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Comment The answer is a resounding NO (Score 4, Interesting) 555

I've lived in Scottsdale for the past 2 years, having previously lived in Chicago and Silicon Valley. The vast majority of developers here are C# developers who would rate between a B- and a D if graded on their development skills. The vast majority of development jobs in Phoenix are also centered around C#; seeing as most web-based startups are using Java or LAMP as their underpinning technology, Phoenix's labor pool and developer job opportunities simply aren't aligned to maintain a robust startup environment. Additionally, development jobs pay anywhere from 30-50% less than other major coder cities. Lower cost of living be damned; if companies are looking to hire C# developers for $70k/year, they're not going to attract top talent. Chicago, San Jose, Austin ... you could spend an afternoon listing all of the cities that are healthier for startups and talented developers. And, all of these issues are just the tip of the spear - we haven't even addressed the political climate in Arizona. Good luck convincing talented developers here on an H1B that Arizona is a safe place to live and work.

Missing Matter, Parallel Universes? 154

Phoghat writes "Could mirror universes or parallel worlds account for dark matter — the 'missing' matter in the Universe? In what seems to be mixing of science and science fiction, a new paper by a team of theoretical physicists hypothesizes the existence of mirror particles as a possible candidate for dark matter. An anomaly observed in the behavior of ordinary particles that appear to oscillate in and out of existence could be from a 'hypothetical parallel world consisting of mirror particles,' says a press release from Springer. 'Each neutron would have the ability to transition into its invisible mirror twin, and back, oscillating from one world to the other.'"

Submission + - Poll: Americans Weigh Censorship vs Piracy (

bs0d3 writes: In the wake of the online protests against the pending PIPA, SOPA, and ACTA anti-piracy bills, Rasmussen asked US voters what their opinion is on the issue of censorship vs illegal downloading. Through a telephone survey, voters were asked: "Which is a bigger problem, that some people download movies online without paying for them or that the government will censor Internet content?" While 67% agreed that piracy is theft, 71% said that they were more worried about censorship than they were illegal downloading.

Submission + - Did Google Undermine U.S. Ability to Compete?

theodp writes: On June 6th 2007, Google's VP of People Operations testified before Congress that being able to hire the most talented employees was 'essential to the United States' ability to compete globally.' If that's the case, and allegations in a newly-released court document from the High-Tech Employee Antitrust Litigation case are to be believed, then was Google busy at work on that same day undermining the nation's ability to compete? From the Court document: 'On June 6, 2007, Arnnon Geshuri, Google's director of staffing, emailed [Google CEO] Mr. Schmidt, copying others at Google. (GOOG-HIGH TECH-00009764.) Mr. Geshuri wrote that Bill Campbell, Intuit's Chairman of the Board and Apple board member, “requested that Intuit be added fully to the Do Not Call list. . . . Please confirm that you are okay with the modification to the policy.” Afterward, Google contacted Mr. Campbell for permission before making employment offers to Intuit employees, even if the Intuit employee contacted Google first.' The Verge also reports that Steve Jobs personally asked Eric Schmidt to stop poaching employees, and Google responded by arranging to immediately and publicly fire the employee who initiated the call. The Court document also charges that Intel CEO Paul Otellini tried to hide and downplay a 'global gentleman's agreement' with Google. 'Let me clarify. We have nothing signed. We have a handshake 'no recruit' between Eric and myself. I would not like this broadly known,' Otellini reportedly wrote.

Submission + - A Fake Profile on Google+ Goes Unnoticed, Gets 42, ( 2

chinmoykanjilal writes: "Recently, A Google+ profile has been discovered, which easily features among the top 1000 Google+ accounts worldwide, but is actually a fake account. The Google+ account of Victoria Nigar has attracted a lot of attention lately. She is in over 42,550 circles, and is ranked 545 among top Google+ users in the world, #10 in Canada. Clearly, she has a huge following, but the people who follow her looking at her profile have not the slightest clue."

Comment Yahoo! - Time to Grow Up (Score 4, Interesting) 200

Yahoo still doesn't know what it wants to be when it grows up. Is it a news aggregator? A search engine? An email service? An online gaming site? A social network? A web hosting company? A bookmark sharing site? A photo sharing site?

Yahoo reminds me of that old SNL skit - it's a floor wax, and a desert topping. Only Microsoft comes to mind as a parallel when reviewing the absolute scattershot approach to online monetization that Yahoo has taken, but M$ has a host of other products / services (ok, just Office & Windows) that keep it's bottom line solid, allowing it to experiment w/ various approaches online until it finds a "hit". Yahoo doesn't have the luxury of online experimentation that M$ does; it needs to find a magic formula and stick with it, which it seemingly refuses to do.

BTW, I bet dollars to donuts that in ~5 years, Yahoo, AOL, and IAC ( merge. They could call themselves "That 90's Web Company". LOL

Comment Dear Creators of Opa... (Score 3, Insightful) 253

Dear Creators of Opa - Honestly, what were you thinking? Opa is basically another crack at the same approach that ColdFusion tried years ago, and failed at. Opa isn't Object Oriented, meaning that developers working in an OOP language (Java, .NET, Python, PHP, Ruby, Perl, etc) will have a tougher time making the transition - it also means that Opa can't implement or support standard Design Patterns, which is a huge mistake IMnsHO. The sample code on the Opa site shows a mix of Opa functions, database interaction, markup language, CSS, Javascript... what a mess. Haven't we all learned that clean separation of functional application concerns is the only way to write scalable, enterprise-class programs yet? Opa doesn't appear to support any database beyond it's own build-in, slightly obfuscated one, meaning it will gain no enterprise/business traction. As much as I like to see new programming languages succeed, I have to agree w/ a lot of the other posters on /. - Opa is dead on arrival.

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