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Comment: Re: If you read in between the lines (Score 4, Insightful) 90

by davidu (#47141371) Attached to: OpenDNS Phases Out Redirection To Guide

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.

Comment: Re:Business model (Score 5, Informative) 90

by davidu (#47141267) Attached to: OpenDNS Phases Out Redirection To Guide

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.

-David

Comment: Re:Business model (Score 5, Informative) 90

by davidu (#47140839) Attached to: OpenDNS Phases Out Redirection To Guide

Nope. Never.

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.

-David

Comment: Re:If you read in between the lines (Score 5, Informative) 90

by davidu (#47140835) Attached to: OpenDNS Phases Out Redirection To Guide

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.

-David

Comment: Re:As a Sr. Analytics Manager... (Score 1) 466

by garcia (#46996207) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Minimum Programming Competence In Order To Get a Job?

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.

Comment: Re:As a Sr. Analytics Manager... (Score 1) 466

by garcia (#46990195) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Minimum Programming Competence In Order To Get a Job?

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.

Comment: As a Sr. Analytics Manager... (Score 2) 466

by garcia (#46989873) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Minimum Programming Competence In Order To Get a Job?

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)

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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.

Comment: Re:Time for a union that is only way to get the po (Score 1) 215

by garcia (#46979439) Attached to: Plaintiff In Tech Hiring Suit Asks Judge To Reject Settlement

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.

Comment: Re:What a joke (Score 4, Insightful) 195

by garcia (#46700835) Attached to: Comcast Takes 2014 Prize For Worst Company In America

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.

Comment: Re:Well, that took a while (Score 1) 184

From what I could find that would only be for Android phones so how useful is that. Not much IMO.

Here's something interesting:
http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/03/29/why-did-microsoft-port-office-to-apples-ios-ipad-before-android
why did microsoft port office to apples ios ipad before android

LoB

Comment: Re:Well, that took a while (Score 1) 184

that's why we are not hearing about and Android version. How does that saying go, "The enemy of my enemy is my friend."? To Microsoft, Apple is the lesser of two evils and by making these PR statements the new CEO can look like he's now a new player while Bill Gates is behind him pulling his strings to do everything they can to try and save Windows. I doubt we'll see an Android version before the Microsoft Surface version if at all.

LoB

Comment: Re:Done over 50 years ago (Score 2) 262

by Locutus (#46598641) Attached to: Prototype Volvo Flywheel Tech Uses Car's Wasted Brake Energy
It was also done more recently as the late 1990s when the Rosen brothers created Rosen Motors and built a turbine and flywheel based system for cars. When they could not get any old school auto companies to buy into it they folded the company. I believe Capstone Turbines is the only remaining element of the company. It was created to make the compact turbines used in their auto system.

http://articles.latimes.com/1997/nov/19/business/fi-55325

LoB

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