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Amazon's Echo: a $200, Multi-Function, Audio-Centric Device

thammoud Jack of all trades (129 comments)

Masters of only one (Let Kindle Slide). Online Shopping. I simply do not understand all of these devices that Amazon is trying to pimp. Phones? Tablets? I love shopping at Amazon but their brain dead hardware makes zero sense.

about two weeks ago
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Google Now Arrives In Chrome For Windows and Mac

thammoud Re:WTF is Google Now? (74 comments)

Just Google Google Now.

about 8 months ago
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Is Ruby Dying?

thammoud Node.js (400 comments)

We had to swallow a dagger and use JavaScript on the client as it is the only game in town. Please someone, enlighten me, why would I use this horrific language on the server side? What exactly am I missing? What is so great about Node.js that warrants having to deal with JS.

about a year ago
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Facebook Building a Company Town

thammoud Like (159 comments)

Thumbs up here.

about a year ago
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Why Is Microsoft Setting More Money On Fire With Surface 2?

thammoud Re:XBOX? (616 comments)

In this case, the competitor has a lot more money.

about a year ago
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Android Malware Intercepts Text Messages, Forwards To Criminals

thammoud FUD. Must be a slow news day (137 comments)

From TFA,

Although Doctor Web doesnâ(TM)t say so, the good news here is that Pincer2 is not likely to be very prevalent. It has not been found on Google Play, where most Android users should be getting their apps, and appears to be meant for precise attacks, as opposed to being aimed at as many users as possible.

In short, this malware threat isnâ(TM)t one that you will likely be hit with, but it is an interesting example of how Android malware is evolving.

about a year and a half ago
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Goodbye, Lotus 1-2-3

thammoud Re:How about open-sourcing it? (276 comments)

I agree that would be interesting. Until version 3.0, the language used was assembler before switching to C.

about a year ago
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U.S. Senate's Big Immigration Bill Seeks Centralized Database For H-1B Jobs

thammoud The truth is (251 comments)

We are trying to hire Java developers in Chicago for a salary range of 80k-120k and NOTHING. H1-B or not. The market is very tight.

about a year and a half ago
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'Energy Beet' Power Is Coming To America

thammoud Re:So you're using arable land... (238 comments)

and the new cartel will be Monsanto and co. Evil idea all around.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Features Belong In a 'Smartwatch'?

thammoud Re:It's not standalone (322 comments)

I wonder what you need to do on a plane.

about 2 years ago
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Yes, PlayBook Does Get BlackBerry 10 Update

thammoud Re:My wife should be pleased ... (90 comments)

I'm the one who bought it for her

What did she do to deserve the punishment?

about 2 years ago
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How Much Beef Is In Your Burger?

thammoud Re:Oblig (709 comments)

Would never sprinkle "soya protein isolate" on my burgers anymore. Always thought I added too much

about 2 years ago
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IT Job Market Recovering Faster Now Than After Dot-com Bubble Burst

thammoud Re:Isn't this to be expected? (242 comments)

In the financial software industry. We hire both software developers and financial operational support and have job openings for both. For every 50 support resumes we get, less than a handful of Java developer applies. There is a huge demand for Java developers in Chicago. I would assume the same applies to other parts of the US.

about 2 years ago
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Chrome 24 Released, Chrome Beta Channel For Android Added

thammoud Re:Improving Chrome for Android is the big news (99 comments)

Just downloaded on my Nexus 4. The install went without a hitch. The speed improvements are huge. Tried about 10 websites and it looks and feels great.

about 2 years ago
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How to Become an IT Expert Companies Seek Out and Pay Well (Video)

thammoud My 2 cents (207 comments)

I spent 25 years in IT consultancy before starting my own business. The following are my tips:

  • 1) Be diplomatic and respectful. Employees are almost always suspicious of consultants and rightly so. You need to deliver, work hard and earn their respect. Listen to them. You will learn a lot.
  • 2) Develop a reputation. See above.
  • 3) Learn a business domain. This is a must. Financial, Insurance, whatever. You must acquire that domain knowledge not to be expendable. They pay for the combination. You will go through multiple business domains in the initial phases of your career. Pick one that you like and will make you the most money and stick with it. It might take years but this key.
  • 4) Work for large enterprises. They have the money. Startups can make you ultra-rich but the odds are against you.
  • 5) Learn real languages. Yes Plural. JavaScript, Python and other scripting languages are useful but not sufficient. Java, C, C++ are a must.
  • 6) Learn your transactions, Messaging, distributed computing (State-full, Stateless service API).
  • 7) Always look for the problem solver. Do NOT write your own middleware. You are not that good. Spend your time leveraging other people's work.
  • 8) Read. If you think you read enough, keep on reading.

about 2 years ago
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Samsung Hits Apple With 20% Price Increase

thammoud Re:Intel? (447 comments)

Seriously doubt that Intel will do this. Intel is by far, the best manufacturer. Why would Intel agree to manufacture chips that will potentially threaten its own x86?

about 2 years ago
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The Release Candidate For Linux Mint 14 "Nadia" Is Out

thammoud Re:What? (295 comments)

I see "Network", "Network Connections", "Network proxy" under control center.

I ran "Configuration Editor" under "Menu->System Tools", under the desktop tree node, there is only one entry called "mate". I guess that is what I am running.

about 2 years ago

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