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Comment Not that difficult (Score 1) 229

Not that difficult if your developers work off a bug and feature log. The managers should assign bugs and features to the developers, and over time the daily average of bugs successfully closed, or features accepted for a build per day is a pretty good metric. I don't think it is hard if you have good processes and track everything with a bug and feature log.

Submission + - Google interview process big turn off for experienced engineers (businessinsider.com)

mysterious_mark writes: There's an article in the Business Insider discussing how the interview process at Google is really just geared for recent CS grads, and makes no sense for experienced engineers. Apparently the only criteria to work at Google is one's ability to do white board code problems, actual engineering experience counts for nothing. This may explain why the average engineer at Google is under 30, the problem is partly due to age discrimination, and also because older and more experienced engineers simply don't want to deal with the interview process.

Comment State of software quality (Score 4, Insightful) 358

I don't think this has as much to do with Android and iOS as it does with the state of software quality in general. The current state of software quality is abysmal, since the shift to scripting languages and web apps as the primary platform about ten years, the science and art of writing robust and reliable software for OO, event driven, asynchronous platforms like iOS or Android has become an almost lost skill. Unfortunately failure modes for these platforms are more dramatic than for web apps, in that you'll likely get a crash rather than 'error on page' message. The situation has been further exacerbated by management's insistence an always hiring the lowest quality developers they can find, outsourcing, H1 B's etc. If you use low quality and inexperienced devs, you'll likely get an unstable and and unreliable application on these types of platforms. This should be a wake up call to the industry in general in that we need to focus and engineering, quality and reliability, and not just minimizing cost.
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - I Phone unlocked (blogspot.com)

mysterious_mark writes: "The Apple I phone has been successfully unlocked. George Hotz of New Jersey managed to unlock his I Phone and is now using on the T-Mobile network. Detailed instructions on how to unlock the I Phone are posted on Blog Spot also the story is being carried on CNN and Fox , no comment from yet Apple or AT&T."
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Submission + - A geek on Everest (kahrlconsulting.com)

mysterious_mark writes: "Recently I was recruited by altitude films to be the IT geek for a filming expedition to the north side of Mount Everest. I have written an account of my experience at : http://www.ueverest.com/camp_life.aspx?postId=19 . It is a tale of high latency, low band width, blown hard drives, and frozen fingers. Summit day is June 14th, the overall expedition is covered at http://www.ueverest.com/"

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