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The One App You Need On Your Resume If You Want a Job At Google

Mr. Freeman Re:Who wants to work for Google nowadays? (193 comments)

> they do have all the nice perks and benefits and all the on-site stuff, interesting problems, and interesting culture

They have the nice perks and on-site stuff because they expect you to spend more than twelve hours per day there. They have daycare so you don't have to pick up your kids. They have a dentist that comes to the complex every so often so you don't leave for dental appointments, they have free food so you don't leave to pick up food and you don't go home to have dinner in the evening. And their salary isn't very good either. It's a lot for anyone *who doesn't live in Silicon Valley*, but it's mediocre for anyone who does. Housing costs in that area are stupidly high. If you're making less than $100,000 then literally more than five eighths of your paycheck is going straight to rent.

As for the "interesting problems", every company has those. When you're an engineer (even a software engineer) every company has interesting problems. There are very few problems that aren't interesting, even if they aren't unique.

>You also don't have to worry TOO much about them hiring a few retards that never get fired (at least not on the engineering side).

Yeah, you do. Back when they were a startup, it was easy to see who was an idiot and who was a genius. Nowadays they're so large that it's easy for incompetent people to hide amongst their peers. It's also publicly traded, and we all know how much shareholders care about flashy presentations and short-term profits instead of long-term gains. Any incompetent employee who bills their stupid idea as "the next big thing to generate lots of revenue quickly!" is basically unfirable.

>Of course, then you have their "1 size fit all, basically random depending on who does the interview" interview process to go through, so it may not be worth the trouble, unless you're feeling lucky.

So you're telling me that Google doesn't have to worry about incompetent engineers and that the company is well-run, but *somehow* they just happen to have a terrible interview process? That sounds highly unlikely. What's more likely is that the interview process is a reflection of the people within the company. If the interview process is bad then the people who designed it are clearly not very good at their jobs.

2 days ago
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Code.org: Blame Tech Diversity On Education Pipeline, Not Hiring Discrimination

Mr. Freeman Re:I'm glad SOMEBODY finally said this (227 comments)

You'll also never see a push to get men into teaching, nursing, or being a hair stylists even though those jobs are absolutely dominated by women. Apparently, it's only "real" discrimination if the victim isn't a man.

about two weeks ago
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Consumer Reports: New iPhones Not As Bendy As Believed

Mr. Freeman Re:Apple = cash cow for scumbags (304 comments)

You're complaining about clickbait, but your signature is an advertisement that makes use of exactly the same tactics to try and draw people to a website that you probably have a stake in.

about three weeks ago
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2015 Corvette Valet Mode Recorder Illegal In Some States

Mr. Freeman Re:And your major concern is really... (269 comments)

>If you're driving a sports car and parking is a few blocks away those guys are fighting to get to park your car instead of Grandpa's Cadillac next in line. Frankly, it's just too much fun

Most sports cars also make the car weak and wimpy when the valet key is inserted. Engine RPMs are capped, suspension is softened like crazy, acceleration is less than half of what it is when unrestricted, etc. Not to mention a special trip meter that shows up (next to the odometer) that tracks total miles driven while the valet key was used. This helps cut down on joyriding.

about three weeks ago
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2015 Corvette Valet Mode Recorder Illegal In Some States

Mr. Freeman Re:huh? (269 comments)

Simple: Put in the valet key and a stock message plays over the speakers.

about three weeks ago
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How 3D Printers Went Mainstream After Decades In Obscurity

Mr. Freeman Re:3D plotter (69 comments)

Also, the printed part has less than 10% of the tensile strength of a cast part of the same material and dimensions (because the layers themselves aren't joined very much, if at all). They're great for visualizing how something will look or how parts will fit together, but you're insane if you think that you're going to be able to actually use the part for anything aside from looking at it.

They've been an incredibly useful tool in engineering for decades because having a three-dimensional representation of a part is very useful. It's only recently that a bunch of "makers", entirely ignorant of what the technology is used for, decided to try and use it to produce real parts that are subjected to real loads. They're using the wrong tool for the wrong job. Using a 3D printer to make functional parts is like using a weed whacker as a hammer.

about three weeks ago
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Mark Zuckerberg Throws Pal Joe Green Under the Tech Immigration Bus

Mr. Freeman Re:This debate is about money. (261 comments)

Exactly. So to get around this loophole they want to hire H1B workers that they can just send back to their home country after they're done exploiting them.

about a month ago
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Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

Mr. Freeman Re:Google's storage (408 comments)

Nope. Bought by WD.

about a month ago
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Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

Mr. Freeman Re:As a matter of fact... (408 comments)

They didn't buy you at fair value. They said that you could either sell to them at a severe loss, or they would make their own version of your product and put you out of business.

With all the charity Bill Gates has been making press releases about lately, people seem to have forgotten that he received all that money in the first place by building a monopoly and using incredibly anti-competitive business tactics.

about a month ago
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New "Crescent Bay" VR Headset Revealed and Demo'd At Oculus Connect

Mr. Freeman More hype about Oculus, news at eleven! (65 comments)

I'll believe it when I can buy it, put it on, download a game, and play in 3D. Until then, it's just more vaporware. We've been hearing about the Oculus for years now, and everyone keeps claiming that it's "almost ready", but it's still not available yet. Their insistence that it'll be ready "when it's ready" is less than comforting.

about a month ago
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Washington DC To Return To Automatic Metro Trains

Mr. Freeman Re:As a metro rider ... (179 comments)

The correct decision would actually be to fire anyone retarded enough not to know which vehicle they're driving.

about a month ago
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WD Announces 8TB, 10TB Helium Hard Drives

Mr. Freeman Re:Helium? (296 comments)

No surprise there. WD doesn't want people not re-buying their hard drives every few years.

about a month ago
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Surprising Result of NYC Bike Lanes: Faster Traffic for Cars

Mr. Freeman Re:P.S.A. in you live in NYC (213 comments)

Don't be surprised that the guy you replied to doesn't know this. He's a cyclist, so as far as he's concerned he *always* has the right of way even when the law explicitly says otherwise.

about a month ago
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White House Names Google's Megan Smith As CTO

Mr. Freeman Re:Of course (75 comments)

It's basically a second Treasurer of the United States ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treasurer_of_the_United_States ). Just another useless position for the purpose of appointing minorities and women to positions within the government in order to score political points.

about a month and a half ago
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Google's Megan Smith Would Be First US CTO Worthy of the Title

Mr. Freeman What about the other applicants? (117 comments)

Are the other applicants less qualified? Do any of them have degrees in mechanical engineering? We don't know, because the only person mentioned is Megan Smith. We can't fairly judge whether or not she'd be a good fit because we have no idea what the alternatives are.

about a month and a half ago
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Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report

Mr. Freeman Re:How is this not conspiracy to commit fraud? (182 comments)

By that logic, it's not illegal to blow up my competitor's building because, hey, no one made money from the explosion directly!

about 2 months ago
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Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report

Mr. Freeman Re:Illegal (182 comments)

Yeah. I really don't get the nutjobs around here who run around bitching about how Taxis need less and less regulation. It's like they have no idea what it was like before the regulations were put in place. It's not like some politicians got together and conspired over the course of several decades to regulate an industry for the sole purpose of being dicks. Those regulations were instituted because taxi drivers and taxi companies were doing incredibly unethical things that were causing damage to both people and to the economy.

about 2 months ago
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Latest Wikipedia Uproar Over 'Superprotection'

Mr. Freeman Re:Too much good content is deleted at Wikipedia. (239 comments)

People like to joke about how false information added to Wikipedia gets quoted in articles where are then used to justify the information in Wikipedia, but it's actually quite real. It happens amazingly often and no one seems to be taking any real steps to fix the problem. If you go to any article and start looking through the sources you'll find that most of the sources either provide nothing to back up their information, obviously quoted it from Wikipedia in the first place, or actually have the information in such a context that it contradicts what the Wikipedia article is saying.

about 2 months ago
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Future Hack: New Cybersecurity Tool Predicts Breaches Before They Happen

Mr. Freeman In totally unrelated news (33 comments)

New cyber security tool doesn't work!

about 2 months ago
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Are Altcoins Undermining Bitcoin's Credibility?

Mr. Freeman What credibility? (267 comments)

Impossible. That would imply that Bitcoin had credibility to begin with.

about 2 months ago

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