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Comment: Maybe the disabled should get discounts (Score 1) 278

by frog_strat (#49397645) Attached to: 9th Circuit Rules Netflix Isn't Subject To Disability Law
This verdict seems due to the wording of the law, and Netflix not being associated with a physical location. And captioning all the content could be burdensome. But why make the disabled pay for content they cannot hear or understand ? Why not just give them a discount ?

Comment: "Roll the dice" interviewers (Score 1) 809

by frog_strat (#49049855) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Portion of Developers Are Bad At What They Do?
Who find some obscure question the candidate can't answer, then use that to demonstrate their superiority over the candidate. Instead of having a brief, relaxed, open technology conversation. When the candidate relaxes and starts talking about their technical experience, it isn't hard to tell if they are a good fit or not. And there is no insulting or demeaning of anyone in the process.

FWIW, I have been conducting a lot of interviews lately and I always say I am looking for 49% technical skill and 51% interpersonal skills, because the hardest problems in software engineering are not technical.

Comment: Re:Pretty difficult to find people (Score 1) 101

by frog_strat (#48962291) Attached to: Building a Good Engineering Team In a Competitive Market
Having worked at a few startups I can understand why people are hesitant to talk with you.
You might try these: 1) Offer a max overtime guarantee or time off for OT. (if you can't do at least one of these, something is wrong)
2) Let them know you understand what it is like to work for narcissists and mentally unwell entrepreneurs, and you will put effort into making sure everyone is treated with respect.

Comment: Don't forget OT and people skills (Score 1) 101

by frog_strat (#48962125) Attached to: Building a Good Engineering Team In a Competitive Market
I have been working in a great environment for two years. Of course a reasonable salary is important. But I always tell candidates there are two questions I would always like to ask if I were being interviewed:

1 Is there a lot of unpaid overtime ?
2 Does the management and team have a reasonable level of interpersonal skills ? (if you've been at this a while you know how important it ends up being)

So I tell them we have little OT, and an unusually high level of people skills and cooperation, base on my career experience. There is a lot more to think about than money,

Comment: I'm lovin' it (Score 2) 132

by frog_strat (#48644743) Attached to: Review: The BlackBerry Classic Is One of the Best Phones of 2009
I've had it three days and love it. After the Palm Pre I don't think I could be excited about another slab phone. Pressing on a piece of glass is not well suited to human anatomy or kinetic pleasure. I love the Classic and also enjoy how much that angers everyone. From an Android dev.

Comment: Re:Microsoft is not less evil,more companies are E (Score 1) 525

>>If large companies are so bad why do we still buy their products and services?
Often we are forced to choose the lesser evil. And of course, I am in the vast minority, considering a company's behavior before my purchase.

>> It's too easy to point at successful people and call them liars, crooks and hypocrites
I acknowledge your opinion but I was addressing the question "do we have serious problems with organizational leadership ?" I included a link to research that seems to confirm what many have felt for a while.

>>At the end of the day the biggest hypocrite is the one that continues to buy their products.
You make a good point. If everyone shopped like me there would be less of a problem. But looking at developmental studies that is not likely to happen soon. So should I abandon any attempt to improve the system ? I say no.

Comment: Re:Microsoft is not less evil,more companies are E (Score 1) 525

by frog_strat (#48374673) Attached to: Microsoft To Open Source<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET and Take It Cross-Platform
What is success ? Making money at any cost ? Producing defective games ? Telling your production engieers to shut up when the yields are below 50% ? Blaming the customer when the DVD reader design scratches the expensive games ? Using loopholes to extort small businesses ? Lying to congress ?

The root of the problem is not just corporations, it is pretty much all large organization structures. Movement to the top is usually the result of being good at politics, or mentally ill. (http://www.patheos.com/blogs/drishtikone/2013/10/are-ceos-and-entrepreneurs-psychopaths-multiple-studies-say-yes/) Neither of which will direct a corporatiion to benefit both stockholders and customers.

Maybe one hundred years from now, those in positions of authority will get extra scrutiny, as they should, and be assesed for narcissm, psycopathy. The company I work for is still reeling from misadventures of the previous CEO. I sensed a serious problem the day I first met him, and every time after that.

Comment: Re:Did you notice in the article (Score 1) 74

by frog_strat (#47787529) Attached to: Magnetic Stimulation Boosts Memory In Humans
>> Prove it.

My claim: Two o'clock comes before 5 o'clock.
Two o'clock: when concentration problems start with no noots
Five o'clock: when concentration problems start with noots
Tested daily. Of course you do not have phenomenological access to my mind.

Proof that this is somewhat related to Limitless ? Well you can watch the movie and see if you agree.

On Reddit you will see many people who use noots test themselves regularly on Lumosity or the Stanford tests, to try to rule out placebo effect, which is important.

Comment: Did you notice in the article (Score 2) 74

by frog_strat (#47784895) Attached to: Magnetic Stimulation Boosts Memory In Humans
That the wild ass speculation at the end is given equal footing with a formal study ? Having had a couple of mini-strokes, and having a job that mostly involves concentration, this topic is of interest to me. I can say that adderall (took it a couple of times) and my nootropic cocktail definitely help.

It is annoying how many fundamentalists.there are on here. Intelligent only in the cognitive domain. Science requires agnosticism. Engineering requires pessimism.

Comment: A little carbon tet never hurt anyone (Score 1) 303

by frog_strat (#47720915) Attached to: Scientists Baffled By Unknown Source of Ozone-Depleting Chemical
I grew up drinking the stuff. Living in the Ohio River / West Virginia area, we would get these warnings that local chemical industries had accidentally spilled carbon tet into the Ohio River. We were told to boil the water. I was suspicious, I thought, either boiling doesn't separate the carbon tet, or it does, and we are all standing in our kitchens breathing it.

The town I grew up in had to dig up 18 inches of dirt, process the dirt, and put it back. I think it was paid for by Superfund.

Comment: Re:DSP (Score 1) 202

by frog_strat (#47448911) Attached to: New Raspberry Pi Model B+
I am considering buying some embedded board for the guitar effect purpose. While I am familiar with Linux audio recording, I am new to these embedded boards. What kind of latencies does this have ? I want to try to build a multiband distortion, kind of like the Source Audio Multiwave, except more voiced like a TS9, and friendlier to single coils. I hate the nasty sound of too much blocking distortion, typically caused by allowing too much low frequency into the initial distortion stage. I used to configure my Vetta to simulate dual band, and it was awesome.

Comment: Once you get used to BB10 gestures (Score 1) 76

by frog_strat (#47264051) Attached to: Amazon's Android Appstore Coming To BlackBerry
you realize how much time you spend positioning your finger over that little square icon on Android. I think the Palm Pre was what first got me using gestures. Been using the Blackberry Z10 for a year now and love it. FWIW my day job lately is mostly coding on Android. I don't understand why so many people want a monoculture of phones. Definitely not wise.

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