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Submission + - Multilanguage Windows 8 Doesn't Equal OS X

markfeffer writes: "Microsoft doesn’t make too big a deal out of Windows 8’s multilanguage support, which is probably smart considering that OS X has worked with more than one tongue for a decade. The Windows 8 approach works well enough, once you get through the install. Someone in Redmond seems to have decided it was OK to get the multiple-language package running through a mono-lingual process – as in one language, not two. In other words, if you want to install the Japanese version but you don’t read English, you’re out of luck. You’ll have to guess your way through the installation, then guess your way through the control panel settings until you’re able to, you hope, change the language. Once you’ve gotten through all that, you’ll have to restart the system. No big deal, except you won’t know it, because the dialog box is in the very language that you can’t read. It just feels like another episode of Microsoft coming in with too little, too late."

Submission + - It Takes a Lot of JBoss to Run a Porn Network

markfeffer writes: "Make all the comments you want about online pornography, but at the end of the day it’s a bigger chunk of the Web than you may realize. Adult destinations make up 12 percent of all sites globally and generate 35 percent of all downloads. A quarter of all searches are about finding them. As a business, they make a lot of money, about $3 billion in the U.S. alone during 2010 (That’s $4,000 a second, by the way). Behind the scenes, one of the more interesting operations is the fetish network To handle between 2,500 and 3,000 simultaneous users its, sites run clustered and load-balanced on five JBoss application servers. The front end uses Java, J2EE and JBoss 6.7, and its social approach is built in Spring Social hosted with JBoss 7. Steve Morgan, the company’s CTO, has a full-time tech staff of 26, out of the company’s 130 full-time employees. He says he does use consultants but the talent side of the business uses more."

Comment Re:LMFTFY (Score 2) 246

OK, this is just too good an opening line to pass up: I'm one of the useless people who writes the job news and career advice for Dice. (Actually, I'm probably worse than that, since I EDIT the stuff from Dice.) We're really trying to write good stuff here. Yvonne's job is to try to get more people to ask us questions about work and job-hunting, either on Dice or Slashdot. What we write isn't advertorial or a customer puff piece, I promise. We keep the sales/marketing/business people pretty far away from the editorial team, so we can write pretty much what we want. I'm not saying we don't screw it up some time, but we try to write things that are helpful. (Which is, actually, an invitation to tell me about what we can do better, or what we should stop screwing up.) Personally, I think the problem with almost every career story -- whether it's posted on Dice or somewhere else -- is that it can't apply to every person and every situation. I still haven't figured out how to make that more clear, but finding work is so granular it's hard to avoid. Anyway, I just wanted to jump in and tell you where we're coming from. I know I'm new here, but like I said to someone else, all I can ask is that my word for this, and give us a chance to show you what we can do. Thanks for listening.

Comment Re:Nice Ad (Score 1) 113

Quantaman, Thanks. I haven't met Timothy in person, and I'd hate to do something back to him the first time I do, but I'll bear it in mind. And, actually, it's not his fault, as it were, anyway. Since we're sister sites now, we're trying to figure out ways to work together and sharing posts is one of them. I appreciate you feedback, and am going to go look at the story format again. I wish you would check out our stuff, though ( I like to get any comments I can (just be gentle, OK?). These particular stories aren't meant to be general career advice -- it all comes from the company itself and, like I said, we started writing them because people on our side kept asking for them. I'm actually wondering if they're specific enough even now? I mean, wouldn't it be better if we could focus on a certain job type at Red Hat? I think we also need to do some on smaller companies, since that's where most of the jobs are. Anyway, take a look at Dice and fire away. Mark

Comment Re:Nice Ad (Score 2) 113

I know a lot of you won’t believe me, but this isn’t an ad. Slashdot wouldn’t have posted it if it was, even if we're sister companies. I oversee the editorial side of Dice, and I don’t accept advertorial or take story ideas from customers, and the rule here is I’m not even supposed to be asked to. I admit we’re not muckrakers, but if you look at, you’ll see it’s not happy talk. It’s certainly not meant to be. We cover layoffs, or dumb moves a company might make. Like, for example, if Meg Whitman ever went overseas and told workers there that they’re safe from layoffs while she was moving some thousands here out the door. (Oh, wait, she did do that.) We don’t let companies read our stories before we post them, either. Personally, I think looking for a job sucks and I approach things from that angle. We write stories like this one because people said we weren’t helping them very much if we didn’t give them company-specific advice. I’m not going to pretend that our approach is perfect, and maybe our stories should be more skeptical. But everyone knows some companies are better than others and that fewer of them seem to think good skills and experience are worth paying for. I could write lots about that, but it wouldn’t help anyone get a job and at the end of the day, that’s what I’m supposed to do. I don’t know what else to say, except to promise you our stories aren’t ads or anything like that. If they were, I could go get a job in PR or something and make more money.

Submission + - Red Hat Talks About How They Hire

markfeffer writes: "Red Hat’s hired about 600 people in its last three fiscal quarters, and it’s going to keep hiring – about 900 to 1,000 more this year. The company’s primarily looking for software and technical support engineers, along with salespeople who can help strengthen its cloud-technology capabilities. They want people with strong technical skills, of course, but the company puts a premium on those who’ve taken the time to research its business and send in a resume that’s custom-tailored to the job opening."

Submission + - Lockheed Martin Asks Senior IS&GS Workers to Take Buyout (

markfeffer writes: "Lockheed Martin's announced a voluntary layoff program for high-level engineers and managers in its Information Systems & Global Solutions (IS&GS) unit, the second largest of its business segments, a company spokesperson confirmed to Dice News on Monday. The move comes as a surprise, given that just two weeks ago CEO Marillyn Hewson said the company was “not looking at planned job reductions.”"

Submission + - How Technology Jobs Will Shake Out in 2018 (

markfeffer writes: "In technology, the need for specific skills rises and falls for a number of reasons, some simple and others complex. And while it’s never easy to predict the future, you can get a sense of who’ll be in need and who should take a hard look at their career path by studying trends, talking to industry leaders and analysts, and asking tech professionals where they see things heading. Dice's Dawn Kawamoto did just that, and the result is this package of stories that examines how technology and business will evolve over the next five years, and how it will impact tech jobs."

Submission + - Technology Pay is Rising in Smaller Cities

markfeffer writes: "Pay for technology jobs is growing, in large part because it’s become harder to hire people with the skills companies want. That’s reflected in IT’s unemployment rate, which is hovering just below 4%. Supply and demand being what it is, the sector’s labor shortage is pushing up pay, especially in areas that aren’t known for their tech communities. While pay in the tech sector increased about 5% between 2011 and 2012, places like Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Milwaukee saw salaries rise 18%, 13% and 10% respectively. (For the record, Silicon Valley’s pay dipped 2.8% during the same period.) It seems kind of ironic when you consider that technology’s being blamed for wiping out American middle class jobs."

Submission + - Don't Expect H-1B Rules to Change in 2013 (

markfeffer writes: "Tech workers have a dog in the fight for immigration reform but their anxiety about H-1Bs may not be relieved any time soon. According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the program's cap for next year will remain unchanged. Meantime, most observers don't see any real reforms on the horizon."

Submission + - Tech Employers See More Hiring, At Slower Rates (

markfeffer writes: "Expect tech hiring to rise in 2013. About 64 percent of recruiters and hiring managers surveyed by Dice plan to increase their ranks next year, with 43 percent seeing themselves doing “slightly” more hiring while 21 percent predict doing “substantially” more. While those numbers look encouraging, they’re not as strong as they were six months ago. In May, 73 percent said they planned to increase hiring, 55 percent "slightly" and 18 percent "substantially.""

Submission + - Tech Hiring May Be A Little Different Next Year

markfeffer writes: "After being slowed down by internal issues surrounding architectural, cultural and organizational structures, the development of solutions for data sharing, analysis, migration and cloud efforts is picking up steam again. Heading into 2013, hiring in these areas will ramp as well, predicts researcher David Foote. CIOs want to weave architectural competencies into more roles, so they’re looking for people who can break down walls inside their company and make sure everyone involved sees the big picture. Foote believes the movement won’t be about creating new kinds of jobs. Rather, it will be about evolving skills."

Submission + -'s CTO Tells How Java, J2EE and JBoss Got Sexy

markfeffer writes: "’s CTO Steve Morgan says that there’s more to producing Internet porn than a camera, a whip and some combination of women and men. He’s got a tech staff of 26 people running two dozen sub-sites, clustered and load balanced on five JBoss application servers. He tells Elisabeth Greenbaum Kasson that they support 2,500 to 3,000 users an hour. The company pioneered the use of live adult webcasts which, Morgan says, are all about capacity and performance."

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