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Comment: Re:Sort of dumb. (Score 2) 522

by jcr (#49618715) Attached to: Recruiters Use 'Digital Native' As Code For 'No Old Folks'

They didn't seem to think there was anything unusual about asking an interview candidate to spend an entire day doing pair programming with them on their own codebase.

Heh... I had a similar situation a month or so ago. Headhunter cold-called me, told me how hard they're looking for people with serious amounts of Mac experience, so I went to see the customer (startup over in Mountain View), product wasn't terribly interesting, and then the recruiter says they want me to come in for a "coding exercise" that should only take about four to six hours. I told him my rate for very short term projects, and he actually expected me to give them six hours of my time on spec.

I quit taking his calls.


Comment: Re:The Perfect Bait (Score 1) 1037

by jcr (#49609799) Attached to: Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event In Texas

Organise a "draw Jesus sodomizing Mary" contest in Texas and you'll get crazy Christian jihadists doing the same thing.

This turns out not to be the case. That dude who got tax money for an "art" piece that consisted of a crucifix immersed in urine is still walking around, with no contract on his head that I've ever heard of.


Comment: Re:Wow ... (Score 1) 263

by ToasterMonkey (#49603691) Attached to: Crashing iPad App Grounds Dozens of American Airline Flights

Interesting. Thanks. But the entire fleet was not down, only several dozen. The ipads "powered down unexpectedly", not the type of behavior you expect from changes to a document data change, but a very common problem when an app or OS has been updated or changed in some manner.

You're right, it was just dozens - I misremembered the article. But they all appeared to be at the same time. You can't do auto update on the OS itself, though an app update could happen automatically. But supposedly they could not get the iPads to work at all without reconnecting to the airport WiFi network. That doesn't make much sense for any kind of update.

The fix mentioned in the article was deleting and reinstalling the app, so that's probably got to do with it. It's a big app?

Comment: Re:Wow ... (Score 1) 263

by ToasterMonkey (#49603645) Attached to: Crashing iPad App Grounds Dozens of American Airline Flights

Honestly, the Apple-ness of this is completely irrelevant, and you know damned well it is.

Actually it's entirely relevant.

An application took down the entire OS. This is exactly the thing we derided Microsoft for allowing for so long. I've been working with Android, including some very dodgy hacked versions for my Motorola Milestone and I've never had an application crash the OS. Sure applications have crashed but that would be back to the home screen (androids version of a crash to desktop) but never had it take down the entire OS. Even in modern Windows it's very hard for an application to cause the OS to reboot.

So first off, it demonstrates the application was not properly sandboxed by the OS.

Secondly, I thought this was exactly the kind of thing Apple's "well curated" walled garden is meant to prevent.

So not only is it difficult for the same thing to happen on Windows, Linux or Android, but Apple is supposed to have extra protection against this kind of thing.

Get back on your meds please.

"No flights were canceled, and pilots have been notified how to fix the bug, by deleting the app and re-installing it. Apple said it had confirmed that the iPads’ own hardware and operating system did not crash, and that the issue was with the Jeppesen app."

Comment: Re:Shoulda run Linux (Score 1) 263

by ToasterMonkey (#49602883) Attached to: Crashing iPad App Grounds Dozens of American Airline Flights

No. We are talking about a well understood industry standard document format. The idea that 100 million dollar planes could be grounded over not being able to open PDF documents is simply appalling regardless of what kind of excuses you want to make for it.

If it wasn't Apple code that was directly responsible here it certainly seems that their approach to design was at the heart of all of this.

An overflowing toilet can keep a 100 million dollar plane on the ground, so I'm sure a computer can.

Entropy requires no maintenance. -- Markoff Chaney