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Comment Re:"Women don't like trash talk, be more sensitive (Score 1) 733

It's nothing to do with women. I'm a guy and I have no interest in being part of these "communities" for precisely this reason. I also run an engineering team and if anyone came to work with this kind of attitude they'd be out so fast their head would spin, I don't give a flying crap how good they think they are.

It seems to me as if a lot of these OSS groups suffer from the same problem with self appointed Masters of the Universe as Wikipedia.

Comment Re:Where are all these employees? (Score 1) 230

I like to think we're pretty open minded when it comes to experience. For example, when I joined the company I had many years of development experience, but in a totally different domain. It was a tough learning curve but they helped me through it. We also do hire grads straight out of school, typically through our intern program which has identified a number of really awesome people.

It's the mid-level 3-7 year crowd. There is no shortage of people applying, but the SNR is terrible. So much resume stuffing, lots of people lying about their experience and knowledge. If you come along saying you're an 8 year Java veteran who's been building performance critical stuff and you can't tell me the difference between a LinkedList and an ArrayList you're either lying or just really bad at your job.

Oh well I guess I'll stop complaining and go back to reading terrible resumes :)

Comment Re:Where are all these employees? (Score 1) 230

Actually we are very famous for being a good workplace, we've won awards for it. We compete directly with Google for talent and are competitive with them on both pay and benefits - a number of our staff are ex-Google. So yeah, when I said it wasn't pay or benefits I meant it.

Comment Where are all these employees? (Score 0) 230

I've been a hiring manager at a few large companies over the years. It's never been easy to find good people with or without H1-Bs. Right now I'm sitting on 3 open seats for devs, it's not because of pay or benefits - on the face of it these are pretty desirable jobs - it's just really hard to find qualified candidates. Once I'm turning great people away I'll believe we don't have a talent pool problem.

Comment Re:Yawn (Score 1) 105

A PIN doesn't help. The Target hack (and all the hundreds of similar attacks) took everything you enter on the pinpad, including the card number, expiry etc. If you entered a PIN they'd have that too. Using a contactless system the card number presented is one time use - you can grab whatever you like from the terminal and it's useless. So using Google/Apple Pay (I haven't read up on the Samsung one) is demonstrably more secure than a swipe card.

Now of course it's not a financial loss we're guarding against here, the card issuer agreements cover you from that, but having to get new cards and numbers issued is a real hassle.

As regards convenience - I was in a store today and paid just by holding my watch over the pinpad. Useful seeing as my other hand was busy trying to stop my 3 year old daughter running off!

Comment Re:How long will the company stay up? (Score 1) 494

You're making the assumption that the CEO was personally involved. He may have been, he also may not have been. His resignation was a given regardless due to the size of the problem, he is 100% responsible for the actions of his employees. Doesn't mean he was aware or actually approved of what went down. Yes he resigned and got his package but a decent amount of that (and his current wealth) is likely tied up in VW stock for quite a while, and may also be subject to clawbacks if it is determined he acted against the best interest of the company.

When it comes down to it an engineer wrote the code, knowing full well (we have to assume) that it wasn't legit. I'm sure he didn't do it on his own, and all those responsible up the chain should be identified. But I'd actually be kinda surprised if it went as high as the C-suite.

Comment Re:Stupid FUD (Score 1) 303

I have cat-5 running through my attic and it does seem very sensitive to lightning. Don't think I've had any direct hits but at least 2 instances where there seems to have been a surge in one of the runs. Both cases resulted in burnt out ports on both the device and the switch, but no further damage. I have no idea what I can (easily) do about it.

Comment Re:DDoS solutions? (Score 1) 70

There are configuration based approaches which work for some specific classes of attack. For the more general case the only thing you can really do is increase your downstream capacity, either by actually having fatter pipes into your DC and the requisite routers/firewalls/proxies to handle the load, or by making use of an upstream filter like cloudflare. Or both :)

Comment Re:Why would you want this? (Score 1) 66

I never said it was impossible :) I'm glad EFS is coming along, it's certainly a welcome addition. But, the fact it's still in preview - many years after S3 become commonplace, and it costs more than 10x as much as S3 - tells me it's not easy.

What I was trying to get across was that the reason for the popularity of the object storage model is that it benefits the storage provider - not the client.

I apologize if I misrepresented your efforts!

Comment Re:Mobbing and agitprop is "culture"? (Score 1) 141

Tesla has about the same number of employees and they design, build, sell and service futuristic electric cars that accelerate faster than a Formula One racing car.

First off, no they don't. The Tesla has a 0-60 of 2.8s, an F1 car does 2s or lower. You may be confusing "an F1 race car" with "the McLaren F1" which is a production road car and which Tesla stated they wanted to equal in performance.

To your main point, organizations tend to grow non-linearly in my experience. As you add more of your "primary" employee types, you need more and more support staff. As you get more clients you need more sales people to support them, more finance people to handle the money, and so on. It explodes. As well as that natural growth a company like Facebook has a huge pressure to be innovating and coming up withe next $billion idea - and with the amount of cash they have throwing people at the problem is easy. So a lot of those people are probably working on secret stuff that may never see the light of day and may only be tangentially related to their core business - a lot like Google and to a lesser extent Apple/Microsoft.

A committee is a group that keeps the minutes and loses hours. -- Milton Berle