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Comment: Re:News at elleven (Score 5, Insightful) 290

Pity you are at 0, because this is exactly it. Whenever I wish to change phone I look at the same phone on contract 'subsidised' and paying outright. Every time so far it has worked out cheaper to buy the phone, then equivalent service. Also every time my monthly cost has dropped after some time, so it works out even cheaper than the original calculation makes out. Further - if i wish to change phone, I sell the old one, and get to choose a new one (I never come out ahead, but it is nice to reduce the burden).

Comment: Re:Not blocking, just ignoring (Score 2) 291

by nightgeometry (#43268445) Attached to: Google Blogger: Vietnamese HS Students Excelling At CS
I haven't been to the US for a couple of years, but last few times i _was_ there I was really impressed with... bar tenders. It seemed that some people saw this is a perfectly good career choice, and indeed were very good at it. From minimal chats it seemed like they earned a reasonable wage too.

That seems fair enough, skilled workers, good at their jobs, earning a decent living and getting respect for it. I had assumed that a lot of non-white collar workers in the US were similar, is that not the case? (It seemed to me one of the really good things about the US).

Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 562

by nightgeometry (#43028327) Attached to: Controversy Over Violet Blue's Harm Reduction Talk
One side says that there were threats of making a big issue of it, the other side says nothing of the sort. You can decide who you believe, but you can't say some who believes the other persons view is being deceitful. Personally I think this whole /. discourse goes a long fucking way to demonstrating why woman may have issues with guys in tech.

Comment: Re:Provoking (Score 1) 1130

Except it is obviously tosh. (I say that as a big fan or Orwell - this is one of his stupid pieces). Look at times with simple weapons - times when most societies were tyrannical, normally monarchical tyranny, but also often religious. Now look at complex weapons societies - like most of the democracies we have.

Comment: Re:College essays (Score 1) 215

by nightgeometry (#42529653) Attached to: Linguistics Identifies Anonymous Users
Fair point on plagiarism. The college I do some work for _claims_ to be able to spot when someone else has written your essay for you though. And in fact I thought this did tie into plagiarism - in that the software also aims to identify when writing style changes. Though that was told me by one of their prof's, who whilst not a complete idiot probably was only parroting what he was told.

Comment: Re:I ask candidates puzzles (Score 1) 672

by nightgeometry (#38611680) Attached to: Are Brain Teasers Good Hiring Criteria?
In general - never *ever* filter someone out on one part of the interview. Except... if they go silent - instant fail. if they say to me - sorry, I can't think right now / could i have 5 minutes alone / could i get back to you later et cetera, not such a bad response. Going silent - always bad. If someone doesn't understand, doesn't know, needs help, and they don't tell me - then they don't fit on my team. Maybe they are great at their job, maybe they are awesome at some things, too bad, just too big a risk I'm afraid. BUT - that is because of my personality as much as theirs - I need people who will point out when they have a problem. Interviews aren't just about the candidate, they are about my team, the project they will be going to, the people they will be working with and me (assuming I will be managing them).

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