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UK Computing Teachers Concerned That Pupils Know More Than Them

garcia Re:Will the training really matter? No. (388 comments)

I'm preaching to the 4-digit choir here, I know. Let me issue the disclaimer that I am not a teacher but a bunch of my friends are, and my job does depend on staying up to date.

I am not sure what my ability to remember the login information for an account I created in 1997 has anything to do w/the discussion; however, EVERYONE's job depends on them staying up-to-date, it's just that most people choose not to and fall behind.

about two weeks ago
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UK Computing Teachers Concerned That Pupils Know More Than Them

garcia Will the training really matter? No. (388 comments)

Technology funding in school districts (in my area these are tax levies) is already insanely high; mostly because we're pushing for tablet devices in schools driven, behind the scenes, by extremely lucrative vendor deals.

Without adequate training, the related curricula are severely limited and thus the added benefits when compared to related cost are low, if at all positive.

Now, this research, as well as the districts, are rightly saying the teachers need more training in order to leverage the technology effectively; however, what really needs to be understood is just how much training is really necessary and whether the tech gap between teachers and their students can really be mitigated.

It is my unfounded opinion that it will never be mitigated enough as teachers are not usually well enough equipped at their own subject matter, let alone keeping up with the taxing knowledge demands of technology.

What we need to do is take a step back and ensure that these additional tax investments in technology are actually doing anything to further student development and because they aren't, think about what we can do to actually concentrate on doing that instead of buying the new and shiny and letting it, effectively, collect dust in the corner while levy after levy is passed to support it.

about two weeks ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

garcia Re:And this is why there's traffic... (611 comments)

Clearly you have never been to the UCLA campus because, if you had, you would have known this isn't true in the least. You can walk all over that place.

The problem in LA is the culture. People believe they are to be seen in their automobiles and they buy or lease expensive cars and drive them ridiculously short distances for that sole reason (if there is another reason, please do share but nothing really makes sense).

I worked for a company based out of LA for 2.5 years and we were there often. One guy lived a 10 minute walk from the office but chose to drive each and every day. He didn't buy an M3 to have it sit in his garage, after all. Nope, it sat in the company's garage instead.

SMH.

about a month and a half ago
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AdNauseam Browser Extension Quietly Clicks On Blocked Ads

garcia The Click is Dead Anyway (285 comments)

I work in marketing analytics and, specifically, in measuring the effectiveness of online marketing campaigns at a customer level. Straight up click tracking is dead and this will do nothing which is purports as organizations begin moving away from siloed measurement of IMP -> CLK within single channels at an aggregate level and instead go down to the very granular cross-channel customer-level attribution.

If you really want to avoid detection and behavior tracking, I highly suggest you entirely disable cookies entirely (yes, I realize this is not worth it at all), otherwise you will not have accomplished what you had hoped.

about 1 month ago
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Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6

garcia Re:Very sad (277 comments)

For the first time since I started w/the iPhone (the 3G was my first one), I see absolutely nothing of value with this major release version which makes me want to upgrade to it.

I'll be paying $99 for the 5S and be happy w/it. Sorry but unnecessarily bigger sizes and a better camera is not worth $200+contract renewal.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Who Should Pay Costs To Attend Conferences?

garcia Re:Your employer (182 comments)

I totally understand what they're doing and that's fine if they want to operate in that way. Its people just need to realize this and use the name and prestige its name on their resume brings when they hop to a smaller but potentially more enjoyable organization.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Who Should Pay Costs To Attend Conferences?

garcia Re:Your employer (182 comments)

The IT world is certainly competitive; however, ALL companies should see the internal benefits to training employees and working to ensure they do not leave. Companies with the mindset you laid out above are doing themselves a double disservice by not training their employees and leveraging the benefits and immediate returns provided by investments in their human capital. In some fields and with some resources, professional development is seen as a bigger happiness motivator and retention tool than more salary.

What you have outlined above is a company which is not interested in its people and only its immediate bottom line and one where it's clear its people should move on regardless of payscale and internal short-term opportunity provided.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Who Should Pay Costs To Attend Conferences?

garcia Conference Attendance and Funding (182 comments)

As someone who has repeatedly attended and presented at conferences in my field, I make it a point during negotiations for any new job to ensure these are funded fully but only if I am presenting; otherwise, I opt to share in the costs associated in attending with my employer.

Each and every company I have worked at in the past (and current) has a budget for training and professional development of its employees, some more than others; however, by making a case that I am giving back to a community of like-minded professionals and putting our name and brand out there during presentations, I have found this is an easy sell for companies for which I want to work.

I work extensively w/SAS and utilize a lot of the conference (SAS Global Forum/SUGI prior) materials in my day to day both for myself and our entire organization. By making it clear to my employers that I want to give back by presenting, I have opened organization's view on how the sharing of information benefits the business while benefiting the entire industry.

Make your determination and desires known when you sign on and, if that is not an option, make it clear to your management that you want to do the same thing. While I have received a variety of different types of pushback over the years for this view, they have all relented and ended up changing their world view when the benefits are presented as they are.

Conferences are not inexpensive (SAS Global Forum is usually around $3000 - $3500 for a single person encompassing travel, conference registration, lodging, meals, etc) but the ROI can be HUGE beyond that depending on the knowledge transfers that occur, the networking opportunities, and the new business development which I have seen from these conferences.

While I did not attend SASGF 2014 this year, it was solely due to my available time to develop a presentation topic, not because my company would not send me (this was my first missed attendance since I became involved in the SAS world) and I look forward to contributing to and learning from others in the future.

Best of luck.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Minimum Programming Competence In Order To Get a Job?

garcia Re:As a Sr. Analytics Manager... (466 comments)

For many reasons including:

There aren't many places that do not have Office installed. People are very familiar with it and even if they aren't, they can usually make their way around it in with only a little coaching.

Most companies use Excel for basic analysis, charting, and data delivery to non-technical report recipients.

Deliver a raw dataset and allow the end-user to pivot, chart, etc. It takes the strain off the analytics team for basic tasks and gives the end user the power to do what they want with the data. Tableau seat licenses aren't realistic for most companies and building some sort of analytics platform from scratch in your language of choice isn't always something you can do in the short term and provide more functionality with less training required.

I could go on, but that gives you a general idea.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Minimum Programming Competence In Order To Get a Job?

garcia Re:As a Sr. Analytics Manager... (466 comments)

In the work my team is responsible for, I look for culture fit above anything else. I took a guy with some internship work during his graduate schooling and turned him into what I consider a stellar programmer/analyst.

I'd concentrate on your programming skill and your business knowledge, if any. A lot of organizations are looking for report jockeys and/or true analysts and in that case, highlight your visualization and analysis ability first, programming second. What sort of experience did you have during your schooling that you believe makes you a good fit for an analytics role today?

We have sponsored before, but we/I prefer to hire those who don't require it first.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Minimum Programming Competence In Order To Get a Job?

garcia As a Sr. Analytics Manager... (466 comments)

What I like to see are the following:

1. Statistics knowledge

2. Excel (pivots, charting, VBA, etc.)

3. SAS/R/SPSS (in order).

4. Unix shell scripting.

5. Some sort of data visualization tool usage (e.g. Tableu)

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We are currently looking for analysts and the market is tough. We take people from all walks: CS, social sciences, Stats/Math/Econ/Finance, etc. The Analytics market is continually growing and in desperate need of people who are competent until higher education catches up and starts putting people out with a good mix of CS, Stats, and Business knowledge.

Get into Analytics IMO, the pay is great and the work is pretty fun.

about 9 months ago
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Plaintiff In Tech Hiring Suit Asks Judge To Reject Settlement

garcia Re:Time for a union that is only way to get the po (215 comments)

I had a grievance filed against me for "not doing enough work" because my desk was...wait for it...too clean.

Yes, I had to go through 5 weeks of 3-5 FTEs spending several hours each week discussing the fact that someone claimed I was not busy enough because my desk was neat and tidy.

Want to know it was resolved? They came and looked at my desk and then we went to their office and looked at their desk (a fucking disaster area) and then it was dropped.

FTEs = Me, my union rep, the individual filing the grievance, their union rep, and an arbitrator. For 5 fucking weeks.

Unions are horseshit.

about 9 months ago
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Comcast Takes 2014 Prize For Worst Company In America

garcia Re:first world problems... (195 comments)

The real irony is that you've confused Iran and Israel.

about 10 months ago
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Comcast Takes 2014 Prize For Worst Company In America

garcia Re:What a joke (195 comments)

Then why aren't you buying your own modem for less than $50 and saving yourself the money every month? I mean, I get it, I think Comcast is for the birds too but honestly bitching about something you can buy yourself and they'll absolutely allow you to take on all the risk for is not something to choose to complain about.

about 10 months ago
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Percentage of Self-Employed IT Workers Increasing

garcia Re:Another reason... (138 comments)

Or the company provides the minimum insurance to meet the ACA mandate and forces you out into the private insurance world to get coverage wholly on your own.

I'm not complaining about it mind you, I'm just stating that 1099 isn't the only thing companies are doing to avoid this these days.

about a year ago
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Elon Musk Talks About the Importance of Physics, Criticizes the MBA

garcia Re:Better chances if you do not have one? (343 comments)

I did read the article and while I had a typo in the first line of my comment, I think it's silly that he says he would be less likely to hire someone with an MBA.

about a year ago
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Elon Musk Talks About the Importance of Physics, Criticizes the MBA

garcia Better chances if you do not have one? (343 comments)

As a one-time worker bee who is now a part of senior management (with an MPA and not an MBA, although they are pretty similar) I understand what he is saying but I disagree that people should have a better chance of being hired because they have the three letters next to their name.

I hire for open reqs based on the PERSON and their SKILLSET, not the degree they may or may not hold. You know, the way it should be. What Musk is promoting through another one of his ridiculous soundbites is that we should pay more attention to degrees (good or bad) than the skills someone brings along with them.

Musk can be absolutely brilliant and incredibly and insanely stupid all at the same time.

about a year ago
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Why Can't Big Government Launch a Website?

garcia Re:The reason is private insurance (786 comments)

No, the problem is that the public sector does not operate anything at all like the private sector all the while trying to emulate it under the overhead and red tape that comes along with requiring the public's input.

In addition to the issues seen with how the public sector operates, we have the requirement of outsourcing to the private sector to do the bulk of work through private/public partnerships which the public sector cannot and will not effectively manage,

The competing interests of these partnerships leans heavily on the private sector to make loads of money while the public sector expects them to operate within the bounds of the red tape the private sector is not accustomed or willing to accept as part of their business model.

If the government took this upon themselves to do anything in its entirety, it would likely be done slowly but correctly. Unfortunately, we end up with the result we did: a quickly cobbled together, expensive, and poorly implemented product which would never have seen the light of day in the private sector.

This happens ALL THE TIME with public/private partnerships. Take a look at the website redesign for the City of Apple Valley, Minnesota which was originally budgeted at $76,000 but later reduced to a much more reasonable, although still incredibly expensive $30,000. The resulting site is basically unusable, slow, horrendous to update, and slightly more useless than its predecessor (lipstick on a pig).

about a year ago
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Blackberry BBM App and Suspicious Google Play Ratings

garcia Re:Unprecedented (67 comments)

I am shocked! Nothing like this has ever happened on the Google Play store before.

I am shocked! Nothing like this has ever happened on the Internet before.

FTFY.

about a year ago
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Would-Be Tesla Owners Jump Through Hoops To Skirt Wacky Texas Rules

garcia Re:Red state (470 comments)

I'd love to see the Tesla sales numbers from Austin vs the rest of the state. Austin residents have long been at odds w/the rest of the state and their politics and as such I have a feeling we'd see a pretty high correlation with Austin vs Tesla ownership when compared w/the rest of the state.

about a year ago

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garcia garcia writes  |  more than 7 years ago

garcia writes "After some lengthy speculation in the blogosphere, Dodgeball founders Dennis Crowley and Alex Rainert have left Google and Dodgeball behind to move on to other projects. Crowley said in an interview on Wired's Epicenter, "Alex and I quit Google on Friday. It's no real secret that Google wasn't supporting Dodgeball the way we expected. The whole experience was incredibly frustrating for us — especially as we couldn't convince them that Dodgeball was worth engineering resources, leaving us to watch as other startups got to innovate in the mobile + social space." I was a regular Dodgeball user from June of 2005 up through January of 2007. I called it quits when other MSN (mobile social networking) sites were beginning to offer more options and were widening the gap between themselves and Dodgeball. According to Young Manhattanite, plenty of other Google acquisitions have received similar treatment and haven't received the engineer time and resources they felt that they deserved. Is this a warning sign for other companies that might be interested in being picked up by the popular company?"

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