Why I Choose PostgreSQL Over MySQL/MariaDB

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For the past ten years, developers and tech pros have made a game of comparing MySQL and PostgreSQL, with the latter seen by many as technically superior. Those who support PostgreSQL argue that its standards support and ACID compliance outweighs MySQL’s speed. MySQL remains popular thanks to its inclusion in every Linux Web hosting package, meaning that many Web developers have used it; but ever since Oracle bought Sun, which owned the MySQL copyright and trademark, there have been widespread… continue…

Is This a Good Time to Become a Consultant?

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If you’ve toyed with the idea of becoming a consultant, this could be a good time to make your move. With the economy improving and tech employers facing far more projects than there are professionals to complete them, those with the right skills and even a modest amount of experience should be able to find as much work as they want, recruiters suggest. Of course, anyone considering consulting should go into it with eyes open. Working for yourself brings with… continue…

Tim Cook on the Virtues of Informality, Small Teams

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In a new interview with Fast Company magazine, Apple CEO Tim Cook explained how small teams are the best way to get things done, even at one of the world’s largest companies. “We’ve turned up the volume on collaboration because it’s so clear that in order for us to be incredibly successful we have to be the best collaborators in the world,” he said. He also emphasized the need to keep things informal. “One of the ways that you ensure… continue…

Ding-Dong, Internet Explorer is Dead

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Internet Explorer, the browser that many a techie loved to hate for nearly two decades, is about to experience the most existential 404 of all. According to The Verge, Microsoft marketing executive Chris Capossela told an audience at the Microsoft Convergence conference that the company’s next browser, codenamed Project Spartan, will represent a clean break with Internet Explorer. Microsoft has yet to give a formal name to the new browser, which will appear with Windows 10 and (per the screen-shot… continue…

Are You Paid Less Than Your Co-Workers?

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Salary is a touchy subject. Finding out that someone on your team is paid more can easily lead to disgruntlement, and it’s not like you can march into your boss’s office and start yelling about it. There are much more diplomatic ways to ask for more cash. Be Careful It’s fine to approach your manager and say you’d like to have a conversation about salary—so long as you’re not visibly angry as you do so. And whatever you do, don’t… continue…

Lyft CEO: Self-Driving Cars Aren’t the Future

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Google, Tesla, Mercedes and others are working hard to build the best self-driving car. But will anyone actually buy them? In a Q&A session at this year’s South by Southwest, Lyft CEO Logan Green insisted the answer is “No.” Green still thinks the transportation world will undergo a massive shift over the next few years, with more and more people opting to hail a car rather than own one. Eliminating vehicle ownership has apparently been Lyft’s mission all along, even… continue…

SXSW Session Shows Diversity Issues in Tech

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Improving the male-to-female ratio in the technology industry emerged as a big theme at South by Southwest this year—especially after a panel in which a prominent female executive, United States CTO Megan Smith, found herself repeatedly interrupted by Google executive chairman (and former CEO) Eric Schmidt. The session, titled “How Innovation Happens,” also included Aspen Institute CEO and author Walter Isaacson, perhaps most famous for his controversial biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. The event was advertised as a “conversation”… continue…

Want to Boost Your Pay? Learn Data Analytics

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Data analytics: It’s not just for data scientists anymore. According to a new report (PDF) from the Department of Commerce’s Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA), more than half of the American workforce (that’s 74.3 million people) works with data in some way. Some 10.3 million of those workers rely on “fairly sophisticated” software to perform data analytics. The ESA defines a “data job” as one in which an employee: Analyzes data or information Processes information via coding or categorizing Interacts… continue…

Post-Snowden, Americans Leery on Web Privacy

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The Edward Snowden revelations about the extent of the U.S. government’s electronic surveillance are no longer breaking news, which means it’s time to see whether those disclosures had a long-term effect on how Americans perceive their privacy, and how they protect their data online. Fortunately, some new survey data from the Pew Research Center provides insight into those very questions. While a majority of Americans (9 in 10) have heard about the U.S. government’s extensive surveillance programs, only a third… continue…

How We Data-Mine Related Tech Skills

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One of the earliest and most interesting data science projects we’ve embarked on is automatically learning which professional skills relate to one another, based on our data. For instance, if someone lists data science as a skill, it’s likely they also know machine learning, R or python and Hadoop. This project has a lot of potential uses on our site, from suggesting related skills when a user adds technology skills to their profile, to enhancing our search and job recommendation… continue…