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Comment: Re:It could be worse (Score 2) 247

by Mr. Freeman (#48528533) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Convincing My Company To Stop Using Passwords?
I don't know where you work, but at most places you'd be fired for refusing to set up voicemail. You work for the company, so making yourself unreachable to everyone in the company simply isn't going to fly. It's as stupid as saying "I don't write things down" or "I don't do work."

Comment: Re:Have to take personal time to vote... (Score 1) 401

by Mr. Freeman (#48298851) Attached to: US Midterm Elections Discussion
More places haven't gone to mail-in-only voting because they don't want to disenfranchise the homeless, who have no mailing address, or the poor who might change their address upwards of three times per year often staying in transient housing. The poor often have a hard time finding a single place to live, and they already have the least time to deal with matters such as ensuring that their ballot is sent to the correct address.

Comment: Re:Who wants to work for Google nowadays? (Score 1) 205

by Mr. Freeman (#48177229) Attached to: The One App You Need On Your Resume If You Want a Job At Google
> they do have all the nice perks and benefits and all the on-site stuff, interesting problems, and interesting culture

They have the nice perks and on-site stuff because they expect you to spend more than twelve hours per day there. They have daycare so you don't have to pick up your kids. They have a dentist that comes to the complex every so often so you don't leave for dental appointments, they have free food so you don't leave to pick up food and you don't go home to have dinner in the evening. And their salary isn't very good either. It's a lot for anyone *who doesn't live in Silicon Valley*, but it's mediocre for anyone who does. Housing costs in that area are stupidly high. If you're making less than $100,000 then literally more than five eighths of your paycheck is going straight to rent.

As for the "interesting problems", every company has those. When you're an engineer (even a software engineer) every company has interesting problems. There are very few problems that aren't interesting, even if they aren't unique.

>You also don't have to worry TOO much about them hiring a few retards that never get fired (at least not on the engineering side).

Yeah, you do. Back when they were a startup, it was easy to see who was an idiot and who was a genius. Nowadays they're so large that it's easy for incompetent people to hide amongst their peers. It's also publicly traded, and we all know how much shareholders care about flashy presentations and short-term profits instead of long-term gains. Any incompetent employee who bills their stupid idea as "the next big thing to generate lots of revenue quickly!" is basically unfirable.

>Of course, then you have their "1 size fit all, basically random depending on who does the interview" interview process to go through, so it may not be worth the trouble, unless you're feeling lucky.

So you're telling me that Google doesn't have to worry about incompetent engineers and that the company is well-run, but *somehow* they just happen to have a terrible interview process? That sounds highly unlikely. What's more likely is that the interview process is a reflection of the people within the company. If the interview process is bad then the people who designed it are clearly not very good at their jobs.

Comment: Re:And your major concern is really... (Score 2) 269

by Mr. Freeman (#48007171) Attached to: 2015 Corvette Valet Mode Recorder Illegal In Some States
>If you're driving a sports car and parking is a few blocks away those guys are fighting to get to park your car instead of Grandpa's Cadillac next in line. Frankly, it's just too much fun

Most sports cars also make the car weak and wimpy when the valet key is inserted. Engine RPMs are capped, suspension is softened like crazy, acceleration is less than half of what it is when unrestricted, etc. Not to mention a special trip meter that shows up (next to the odometer) that tracks total miles driven while the valet key was used. This helps cut down on joyriding.

Comment: Re:3D plotter (Score 0) 69

by Mr. Freeman (#48006985) Attached to: How 3D Printers Went Mainstream After Decades In Obscurity
Also, the printed part has less than 10% of the tensile strength of a cast part of the same material and dimensions (because the layers themselves aren't joined very much, if at all). They're great for visualizing how something will look or how parts will fit together, but you're insane if you think that you're going to be able to actually use the part for anything aside from looking at it.

They've been an incredibly useful tool in engineering for decades because having a three-dimensional representation of a part is very useful. It's only recently that a bunch of "makers", entirely ignorant of what the technology is used for, decided to try and use it to produce real parts that are subjected to real loads. They're using the wrong tool for the wrong job. Using a 3D printer to make functional parts is like using a weed whacker as a hammer.

Comment: Re:As a matter of fact... (Score 5, Insightful) 408

by Mr. Freeman (#47957231) Attached to: Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple
They didn't buy you at fair value. They said that you could either sell to them at a severe loss, or they would make their own version of your product and put you out of business.

With all the charity Bill Gates has been making press releases about lately, people seem to have forgotten that he received all that money in the first place by building a monopoly and using incredibly anti-competitive business tactics.

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