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Comment: Re:Normal people who code, India - H1B (Score 1) 497

by netsavior (#47417395) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software
well... generally if you can explain your personal project the rest of the interview is pretty much immaterial. Someone who thinks "hey I could write a program to solve this... then does it, pretty much embodies what I am looking for as a co-worker."

What I am looking for is someone who can code, and people who write code do it to solve problems... If you can't give me an example of solving a problem for yourself, you have to give me an example of solving a problem for your employer.

Compare it to an Auto-mechanic. - If you were a muscle car shop, one of the questions you would ask is "What do you drive, and what's under the hood?" And if they say "Well I take the bus" you would need to ask "So what's the coolest car you rebuilt for your last boss and what were the challenges?" But if they said "I drive a yenko chevelle" it wouldn't really matter what they did for their boss.

Comment: Normal people who code, India - H1B (Score 1) 497

by netsavior (#47416107) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software
Normal humans can become programmers if they go to a technical high school, and attend a science program in college. Typically on slashdot we call them "H1B Visa holders." That is literally the entire philosophy behind the "Bachelor of Engineering" college system in India.

As a peer interviewer:
about 5% of the people I interview seem like "Obsessive programmers" - like TFA suggests (I recommend hiring most of the obsessive programmers).
about 10% of people I interview are competent programmers who are probably normal humans who write code because they have to pay the bills somehow..
about 85% of people I interview have 7 years experience as a "programmer" and definitely could not write code if their life depended on it.

I have found no discernible patterns in resumes to predict these outcomes, but in interviews it is fairly easy.
Question 1 - "So, what was the last program you wrote for yourself at home? What did you write it in, and why did you write it?" - If they have literally any example of programming they did "for fun" or to solve a real life problem, (and they aren't otherwise unhireable) they are hired.

Question 2 - "Describe the last class/module/function you wrote for work, why you wrote it that way, and what was hard about it." - If they have any reasonable answer, we will drill down into competencies... otherwise, they are almost certainly in the 85% category of people who somehow make a living pretending to code.

Almost all of the 10%ers who are "competent" but not "obsessive" have computer science degrees and are very serious about work, but not in to the "hobby" these are normal humans writing code, and doing fine at it. Lots and lots of them were educated in India.

The 5% obsessives were born into it. They (and I am including myself here) would be writing code even if it wasn't their job. Frankly. I have seen all kinds of educational backgrounds in the obsessives, usually computer science, but sometimes music or English, or Math or Geology or no college at all.

I guess what I am saying is that India already realized this, and has a population more willing to stick to a difficult degree plan "just for a job"

Comment: Re:I still don't understand their keyboards (Score 1) 135

by netsavior (#47415659) Attached to: BlackBerry's Innovation: Square-Screened Smartphones
meh, you can put all the "non-querty" things on screen... 90% of the keyboard being physical is certainly different/better/more usable than 0% of the keyboard being physical.

If I were designing my perfect phone, it would probably look a lot like this, but bigger and with even more of a keyboard, which is why nobody ever asked me to design a phone.

I still miss my blackberry curve, and if I could have my 5.5 inch Galaxy Note screen size, Android KitKat, and a blackberry keyboard, I would trip over myself to give them my money.

Comment: Oh DC... Marketing is king (Score 4, Insightful) 244

Imagine this headline:
DC Comics donates statue for murdered boy's grave site.

That statue would cost less than the lawyer's fees for this fiasco and a hell of a lot less than a full page ad in the New York Times, but would get them 10x the goodwill.

Comment: Nissan computer, is that you? (Score 2) 146

Uzi Nissan, of Nissan computer fame has been paying the price for years for daring to be born with a name that was later copyrighted.

For the record, they use a hosting provider called SourceDNS, or so the internets claim... (though I cannot find such a provider). If computer is still up, your is totally safe

Comment: corporate: Being an employee vs doing your job (Score 1) 131

by netsavior (#47377577) Attached to: Employees Staying Away From Internal Corporate Social Networks
The truth is, "Management" has a job which is largely "be an employee" eg. Their job is to organize and think about and fine tune the company and team.
non-management has a job which is "Make, sell, process, or manufacture widgets." eg. write code, process loans, sell tires, whatever.

There is always an imbalance. Management naturally gravitates toward more and more of an employee's job entailing "being an employee" whereas non-management seem to universally prefer that as little as possible of their working hours be consumed with non-occupational "being an employee" tasks.

We used email so much that email is now so high-volume and meaningless... I know "High priority" flags will solve all of our problems.

Ok now 500 "high priority" emails a day are received and unanswered for each employee.

Corporate Instant messenger! Sametime, Microsoft Office Communicator, Lync... Our problems are solved! Now we can side-step email, since it always goes unanswered.

I know! people love checking facebook, lets set up a corporate newsfeed that is totally the same!

Comment: Re:Ah, Man (Score 1) 133

oh gotcha, yeah MAME will do MvC2 if you spend a weekend matching versions and fiddling with configs, depending on your hardware, but good luck with MvC3. I vastly prefer Steam ports to MAME, since they are so much more polished, and hassle free, but yeah... they don't want your money, apparently.

Comment: Re:Ah, Man (Score 1) 133

I think the only games I'd actually want that aren't ported are Marvel vs. Capcom 2 and MvC 3, both of which are highly unlikely to be ported again since Disney bought Marvel.

MvC2 is on xbox live arcade and playstation store, I have it on dreamcast (as well as a proper port of Xmen vs Street fighter the reason I bought dreamcast), MvC3 has two different Editions on PS3 and XBox360

Comment: The only way to end "big money" politics (Score 3, Insightful) 148

The only way to stop Koch brothers and various BribeLaunderingPacs from throwng hundreds of millions of dollars at elections is for it to cease to be cost-effective to do so. The first time money doesn't make a difference, it will no longer be an issue. Free flow of information is a significant step.

300 million "average" people each donating as much as they possibly can afford, cannot even hope to match the BribePac power of a single Walton or Koch.

It is 100% fruitless to attempt to fight them on this arena, the only thing we can hope to do is defeat them with unlimited free press (via the internet)... which is a huge longshot, but at least it isn't mathematically impossible,

Comment: Re:One Sample (Score 4, Insightful) 151

by netsavior (#47324029) Attached to: Neanderthals Ate Their Veggies
The fact that they had a high rate of conversion (i.e. they digested the plant instead of passing it) it is reasonable to assume that they were ADAPTED to eating veggies, which means it was part of the reason they survived/evolved.

Finding veggies in stool is no big deal, wild cats poop out grass all the time, it doesn't make them true omnivores.

They found DIGESTED vegetable matter, that is the true find, and one that easily extrapolates across the entire species.

Comment: Skip technology (Score 1) 208

by netsavior (#47274823) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Bequeath Sensitive Information?
Use Acid-free paper and just print it out. If you want to be more clandestine and secure, then print out the information about the accounts and the credentials in two separate places. Like for instance:
Fed-ex the unlabeled passwords
USPS the un-passworded accounts list

The truth is, if you put it on a thumb drive, it might fail. If you put it on a CD it might fail (or 3 years from now, your grandma's iBookPro won't be able to read a CD).

As humans, we read paper documents that were created 100 years ago. It is a reliable data mechanism that is predictable and will out-live you for sure.

Plus it doesn't require that your executor be a cryptography nerd in order to make sure your wishes are followed.

Air pollution is really making us pay through the nose.