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Comment: Re:List the STL? Seriously? (Score 1) 471

by reanjr (#47979527) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

If you're looking for someone with STL experience who is expected to be up to speed and generating good, idiomatic code, then these types of questions can help weed out people who know C++, but don't have a lot of practical experience with the type of code your company wants. It's not the best interview question, but it's not terrible, either. Unless they expect you to actually list every single one. If you can spout off array, vector, and deque; that's a pretty good start.

Comment: Re:They always told me I was so smart... (Score 2) 243

by reanjr (#47739033) Attached to: It's Dumb To Tell Kids They're Smart

Intelligence can be a liability when you are surrounded by people who continuously spew a stream on nonsense from their mouth holes. When you know every word coming from someone's mouth is utter bullshit, lies, misunderstandings, or misdirection, it's not appropriate to blame poor social skill when you treat that person like a worthless piece of shit.

Comment: Because it's unimportant (Score 1) 278

by reanjr (#47655807) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Are Online Job Applications So Badly Designed?

It simply doesn't matter. The job applications process doesn't affect corporate branding and is intended - primarily - to weed through a huge number of candidates and reject the vast majority of them. There's simply no value to spending time making these systems good. One might say they even serve to weed out people not dedicated enough to deal with the bullshit.

The one exception is if you are web shop looking for developers. Then your application process better be flawless or you're going to attract some pretty terrible applicants.

Comment: Re:Uh oh, this isn't good (if it works) (Score 1) 162

by reanjr (#47627147) Attached to: US Intelligence Wants Tools To Tell: Who's the Smartest of Them All?

That's ridiculous. We already lived through centuries of society where it was easy to measure physical strength when physical strength was a strong indicator of work success. This did not lead to the stratification of the physically weak from the physically strong.

Comment: Re:Is the CEO really trying to argue.. (Score 3, Insightful) 59

by reanjr (#47607381) Attached to: Ex-Autonomy CFO: HP Trying To Hide Truth

Non-publicly traded companies have some leeway with how they do their accounting. This is especially important for startups which may not have a relevant example to fall back on. Just because their accounting didn't meet HP's standards does not mean they were "cooking the books".

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