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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

ulatekh LOL (919 comments)

Now that was funny. Thanks for sharing.

3 days ago
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No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

ulatekh Linux already runs Office (275 comments)

by the end of next decade they are building a Linux distro. The trick is that it will only run a version of Microsoft Office and almost nothing else.

Linux already runs Office. I have MS Office installed under Wine and it's always run fine for me.

4 days ago
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Massive Job Cuts Are Reportedly Coming For Microsoft Employees

ulatekh Office runs fine under Linux (300 comments)

If Office were really on Linux I think you'd see Windows practically disappear.

Either you're wrong, or people don't know that Office runs just fine under Linux. I was a bit surprised too, but I have it running under Wine & haven't had any problems with it.

about two weeks ago
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Happy Software Developers Solve Problems Better

ulatekh COFFEE!! (121 comments)

I forsee a huge market in happy pepper-upper pills for programmers. Oh, wait. That's what coffee is for.

Exactly! I go to work with a 2-quart thermos full of stovetop-percolated coffee.

I pound coffee until I become happy. Well, happy maybe isn't the word...but enough coffee and I'm like "Wow, this badly-written code is just FASCINATING! I can't WAIT to fix this crap while my so-called co-workers are off creating even MORE piles of crap for me to clean up! WOOOOOOOOO!!!"

I have a Gladware container full of chocolate-covered coffee beans too, for when 2 quarts of coffee isn't enough.

about three weeks ago
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NSA Considers Linux Journal Readers, Tor (And Linux?) Users "Extremists"

ulatekh Mountain Dew connection (361 comments)

The problem started when the NSA realized that many programmers drink Mountain Dew, given its caffeine/sugar jolt.
Add to that all those Mountain Dew commercials featuring "extreme" personalities.
Treating programmers as extremists was simply the next logical step.

Now pardon me, I must ride my snowboard down the side of the building while screaming "WOOOOOOOO!!!!"

about three weeks ago
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Employees Staying Away From Internal Corporate Social Networks

ulatekh My company's CSN is embarrassing. (131 comments)

I work for a very large multinational company. A corporate social network makes sense for us. There is all sorts of expertise possessed by our employees that isn't normally utilized in their job. This gives us a chance to cross-pollinate, to allow our skills to be more broadly used within the company. Or so that was the intent.

Instead, it's mostly degenerated into a bunch of questions by Bangalore computer programmers that would be more appropriately asked on Stack Overflow, if the subjects they asked about weren't so simple and embarrassing. They're hardly worthy of an American middle-school child. I can't believe we actually hired these people, or that these are the sorts of programmers that take American programming jobs.

The most ridiculous question I've seen was about how to fix a computer in a remote village. Apparently it was completely broken, not coming up at all, but the questioner wanted to know if it could be fixed over the Internet. "Could I maybe use the IP address?" The amount of basic, fundamental misunderstanding that it takes to ask such a question just drives me to tears. And we employ this person. And I've probably lost several potential employment opportunities to people like this.

So after trying to use our corporate social network for its intended purpose...at this point, I've just given up.

about three weeks ago
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If Immigration Reform Is Dead, So Is Raising the H-1B Cap

ulatekh No, they're replacing. (341 comments)

H1B is merging with the us labor force, not replacing. The overwhelming H1B workers I know have either become citizens or are eager to do so.

No, immigrants are replacing native workers. The Center For Immigration Studies just released a report showing that all employment growth since 2000 has gone to immigrants, legal and illegal. There is no general labor shortage.

about a month ago
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The Security Industry Is Failing Miserably At Fixing Underlying Dangers

ulatekh Mod parent up! (205 comments)

...this will continue to happen as long as the software industry maintains it's age-ist view that 'younger is better'. Younger people are not going to have the experience level of older people, which means they will be much more likely to make all sorts of mistakes that older people (who had also made those mistakes when they were younger, but learned from them) won't. Between the two, there is simply no hope at all that we can have products that are anything more than mediocre quality.

THIS.

about a month ago
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The Security Industry Is Failing Miserably At Fixing Underlying Dangers

ulatekh Re:Cash is King (205 comments)

Should your position become dominant, or even a significant minority, crime will revert from phishing scams to knocking you over the head with a pipe and taking your wallet. While I do not deny that this may work for you, it's not a scalable solution.

Depends where you live. Here in Arizona, law-abiding citizens can carry a concealed firearm without a permit.

Also, such criminals would you have to be in your vicinity. They can't hit you over the head from way over in Russia, China, India, Nigeria, or wherever.

about a month ago
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Aliens and the Fermi Paradox

ulatekh The aliens aren't stupid. (686 comments)

Of course there's intelligent life in the universe. They don't make contact with us because we are not intelligent life.

The people on our planet seem to only be interested in killing and dominating each other, all in the name of their tribal god-image, or green pieces of paper. Why would a spacefaring civilization consider such a people worthy of contact? It'd be as dumb as taking the family for a vacation in Supermax.

There are plenty of stories about human contact with alien life, and of course none of them ever seem to be verifiable, but strangely, nearly all follow the same pattern — forcible abduction and horrifying medical-like experiments. The aliens are here...and think of us only as guinea pigs...and are superior enough to avoid our pathetic attempts at evidence-gathering.

I would like to hear a defensible reason why any spacefaring civilization would be interested in making contact with us as equals. Because, in my opinion, there is no defensible reason.

about a month and a half ago
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Aliens and the Fermi Paradox

ulatekh Re:We have already contacted alien civiliations. (686 comments)

Lady Gaga is the evidence. She is not from this planet.

Neither is Mariah Carey. She sings higher than dolphins can hear, and has no nose.

about a month and a half ago
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Virtual Boss Keeps Workers On a Short Leash

ulatekh Obvious solution: MOVE. (664 comments)

The state I live in has weak labor laws, and the company believes it can do as it pleases. My fellow co-workers and I have been looking for other jobs for a few years now, but the market sucks. (BTW, all of us have at least a bachelors degree, mine is in engineering). There are thousands of jobs around here that pay minimum wage, but almost nothing paying any more than that.

I have an obvious solution for you. MOVE.

That's what I've had to do for years, just to stay employed. My last move was 200 miles. The one before that was 650 miles.

I see my family a week at Thanksgiving and a week at Christmas. Sure that sucks, but it's what I had to do in order to avoid what you're going through.

about 6 months ago
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How Silicon Valley CEOs Conspired To Suppress Engineers' Wages

ulatekh Power is overrated. (462 comments)

When men get power, they abuse it.

That's strange...whenever I get power, I just end up with current and voltage. I must be doing something wrong.

about 6 months ago
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How Silicon Valley CEOs Conspired To Suppress Engineers' Wages

ulatekh An anarchy of nation-statess (462 comments)

Then we must currently live in anarchy because it's still about having bigger bombs, biceps, knives and guns.

Indeed...viewed internationally, we live in an anarchy of nation-states.

The U.N. has no real enforcement powers...the General Assembly is little more than a forum for expressing hatred.

about 6 months ago
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Blowing Up a Pointless Job Interview

ulatekh Re:Obligatory Trainspotting (692 comments)

Even if you *are* being hired to implement Version Control, what would your opinion be of a company who, in 2014, doesn't yet use version control?

I recently had a job where I had to institute version control, and even encountered a lot of resistance to the idea initially.

Unfortunately, it was a department of the U.S. Army.

about 6 months ago
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What Makes a Genius?

ulatekh Re:Working hard (190 comments)

What drives the smart guys to keep focused and interested working for a long time on hard problems? After a hour of intensive STEM stuff I already feel quite exhausted and need a good break.

Me too. My secret...recreational levels of caffeine. God bless the person that invented chocolate-covered coffee beans.

about 6 months ago
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What Makes a Genius?

ulatekh Lots of ideas, intellectual cross-training (190 comments)

Someone once asked Linus Pauling what his secret was to having good ideas. He answered that it was having lots of ideas and throwing away the bad ones.

Here's my personal list of genius traits:

  1. 1) Read
    Stand on the shoulders of giants as much as possible. No point rediscovering the wheel.
  2. 2) Work hard
    Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.
  3. 3) Intellectual cross-training
    Learn as much as you can about as many different subjects as you can. You'll be stunned how often principles from one subject will apply in a completely unrelated subject.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Suggestions For a Simple Media Server?

ulatekh Obligatory Onion! (420 comments)

Whatever you do, don't use Sony's stupid "web" thing as your media server.

I had to do low-level programming of Sony video-game console hardware for several years. I found this video positively cathartic.

about 6 months ago

Submissions

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North Georgia men say they've found Bigfoot

ulatekh ulatekh writes  |  more than 5 years ago

ulatekh writes "A policeman and a former corrections officer say that today they will unveil evidence of what they claim is their biggest find ever: the body of Bigfoot.

The provided picture, of a Bigfoot stuffed into a freezer, is pretty impressive. Could this finally be the end of the myth and the beginning of the reality?"
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ulatekh ulatekh writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ulatekh (775985) writes "In what has to be a new low, Sony recently threw a party to promote God Of War II, featuring an actual decapitated goat. Guests at the event were even invited to reach inside the goat's still-warm carcass to eat offal from its stomach.

They should have stopped at the topless girls."

Journals

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Personality over brains in tech hiring

ulatekh ulatekh writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I've been programming computers for over 20 years, programming in the industry for over 12 years, have my Bachelor of Science degree, and several (everyone tells me) impressive accomplishments on my resume.

I haven't had a steady job in over 2 years. Here's my latest rejection letter. They e-mailed me this 50 minutes after I left their door.

ulatekh,

Thank you very much for taking the time out to come and interview with us here at company! I hope you had a decent time while you were here. The programmers all got together and we discussed the interview process and had to make a difficult decision to pass on hiring you.

Technically, you have the most knowledge of anyone we've ever interviewed - you most definitely know your stuff. But personality-wise, we couldn't see you fitting with the culture that we have on our team. I'm sorry it didn't work out, but I thought you'd like to know why we reached our decision.

manager and tech lead were very impressed with your knowledge. I know that personality-wise, all development teams are very different due to the people on those teams - we've spent a very long time building our unique team and the more people we hire, the harder it is to hire the next person because we require everyone on the team to agree with the choice to hire. You had no idea when you came here what kind of culture we have and your technical skills are so impressive that it only came down to personality-fit with the team.

Sorry for the bad news, but I like to give feedback on the interview process. Good luck on any future interviews and thanks again for coming over.

- creative director

What's really weird is that I thought I got along with everyone, and flubbed far more technical questions than I was comfortable with.

So what am I to make of this? Here are my best guesses:

  • I'm a nerd, even by the standards of other nerds, and I need to go watch MTV, or play Grand Theft Auto, for 2 weeks straight or something, so I can be barely socialized.
  • I'm too smart, I'll make the other programmers feel bad about themselves, and the tech leads worry about their jobs.
  • The popular kids from high school even control the market for computer programmers, even though they're far better with people than with computers, and will shun anyone that doesn't fit their mold.
  • I'm the biggest dumbass loser asshole freak-of-nature anyone's ever met, and I'm too dumb to figure it out.

Any other theories?

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