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Daniel Stoddart
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Lives in Wilmington DE USA
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Homeschooling is interesting because, if some new approach is going to disrupt the current education system and change it radically for the better, it seems likely it would come from outside the...
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I love to travel and for a long time I have been looking for the largest & most detailed world map available. 🌍 I couldn't find the perfect one so I did it by myself. Here's what I've learned from working for more than 1,5 years on this.
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A major new initiative by the University of Virginia and Mount Vernon aims to expand scholarship of George and Martha Washington by publishing volumes of their papers.
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The Rise and Fall of Silk Road.
How a 29-year-old idealist built a global drug bazaar and became a murderous kingpin.
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You might think it's an obvious piece of wise counsel to never disclose your salary to recruiters. For many job-seekers, it is not. 

Don't let a recruiter connive you into believing that your current salary has anything whatsoever to do with your future salary. It doesn't, so reject that fallacy and preserve your negotiating advantage. 
Recruiters are not my most favorite people in the tech eco-system. They’re the people that will contact you on behalf of some client (the …
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Recruiter here, and for the record I don't care what someone is currently making. What I really want to know is how much you are looking to make, because if your expectations are not reasonable it is a waste of everyone's time to move forward. 

That said, I will often ask what someone is currently making, but I usually ask it after asking about their expectation. My reasoning is to try and provide some context to the expectation. If an intermediate engineer in Philly (say market value of 90K) says he/she is looking for 150K, I'll ask current salary to try and figure out why the expectations are so far from market. There could be several legitimate reasons (contracting, employer overpays, etc.), but without one I know the person I'm dealing with is unreasonable.

The article comes across as paranoid though. I say/write this a hundred times a year: If you know your market value, you don't need to worry about "who talks first" or providing current salary. College students make $0 a year until they get their first job - does that hurt them in negotiating with companies? Not if they know market rate for entry-level jobs.

The first bullet point in the article ("you've blown your negotiating position out of the water") is simply untrue, the second ("passed info to company and recruiter") doesn't matter, the third echoes the first (again, untrue), and the fourth ("underwater price fixing") assumes quite a bit.

I genuinely don't care what someone is currently making (with the exception stated above), but I disagree that providing that information is harmful to negotiations for anyone who knows their market rate.
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The war on drugs has failed in the western world, but other countries haven't learned from our mistakes. 
IN 1971 Richard Nixon fired the first shot in what became known as the “war on drugs” by declaring them “public enemy number one”. In America and the other...
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Using a robotic telescope at Lick Observatory that scans the sky night after night, UC Berkeley graduate student Lauren Weiss and her colleagues at the University of Hawaii have discovered three planets – supersized Earths ‑ around a nearby star.
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400 years after his death, Shakespeare’s sonnets live on in your smartphone (from PBS NewsHour)
After William Shakespeare died, on this date in 1616, his contemporary, Ben Jonson, wrote, “He was not of an age, but for all time.” Johnson was spot on.
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    Computer Science, present
  • University of Delaware
    English - Medieval Literature
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Walk groundly, talk profoundly, drink roundly, sleep soundly.
Introduction
Linux and open source software user and advocate. DevOps and server/cloud administration. Experienced in editing print and electronic publications. Former land surveyor, GPS-RTK and GIS specialist. Professional cartography, location-based systems, and geomatics.

I also understand the binary language of moisture vaporators.

A fan of books, music, writing, visual art, craft beer, world travel, dead languages, Appalachian Trail hiking, typography, guitars, geocaching, and mapmaking.
Bragging rights
Plays a mean ukulele.
Work
Skills
Software development, deployment, documentation, and editing.
Employment
  • Quora
    2015 - present
  • Independent Developer
    DevOps, 2010 - present
    Linux, Python, Django, PostgreSQL, Flask, Vagrant, Fabric, Chef, and Nginx. Currently engaged in learning JavaScript and Ruby.
  • Triad Engineering
    Land Surveyor, 2001 - 2010
    Perform boundary, topographic, and utility-related land surveys, and collect all survey data. Perform GPS surveys and operate survey-grade GPS/RTK equipment. Format and render survey data in AutoCAD and MicroStation. Format GIS data in ArcGIS. Perform hydrographic surveys and operate sonar equipment. Perform aerial surveys and operate LiDAR. Design and analysis of detention ponds with PondPack. Perform boundary law-related legal research. Prepare cut/fill grading sheets for general contractors on site. Design and program site topography with LandXML. Prepare sites and set panels for aerial photogrammetry.
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Wilmington DE USA
Previously
Media PA - Newark DE - Vienna VA - Bridgewater VA - Sandpoint ID - Haifa, Israel
Wonderful, well-maintained Delaware park. Perfect for recreation, particularly walking, hiking, bike riding, and horseback riding. Also a large tennis courts complex where lessons are given by tennis pros. Great for family outings and picnics. If you or your children enjoy bicycling together as a family, you'll love this place. Nice bandstand for open-air concerts. Outdoor ice skating in the winter. 1-1/8 mile oval fitness track with a surface that is more forgiving than pavement and great for jogging or speed walking. Some great little out-of-the-way corners to discover, too. You can actually walk from here all the way into the City of Wilmington on the excellent Delaware Greenway Trail, which connects Bellevue to footpaths through other parks and woodlands. Bellevue State Park also contains what is undoubtedly the best disc golf course in Delaware. If you're into disc golf, you *must* visit this park— you won't be disappointed.
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The folk musician Nick Drake is buried in the churchyard, which makes a visit worthwhile in and of itself.
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Absolutely one of the most beautiful Christian pilgrimage sites in the world. The island is an emerald jewel of natural beauty.
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