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Comment either sympathy or accusation (Score 5, Insightful) 168

My heart goes out to the devs "working long hours and night shifts" to suss this out.

That being said, the line that catches my eye most is: "The fact the majority of smaller vendors were fine demonstrated that those having trouble had made mistakes." In my experience, that means one of two things:

1) The devs configuring the system didn't properly account for the sheer scale of the stress on their systems.
2) The smaller vendors took the change more seriously, and being smaller and more flexible, successfully updated their systems to interact properly with the new systems.

Or, of course, both.
Announcements

Submission + - Tech salaries remain flat 2 years running (networkworld.com)

jbrodkin writes: Tech workers pulled in an average of $79,384 last year, an increase of 0.7% over 2009. It was the "second straight year of nearly flat salaries," according to Dice.com, the online job site which surveyed nearly 20,000 tech pros in North America between Aug. 31 and Nov. 15. Silicon Valley is making a comeback, though, with average salaries approaching six figures. While overall tech salaries improved slightly, technology professionals just entering the field now can expect to make less than if they got their first jobs a few years ago. "For the second straight year, the average salaries of technology professionals with less than two years' experience have declined, and are six percent below their peak average wages in 2008," Dice said. Silicon Valley is a bright spot, with tech workers getting a 3% salary increase to $99,028, after a decline the previous year. Several fields within high-tech are offering average salaries in the six-figure range. Advanced business application programming, for example, clocks in at $105,887. But the most in-demand skills are Oracle; J2EE/Java; and C, C++, C#.
Open Source

Submission + - Tomcat 7 finalized (networkworld.com)

alphadogg writes: The volunteer developers behind Apache Tomcat have released version 7.0.6 http://tomcat.apache.org/download-70.cgi of the open-source Java servlet container.

"This is the first stable release of the Tomcat 7 branch," developer Mark Thomas wrote in an e-mail announcing the release on various Tomcat developer mailing lists.

While not a full application server, Tomcat implements the functionality described in the Java Enterprise Edition Web profile specifications. Most notably, it supports version 3.0 of the Servlet API (application programming interface) and version 2.2 of JavaServer Pages, both part of the recently ratified JEE 6. A servlet container manages Java-based applications that can be accessed from a Web browser.

One big area of improvement is in configuration management for Web applications. Previous versions required all Web app configuration changes to be entered in a central file called web.xml, a process that led to unwieldy web.xml files as well as security risks.

Comment Re:Bye-bye! (Score 1) 997

a) I agree with WaywardGeek. b) Personally I'd boil down to: * Ideally, if the company prospers X%, so should the employees. Granted X may vary (CEO 50%, contractor 2%) but it should be a percentage nonetheless. More profit for company = more profit for all. * If the top-level execs aren't willing to adopt some variant of this model, then there's a threshold of winners vs grunts. * If you're a grunt, consider leaving. If you're a winner, then either leave on "socialist" principle, or stay on "Ayn Rand" principle.
Graphics

Submission + - The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind 2011 mod complete (gamepron.com)

dotarray writes: We've still got a few months to wait before the next Elder Scrolls game, Skyrim is released, but if you’re getting impatient, a young man named Warwon has come to your rescue. He’s just released the very awesome Morrowind 2011 Graphical Project, a compendium of mods for the game that drag the RPG kicking and screaming into the present.

When the project was initially finished, it was host-less, but now you can download the 1.08GB file directly from GamePron.

Idle

Submission + - When Smart People are Bad Employees

theodp writes: Writing for Forbes, CS-grad-turned-big-time-VC Ben Horowitz gives three examples of how the smartest people in a company can also be the worst employees: 1. The Heretic, who convincingly builds a case that the company is hopeless and run by a bunch of morons; 2. The Flake, who is brilliant but totally unreliable; 3. The Jerk, who is so belligerent in his communication style that people just stop talking when he is in the room. So, can an employee who fits one of these poisonous descriptions, but nonetheless can make a massive positive contribution to a company, ever be tolerated? Quoting John Madden's take on Terrell Owens, Horowitz gives a cautious yes: "If you hold the bus for everyone on the team, then you'll be so late that you'll miss the game, so you can't do that. The bus must leave on time. However, sometimes you'll have a player that's so good that you hold the bus for him, but only him." Ever work with a person who's so good that he/she gets his/her own set of rules? Ever been that person yourself?

Submission + - Google SEO

An anonymous reader writes: Google SEO can only be accomplished with proper knowledge and experience. Search engines usually show you the most paramount and pertinent information based on your given search terms. As a SEO professional all you need to follow some basic and strict parameters to achieve an anticipated search engine ranking. All of these steps may seem you tiny but they are really effective in all aspects while you are moving to accomplish Google SEO for a specific website.

Submission + - Holistic Health Practitioner (healthlady.com)

healthlady writes: Within the last couple of generations, we have markedly changed the way that we consume foods and, at this point, we are setting ourselves up for a great many serious, long term Problems.The nutrients we need are removed from processed foods — basically anything that comes in a box, can or jar.
Desktops (Apple)

Submission + - How to Rip DVD to iPad on Mac (dvdtoitunes.net)

An anonymous reader writes: Have you really want to upload your DVD video to iPad on Mac? The step by step tutorial is going to show you how to rip DVD to iPad on Mac for playback on Apple iPad using iMedia Converter for Mac.

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