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Comment Re:Utter Bullshit (Score 1) 660

See, that implies that we don't have lower end engineers learning these skills that we've hired also, which is false, because we most certainly do. But the competition for these candidates is fierce, so we can't get people to do the work right now that needs to be done while we train them. Your ability to not grasp the obvious is astounding.

Comment Re:Utter Bullshit (Score 1) 660

as someone who has a mix of both H1B and american workers under his care, I can tell you this: if you want high end technical labor, we simply DO NOT have enough qualified candidates here in the united states. We eat up EVERY SINGLE ONE that we can get our hands on that is an american citizen or has permanent resident status that is qualified when we have an opening, because going through the process of hiring high end candidates is time consuming and a drain on your resources. If you think we're paying the people with these visas garbage salaries either, you're wrong. We have rigorous interview processes and after 1 year of employment we work to make sure we keep that talent inside the country with an EB-2 green card application which we pay extra for to fast track. If you think you're qualified for one of these jobs that we have an open req for, please by all means apply.

And I'm sorry, doing tech support at best buy does not qualify you for a 200k/yr data scientist role. Unless you have a masters degree or are amazing enough to not require higher education (or have equiv job experience, that's fine too) then go ahead. I'm sorry but our universities just aren't putting out enough talent at this level that isn't already snatched up. It's a competitive market and even paying well we often have to go outside of the country to find qualified candidates (or to those already in the country who have H1-B visas and are authorized to work).

LET ME BE VERY CLEAR HERE: We are not talking about entry level positions. we are not talking about outsourcing your job to india. we're talking about someone with the background and knowledge to actually do the work that we need to do without spending years training them. This is what your google, facebook, microsoft, and yes, godaddy too, are trying to make sure is getting across to folks.

Comment Fond Memories (Score 1) 39

RIP.

I can remember playing when I was a kid. Was so addictive and fun to play that people would gather around and try to beat each person before them, get the high score. Many a weekly allowance wasted on this title... but the better you got at the game, the cheaper it became to play.

Cellphones

Samsung's Latest Patent Is a Foldable Phone (theverge.com) 31

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: A recent patent application (PDF) shows that Samsung has ambitious ideas for future phone-design experimentation, although the South Korean manufacturer may have second thoughts about bendy phones after recent battery explosions and recalls. In April, Samsung was reported to have filed a patent with the Korean Intellectual Property Office for a foldable smartphone. The application was picked up by Dutch website Galaxy Club. The document shows a narrow Samsung device with a screen that bends and folds like an old-school flip phone handset. The device is described as something that can be "folded or unfolded semi automatically." The patent also referred to a "secondary" display, which is supposed to activate when you fold the device, according to International Business Times UK.

Comment Re: Curse(d) (Score 1) 25

I quit when pandas started roaming Azeroth. What was Bliz even thinking?

But after that I went to a private server to try older expansions and it was a lot of fun at first but the experience became altogether corrosive.

These days I really enjoy Path of Exile, but it would have no use for Curse apart from the wiki for reading content about the game.

Having a company thrive from curating game information frees up game developers to put their time in the game itself and leave the understanding of mechanics to a third party.

This is a double edged sword I think. It would be better for games companies to do it themselves, however the promotion of the game then also gets spearheaded by the third parties to drive their interests further.

Comment Re: Curse(d) (Score 2) 25

If you use a game that has a lot of mods like World of Warcraft, Curse updates your mods when they release new patches and it's a pretty big hassle. However, if you run backdated mods then you can't necessarily configure Curse not to overwrite your old folders. It would have been pretty easy to write an ignore folder feature but Curse refused to bother when I was using it a long time ago.

Other than that, you pay a premium to have a nice forum avatar from what I can tell.

Comment Re:Still an early prototype. (Score 1) 80

We have a lot of rabbits living around our neighborhood that have destroyed many trees and gardens.

They would probably chew this robot and attack the garden daily unless..... I wonder if the company will create a defensive mode for this? Strobe lights and water or air gun could blast animals breaking the perimeter?

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