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Comment Do your due diligence (Score 2) 397

How well do you know the potential new company, potential new coworkers? How much support and buy-in does this team-building effort have from management and executive concerns in the company? Are other people happy there? Does the company send people for training? To conferences? Do they bring trainers in-house? Are you going to be working with competent and capable people? How up to date is their software? Hardware? Office furniture? Copiers? If stuff is dingy, old, falling apart, these are probable red flags ...

10% more money and significantly less commute time is a decent improvement, especially if it also means you broaden your skillset -- but you have to enjoy the new challenges put before you, or it will be tough to succeed at them and even tougher to be happy in your new situation.

You really have to change jobs every now and then, particularly in technology, in order to have the opportunity to land the really cool jobs AND get paid top dollar or doing it.

Comment Re:Nope. (Score 1) 232

Actually First Sale doctrine is still in effect and would allow retail purchasing; some entities have refused to sell via retail channels to redbox in the past, but there are of course numerous ways to sidestep that.

Disclaimer, I'm currently on a software contract at redbox. I'm an uninformed tech monkey who has little information and no decision making power when it comes to business decisions. These statements are my own opinions and do not reflect past, current or intended behaviors on the part of redbox, its owner Coinstar, or any employees, contractors or vendors of either entity.

Comment "cloud" (Score 1) 442

"Cloud" is vague.

Microsoft, new, (3 yr old) privately-held company with less than $1M in revenue? Go BizSpark, and heavily consider leveraging Azure.

In general, cloud/SaaS equates to rental, and right now, in the long run, it's still cheaper to own your datacenter, if your needs are extensive and not highly elastic. However, cloud/SaaS also equates to low cost of entry and incremental costs to expand, as well as outsourcing of non-core proficiencies you probably don't need to waste time or money on right now.

I'd recommend any startup go cloud/SaaS where it fits their budget and needs and growth expectations, while keeping an eye on longterm goals/costs/capacity needs, because at some point, it may make sense to bring things in house. Then again, netflix hosts their content with CDNs and their website with Amazon AWS, so to some, wholly outsourcing the datacenter is apparently a feasible solution.



Submission + - Severe security flaw of Google Buzz discovered ( 1

yaoziyuan writes: "Google advertises that Gmail users can be fully protected by HTTPS, and we assume this is also true for Gmail's built-in feature, Buzz. But I have discovered that a Buzz user's ISP can see his private posts! I have talked with Google employees via email and their support forum and they said they were discussing a solution. But after weeks, no action is taken."

Submission + - Review: HTC Incredible (

BadERA writes: I am a longtime WinMo user, now refugee. AT&T refugee as well. I've given up WinMo, AT&T and my hard keyboard to go with the HTC Incredible as my next smartphone. So far, thumbs up all around! I really can't register any serious complaints, and all the points that HTC and WinMo got wrong again and again over the years appear to be addressed in this device. Snappy, sexy and slim — win-win-win!

Comment Spelling, no, handwriting, absolutely (Score 1) 494

My cursive has gone to crap. Well, crappier crap. I've always been a typing guy. Cursive and me are archenemies. Not even frenemies, just all-out hate each other.

A few years of early 20s partying too much, not sleeping enough and I saw my spelling skills go downhill a bit ... picked up books and started reading again, problem solved.

Social Networks

Submission + - App Developers Stung by Twitter's DOS Woes (

BadERA (Andrew Badera) writes: " For two weeks now Twitter has pained we third-party API developers with unannounced, breaking security patches last week, and this week's fumbled handling of a DDoS attack. Twitter dealt with the technical issues first — which I wholly agree with — then started sending memos to CNN before they ever bothered to communicate with the developer list. Developers continue to experience throttling, despite whitelisted status, leaving many questions unanswered, while Twitter's platform head, Ryan Sarver, tweets about himself, his gf and the team heading out for sushi."

Comment Re:Militarization? (Score 1) 83

Depends on the neighborhood. Two different occasions in Rochester, NY, within two weeks of my moving out, people were killed within eyesight of my former homes. One was a robbery/murder, the other was a gangland initiation, totally random killing of a guy riding his bike on a bridge over the Lower Falls of the Genesee River. The latter neighborhood, my apartment was up on a hill, and some weeks, in the summer, it was very much like being in a war zone -- multiple shots, or bursts of shots, from multiple directions, throughout the night, many nights in a row. There was a mob beating of a woman around the same period. There was a drug raid across the street a few weeks previous. There were open-air drug markets on either side of my neighborhood, and all the accompanying violence.

My favorite recollection here was the time I heard what sounded like two people with pistols shooting at one another, because of the rapidity and succession of the shots. Turns out it was two teens shooting at an old lady after a botched robbery attempt, and despite 10-12 shots fired, neither one managed to hit her.

Comment 4 days, 3 nights (Score 1) 605

Hallucinations? Oh yeah. Starting around day #3. Not like "there's a big blue bunny on my couch," but shadows were moving, sense of motion in my peripheral vision especially, auditory hallucinations, the feeling that someone else was in the room when they weren't. I ended up playing Yahoo! Euchre on autopilot for something like 24 hours towards the end. I didn't consciously know what card I was going to play, or why, but my hand moved the mouse and I played it, and played about the same level as I always did at that time. (I had been playing a lot of Euchre that year.)

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