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Comment: Re:Is This for Real? (Score 1) 232

by sigxcpu (#42806189) Attached to: Making Sure Interviews Don't Turn Into Free Consulting

While I agree that the article is nonsense, I have seen something slightly related.
Often at an interview, someone will ask you a question that he recently tried to solve himself.
Sometimes it's a clue that they don't know what they are doing.
This happened to me more than once.
If the guy that is supposed to be your next manager asks you such a question, especially if you try to explain a simple solution to him and he does not understand it, this is a red flag.
In that case, you thank your favorite deity and politely disengage, considering yourself lucky you found out so fast that you shouldn't be working for him.


HP Software Update Cancels Food Stamps 240

Posted by Soulskill
from the no-soup-for-you dept.
Spy Handler writes "A software update of the California welfare computer system (CalWIN) caused 37,000 Food Stamp recipients to lose their EBT (a credit card paid for by the government) benefits last weekend. According to the article, Hewlett Packard was responsible for the failed update of CalWIN, but at 8:00 a.m. today Xerox (who administers another state welfare system called CalFresh) issued a patch that reactivated the EBT cards."

Comment: simple: ask the inernet oracle (Score 2) 211

by sigxcpu (#40253861) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Best To Teach Programming To Salespeople?

This sounds like a question to the Internet Oracle

The Internet Oracle has pondered your question deeply. Your question was:
> O Oracle, great and all the rest
> how do you get sales people to learn programming?

And in response, thus spake the Oracle:
} You offer a commission.
} you owe the oracle a piece of informaion that is correct but unhelpfull, yesterday's weather for example.

Long computations which yield zero are probably all for naught.