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Comment Amazing features... not (Score 1) 62

So this thing will pick up meeting dates and guess which files you want. Nice. But you still cannot create a fucking MAILING LIST. You want a nice support@yourcompany.com? You have to pick ONE mailbox (which cannot be shared).

Their solution: use Google Groups. Which are useless especially since you have to whitelist every sender. And still no real backup.

Sad to say but those guys are 5+ years behind Office365.

Comment Re:Good! (Score 1) 237

I actually stopped ordering from Amazon when they started shipping most of my stuff with UPS. The shopping convenience fades quickly when you have to deal with frequent shipping problems, and 1/3 of the time for big items you end up going at the effing UPS warehouse because the lazy driver didn't want to be bothered to move it from his truck and just left bullshit "no answer" tags on your mailbox over and over.

Comment Re:Left field / outside the box is American cult (Score 1) 463

Here's the thing about any demographic group: just like wih bomb threats, even if a large proportion of calls are pranks, you can't take a chance and ignore them all. You may have to suffer through a long list of unskilled Indians who only learned a few buzzwords and got their certifications from a relative or subcontractor, but at some point you're bound to find a real gem. The trick is to find ways to discard incompetents quickly.

For instance, you have to ask the HR drone who does the phone screening to remove any question that can be answered with "yes", "no", "I'm certified" or "I have plenty of experience". It takes a while to tune the questionnaire but it's worth it. Somewhere amid the garbage there's gonna be a rock star, that's almost always the case.

Bullshitting their way to a job interview has long been a typical Indian move, but more and more I've started to notice this pattern emerging from other groups (East Europeans, North Africans and Chinese mostly). I will never understand the strategy because there's just no way it can lead to a great career, but until this signal-to-noise issue is resolved, recruiting will remain a nightmare, and those public employees and/or SJW who come up with racism accusations very very quickly when they don't understand the reality are making it even more difficult.

To anyone who contributed to these accusations against Palantir, fuck you.

Comment Re:Left field / outside the box is American cult (Score 3, Insightful) 463

Am I the only one who read "Asian" as a politically correct version of "Indian" in this story?

Anyone who does hiring in IT can tell you about the massive amount of "qualified" Indian candidates with 25 certifications who somehow can't answer basic questions. I am not surprised by those numbers.

Comment Re:How is this different from any university? (Score 1) 330

Let's say you want to hire a junior fresh out of school. You have two candidates: one who went to MIT and one who went to community college. Odds are, the company will be ready to pay a bit more for the MIT candidate.

On the other hand, let's say you're looking for a solid developer with 5 years experience. Again you have two candidates, with similar job titles on their resume. One candidate went to MIT and worked at some local consulting firm in Pennsylvania for the last five years. The other candidate went to community college, then spent two years at Amazon and three years at Netflix. You really think the company wil roll out the red carpet for the MIT guy?

A prestigious school only helps early in your career. After that it's all about where you worked (at least in America, I heard it's different in Europe). Worse than that, a candidate that says things like "back at MIT..." in a job interview for an intermediary or senior position sounds like that guy in Napoleon Dynamite who can't let go of his high school football days.

Comment Re:We don't need an 4 year high cost party to get (Score 2) 330

It's the first time I see someone bragging about being a member of the IEEE, so let's see what they have to say about "associate members":

Associate member grade is designed for technical and non-technical individuals who do not meet the qualifications for member grade but who wish to benefit from membership and partnership in IEEE, and for those who are progressing, through continuing education and work experience, toward qualifications for member grade.

So in a nutshell, you're paying them $200 a year to be a wannabe IEEE member. Sounds like a great investment, although I'd personally spend that money at a stripclub, but hey, whatever floats your boat.

Comment Re:We don't need an 4 year high cost party to get (Score 2) 330

I guess it depends on the industry, but I've been in this one for almost 20 years and anywhere I've been, the best technical people I've met always had either a community college diploma, were college dropouts or even had some vocational school training.

I can't explain it but it feels like those people are more willing to try things, to venture out of their zone of comfort and to deal wih conflict. Meanwhile, the whizz kids with degrees up the pooper sure know a lot of theory and can excel at some things, but they usually behave like union people, never willing or open to set foot outside of their job description. And while the industry sure needs warm bodies to write test cases and optimize loops, it's not the Mr Propers showing up to scrum meetings only to babble about having one too much item in their kanban that make things move forward.

There's something about higher education that seems to suck the creativity and open-mindedness out of people and replace it with a mild form of entitlement.

Well that's my take on this based on my own experience. But I guarantee you that 9 times out of 10, I can spot a self-made developer or sysadmin because he's the one willing to solve an urgent problem without asking for a fucking ticket number.

Comment Re:How is this different from any university? (Score 2) 330

The starting salary may be higher but the difference disappear over time, it doesn't last for the whole career.

I remember having this exact discussion with a HR person while looking for candidates for my team. I was surprised by the salaries so she explained that junior people with a degree from a prestigious school started higher on the salary scale to recognize their investment and possible better education but that someone with a community college diploma would catch up within a few years.

This being said does that mean it's a bad investment? If salary and job opportunities are the only factor then no it's not worth it, but if you consider the education itself and the boost of confidence it can bring in the first years that could be valuable. Personally I'm more in favor of the strict minimum education in terms of time and money to get to work as soon as possible and earn as soon as possible without any kind of debt but that's a matter of preference.

Comment Re:So basically... (Score 0) 637

there's a double dose of cognitive dissonnance in this case.

1) intolerant behavior as a response to someone supporting a candidate perceived as intolerant

2) support for a presidential candidate that essentially stole the nomination, just like she stole furniture, art and rugs when she left the White House the last time (and threatened rape victimes and lied and ruined the life of many civil servants out of pure greed, etc).

However I am myself biased sometimes and can't blame them. As an example I did cancel my Dropbox subscription when I learned that Cuntdoleeza Rice was on the board of directors, just to voice my disapproval. But still. This boycott approach smells a lot like tactics used by vile characters in early to mid-20th century germany.

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