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Comment Re:Nitflix's F*'d HR means they have to pay more (Score 1) 124

Netflix numbers don't tell it all. The big difference is justified by the fact that the pay includes bonuses/stocks and all their jobs are in the Bay Area where cost of living is way above avg. A Goog/MS Senior Engineer making 150-160K + bonus + stock will end up with a similar total compensation package.

Comment Re:Missing data point. (Score 1) 349

In interviews, Google actually focuses more on fundamental concepts which don't change that much over time (architecture/design, system internals, algorithms/data structures etc...) rather than specific technologies. You can code in the language of your choice most of the time. Problem is most people don't need/know or refuse to apply good foundations in their day to day job.

Comment Re:Objection! (Score 1) 102

When personal information is compromised, I feel most companies DO NOT want to know that they were hacked because then they have to notify the users + take steps, or at least make it look like they do, to be more secure and reputation takes a hit. If only the hackers have this information and abuse it without revealing where they got it, the company could not care less as this does not affect their business.
Sure the hack may become public down the road but at least there is a chance it may never be.

Comment Re:Would they just put up with it for a key hire? (Score 1) 319

Assuming you've got a track record as a top-notch white hat hacker and security guy and you had some unique experience/skill mix that the FBI really felt they needed, would they just kind of put up with it, maybe/especially if you lived in a state like Colorado or had a medical card in California?

How do companies like Apple/Oracle/Google/MS/Amazon handle it in California now? My first hand experience and everything I've read in the media makes pot seem pretty well accepted in California and there's certainly a counter-culture kind of attitude among a lot of technology people. If you get recruited to Google because you're something special, do they give you a piss test and then tell you they won't hire you?

If you are a world class mathematician, NSA will hire you without the traditional polygraph. Under these circumstances they will likely invest more on the field investigation which are fairly expensive but for exceptional individuals likely worth the extra $$$.

Comment If NASA were an ISP... (Score 3, Funny) 307

A recruitment ad could look something like this:

Aspiring Astronaut, why join NASA?
-Experience blazing speed* inside one of our rockets
-Survivor rate up to 100%
-Professional customer support associate available 24/7.

*Upload speed may be significantly faster than download back to Earth, other conditions apply.

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