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The Great IT Hiring He-Said / She-Said

ohnocitizen All of the Above and More (574 comments)

As mentioned by Greyfox - low quality recruiters are a pain. Some who struggle to communicate, others who can't function without incessant phone calls. On the company side, there's an unwillingness to pay for experience (I've seen job postings for "senior" positions that pay junior rates). I've had plenty of phone screens with someone who has no idea what they are talking about, but even with skilled engineers who know how to code, but not how to ask technical questions relevant to the job they are hiring for!

One of the more frustrating things is the "full stack" creep. Full stack used to mean someone who could write server code and front end code. Now it also means being a sysadmin, a dba, an architect, a ux guy, and in some cases even a designer. I've seen companies hiring an entire tech department in one job description.

There's also where the office is located. Allow remote workers! If you're in Boston, hire people in New York, New Hampshire, etc. They can come in every so often for essential "face time", but code like crazy for you and in the same timezone.

about a month and a half ago
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In this year's US mid-term elections ...

ohnocitizen Re:no dimocrats (551 comments)

If you're going to put words in your opponent's mouth, make sure they are coherent. I don't believe suffering is limited by economic class. If you are going to claim liberals are elitist (nice parroting of a GOP talking point), say *why* you believe that. Seriously learn to read. I didn't say it's wrong to call someone black, or jewish, or anything at all as a description. Just that some people like to *complain* (how did you miss that word?) about others, and hide behind "you guys are too PC" as a cover. Though more likely they just use PC as either a dog whistle, or as an alarm to raise a panic about liberals.

about a month and a half ago
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In this year's US mid-term elections ...

ohnocitizen Re:no dimocrats (551 comments)

If for no other reason than I want the government to do as little as possible.

Do you object to anything specifically, or just what doesn't benefit you directly? Outside of something big like war, people who say this often object to social security or medical benefits for others (but not for themselves). Or they don't like funding schools in poorer districts (so long as their kids get a good education).

I'm not politically correct.

That phrase has little meaning outside of elderly people complaining they can't complain about black people, "the jews", "the gays", and women. Seriously, what do you even mean by that?

The U.S. is not Europe and we should be thankful, not embarrassed, for that fact.

How specifically? Do you not like their universal healthcare? Are you one of those fox news Republicans who are "scared of those Muslims"?

I don't believe in hateful divisions along lines of gender, race, heritage, education level, ... {insert wedge issue}, ... and I don't believe in a "class" system.

Are you saying you don't believe those divisions exist? That's denying the painful reality. Or are you saying that Democrats somehow divide people by acknowledging how some groups of people take advantage of others? For example how wealthy Republicans con poor Republicans into voting away their power by using wedge issues like gun control, abortion, and gay rights.

My life has not been so miserable as to make me long for "fundamental transformation" of the country I was born & raised in.

You basically just said "I haven't suffered, so to hell with those who have". This is wrong on two levels. First, it's selfish as hell. Second, it's short sighted and blind. You probably have suffered and just don't realize what you could have had. Imagine an America not held back by religious political football hindering scientific advancement. Or both parties greedily allowing the financial system - still in power - that wrecked the larger economy. When the economy tanks we all take a hit. Not to mention the cuts to education that might have already turned potential Einsteins into office drones.

Basically your prehistoric beliefs are holding the rest of us back, and we rightfully look at them as something to evolve past.

about a month and a half ago
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Net Neutrality Campaign To Show What the Web Would Be Like With a "Slow Lane"

ohnocitizen Headline vs Summary (91 comments)

"Net Neutrality Campaign To Show What the Web Would Be Like With a "Slow Lane"" vs "No actual traffic will be slowed down".

It's a newsworthy and important topic that deserves a headline both inviting and accurate.

about 4 months ago
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Mozilla Dumps Info of 76,000 Developers To Public Web Server

ohnocitizen Sentence Structure (80 comments)

The discovery was made around June 22 by one of Mozilla's Web developers, Stormy Peters, Director of Developer Relations at Mozilla, said

Makes it sound like Stormy Peters is both the Director of Developer Relations and the developer who discovered the error.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Often Should You Change Jobs?

ohnocitizen Re:We can thank corporate America (282 comments)

This is entirely accurate. Full time jobs have in many cases given way to contracts. Then there are layoffs. It is a pretty cynical thing for a company to then turn around and judge people for being at a job for less than 5 years when a year or less is becoming far more common.

about 6 months ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

ohnocitizen Re:A win for freedom (1330 comments)

Same applies to blood transfusions and vaccines. Hell, private business pays for it by even paying you! So really, fuck you for giving a private corporation that much power over the lives of it's employees.

about 6 months ago
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Teaching College Is No Longer a Middle Class Job

ohnocitizen Re:Administrators (538 comments)

You need to shift your perspective. Nothing but contempt? Colleges are turning into trade factories, and that's a problem. There are HUGE societal benefits to the intellectual exploration that comes with college. We need to expand who has access to that! Universal college is a laudable goal.

In saying "6-figure debt makes it the point", you've made a mistake. Debt is a problem, and we need to address it. But the fact that college is too expensive doesn't mean you need to turn college into merely a stepping stone to a job. That's misguided.

about 6 months ago
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Google's Nest Buys Home Monitoring Camera Company Dropcam

ohnocitizen Product Challenges? (82 comments)

Clarity please. Does the submitter mean competition? Legal challenges to the product? Logistical challenges with the products?

about 6 months ago
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Facebook Refuses To Share Employee Race and Gender Data

ohnocitizen Re:Ugg the diversity brigade strikes again (250 comments)

While there are a few reasons for not hiring Americans in general, and black Americans in particular -- is racism among them, considering they scour South Asia for candidates?

Sure. Someone could be racist towards a very specific group of people, vs racist in general.

about 7 months ago
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Facebook Refuses To Share Employee Race and Gender Data

ohnocitizen Re:Ugg the diversity brigade strikes again (250 comments)

That's a fascinating answer. I wonder if that data from the IRS is shared so that action could be taken? I imagine it isn't made public (imagine the uproar if it was) - so any sort of social pressure on companies for hiring practices wouldn't have data to go on.

No company is so big that it's a significant portion of the economy... at least in America.

- A big company hiring specialists in a field could constitute a significant portion of the market in a given city.

about 7 months ago
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Facebook Refuses To Share Employee Race and Gender Data

ohnocitizen Re:Ugg the diversity brigade strikes again (250 comments)

It's not as if it's a good-ole boy's club over at the googleplex.

Source for that statement? What if it turns out it is? Is that "none of the government's business"? Is it up to brave consumers to decide if we care or not, and apply market pressure on google by not buying their products?

If google and facebook could find qualified black (or American employees in general) employees, wouldn't they do that rather than importing people from India/Pakistan/$wherever?

No. That's part of the problem. There are plenty of qualified employees here. When you import people, you get two very nice things from a corporate perspective: 1. Lower cost. 2. More control.

Fear of getting their visa revoked makes these workers easier to bully and manipulate. And they will work for less. That is the reason big tech wants to look overseas, not a lack of talent stateside.

Which brings us back to the original point - if a company is systematically passing over people because they are (black, female, the wrong kind of christian, etc) - it's hard to do anything about it if they never release those stats. For a company as big as google or facebook, that kind of thing could really put a damper in a qualified person's ability to find a job and feed their family. So we need to decide as a society - does that bother us? If not, then business as usual. But if it does, then we need larger companies (at the very least) to report who they hire, so we can try our best to identify potential trouble.

about 7 months ago
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Fiat Chrysler CEO: Please Don't Buy Our Electric Car

ohnocitizen Something Doesn't Smell Right (462 comments)

How much did it cost to setup their infrastructure to produce these cars? It seems like it would be a loss if they don't sell any at all. Why wouldn't they raise the price? This sounds like it's more about politics than sound business decisions. That makes me question Sergio Marchionne's ability to run the company effectively.

about 7 months ago
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In the US, Rich Now Work Longer Hours Than the Poor

ohnocitizen Re:No, That's incorrect... (311 comments)

I live here. $300 won't even get you a shared room unless you are very far from the city. Rent is crazy expensive, even in previously less expensive areas in Brooklyn and Queens. Plus there is little connection between what we pay in rent and the "social safety net", unless you want to stretch the impact of low rent housing on surrounding rents. No wonder the original post was as AC.

about 7 months ago
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In the US, Rich Now Work Longer Hours Than the Poor

ohnocitizen Re:No, That's incorrect... (311 comments)

What amazes me is that anyone considers it ethical to impose restrictions upon the poor the wealthy do not have to deal with. Want society's support? You better be willing to uproot yourself and move or you are out of luck. Surely we can do better.

"Most humans will be lazy if you let them be." Citation Needed.

"In NYC the average person pays $300 plus a month in rent just to cover the social safety net" - I don't believe you. Source?

about 7 months ago
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GitHub Founder Resigns Following Harassment Investigation

ohnocitizen Re:Good. (182 comments)

We DO have an idea what happened. Read rabtech's insightful comment: http://slashdot.org/comments.p...

Harassment claims are not always he said/she said things - that is a pretty gross generalization. In this case there were plenty of witnesses, as well as admissions (direct and tacit) from the company itself!

about 7 months ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

ohnocitizen Re:Are you kidding (818 comments)

If you are letting your religious views drive your politics, you have more in common with the religious right than with liberals. It's very hard to be "further left than the democrats" and not support a woman's right to choose because your personal religion believes it is wrong.

about 8 months ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

ohnocitizen Re:Are you kidding (818 comments)

This is *before* those limits were lifted. As a citizen, I'm looking forward to seeing the power of the wealthy further cemented in this country, and so exquisitely draped in the pretense of democracy that my fellow citizens believe themselves empowered. It's gonna get better! (For the wealthy). How exciting for those of us who imagine ourselves upwardly mobile within the American caste system.

about 8 months ago
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Inside the Stolen Smartphone Black Market In London

ohnocitizen Portobello Road! (109 comments)

Why it's no secret where these traders and shops operate. The place where anything and everything you want is sold! I'm speaking of course about Portobello Road!

about 8 months ago

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Mark Shuttleworth: Desktop is no Longer the Focus so Expect Bugs

ohnocitizen ohnocitizen writes  |  about a year ago

ohnocitizen (1951674) writes "

I do wish we could maintain full focus on both desktop and mobile, but I've asked the team instead to concentrate on touch, so more stuff is slipping through raw from upstream without going through the same level of integration/smoothing that we normally do. Crashes etc are still being addressed, but I agree there's more divergence in core apps than normal in 13.04.

Can you imagine if someone from Apple or Microsoft had said this?"
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Copyright Troll's Silent Victory

ohnocitizen ohnocitizen writes  |  about 2 years ago

ohnocitizen (1951674) writes "I thought slashdot readers would find this interesting. From the looks of things, a photographer who is also a lawyer skipped notification and went straight to filing a lawsuit. More than 70 defendants were targeted, with a 1500 optional settlement to avoid trial. Sound familiar? P-Mag notes that "suits like this are pretty stacked against the little guys.". Is there anything we can do to really help?"
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Gates Foundation and For Profit Education Reform

ohnocitizen ohnocitizen writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ohnocitizen (1951674) writes "The Gates Foundation comes up a lot on Slashdot, often in a well deserved positive light. Their work on education reform, however, shows another side to the organization. I'm curious to hear the slashdot community's opinions on the matter."
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