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Comment Re:Utter Bullshit (Score 1) 660

See, that implies that we don't have lower end engineers learning these skills that we've hired also, which is false, because we most certainly do. But the competition for these candidates is fierce, so we can't get people to do the work right now that needs to be done while we train them. Your ability to not grasp the obvious is astounding.

Comment Re:Utter Bullshit (Score 1) 660

as someone who has a mix of both H1B and american workers under his care, I can tell you this: if you want high end technical labor, we simply DO NOT have enough qualified candidates here in the united states. We eat up EVERY SINGLE ONE that we can get our hands on that is an american citizen or has permanent resident status that is qualified when we have an opening, because going through the process of hiring high end candidates is time consuming and a drain on your resources. If you think we're paying the people with these visas garbage salaries either, you're wrong. We have rigorous interview processes and after 1 year of employment we work to make sure we keep that talent inside the country with an EB-2 green card application which we pay extra for to fast track. If you think you're qualified for one of these jobs that we have an open req for, please by all means apply.

And I'm sorry, doing tech support at best buy does not qualify you for a 200k/yr data scientist role. Unless you have a masters degree or are amazing enough to not require higher education (or have equiv job experience, that's fine too) then go ahead. I'm sorry but our universities just aren't putting out enough talent at this level that isn't already snatched up. It's a competitive market and even paying well we often have to go outside of the country to find qualified candidates (or to those already in the country who have H1-B visas and are authorized to work).

LET ME BE VERY CLEAR HERE: We are not talking about entry level positions. we are not talking about outsourcing your job to india. we're talking about someone with the background and knowledge to actually do the work that we need to do without spending years training them. This is what your google, facebook, microsoft, and yes, godaddy too, are trying to make sure is getting across to folks.

Cellphones

Samsung's Latest Patent Is a Foldable Phone (theverge.com) 31

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: A recent patent application (PDF) shows that Samsung has ambitious ideas for future phone-design experimentation, although the South Korean manufacturer may have second thoughts about bendy phones after recent battery explosions and recalls. In April, Samsung was reported to have filed a patent with the Korean Intellectual Property Office for a foldable smartphone. The application was picked up by Dutch website Galaxy Club. The document shows a narrow Samsung device with a screen that bends and folds like an old-school flip phone handset. The device is described as something that can be "folded or unfolded semi automatically." The patent also referred to a "secondary" display, which is supposed to activate when you fold the device, according to International Business Times UK.
Open Source

Dropbox Open Sources New Lossless Middle-Out Image Compression Algorithm (dropbox.com) 135

Dropbox announced on Thursday that it is releasing its image compression algorithm dubbed Lepton under an Apache open-source license on GitHub. Lepton, the company writes, can both compress and decompress files, and for the latter, it can work while streaming. Lepton offers a 22% savings reductions for existing JPEG images, and preserves the original file bit-for-bit perfectly. It compresses JPEG files at a rate of 5MB/s and decodes them back to the original bit at 15MB/s. The company says it has used Lepton to encode 16 billion images saved to Dropbox, and continues to utilize the technology to recode its older images. You can find more technical details here.

Comment This isn't a victory for Behring-Breivik. (Score 3, Insightful) 491

Someone once pointed out that hoping a rapist gets raped in prison isn't a victory for his victim(s), because it somehow gives him what he had coming to him, but it's actually a victory for rape and violence. I wish I could remember who said that, because they are right. The score doesn't go Rapist: 1 World: 1. It goes Rape: 2.

What this man did is unspeakable, and he absolutely deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison. If he needs to be kept away from other prisoners as a safety issue, there are ways to do that without keeping him in solitary confinement, which has been shown conclusively to be profoundly cruel and harmful.

Putting him in solitary confinement, as a punitive measure, is not a victory for the good people in the world. It's a victory for inhumane treatment of human beings. This ruling is, in my opinion, very good and very strong for human rights, *precisely* because it was brought by such a despicable and horrible person. It affirms that all of us have basic human rights, even the absolute worst of us on this planet.

Submission + - Ars Technica and Cisco Provide Another Example of Bad Security Reporting

wjcofkc writes: It was recently reported by Cisco, Ars Technica, and reported on Slashdot that Linux based web servers running the 2.6 series were being attacked and infected with Javascript intended to allow attackers to serve up a variety of malicious content to the visitor. White Fir Design begs to differ, pointing out that the websites are not even all running Linux, much less the Linux 2.6 Kernel.

Comment Only 32GB, no storage expansion (Score 5, Insightful) 358

I love the Google phones with one exception: lack of storage. Google devices don't have microSD expansion slots, and the maximum storage sizes are small. If you're going to have small built-in flash sizes at least have an expansion slot. Or if you don't have an expansion slot, at least have versions with large storage options. HTC has a 64GB version of the One, for example. Apple has iPhone models with 64GB.

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