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Comment: Remeber the canidate is nervous. (Score 1) 809

by IgnitusBoyone (#49049525) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Portion of Developers Are Bad At What They Do?

I normally hire two classes of people. Rank and file and Leads. My leads typically have to be experts in a given field as they will be making decisions and driving future direction in the project, but my rank and file I just want basic aptitude and interest. I find I get more out of learning about a candidate when ask where he falls on the EMACS vs VI war then anything else. The average candidate is so nervous at an interview they over analyses everything and just plain forget basic information they know. I've seen basic graphics guys forget what a corss-product was then perfectly explain how to calculate a normal map given an arbitrary height-map. These types of mistakes are typically owned up to nervousness.

Now for team leads you need to be very specific on your requirements and they better be able to present a portfolio of prior work. I let the candidate lead on descriptions of what they have done in the past and then ask detailed questions as they come up on more specific implementations. I need to know that the candidate is not only competent, but can relate his work and needs to people who will be under him. If he can communicate about specific solutions he has worked on in the past then he will be unable to clarify system requirements to subordinates. One in every three candidates will try not to talk about specifics due to trade secrets. I normally take this as an attempt to skirt a lack of experience so I then ask hypothetical about a similar system I can relate there work to. I'm satisfied if the response is relevant to my scenario or if the candidate can explain in detail why its different then his previous work, but if he doesn't answer the question then we know he has exaggerated on his resume.

Others, might have different methods, but I find you really don't learn about someones aptitude until they work for you. Its almost impossible to determine if people are professional, punctual, or motivated from an interview since almost every answer is rehearsed and a lye to try and get employment. So, I try to make reasonable evaluations on qualifications and pick people that will fit well with the team. If the guy did lie we will find out soon enough and he will be interviewing again soon after.

Comment: What do people think the Cloud is? (Score 1) 309

Android and iOS do the same thing. Natural Language Processing is difficult so its done in the cloud most of the time. I don't care if the recordings go to 2nd Party or 3rd Party having cloud based LNP on any device is a security risk. I would expect this disclaimer to come on every smart device that requires a net connection to function.

+ - Microsoft closes '19-year-old' vulnerability with emergency patch->

Submitted by IgnitusBoyone
IgnitusBoyone (840214) writes "Given recent discussions on bash and openssl it seemed that many of our fellow posters ignored that long term vulnerabilities exist in all software open or closed. The main difference in open vs closed source seems to be the length at which the development teams can keep zero-day bugs secret. One wonders if it is better to keep these zero-day vulnerabilities secret for long periods of time making things like the Struxnet virus possible or if open acknowledgment and rapid response is the preferred method as we saw with shell shock."
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Comment: Subdivision (Score 1) 355

by IgnitusBoyone (#48161697) Attached to: Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

I don't know if I'm the only one and to be honest the way I use OS X doesn't make this such a big deal, but at 5K unless they do automatic font scaling. I'm going to need to be able to divide my monitor up in to virtual monitors. That way I can resize zones where if I click the magnify/maximize button it doesn't waste the entire real estate of my monitor. I really enjoy the snap feature in windows 7 enough I use a program called sizeup on OSX to emulate it, but once I start buying 27 and 30" monitors I really would like my desktop tp let me arbitrary subdivide it in to multiple monitors for behavioral reasons.

Anyone have an app for that?

Comment: Re:So offer a cost effective replacement (Score 2) 185

by IgnitusBoyone (#48005401) Attached to: Security Collapse In the HTTPS Market

I would cancel my relationship with mastercard. It might also help to never shop at newegg again and to convince others as well. My highschool job was working retail. I was taught something like one unhappy customer was 200 grand in business.

That story is pretty convincing you. I would make it my goal to make people aware of it.

Comment: Re:You know what this means (Score 1) 182

by IgnitusBoyone (#48005201) Attached to: Breakthrough In LED Construction Increases Efficiency By 57 Percent

But blue is brighter. It should be important for you to know your devices are on!

Seriously, I have a netgear router that has 1 blue led for every wifi antenna and they dance based on which one just picked up a packet. It took me two years of having it blocked with tape and paper towels before I discovered the thing had a feature to turn them off.

Comment: Re:List the STL? Seriously? (Score 3, Insightful) 479

by IgnitusBoyone (#47975829) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

I'm no so sure its a horrible question. I would as an the receiver be very speculative of the presenter, but as a presenter I would be looking for the type of brush off response I get not an actual answer. Does the candidate reference a particular book or does he say he would go to stack exchange. I normally hate programming questions on interviews because its not how we work. We engineer so we draw things out write out UML or some type of logic flow then get to coding.

I personally build little modules then add on higher functional work loads until I have a finished product, asking a user to drop down a random maze algorithm is naive and doesn't really do much, but ask if the candidate happens to have that brain teaser memorized. Instead I like to ask questions that give me an idea of how a user approaches problems that can't be solved immediately and I think asking questions you don't expect an answer to can sometimes help.

Comment: Re:Thank God (Score 2) 70

by IgnitusBoyone (#47469963) Attached to: Time Warner Turns Down Takeover Bid From Rupert Murdoch

This is really a mater of modern convention. Webster's has a good ask the editor video entry on the history of the two forms and how often they changed. Your likely right that most people are ignorantly using the wrong form, but like many things in our language its silly to get upset about it with out some sense of etymology.

Comment: Re:Like we need to discourage the fairer sex any m (Score 1) 221

It took along time for females to compete in ski jumping at the Olympics. The international community in general needs to desegregate a lot of sports. Unless you can really show a sharp division between female and male participants over the history of the sport I feel they should have the opportunities to compete together. In addition if you can meet the qualifications and show no equivalent tournament exist you should be able to enlist.

Comment: Re:simple fix (Score 1) 221

This is completely arbitrary. Your basically saying practicing in the sport makes you better at it, but only if I find that practice to be a physical activity.

You do become better at star craft from typing keys. You do this by running small practice runs and skirmishes.
You do become better at chess by moving pieces around the board, but you do it in practice runs or skirmishes. Hell some people play themselves. Which is no different then running a track and trying to beat your best times.

Additionally in all of these activities playing other similar activities helps you improve your performance such as similar games in the genre and non genre games with similar concepts and mechanics.

Sports has nothing to do with physical activity. It has to do with regulated competition with a general oversight and a community of people who wish to push the limits of previous performance. Oh, and in my opinion you have to be able to drink to it and bet on it.

Comment: And the issue is? (Score 1) 143

I fail to see the issue.
People have a very strange def of freedom of speech, which was originally intended to allow printed press to be delivered with out consequence or government oversight. The inability to legally fly drones does not prevent you from capturing footage by the commonly use news helicopters or placing your camera on a boom and pushing it over a fence.

This is like saying trespassing laws violate freedom of speech or maybe locks. I mean those pesky locks. What about all those barricades on military bases. Lets faces it nothing in our government provides you unlimited access to any place just because your curious. On the other hand its almost impossible to punish you for reporting on your random thoughts on what is behind those closed doors.

Computers can figure out all kinds of problems, except the things in the world that just don't add up.