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Comment Re:Time investment (Score 1) 145

Dude got nerd sniped. I wouldn't be able to resist. An interesting puzzle mysteriously shows up? Yes please. Basically how I got into programming and math in general.

Of course all they're going to get are people who aren't savvy enough to use ad/tracking blockers and duckduckgo...

Heh. Google Foobar popped up for me last week. I blew two hours solving problems before I pulled myself away and got back to work.

Comment Re:Time investment (Score 2) 145

I set to work and solved the first problem in a couple hours. Each time I submitted a solution, foo.bar tested my code against five hidden test cases." After solving another five problems the page gave Rossett the option to submit his contact information

Curious: what prompted Max Rossett to spend hours solving programming puzzles before being even given the opportunity to submit contact information for a job consideration?

The same thing that prompts people to spend hours solving Project Euler or Top Coder or similar puzzles, with absolutely no expectation of return beyond the joy and satisfaction they derive from solving the problems.

Whether or not the sort of person who does is what Google needs is an open question, but it's definitely the sort of person Google hires. The interview process is composed of a series of programming puzzles, and one of the things interviewers look for is people who not only handle that sort of challenge, but who clearly enjoy it -- largely because the interviewers and all of their co-workers like such puzzles, and anyone else who does is very likely to fit in.

It makes perfect sense; the recruiting tool selects for exactly the sort of person who is likely to get hired, and to fit into the culture.

Comment Re:Women Count Too Low (Score 1) 408

I know AM tried to sell itself as a classier place, not just for hookups, but "Life is short, have an affair"?

And with a close up picture of a woman's full red lips. Mostly advertised on porn sites, whose viewership skews male.

They did not place ads with a picture of a hot dude on pintrest.

So, what you're saying is that while AM claimed to be marketing heavily to women, that claim was just part of their actual marketing to their actual target demographic: lonely, unhappy men.

I could buy that.

Comment Re: Smartphones have problems too (Score 1) 375

This is not true. Assisted GPS doesn't rely on cell networks, it makes use of cell networks for faster fixes. They still work fine without service, but they do take much longer to get a fix. This is evidenced by the fact that you can put your phone in airplane mode and hold it near the window of an airliner and still get a 10-satellite fix.

This is correct. There are a number of signals that GPS receivers use to improve their performance and accuracy. They use both cell-based network location and detection of nearby Wifi access points to get a very fast, rough idea of the location. That enables the system to know what GPS satellites should be in view, which means the GPS receiver doesn't have to wait for as much data from the satellites to get a good location.

They also use Wifi triangulation to fill in gaps in GPS coverage, when they don't have a clear line of sight to the sky. For this reason mobile phones often work much better than dedicated GPS units in cities where the rows of tall buildings reduce visibility of the sky.

They also use the GPS WAAS (Wide Area Augmentation System) when available to help make the GPS location fixes more precise. This system is primarily designed for use by aircraft but it can help ground-based receivers as well.

But you can shut off all of the other stuff, and you phone's GPS will still be able to get a location, as long as it can receive signals from the sky. It'll take longer and may not be as precise, but it will work.

Comment Re:Women Count Too Low (Score 1) 408

That doesn't sound right. I expect that the men completely outnumber the women, and that the 'women' are largely fake, but only 12,000?

With all the advertising that AM has done, and with the huge number of women online (consider pinterest for heavens sake), and the huge number of women that have affairs, it seems unlikely to me that only 12,000 actual women signed up.

I made the same point to my wife. She said she wasn't surprised.

Her explanation is that although there are plenty of unhappy women interested in affairs, she thinks women are more cautious and, more importantly, far less likely to be looking for sex rather than a relationship. If you want to find a relationship instead of a hookup, web sites aren't as good as real-world meetups (bars or whatever), and sites specifically focused on affairs aren't as good as general dating sites. I know AM tried to sell itself as a classier place, not just for hookups, but "Life is short, have an affair"?

Comment Re:Problem with the solution? (Score 1) 190

When I first started paying for it, everyone else thought it was too expensive and I was the only one on it. It was fast enough then. But others got on and it slowed down. And FWIW, I wouldn't care if it was $50. It would be worth it. I wish they'd raise the prices so fewer would use it.

Comment Re:Problem with the solution? (Score 1) 190

Well no, even when travelling on business all my docs are on a web-server, often with images. Also, VNC is an essential part of my job, in that I cannot run the sims on a puny IT issued laptop, and need my desktop or datacenter to see waves and do any form of debug. But wifi as it exists makes this painful.

Jesus. Sometimes "on the plane" means you're on a fucking plane, and can't do some things.

Which just means you have to do them later. Why waste the time? Personally, when I traveled a lot I tried to schedule tasks for when I was on the plane. It was a great opportunity to get a block of interrupt-free time. Better for reading than typing, though, so not great for coding. Unless I knew I was going to be in first class.

Comment Re:That is so cool (Score 1) 61

...But I didn't think having system-level permissions was enough to root a device....

It is, I don't know if you're familiar with that "rooting the device" actually means, but it's putting the su binary into /system/, that's it.

True, but system-level permission isn't sufficient to allow you to remount the /system partition as read-write and install su. You need to find a privilege escalation attack that allows you to obtain root first. However, once you have system-level permission you have access to an enormous attack surface for priv escalation attacks. Odds are you can find a way to do it.

Also, even without rooting an attacker with system-level privileges has enormous power to get the data from your device.

Comment Re:Uninstall would be nice (Score 1) 80

I like Marshmallow quite a bit. It's actually been so long since I ran Lollipop (since February or so) that I'm not always sure what's new and what's not, though.

I have a Nexus 6, though I'm sure I'll upgrade to a new device shortly. I get the build from Google's internal build servers, except when I build it myself. I'm an Android engineer. :-)

Comment Re:Corporations (Score 1) 86

The CEO's whole job is being responsible for the actions of his underlings. If they do something wrong that he didn't know about, he's responsible for not knowing about it.

So, Obama is responsible for Hillary's email server?

I think maybe you didn't read the fourth sentence of my post.

She hid it from him and there's no way he could reasonably have known. He can prove that, and identify the person responsible. So he gets a pass. Mostly.

"Mostly" because he appointed her. That's somewhat unfair, but it comes with the job.

Of course, if it turns out he did know about her private mail server, and that she was using it for government business and didn't order her to stop, then the entire burden of responsibility shifts to him. That's what it means to be the boss.

Comment Re:Corporations (Score 1) 86

then the CEO claims he can't be blamed for the actions of his underlings

Anyone who accepts that argument from the CEO is responsible for whatever they get. The CEO's whole job is being responsible for the actions of his underlings. If they do something wrong that he didn't know about, he's responsible for not knowing about it. If they do something wrong and he did know about it, then he's responsible for it. In rare cases he gets a pass when they do something wrong and actively hide it from him, well enough that it's not reasonable to expect that he could have known about it... but in that case he'd better be able to prove that's what happened and identify the person who was responsible.

Of course, it's hard to distinguish that last case from an incompetent CEO who's good at finding scapegoats... but that's why smart underlings recognize the nature of such a boss and keep documentation to prove that he really did tell them to do the wrong thing.

Comment Re:Uninstall would be nice (Score 1) 80

Galaxy S5. They don't auto-download (as I've got auto-update disabled) but they're keep prompting to do so in my list of updates.

That's bizarre. If you search for the app in the Play Store app, what do you see? The button that is normally labelled "Install" or "Open" should be labelled "Enable". If you don't enable it, Play will never offer you an update.

Just to be sure I wasn't misremembering, I both checked the code and tested on my Nexus 6. To test, I disabled the pre-installed Gmail app (which I don't use, since Inbox is so much better) which removed an update from /data, leaving just the factory Gmail app on /system. In Play, I see the app listed as Disabled and if I touch on it, I see the "Enable" button. No updates are offered, even though one is available.

Something is weird on your device. Mine is running Marshmallow while yours is Lollipop, but this is behavior that hasn't changed in a long time.

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