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Comment: Re:COBOL was better than JavaScript. (Score 4, Insightful) 291

by Snotnose (#47651837) Attached to: The Technologies Changing What It Means To Be a Programmer
I've used a lot of languages in the last 35 years, I've only actively hated 1. That would be Javascript. I find it amazing you can test your code for weeks, but as soon as you let someone else run it everything breaks in mysterious ways because they have a different environment than you do.

Javascript needs to die, and I'll find another job before I waste any more time programming this POS "language".

Comment: My saddest interview (Score 1) 514

by Snotnose (#47570885) Attached to: Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step
Around 2000 or so had a black guy in his 20s come in, dressed to the nines, well spoken, really likeable guy. I was his first interview and, when I met him in the lobby, he had an older white guy with him. hmmm. My interview technique is to start with softball questions to get them to relax, then get harder and harder questions. I don't want to stress them out, I want them to be themselves and give me an idea of what they know and how easy they will be to work with.

This kid couldn't answer my softball question. Couldn't even try, he had no clue. Tried an easier question, utter failure. I kept dumbing down my questions, and it wasn't until we got to data types that he could, eventually, come up with an answer. He couldn't even answer questions from his resume.

Thing was, as the interview went on I got to like this kid more and more. Really nice kid who seemed to have read a quick tutorial on C but had never so much as written a hello world.

My guess is he was a disadvantaged kid who went to some program, the program did a week of classroom, no lab, wrote his resume, loaned him a suit, got him an interview, drove him there, and presented them as an experienced C programmer to companies.

Comment: Re:What Jesse wants (Score 1) 514

by Snotnose (#47570829) Attached to: Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

There have been questions of my ability to do what is on my resume that are legit.

My typical modus operandi is to scan the resume for things I've done myself, the more obscure the better. I then target that in the interview. It's amazing how often people list crap on their resume that was done somewhere in the building, but not by themselves.

For example, I spent about 4 years in the 80's working on the 1553 bus, and considered myself an expert on the protocol, the hardware, and the usage of the bus. A few years ago some idiot put 1553 on his resume but, in the interview, couldn't answer anything about it other than "the military uses it". No shit sherlock, that's my it's full name is MIL-SPEC-1553.

Comment: I'm probably one of them (Score 2) 570

by Snotnose (#47561811) Attached to: 35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'
2-3 months ago I got a notice from the State (CA) collection agency stating I owed them $200 from 2007, along with warnings they could garnish my salary, garnish an incomtax refund, take my firstborn, etc. First I've heard of it. They have a number to call to ask questions. Half the time the phone isn't answered, the other half I leave voicemail that is never returned. So I'm prolly in collections, along with the credit ding, for a 7 year debt I knew nothing about and can't get any information on.

I'm about to spend the money for a registered letter to ask WTF, but I'll bet they don't respond to it.

Farking asshats.

Comment: I majored in applied math (Score 2) 241

by Snotnose (#47486937) Attached to: Math, Programming, and Language Learning
some 20 years ago (yikes, did the math and it's closer to 30). I wanted to do signal processing and such, but I realized MIT grad students were doing all the fun stuff. I now write embedded software, and the only time I use math is when I either go off on a tangent, or sine off on an apology for doing so.

Comment: Re:Subject bait (Score 4, Insightful) 379

by Snotnose (#47440631) Attached to: A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System
So a bunch of insane asshats decide to shoot rockets at you, and you're supposed to pull up stakes and move elsewhere? In this example, from Israel to the US?
I have to admit, I must be missing something. If a bunch of nutjobs in Tijuana decided to shoot rockets into my hometown of San Diego I would certainly hope the government would respond.

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