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Comment: Re:Advert for Razer? (Score 1) 199 199

by jmcbain (#49348193) Attached to: What Makes the Perfect Gaming Mouse?
I bought a wireless Mamba a few years ago. I had an extraordinarily hard time getting it out of the box. It comes mounted on some plastic pedestal, and I was trying for 15 minutes to remove it for fear of breaking off some piece of the plastic mouse. Maybe you guys should try to make the unboxing experience better.

+ - Apple posts $18B quarterly profit, highest ever by any company

Submitted by jmcbain
jmcbain writes: Today, Apple reported its financial results for the quarter ending December 31, 2014. It posted $18 billion in profit (on $74 billion in revenue), the largest quarterly profit by any company ever. The previous record was $16 billion by Russia’s Gazprom (the largest natural gas extractor in the world) in 2011. Imagine how much better Apple could be if they open-sourced their software.

+ - LinkedIn releases top-25 skills for getting hired in 2014

Submitted by jmcbain
jmcbain writes: In very apropos news for nerds, LinkedIn released a list of the top-25 skills that it found got people new jobs in 2014. Not surprisingly, many of the skills are technology-related. According to a LinkedIn blog, "we analyzed the skills and experience data in over 330 million LinkedIn member profiles. If your skills fit one of the categories below, there’s a good chance you either started a new job or garnered the interest of a recruiter in the past year." The skills were also broken down by country. Overall, the top-10 skills were:
  1. Statistical analysis and data mining
  2. Middleware and integration software
  3. Storage systems and management
  4. Network and information security
  5. SEO/SEM Marketing
  6. Business intelligence
  7. Mobile development
  8. Web architecture and development framework
  9. Algorithm design
  10. Perl/Python/Ruby

LinkedIn also noted rising skills trends in STEM, data, having a second language, and technical marketing.

Comment: Celebrities importing water into Los Angeles (Score 1) 330 330

by jmcbain (#48614189) Attached to: 11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought
Get with the news. Celebrities have been importing water this year. In this report dated August 26, 2014:

But the most famous Montecito resident of all is Oprah. Ms. Winfrey owns at least two homes here, and last year her water bill almost topped $125,000. This year, it's about half of that, thanks to the dramatic measures she's taken to curb her use of the city water supply. But that doesn't means she's cutting back on water consumption. Noooo. She and many other celebs are now having their water imported.

It doesn't say where the water is coming from, though.

Comment: ARM for desktop/laptop (Score 1) 114 114

by jmcbain (#48602859) Attached to: Apple and Samsung Already Working On A9 Processor
That's probably not what he means. It's been hypothesized and rumored that Apple will eventually move all their laptops and desktops away from Intel and use ARM as the CPU. Intel has been behind schedule delivering next-generation chips, which leads to the conclusion that Apple would want to control its own destiny with its own CPUs.

Comment: I'm never leaving AT&T's grandfathered unlimit (Score 1) 209 209

I bought an iPhone 3G back in 2008 with the AT&T unlimited data plan along and a dirt cheap voice plan. I don't have to worry about going over my data limit, and voice calling time is a non-issue. I am NEVER going to give up this combination. With a corporate discount, I pay $65 with tax each month.

I don't know about Verizon, but AT&T takes care of its long-term customers. There has not been any indication that they will end the grandfathered plans.

Comment: I have a CS PhD and can suggest the following (Score 2) 479 479

by jmcbain (#47976331) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?
I graduated with a CS PhD degree about 10 years ago and also had a hard time finding a first job. After several months I had to take an industry postdoc position for only $95K. The climate is totally different now in 2014, but here are some thoughts.

If you have a PhD, you can play that off in one of two ways: (1) either you are generally very smart, or (2) you have expertise in a specific and valuable field.

For (2), if your field is in high demand, e.g. machine learning, computer vision, numerical optimization, etc., then just look for a job for this specific area. Big or small companies will want your talent if their business revolves around that field. Interviewers will drill you on that topic.

For (1), this is more difficult particularly if your PhD topic is general, e.g. programming language semantics or operating systems. Interviewers will drill you on hardcore programming questions because they think the number of years doing your PhD equates to professional software programming experience. I fell into this category and was drilled mercilessly by Google, Microsoft, and the like when I graduated. I also got the feeling that the interviewers were especially hard because they wanted to prove they were smarter than a PhD. Don't let that get you down, though. You worked hard for your PhD, and there is no reason you can't work as hard preparing for software engineering positions. Later in my career I landed such a job, and I owe it to focused preparation. Study the algorithms books (e.g. Cormen, et al.), master at least one programming language inside out (C++ or Java), read interview programming books (I recommend the one by Mongan, et al. as a starter), and know how to think on your feet at a whiteboard.

+ - How Bomb Gaza Remained on Google Play Store Undetected For a Week-> 2 2

Submitted by DavidGilbert99
DavidGilbert99 writes: Bomb Gaza was a game that challenged players to drop bombs on people and buildings in Gaza. It was only removed from Google's Play Store a week after it was first published. David Gilbert at IBTimes UK looks at how Google's policy of publish first, ask questions later leads to inappropriate content appearing on the platform.
Link to Original Source

Comment: Oklahoma: new land of the earthquakes (Score 1) 49 49

by jmcbain (#47479377) Attached to: New Map Fingers Future Hot Spots For U.S. Earthquakes
Oklahoma has recently had a spate of earthquakes. From the LA Times:

The state had 109 temblors measuring 3.0 or greater in 2013 — more than 5,000% above normal. There have already been more than 200 earthquakes this year, Holland said.

There is controversy in that the quakes have occurred after the start of fracking (and the disposal of wastewater), and the oil companies refuse to acknowledge the connection. However, I find this stance akin to the cigarette companies refusing to acknowledge a direction connection between smoking and lung cancer.

+ - Apple and IBM announce partnership to bring iOS + Cloud services to enterprises

Submitted by jmcbain
jmcbain writes: According to an article on Recode, Apple and IBM have announced a major partnership to bring mobile services to enterprise customers. "The deal calls for IBM and Apple to develop more than 100 industry-specific applications that will run on the iPhone and iPad. Apple will add a new class of service to its AppleCare program and support aimed at enterprise customers. IBM will also begin to sell iPhones and iPads to its corporate customers and will devote more than 100,000 people, including consultants and software developers, to the effort. Enterprise applications will in many cases run on IBM’s cloud infrastructure or on private clouds that it has built for its customers. Data for those applications will co-exist with personal data like photos and personal email that will run on Apple’s iCloud and other cloud services."

+ - Apple announces new programming language called Swift

Submitted by jmcbain
jmcbain writes: At WWDC 2014 today, Apple announced Swift, a new programming language. According to a report by Ars Technica: "Swift seems to get rid of Objective C's reliance on defined pointers; instead, the compiler infers the variable type, just as many scripting languages do. ... The new language will rely on the automatic reference counting that Apple introduced to replace its garbage-collected version of Objective C. It will also be able to leverage the compiler technologies developed in LLVM for current development, such as autovectorization. ... Apple showed off a couple of cases where implementing the same algorithm in Swift provided a speedup of about 1.3X compared to the same code implemented in Objective C."

Comment: Re:Adios MOHAA (Score 1) 329 329

by jmcbain (#46984621) Attached to: EA Ending Online Support For Dozens of Games
Medal of Honor: Allied Assault was such a good game! I remember playing that back in 2002-2003 when I was in grad school. I can still visualize the Omaha Beach multiplayer level in my mind, like it was an actual physical layout. Land on the beach from the landing craft, use the sniper rifle to take out the machine gunners in the high turrets, storm the base, and make your way to plant the dynamite on the big guns at the back of the map. Good times.

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