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Comment: Re:"Culture in tech is a very meritocratic culture (Score 1) 393

You can ask a technical person to achieve a very specific, tightly scoped technical task during an interview and if you know the question well quickly get a feel for how good they really are.

Along with that, with techies it's a lot easier to weed out the bullshit and outright lies on their resumes. I wish I had a dime for every candidate that listed something obscure on their resume to puff it up, and then couldn't answer basic questions that anyone familiar with it should know.

"I see here you've got some extensive VMS system administration experience and show it as an area of expertise."
"Yes."
"That was a really cool OS - I liked how DEC implemented file versioning. Can you tell me how one would distinguish different versions of the same file?"
"Umm...it was a long time ago, I don't really remember...."
"Okay, can you give me one of the hardware platforms supported by VMS?"
"I'm pretty sure the system I worked on was a 486."

After 30 seconds you can tell the guy doesn't have a clue, and the entire resume is now suspect.

Comment: Re:Bullshit (Score 1) 393

You're comparing your salary to one at a fucking bank, companies so famous for absurd compensation packages that it triggered street protests ....

None of the compensation packages I've read about involved IT staff - it was all executives and brokers. My experience with banks is that they'll screw their own non-executive employees just like they will anyone else, but if you have cites otherwise I'll read them with great interest. The only IT folks in the financial sector that I've ever seen willingly get offered noticeably above-average money are HFT architects and coders.

Comment: Garmin & TomTom already set (Score 1) 66

by SuperKendall (#47732461) Attached to: Apple CarPlay Rollout Delayed By Some Carmakers

They charge $600 for that GPS system in the car and I'm sure Garmin, Tom Tom, Magellan, & Nokia are lobbying to keep their turf safe.

Garmin & TomTom already make (expensive) navigation apps, so they really shouldn't care about the revenue source changing.

It's the car makers that get most of the cash from those way expensive in-car GPS systems (which are invariably horrible compared to the most modest GPS app).

Comment: Wrong Message (Score 1) 367

by SuperKendall (#47732409) Attached to: UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

Releasing the hostages for any amount of money would at the very least decry to the world that America loves and honors life

What good is helping one to hurt thousands. That is not valuing life at all.

It says exactly the opposite, that America cares so little for anyone's life that they are willing to encourage more kidnappings.

The true way to value a life is to say its worth is without measure, so you cannot demand money for it.

Comment: Re:If you can be replaced for $10/hour... (Score 1) 393

Furthermore the per-capita US income is in the top 5 in the world. How sustainable do you think that is? I suggest you learn about regression toward the mean.

Or, as it's better known, "the race to the bottom". Domestic workers demand more because it's substantially more expensive to live here than it is in India and other countries popular with outsourcers. A well-paid programmer in India will do work sent to him for $15K/year and live quite well - here, that's approximately the federally mandated minimum wage, which isn't enough to do much more than meet one's essential needs, and often isn't even enough to do that. Are you seriously arguing that skilled workers with years of experience should be working for minimum wage?

Manufacturing in the US is alive and well and anyone who says otherwise has no idea what they are talking about.

Really? Tell me where I can buy an American-made DIMM or LCD panel. Just because we still do make things in the U.S. doesn't mean that it hasn't completely destroyed other manufacturing centers here.

Comment: Re:The real crime here (Score 1) 396

by jedidiah (#47731527) Attached to: 33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

Yes. That just doesn't pass the sniff test.

The idea that ANY one would actually PAY for a cam in this day and age is simply beyond belief. You gotta wonder if they are using some creative version of the terms "pay", "commerce" and "commercial use".

The relevant legal definitions may look like nothing we would recognize.

Comment: Re:The real crime here (Score 1) 396

by jedidiah (#47731449) Attached to: 33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

> Incarceration isn't a violent act, and more so, the damage that this guy did is real. It's really not that different from arson.

What a jackass you are.

Equating ARSON with copying and sharing a movie. No one is going to get KILLED by copying a movie. People may very well DIE because of arson.

THIS is why we have to have a public discussion about the correct level of punishment for the digital equivalent of shoplifting. Otherwise, anti-social morons will happily allow the imposition of midieval punishments that belong more in ISIS than a modern democracy.

The nonsense that passes for ethics these days...

Comment: Re:The real crime here (Score 2) 396

by jedidiah (#47731385) Attached to: 33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

Nope. "Bootlegging" has always been a criminal offense. It was even this way before recent lobbying got the relevant bits of the US Code changed.

Back in the day, crackers had really nasty things to say about people that sold pirated works.

Even then, in that context, there was a social convention dictating that selling other people's stuff wasn't cool.

Comment: Re:The real crime here (Score 1) 396

by jedidiah (#47731279) Attached to: 33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

How would I feel? Indifferent.

I've been there and done that.

Besides getting the better bonus for the work that was a turkey, I was not harmed by rampant piracy. It was supposed to have killed the entire industry before I was even in it but that never happened.

Good works will prosper. Turkeys will fail. Plenty of people will still pay.

The same was true for "Cute and Stupid 6". The rampant industry killing piracy didn't actually do the studio any real harm. Neither did the one particular example the the perp will do time for.

Incarcerating this person is just an unnecessary drain on my wallet as we collectively all have to pay big bucks for it.

Comment: Re:The real crime here (Score 5, Insightful) 396

by jedidiah (#47731177) Attached to: 33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

> Sounds like you're a violent sociopath. Maybe we should cane you if you like that kind of punishment so much.

A good beating administered by the authorities in a controlled and relatively safe environment will likely do FAR MUCH LESS damage than being locked up with animals and sociopaths for 3 years.

You simply don't have any clue. You can't relate do doing any kind of hard time. You probably can't even relate do doing a week or a weekend in the local lockup.

The sooner you fall behind, the more time you have to catch up.

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