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Comment Re:Bias from personal preference (Score 5, Interesting) 183

I'm not selling anything, and loud office spaces make it hard to get work done. I end up trying to work from home as much as possible, even when it is theoretically less efficient.

If they want to pack us in like sardines, fine, but: 1) Make cube walls go up to the ceiling, and give us doors and that both of these are reasonably sound-proof, 2) Make sure there is adequate parking for the number of employees you intend to pack in, 3) Make sure there are adequate restrooms for the number of employees you intend to pack in, and that those restrooms are cleaned frequently (ideally by same-gender janitor, so they don't shut down for 15 minutes every 15 minutes), 4) Make sure HVAC is capable of cooling an office with thousands of employees, thousands of computers, inbound sunlight, etc.

Comment Re:You do realize... (Score 2) 241

I enumerated what those costs were...babysitting the sweatshop and making sure they couldn't cut corners, being there when things go wrong and putting them right, doing post assy quality control and having the arrangements necessary to force quality issues back on the factory. It's easy to argue your way out of needing to pay for the babysitters, why should you have to pay your own people what you are paying someone else to be doing, particularly when that company's salesman is telling you all the great things they will do for you, and selling your boss on how much you will save doing business with them.

But you can't listen to that, you have to build this into the cost of the bid and ignore them. Many, many companies, particularly of the variety where wall st. is more directly involved with management, have a hard time doing this.

Comment Re:You do realize... (Score 1) 241

Yes/no. The burden is on Nintendo, that burden is not necessarily clear up front and in fact may be hidden beneath surprises and "well shit, you're stuck with us now". To some degree Nintendo will have to furnish employees to basically live over there and force them to do the right job.

Nintendo does make hardware, I've heard, so they must know some of this. I'm just not sure their finances are able to support a first rate hand held device, particularly in a world where superior hand held devices are all over.

Comment Re: One word (Score 1) 474

I am not sure if he's talking about the increased static power draw in the silicon itself from having more silicon area, or if he's envisioning doubling up on the die size without also increasing the ball count on the BGA package, which would cause increased resistance due to the extra heat. Those BGA's can't be made infinitely large, as it is the larger ones do not always self-align during volume mfg and end up falling out.

Comment Re:argument ab absurdo (Score 1) 332

Its not about the jack going away for everyone, but the how apple claimed to be progressive and having much courage to remove it. Which means apple as usual is being a dick about things. What about this is hard to understand?

1) Wrong, this headphone hoopla started before Tim Cook's "courage" line. I wouldn't be surprised if the pre-emptive hostility to this move motivated him to say that thing.

2) I still do not understand why anyone wants a wire on their mobile device. I was upset with Apple's iPhone originally because I could not use BT headphones with it, but my Android device worked just fine with it.

3) Maybe HTC or Samsung should incorporate a turntable on their phone as well, who did Sony think it was with that walkman nonsense.

Comment Re:I could not agree more (Score 1) 1001

I've been asked to implement bubblesort, by a processor design team, in verilog. I haven't done bubblesort since HS while learning examples of slow sorts.

I passed the interview, not because I had memorized this algorithm (which is certainly irrelevant to my career and the job I was applying for), because I reinvented bubblesort on the fly in pseudocode. The interviewer was willing to entertain my speculation about what bubblesort meant, he just wanted to watch me flail around.

I'm fairly certain he couldn't care less about bubblesort, he wanted to give me a problem and watch me solve it, what kind of questions I asked and what mistakes I made. Then he wanted to critique my solution and see how I handled his critique.

It's very hard to interview technical people, different people have different philosophies. Plenty of people will point to the exhaustive list of experience on their resume, which is meaningless since you can spend a lot of years doing absolutely nothing. Others will point to their degrees, which is meaningless since even a degree from an accredited university only means you took some required courses and the professor gave you a passing grade. Fundamentally we are there to solve problems though, so you should be trying to find a way to gauge problem solving.

My objections to bubblesort is that it's a well defined algorithm and people may get stuck on implementing it in some canonical way. Reversing a linked list is a better question, if you're going to go that route (although well trod and certainly H1B prep schools teach it by now). The question should take common knowledge from your field and basic problem solving. You should not be asking problems that require real brainpower, the interviewee is nervous and under-pressure in bad ways and not likely going to respond optimally.

The real problem with these tough interviews is that mostly they're being used to justify the lack of qualified people in the country. Turn down enough natives and HR starts suppling well coached shills from abroad, who once you get them turn out not to be very good, but knew quite well what they were to be asked.

Comment Re:Its about taxes (Score 2) 307

Nobody wants the store model, even on OS X where it arguably works better because of no pre-installed malware. The right thing, is a) to never let users run as admin, b) tar and feather apps that do not properly work without admin. Astroturf slashdot with developers who still haven't gotten the message, rather than try to convince us MS isn't evil anymore, which we'll never believe anyway.

There's no reason for 99% of apps out there to actually need administrator privileges, but for some reason, many still do not work properly without it...probably because the devs always run in admin and don't test with anything else (or don't test at all, which seems to be the case sometimes).

Comment Re: Sounds too simple to be true (Score 5, Insightful) 1149

Which is why they come here to steal your job

No, that is not why they come here. They are brought here, to suppress your wages, by wealthy Americans of every race, gender, religion and orientation that has the means to do so. They are given a temporary license to stay, provided they remain cheap, then they get cast back to where they came from (or get labelled enemy of the state, evidently).

This is what is being lost beneath the racism, the Indians, Mexicans, Chinese, etc. are not your enemies, they're just people trying to make a buck. Your enemies are Americans.

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