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Comment Re:what are they doing the rest of the year? (Score 1) 84

That means that they work 40 hours a year, for an average salary of 29k$, or around 800$/hr. Not bad al all :)

I would expect that the rest of the year they keep updated with research and systems, code their tools, search for vulnerabilities, find targets etc.

It's probably comparable to other fields where you spend 80% of your time finding clients and pitching projects to fill the 20% of the time you are actually getting paid.

Of course, at least they don't have to worry about PR, branding, cocktails and such :)

Comment Re:Microsoft Office (Score 5, Funny) 174

The real outrage should be that operations in Microsoft Office are measured in seconds and minutes instead of nanoseconds and milliseconds.

Well every time you type a key it must send it online for anonymous data collection, match it against a dictionary for instant grammar correction, save a copy of your modified file to your OneDrive online free storage space, run a few ticks into Clippy's neural network, send your typing statistics to Cortana, pass through 10 layers of automation & scripting support interfaces & abstractions ...

Ah and yes, eventually also update the output buffer with actual letter symbol to be displayed on the screen!

Comment First time I heard of VR filmmaking (Score 1) 24

I imagine that actors will be talking a lot to the camera like in the British sitcom Peep Show so it looks they are talking to us.
No more need for slopes in movies theaters.
No more annoying tall people in the front row or bright cellphone lights.
With binaural/HRTF audio and headphones, you no longer hear peoples making comments from the row behind you.
Looks a lot like a scene I remember from the Matrix ...

Only 75$ for the 2 hours experience.
(we promise not to harvest extra energy from your body without your consent, but if you want to we will provide complimentary popcorn!)

TV edit is done directly from the director's head.

Comment Depends on medium and content of the test (Score 1) 776

I would be nice to have more insights as to the content of the test and the medium used.

If it is a complex algorithm (for instance I don't know, writing a compression method, an digital filter etc.) these kind of questions are better suited for pen&paper where the candidate will mostly spill out pseudo code, ideas and comments. As others said, in such a test I would not expect the candidate to write flawless code, but it will give me an idea as to whether he knows basic concepts of programming, possibly of a particular language, and most importantly if he knows how to think.

On the other hand, if you are given 45 minutes in front of a computer, I would expect it to be a very very simple task. This could be for instance writing a form where the user inputs some values that get serialized on disk. I would more be interested to know if the candidate is as fluent as he says with the tools provided. I would expect him to finish on time and evaluate the real quality of the code. Or if he had problems this would be a base of discussion as to what happened. Of course, in such a context I don't see why this test would not be "open books" with access to the Internet and any reference documentation needed.

Both tests are valid enough I think. But mixing them (doing a pen&paper test for code that is meant to compile flawlessly or doing a seated test with a complex algorithm) is just malicious! Maybe that is what your friend encountered.

Comment A canvas to paint custom objects? (Score 1) 331

I was about to reply some pros&cons and that in the end all frameworks have their limits and how if you try something else than asking for a birthdate in a textbox and outputing the age in another when the user hits a button you'll spend hours and hours tweaking little details (why won't it let me put an icon here! Why won't it align correctly!)

But I re-read you question and you talk about re-writing all the GUI yourself, so I don't really understand why you need a UI toolkit to start with. But you probably have not phrased your needs completely.

Anyway, the obvious answer is to try WPF for Windows if your app is for Windows.

Comment What to do with a hammer? (Score 1) 249

I've come across a hammer in my toolbox. Any idea what I could do with it? Is it worth any time putting it to use, or should I just leave it in my toolbox?

(PS: aside from being cynical, this post also answers the OP question - using 802.11b equipment along with a hammer can be a whole-lotta fun ;)

Comment Hmm ... (Score 1) 142

I also think that it is a good thing to prevent minors to do online transactions, particularly of "virtual currency" stuff, without some kind of monitoring or parental consent etc. This sounds perfectly reasonable.

And to put the "unwholesome" comment into context which seems to annoy everyone, imagine a US politician saying vague words like "it is morally irresponsible to do X" or "it is to protect the rights our fathers gave us" etc. I mean, it's a speech.

So China makes what seem a sensible law ... can someone explain to me why it is that bad?

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