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Comment: Re:Nitflix's F*'d HR means they have to pay more (Score 1) 105

by ark1 (#49795171) Attached to: A Tool For Analyzing H-1B Visa Applications Reveals Tech Salary Secrets
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

by ark1 (#49542153) Attached to: Median Age At Google Is 29, Says Age Discrimination Lawsuit
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

by ark1 (#47626613) Attached to: Massive Russian Hack Has Researchers Scratching Their Heads
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

by ark1 (#47052935) Attached to: FBI Need Potheads To Fight Cybercrime

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

by ark1 (#46657287) Attached to: Should NASA Send Astronauts On Voluntary One-Way Missions?
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.

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. -- Arthur C. Clarke