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Comment Re: As soon as you're invited to visit, I agree (n (Score 1) 193

Not everyone needs a visa to enter. For those, CBP has to perform a level of scrutiny, and the need to determine if the visitor is really a visitor. A visitor should come here to visit, not seek employment, support themselves, and return home. Part of phone checks for visitors is to do a check to see if there are plans to work in the USA. Should there be rules around it? Yes. Should they be able to do it? Yes.

Comment Metro Atlanta (Score 1) 464

It's a large metro area with lots of suburbs -- and many tech companies in the area -- in both downtown/Buckhead for the urbanites as well as many of the suburbs. And housing is affordable -- you can rent a house for under $1000/mo and own a big house for under $200k (with very big houses just above $200k -- mine is a 6 bed / 4 bath brand new build at $211k)

Comment Re:That implies obliteration of the ad industry. (Score 1) 369

Not me. I work in the ad technology industry. I actually like my job. It's not like you'll be hurting the ad technology industry much, but it will mean your favorite websites (including Slashdot!) will have less income due to lower average value of impressions (a generic non-targeted impression is worth a lot less to an advertiser than a targeted impression). The ad tech companies themselves charge the same to their clients (the ad agencies for buy-side and the online publishers for the sell side) regardless of if the impression is targeted.

Submission + - Slide to Unlock: The next invalid Apple patent? (hubpages.com)

netdemonboberb writes: "According to this article, Apple patents USPTO 7657849 and 8046721, regarding slide to unlock capabilities, are the next in the line of patents for technology that Apple didn't really invent but was just the only company brazen enough to file patents for. There are already four points that can invalidate the patent, described in the article, including prior art of another phone and an ACM Journal in 1992. Additionally, the patents are too general and cover almost any User Interface to unlock a phone. This is just another in a growing list of examples of how the US patent system is being abused, costing company budgets defending themselves from frivolous patents at the expense of innovation and technology growth."

Comment Not really needed (Score 5, Informative) 504

I dropped out of college (was in the CS program, but barely completed the early requirements), and I have a really good gig as a senior software developer. It takes a bit more to get your feet in, but in general, most places I've seen could care less about the degree if you can get the work done.

Comment Re:No excuse. (Score 1) 223

Almost all of the software I have worked on commercially has been successful, and none of it has been open source (I have worked on open source projects, just not as a job). However, I also have a manager who is a developer with an MBA (he was a developer, and he got the MBA while developing) and a project manager who knows technology. Even the requested upgrades to the legacy systems we have get done on schedule and on budget

Comment Re:Browser's fault? (Score 1) 363

I work for a rich media vendor (basically, middle men between ad agencies and website publishers for rich media advertisements), and we reduce our impact on page load time by using fast edge servers via a content delivery network to serve our JavaScript file, whether on the page or on the ad server's iframe, and then not load content until after the page is finished loading. Seems to work pretty well, as we recieve very few complaints from most of our publishers (including Yahoo!, MSN, AOL, and even Slashdot itself)

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