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Submitted by Lab Rat Jason
Lab Rat Jason (2495638) writes "During a discussion with my wife last night, I came to the realization that the primary reason I have a Hadoop cluster tucked under my desk at home (I work in an office) is because my drive for learning is too aggressive for my IT department's security policy, as well as their hardware budget. But on closer inspection the issue runs even deeper than that. Time spent working on the somewhat menial tasks of the day job prevent me from spending time learning new tech that could help me do the job better. So I do my learning on my own time. As I thought about it, I don't know a single developer who DOESN'T have a home setup that allows them to tinker in a more relaxed environment. Or put another way, my home setup represents the place I wish my company was going.

So my question to Slashdot is this: How many of you find yourselves investing personal time to learn things that will directly benefit your employer, and how many of you are able to separate 'church and state?'"
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Ask Slashdot: Do you run a copy-cat installation at home?

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  • How many of you find yourselves investing personal time to learn things that will directly benefit your employer

    I do learn things, that benefit me. Because my hobby (computer programming) generally matches my profession, my employer benefits too — much as I benefit from the pastries created by chefs, who can't stop thinking about (and experimenting with) confections whether on or off the clock.

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  • Last year I left my role as sr. systems engineer at a corporation that was working me to death. I took a job nearby that was considerably less work/stress for slightly more pay. However, now that I'm a year into it, I'm scared of all the skills that are falling by the wayside from lack of use. I find myself setting up more environments at home simply for the experience. For me, it's less about learning new skills (or honing existing skills) for my current job, and more about making sure I'm up to speed for

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