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What EMC Looks For When It's Hiring 223

Yvonne Lee, Community Manager at, writes "Because EMC has expanded through more than 70 acquisitions in eight years — it was hiring even during the recession — and because many of the acquired companies were startups, it is trying to leverage the more dynamic cultures it's inherited and make itself more nimble and innovative. People it hired 'need to be able to move fast and run,' Thus, a key to getting the company's attention is to prove you can do what you say you can. In other words, when Murray asks if you can work fast, you can't just say yes. You'll have to use your previous achievements to prove that you can."

Comment Re:"we have guns" . . . (Score 5, Informative) 468

I think short term rewards help more than long term.

For my team when you're above your execution rate for a week you are eligible to work from home one day the next week. In general, no one does anything when they work from home but to be eligible, they have to get their work done in the office. It's effectively getting people to work harder 4 days a week for an extra day off.

Obviously, this may or may not work with your environment.

Comment Re:Short answer (Score 1) 630

1. Send out resumes.
2. Start taking 8-10 minute breaks every couple hours. Force the issue. Let them call you out on having irritable bowels. Sometimes it's good to make everyone uncomfortable.

Realistically, though: I worked in a call center for a really really big company here in the states and they never tracked bathroom time. I'd say it's borderline illegal because of what you can infer from the data but I don't know that there's legal precedent one way or the other.

If your company is like mine you have an anonymous phone/e-mail line for inappropriate behavior or concerns. I'd leave a message that the new policies make you feel uncomfortable because you need to use the facilities fairly frequently due to a medical condition. (doesn't matter if it's true).

Comment Re:If my work inbox is any indication... (Score 2) 314

That's not an e-mail problem, that's a communication problem. I get spam snail-mail that pretends to be important and from my insurance company. I get voicemails that start with, "This is an important message for ..."

The problems with e-mail are the same problems we have with phones, texts, snail-mail and any other type of communication (photo-bombing, anyone?). Part of the population will always try to take advantage of the rest of the population. Ignore that then look at the rest.

E-mail is a good form of communication because it lets you communicate non-immediatly. Some users may expect immediate responses but that's a user issue--not an e-mail issue.

Why do these stories continue to come up? How about this one, "Moore's law will stop this year!". Yeah, never heard that one before...

Comment IOMeter (Score 1) 297

To answer the actual question: IOMeter. It's a load generator / benchmark. You can generate loads to test a storage device for your specific requirements and see if performance is up to snuff. You can also generate loads to stress a device until you halt it.

As someone else mentioned, throw bunches of read/writes at a drive for a couple days then put it into production with a reliable system to gracefully handle failure. You want to find drives that would fail in the first couple weeks and keep them from hitting your production environment.


Ask Slashdot: Store Umbilical Cord Blood — and If So, Where? 321

gambit3 writes "My wife and I are expecting our first child in 3 months, and one of the decisions we still have to make is whether to store our baby's cord blood. Even if we decide the upfront cost is worth it, there is still the question of using a public bank or a private one (and which one to trust), and whether to also store umbilical cord tissue for stem cells. Does you have any experience or suggestions?"

Austin's Alamo Drafthouse Theater Gives Texters the Boot 370

Hugh Pickens writes "Ever been annoyed during that nail-biting darkened hallway scene by someone turning on their phone to send a text? Well, don't mess with Texas or you may end up on the screen in a public service announcement. Alamo Drafthouse, a local chain of dine-and-screen movie theaters in Austin, Texas, has long waged a war against impolite moviegoers booting out customers who talk or text during performances. Phoebe Connelly writes that according to Tim League, the Drafthouse's founder, a woman was recently warned twice about texting during a screening, and then, in accordance with company policy, was escorted out without a refund. 'I don't think people realize that it is distracting,' says League. 'It seems like nothing, but if you spend as much time as I do at the movies, you realize the entire theater sees it and it pulls you out of the movie experience. It's every bit as intrusive as talking.' The irate customer called up the Alamo Drafthouse and left a profanity-laced (and perhaps slightly inebriated) message decrying the theater's policies, but the theater got the last laugh as they took the audio of the woman's voicemail, transcribed it, and turned it into an in-house preview [tl: Note, YouTube video contains some profanity] that warns theatergoers against cell phone use during movies. 'Part of what we're trying to do is have a comedic message about what to us is a very serious issue,' says League, declining to give any more details about the woman at the center of the recent PSA."

The Science of Lightsabers 232

sethmad writes "As everyone who's ever passed the GRE knows, there are two major hypothetical operational problems with Star Wars lightsabers. More accurately I should say there were two problems, because I solved both of them."

Comment Re:Linux (Score 1) 254

AMD/ATI has started a new open source driver project for their video cards ( AMD is at least working for good linux support though it may not necessarily be up to snuff today (I haven't looked at benchmarks between win/linux on AMD/ATI's cards).

At least they're trying?

Comment Re:Ubuntu (Score 1) 766

Contrary to what most basic users think, they can make the switch to Win7 or Ubuntu pretty easily. Especially for basic internet and e-mail (which realistically is the extent of most people's computer use). I just switched my parents to Windows 7 and asked them what they thought. Their comments: "We didn't really notice anything".

The problem with switching family to a *nix solution is still going to be software. There are certain programs that your family will want to use that is simply unavailable. First that comes to mind is TurboTax. If you plan on switching family's OS, make sure you're not making more work for yourself down the road.

And really, with the Win7 family pack (3 upgrades for $149), Win7 is a realistic alternative to Win XP.

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