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Comment Re:Quality of years, not quantity (Score 2) 1063

"What do you call retired people in the states?" "Greeters at WalMart."

I don't know if all those people are working because they have to. Some may just want to work. I would be quite happy being a greeter at Walmart. It actually sounds like a fun job to me. When you have nothing better to do, why not stand around and smile and say hi to people all day? It beats doing nothing. Even if I am able to retire at 60 there is no way in hell I would stop working. I'd just work less, and not care about money. I know an older couple that is retired. The wife works at an elementary school 20 hours a week. They definitely do not need the money at all. She does it because she loves children and its something for her to do 20 hours a week.

Comment Re:Of course (Score 1) 776

It doesn't work the other way, though. You're not going to get any good programmers or software engineers who can't deal with a fizzbuzz. Sorry.

And I am saying that just because they can do fizzbuzz and answer your language based questions all day like an expert doesn't make them a great programmer either. This guy liked to over complicate everything. Fizzbuzz is pretty hard to make overly complicated, and it's not a good indicator of someone who can write simple and easy to maintain code. There are people who may not be able to do FizzBuzz when put on the spot that can knock it out perfectly in a couple of minutes when they feel like thy are in control (like at their desk). Lets face it, a lot of engineering types don't do well in social situations and asking someone to do a test like this on the spot tests their social skills and confidence more than their programming ability. If the person is going to be a Field Engineer then that might be valid criteria, but that doesn't mean its valid for all programming jobs.

Comment Re:Of course (Score 2) 776

Yep. I've done lots of programmer hiring and I can tell you that one of the worst employees I ever dealt with got a near perfect on a C test, finishing 45 questions in about 6 minutes. Some of the questions required coding. The guy was a terrible programmer, but he really knew the language. I think he missed 1 question and that was because the person who wrote the test had accidentally introduced a typo that made the "correct" answer wrong.

The way you just described it makes it sounds an awful lot like you were doing "language trivia" question which are well-known to be beyond totally useless, and not related to the timed coding test as implied in the question. So please, stop considering yourself a good interviewer now, and read up on what works.

As I said originally, yes there was code trivia. But yes there was a timed coding portion of the test as well. And no, that test was not my choice. I am not a big fan of riddles and tests in interviews. I personally know a good developer who is terrible when put on the spot like that. You sit him at his desk, where he feels comfortable and in control and he does great. If he's put on the spot, he is a total mess. Does that mean that he isn't worth having around? No. Is it something he's working on improving? Yes. But he makes solid contributions and hopefully some day he will be able to handle that kind of stress.

Comment Re:We found that broken code was a better test (Score 2) 776

Shoot I've been in the industry for a while and I'll be your beyotch and run to taco bell and pick your lunch up as long as I am getting paid my normal wage for it. There are certainly tasks that are more cost efficient to have a more junior employee to do, but I won't tell you no. Now if you asked me to do something illegal or unethical, I can see myself to the door!

Comment Re:Of course (Score 1) 776

Have you ever done a lot of "programmer" hiring? Such a test is valuable to both the employer and the employee. The employer won't waste time talking to clueless idiots. The employee will know that the employer is serious about weeding out idiots and thus having resources left to talk to people who know what the fuck they are doing. Such tests have not much to do with what most of your job is. Software engineering is a lot about design, testing, etc., but if you can't code your way out of a fizzbuzz, it doesn't matter what else you pretend to know.

Yep. I've done lots of programmer hiring and I can tell you that one of the worst employees I ever dealt with got a near perfect on a C test, finishing 45 questions in about 6 minutes. Some of the questions required coding. The guy was a terrible programmer, but he really knew the language. I think he missed 1 question and that was because the person who wrote the test had accidentally introduced a typo that made the "correct" answer wrong.

Comment Re:What about my privacy? (Score 1) 620

Are you in public? then your right to privacy does not include filming you about your business. That is ANYBODY.

And what if the person was minding their own business having a mental breakdown inside of the privacy of their own home? What then? They weren't in public until the police dragged them outside. I'm not trying to argue one way or another here, just merely pointing out that the person may not have been in public by choice.

Comment Re:what about the iPhones in the organization? (Score 4, Informative) 125

Seriously, You know this? How?

As recently as 2007 this was clearly not the case.

Because I've worked in a facility like this before. Not Los Alamos, but with classified data.

It was only after several years on the job that she was caught with bomb designs in her trailer and fired. But the investigation reveals that Quintana had taken her cell phone into a vault filled with secret documents where she worked — another major security violation. She also had access to a high-speed classified printer, even though such access was "not required by her job," and used the device to run off hundreds of copies of classified documents that she also brought home.

See? She violated security protocol by bringing her phone into the vault. It says so right there in your own quote. So as I said there should be 0 iPhones around there. Whether people actually follow the rules is up to the site security officer, but the rules clearly state no cell phones.

See: http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1612912,00.html

Comment Re:what about the iPhones in the organization? (Score 1) 125

Screw the switches, think about all of the iPhone floating around LANL (and Congress)!

Probably 0. Hopefully 0. These facilities have lockers where you are supposed to leave all phones, cameras, and anything else that could be used to steal data. You're not supposed to be able to get in without emptying your pockets. You're even supposed to leave your car keys, etc, in the locker.

Comment Re:Start your own business (Score 1) 232

Ok that makes perfect sense, then. That would not scare me at all. If you did 3 years of 1 year (not including the internship) then that might be concerning. I've never worked on anything so simple that there isn't a bit of a ramp up to understand the new employer's processes and projects. Depending on the person, it could be 1-3 months before they make a positive contribution. After about 6 months you kind of get a feel for who is definitely not worth having around (though sometimes much more quickly). That is about when the under performers start looking for a new job. I can see that isn't the case with you at all. I wouldn't worry too much about titles. They vary radically between companies. I'd be more concerned with the experience and responsibilities you can list on your resume, as they are the truer indicator of what you have been doing.

Comment Re:Start your own business (Score 1) 232

Most of the projects I have hired people for have had a schedule that is more than a year long. Sure there are deliveries more frequently than that, but I might know that I need to make 5 deliveries over the course of 3 years. When I see someone who has jumped jobs that often then I am very wary of that person. It could be as you say, that they are looking for a good fit. It could be that they move on after it is discovered just how incompetent they are. I've seen both. ANd it could be as another person described, that one of those three jobs was an internship, the other was held for several years, and the person just started a new job last week. I was curious to find out if something like that was the case. I have friends who can't seem to sit still for more than a year who are in their 30's. I just think its a bad habit to develop.

Comment Re:Start your own business (Score 5, Insightful) 232

I'm on my third career-relevant jobs (including an internship) since graduating from college in 2010. The only time I go back further than those three jobs in my employment history is when they ask for it - then I'll include being an RA in college, being a dishwasher/delivery driver summers during college and highschool, etc. Even then, I almost never go back to my first "real" job at age 14. Every interview I've been at, they've been far more interested in projects (or even hobbies) I've done relevant to the position rather than every little bit of job and education history I have. I often omit the networking course I did during high school too just because it's small cheese compared to my more recent history and just wastes valuable space I could use for listing projects I've done more recently instead.

Third job in less than 3 years? Wow. Why the high turnover rate? That would scare me more than a resume with a PH.D on it.

Comment Re:Turn your flipping auto-updater on (Score 1) 84

I have been using notebook drivers direct from Nvidia for quite some time; at least since I bought the laptop prior to my current one, which would have been in late 2008. Maybe it was different for the Quadro, but they have had mobile GeForce drivers available for download for years. I don't know if this will work for you, but here are the Quadro Notebook Drivers v310.90 dated yesterday.

Whether you can install the latest and greatest drivers from NVidia, or have to download from your OEM depends on the OEM. They usually tweak some settings (PCI Device ID) specifically so that the default NVidia drivers will not install. They do this for support purposes. You can modify the INF for the Nvidia drivers and force them to install, but it can be a pain to get them working right sometimes. For instance, when Vista came out, I bought a new laptop. Dell restricted the drivers so I couldn't use the Windows XP drivers for my video card. I had to find this solution to be able to run XP on the device.

Comment Re:Let's see how long it takes to download. (Score 1) 84

Part of the reason the driver is so big is because they now package all cards into one driver. Well, at least all of their GeForce cards. You literally have generations worth of drivers in one file. Sure they added the PhysX and the HD AUdio driver, 3D crud, and a few other things. However, I think most of that size comes from different driver files. I don't think all of them get installed.

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