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Comment I used republic (Score 1) 73

I had a pair of republic phones for awhile. They do work. Mostly. I started with their beta program, and they do switch back and forth between wifi and cellular at low rates, with the idea that you mostly are travelling to and from somewhere over cellular, but at home you most likely are on wifi. Like anything else, if you go to standard places you might set up wifi spots you use, and your phone switches to them automatically where you go.

It does pretty well. As you're mostly home it's on wifi 99% of the time (for me) or the few after work places I go have wifi spots so I almost never was on cellular. They work pretty well.

Problems though, and its beta so I was giving it a long leash on this. Texts would randomly seem to appear at random times, so if you were texting a lot, I had problems using real time texting as it would sometimes get lost or appear an hour later. Also, they can't do MMS for some reason yet. The phones were older Motorola android phones with a wifi software package. They took forever to boot up, I'm assuming because they were getting a lot of telemetry and signing into their system. It was helpful because I get almost no cell reception at home, so I could at least make calls, although on occasion people calling me would go directly to voice mail.

For a cheap service, if you rarely use it, its worked more or less fine. Mixed with unlimited everything on cell it was a fairly good deal, but they had no price supports for the phones though. They have newer phones coming out.

The customer service is, however great. They interact with you quite a bit, a lot of community and shared support with each other. They are very friendly if you need help and if you want to leave, they make it easy and no hassle. So I hope they succeed or the hybrid tech gets more widespread.

Comment Negotiation pays dividends (Score 2) 170

I started in IT at $22k, so screw them. Starting out of college at $67k. Highway robbery.

But aside from getting off my lawn, a decrease is salaries is certainly a crappy situation if you made college into a tech school and thought you would be getting something near $75k after 4 years, and not you've just lost a percentage point.

That having been said, IT jobs, from my experience, is so much about negotiation these days that $67 is almost meaningless, and kids today have access to far more knowledge to sound smart in interviews compared to pre-internet days where you couldn't parking-lot-google everything you need to know for a 5 minute primer discussion to sound knowledgeable.

I think the smart and communicative ones are going to still command higher values, and those who luffed their way through are going to get the lower salaries.

Where I work we pay anywhere from $45k to $110k depending on skillset, what you know, and experience. Your age isn't particularly used against you, other than you have no idea what you're worth currently, so they bone you down unless an interviewer says otherwise. We don't make you start at some Dev1 position regardless, we slot you in at higher values, even if you're knew, if you sound like you're competent, love to learn, and don't act like you know it all at 22.

Comment I'm a felon in IT (Score 1) 720

I have 11 felonies on my record and I work in IT.

I work in data analytics and design in the financial services industry. I've previously contracted with the military, banks, and had a variety of employers and clients, corp2corp, 1099, W2, and never had a problem with either being open about it or a background check.

The biggest issue I've had with being a felon was trying to rent an apartment. I've been rejected at several apartments I've tried to get, but never had a problem with IT jobs whether it was training, contracting. Coding, or handling the data from startups to giant megalith multinationals.

Comment Can't wait to watch it (Score 1) 59

Well I'm going to the launch on some congressional passes with friends and it'll be tons of fun. At least this time the launch is between 7am - 9am rather than 2am as it always seems to be when we attend these launches.

I'm hoping to ustream the launch from the causeway for those who are interested in nerding out.

The Delta IV-Heavy | Orion EFT-1 should be a go and the weather looks (last I checked) good, and my SO and I can't wait.

Comment Technology Related (Score 1) 1128

Nothing in this thread seems technology related, but I noticed a few things last night.

One of the things I enjoyed was the number of citizen journalists there streaming from their phones. It allowed a wide variety of perspectives and it was quite interesting to see the raw uncensored footage from people there. Some were down the streets, some were with looters, some were watching fires, and some were getting their ass kicked.

My favourite was when BassemMasri's ustream was streaming and his phone got jacked during the broadcast

around 2:30 you can see his phone grabbed and run off with still streaming.

The exchange at the end is great:

Woman: What's that?

Woman: What you running for?

Woman: What you got?

Woman: Let me check it out

Man: Huh

Woman: Are you (running?)

Man: iPhone 6

Woman: Huh?

Man: iPhone 6

Woman: Where'd you get it from

Man: Some nigga

Comment GPS vs. Maps. Fight! (Score 1) 236

GPS is great and works most of the time. The problem is the maps have no consideration whatsoever. Especially nautical charts.

GPS may be accurate, but overlay that with charts and I'm sailing through downtown Cleveland for what good they are. I can't count the false reality they attempt to project.

If part of that $10 billion was allocated to making sure the maps and the GPS coordinates were on more than a nodding acquaintance, then I'd at least run into land a lot less.

Comment My experiences have been good (Score 1) 253

I've always had good experiences with recruiters. I refuse to even work with HR departments unless I'm getting a job through a direct social contact and get specifically hired.

For those that have bad experiences with recruiters, I don't know what to say. I give them all my resume and project information, we socialize what the compensation is back and forth depending on the gig and go from there. Maybe I've just had good recruiters, but at most I go for one interview and get the gig or if it doesn't seem to be the right fit, I get the second one. I've never had to go beyond that much work, but, I think a big part of it is I have a fairly narrow and deep specialty with fortune 500 companies (which someone else commented on was a problem) so maybe that's why it hasn't been a big deal with a high demand skillset.

I do, however attempt to avoid HR at all costs. Other than the first day I get the security badge, I never see them again.

Recruiters save me time and energy. If I have a contract ending, or choose to leave my current position for another company, they do all the work. I just have to look nice and show up. I have no interest in going through gyrations to try and find gigs and fax resumes, fill out job websites, I just say what city I'm interested in or what filter criteria I need for any open positions and sit back and watch my money at work..

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