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Tech Recruiters Defend 'Blacklists,' Lack of Feedback, Screening Techniques

ebno-10db Re:HR departments are the same (253 comments)

The H1B problem is largely a West coast issue.

I wish you were right, but take it from someone on the East Coast: you're wrong.

about a month and a half ago
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Tech Recruiters Defend 'Blacklists,' Lack of Feedback, Screening Techniques

ebno-10db Re:oh boy! (253 comments)

To be fair, [Jobs'] performance has fallen off quite a bit since he died.

That's like saying that Jesus Christ's performance has fallen off quite a bit since he died, yet hundreds of millions of Christians revere him. Regardless of whether I share that belief I respect it. By contrast people who revere Jobs the same way are just assholes.

about a month and a half ago
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Tech Recruiters Defend 'Blacklists,' Lack of Feedback, Screening Techniques

ebno-10db Re:oh boy! (253 comments)

I think the point here was that most people never even tried, having assumed ...

You have assumed that most people have never even tried. An equally likely explanation is that people often don't want to advertise their failures to learn "basic skills".

about a month and a half ago
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Tech Recruiters Defend 'Blacklists,' Lack of Feedback, Screening Techniques

ebno-10db Re:oh boy! (253 comments)

Unless you have mental problems, a slow learner, etc...you CAN learn people skills like any other skills.

Why do you say that, because you did it and you've known other people that have? BFD. "Other skills" include math. Anyone should be able to learn it up to the level of at least basic differential equations (very far from an especially difficult math subject). I wasn't born with that ability, I had to learn it, and I've known other people who've done likewise. Ergo, according to your reasoning, you CAN learn math. Except that some people suck at math - not everyone has talents for the same things.

The classic example is people with Asperger's. Yes, I know half of all Slashdotters have self-diagnosed, but I'm not one of them. But Asperger's isn't a yes or no thing. In fact it's not really a separate diagnosis; the next edition of the DSM will classify it as high-functioning autism. There's a reason that they refer to the autism spectrum - it can vary from very severe to very mild, and from very low functioning to very high functioning. Hence there are also people who are sub-clinical, or in plain language lean that way a little. It's like saying that you can be a bit slow without being retarded, or untrusting without being paranoid.

The only reason that high-functioning autism is considered a disorder is that many (probably most) people consider "play the game" human interaction to be the most important thing in the world. Considering how the world runs more on bullshit than anything else, it may be. Maybe the world would be better if most people had the sort of straightforwardness that high functioning autism people do, and "play the game" human interaction was considered a harmful and manipulative disorder like sociopathy. If it were up to me I'd classify anyone who couldn't learn at least basic differential equations as having a math disorder.

That's just on aspect of of why not everyone "CAN learn people skills like any other skills". I could write at least a few paragraphs on psychological issues too, but suffice it to say you're being very egocentric.

about a month and a half ago
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Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

ebno-10db Re:How hard is it to recognize a stoplight? (287 comments)

It can use OCR to read signs.

As long as they don't get too dirty. Think Captcha - humans do better. It's the same problem that they have with bar codes on freight cars. Not to mention other contextual cues that humans can use.

about 2 months ago
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Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

ebno-10db Re:How hard is it to recognize a stoplight? (287 comments)

I've had someone step out in front of me three or four times, maybe?

You obviously don't drive in Manhattan.

about 2 months ago
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Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

ebno-10db Re:How hard is it to recognize a stoplight? (287 comments)

The issue, as I understand it, with the SDC is road conditions, not obstacles of decent size (humans, bikes, other cars, etc). Potholes or things like ice or a broken piece of wood with nails sticking out of it.

Rain and snow are also problems for SDC's. With all that testing in SV they might not have considered such things (I think everybody stays indoors when it rains), but in most of the rest of the world they're common conditions.

about 2 months ago
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Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

ebno-10db Re:How hard is it to recognize a stoplight? (287 comments)

Self-driving electric lorries would sharply reduce the cost of shipping by reducing fuel cost (my 12 gallon, 300-mile tank would cost $1.92 to fill if it were a Tesla electric Model S) and eliminating the wages of the truck driver for the 5000-mile, multi-day, cross-country journey.

Here is a simpler idea using existing technology: freight trains. You still need trucks (eh, lorries) for local delivery, but even if they have a driver they can be electric. It's also quite different than your 5000 mi example. For anything over about 200 mi, intermodal (train/truck) uses less energy and is generally cheaper. I don't know about the UK, but what the US needs is more intermodal facilities and better coordination. Even still it's more widely used in the US than many people realize. Trains can be electric of course, but even if you don't want to pay to electrify long distance lines, trains use about 1/3 the amount of diesel fuel that trucks do per ton-mile.

about 2 months ago
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Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

ebno-10db Re:pics? (475 comments)

In other words, the same sad story as the US.

about 2 months ago
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Core Secrets: NSA Saboteurs In China and Germany

ebno-10db Re:well duh (228 comments)

Rethink what you are saying. "It's against the constiution, but it's their job, so it's OK.

An unclear antecedent, not unclear thinking. Warrantless wiretapping is against the 4th Amendment, but foreign SIGINT (what the latest news is about) is their job.

about 2 months ago
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Core Secrets: NSA Saboteurs In China and Germany

ebno-10db Re:well duh (228 comments)

Yes, which is why he's gone too far. I think the people wiping their asses with the 4th Amendment should be prosecuted (note that may include high office), but this is the NSA's job, and like most people I support it as necessary and useful.

about 2 months ago
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Core Secrets: NSA Saboteurs In China and Germany

ebno-10db Re:Pardons are for the guilty. (228 comments)

Snowden is a whistleblower. He deserves our thanks, and an apology from everyone who's demanded that he be prosecuted.

I agree, but now he's gone too far. The crimes were spying on the American people without warrants. But this sort of interception of information is exactly what the NSA is supposed to do. There has never been any secret about that, and I support it as useful intelligence. If Snowden keeps this up, he's going to alienate his supporters, or at the very least give a lot of ammo to his detractors.

about 2 months ago
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Genes Don't Just Predict Intelligence, But Also How Well You Do In School

ebno-10db Re:Without reading the article, (154 comments)

RTFA. It doesn't say those aren't factors, just that there are also genetic factors.

about 2 months ago
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Genes Don't Just Predict Intelligence, But Also How Well You Do In School

ebno-10db Re:STOP THE VIDEO ADS SLASHDOT! (154 comments)

Get an account and when you log in you have the option to disable ads. I also find it unusable before I log in, with too much video and endlessly piggy scripts. I have no problem with advertising (something's got to pay the bills) if it doesn't half-trash my machine.

about 2 months ago
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Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

ebno-10db Re:Where can I find the except clause? (575 comments)

The Bill of Rights was was written by 18th century terrorists and c***d molesters. It would never pass congress today.

about 3 months ago
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Lenovo Set To Close $2.1 Billion Server Deal With IBM

ebno-10db Re:IBM is dying (49 comments)

The problem with those things is that they require thought and judgement, which if they ever existed in the students, the B-schools expunge. Simple-minded "numerical" analysis is what they emphasize. Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.

about 3 months ago
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The Secret Goldman Sachs Tapes

ebno-10db Re:is anyone really surprised here (201 comments)

Talk to the GGP. He's the one that chose to categorize politics as such. Should I go on a grand dissertation of shades of gray? Sorry, no time for that now. I just told him how full of shit he is.

about 3 months ago
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The Secret Goldman Sachs Tapes

ebno-10db Re:is anyone really surprised here (201 comments)

There's also the problem that CDS's are insurance, but because of deliberate technicalities are not regulated as such. The laws and regulations that have been introduced since the 17th century, which keep insurance from being a complete scam or gamble, didn't apply. You could get a CDS on something you didn't even own; you could even get CDS's for several times the value. That's like letting me take out a $1M insurance policy on your $300k home, and then looking the other way when I go to your place and play with matches. It's a setup that's pretty much guaranteed to explode at some time - it doesn't take much to set it off.

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...

about 3 months ago
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The Secret Goldman Sachs Tapes

ebno-10db Re:is anyone really surprised here (201 comments)

Liberals will be furious at your claim..... because it puts the Government in a "bad nanny" position.

Listen to Rush Limbaugh much? Try thinking instead of regurgitating. Here's a book by a serious and unabashed lefty: The Conservative Nanny State. Sorry if the cognitive dissonance makes your head hurt.

about 3 months ago

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