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+ - Ask Slashdot: Find a job in China for non-native speaker 2

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "My fiancée has recently been accepted into a Chinese university into their phd program, and I've been looking at jobs in China (specifically the Beijing area) and not having any success. I'm a developer with 8 years of experience (java), mostly on the server side, so I'm not lacking in the general experience, but the problem is I don't speak Mandarin or Cantonese. I am a native English speaker from Canada though. The only jobs I've had any responses from were teaching positions for simple English which isn't exactly my first choice. Has anyone had any experience or success as a programmer finding a job in China, without being able to speak the native language? Any websites I should be focusing on?"
Businesses

Blue Gecko is an 11 Year Old Remote Database Administration Startup (Video) 63 Screenshot-sm

Posted by Roblimo
from the you-no-longer-need-to-be-in-silicon-valley-to-start-a-tech-company dept.
A company that has been going since 2001 is not exactly a startup, but Blue Gecko co-founder Sarah Novotny says that maintaining a startup mindset has helped her company keep going this long, with no end in sight. If you are thinking about starting an IT business (either now or in the future), especially one you hope will have remote clients and possibly a far-flung workforce, you should listen carefully to what Sarah has to say.

Comment: Re:Too small (Score 2) 144

by sitkill (#39440763) Attached to: Apple vs. Nokia, RIM and Motorola On Nano-SIM Standard
You'll also have to understand that G&D LIFEBLOOD is the sim market. They get a cut of every sim card they make (also with the visa/mc cards you get). In essence, G&D is a company that is on life support with the new waves of technology (software sims, electronic payments, etc) unless they start to innovate on how they generate their revenue.

Why they haven't gone Software sims? Pretty simple, Carriers are fighting tooth and nail to not go that road. The carriers last piece of the phone that they own is the Sim card and they will fight to keep it that way. They don't want you to have the ability to just switch carriers in 10 seconds by simply receiving a new sim card to your phone via binary sms.

Which is also why they are pushing NFC technology into the SIM card as well. I wish Google all the luck, but google's NFC technology is going to be moot if the Carriers have their way with NFC.
Role Playing (Games)

+ - Wasteland 2 Reaches Over $1 Million in Funding, End of Traditional Game Funding?

Submitted by sitkill
sitkill (893183) writes "Wasteland 2 has reached it's funding goal of $900,000 after being originally announced just two days ago on Kickstarter, and now currently sits at over $1.1 million in funding. This makes Wasteland 2 the fourth million dollar project this year alone, and the second high-profile game (Double Fine Adventure being the first) funded in this nature. Brian Fargo (Of Interplay fame) has also boldly claimed this may be the start to the end of traditional game publishing:

This is the beginning of a new era in gaming where the developer gets to work directly with the fans to build the type of product that the fans want. No focus groups, no pitches to the marketing team, no trying to get an executive committee to group-think their way to a project green-light. Now we just have a developer with a creative idea that resonates and a group of dedicated fans who are willing to lay down their money to buy it.

An OSX and Linux version has also been promised if funding reaches $1.5 million."

Comment: Linux version incoming @ $1.5 million (Score 1) 1

by sitkill (#39369157) Attached to: Wasteland 2 Reaches $1 Million In Funding in over 2 Days
And THIS is how funding for games should be done.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/inxile/wasteland-2/posts/190757

Two days of funding, $1 million. If the funding reaches $1.5 million, the OSX and Linux versions are in, which is almost a foregone conclusion at the rate it's currently going. Best quote so far?

This is the beginning of a new era in gaming where the developer gets to work directly with the fans to build the type of product that the fans want. No focus groups, no pitches to the marketing team, no trying to get an executive committee to group-think their way to a project green-light. Now we just have a developer with a creative idea that resonates and a group of dedicated fans who are willing to lay down their money to buy it.

Amen.

Games

+ - Wasteland 2 Reaches $1 Million In Funding in over 2 Days 1

Submitted by
sitkill
sitkill writes "The crowdfunding RPG from Brian Fargo (of Interplay fame) Wasteland 2 has reached it's funding goal of $900,000 in two days and most recently became Kickstarters fourth project to exceed $1 million in funding. Fargo has stated that he will take no money from this funding project as salary, and will be dedicating all funding to the game. Wasteland 2 also becomes the second high profile game funded via Kickstarter (the first originally being Double Fine Adventures) and has shown the possibilities of breaking from the traditional developer-publisher model. Interesting facts for Wasteland 2 is that the APP (average per pledger) dollar amount currently sits at $57 versus Double Fine's final APP of $38, which seems to indicate the Post-Apocalyptic RPG fans have money to spare. Wasteland 2 still has 32 days to go to break Double Fine's Kickstarter record of $3.3 million."

Comment: Re:Who can blame them? (Score 1) 649

by sitkill (#39318377) Attached to: <em>Battleheart</em> Developer Drops Android As 'Unsustainable'
Not sure why you have difficulty believing this. Our company does major mobile dev, and I can attest to this. It really depends on each company, but almost all companies usually ask you to buy all the hardware. Unless you are the one or two companies that everyone is after, why would you expect another company to pay for your hardware? Don't even ask about trying to get early releases. The only company that has been consistently open about their handsets with us lately (and this could be a special cases with us) is Blackberry, who was willing to provide both handsets AND early releases of their upcoming handsets. Probably because they are losing market share (?).

Comment: Re:Who can blame them? (Score 4, Informative) 649

by sitkill (#39316651) Attached to: <em>Battleheart</em> Developer Drops Android As 'Unsustainable'
I can tell you don't work in the mobile sector. From my own company, we do heavy mobile development and we litterally have cabinets FULL of mobile phones. Not just one of each, we generally have the same phone with multiple versions on it as well. It's the nature of the beast. We've found issues that for device specific reasons need to be worked around. We catch a lot of the issues in our automated testing, but we do a sanity test on all major devices and revisions. Any that come up later on, we need a real world testing environment. I have no idea how you think Google can fix this, unless you thing Google is going to come around and start telling mobile handset developers to use X cpu, Y gpu, with no additional mods), with Z version. Good luck with that.

Comment: Re:But of course it reads from RAM (Score 1) 168

by sitkill (#39067027) Attached to: Oracle Claims Dramatic MySQL Performance Improvements
That's weird....I believe that when the dataset is bigger than ram, you just break it into different servers (or just get more ram). This isn't anything new, this is actually old OLD technology, and you can find cases of this everywhere (google, microsoft uses it for hotmail, etc), called the Brick architecture or something like that.

Actually, a ton of research was done on these types of architectures by Jim Gray (who tragically was lost at sea a few years ago) at Microsoft. Not sure how many of these links are still active but: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/people/gray/

From my own experience, at a job a few years ago, we were dealing with a little over 1 petabyte of data, and the system was engineered to NEVER hit platter, and to always have data in ram.

Comment: Re:Harmony what now? (Score 5, Informative) 120

by sitkill (#37950872) Attached to: Apache Harmony Moves To Apache Attic
uh, not sure if you even read the original article but..

There IS an open implementation of java, the openJDK, which is why this is being shut down (IBM who was the main contributor to Harmony has moved it's resources to openJDK).

But I guess it's more in line with slashdots javahate if we ignore those facts.

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