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+ - Massive Job Cuts Are Reportedly Coming For Microsoft Employees

Submitted by mrspoonsi
mrspoonsi writes: Microsoft Corp is planning its biggest round of job cuts in five years as the software maker looks to integrate Nokia Oyj's handset unit, Bloomberg reported, citing people with knowledge of the company's plans. The reductions, expected to be announced as soon as this week, could be in the Nokia unit and the parts of Microsoft that overlap with that business, as well as in marketing and engineering, Bloomberg reported. The restructuring may end up being the biggest in Microsoft history, topping the 5,800 jobs cut in 2009, the report said.

+ - Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: My niece, who is graduating from high school, has asked me for some career advice. Since I work in data processing, my first thought was to recommend a degree course in computer science or computer engineering. However, after reading books by Jeremy Rifkin (The Third Industrial Revolution) and Ray Kurzweil (How to Create a Mind), I now wonder whether a career in information technology is actually better than, say, becoming a lawyer or a construction worker. While the two authors differ in their political persuasions (Rifkin is a Green leftist and Kurzweil is a Libertarian transhumanist), both foresee an increasingly automated future where most of humanity would become either jobless or underemployed by the middle of the century. While robots take over the production of consumer hardware, Big Data algorithms like the ones used by Google and IBM appear to be displacing even white collar tech workers. How long before the only ones left on the payroll are the few "rockstar" programmers and administrators needed to maintain the system? Besides politics and drug dealing, what jobs are really future-proof? Wouldn't it be better if my niece took a course in the Arts, since creativity is looking to be one of humanity's final frontiers against the inevitable Rise of the Machines?

Comment: Re:Insanity (Score 2) 224

Google is certainly the wrong target, but they are very well placed to capitalise on any forthcoming law. The correct way of dealing with content is, with sufficient justification, to require that it is removed from the sites. Who knows better than Google where that content is? What better influence to comply with such requirements than "you may be removed from Google". Search engines are in prime position to capitalise on any sort of mandate to remove or issue take-down notices provided there's a small fee involved. An analogy is credit rating - they don't lend the money but they have influence over those that do. You need to clear your name with the agency not the lender.

Comment: Re:employee (Score 1) 60

by LoztInSpace (#47085155) Attached to: Severe Vulnerability At eBay's Website
You actually should have your web "site" running in a DMZ with no connections other than back to your service layer. It is this layer in on a different LAN that has access to and DBs (ideally just enough, but in practice often to the entire DB) and other resources. The services can only perform operations intended to be used by the site, so unless there's a "give me a list of all users" requirement, it's not going to happen.

So in a way, yes, there is a request to & from web servers but it's software not people :)

+ - The Social Media Bundle Review By Jo Barnes – Is It Legit or Scam?->

Submitted by shahins
shahins writes: The Social Media Bundle is a Social Media Marketing Training Program. Jo Barnes Is The Founder and developer Of The Social Media Bundle. Jo Barnes Show Us how to make money through Social Media Such as Facebook, Linkedin, Pinterest and Google+ in her The Social Media Bundle.

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+ - What Makes An Intelligent Building?->

Submitted by softwaredevnews
softwaredevnews writes: Intelligent Building? To someone unfamiliar with the commercial building industry, this might sound like a joke. But intelligent buildings or smart buildings are no joke – they are the future! Intelligent buildings are opportunities for incredible energy savings, can boost building security and comfort, and make sound financial sense. This infographic was designed to give some ideas about what makes an intelligent building.
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Comment: Re:Population control (Score 1) 220

by LoztInSpace (#43649781) Attached to: A Case For a Software Testing Undergrad Major
I always maintained that if I could persuade our testers to learn programming, we'd have much better software. In my experience, testers think about requirements, products, edge cases and scenarios a lot deeper than the devs. They also learn more about the business and how the product might be used.
In fact, now I think about it, many developers barely know the minimum tech to get an end-to-end application up & running, let alone all the stuff testers do. How many devs choose not to even learn about basic security, databases, algorithms (hash tables or unique dictionaries instead of generic lists) . These devs just know C#, HTML & CSS , jQuery (or whatever) and think it's enough.
Give me a good tester with an interest in programming any time.

The other line moves faster.