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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

Snotnose My saddest interview (473 comments)

Around 2000 or so had a black guy in his 20s come in, dressed to the nines, well spoken, really likeable guy. I was his first interview and, when I met him in the lobby, he had an older white guy with him. hmmm. My interview technique is to start with softball questions to get them to relax, then get harder and harder questions. I don't want to stress them out, I want them to be themselves and give me an idea of what they know and how easy they will be to work with.

This kid couldn't answer my softball question. Couldn't even try, he had no clue. Tried an easier question, utter failure. I kept dumbing down my questions, and it wasn't until we got to data types that he could, eventually, come up with an answer. He couldn't even answer questions from his resume.

Thing was, as the interview went on I got to like this kid more and more. Really nice kid who seemed to have read a quick tutorial on C but had never so much as written a hello world.

My guess is he was a disadvantaged kid who went to some program, the program did a week of classroom, no lab, wrote his resume, loaned him a suit, got him an interview, drove him there, and presented them as an experienced C programmer to companies.


Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

Snotnose Re:What Jesse wants (473 comments)

There have been questions of my ability to do what is on my resume that are legit.

My typical modus operandi is to scan the resume for things I've done myself, the more obscure the better. I then target that in the interview. It's amazing how often people list crap on their resume that was done somewhere in the building, but not by themselves.

For example, I spent about 4 years in the 80's working on the 1553 bus, and considered myself an expert on the protocol, the hardware, and the usage of the bus. A few years ago some idiot put 1553 on his resume but, in the interview, couldn't answer anything about it other than "the military uses it". No shit sherlock, that's my it's full name is MIL-SPEC-1553.


35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Snotnose Re:i blame my kids (552 comments)

Children are something like 80% water. Sounds pretty liquid to me.

2 days ago

35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Snotnose Re:I'm probably one of them (552 comments)

The default notice lists a website that is in, and it has the same info in the notice. I'm 100% sure it's not a scam. Well, it sounds like a scam from california, but not from Nigerians.

2 days ago

35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Snotnose I'm probably one of them (552 comments)

2-3 months ago I got a notice from the State (CA) collection agency stating I owed them $200 from 2007, along with warnings they could garnish my salary, garnish an incomtax refund, take my firstborn, etc. First I've heard of it. They have a number to call to ask questions. Half the time the phone isn't answered, the other half I leave voicemail that is never returned. So I'm prolly in collections, along with the credit ding, for a 7 year debt I knew nothing about and can't get any information on.

I'm about to spend the money for a registered letter to ask WTF, but I'll bet they don't respond to it.

Farking asshats.

2 days ago

The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

Snotnose How do I get on this list? (242 comments)

Aside from doing anything illegal, hurting anyone, etc. Seems that if enough of us buy the Get On The Terrorist List for Dummies then the problem sort of solves itself by making the list useless.

about a week ago

Math, Programming, and Language Learning

Snotnose I majored in applied math (241 comments)

some 20 years ago (yikes, did the math and it's closer to 30). I wanted to do signal processing and such, but I realized MIT grad students were doing all the fun stuff. I now write embedded software, and the only time I use math is when I either go off on a tangent, or sine off on an apology for doing so.

about two weeks ago

Critical Vulnerabilities In Web-Based Password Managers Found

Snotnose Re:KeePass? (114 comments)

I've got my keePass database on my phone. It's always with me, readily available if I need to logon somewhere and I have a trusted computer handy (and a USB cable, of course),

about two weeks ago

Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

Snotnose For me to wear it it would have to be sexy (381 comments)

Sexy enough for an attractive 20 y/o to hop into the sack with my 56 y/o fat self.
/ 20 y/o female
// human female
/// I've posted this same comment in a dup thread a week or two back.

about three weeks ago

A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System

Snotnose Re:Subject bait (379 comments)

So a bunch of insane asshats decide to shoot rockets at you, and you're supposed to pull up stakes and move elsewhere? In this example, from Israel to the US?
I have to admit, I must be missing something. If a bunch of nutjobs in Tijuana decided to shoot rockets into my hometown of San Diego I would certainly hope the government would respond.

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Correlation Between Text Editor and Programming Language?

Snotnose C/C++, perl, python, Java (359 comments)

Mostly vim, although I'll drop to Eclipse if I need a debugger for Java.

about a month ago

Astronomers Discover Earth-Sized Diamond

Snotnose Pawn or sell? (112 comments)

Lemme call a buddy of mine to see what he can tell me about this.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

Snotnose It would have to be sexy (427 comments)

Sexy enough so a hot 20 year old would hop into bed with my fat 56 y/o self when she sees me wearing it.
/ make that a hot 20 y/o female
// human female
/// I have no explanation as to why she would wander into mom's basement to see me wearing it tho.

about a month ago

Federal Judge Rules US No-fly List Violates Constitution

Snotnose Re:About time (276 comments)

Hell, not knowing you're on it until denied boarding is an abomination. What ever happened to due process? Oh I forgot, it's the terrorists/children/drugs/$fear_of_the_day

about a month ago

Endurance Experiment Writes One Petabyte To Six Consumer SSDs

Snotnose Good news for me (164 comments)

Considering 90% of my storage is write once, read many (email, mp3, dvds, programs, etc), this is good for me as long as the drive has a good, errr, brain fart, scheme so when I write a byte it chooses one I haven't written to in a while. My SSD should last forever, or until the electron holes break free of their silicon bonds.

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

Snotnose Re:Python (466 comments)

Python++. The only thing I don't like about it is the way whitespace delimits blocks, but that's already been gone over.
Javascript is the language from hell, I wouldn't recommend it to anybody.
Off the top of my head, here's the languages I've used enough to feel like I was good at: awk, sed, bash, C, C++, perl, python, java, javascript.

about a month and a half ago

Human Blood Substitute Could Help Meet Donor Blood Shortfall

Snotnose Re:Let gay men donate (172 comments)

Why can't generally happy dudes give blood?

about a month and a half ago

Aliens and the Fermi Paradox

Snotnose EZPZ. $Diety created man (686 comments)

and after earth he got bored and went off to play some intergalactic CoD.

about a month and a half ago

Brownsville SpaceX Space Port Faces More Regulatory Hurdles

Snotnose I'm amazed I can still fart (78 comments)

without some regulator from somewhere trying to stick a "out of compliance" tag on my ass

about 2 months ago

New Car Can Lean Into Curves, Literally

Snotnose Whoopsie (243 comments)

Can't wait until I'm 150% outside the cornering envelope when the system decides now is a good time to reboot.

about 2 months ago


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