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Comment: Re:As a Sr. Analytics Manager... (Score 1) 466

by garcia (#46996207) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Minimum Programming Competence In Order To Get a Job?

For many reasons including:

There aren't many places that do not have Office installed. People are very familiar with it and even if they aren't, they can usually make their way around it in with only a little coaching.

Most companies use Excel for basic analysis, charting, and data delivery to non-technical report recipients.

Deliver a raw dataset and allow the end-user to pivot, chart, etc. It takes the strain off the analytics team for basic tasks and gives the end user the power to do what they want with the data. Tableau seat licenses aren't realistic for most companies and building some sort of analytics platform from scratch in your language of choice isn't always something you can do in the short term and provide more functionality with less training required.

I could go on, but that gives you a general idea.

Comment: Re:As a Sr. Analytics Manager... (Score 1) 466

by garcia (#46990195) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Minimum Programming Competence In Order To Get a Job?

In the work my team is responsible for, I look for culture fit above anything else. I took a guy with some internship work during his graduate schooling and turned him into what I consider a stellar programmer/analyst.

I'd concentrate on your programming skill and your business knowledge, if any. A lot of organizations are looking for report jockeys and/or true analysts and in that case, highlight your visualization and analysis ability first, programming second. What sort of experience did you have during your schooling that you believe makes you a good fit for an analytics role today?

We have sponsored before, but we/I prefer to hire those who don't require it first.

Comment: As a Sr. Analytics Manager... (Score 2) 466

by garcia (#46989873) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Minimum Programming Competence In Order To Get a Job?

What I like to see are the following:

1. Statistics knowledge

2. Excel (pivots, charting, VBA, etc.)

3. SAS/R/SPSS (in order).

4. Unix shell scripting.

5. Some sort of data visualization tool usage (e.g. Tableu)


We are currently looking for analysts and the market is tough. We take people from all walks: CS, social sciences, Stats/Math/Econ/Finance, etc. The Analytics market is continually growing and in desperate need of people who are competent until higher education catches up and starts putting people out with a good mix of CS, Stats, and Business knowledge.

Get into Analytics IMO, the pay is great and the work is pretty fun.

Comment: Re:Time for a union that is only way to get the po (Score 1) 215

by garcia (#46979439) Attached to: Plaintiff In Tech Hiring Suit Asks Judge To Reject Settlement

I had a grievance filed against me for "not doing enough work" because my desk was...wait for it...too clean.

Yes, I had to go through 5 weeks of 3-5 FTEs spending several hours each week discussing the fact that someone claimed I was not busy enough because my desk was neat and tidy.

Want to know it was resolved? They came and looked at my desk and then we went to their office and looked at their desk (a fucking disaster area) and then it was dropped.

FTEs = Me, my union rep, the individual filing the grievance, their union rep, and an arbitrator. For 5 fucking weeks.

Unions are horseshit.

Comment: Re:Asking the wrong questions (Score 1) 465

by tunabomber (#46896119) Attached to: Lessig Launches a Super PAC To End All Super PACs

The problem isn't corporate money in campaign finances, the problem is stupid, lazy voters who can't be bothered to find out what or what they're voting for, and just doing what the Magic Box in their living room tells them to.

Lessig persuasively rebuts this point in Republic, Lost by arguing that while campaign spending might not significantly influence the result of elections, THE PERCEPTION THAT IT DOES is enough to poison the whole democratic process.

Politicians fear that commercial interests will donate to their opponents, so they endorse policies favorable to those commercial interests. It almost doesn't matter whether dumb voters fall for a barrage of attack ads- the threat is scary enough that politicians feel like they need to be fundraising at all times.

Comment: Re:Honest? (Score 1) 50

by Jucius Maximus (#46720531) Attached to: Canada Halts Online Tax Returns In Wake of Heartbleed
This is a good Use Case for why Certificate Patrol can be invaluable. It stores certificates and notifies you when they change, and whether that change would be expected or maybe suspicious.

Because I was running Certificate Patrol, my browser had already saved the previous certificates from the bank websites and was in a position to automatically notifiy me if anything changes. (I've been seeing a lot of Certificate Patrol notifications recently across the web in general, right after this HeartBleed problem came out.)

As for the Canadian Banks, I can say that I saw no Certificate Fingerprint change in TD, RBC and Tangerine. But PC Financial had changed their certificate very recently. I don't use BMO or Scotia so I can't comment on those ones.

Comment: Re:What a joke (Score 4, Insightful) 195

by garcia (#46700835) Attached to: Comcast Takes 2014 Prize For Worst Company In America

Then why aren't you buying your own modem for less than $50 and saving yourself the money every month? I mean, I get it, I think Comcast is for the birds too but honestly bitching about something you can buy yourself and they'll absolutely allow you to take on all the risk for is not something to choose to complain about.

Comment: A painful transition, but worth it (barely) (Score 1) 140

by tunabomber (#46527855) Attached to: Google Android Studio Vs. Eclipse: Which Fits Your Needs?

I switched to Android Studio right after it came out, mostly because my Eclipse install needed to be updated- which usually means having to reinstall the Android SDK and re-import my projects (a chore).
It ended up being some serious work to import my projects to Android Studio. I wouldn't recommend it if Eclipse is still working smoothly for you.
The main thing I like about Android Studio is that I heavily use RubyMine for server-side work and the interface is nearly identical.
The other big advantage is that all the config files are a lot more transparent and repairable than those used by Eclipse.

Gradle is much more transparent and portable than Eclipse's build system, but it's still pretty frustrating how slow it is. I think moving to Android Studio/Gradle doubled my build times.
Finally, Android Studio is still pretty unstable and it usually takes an hour or two of surgery to get my project to run again after an upgrade.

Comment: Re:Not a Nazi Plane (Score 3, Insightful) 353

...but the Nazis could have found it since they were occupying France at the time.
In order to find the parts of a cutting-edge racing plane, you just have to THINK like the parts of a cutting-edge racing plane.

All joking aside, I saw this plane at the EAA museum in Oshkosh a number of years ago and despite whatever complaints people may have about its utility as a combat plane, if nothing else it is an incredibly beautiful machine. It looks like something out of Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, except more curvaceous and birdlike.

Comment: Re:Is the settlement open for all ? (Score 5, Insightful) 89

by tunabomber (#46366989) Attached to: Lawrence Lessig Wins Fair Use Case

As others have mentioned, there is no need for precedent because once the plaintiff actually started reading the laws, there wasn't much legal ambiguity- Liberation Music was wrong and Lessig was right. I think he got the upper hand here. From TFA:

In winning this tussle, Lessig was also able to score a larger victory for his cause. Liberation Music agreed to adopt new policies around issuing takedown notices. The label has promised to work with Lessig to improve its YouTube and copyright policies to make sure this doesn't happen again.

Being in the right is never enough to avoid being sued or legally threatened, but at least this settlement is an attempt to fix that problem in the context of YouTube. Oh- and all the settlement cash is going to the EFF.

Q: How many IBM CPU's does it take to execute a job? A: Four; three to hold it down, and one to rip its head off.