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The Brainteaser Elon Musk Asks New SpaceX Engineers 480

Posted by samzenpus
from the riddle-me-this dept.
Nerval's Lobster writes: The latest biography of Elon Musk, by technology journalist Ashlee Vance, provides an in-depth look into how the entrepreneur and tech titan built Tesla Motors and SpaceX from the ground up. For developers and engineers, getting a job at SpaceX is difficult, with a long interviewing/testing process... and for some candidates, there's a rather unique final step: an interview with Musk himself. During that interview, Musk reportedly likes to ask candidates a particular brainteaser: "You're standing on the surface of the Earth. You walk one mile south, one mile west, and one mile north. You end up exactly where you started. Where are you?" If you can answer that riddle successfully, and pass all of SpaceX's other stringent tests, you may have a shot at launching rockets into orbit.

Comment: The next trend (Score 1) 71

by dargaud (#49724173) Attached to: UK Criminals Use Drones To Case Burglary Prospects
With all this recent drone paranoia, it's only a matter of time before some bozo comes up with a tiny laser system mounted on an accoustic/optical detector combination that shoots them out of the sky, or at least fries their cameras. Hell, you can purchase 4W laser 'pens' over the Internet. The rest is not that hard to do if safety is not a requirement !!!

Comment: Re:Plasma 5 is far from complete (Score 1) 59

by dargaud (#49710465) Attached to: KDE Plasma 5 Becomes the Default Desktop of OpenSUSE Tumbleweed
Yeah, and I'm one of the victims. Sleep mode wakes to a black screen. Some windows (kate, konsole...) don't reopen in new sessions; all others reopen on the 1st desktop. 'flat' icon styles are not distinctive enough (all grey). If you use the ATI driver there's no more console and you can't unlock the screen... and more. It's usable, but those things are annoying and unpolished. Particularly after years of very smooth Kubuntu upgrades.

Comment: Re:Allowing your mind to close. (Score 1) 360

by dargaud (#49696109) Attached to: What Happens To Our Musical Taste As We Age?

In your teens and early 20's you're partying hard with friends, getting laid, and making lots of good memories.

Whoah, we must be living on different planets. In my teens I had zits, I couldn't talk to a girl to save my life, parents and teachers kept telling me I sucked, I had no money, no transportation and I could never do anything I would have wanted to (too dangerous, too expensive, too far, etc). Maybe it's the reason why I still seek new bands in my 40s... (scandinavian metal rules!)

Comment: Re:I know that happened to me. (Score 1) 360

by dargaud (#49696093) Attached to: What Happens To Our Musical Taste As We Age?
Well, as might as well asked this here: I'm looking for a very simple mp3 player for a small kid. Only requirements are: no more than a few (real) buttons (play, stop, next), and an integrated speaker. There used to be walkmen with speakers, but I've been unable to find a small mp3 player with one (or they are full on boomboxes).

Comment: Re:Keeps the brain sharp (Score 1) 170

Same here. I've long wondered why climbing is so chock-full of intellectuals (somewhat less so in the US than in Europe, lots of dirtbags without a job in the former). Most climbers are engineers, researchers, etc... It's certainly not because of money because once you have harness, shoes and rope you are pretty much set for the next few years. Maybe because it's one of the few sports where you can stop and think for as long as you want (or rather as long as your arms can hold).

Comment: Re:Never talk about feminity crisis. (Score 1) 949

I overheard a conversation recently. There were a girl upset that a guys at a party totally missed the fact that she wanted to be asked out. She flirted shamelessly, but the guy ignored her and instead asked out her friend - who promptly turned him down. They then both called the guy "an idiot".

Reminds me of something that happened when I was a kid (of 16). While on a trip I asked a girl out. She said no. Fine. Then at the end of the trip she asked me why I didn't ask a second time... Turns out she wanted another guy, but when that one went out with another girl she would have settled for me fine.

Relationship are complicated. Events like this make you grow up. After something like that you may be bitter for a while but then you start to understand people better... and economics too !!! If you spend your time doing video games, you won't grow up.

If all else fails, lower your standards.

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