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Comment Incomplete Data Lead to Decision to Launch (Score 1) 380

NASA wasn't aware of the link between subzero temperatures and o-ring failures. Boisjoly and Morton Thiokol engineers tried to convince NASA of the issue, but the only evidence they provided was incomplete and showed no correlation. This is the data they provided- http://courses.cs.vt.edu/cs3604/lib/WhistleBlowing/challenger.1.gif This is the FULL data that Morton Thiokol did not present in arguing to delay launch- http://www.d.umn.edu/~cstroupe/f11/4260/assets/tufte_o_ring_damage.jpg

Comment Re:making enemies unnecessarily (Score 1) 344

Completely agreed. If they betrayed your trust once, they will do it again. I worked at a headhunting firm for two years, and ethics are a difficult thing in the industry, because it is cutthroat competition, and it's generally results-based, most headhunters draw most of their income from commission, not salary. That said, as others have said, they have shown they cannot be trusted. The firm I worked for was extremely honest and reputable, in that case I would have suggested to you how to change your resume, but the fact that he outright doctored your resume should be shocking...but it isn't. Some people prefer to work with headhunters, a lot of Slashdotters take a derisive tone with them. If you do like it, then when you find an honest recruiter...stick with him. We placed a guy 5 years ago in a job about 2 hours away, who was on a green card. Once he got US citizenship, he quit and called us to ask us to find something. Even if a tough market, because of their history and the knowledge our recruiter had of the guys skills, he found him a job close to home, although he did have to take a small pay cut. Recruiters can be your friend.

Comment Re:Huge Impact? (Score 3, Interesting) 416

Wrong, wrong wrong. It's been mentioned many times that netbooks are compliments to desktops, not substitutes. It isn't certain if netbooks cannibalize laptop sales. (I have both, they are used for different reasons) But it is pretty certain that netbooks are a secondary computer, not a primary one. No one buys a netbook because of its cost, they are purchased because of their size, convenience, battery life, etc.

Comment Re:I'll Be Damned (Score 1) 504

Simple inflation says the price should have increased to 45 cents, but instead prices have dropped and with the added benefit of being wireless. It's called innovation. Simple price inflation says that a terabyte of data should cost $2,000,000 given 1990 prices, but we know that isn't the case.

Comment Re:Computer science needs it... (Score 1) 435

My two years as an intern hardly reflects the experience of the company I worked for. The recruiter I directly interned for had 13 years of experience of recruiting, primarily in IT fields. But of course, it's easier to criticize the person than attacking his argument. The Fortune 500 companies we worked with didn't work with just one recruiting company. Nor did they only work with recruiters, I'm sure there were "circles of friends" within the company as well as plenty of direct applicants, yet they still could not fill positions. My original point stands that there is a shortage of programmers right now. Wages are pretty good right now, but I doubt masses would switch from Business/Finance to Comp Sci solely because of Wall Street's current problems.

Submission + - Databases for Small Recruiting Firms?

Aeron65432 writes: I'm the DBA of a small IT recruiting/consulting firm in the Northeast, hired a few months ago. The database program we use is awful, outdated, too expensive and quite buggy. We are looking for a database program that we can index thousands of resumes and then quickly and easily search them by keywords. (C++, java, oracle, University of Michigan, etc.) Because I have to train the rest of the employees in this database, it has to be fairly simple and an easy GUI. What kind of database do you use for small firms? Is there an open-source solution?

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