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Comment Front-end developer (Score 1) 586

A lot of you are completely missing the value of someone who is an expert with HTML and CSS.

I call these people "Front-end developers" and their skill set can range from from HTML and CSS, to Javascript expertise and the ability to integrate their work into the system themselves. Cross browser compatibility and clean, extensible, maintainable work is an extremely valuable skill set.

And a skillset that many regular 'ole web developers just don't have. My previous company had no clue of the value of a good front-end developer and just figured they could do it all themselves. They then had, literally, 50% of their bug database filled with front-end related issues. Just because you can write awesome algorithms, and a content management system from scratch doesn't mean you can also "do" HTML, CSS and Javascript.

For my current project, I am specifically looking for a front-end developer. We have plenty of people to code, and a good design. But if I have to spend anymore time fixing IE bugs and trying to make the "perfect" WYSIWYG editor I'm going to start pulling my hair out. The front-end developer I am looking for would not be treated any differently from the rest of my team. They are a developer who focuses on front-end issues.

A front-end developer is not a designer. A "Web designer" is a designer who specializes in web as a medium. Some designers are capable enough to produce very good HTML, CSS and Javascript... most, however, should try to not leave their primary skillset because they suck balls as developers. Quite frankly, the personality type that would make one a good designer simultaneously makes them really shitty developers.

Comment Create many other sites or profiles that are you (Score 1) 564

A similar thing happened to me, but where someone with my name from my home town was in a newspaper article talking about how she did drugs, had children, and was trying to find her way in this world.

Flood the market by telling everyone and anyone who you are. Create a website with your name as the domain name, and talk about yourself or interests. If you're a developer, make it a developer blog talking about the things you've contributed and discovered. Ensure the sites you develop have good SEO, like by putting your name in the title, and an h1 tag at the top of the HTML document with your name in it.

If you have multiple varied interests, create a website of your work for each one and link to each other. Join other sites and create profiles using your real name, and interlink each other.

Eventually you'll end up showing Google that your name means you, and not that other guy.

Comment Re:No proof yet... (Score 4, Interesting) 1056

The theory I have had is that autism is a genetic trait. I see it woefully common that people with severe problems are children of one or both parents who had only marginal problems.

I think the rise in autism, then, is 1) increased social acceptance of differences, 2) changes in "mating patterns", 3) the ease of finding like-minded individuals.

Submission + - Finnish court rules CSS "ineffective"

An anonymous reader writes: In an unanimous decision released today, Helsinki District Court ruled that Content Scrambling System (CSS) used in DVD movies is "ineffective". The decision is the first in Europe to interpret new copyright law amendments that ban the circumvention of "effective technological measures".

Submission + - Sex Offenders Have To Register Emails

An anonymous reader writes: Internet e-mail addresses used by convicted Connecticut sex offenders may soon be in the hands of law enforcement. In the latest attempt to stop online predators, the House passed a bill Thursday requiring convicted sex offenders to register all their e-mail addresses, in addition to their home addresses, with state police. "We feel this is a very, very important tool as we go forward to protect children," state Rep. Stephen D. Dargan, D-West Haven, said in announcing the proposed legislation at a morning press conference. Dargan is co-chairman of the legislature's public safety committee. The House of Representatives passed the measure by a 149-0 vote Thursday afternoon. The legislation, part of an omnibus bill dealing with changes to existing sex crime laws, now goes to the Senate. For now, lawmakers are focusing on the e-mail registration effort as the primary way to increase Internet security on popular social networking sites such as The proposal to require e-mail registration grew out of recent discussions between Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and executives from MySpace, who have been working together for the past two weeks to crack down on convicted sex offenders using the popular youth-oriented site. Earlier this week, MySpace officials said they had identified more than 5,000 registered sex offenders nationally who had created personal profiles on the network, including about 100 individuals from Connecticut. MySpace released the names to law enforcement officials after receiving subpoenas from Connecticut and several other states. Connecticut authorities are currently reviewing the data to see whether any of the offenders, by creating the profiles, violated the conditions of their probation and parole. Hemanshu Nigam, MySpace's chief security officer and a Cheshire native, was present Thursday when the e-mail bill was announced at the Capitol. "This is a critical issue for Internet safety," Nigam said. "As the social activities in the online communities increasingly mirror that of the offline world, our laws need to change with the times," Nigam said. "We can no longer unwittingly provide an advantage to predators online." The bill stipulates that the e-mail addresses would be maintained by police but would not be part of the state's sex offender registry accessible to the public on the Internet. .artmay25,0,312922.story?coll=hc-headlines-local

Submission + - The Top 25 CIOs

DebNY writes: CIO Insight has rated the top 25 most important CIOs today. The list was chosen by editors from CIO Insight, Baseline and eWeek. Topping the list is Patricia Hewlett of ExxonMobil for "developing new information and exploration technologies to achieve the business goal of tapping increasingly hard-to-find oil and gas deposits; among the goals: wring out $1 billion in efficiencies in 2006 from operating costs that totalled $57 billion in 2005, through advances such as virtual drilling technologies." Rick Dalzell of Amazon takes the number 2 spot; GE's Gary Reiner took third.

The entire list (in four annoying parts) is on its homepage.

Submission + - Major Thai ISPs are blocking Blogspot subdomain

Anonymous Coward writes: "For the last few days in Thailand, the blogspot subdomain has been blocked by Thai ISPs at the government's request. Currently, the Thai government is controlled by a military junta which shares power with a civilian cabinet, led by a former general. Even though the military controlled Thai government has agreed not to interfere with the media, it has vigorously pursued its enemies on the internet. It has blocked YouTube under the guise of an anachronistic and unjust lese majeste law. It has shut down community radio stations all across the country. And now, it has blocked blogspot. Further, the Bangkok Post( reports that the National Legislative Assembly, the interim puppet parliament hand picked by the military, just passed a draconian Cyber Crime bill that limits free speech and criminalizes political dissent on the internet. You can read further at:"
Operating Systems

Submission + - How many Linux computers will DELL have to sell ?

pmarini writes: I was wondering what would be the initial target for DELL when they decided to go ahead and sell Linux computers (please don't call them PC, I'd rather call them AT-compatible then...) Based on a few articles that I found on the Web, shipment of computers in 2006 was about 200 million units (desktop + laptops) and recent figures show that DELL has a 16-17% of the market share worldwide, which accounts for about 32-34 million units. That means that since Linux has a market share of 3%, they should be more than happy if they sell their share of 1 million Linux computers in the next 12 months which amounts to about 80 thousand per month. Easy!
The Media

Submission + - Where have all the good bees gone...

mpickut writes: Where have all the good bees gone? Maybee nowhere... well at least nowhere new according to one expert. Most of the hype seems to be related to poor scientific understanding and over hype on the part of the media. Apparently the "colony colapse syndrome" is localized and has been seen in the past, which leads some to believe that the cause is stess related to non-human factors.

Submission + - Dealing with (spammer) email spoofing

An anonymous reader writes: My domain has landed on email spoof lists used by spammers. This means a couple dozen emails from spam firewalls, MAILER-DAEMON's etc. I use filtering to identify these emails by checking the from field for "postmaster@", "administrator@" etc. and that the to field is not on my white list. This is highly effective, every once in a while I have to add a new item like "mailoper@" recently. Some foreign language notices need special handling, for example I completely filter anything with Asian characters in them. I also similarly filter challenge response verification attempts and dump them. I wonder how others deal with the problem? For example, does it make sense to send automated replies to the administrators of the systems which send the fail notices by explaining them about email spoofing and how they contribute to the spam problem? If these fail notices are regularly filtered out by many, is there a point sending them at all?

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