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+ - Researchers Find The Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist->

Submitted by Beeftopia
Beeftopia (1846720) writes "From the article: "For a real-life example of an actual worker shortage, Salzman points to the case of petroleum engineers, where the supply of workers has failed to keep up with the growth in oil exploration. The result, says Salzman, was just what economists would have predicted: Employers started offering more money, more people started becoming petroleum engineers, and the shortage was solved. In contrast, Salzman concluded in a paper released last year by the liberal Economic Policy Institute, real IT wages are about the same as they were in 1999. Further, he and his co-authors found, only half of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) college graduates each year get hired into STEM jobs. “We don’t dispute the fact at all that Facebook (FB) and Microsoft (MSFT) would like to have more, cheaper workers,” says Salzman’s co-author Daniel Kuehn, now a research associate at the Urban Institute. “But that doesn’t constitute a shortage.”"
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+ - Both NY and LA Times write that Silicon Valley can't find enough talent. 2

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The New York Times has featured Zenefits in an article about the need for more H1-B visas, because they can't find enough qualified U.S. workers to fill their active positions, even after President Obama's recent Executive Actions. The Los Angeles Times has done similarly. Why are so many jobs, primarily in Silicon Valley it seems, going unfilled in 2014?"

+ - Amsterdam Airport Deploys Fully-Automated Solar-Power Green Lasers Against Birds

Submitted by operator_error
operator_error (1363139) writes "Seven out of every 10,000 flights near Amsterdam involve a collision with birds, upon either take-off or landing. Therefore bird control is such an issue, as many as 7000 geese have to be gassed annually, as more humane methods have been sought. Now Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport has started to deploy solar-powered, fully-automated bird-scanning green lasers, (that will not interfere with aircraft vision)."

+ - Activists Discover Evidence of St. Petersburg's River of Poop ->

Submitted by Okian Warrior
Okian Warrior (537106) writes "Two weeks ago, a group of St. Petersburg ecologists conducted a test in Novoye Devyatkino, a suburb about 12 miles outside the city, of the local sewer system. In a study they titled “Feces Travel,” the activists dropped ten miniaturized, waterproofed GPS-tracking units down the toilet of a single apartment home and began mapping the devices’ signals.

On their website, the ecologists claim the trackers spilled out directly into the open-air waterways outside the building, without encountering even the most rudimentary sewage filtration. From Novoye Devyatkino, five of the devices reached the open waters of Neva Bay, where the units’ batteries appear to have died."

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Comment: Re:Update to Godwin's law? (Score 1) 575

by SpzToid (#48041435) Attached to: Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

Don't forget about the person that asked Apple's Siri voice activated search engine, "what's the best place to hide a dead body"?

Can't send this before I remind others here of the Slashdot comment to that piece, clarifying that the person who did this was Florida college student who failed to understand how many alligators and crocodiles live in the area.

The example just seems so classic I had to add this comment.

Comment: Re:GIMP runs better then ever on Linux (Score 1) 197

by SpzToid (#48034009) Attached to: Adobe Photoshop Is Coming To Linux, Through Chromebooks

And since you AC care to challenge my career in publishing production let me give you some advice, that I realized and adopted for myself years ago.

There's the difference between print publishing and electronic publishing. You know it for what it is, but I'll elaborate, and to make my point, I'd have to say your photoshop work falls into the Print Category (for this example anyway), and there's nothing wrong with that. I've spent my time with the CLUTs and calibrations, before the technology of Lithography matured to what we know today. To clarify the difference between Print and Digital Publishing, (and you can figure out for yourself where you fit in), I'll define Print being dead tree, deadline then go to press stuff, *and* a Typo Stays(!).

Of course everyone did the best they could, including the proofreader, but it is impossible to remove the typo, or whatever error is that hypothetically just slipped past, and the cost of the print run to the client is huge. Jobs could be lost as a result of a typo. But typos can and do happen, every day. Some are just more important than others. The fact remains, typos and any other kind of error cause a lot of stress and risk. And life is short.

Now in Digital Media, we have all kinds of cool technology to solve our evolving problems, such as Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery. We have things like typos too! Except the Digital Publishing business model is so much better, because typos are totally excepted and are in-fact known as 'bugs', and we get paid to come back every day to fix them. And on Fridays everyone goofs off and drinks beer and goes home early.

Get off my lawn.

Comment: Re:GIMP runs better then ever on Linux (Score 1) 197

by SpzToid (#48033959) Attached to: Adobe Photoshop Is Coming To Linux, Through Chromebooks

Here's a quote from my post you replied to:

Sure, pros will want Photoshop for the hours they spend time with it

Not everyone has requirements like yours while many others are still working professionally with graphics and require good tools. Meanwhile GIMP keeps improving and fixing its faults.

+ - Hong Kong protesters use a mesh network to organise->

Submitted by wabrandsma
wabrandsma (2551008) writes "from New Scientist:

Hong Kong's mass protest is networked. Activists are relying on a free app that can send messages without any cellphone connection.

Since the pro-democracy protests turned ugly over the weekend, many worry that the Chinese government would block local phone networks.

In response, activists have turned to the FireChat app to send supportive messages and share the latest news. On Sunday alone, the app was downloaded more than 100,000 times in Hong Kong, its developers said. FireChat relies on "mesh networking", a technique that allows data to zip directly from one phone to another via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. Ordinarily, if two people want to communicate this way, they need to be fairly close together. But as more people join in, the network grows and messages can travel further.

Mesh networks can be useful for people who are caught in natural disasters or, like those in Hong Kong, protesting under tricky conditions. FireChat came in handy for protesters in Taiwan and Iraq this year."

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Comment: Re:GIMP runs better then ever on Linux (Score 1) 197

by SpzToid (#48028259) Attached to: Adobe Photoshop Is Coming To Linux, Through Chromebooks

I'm a website developer. I crop images. Work on logos a bit. Try to improve the colors. I have also sold my work as a graphics professional for many years already; and I have an extensive portfolio. And I take pride in the fact that when I service a contract for a client, there's no need to add the cost of the Adobe CC suite to the budget, although on a short term contract basis this argument has been greatly diminished due to monthly cloud pricing. Mostly I get paid to code.

Glad things are working out for you. Have a nice day. I dunno, enjoy a beer and chill or whatever it is you enjoy. I'd buy one for you, but you know.

Comment: GIMP runs better then ever on Linux (Score 1) 197

by SpzToid (#48027597) Attached to: Adobe Photoshop Is Coming To Linux, Through Chromebooks

Have you seen the new interface since, I dunno, the last few weeks (using Ubuntu 12.04)? It is radically different than before, and much more along the lines of something that a typical Photoshop/Elements user could adapt to as being similar without much hassle. All those past critisizms of GIMP that I've read here on /. no longer seem to apply. Sure, pros will want Photoshop for the hours they spend time with it, but if you've just got a handful of graphics to manage for the website or whatever, GIMP all the way baby. (And Inkscape too!)

No one is buying me a Mac with the Adobe suite, and then upgrading it next year, and then the year after that, and then...

And times change.

Comment: Re:Now how about the third party ad networks (Score 4, Interesting) 67

by SpzToid (#48024849) Attached to: CloudFlare Announces Free SSL Support For All Customers

Google announced in August (I believe) that page rank will now include SSL scoring. So if those ad networks want to remain relevant, by not breaking all the pages they want to get published on, then those web devs and admins better step up their game. Let me rephrase that, the ad networks need to budget for, and pay for web devs and admins, or train the ones they have already.

Comment: Re:$8.283 billion taxes in 2011 Re:Finally (Score 1) 120

by SpzToid (#48020359) Attached to: Apple Faces Large Penalties In EU Tax Probe

But what would the U.S. Government do with all that money anyway? Surely Apple could put that huge amount of cash to better use, either by innovating more, or by creating new jobs and growing the economy that way. Apple could then rise above the scenario that forced them into conditons that has now lead to a class-action lawsuit, alleging collusion and conspiracy to pay their workers less income by means of a non-poaching agreement Apple should at a minimum negotiate a better tax repatriation deal! /sarcasm

Of course, you or I are not allowed to negotiate squat with the government, because we're just people.

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