Report: YouTube Buying Twitch.tv For $1 Billion
As a friend who has over 1 million subscribers on Youtube and streams 20 hours per week on Twitch told me:
"Youtube is like Hollywoood, Twitch is Indie film."
Like you I would have guessed the opposite, but Youtube is much more lucrative for the content creator when your subscriber base is high.
Ask Slashdot: Minimum Programming Competence In Order To Get a Job?
I have open source code (about 13k lines of c/c++ for embedded platform) and I happen to interview 'badly' when I am put on the spot and asked to code up something in 15 minutes while someone watches me. that's not how I work and I fail horribly at THAT style of interview. note, I am fairly good (not a+ but definitely better than average) at coding in the real world - just NOT in synthetic white-board style interviews.
As a designer, this type of thing floors me. Every job I've gotten (and every job any designer has gotten) is based on their portfolio. Nobody asks if the person actually did it, or was helped, etc. They ask you to discuss what you did. That's been the standard for getting design jobs for decades.
I don't understand why developers don't have portfolio reviews like this as well. What they're asking of you is akin to someone asking me in an interview "draw us some pretty pictures". Most designers would find that an offensive disregard for the practice of design, let alone a disregard for the previous work they've done that should be the actual litmus test for getting the job.
Developers need to start putting their foot down and asking for portfolio reviews of code they've written and not be asked to do a side show act to get jobs.
New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails
The only way that could possibly be reversed is a group larger and more powerful than the owners of tech companies fighting to reverse it; that is to say, the organized tech workers will have fight for our own standard of living.
Many already have, they've become contractors. When you bill by the hour, most companies will not let you work more than 40 hours per week, and those that do, you get to bill for. It may not be time and a half, but it's payment for time.
You just need to take control over your own career to get out of the salary prison.
Minecraft Creator Halts Plans For Oculus Version Following Facebook Acquisition
I guess you get to be picky and complain when you have an extremely popular game.
Yes that's exactly what you get to be. Why this is seen as some negative is beyond me. Notch built his company from nothing and hasn't taken investment or any of the number of things most companies want to do. He has enough money to tell anyone he wants "fuck you" and has every right to as a business owner. There's nothing wrong with that.
Google Ends Internet Explorer 9 Support In Google Apps
Sometimes it isn't YOUR company's app you need to use. In the real world, businesses deal with OTHER BUSINESSES.
And if you want to use Google's app's you'll need IE10 or a modern browser. It goes both ways.
Ask Slashdot: Value of Website Design Tools vs. Hand Coding?
I've never used a WYSIWYG editor for any website and nobody worth their salt ever would. So your kid is correct and is learning it the right way.
However, what is just as essential (imho) as knowing how to code it all by hand is having a good grasp of graphic design and user experience. If you are able to master both you are a rare breed and extremely marketable in today's world.
The only real design tools you need to design websites is a copy of Photoshop and a good text editor. Everything else is basically fluff.
Georgia Apple Store Refuses To Sell iPad To Iranian-American Teen
Given this took place in an Apple Store, I think Apple is most certainly allowed authority over what anyone does or does not buy there.
Worst Design Ever? Plastic Clamshell Packaging
There's an even easier tool to use that everyone already has.
A can opener.
Makes opening these things quick and easy.
Apple Unveils New iPad
You're not getting any more screen real estate on the iPad3, you're just getting twice the resolution. There's a difference. The browser for instance will still tell websites the device width of the iPad3 is 1024x768. So the same website on the iPad2 and iPad3 will have the same layout and width, but the iPad3 will look less pixilated.
Who Killed Videogames?
My point was that you didn't get his point, apparently.
Who Killed Videogames?
How is this fundamentally ANY different from what video games have been doing since the dawn of time?
Shareware games->designed to get you hooked on the first few levels so you buy the game
Those little SNES consoles they set up at stores back in the day->designed to get you hooked on the game so you guy it.
hell even a lot of arcade games were intentionally designed to be really easy for the first stage or two so you would get hooked and feel compelled to pump more quarters in. This guy has some serious nostalgia goggles, the model has, and always will be to get gamers to spend money on the game by tempting them with a little taste of what is in store if they do spend money on the game. Free to play has just added another method for achieving the same objective.
You didn't actually read the entire article did you.
Mystery of Vanishing iTunes Credit Shows No Sign of Fading
I had this happen to me back in May. The only reason I knew is because Apple sent me a receipt to the purchase of the app in question. When I looked online to see what the app was it was already pulled from the app store, but various caches online showed it was a very badly designed "game" about chinese words with the dev being a chinese name. At that point I knew someone hacked my account and bought the app (yup it was bought with credit I had on the acct).
I brought it to the attention of Apple and they immediately disabled my account. Then asked for proof that I was who I said I was. After I did so they reenabled my account, changed my password and credited me the money.
It was more of a PITA than anything, and left me scratching my head as to how they got my login info. Which is probably a worse feeling than losing $5 on an app purchase.
Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot
Taco is just attempting to make a Beowulf cluster of tech resignations.
Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot
What Taco forgot to mention he has named Jon Katz as CEO just to spite us. And then something about removing ones self from his recreational land planted with grasses.
Ask Slashdot: Do We Need Pseudonymous Social Networking?
I don't really see a distinction between a pseudonym username (ie, Captain Avenger) and a made up real name (ie Joe Smith). The later would be accepted by Google+ and FB, the former most likely not, and yet both are pseudonyms because they're not the actual name of the user.
As such I don't see why you would need a two-tiered system. Additionally, I don't see why you wouldn't just allow pseudonyms of any kind in any social network. You're not gaining anything by enforcing a "real name" because you can't actually enforce it without asking everyone for an ID to prove that's their actual name.
All you end up doing in the end is having people switch from a username like most of us have on slashdot to a pen name ala Mark Twain. But it's a distinction without a difference.
Security Expert Slams Google+ Pseudonym Policy
Code words for spamming, trolling, and PR astroturfing.
I am thrilled G+ doesn't allow psuedonyms. Makes it a much higher class establishment.
Spamming, trolling and astroturfing can easily be done with fake "real names" (ie, Joe Smith). Disallowing pseudonyms solves none of that.
Google+ Account Suspensions Over ToS Drawing Fire
This begs the question of what a "real name" is. Many people use nicknames in place of their first name, and a majority of people know them by that nickname. Is a "real name" then your legal name? Where is the line?
This also begs the question of why a real name is required in the first place. If it's to thwart spammers or to assume people will be nicer if they have to have all posts show their real name, nothing is stopping anyone from saying they're "Joe Smith" and spamming comments, incoming streams, et al with their crap. After all, "Joe Smith" is a REAL NAME.
If it's to allow Google to better link your data, then having your real name public is not needed. Google can ask for this as private data and still be able to do it's big data crunching. Requiring it just asks for people to put in fake (but real sounding) names to get around it which ends up poisoning Google's data well anyway.
I frankly can't think of any reason why it should be required.
Have American Businesses Been Stranded By the MBAs?
Most engineers know next to nothing about marketing and sales... to the degree that they actually despise interacting with customers.
That's perfectly fine. Take the engineers that *are* good at marketing and sales (which there must be since you said "most" and not "all"), and put them in management positions. There will be fewer managers than overall engineers so this should work out just fine. Hell, you can even legitimately pay them more because they have skills that the typical engineer doesn't have. Win-win.
Google Deleting Private Profiles
"Maybe your friends are just as odd as you then, nothing really wrong with that but the reason most of us feel the social pressure is because almost all my "old real" friends now are on Facebook. That's where they chatter and share pictures and make events and whatnot, it's not that they're purposely shutting you out but you're the special case. You're the one "being difficult", why can't you just get a profile just like everybody else?"
If they're really old friends, then why can't you just call them? Or text them? Or email them? Or stop by their house to say "hi"? There are a million different ways to stay connected, especially when it comes to long time friends but it seems everyone it too lazy to pick up a phone and have a real chat.
In some ways not being on social networks has its benefits. When you do hang out with your old buddies you actually have something interesting to talk about because you don't already know every little minute details of people's lives.
Netflix's New Web Interface Gets Thumbs Down From Users
Having been a web designer for the better part of 15 years I think you should be careful when you lump designers into taking the blame for this. In doing so you give them way to much power.
Any real designer would consider the new Netflix site an abomination. It sucks for the reasons everyone knows it sucks. But if you've ever actually done design work you would know that these sorts of sites rarely are the brain child of a typical web designer. These horrible UI decisions are usually the result of many layers of bureaucracy inside a company, with middle managers inevitably deciding on their own pet ideas and influencing design ("Ohh bigger images, bigger!", "Hover scrolls! Those would be cool and fun!").
In fact, the hardest part of being a designer isn't design. That's not particularly difficult. No, it's the fact that design to most people is subjective and thus everyone feels the need to want to add their own bits and pieces into a design, even when they make no sense and are horrible ideas. This is why so much of design education is learning about critique, because inevitably, someone will want to add amazingly bad ideas to an otherwise decent UI and you need to learn how to argue for (or against) your ideas.
What this design says to me is that Netflix may have just gotten too big for its own good. Marketers and managers seem to be having way too much say on the user experience of the website. This happens to all big companies eventually, it's just unfortunate that Netflix has finally crossed that line.
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