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Comment: Re:Not too surprising (Score 1) 145

by stephanruby (#49121167) Attached to: Attention, Rockstar Developers: Get a Talent Agent

My employer has been trying to build a front end team recently, and willing to pay whatever it takes and remote work is fine.

Like most people on the internet, you're talking like "remote work" is an actual benefit. Personally, I don't think that it is. Everything is harder when you're working remotely. Not only I would prefer not to work remotely, but I would also like to not have my coworkers work remotely either (unless it's no more than one day per week let's say).

If your company is located far away from talent, please consider offering an attractive temporary relocation package for the length of the contract. That being said, don't just offer something that sounds good and hope that they bite. Get to know your target first. Find out if they have a family, what hobbies they have, etc. Then offer a temporary relocation package that's uniquely suited to their needs and circumstances.

The keyword here is "temporary". Nobody wants to move permanently away from their existing professional network to a place where it's nearly impossible to get a good job (should the initial job fall through, or naturally comes to an end).

But even getting in touch with some of these people to be able to say "Hey, name a number, we'll give you that number" is near impossible, because they shut themselves out with all of the normal recruiters trying to reach them.

I can't say I'm a rockstar developer, I am not, but I find myself forced to shut out recruiters as well. External recruiters are the worst. So-called "talent agents" are usually just external recruiters in disguise. Internal company recruiters are better, but not by much. The only people I don't shut out are fellow developers.

If you're looking and have an actually useful recruiter under your belt, its helpful, but at the end of the day they don't work for you. Having someone who actually does? Why not.

People who get a commission from your salary do not work for you. They work for themselves.

Comment: Re:Lawyers rejoice!! (Score 3, Interesting) 114

by stephanruby (#49114071) Attached to: Lenovo Hit With Lawsuit Over Superfish Adware

I fail to see what kind of financial loss Lenovo customers might have incurred over this incident to warrant a class action suit.

Even if the class action suit only wins one penny, it will be worth it. Having a verdict on this issue can set a legal precedent (especially since Lenovo is probably not interested in defending the case too hard either).

For instance, it could pave the way for more easily winning a class action against Verizon. Verizon's case is a bit different, especially now that they're supposedly giving their customers the option to opt-out, but with a little bit of luck, a quick verdict on the Lenovo case could make Verizon reconsider its ongoing super-cookie/man-in-the-middle attack strategy against its own customers.

Comment: Re:How about implementing parental controls on And (Score 1) 81

by stephanruby (#49113309) Attached to: YouTube Kids Launches On Android and iOS

There are many free apps that do that kind of thing.

Also if you have a non-nexus Samsung, or a non-nexus LG device, that are at least one year old, you have that functionality that is already baked into their customized ROM. The only thing is that LG doesn't call their functionality parental control, they call it 'Guest mode' instead which is actually really good because the way it's triggered, through a different unlock pattern or a different unlock pin, your guest has actually no idea he's using 'Guest mode' (aside from the missing functionality you chose to leave out).

So 'Guest mode' also works great for girlfriends/boyfriends, curious passengers borrowing your phone, and overzealous cops, not just kids. It all depends on the way you choose to configure it.

Comment: Re:Incredible (Score 2) 104

by stephanruby (#49106269) Attached to: "Exploding Kittens" Blows Up Kickstarter Records

It's truly incredible what people will spend money on. This is neither the worst nor best example, but it definitely amazes me.

Did you see the huge amount of work that was put into this game?

That's the incredible part, not the fact that people are spending money on it, or the fact that it has become an internet meme.

Comment: Nothing new (Score 3, Interesting) 265

by stephanruby (#49099079) Attached to: The Robots That Will Put Coders Out of Work

This is nothing new. For instance, word processing consultants were put out of business by Word Perfect. If those former word processing consultants wanted to stay relevant, they had to retrain themselves. In software development, we're constantly trying to automate our own work and replace ourselves, until one day we're actually successful at it, and then we have to find a new problem to solve if we want to stay relevant on the open market.

I'm not sure why those guys are taking a jab at Uber thought. Uber isn't replacing Taxis. It's meeting the demands of the open market during peak hours, which Taxis are incapable of filling by themselves (at least, not in places like San Francisco or New York where it's absolutely impossible to get a taxi during the time when you most need one).

Comment: Re:WTF? (Score 2) 118

by stephanruby (#49090147) Attached to: New Android Trojan Fakes Device Shut Down, Spies On Users

Why is it so damned easy for malware to get root access, and so damned annoying for me to get it?

In this case, the phone must already be rooted, and the user must be willing to grant root permission to the application. In other words, this is essentially a surveillance app for your spouse/girlfriend/boyfriend/children, where you must have physical access to their device for you to be able to install the trojan.

After all, why else would the AVG vendor not give us the name of the app?? And why else does the AVG vendor vaguely says that the app "applies for the root permission" when it goes down to the absolute nitty-gritty details for everything else.

In that context, it makes sense that 10,000 people downloaded/installed this app from some Chinese app store. Finding jealous people that want to spy on their significant other is easy enough (especially around Valentines day, which was only four days before this article was written). And rooting a phone in China is easy also, even for people that wouldn't know how to do it themselves, there is an entire corner shop service industry that's dedicated to helping Chinese consumers getting rid of regional locks, copy-write restrictions, software locks on pirated software, etc.

Comment: Re:Great for Cuba (Score 1) 165

by stephanruby (#49064533) Attached to: Cubans Allowed To Export Software and Software Services To the US

$60,000 is $28 US an hour salary. Here in Australia thats what we pay kids shifting boxes in supermarkets. As a programmer I wouldn't get out of bed for a wage that low.

The US doesn't have such a generous welfare system as in Australia. If you did that kind of thing in the US, you'd be out on the streets and homeless in no time.

Comment: Re:Its politics/emotions not intelligence level .. (Score 1) 580

by stephanruby (#49045805) Attached to: Low Vaccination Rates At Silicon Valley Daycare Facilities

Science denial is probably more strongly correlated with politics/emotions not intelligence level.

It's really more of a STEM problem. It has to do with the type of education one has. If science was largely missing from your education, it's kind of obvious you wouldn't trust science, it wouldn't matter if you were intelligent or not, nor from the left or the right.

Normally, I would say that girls choosing to avoid sciences isn't a problem, it's actually their choice (for those choosing to do so). In this case however, I think it's important to have a much higher level of science literacy for everyone. It's important for the individual, but it's also very important for our modern society as a whole.

Comment: Re:So why is Uber is in difficulty? (Score 1) 50

by stephanruby (#49044959) Attached to: Seoul City To Introduce Uber Rival Premium Taxi Service

They aren't that cheap. Well, the base fare is cheap, but then they add 150% surge pricing to that. Taxi's at least keep the same price at 9PM and 3AM.

When the price is surging, even taxis are not available. And 100 extra luxury taxis won't even make a dent when the demand outstrips the supply during peak hours. In fact, since those new taxis are touted as saloons on wheels, they won't even be competing against regular taxis (that's probably why the government likes the service so much). They will probably be hired the entire night and they'll be clogging up the gangnam streets waiting for their patrons to get in and out of night clubs.

Comment: Re:I'll take the wine instead (Score 1) 480

by stephanruby (#49035413) Attached to: The Mathematical Case For Buying a Powerball Ticket

"I am the type of financial decision-maker who tracks bond and currency markets and builds elaborate spreadsheets to simulate outcomes of various retirement savings strategies," says Irwin. "I can easily afford to spend a few dollars on a Powerball ticket. Time to head to the convenience store and do just that."

Also Irwin sounds exactly like the guy who would blow all his money on status symbols like expensive wine and an expensive mansion. Furthermore, his salary comes directly from the media, and it's the newspapers job/media's job to drum up business for State lotteries (one of their few remaining advertisers left).

Comment: Re:On loan??? (Score 1) 118

by stephanruby (#49025337) Attached to: Neil Armstrong's Widow Discovers Moon Camera In Bag

Buzz is still alive. Why not put the story to him?

Ask him what? That he thought he was supposed to be the first one on the moon? Or that he left the exposed film on purpose????

My source is "Alex" Filippenko. Granted, you don't need to believe him either, nor even believe me that he really said that, but I was hoping that out of the thousands or people who took his introductory Astronomy class at Berkeley, that someone would back me up on this.

Comment: Re:Did he take any pieces of the moon with him? (Score 2) 118

by stephanruby (#49022423) Attached to: Neil Armstrong's Widow Discovers Moon Camera In Bag

The Apollo 11 astronauts did leave behind a small fortune in camera equipment: the Hasselblad cameras used to record the moonwalks. They only brought back the exposed film. This was done to lighten the lunar module, and to compensate for the moon rocks they did in fact bring back.

No, Buzz Aldrin did leave exposed film on the moon, out of retaliation against Neil Armstrong.

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