The Trials and Tribulations of a Would-Be Facebook Employee
I don't think this guy understands much about how corporate networking works. If he's a developer, I suppose he doesn't need to, but maybe he could check into details before writing:
"isn't it worthwhile for Facebook recruiting to prepare for such a case, and make the interviewer able to switch to a different Facebook IP range, to give Skype routing a second chance?"
Yeah, um, I don't know of *any* company that would set up their HR staff for such a scenario. And this interviewee doesn't seem to understand how Internet routing works. Assuming the particular Facebook HR office is BGP multi-homed, the Facebook NetOps staff would have to determine what IP address the interviewee is connecting with and then modify BGP local-preference for that AS number to use a different ISP outbound. Or, have two networks with different outbound ISPs available at every desk with staff trained to switch between them.
It would be utterly ludicrous to do something like this for an interview.
What's surprising is they didn't try another option like Google Hangouts. Perhaps as a Facebook competitor, it isn't an option. Did the interviewee not have a speakerphone? He mentions being unable to both type and talk... I think they solved that problem in the 1980's.
Ask Matt Asay About Ubuntu and Canonical
I don't know about the Linux hobbyists out there, but I've seen time and time again the one reason Ubuntu is not used in a professional environment: Oracle database support.
The way I understand it, Oracle Database only supports Red Hat Enterprise Linux. That's reason enough for most places to exclusively run RHEL or a combination of RHEL and CentOS. Because the distros are so different (especially software packaging) it doesn't make sense for a company to run both.
So my question is: do you think Oracle will ever officially support Ubuntu?
Google About Openness
So Google, when will you be adding SIP support to Google Voice? Looking forward to it.
Go For a Masters, Or Not?
Professors in the academic bubble recommend that you stay in the academic bubble and continue to help pay their salary? Shocking.
Time To Discuss Drug Prohibition?
There's no chance of Obama doing anything about this in his first term since it would doom his re-election.
I'm just hoping he has the balls to do something if he's elected for a second term.