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Comment Amazon interviews are absurd (Score 1) 1001

This is _exactly_ why I do not work for Amazon. Because after an all day interview, including being interviewed during lunch so I couldn't actually eat, I was asked to stand at a whiteboard and design a novel algorithm and write accurate Perl code from memory. (I should mention that my job at Disney involved writing great Perl code all day, and I did just fine. No thanks to Bezos and his grist mill.)

I should also mention that one of the first things I saw when I walked in was a young woman standing at her desk, just crying. And everyone walking by acting like that was a perfectly normal thing to see there. And when I went to the lunchroom, not a single person was smiling, or laughing, etc. They all just looked beat down. By the time the whiteboard came up, I had already decided I didn't want to work there.

Comment A Write Once Register would solve this issue (Score 1) 157

All that needs to happen is that new radio chipsets need to have a write-once register that can be used to lock the chip to a specific radio band. They could manufacture one chip for global use, and a simple write to that register by the router manufacturer would lock it down to a region. No need to deal with locked firmware at all.

Comment Lockable Frequency and Power is the real answer (Score 1) 173

The real answer to the issue that concerns the FCC is to have the chipset manufacturers add write-once registers that can be used to lockout frequencies and power levels that are illegal in certain regions. That way, the manufacturers can make one hardware design, and still ensure compliance with regional regulations. This is such an easy solution to implement, and would completely eliminate the "need" to DRM the firmware.

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