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The Truth About Hiring "Rock Star" Developers 487

Posted by samzenpus
from the bang-for-your-buck dept.
snydeq writes "You want the best and the brightest money can buy. Or do you? Andrew Oliver offers six hard truths about 'rock-star' developers, arguing in favor of mixed skill levels with a focus on getting the job done: 'A big, important project has launched — and abruptly crashed to the ground. The horrible spaghetti code is beyond debugging. There are no unit tests, and every change requires a meeting with, like, 40 people. Oh, if only we'd had a team of 10 "rock star" developers working on this project instead! It would have been done in half the time with twice the features and five-nines availability. On the other hand, maybe not. A team of senior developers will often produce a complex design and no code, thanks to the reasons listed below.'"

Pixel Qi Screens are for Laptops and Tablets, Not Just OLPC (Video) 82

Posted by Roblimo
from the tablet-screens-that-won't-make-you-squint-in-sunlight dept.
While at CES, Timothy Lord talked with Pixel Qi Chief Operating Officer John Ryan about how the company, which was originally founded to make screens for the One Laptop Per Child project, is now moving into the commercial market for laptop and tablet screens. Pixel Qi screens are not only inexpensive to make, but are easier to read in sunlight than standard LCDs -- and use less power, too. What they're doing now, says Timothy in the video, is "pretty cool," so check it out.

Comment: Density isn't always the problem (Score 3, Insightful) 135

by dzr0001 (#38678350) Attached to: IBM Shrinks Bit Size To 12 Atoms
Increasing disk density only solves a handful of problems. Unfortunately it can create more problems as well. As disk size increases, more and more applications will become io bound due to contending for the same piece of metal. For many, if not most, organizations that need large amounts of data, increasing per disk density is pointless unless new technology can be introduced to retrieve it at an exponentially faster rate.

+ - Bloodiest tech industry layoffs of 2011->

Submitted by alphadogg
alphadogg writes: Job cuts in the U.S. technology industry in 2011 are down significantly from a year ago and turnover levels in IT shops have returned to pre-recessionary levels, but that doesn’t make the tens of thousands of people in the United States who have been laid off from electronics, telecommunications and computer industry jobs feel much better. Cisco, RIM, Nokia and others have led the way this year in whacking jobs at IT companies.
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+ - Hotmail Mobile usage spikes thanks to Apple iOS 5->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft is proud to announce that mobile usage of its Hotmail service has exploded in the past few weeks, and guess who is to thank? Apple! More than 2 million Apple users linked their Hotmail accounts to their iPhones and iPads since the launch of iOS 5.
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Open Source

+ - Godfather of Xen on why virtualzation means everyt->

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coondoggie writes: "While conventional wisdom says virtualized environments and public clouds create massive security headaches, the godfather of Xen, the open source hypervisor, says virtualization actually holds a key to better security. Isolation — the ability to restrict what computing goes on in a given context — is a fundamental characteristic of virtualization that can be exploited to improve trustworthiness of processes on a physical system even if other processes have been compromised, says Simon Crosby, a creator of Xen and a founder of startup Bromium, which is looking to use Xen features to boost security."
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Comment: Re:What the...? (Score 1) 94

by dzr0001 (#37925184) Attached to: Angry Birds Downloads Pass Half-Billion Mark

500,000,000 downloads... 300,000,000 minutes... 0.6 minutes played per download? These numbers must include trials and people re-downloading on new phones. I'd be more interested in the number who have PURCHASED Angry Birds.

Good thing the 300 million minutes of Angry Birds daily..

My guess is that people play the game on days other than that on which it was downloaded.

Comment: Re:Use it in orbit (Score 1) 481

by dzr0001 (#37267502) Attached to: Chinese Want To Capture an Asteroid
That would make sense if they were building things in space made out of ore. Unfortunately, metallurgy requires space, equipment, materials, manpower, fuel, etc. You would also have to deal with having to transport alloying materials to space unless you had some knowledge of other asteroids with appropriate composition.

In the sciences, we are now uniquely priviledged to sit side by side with the giants on whose shoulders we stand. -- Gerald Holton