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Comment: Re:Idea (Score 2) 481

by Adammil2000 (#44512861) Attached to: Bill Gates Promotes Vaccine Projects, Swipes At Google
Foundations put money into investment/growth funds to perpetuate their giving. You try finding funds that don't have at least one oil company, weapons manufacturer, tobacco company, a buyer of Foxconn products, companies that help the NSA spy on Americans, etc. I actually tried that recently and it's practically impossible.

Comment: Re:And the torment of her family and loved ones? (Score 1) 289

by Adammil2000 (#44314539) Attached to: Gore Site Operator Arrested For Posting Video of Murder
You used the phrases "beyond the pale", "decent society", "it has no value", and "does corrupt public morals". These are the phrases that you'd expect to hear from morality/religious police, not something heard in a free society. The parents' feelings are unfortunate but irrelevant, otherwise you could use that line of reasoning to justify all censorship. You just don't like this kind of free speech, so you think it should be punished.

Comment: New and old are value judgements with no context (Score 1) 429

by Adammil2000 (#43746687) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With a Fear of Technological Change?
The best engineers focus on the pros and cons of their available choices and how well they match the needs of their situation, rather than focusing much on whether something is old or new. However, for your own professional growth, you should occasionally experiment with new technologies or its going to be hard for you to take advantage of new technology that is truly superior when it arrives.

Comment: Re:a sensitive subject with me (Score 1) 776

by Adammil2000 (#42550033) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are Timed Coding Tests Valuable?
In response to this exact problem, I changed my programming portion of the interview to "You have 30 minutes. Please write any program in any language you like and explain it to me. It can be an algorithm that you particularly like, a problem that you recently solved, etc." The hardest adjustment was to deal with the truckload of questions that candidates had before they would get started. It seemed to help by following up with "I just want to understand how you compare to an average candidate and what makes you special or better suited to this position than others. Feel free to cherry pick from the possibilities and choose something that you feel highlights your personal strengths."

Be prepared for someone to take the first 5-10 minutes getting warmed up a getting their head into the zone, because many people had never been asked such a question, so they need time to come up with something. Don't count it against them. I learned some amazing things after a few years of asking this question and I feel like we made better hires overall.

Comment: excellent leaders find the good in any situation (Score 1) 480

by Adammil2000 (#41482915) Attached to: What Should Start-Ups Do With the Brilliant Jerk?
Jerk or not, brilliant people are rare and incredibly useful. If you can't figure out how to minimize the jerk aspect while maximizing the brilliance, then you're not being very effective. In fact, this ability is one way to define an excellent business leader.

Comment: Re:ho ho ho (Score 2) 398

by Adammil2000 (#38602086) Attached to: Vint Cerf On Human Rights: Internet Access Isn't On the List
You can say whatever you want but building an audience and venue requires consent of other people and usually money. If your words don't cause anyone to want to listen, or pay for it, etc. then that's not a problem with your rights. People find a way to get the information they want and freedom of speech ensures that they can probably find it somewhere.

When other people have to make personal sacrifices against their will for your free speech, then it's not free speech anymore. Like protesting and blocking the road so I cannot get to work and feed my family. Also, I shouldn't be forced to hear your bullhorn at 11pm at night through my bedroom window. So there are distinct limits in a populous society how much you can reasonably speak freely before you are screwing other people our of their freedoms and I think that's fair. There are violations of rights that occur, so you sue and use the due process until you can get the nation to agree on a better system.

Everything else mainly ends up with people killing each other.

Comment: Re:This guy deserves a medal (Score 1) 698

by Adammil2000 (#32483624) Attached to: Claimed US Military Wikileaks Source Arrested
He did not take an oath to protect the government, his oath was to protect the Constitution of the United States. That's an important but subtle difference. Here's an interesting movie quote that sums it up nicely, I think:

"You took an oath, if you recall, when you first came to work for me. And I don't mean to the National Security Advisor of the United States, I mean to his boss... and I don't mean the President. You gave your word to his boss: you gave your word to the people of the United States. Your word is who you are."

Never ask two questions in a business letter. The reply will discuss the one you are least interested, and say nothing about the other.

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