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Comment Re:There are three kinds of lies. (Score 1) 274

Yea, gotta say, those are pretty awful job postings. I'm not surprised you'd have trouble filling those positions. They basically just include lists of ways HR will try to disqualify me. They tell almost nothing about what I'd be doing, why I'd want to do it, what makes the opportunity so special or distinct. I mean, as written, minus company names, those job descriptions could apply to half the companies in the valley.

Nobody cares that a company combines and* award winning communications platform with best-in-class reputation and networking tools into one powerful web-based application that seamlessly integrates with existing workflow systems to help businesses build oh my god my brain is leaking out onto the floor out of boredom already

*LOL typo

Comment Re:Shutting out competitor or buying up talent? (Score 3, Insightful) 95

I'm sorry, what exactly makes Waze's talent "top" as opposed to any other software company out there that could get bought?

And if Google is hurting for talent (something tells me it isn't), surely they could hire people for less than $12 million per head in this difficult job market.

The only talented person in this transaction was whoever convinced Google to pay over $1.2B.

Comment Re:Would anyone care if it crashed? (Score 4, Insightful) 128

Unlikely. People that are good at implementing solutions are not always the same people that are good at envisioning them. My experience is that techies are the worst people to have at a brainstorming session. When an idea is floated, instead of expanding on it, they start nitpicking the technical details. Example: The people on the plane came up with some interesting and provocative ideas, and nearly every comment here is "This won't work because ...."

But they did not come up with interesting nor provocative ideas. "Education is good"--wow, that's provocative. They came up with boring, politically correct, half-ideas that won't be implemented because no participant can or needs to (they're already rich and successful). In reality, what happened was: Silicon Valley's self-professed "elite" got onto a plane and pitched half-baked "ideas" at each other for hours and saying STEM a lot. By "elite" we mean "people who substitute money for brains and talk for ability". Basically venture capitalists, CEOs, and "founders" taking a few hours to brainstorm ridiculous ideas, unburdened from actually having to fund or build any of it.

Comment Re:Wanna earn $200K+? Two words... (Score 1) 473

Your housing expense should be about 28% of your salary, which at $100K is a monthly rent of $2333. It is do-able if you're single, but not if you have a family and kids. Forget buying a house and settling down though, a decent house in a safe neighborhood with decent schools is going to run you over $500K.

Comment Re:Why should Mr. Snowden become the sacrificial l (Score 4, Insightful) 860

A lot of tough talk, but what can everyday Americans do to change their government?

Join a militia to do some group violence? Hear that--that's a drone coming, you've got about 10 seconds...

Go solo against the government? Enjoy your one-way ticket to a secret prison somewhere.

Civil disobedience? How does spending the rest of your life in prison sound?

March in protest? Worked in the 60s, not anymore, unless you like a mouthful of pepper spray and a tear gas canister shot into your skull.

Vote? LOL

Comment Re:Sounds like a classic IT department (Score 1) 347

Yet you have IT departments treating say the head of marketing of a $20 billion dollar company like an infant "for his own good". Where I find it interesting is when IT meets the President or the CEO. Often the president will say something like "I don't want to change my password every 30 days" The IT people don't dare pull the "corporate policy" card but resort to whining about the rational with the CEO concluding, "I'm going to change my password at the exact same frequency that I change the head of IT. So set things up accordingly."

LOL I'd love to hear that conversation actually happen. Beautiful.

Comment Wording (Score 1) 374

Notice how all the commercials now are very careful to say "Em Pee Gee" instead of "miles per gallon". There is a reason for it. "MPG" can mean anything a lawyer can weasel his way into explaining. "Miles per gallon" is a specific measurement that customers could hold car manufactures to.

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