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Comment: As a regional WISP I say (Score 2) 295

F*ck you broadband stimulus.

That was such a rigged process we went through. We even had the governor sign our petition that was submitted to the fed (promising matching funds and loans) to extend broadband to TRULY rural and unserved (not underserved, UNSERVED) areas and lost out to the big boys who went and did stupid stuff like this.

$22k would buy us an entire base-station that will serve 100+ users.

Grrrr..

Comment: Re:Its also about non-scientists expectations (Score 1) 408

by siberian (#39967547) Attached to: Positive Bias Could Erode Public Trust In Science

To do this we need to stop the 24/7 news info-tainment cycle, totally agreed. But I don't agree that asking people to vaguely comprehend the scientific method is a case of 'everyone should be at the top'. People can drive cars and do any other number of complex things with minimal education. They can do this.

Comment: Its also about non-scientists expectations (Score 1) 408

by siberian (#39966471) Attached to: Positive Bias Could Erode Public Trust In Science

Increasingly people have been taught to trust only certainty. Science is anything but a certain process and people take that uncertainty as false or, worse, a wasted investment.

Until people are more scientifically literate with the process and the value of failure scientists will be driven towards only success and, ultimately, the positivity bias.

Comment: Welcome to the JOBS Act! (Score 1) 247

by siberian (#39644159) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: At What Point Has a Kickstarter Project Failed?

You thought kickstarter was bad? You will REALLY enjoy the JOBS Act which formalizes into law all the bad things of Kickstarter and MORE.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-19882_3-57409949-250/jobs-act-5-things-to-look-forward-to-and-5-to-dread/

Finally, after years of repression, scammers can come out of the shadows and legally screw you over. With the intrusive government off the back of scammers they can now be realized as the job creators they are and drive our economic engine forward!

Sigh.

Comment: Correction Facilities PoC hack (video) (Score 1) 110

by siberian (#38778185) Attached to: Researchers Find Slew of Flaws In SCADA Hardware, Software

At a recent convention some researchers demonstrated a proof of concept hack they developed that allowed them to control many aspects of correctional facilities. Things like, oh you know, opening cell doors but showing them as closed on the guard terminals. Things like that.

Interesting preso : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7O7HxHSHE0

Comment: Re:Because you aren't as smart as you think (Score 1) 440

by siberian (#29331999) Attached to: Appropriate Interviewing For a Worldwide Search?

This is our methodology as well. We start with a phone screen, usually less then an hour and basically not-technical. Just screening for basic 'Can talk about these topics' 'am I likable' 'am I coherent' and a resume overview.

They then come in for a 1.5 hour interview. We do a single session group interview and find it much more insightful since the interviewers can riff on each other a bit. It also ever so slightly increases the pressure level and forces the candidate out of the 'tell the same story to 4 different people' mentality. Its a real engagement that happens in this longer format. In this interview we assess basic skills by sticking the person in front of an ssh term and doing some basic tasks. This weeds our a LOT of people who don't have our skillset. This is 'open book/open google', life is open book, I don't care if you can't memorize things.

The candidates that get through this get a simple project to solve that is usually some simple CRUD app with a bit of AJAX and are asked to solve a specific business task in our domain with this. Usually no more then 5-10 hours of work. It is obvious that this is not something we would use in production so they know we are not taking advantage of them.

They then come in and present their solution to the entire technical team they will be working on. In this session they demo the software, do a code-review and then discuss/defend/explain their choices.

Overall this process lets us assess our critical skills:

Sociability
Technical Skills
Referencing Skills
Presentation Skills
Communication Skills
Schedule/Time Management (You can always tell who waited until the night before)..
Go The Extra Mile Skills

The devs we hire this way do amazing work and tend to stay for quite some time. It may seem arduous but its really not so bad and its just our requirement. We've lost a few candidates who felt it was too much but that is another part of the hiring process, bouncing bad cultural fits..

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