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Comment Re: As the song asks... (Score 1) 358

Are you saying that if someone is good at their job and their employer likes them they shouldn't leave their job?

They are far less likely to leave their job than someone who is bad at their job and disliked by their employer. Either way, I have not found that good references are effective at differentiating good apples from bad.

Comment Re: As the song asks... (Score -1) 358

That's also some kind of proof of his skills.

Yeah, but so are the references from his previous employer.

If his previous employer really thought he was good, he wouldn't be looking for a new job. I give a glowing reference to any ex-employee who asks for one. Why should I care if you hire a turd? When I am hiring, I have found references to be so unreliable, that I don't even both to ask for them.

Or you could ask me in interview.

For my last opening I got 200 resumes. I interviewed five of them. If your resume doesn't stand out, there will be no interview.

Comment Re:In conclusion (Score 0) 305

I look at their demeanor. Are they noticeably flustered or do they take a breathe and start working it out.

Do you have any evidence that getting flustered in an interview is negatively correlated with technical ability? After thirty years of hiring people, I see no reason to believe that is true. When I hire people, I do a f2f interview, but I also give them a small programming assignment in a quiet cubicle, and I have found that to be a better indicator.

Comment Re:Well... (Score 1) 220

Seriously, after 25 years in the business I've never seen or heard about anyone using NetBSD in production ever.

Either you are in the wrong business or you aren't looking very hard. NetBSD runs on almost anything, and is widely used in embedded systems. It is likely that some little black gizmo in your own home or office is quietly humming away with NetBSD inside.

Comment Re:dude iraq is different, thats war (Score 3, Informative) 442

Dude, spying on iraq before the war is different to spying on people in UK or Singapore, ok.

The nice thing about spying on friendly nations like the UK or Singapore, is that their spy agencies cooperate with ours, and have similar restrictions about spying on their own citizens, but are free to spy on other citizens including Americans. So if the NSA/CIA wants to get some dirt on an American in America, they have the Brits do the spying. We return the favor whenever they ask. Everybody wins (or loses, depending on your perspective).

Comment Re:Good? More like "Good Luck" (Score 1) 260

Do you believe a single person punished in that incident was actually a powerful decision-maker?

Punishing the people who give the orders is important. But it is often even more important to punish the people that follow the orders as well. There are a lot more order followers than order givers, and every one of them should have an incentive to refuse to obey, or even better, report the illegal activities. There should be accountability at every level, and no one should be able to get away with the Nuremberg defense of "I was only following orders."

Comment Re:Good? More like "Good Luck" (Score 5, Insightful) 260

China is not immune to politics. Being aligned with the wrong person at the wrong time, you can end up being made a high profile example.

Exactly. This is the whole point of the legislation. Now they can use "pollution" as an excuse to purge political enemies, while claiming to be "tough" on the environment.

Excessively harsh penalties tend to be counter-productive because they are almost never carried out, thus resulting in a culture of impunity. A $5 fine for littering would be far more effective.

Comment Re:Ruin the US wheat crop, get a prize! (Score 1) 271

Countless acres: One site in Oregon

Out of the 200 million acres of wheat planted in North America, it was so conveniently only found exactly where the anti-GMO activists looked for it, but subsequently no where else. If I was a conspiracy theorist, I would say that the anti-GMO activists found it so easily, because they planted it.

Comment Re:Star Chamber much? (Score 2) 172

And by the way who the FUCK is overseeing the chain of evidence?

RTFA. The NSA data was not used as evidence in court. The NSA data was used to identify suspicious behavior, and establish probable cause, but all the evidence used to convict was collected by normal law enforcement. A chain of custody is not required for all evidence. It is only required for evidence used in court.

Comment Re:Uhm Yeah (Score 2) 163

They will get blown out of the first court. Thats the norm.

Federal judges have lifetime appointments, and little inventive to rule against what they actually believe to be right. Since Google HQ is in California, the first court is likely to be in the 9th district, which has a reputation for smacking down government overreach. Google may ultimately lose, but it isn't a certainty.

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