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Comment Reporters need to get computer literate (Score 1) 64

That was my reaction too: it's not too difficult to notice that the search in Slack is searching chat messages that you have never seen locally, is it? What's more, this feature is not unusual among HipChat clones... Even Discord just launched search.

I'm not sure who the misunderstanding belongs to -- the people at Fast Company reporting the story as it is at the Gawker people the story was about.

Reporters need to get computer literate... and then hopefully go beyond that to become involved in choosing products that do what they need them to do.

Reporters need to realize that understanding the features of a software product can mostly be done by using it, and paying attention to what is happening and figuring out why.

There is a lot of discussion in the security blogosphere about the security of various messaging platforms that are trying to focus on actual security features, and while there is value in the details that they are hashing out, just knowing what software they are talking about is better than sticking your head in the sand.

Comment My experiences (Score 1) 435

I have started declining to tell my current salary. I explain that my offer should be related to the value I bring to the company, not based on previous work at another company.

I went through a screening process a couple of years ago with an enterprise level company. A recruiter reached out to me about a position that looked appealing to me. One of my first questions to the recruiter was the salary range for the position. It was right in line with what I was expecting, and I replied that the range was satisfactory.

During the phone screen (done by the recruiter, not the hiring manager), I passed all of her questions. Towards the end she had some background questions, including my current salary. I explained that I was unwilling to divulge that information, but that I found the agreed salary range to be acceptable.

The recruiter explained that she could not continue the screen without that information. When I explained that I declined again, she hung up on me.

Since then I have spoken to other people that work for the company, and they have nothing good to say about working for the company. So I guess my policy paid off.

Operating Systems

Apple Could Finally Sell More Devices Than Microsoft In 2017 (computerworld.com) 98

Gartner predicts Apple will ship more iOS and macOS devices in 2017 than Windows-powered devices "for the first time this century," and then increase their lead over the next two years. An anonymous reader quotes Computerworld: Gartner predicted that iOS + macOS, unlike Windows, will recover in 2017. Apple's OSes will climb 8% to 268 million this year, add 3% in 2018 to reach 276 million, then increase another 3% in 2019, with that year's device shipment forecast at 285 million. Windows will dip this year, then stagnate for the following two years... The gap between Microsoft and Apple -- 12 million last year, with Microsoft atop -- will widen to 27 million by 2019, advantage Apple.

"The global devices market is stagnating," said Gartner analyst Ranjit Atwal in a statement Wednesday. Mobile phone shipments are growing only in emerging markets in the Asia and Pacific markets, Atwal added, and noted that "The PC market is just reaching the bottom of its decline." The PC industry's troubles have affected Microsoft most of all; Windows is almost entirely dependent on PC shipments, which have been stuck in a protracted slump. Future shipments were further hit when Microsoft walked away from the smartphone business last year.

The article also points out that even in 2016, Windows devices came in second, and "accounted for approximately 11.2% of the total devices, which overwhelmingly ran Google's Android."

Comment Re:Seriously? (Score 1) 255

"- If the federal reserve dramatically raises interest rates, the interest on the massive national debt will skyrocket. The government will meet payments by issuing more debt (how else?). This will lead to more inflation, not to the dollar "hitting the moon""

If the federal reserve dramatically raises interest rates, the interest on the existing massive national debt will not change one bit. The coupon rate on US Treasury bonds is fixed for the life of the bond and cannot be changed, not even by an act of congress.

The only thing that will change is the coupon rate on newly issued debt. The current coupon rate of newly issued short term bonds is 0.00%, and the only yield investors are realizing is that which is obtained by purchasing the bonds at a discount to face value.

Comment Re:Waaa waaa waaa (Score 1, Insightful) 62

Umm, CNN is the reason that Millennials stayed home instead of voting for Hillary. CNN trashed Bernie throughout the entire campaign with lies and deception at the behest of the Clinton campaign. Unfortunately Millennials will believe anything they are told by "reputable" left-leaning journalism outfits like CNN.

You think I'm for Trump, and you're mistaken. Trump terrifies me, like he should terrify the legions of mouth-breathers who put him into office.

You are foolish to think that anyone who doesn't toe your particular line is necessarily against you. Your kneejerk reaction to my post, accusing me of being a Trump supporter, is ignorant, foolhardy, and outright stupid.

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