Nick Kolakowski

Editor at Dice News; contributor to Slashdot.

Today’s Developers: Self-Taught and Over-Caffeinated

Stack Overflow recently surveyed several thousand developers about pretty much everything work-related, and the results paint an interesting portrait of what the developer life is like in 2015. Of the 26,036 people surveyed in 157 countries, 32.4 percent self-identified as full-stack developers, 13.6 percent said they were students, and 10.1 percent indicated they were back-end Web developers. In descending order, other professions included mobile developer (9.1 percent), desktop developer (8.3 percent), front-end Web developer (6.0 percent), enterprise-level lead services developer (2.9… continue…

Should Tech Firms Ban Salary Negotiations?

Earlier this month, Reddit CEO Ellen Pao told the Wall Street Journal that she would eliminate salary negotiations for new hires. “So as part of our recruiting process we don’t negotiate with candidates,” she said. “We come up with an offer that we think is fair. If you want more equity, we’ll let you swap a little bit of your cash salary for equity, but we aren’t going to reward people who are better negotiators with more compensation.” Why did… continue…

Rising Cyberattacks Mean Opportunity for Security Pros

Posted In Data, Living in Tech
The Web can be a dangerous place: According to the latest annual “Internet Security Threat Report” from Symantec (PDF; registration required), sophisticated attacks such as highly targeted spear-phishing are on the rise, and often aimed at small- to medium-sized businesses that may not be able to afford the advanced IT security of enterprises. (Of course, the past few years have demonstrated that not even enterprises are immune from devastating cyberattacks.) Symantec has seen advanced attackers do everything from building custom… continue…

Strong Apple Watch Orders May Affect App Plans

Posted In Living in Tech, Mobile
Apple Watch 3
Just under a million people in the U.S. may have preordered the Apple Watch on April 10, the device’s first day of release, according to a new report from Slice Intelligence. Slice Intelligence based its conclusions on e-mail receipts from a panel of two million online shoppers, adding that the average Apple Watch customer purchased 1.3 watches at an average of $503.83 per watch. Check out the latest iOS jobs. “Among those buying an Apple Watch, 72 percent purchased an… continue…

How Mission Creep Killed a Gaming Studio

Posted In Working in Tech
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Over at Kotaku, there’s an interesting story about the reported demise of Darkside Game Studios, a game-development firm that thought it finally had a shot at the big time… only to collapse once its project requirements spun out of control. Darkside Game Studios had spent much of its existence as an outsourcing firm for other studios’ games, handling development tasks that the clients didn’t have the in-house bandwidth to finish on their own. Darkside got a chance to show off… continue…

Costly NY Startup Program Created… 76 Jobs

Last year, the New York state government launched Start-Up NY, a program designed to boost employment by creating tax-free zones for technology and manufacturing firms that partner with academic institutions. In theory, those tax-free zones on university campuses would give companies access to the best young talent and cutting-edge research. But only a few firms are actually taking the bait: According to a report from the state’s Department of Economic Development, the program only created 76 jobs last year, despite… continue…

Amazon Launches Machine-Learning Platform

Posted In Data
Amazon Machine Learning
Ever wanted a machine-learning platform capable of making predictions based on your in-house data? Even if the thought never actually crossed your mind, you can’t deny that the concept has a certain appeal: Who wouldn’t want a system capable of offering up solid advice, based on everything your business has done? Amazon, which has evidently never met some aspect of storage and analytics it didn’t want to try and sell for cheap to businesses all over the world, has just… continue…

Check Out the Netflix Smartwatch

Posted In Fun, Living in Tech
Netflix Smartwatch
Netflix is the latest tech company to jump into the smartwatch game, with a wrist-mounted screen that allows wearers to stream content from anywhere. So what if the device itself is a little bulky, and holding your arm up for an hour to watch a show can get tiresome? You now have the ability to binge on television episodes during endless afternoon meetings, all without having to pull out your tablet or laptop. Actually, no you don’t: The above video… continue…

Amazon’s Echo: Trojan Horse for Internet of Things

Posted In Living in Tech, Mobile
Amazon wants to compete in the burgeoning Internet of Things industry, and the device that will allow it to do so is already on the market. Amazon launched Echo in November 2014. At the time, the black cylinder was marketed as a combination stereo and digital assistant, capable of answering spoken queries (“What’s the weather outside?”) and blasting music. Pundits at the time assumed that Echo was meant to compete against Google Now and Apple’s Siri, digital assistants primarily available… continue…

Apple Watch: The Reviews Are In

Posted In Living in Tech, Mobile
Apple Sport Watch
The Apple Watch won’t appear on store shelves for another few weeks (and will go on pre-order April 10), but in the meantime the first official reviews have trickled out. What’s the word? Mixed, with a hefty dash of optimism for the device’s future. Many of those reviews—including those from The Verge and Daring Fireball—praised the device’s aesthetic, as well as the precision of its hardware engineering; whether or not you think a “smartwatch” should be square, or feature a… continue…