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Comment: Re:Hopefully the applicants had a relevent backrou (Score 1) 809

by linear a (#49049311) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Portion of Developers Are Bad At What They Do?
It's a common pattern and I have to watch out for it myself. Take something I know a lot about (e.g., thermodynamics). When I'm working with other people I instinctively feel that everybody in the world including uncontacted tribes in the Amazon should know at least 10% of what I know about the topic. Once somebody doesn't even show that crude level of knowledge then I figure they are either uselessly ignorant or intentionally obstructive. In reality, the average person will know virtually zero on the topic by my gut feel is that they should know more.

Comment: Re: America, land of the free... (Score 1) 720

by linear a (#48551013) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?
Hiring is often a big filtering process. Get all the resumes and go into a throw-away frenzy. Keep 10% of them at most. Felons very likely to end up in the throwaway pile. Even worse I suppose if a corporate HR department is pre-filtering resumes. My standard advice for ex-cons is to see if they can start and run a small business. Some businesses require background checks to be able to work in (government contracting, anything to do with schools, etc) but some don't have customers who check backgrounds (small IT repair shops). Unfortunately, this requires some capital to get going and also require some ambition and willingness to fail to try starting a business.

Byte your tongue.