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Daily Tip: Optimizing Your Interviewing Technique

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Prepping for a job interview? Here are some quick tips for optimizing your performance: Keep Things Short: Before you head into the interview, take out a watch (or activate the stopwatch function on your smartphone) and rehearse your answers to commonly asked questions. Each answer should clock in at no more than a minute and a half—at most. Job interviewers don’t like it when candidates ramble on. Keep Things Focused: If it’s not relevant to the position, chances are pretty… continue…

Python 3 String-Processing Causing Problems?

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Widely known as a general-purpose programming language, Python is excellent at string handling—but a few things have changed between Python 2 and Python 3. This article is a reminder of what Python strings can (still) do for you, as well as a look at what you need to know about Python 3 strings. We discussed some of these Python 3 changes in a previous article. Python 3 relies on Unicode Characters, more specifically UTF-8 as the default source encoding. This… continue…

The Economic Impact of Apple’s iPhone 6

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How much do the latest iPhones add to the U.S. economy? Michael Feroli, the chief United States economist for JPMorgan Chase, told The New York Times that Apple’s smartphones could contribute “one-quarter to one-third of a percentage point to the annualized growth rate of the gross domestic product.” That’s quite a bit, in the context of this country’s $16.8 trillion GDP. Click here to find iOS development jobs.  Over at Forbes, Tim Worstall pushed back against Feroli’s estimate, claiming that… continue…

IKEA’s ‘Shining’ Spoof Would Make Kubrick Laugh

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A few of you may have seen this video already, but in light of Halloween it’s well worth revisiting: Some splendidly twisted soul at IKEA Singapore decided to recreate the more iconic bits of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining in the store’s labyrinthine hallways. While it’s nowhere near as freaky as the original film (and how could you top Jack Nicholson with the axe?), the 90-second spot manages to pack in a lot of visual zingers into its short running time.… continue…

Daily Tip: Forget Life-Work Balance

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Workplace advisors have spent the past several years beating the proverbial drum about the need to achieve a good “work-life balance.” And on paper, such a thing certainly sounds like a solution for all the ills of modern life: Who wouldn’t want to split time equally between family and work obligations, with at least some time set aside every week for fun? The problem is that proper work-life balance isn’t really achievable for most people. “If you’re an executive, manager,… continue…

Fed Policy Subjects H-1B Records to Destruction

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The U.S. Department of Labor plans on destroying H-1B records after five years, in accordance with a new policy. In an Oct. 17 posting on its website, the Department of Labor also noted that the Labor Condition Applications Online System, which contains many of the Labor Condition Applications (LCA) used by prospective H-1B employers, has been shut down. The Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) will “no longer respond to inquiries to search for records in response to FOIA requests,… continue…

Lack of Mentorship Hobbles Women in Tech

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New research from nonprofit firm Catalyst suggests that women who earn their MBA are far less likely than men to use that degree within a “tech intensive” industry. According to the firm’s latest survey, any blame for a lack of women in tech-intensive industries shouldn’t rest with the education system, which is the frequent target of executives who complain about gender discrepancy in tech; instead, women decline to participate in those industries due to a lack of role models, concerns… continue…