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Comment Re:Did the jurors talk to Bill Buxton? (Score 1) 503

That is one of their related patents, but not the on on trial. The '915 one they used at the trial was something like:
1) If there is only one finger, then scroll screen.
2) The there are two fingers, then zoom.

Though is isn't really about pinch/zoom, it seems impossible to work around. Correct me if I'm wrong.

Comment Re:XKCD? (Score 1) 218

Did they stop the quest for people with PHD's or abnormally high grades? I hadn't heard that.

They don't care about your grades, unless you are fresh out of college and have nothing on your resume, and no special projects.

They don't care about what degree you have, unless you did something special in the process of getting your degree.

Maybe it was different in the old days, but there are plenty of old timers at Google with no special degrees. Some don't even have undergraduate degrees. I myself had a 2.2 GPA. They never even asked for it.

I think the degree/GPA thing was just an excuse people used when they didn't get an offer.

Comment Re:Wow! That's almost hilarious! (Score 1) 218

It's been a while since Google hired on merit rather than "fit".

With 2,000,000 resumes coming in a year, they hire on merit as well as fit. In fact, the people who interview you really don't care what's on your resume. It's all based on what happens in the interview room. And yes, that involves communication skills and cultural fit, but no one ever got hired on those things alone.

Comment Re:The reality... (Score 1) 218

I thought that the limit of (S/N) as N approaches 0 goes to infinity, but N/0 itself is undefined (Infinity is not in the set itself. It is a cardinality.). At least, that's what I remember from my graduate class in Rings, Groups, and Modules. But that was a long time ago.

Comment Re:I still don't get it (Score 1) 218

No, they don't listen to *you*. They do listen to the general public which makes up 99.44% of their user base.

For instance, *you* probably think Google Search should just be the world's most expensive grep, while the other 99.44% want it to figure out what they mean, without them having to spell out every little keyword.

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