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The One App You Need On Your Resume If You Want a Job At Google

Slashdot - Sat, 2014-10-18 07:30
HughPickens.com writes Jim Edwards writes at Business Insider that Google is so large and has such a massive need for talent that if you have the right skills, Google is really enthusiastic to hear from you — especially if you know how to use MatLab, a fourth-generation programming language that allows matrix manipulations, plotting of functions and data, implementation of algorithms, creation of user interfaces, and interfacing with programs written in other languages, including C, C++, Java, Fortran and Python. The key is that data is produced visually or graphically, rather than in a spreadsheet. According to Jonathan Rosenberg , Google's former senior vice president for product management, being a master of statistics is probably your best way into Google right now and if you want to work at Google, make sure you can use MatLab. Big data — how to create it, manipulate it, and put it to good use — is one of those areas in which Google is really enthusiastic about. The sexy job in the next ten years will be statisticians. When every business has free and ubiquitous data, the ability to understand it and extract value from it becomes the complimentary scarce factor. It leads to intelligence, and the intelligent business is the successful business, regardless of its size. Rosenberg says that "my quote about statistics that I didn't use but often do is, 'Data is the sword of the 21st century, those who wield it the samurai.'"

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Flesh-flapping, image-zapping app Snapchat NOW ad-wrapped

The Register - Sat, 2014-10-18 07:09
Time for users to HIT self-destruct button permanently?

Snapchat has begun serving up adverts to its willy-waving, boob-jiggling users in the US.…

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German train strike leaves millions stranded

Reuters: Technology - Sat, 2014-10-18 06:36
BERLIN (Reuters) - Millions of passengers were left stranded across Germany on Saturday after train drivers began a 50-hour strike that halted two thirds of long-distance trains in a dispute over pay and negotiation rights.

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Will Android and Chrome marry?

Linux Today - Sat, 2014-10-18 06:00

 ZDnet: Perhaps, the better question is: "When will they set the date?" Sooner or later, Google's operating systems will come together.

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Houthis, Sunni supporters clash in central Yemen

Reuters: Technology - Sat, 2014-10-18 05:52
SANAA (Reuters) - Yemeni Shi'ite Houthi fighters and supporters of the Sunni Muslim party Islah clashed in central Yemen on Saturday, residents and local officials said, another sign of sectarian warfare in the violence-prone country that borders Saudi Arabia.

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British police to join Thai investigation into tourist murders

Reuters: Technology - Sat, 2014-10-18 05:49
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand has agreed to allow British police to join an investigation into the murder of two backpackers on a Thai island, after local authorities came under criticism for their handling of the case.
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<i>Citizenfour</i>: Poitras' doco is about NSA and GCHQ – NOT Snowden

The Register - Sat, 2014-10-18 05:30
Forget the character - concentrate on the PLOT ... against YOUR freedom

Review There is no subtlety in the political stance of Laura Poitras, which makes Citizenfour a completely one-sided documentary. Yet oddly enough, this bias doesn’t detract from the power of the film that covers a week in a Hong Kong hotel bedroom, during which Edward Snowden reveals himself and the extent of the NSA’s cyber-surveillance to Poitras, Glenn Greenwald and fellow Guardian journalist Ewen MacAskill.…

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Carry On Cosmonaut: <i>Willful Child</i> is a poor taste <i>Star Trek</i> parody

The Register - Sat, 2014-10-18 05:00
Cringeworthy, crude and crass jokes abound in Steven Erikson’s sci-fi debut

Page File Anyone who’s read Steven Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen, a searingly bleak and intricate fantasy series, will be bitterly disappointed with Willful Child (and yes, pedants, that is how he spells it).…

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Ploppr: The #VultureTRENDING App of the Now

The Register - Sat, 2014-10-18 04:30
This organic crowd sourced viro- social fertiliser just got REAL

#VultureTRENDING We here at #VultureTRENDING are quite literally shitting in our pants with excitement over the latest app startup to take the internet by storm - Ploppr!…

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NSA CTO Patrick Dowd Moonlighting For Private Security Firm

Slashdot - Sat, 2014-10-18 04:22
First time accepted submitter un1nsp1red (2503532) writes Current NSA CTO Patrick Dowd has taken a part-time position with former-NSA director Keith Alexander's security firm IronNet Cybersecurity — while retaining his position as chief technology officer for the NSA. The Guardian states that 'Patrick Dowd continues to work as a senior NSA official while also working part time for Alexander's IronNet Cybersecurity, a firm reported to charge up to $1m a month for advising banks on protecting their data from hackers. It is exceedingly rare for a US official to be allowed to work for a private, for-profit company in a field intimately related to his or her public function.' Some may give Alexander a pass on the possible conflict of interests as he's now retired, but what about a current NSA official moonlighting for a private security firm?

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Weekend reads: Neil Young and Brian Cox ponder cars and universe (in that order)

The Register - Sat, 2014-10-18 04:00
We also have stroppy teens saving the world

Page File Phil Strongman joins El Reg bookworm Mark Diston to review the pick of publishing this week. Neil Young's second autobiography is more, much more than cars and girls, while the nation's omnipresent telly scientist Brian Cox offers insights to our origins. Also, James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton team up for the first time for a teen adventure fantasy that's already been snapped up by Hollywood.

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Japan ministers visit war dead shrine day after Abe sends offering

Reuters: Technology - Sat, 2014-10-18 03:50
TOKYO (Reuters) - Three Japanese cabinet members visited a shrine for war dead on Saturday a day after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe drew angry responses from China and South Korea by sending a ritual offering there.
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In blow to Abe, Japan trade minister to resign over funds scandal: media

Reuters: Technology - Sat, 2014-10-18 03:33
TOKYO (Reuters) - In a blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japan's newly appointed trade and industry minister plans to resign following reports that some of her support groups misused political funds, Japanese media said on Saturday.
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Win a year’s supply of chocolate (no tech knowledge required)

The Register - Sat, 2014-10-18 03:31
Over £200 worth of the good stuff up for grabs

There is no techie angle to this competition, so we're not going to pretend there is. Everyone loves chocolate, though, so who cares?…

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Sign off my IT project or I’ll PHONE your MUM

The Register - Sat, 2014-10-18 03:01
Honestly, it’s a piece of piss

Something for the Weekend, Sir? When you have to go, you have to go. And when you do, don’t rush it otherwise you can end up with damp socks… as my father-in-law discovered during a hurried slash-and-dash in a not-so-lonely lay-by one night.…

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Rebels kill more than 20 people in east Congo village

Reuters: Technology - Sat, 2014-10-18 02:45
KINSHASA (Reuters) - Suspected Ugandan rebels killed more than 20 people overnight in their second attack near the eastern Congolese town of Beni in 48 hours, a civic group said on Saturday.
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Hurricane Gonzalo scores bull's eye hit on Bermuda

Reuters: Technology - Sat, 2014-10-18 01:22
HAMILTON Bermuda (Reuters) - Hurricane Gonzalo slammed into Bermuda on Friday, knocking out most of the electricity as it lashed the tiny Atlantic island chain with pounding surf, torrential rain and howling wind, but there were no immediate reports of injuries.

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Cisco Exec: Turnover In Engineering No Problem

Slashdot - Sat, 2014-10-18 01:20
alphadogg (971356) writes The engineering reorganization currently underway at network giant Cisco Systems is intended to streamline product development and delivery to customers. That it is prompting some high profile departures is an expected byproduct of any realignment of this size, which affects 25,000 employees, says Cisco Executive Vice President Pankaj Patel, who is conducting the transformation. "People leave for personal business reasons," Patel said in an interview with Network World this week. "Similar transformations" among Cisco peers and customers "see personnel change of 30% to 50%."

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Qt 5.4 Beta Available

Linux Today - Sat, 2014-10-18 01:00

There are a lot of new and interesting things in Qt 5.4

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New Music Discovered In Donkey Kong For Arcade

Slashdot - Fri, 2014-10-17 22:16
First time accepted submitter furrykef . writes Over 33 years have passed since Donkey Kong first hit arcades, but it still has new surprises. I was poking through the game in a debugger when I discovered that the game contains unused music and voice clips. One of the tunes would have been played when you rescued Pauline, and two others are suggestive of deleted cutscenes. In addition, Pauline was originally meant to speak. In one clip she says something unintelligible, but it may be "Hey!", "Nice!", or "Thanks!". The other is clearly a cry for help.

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