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Comment Re:Does flipping one electron now flip the other? (Score 1) 102

As I understand it, when you flip the state of one of an entangled pair, you break the entanglement. So site B can do what they like with the second pair, but site A won't know what they did. But IANAP and it's been over two decades since I took physics. Oh, and although my old textbook is on the shelf behind me, I'm too lazy to turn around and look at it :)

Comment Re:Time Management (Score 2) 165

Person is researching python lambda function list comprehension for a programming project. Gets sidetracked for a couple of hours by popup puzzles.

Yep. This is the employee we want.

You mean the sort of person who is an avid problem solver but bored in their current job? Yes, that's exactly who you want to hire if you're going to put them in an environment rich in productive puzzles to solve. Yes, you do also need them to be able to maintain focus when it really matters, but it's far easier to teach brilliant problem solvers some time management skills than it is to teach plodding, methodical thinkers to be brilliant problem solvers.

Comment Re:Not if you're searching for Maaaaaaatlock... ;- (Score 1) 165

FWIW, I'm a Google engineer. I'm 46. Many members of my previous team were in their 50s and 60s, and the median age there was probably around my age. That team was working on complex internal enterprise systems, where decades of experience with complex business logic was at a premium. My current team is younger... but I'm not the oldest.

Comment Re:Great experience (Score 1) 165

Rumor has it the selection process happens through your Google search history over a long period of time, so you're not going to be able to just spam Python jargon at the search engine and get in tomorrow.

Do you keep yourself logged in with a google account when you search? I specifically try to avoid Google tracking my searches to the extent that I can control. This whole thing is kind of creepy to me, and I never ever log into a google account unless I'm in a VM, though I am sure there are still ways to track me.

Out of curiosity, what are you concerned that Google is going to do with your search history?

FWIW, my approach is that I stay logged in all the time, with web history enabled (so Chrome sends a log of every page I visit to Google for storage, not just my searches) and open an incognito window when I'm doing something I don't want recorded. I try not to do that much, though, because I get a lot of value from being able to search my own web history (web history allows you to search in all the stuff you've looked at, so when you find yourself thinking, "I know I read that on some site..." you can typically find it pretty easily).

While there probably is stuff that I'd rather not share with the world, I really have no concern about sharing it with Google, because no one is ever going to see it. Unless there's a warrant or a subpoena for my information, but that seems pretty unlikely, and even more unlikely that any warrant or subpoena wouldn't get more from my e-mail, bank records, etc.

In the interest of full disclosure I should mention that I'm a Google employee, but this post really isn't about trying to convince you that you're wrong. I'm just curious.

Comment these guys are so amazing: (Score 2) 91

resistant to heat, cold, vacuum, desiccation, radiation, pressure, toxins, etc.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

you realize they could leave earth (ejecta from a sever impact) and colonize other planets

then you think... wait a second, maybe we're here because these guys colonized earth

Comment Re:Time investment (Score 1) 165

Dude got nerd sniped. I wouldn't be able to resist. An interesting puzzle mysteriously shows up? Yes please. Basically how I got into programming and math in general.

Of course all they're going to get are people who aren't savvy enough to use ad/tracking blockers and duckduckgo...

Heh. Google Foobar popped up for me last week. I blew two hours solving problems before I pulled myself away and got back to work.

Comment Re:Time investment (Score 2) 165

I set to work and solved the first problem in a couple hours. Each time I submitted a solution, foo.bar tested my code against five hidden test cases." After solving another five problems the page gave Rossett the option to submit his contact information

Curious: what prompted Max Rossett to spend hours solving programming puzzles before being even given the opportunity to submit contact information for a job consideration?

The same thing that prompts people to spend hours solving Project Euler or Top Coder or similar puzzles, with absolutely no expectation of return beyond the joy and satisfaction they derive from solving the problems.

Whether or not the sort of person who does is what Google needs is an open question, but it's definitely the sort of person Google hires. The interview process is composed of a series of programming puzzles, and one of the things interviewers look for is people who not only handle that sort of challenge, but who clearly enjoy it -- largely because the interviewers and all of their co-workers like such puzzles, and anyone else who does is very likely to fit in.

It makes perfect sense; the recruiting tool selects for exactly the sort of person who is likely to get hired, and to fit into the culture.

Comment Re:Women Count Too Low (Score 1) 434

I know AM tried to sell itself as a classier place, not just for hookups, but "Life is short, have an affair"?

And with a close up picture of a woman's full red lips. Mostly advertised on porn sites, whose viewership skews male.

They did not place ads with a picture of a hot dude on pintrest.

So, what you're saying is that while AM claimed to be marketing heavily to women, that claim was just part of their actual marketing to their actual target demographic: lonely, unhappy men.

I could buy that.

Comment Re:In other words. (Score 0) 257

The letter of the law and the spirit of the law are separate concepts.

The laws are often written where vague terminology, grey areas, and wiggle room can be extended or limited according to whim.

I do hope she gets the records another way, that satisfies all of the legal snags, real and ridiculously interpreted.

Even better if the Secretary helps Beth do that. Right?

But if another attempt results in another overly aggressive block, maybe you should stop defending the corrupt and believing their lies.

Comment Re: Smartphones have problems too (Score 1) 390

This is not true. Assisted GPS doesn't rely on cell networks, it makes use of cell networks for faster fixes. They still work fine without service, but they do take much longer to get a fix. This is evidenced by the fact that you can put your phone in airplane mode and hold it near the window of an airliner and still get a 10-satellite fix.

This is correct. There are a number of signals that GPS receivers use to improve their performance and accuracy. They use both cell-based network location and detection of nearby Wifi access points to get a very fast, rough idea of the location. That enables the system to know what GPS satellites should be in view, which means the GPS receiver doesn't have to wait for as much data from the satellites to get a good location.

They also use Wifi triangulation to fill in gaps in GPS coverage, when they don't have a clear line of sight to the sky. For this reason mobile phones often work much better than dedicated GPS units in cities where the rows of tall buildings reduce visibility of the sky.

They also use the GPS WAAS (Wide Area Augmentation System) when available to help make the GPS location fixes more precise. This system is primarily designed for use by aircraft but it can help ground-based receivers as well.

But you can shut off all of the other stuff, and you phone's GPS will still be able to get a location, as long as it can receive signals from the sky. It'll take longer and may not be as precise, but it will work.

Comment Re:Women Count Too Low (Score 1) 434

That doesn't sound right. I expect that the men completely outnumber the women, and that the 'women' are largely fake, but only 12,000?

With all the advertising that AM has done, and with the huge number of women online (consider pinterest for heavens sake), and the huge number of women that have affairs, it seems unlikely to me that only 12,000 actual women signed up.

I made the same point to my wife. She said she wasn't surprised.

Her explanation is that although there are plenty of unhappy women interested in affairs, she thinks women are more cautious and, more importantly, far less likely to be looking for sex rather than a relationship. If you want to find a relationship instead of a hookup, web sites aren't as good as real-world meetups (bars or whatever), and sites specifically focused on affairs aren't as good as general dating sites. I know AM tried to sell itself as a classier place, not just for hookups, but "Life is short, have an affair"?

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