I was here before it was Slashdot...
What are you talking about? You might not have like the ads, but we never lied about anything. Our service was super clear about how it worked. And for those who didn't like the redirection, it has always been possible to create an account and disable that part of the service.
We have been building a data privacy and data usage policy document that we plan to release soon.
One of the many, many reasons to turn off ads is that we had to share some potentially personally identifiable information with ad partners (indirectly when making ad requests, they would just see it in the ad request), so by turning off ads, our privacy / data policy will be a lot more clear and will not need to have weird "certain third parties for certain services" kind of language to address the advertising business.
We're waiting to turn off ads, we'll get the document cleaned up, and we'll publish it.
We wouldn't make such a case for turning off ads if this was our business model going forward. You could visit our site and see how we make money. We sell security services. We never could have done it without first being a consumer service, but we're not selling your data. Come on.
Nope. Never. We've never sold our data. We've never even used it for marketing purposes internally.
We've only ever made money from one of three things: Ads, selling individuals an ad-free version, and enterprise security services.
Today, most all of our revenue, and all of our growth, comes from selling enterprise security. If you work in IT, it's worth checking out to improve your security posture. There's a lot more to it than you might guess.
For many reasons including:
There aren't many places that do not have Office installed. People are very familiar with it and even if they aren't, they can usually make their way around it in with only a little coaching.
Most companies use Excel for basic analysis, charting, and data delivery to non-technical report recipients.
Deliver a raw dataset and allow the end-user to pivot, chart, etc. It takes the strain off the analytics team for basic tasks and gives the end user the power to do what they want with the data. Tableau seat licenses aren't realistic for most companies and building some sort of analytics platform from scratch in your language of choice isn't always something you can do in the short term and provide more functionality with less training required.
I could go on, but that gives you a general idea.
In the work my team is responsible for, I look for culture fit above anything else. I took a guy with some internship work during his graduate schooling and turned him into what I consider a stellar programmer/analyst.
I'd concentrate on your programming skill and your business knowledge, if any. A lot of organizations are looking for report jockeys and/or true analysts and in that case, highlight your visualization and analysis ability first, programming second. What sort of experience did you have during your schooling that you believe makes you a good fit for an analytics role today?
We have sponsored before, but we/I prefer to hire those who don't require it first.
What I like to see are the following:
1. Statistics knowledge
2. Excel (pivots, charting, VBA, etc.)
3. SAS/R/SPSS (in order).
4. Unix shell scripting.
5. Some sort of data visualization tool usage (e.g. Tableu)
We are currently looking for analysts and the market is tough. We take people from all walks: CS, social sciences, Stats/Math/Econ/Finance, etc. The Analytics market is continually growing and in desperate need of people who are competent until higher education catches up and starts putting people out with a good mix of CS, Stats, and Business knowledge.
Get into Analytics IMO, the pay is great and the work is pretty fun.
I had a grievance filed against me for "not doing enough work" because my desk was...wait for it...too clean.
Yes, I had to go through 5 weeks of 3-5 FTEs spending several hours each week discussing the fact that someone claimed I was not busy enough because my desk was neat and tidy.
Want to know it was resolved? They came and looked at my desk and then we went to their office and looked at their desk (a fucking disaster area) and then it was dropped.
FTEs = Me, my union rep, the individual filing the grievance, their union rep, and an arbitrator. For 5 fucking weeks.
Unions are horseshit.
The real irony is that you've confused Iran and Israel.
Then why aren't you buying your own modem for less than $50 and saving yourself the money every month? I mean, I get it, I think Comcast is for the birds too but honestly bitching about something you can buy yourself and they'll absolutely allow you to take on all the risk for is not something to choose to complain about.
Here's something interesting:
why did microsoft port office to apples ios ipad before android
Or the company provides the minimum insurance to meet the ACA mandate and forces you out into the private insurance world to get coverage wholly on your own.
I'm not complaining about it mind you, I'm just stating that 1099 isn't the only thing companies are doing to avoid this these days.