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Comment Re:No, it is not reasonable. (Score 1) 1057

Very true, recently we were hiring for a DHTML position, and people that claimed they knew their stuff could hardly answer a few intermediate CSS/JS questions.

Granted, I came up with the test AND graded it, so at least it wasn't some HR person without a clue.

In this case we were looking to purchase a specific skillset as well. I don't know about most people, but I use a lot of technologies now that were never taught and barely thought of in college, so just because I have a degree doesn't mean I know anything about a specific technology (though I may be well prepared to learn it)


Slouching Toward Black Mesa 67

The Escapist this week is themed around stories and storytelling. The article that resonates the most with me is a Tom Rhodes piece called Slouching Toward Black Mesa. It explores the connection between the journey of Gordon Freeman and literary explorations of similar end-of-the-world themes. "Freeman isn't slouching toward Black Mesa, he's converging on the great citadel in the middle of City 17, the Bethlehem of our story. Bethlehem is a holy place in Christian theology, which makes it the perfect location for the beast of Yeats' poem to encroach upon. In City 17, that ideal is flipped on its head, replaced with a center of darkness and powe ... In an even more direct rejection of Yeats, however, the forces in Half-Life 2 are non-supernatural. It continues the series' theme, man as a force in this world; whether for good or ill is his choice. It is this choice, this need to carve out our own destiny and define ourselves based on our own hopes, dreams and fears that makes us human. So what is slouching toward Bethlehem? We are." The issue also features an article entitled The Ending Has Not Yet Been Written, about the never-ending story of Massively Multiplayer Online Games.

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Fans would be more likely to try ethanol made in the USA if their NASCAR heroes used the fuel, according to a GM VP. Plus: The EU agrees to base emissions tax on the size of the emissions, not the vehicle. In Autopia.

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