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Ask Slashdot: Why Are Online Job Applications So Badly Designed?

Hollinger Perhaps less is more? (278 comments)

Those are often driven by HR policies / databases / data retention policies / privacy policies.

There's a local company that asks a more fundamental question, which is "How can you help us?" This must, however, require a person to sit and read through every submission. To avoid spamming them, the entirety of their application form is:
"How can you help us?" <== text box for free form entry. You could paste in a resume link, github, etc.

This approach seems more interesting.

about 6 months ago

Why Gay Men Are Worth So Much To Facebook

Hollinger Re:The consumer. (270 comments)

Gay guys are likely closer to females in terms of frequent frivolous spending, i.e. spending on clothing and other accessories. Not that guys necessarily spend less, but their spending is more focused and comes in bigger chunks at less frequent intervals. Also, gay guys, like women, are more fashion and image conscious which means they'll buy into fads more readily and willfully overpay for products they fund appealing.

Umm, Not all of us? Trying to draw a connection between gay males' shopping habits and straight women's habits is superficial, and keep in mind that "gay male" is not a single population.

As one of the aforementioned gay males (and a 5-digit UID Slashdot geek), I should point out that my boyfriend and I certainly don't spend on "frivolous" things. He's more image-conscious than I am, certainly, (blame Gilt Group's iPhone app for that), but neither of us is "buys into fads more readily" than any other guy. We both have more cash because we both have pretty good jobs (game developer, sw architect) and we invest, save, and (currently) have no kids. I, personally, buy what I want, when I want, but not "fashion accessories." I buy experiences (e.g. flying into the grand canyon), and nice things (e.g. my shiny new Weber Genesis Grill).

I agree that orientation is irrelevant, but you should take a step back and reconsider what you wrote.

more than 2 years ago

Least worthy tech-world cliches / buzzwords?

Hollinger Re:an oldie but a goodie.... (297 comments)

Get with the times. I think you mean the "Twitterverse." ;-)

about 3 years ago

Time's Person of the Year Is "The Protester"

Hollinger The way Time is going... (543 comments)

The way Time is going, next year they'll name "The Subscriber."

more than 3 years ago

Watch IBM's Watson On Jeopardy Tonight

Hollinger Re:Not sure why people are knocking it (293 comments)

Yeah, it's funny that the Jeopardy people wanted Watson to be able to physically push the button and didn't require that it read and listen like a human.

Actually, that's to make the game fair. There's a small delay while you or I click a physical buzzer that would be removed if the system could signal directly into the Jeopardy scoring systems. To remove that unfair advantage, the machine must still "buzz" in just like a real competitor, and deal with the fact that a mechanical push-button is being depressed.

more than 3 years ago

Facebook Rolls Out Redesigned Profile Pages

Hollinger Re:The latest five pictures... (211 comments)

It'll be useless to *you,* but it might get you (or your friends) to click over to the person that uploaded it. I'm sure a lot of thought went into trying to keep you on the site as long as possible.

more than 4 years ago

BlindType — the Amazing Keyboard of the Future

Hollinger Re:Can't believe it hasn't been done (125 comments)

So I saw that it's got a patent pending, but don't recognize the format of the number, "61361522." Searching various dbs turns up nothing, and searching the web turns up only links back to the blindtype website. I really want to read this patent app.

I even searched for a few likely keywords, and found other, competing patent apps from other companies that purport to do something similar like this one...

more than 4 years ago

Best Places To Work In IT 2010

Hollinger Re:Bullshit (205 comments)

I just can't take the article seriously. You would think the top 100 'best places to work in IT' would include Google somewhere near the top, but it didn't even make the list.

Well, the difference here is that you're looking at those that develop IT (Microsoft, Google, even Amazon to an extent) and those that leverage IT in non-engineering businesses (the article's list). A more interesting list would be the Top 10 or Top 100 places to work in engineering.

The Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For is probably what you're looking for. Several of my friends work at National Instruments for example, and every year for the last decade or so they've been on that list (they put a banner on the side of their headquarters proudly proclaiming it to all those that happen to drive by on a nearby freeway). You'll also find Google, Cisco, Adobe, Microsoft, etc.

more than 4 years ago

IBM Open Sources Supercomputer Code

Hollinger Re:But can I play Quake on it? (77 comments)

But can I play Quake on it?

Actually, you can. A couple of games are available on the IBM AIX software FTP site. You have your choice of Quake or Quake 2, even. Since POWER6 still runs binaries from the previous generations of software, go give it a try. Of course, you'd probably need to launch one instance of Quake per thread to really stress the system, since I'm pretty sure Quake's not multithreaded. ;-)

~ Mike

more than 6 years ago


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Journals, blogs, whatever...

Hollinger Hollinger writes  |  more than 11 years ago

You know, I said I'd never write a journal entry. I've been saying it for years. I, for one, cannot think of a single thing worth mentioning to the rest of the world. I had lasagna for dinner! or OU's number one! Have you ever hit the random button on livejournal?

What do people find so interesting about blogs?

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