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Comment Best Use of the Tech (Score 5, Interesting) 60

The best use of this tech would probably not be to steal Subarus but rather to offer low-cost backup fobs. Last time I checked, a replacement fob at the dealer will set you back a couple hundred bucks. I bet you could find a price-point in there where you could sell replacements at a reasonable price and still make bank. You could also offer additional features, like being able to open multiple cars for a two (or more) car family.

Comment Re:Share the backend code? (Score 1) 397

I have had a job application where a programming challenge was emailed to me with a three day deadline for completion, and sent back well structured working code, compilation instructions, a build script and working unit tests

My problem with this is that many employers have been found to be using interviews like this as a way of getting free work done. May sure the programming challenge isn't something specific to their business, and something they can just drop into their system. Honestly, this sounds like way too much work to expect of a job candidate. On-the-spot coding tests are fine with me (though I understand not everyone performs well under the pressure, so that is a factor); I think it'd be better if the company saved that until your on-site interview, and then gave you an hour or two by yourself to do a coding exercise, with clear requirements about what they wanted to see, and then a follow-up session where you go over your work with the interviewer, explaining everything you did and why, so they can see that you actually did the work and understand it, instead of just getting it from StackOverflow or something.

Comment Re:Share the backend code? (Score 1) 397

Why would he post a link to a great job on Slashdot? So he can get inundated with inquiries from bitter jackoff Anonymous Cowards like you?

Who needs a bunch of resumes from GNAA, APK, neo-Nazis, 4chan trolls, MRAs and griefers?

At first, when I read the OP's post, I thought the AC was making a good point: if that guy supposedly hires people and has a hard time finding good people, why does he never post a link here for those alleged jobs?

But you're exactly right. This place is absolutely full of toxic personalities and actual psychotics (you listed at least one in particular there), and he's doing the right thing by avoiding getting submissions from them by not posting any links.

Comment Re: Well, Chris, here's what you do (Score 1) 397

Yeah, I thought this was obvious: you can't just share your company's code without permission like that. Are companies actually asking candidates for samples of code they wrote for other companies? Do they not even know this? All that code is proprietary, and sharing it without permission is a copyright violation or worse. Would these companies want their own employees sharing company code like this?

If they need code samples, you just have to give them code that's all yours, meaning anything open-source, or code you wrote for some personal project that never was released, etc.

Comment Re:No!!!! (Score 1) 300

Ahh kindred spirits!! There simply is something about the feeling of a perfectly machined system. Typing was a real bitch when I first learned in grade 9. By the time I was at Uni, my typing outpaced everyone I knew. It was then I discovered coding.

Comment Lots of People Have Github Repos (Score 1) 397

A lot of the developers I'm asked to review have github repos now, with open source contributions or their own personal projects. We still talk to them a bit to verify that they actually can do the kind of work that we see in the repos. We also understand that not everyone has a github repo or code they can actually show us, and the interview really doesn't change that much if they don't. We're still going to ask some technical questions as well as try to evaluate whether we think they'll fit in well with the team. Where it might make a difference would be if you have less than about 5 years of experience. If you lack a degree and have no work experience, some interesting open source projects could still get you an interview.

Comment Re:Share the backend code? (Score 1) 397

Sounds like chemistry simulations. Just calculating the electron configuration around a molecule requires solving the energy states for every electron, and that can only be done iteratively. Every generation of chemistry engineers have come up with their own optimized algorithms of the time. Each would get a name like SOCHEMOL91, named after the paper/publication/year. Currently they are using VASP, which is the GPU version.

Comment You could work in academia (Score 1) 95

where your office is on a hallway with tiled walls and linoleum floors, and where the sounds of slamming doors from classrooms, offices occupied by multiple grad students and a conference room with a particularly balky door SLAM, SLAM, SLAM seep over the transom through the false ceiling for the A/C retrofit.

Classroom instructors insist on closing their doors -- actually, I would prefer to hear the ah-ums of the disfluent instructor teaching multiple sections of a required technical writing course or the stentorian voice of the guy teaching 20 bored grad students clumsy separation-of-variables methods to describe plasma waves under unrealistically simplified geometries to the SLAM, SLAM of students leaving and reentering those classrooms during a 50 minute class period to take bathroom breaks. And then when class lets out, there is a burst of SLAM, SLAM, SLAM, SLAM because pushing the door against the damper to activate the feature to hold the door open is beyond the skill level of Engineering undergraduate students.

Working evenings or weekends is not any better because students claim the classrooms for their study groups by closing the doors, and of course one member of the group has to leave for a bathroom or snack break every 10 minutes, multiplied by the number of classroom on that hallway - SLAM, SLAM.

Every once-in-a-while someone from Facilities comes to adjust the ancient door closers to make the slam phase less energetic and to lube the ancient door knobs and bolts to quiet them, but I guess they go out of adjustment. The door nearest me has had a closer replaced with a modern version with adjustment instructions on the Web, but it requires a special sized Allen wrench that I don't yet have; the ancient closers the size of fire hydrants are a complete mystery as there are no adjustment instructions on the Internet, and there is a sense that if one "went at" one, a screw would come loose and a puddle of door-closer oil would form on the linoleum.

I would welcome a tree house, a dark, windowless (and quiet!) basement, anything over this.

Comment Cord cutting is not the reason. (Score 4, Insightful) 195

Cord cutting is not the reason, it is merely the symptom.

The cable companies are regulated utilities, granted monopoly in the areas they operation. They pushed through rate increase after rate increase, bundled useless channels, had abysmal customer service and all the arrogant entitlement attitude that comes with being a monopoly.

All their infrastructure has already been paid for thanks to friendly regulators and relentless rate increases. They could have dropped their prices and made it impossible for the wireless companies to compete. They could have improved customer service. But no. They believed they are entitled to cash delivered to their coffers in fire hoses. They believed they had the customers by their balls and wanted to how hard the customers will scream and how hard they can squeeze.

They can still fight back. Their infrastructure has been paid for, and it has much larger bandwidths than cell towers. They can compete if they wanted to compete.

But they don't want to compete. Looks like.

Comment We know what will (Score 1) 300

There is already a well published proposal to eliminate the keyboards.

The first step in any scientific thesis is the literature survey, as every PhD student knows. Not paying attention work already done will lead to reinventing the wheel and secondary papers confirming the path breaking original paper. Your paper will be counted as a mere citation and the paper will end up as the leaf node in the citation tree. So pay attention it first.

Comment No!!!! (Score 1) 300

Nobody better touch my corsair k95 mechanical keyboard. :)

The G-keys up the side are so good for binding keys for any games or productivity and it's mechanical so that's awesome too.

I'm on the fence about interfaces that watch your hand movements. They seem like they would be prone to repeat stress injuries far worse than mouse & keys. Still waiting to see what people come up with. Perhaps a kind of malleable putty that lets you bind your own commands in it to whatever shapes or keys you come up with?

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