 05:04:42 PM
Dunno. You see it or you don't. Or maybe it's just me? That seems to be the consensus, so I think I'm gonna drop it before it starts going in circles.

if we were having this conversation in a pub, you would have to buy at least the next two rounds tongue

If I were sitting in a pub, I wouldn't be having this conversation.  Wink tongue tongue

(I'm also pretty good about buying a round or two either way.) Cool

320  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 19, 2014, 03:48:46 PM
Dunno. You see it or you don't. Or maybe it's just me? That seems to be the consensus, so I think I'm gonna drop it before it starts going in circles.

Onward! smiley Thmbsup
321  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 19, 2014, 01:43:42 PM
Now, personally, I think the nature of creating offspring creates a catch-22 in the fact that it is very easy to have a child, but not so much to raise one.

I think we can all agree with you on that.

The big problem is that the law (and most of our social institutions) make themselves wilfully blind on that point.

There's an assumption that "parents just know" what's best for their children. And that includes the right to ignore prenatal health considerations, the right to refuse to have a child vaccinated, the right to ignore proper nutrition (so long as you don't starve them to death), and the right to dump all your hangups and phobias on their innocent heads. Why? Because "you're the parent!" It's the law. It's the way things are. And it says so in holy writ...

So again, just what special magic makes a person automatically qualified to raise a child just by virtue of their contributing an egg or sperm cell to the equation?

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322  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Delaware makes purchased digital content inheritable? on: August 19, 2014, 12:58:43 PM
It's a small but significant legal take-back from the publishing/media industry's one-sided licensing model.

Nate Hoffelder over at The Digital Reader reports as follows:

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Delaware Passes Law Which Makes eBooks and Other Digital Content Inheritable
19 August, 2014 - Nate Hoffelder   

 

Do you know that clause in the TOS for the Kindle Store and many other digital content stores which says that the content is licensed to you and is nontransferable?

The state of Delaware just negated that clause (in part).

Last week Governor Jack Markell signed House Bill (HB) 345, “Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets and Digital Accounts Act”, giving heirs and the executors to estates the same rights over digital content which they would have over physical property. ...

Read the rest of the article here.

A small manifestation of legal sanity. One state at a time. One step at a time.

Looks like it's finally starting to happen. (Fingers crossed.) Thmbsup
323  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 19, 2014, 12:37:49 PM
So responsibility begets authority.  That's just how it works.

It think what you're actually saying is that legal liability grants legal authority? Well...ok...mostly.

But that's not the question I was asking. I was wondering just what it is about the act of biological procreation that magically grants unassailable wisdom and the absolute knowing "what's best" for the living product of one's own sexual intercourse?

Would-be adoptive parents are screened and have their backgrounds checked. Some even are made to attend classes. But drop your own little darlin' and shazzaam! you automatically are held to "just know" how to raise her/him. Why is that? Or is it just that I can't see the 'unicorns and glitter' all those biological parents can see?

When Ren said earlier that:

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But it's not up to you or me to determine when other people's children are ready to assume any given right or responsibility -- that is purely the domain of the parent. Not you. Not me. Not the state. Not media pundits. Parents. Only. Exclusively.

My question is, exactly what makes natural parents automatically qualified to make such a decision. Because watching the parents in my decidedly upscale neck of the woods, I can assure you that a good many aren't much up to the task. A point with which many apparently agree considering the substantial number of them that farm out as much child rearing as possible to the school system, daycare providers, private nannies, and social activity groups.

So again:

If: "Parents. Only. Exclusively." :then: Why so?  huh

 smiley
324  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 19, 2014, 06:07:16 AM
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40hz: I agree with enough of what you've said that I think the disagreement hinges upon our opinions of exactly how draconian this app is, or could be.  In my opinion, not so much.  Perhaps we can agree to disagree?

Absolutely. We can always disagree and still remain respected friends. It'd be a very dull world if we all agreed 100% on everything. smiley

And that's why we (ideally) will always have our Renegade(s). They make sure things don't get too dull on that score. Wink Grin
325  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 19, 2014, 06:01:50 AM
Perhaps I deserve a more charitable read?

Apologies. When you said contrarian I thought you had an actual stake in the pot. I didn't realize you meant you were proposing something as Devil's advocate. (I tend to be impatient with people playing the Devil's advocate. Mainly because the role is misused so often. I'm sure you know what I mean.) smiley

But it's not up to you or me to determine when other people's children are ready to assume any given right or responsibility -- that is purely the domain of the parent. Not you. Not me. Not the state. Not media pundits. Parents. Only. Exclusively.

But we do! All the time. You don't drive until a certain age. You can't be out on certain nights of the week after a certain hour if you're under a certain age. You can't go to certain entertainments or watch certain films or play certain games until you reach what somebody else has determined is an "appropriate" age. You become eligible for military service at a given age regardless of how 'ready' your parent feels you are. You attend school on certain days at certain hours or face prosecution for truancy - along with your parents in some cases. There are so-called "juvenile courts" for dealing with seriously "troubled children." And laws that don't take full effect until you are no longer deemed a minor. None of these are based on a parent's consent or determination of their offspring's maturity. Schools look for signs of physical and emotional abuse - and are required by law to report any suspicions of same to the state's "child & family" authorities for investigation and possible legal action. And where does rearing and disciplining cross the line into the realm of abuse? The state authorities get the final word on that one.

So if only the parents have the right to decide when their kid is ready for additional responsibilities, they've certainly got a lot of people and infrastructure ready to show them that's not how things work around here.

But let's go back to a previous point:

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But it's not up to you or me to determine when other people's children are ready to assume any given right or responsibility -- that is purely the domain of the parent. Not you. Not me. Not the state. Not media pundits. Parents. Only. Exclusively.

Because I have a deeper question: Why so?

Just what is it that makes someone who has done something they can claim very little (if any) direct credit for (i.e. biologically reproduce) feel they are automatically and absolutely qualified to raise a kid? There's this weird bit of knee-jerk magical logic that says "mother/father knows best." Even when it's quite obvious that approximately half of them do not.

How does that work? huh

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