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Comment Re:not all sets have a solution (Score 1) 208

Well, that's why I said 'perhaps' - not because it isn't important, but that spelling and dress sense indicate a lack of it to any significant degree. I would argue that it almost always matters too...well, that you have to be *perfect* at it.

If it were important to be perfect at 'attention to detail' then almost all recruiters should never have been hired. They are so incredibly picky about typos and wot-not on CVs/resumes, and yet the job specs they put out are usually riddled with them; and worse, they're often technically dubious too (IMO).

Comment Re:not all sets have a solution (Score 1) 208

Wow, sooo correct.

I was wondering, do extroverts only hire extroverts, and introverts only hire introverts?

Having said that, I imagine there *are* jobs where being able to present on a white board in high-stress situations...not so common though, I'd wager.

It also puzzles me why recruiters (HR?) are so fussy about spelling and dressing smartly - unless those qualities are actually important for the position, which they're usually not very (documentation perhaps, and attention to detail too). My guess is it's more about pride and/or power-craziness. Perhaps it's also a sign of laziness, since they usually get too many applications and they have to par them down somehow. Either way, IMO, it certainly doesn't do the company any good to hire people based on such things.

Comment China (Score 1) 111

They may well still have a chance in China...they had huge brand recognition there. Apple is big there, but people get pissed off with it a fair bit. Google has no presence at all, but companies use the FOSS Android to build phones and that's pretty common. I think Nokia still have a chance there, and I'll bet that's where they'll start too, since they're looking for a manufacturer.

Comment Re:It wouldn't. (Score 4, Insightful) 111

I thought the N95 was amazing, and the N90 was pretty awesome too....and the N9 was spectacular. I loved my E9 too....I remember using it with a bluetooth keyboard to send/receive email and surf/etc at an airport and it turned a few heads, and that was in Finland where they were much more common than anywhere else.

Miss the boat when it came to smart phones...they were *years* ahead of the current crop.

Actually, I find myself disagreeing with almost everything you say...not much point in continuing.

But, yeah, I'm nobody, so you're right.

Comment time for a choice of OS then? (Score 1) 362

Up until now, there have been few vendors to choose pre-installed Linux. IMO, the most usual thing is for people wanting to run Linux is to buy it with Windows pre-installed, boot it straight into a Linux install disk, and wipe off Windows - perhaps with the additional step of reclaiming the cost of Windows included with the purchase.

IINM, that won't be possible, so we need a 'none' option on the OS choice list before we buy it, then they don't install anything and just ship it directly to us.

In some ways, that seems a lot simpler, if we can get the likes of Dell, Lenovo/etc to do that. Maybe they will start selling more pre-installed Linux desktops - there have been some, but the choice was limited and there was always the 'wipe Windows' option.

Comment Is it legal? (Score 1) 479

I was made redundant from a well-respected company in Silicon Valley. As part of the package, they sent us to professional resume of the first things he said was that, if he was given a resume that detailed sex (as well as other things like 'age'), the resume would immediately be thrown in the bin. The reason was that there could be accusations of discrimination and that would make them legally 'exposed'.
It seems to me that companies are doing this openly these days...

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 479

You don't think there's anything inherently valuable in having a diverse work force? I can think of two reasons why it might be that it is valuable to the business as a whole to have as diverse a work force as possible; 1) you have a diverse selection of opinions/view points and so you're more likely to have someone who has the optimum solution to a problem; 2) perhaps you can target a wider set of customers?

I've no idea if they are actually true, but they seem self-evident to me. Those are off the top of my head - I imagine people who've studied the issues might come up with other reasons too.

Are these invalid somehow?

Comment Re:What's the graduation rate for women? (Score 1) 479

> You *do* have to give girls the confidence that they can compete

That works for men/boys too - lack of self-confidence isn't restricted to the female dex. Although, I'm not sure how useful being able to compete is in the actual job...'back room boys' (or girls) are under-rated, imo.

Comment Re:Anecdotes (Score 1) 479

I tend to agree that it is an issue with society rather than any instance of sexism...but *how* does one 'challenge larger cultural institutions'? I'm not convinced (yet) that positive discrimination is the right/only way - that seems equally sexist to me...but it seems to be the option chosen by employers.

If I were passed over for a position in favour of a women, when I was equally qualified (or even *more* qualified), then I would consider legal action. I suspect I wouldn't get very far though (several issues would be difficult to prove), but IMO it should be illegal.

Stellar rays prove fibbing never pays. Embezzlement is another matter.