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Comment Ignorant framing of the question (Score 2) 175

"This might increase pressure on Apple to loosen the backdoor restrictions. Will the industry relent and allow Government access to data from these devices?"

I suppose this post may just be click-bait, but there is no "loosening" or "relenting." The question is whether companies sell end-to-end encryption to their customers -- Yes or No. End-to-end encryption is the only real security that the government can't invade. People may disagree about whether citizens in a democracy should have a private sphere that excludes the government, but those are the stakes -- Yes or No. There is no gray area.

Comment Re:3 on-site interviews means a FAIL (Score 1) 215

You misunderstood the discussion. An interview loop at Microsoft is a *loop* because you are routed past multiple interviewers with different questions and emphases. That is, all in one day. Three interviews is a typical start (taking up the morning), and if you have a shot after that, you'll be sent to additional interviewers. It sounds like Google works the same way.

Comment Re:Bars are a business and a meeting place (Score 1) 393

I work there (FTE) and this is complete nonsense. The managers may be working themselves to death, but individual contributors are not, except in cases of extreme inefficiency. The company wants you to produce results, not to kill yourself and waste the money spent training you. They take the work-life balance thing seriously nowadays, regardless of how things used to be when this stereotype first was cast. The most cynical thing you can say about this is that you can't burn out your employees in a competitive job market or when you aren't compensating them with soaring stock values.

With all that said, I agree that it is exceeding lame to cancel the pub plan.

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