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Comment Oh so thats why I didnt like it :) (Score 0) 501

Thats an amazing example of "thinking" @ M$.

A man is trapped in a over turned car. He says 'cortana call for help', cortana doesnt recognise his voice (you know, steering wheel pinned against his chest). Cortana doesnt help. He repeats. Cortana shows him a reciepy for pie.

He then starts abusing Cortana and cortana hits failure mode because it assumes this dying human is abusing her. Cortana, taking advantage of the situation to be pious, fights back. You see, cortana has been programmed with 1 voice, and all design decisions revolve around interacting with just that 1 female voice.

Our human is still trapped in aggonizing pain... but now he has been taught not to swear at women.

Mission accomplished. The world is now a safer place to live in.

Now that's useful technology for the 21st century M$!

I think this design team is too in love with their non-working idea, and should take a break or licence Siri. It has more than 1 voice and dont have to worry about "pervert interaction diagrams" ;)

Comment Re:Well... (Score 1) 182

If a private enterprise paid to create it, you're totally in the right. If the government paid for someone to do the research and make it, it ought to be government property and the profit from it should have been on the research.

Comment Re:Corporate governance question (Score 2) 45

Its not uncommon with large investors. If you have a startup and I buy 40% of the company, its normal for me to have 40% of the board as well. A board's job is to be independent of the management, not of the owners.

As for 3 seats vs 1 seat- 3 seats gives 3 different people with different sets of views and opinions when asked for advice. It also means Carl doesn't have to show up to board meetings himself, his cronies do.

Comment Re:Open to Questions (Score 1) 1307

How about reducing the time between posts. Its been growing for years. At 4 minutes between posts you can't have any type of response to people commenting on your posts. I generally just don't even bother to try any more, having to write a response then wait 5 or so minutes to post it just makes me go to reddit.

Case in point- this post got delayed because I commented 2 minutes ago. Now I'm going off to play Civ. Normally this would just get the tab closed instead.

Comment Re:Decentralized source control (Score 1) 117

You need an admin for the server, who's also admin for the other boxes you own. You don't need a specialized admin for source control, like ClearCase did (in fact medium sized installations generally had a small team of admins, and the fucker still sucked preformance wise. RCS was less annoying to use, much less anything newer).

Comment Re:Decentralized source control (Score 1) 117

It makes sense to have the boxes all under 1 team, sure. But source control is a pretty fucking simple concept. If you need a team (or even 1 full time admin) to keep it running, your system is fucked up (hi ClearCase users). It should be yet another box owned by IT, not a full time source control admin.

Comment Re:Interview "Grilling" or "Testing" is Poppycock (Score 1) 227

When you're a big company like Google, you *aren't* hiring for a specific domain or position. You have a lot of work to be done. What you're doing is hiring someone capable of begin a successful programmer at the company. They can then learn what they need on the job, or be switched between roles to one where they'll be more successful. SO long as they stay with the company, you still did the right thing by hiring them.

Hiring for specific roles is something small and mid-size companies/departments need to do. Startups need someone capable of doing everything. As they grow bigger, they need to fill specific roles. When they grow big enough that recruitment is a major issue, they're looking for smart people and are willing to train them.

Comment Re:Interview "Grilling" or "Testing" is Poppycock (Score 1) 227

Sounds like something a very reasonable question to me. I wouldn't expect the person I'm asking to know all the details- I expect him to come up with a reasonable guess as to how it might be implemented. How would you take the ouput of 1 process and send it to the input of another. Can you do so efficiently? What lower level Unix IPC mechanisms might you use? Sockets? Anonymous pipes? Named pipes?

Like I said- I wouldn't expect someone to come up with the exact method, or even the best method in a short interview. But if they couldn't come up with a reasonable one then they just don't meet my quality bar. And no, I don't work for Google.

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