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Comment Re:Since when has /. become tech support? (Score 1) 148

So, Microsoft is expected to make everything that worked on Windows 3.1 continue to work on any and all future versions of their OS and gets blasted when they don't, but Apple gets a free pass any time they EOL support for anything.

I wonder if the OP tried something similar to this: http://answers.microsoft.com/e...

Comment Re:Nexus aren't satisfactory (Score 2) 180

I listen to / watch many podcasts. Due to the data volumes, I download most of them over wi-fi at home so I can consume the content on the go. An SD card is essential for a consumer like me. Even a 16GB phone is quickly overwhelmed when you've got over 80 active podcast subscriptions. I'm "current", so I only have episodes that were released last night and I'm sitting at almost 8GB of space consumed. Considering that my 16GB phone doesn't have 16GB of space, that's over half of the available space.

And more of the video podcasts are trying to go to 4K (why, I don't know --- 720p for a podcast is a good balance between content, video quality, and file size). One of the podcasts I watch released a 2.3GB file the other day (not included in the 8GB above). So, even with phones going to 32GB and more, the content is expanding to consume all of that new space.

So, while YOU may not want an SD card, I certainly do. But I also realize that not everyone uses their phone the same way. That's why there aren't just one model of each manufacturer's phone.

Comment Re:Option 1) (Score 2) 233

You forgot the other bonus that you know the work won't be sent overseas where intellectual property is harder to defend. If you contract out with a company and give them remote access, who's to say that the work wouldn't be done in China where all knowledge is "public". At least by controlling the work environment, you minimize the impact. Provide the consultants with hardware you control (and lock down the USB ports) and restrict them to only certain areas of the network. If possible, even limit them to only portions of the code that they need to access and not the entire project/repository. If a developer can only see a single module but not the "wiring" and can only run builds created and deployed by a build server, you've kept as much secret sauce in the vault as you can. NDA and Lawyers protect the rest......so invest well.

Comment Re:Unfortunately... I agree (Score 1) 442

I think court fees should be like hospital bills. As long as you make a (reasonable?) payment, they generally won't send it to collections. Otherwise, hospitals would only treat people with money and/or insurance. Courts should have similar rules that as long as you are making a (reasonable?) payment towards your fines it's all good.

Comment Re:Visual Studio FTW (Score 1) 168

Have you tried VS Code (https://code.visualstudio.com/) over Sublime? It's cross platform (Win, OSX, and Linux) and free. Plus, it recognizes your SLN solution. It's based on the same code that runs on TFS Online (it's actually a web application that runs in NWJS (formerly Node-Webkit - http://nwjs.io/).

Comment Re:Interview "Grilling" or "Testing" is Poppycock (Score 1) 227

Having passion means that it's the only thing you do all-day every-day in spite of other obligations. It means that when you talk about the subject, you get excited. It means that when facing new technology, you don't shy away.

If you want people that have no passion for their job, they're going to do the minimum...they'll fly under the radar......they'll never be "rock stars".....maybe not even "good" but just "meh".

I have a family, cook meals, chauffeur kids, etc.....but it's a passion for me. That means that I stay abreast of industry trends....I read sites like Slashdot (marginal, I know)....I play with technology in my spare time. But I also don't shirk my other duties. Passion isn't time bound but a state of mind.

Comment Re:Unenforceable and stupid (Score 2) 303

I get really frustrated when searching for an answer and about 15 or 20 of the results are from sites that have just screen scraped Stack Overflow and republished the content in a "forum" style post. So yeah, even Stack Overflow doesn't have any control over the content.

I'm not opposed to including links to some of the more obscure answers, but for more common code that could have been found in numerous other sources, I don't see the point.

Comment Re:Interview "Grilling" or "Testing" is Poppycock (Score 1) 227

The main thing I look for is not experience (unless there is a time-sensitive need) but passion for the job. Someone who goes out of their way to explore technology and play with the latest trends on their own time are much more likely to be self-starters and capable of taking on any task I give them.

Here is an actual e-mail I sent to our recruiters to help them train people screening candidates (formatting is lost, but you should get the gist):

I take a different approach to interviewing than most technical people, I thinkâ¦â¦

Iâ(TM)ve been in numerous technical interviews where they wind up being more or less like taking a certification exam. I think these are HORRIBLE interviews. Good/advanced developers donâ(TM)t know all of the ins and outs of what they are working on to that level ---- they understand the concepts and know the âoemagic wordsâ and then just throw them into a search engine to get a Stack Overflow link where they can copy and paste from the example. What makes them good is the understanding of what they need to do and knowing how to quickly find what they need. None of this makes them great test takers (they may be â" but that is a different skill from being a good consultant). Also, Iâ(TM)ve had plenty of candidates who have studied for the exam (but might not have ever worked with a technology) score âoebetterâ than someone who knows their stuff because they could give those book answers.

So, then, how do I interview? I ask a lot of the same type of questions that a non-technical person doesâ¦..Iâ(TM)m just looking for knowledge and understanding instead of team dynamics or personality. I also try to make the interview more of a conversation and less of a âoequestion 1, question 2â â" this allows them to open up a lot faster. Iâ(TM)ll scan through their resume and look for one of the more recent projects / roles / jobs and ask open ended questions about that project (and usually try to hit on more than one of them over the course of the interview). As the interview goes on, Iâ(TM)ll tailor the questions based on whether they appear to be more junior or more senior as well as the type of role they are looking for.

These questions are not asked word for word, but represent the sentiment of the question. Iâ(TM)m also assuming that a high-level description and a list of technologies were included on the resume; if not, I might ask for some of that background just to help direct questions.
Example question Key things Iâ(TM)m looking for in the answer
How big was the project X team? Iâ(TM)m just trying to determine how relevant the experience is. If the project was rather small or was a team of 1, it might not have followed any best practices or even any of the latest techniques. Depending on the role being interviewed for, I may move on to another project from their resume.
What was your role on project X? Which team were you on? Iâ(TM)m trying to gauge how senior they are. The lead on a 10-man team says more than being the lead over a single intern. Iâ(TM)m also feeling out whether they have experience interactive with PMs or Testing team or DBAs, etc.
        The next few questions are where I get âoetechnicalâ. After these questions, I might probe into specific technologies and how they relate to the project, but only high level probing for understanding of the technology.
Describe the application architecture of project X. Iâ(TM)m looking for understanding of patterns (MVC, MVVM, etc.) as well as descriptions of how the application was divided in terms of layers (database, business tier, UI, etc.)
Who was responsible for the architecture of project X? For senior candidates, I expect them to either have been responsible or for having had significant input.
For junior candidates, Iâ(TM)m looking for a description of how well they interacted with the senior people on the team.
What factors were considered when decided on the architecture of project X? Here, itâ(TM)s about understanding how requirements can shape a design --- whether those are corporate requirements (i.e. defined standards) or technical requirements or business requirements.
Have you ever worked with a ? Looking at team breakdown. Role could be Project Manager or Visual Designer or QA team. The specific roles I ask about really depend on any targeted client project or expected role of the candidate.
Who was responsible for assigning tasks and what approach did they use? This question leads to the Agile vs Waterfall experience as well as how senior they are.
        I usually preface the next few questions with a statement that Iâ(TM)m switching gears so that the know Iâ(TM)m going away from experience based questions.
Describe a technical problem that youâ(TM)ve encountered that you are the most proud at having solved and how did you solve it? Iâ(TM)m looking for self-learners. Iâ(TM)m looking for someone whoâ(TM)s proud of their good work. Iâ(TM)m listening for their voice to go higher because they are excited about what they do. Iâ(TM)m looking for âoepassionâ.
Iâ(TM)m also looking for additional details about how senior they are. A more senior candidate will be most proud of a more complex problem.
What technology âoeexcitesâ you? For this question, Iâ(TM)m looking for insight into whether this is a âoejobâ or a âoepassionâ. Iâ(TM)m looking for someone who plays with technology in their spare time and can do a lot of self-learning.
What are the next skills you want to add to your resume? Are the comfortable and complacent in their role or do they have an eye on where the industry is headed?

Obviously each interview is different and I really let the interview itself dictate the nature of the questions I ask, but those are the types I generally ask. I almost never ask what I would consider âoeexamâ questions. I donâ(TM)t care what you KNOW but whether or not you can solve the problem presented to you. Honestly, if a candidate comes across as a self-learner with passion and has worked on a team, those factors go a long way towards making a good consultant; theyâ(TM)ll figure the rest out. If you give me someone who only knows the skills Iâ(TM)m hiring for, they have limited use to me once the current project is over.

Comment Re:GOOD! (Score 1) 349

Actually, I think CBS should be cleared in this. They sought permission from who they thought held the rights. The song book publisher should have deferred if they didn't properly hold the rights, but that wasn't on CBS. I know in the eyes of the court, it's not important (kinda like receiving stolen property), but CBS at least put forth effort.

That being said, the actual license terms will come into play. They may have received "all" rights to publish the song which may or may not have included show rights.

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