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Comment: Re:if that were true (Score 1) 348

by Notabadguy (#49224369) Attached to: Obama Administration Claims There Are 545,000 IT Job Openings

I don't have IT experience, but you said "tech workers", so I'm going to chime in.

In my experience, our open positions are filled in three ways:
1. We have an internship/co-op program and hire kids who work out well while on co-op.
2. Poach from other tech firms when they lay off or close down.
3. Advertise the position, sift resumes, interview, and hire.

Most - actually, almost all - of our hires come from #1 or #2. The chances of finding a decent person with method #3 is very, very low. You have a lot of people who, I don't know if they suck at interviews or just suck in general, but not many come through the door that I'd like to work with based on the interview. We get a lot of co-op duds as well, but those just go away in a few months. The good ones are trained cheaply while they are co-ops and then can start right away as full-time engineers... win-win. Another real score is when places like Lockheed or Honeywell close a facility nearby. It isn't that frequent and you feel bad for the employees, but man we get some good talent from them.

This - except with four bullets, and #1 is referrals from current employees.

I dread sifting resumes. Contractors are hired through a third party company, and the only time I've ever seen talent come from them has been when I send them someone to hire to work here. Non-contract work job-postings are a mix between HR and hiring managers for what goes into the listing...and I'm starting to feel incredibly jaded by the process.

Don't blame HR for everything - hiring managers generally have as much input as they want, and HR is there to support them. Unfortunately, many hiring managers outsource their responsibilities to HR, thinking that since the HR role / department exists, they don't have to do anything except open their arms and receive the best and brightest candidates, pre-screened. If only that happens.

Comment: Re:Pro-Boy Bias? (Score 4, Insightful) 493

How do you explain the research that certainly strongly suggests there is such a bias? And given that the bias is assumed to be unconscious, how can you be sure that you don't also have similar biases, affecting your judgement?

Well, for one - the study and research were done in Israel, not in the United States. Despite the author's conjecture that "The results should apply in the United States as well" - Israel is NOTHING LIKE the United States in education, culture, or....well, a lot of things.

What if I visited the Ivory Coast, or the Congo, or Nigeria, and did a study on elementary schools? The headline would read, "New Research Shows lack of White students affects diversity."

Then I wrote a research paper about how there's not enough white children in schools. I'd give that study about the same merit. Israel has radically different social bias - they are virtually a country of martial law - justifiably so because of the daily threats they live with. Their educational system reflects that. Applying it to the United States is bollocks. Israel doesn't learn about slavery and the U.S. civil war, or about our political system or national pastimes in school. Seriously, bollocks.

Comment: Everyone back up a step... (Score 4, Informative) 468


Ubisoft claims (for what it's worth) that the only digital keys that they revoked were those purchased fraudulently with stolen credit cards.

No one has a right to keep stolen property. If you buy a watch in a pawn shop, and the police come for it because it's stolen, you forfeit the watch. Don't get me wrong - I absolutely detest Ubisoft, ever since XIII, and will never buy another product of theirs...I hope their corporate building burns down, they lose their IP to someone, and the name Ubisoft becomes a curseword...

But at the same time, clamoring that the stolen goods you purchased on the black market were taken away from you doesn't garner sympathy.

Comment: Re:Irony. (Score 1) 250

by Notabadguy (#48701947) Attached to: How Amazon's Ebook Subscriptions Are Changing the Writing Industry


John Scalzi is one of my favorite authors. I buy his books. Whether or not he joins the subscription service, I'm still going to buy his books. Piers Anthony, R.A. Salvatore, the authors I like - I will buy their books regardless.

This service just opens them to a wider audience.

Comment: Re:Who will get (Score 2) 360

by Notabadguy (#48657155) Attached to: North Korean Internet Is Down

It kind of begs the question about what the US is still doing in South Korea anyhow. South Korea is a rich country. They can afford their own defense, but its convenient for them for Uncle Sam to pick up the tab. I have stood on the North side of the DMZ and it is clear that the US is just a thorn in the situation making everybody tense. There is no doubt that the South Koreans can adequately defend themselves against any potential "invasion" from the North. There is no reason for the US to be there. The constant presence of US marines on the DMZ make the North Koreans nervous that the South will invade them.

Alright troll, you sucked me in.

1. You've been on the North side of the DMZ looking south, and from your vantage point three feet from the border in peace was clear to you that the US is a thorn in the situation? SERIOUSLY?!? You deduced all that at a glance?

2. I'm going to presume you've never been to North Korea, and educate you about a few things.
          a.) First and Foremost, that's the U.S Army at the DMZ, not the Marines. Specifically, the 8th Army. The infantry units there come from the 2ID, (2nd Infantry Division), with Republic of Korea attachments (referred to as ROKs). Tank support comes from the 72nd armor regiment, artillery support get the picture. Army units. Not Navy (marine) units.
          b.) There are an estimated 13,000 - 17,000 artillery pieces on the border, pointed at Seoul, which happens to be ~120 miles away from Pyongyang.
          c.) Seoul is one of the most densely populated cities in the world.
          d.) If the US was not present, a war between North and South Korea would last 2-3 hours and would look like this:
                        d1.) Hostilities ensue.
                        d2.) Within the first hour, North Korea has obliterated most of South Korea's population centers.
                        d3.) South Korea retaliates with nuclear force, and levels Pyongyang.
                        d4.) Other stuff, largely secondary given that North and South Korea are largely depopulated.
          e.) The presence of the U.S - TODAY - is not as relevant as 3/5/10 years ago. However, U.S. foreign policy takes an incredible length of time to change.
          f.) North Korean guards on the border to not "look bored." The half cant of their eyes is because of their asian heritage. Both North and South Korean guards on the DMZ treat it like a ceremonial position - like being in the 3rd Infantry in D.C. stationed at Ft. Myer doing military funerals, or Tomb of the Unknown, or ceremonial duties.

I *have* been to North Korea. I've been to Kijong-dong, and I *have* stood on the North Korean side of the border at the DMZ. If you'd like to see what it *really* looks like there, google it. Google, "Korean DMZ." You'll see pictures of guards on both ends of the border standing at perfect attention.

Comment: Dear Australia (Score 1) 91

I submitted a public comment even though I'm not Australian. :)

Dear Australia:

Congratulations from the USA on making the international news - apparently you're debating a new bill, which includes as part of it reversing the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

We've done some newsworthy things in the last decade about restricting freedoms and civil liberties, but no one on this side of the pond has dared touch that one yet.

The bill *does* make sense in a way - Australia was started as a colony of criminals - might as well presume everyone *is* one until proven innocent!

Congrats again on your new found powers of oppression.

"But this one goes to eleven." -- Nigel Tufnel