13 posts • joined 8 Jun 2007
Re: "meaningless...almost Zen-like puzzles"
Technical questions on a particular language or platform shows mostly what their experience to date is on that particular technology. You get significant additional insight into the ability of a candidate by assessing their general approach to problem solving, and for developers that particularly applies to logic & maths problems. Obviously you don't base the entire interview on abstract puzzles, but they certainly have their place.
"meaningless...almost Zen-like puzzles"
If you can't recognise and offer at least a vague methodology for solving a logic puzzle, you have no place on a development team.
Disappointing coverage from El Reg so far.
Not quite sure why El Reg has been so sneery about this one. For a couple of good articles on just why this case is unlikely to hurt anyone other than Carreon, I'd suggest checking either Lowering the Bar or Pope Hat:
You poor, poor thing!
If only there was some way for you not to have to read posts that you personally don't find interesting.
Oh please. Hardly a suicidal tactic is it
IT departments aren't even close to embracing iOS, Android or RIM to the same extent that they happily sign up to MS. Nokia, who every man and dog acknowledge produce good hardware but meh software, contemplate the two available mass market offerings and place their bets on MS surprisingly quite decent but still uncommon Winphone 7. Big surprise, absolutely common sense play.
And who loses here? A really quite decent alternative to Android and iOS gets the sort of hardware supplier you want to use signing up. Nokia get a chance to not disappear off the map by ditching some OS that no bugger wanted to use. WTF with the bitching?
Could someone please explain what this means:
" "Is it really a surprise that Bakbone has shit the bed? Amateurs with handcuffs is not a winning combination."
I take it "shit the bed" is make a right mess of things, but I'm not following the amateurs with handcuffs comment at all.
Please tell me F1reman is taking the piss
"When I was readin your article I thought to myself that it was not a good one to publish and that there are far more great police officers in the various forces than there are bad and that articles such as these just undermine everyone but for no actual public achievement/gain"
Are you serious, or just a master of deadpan comedy? Of course bringing a massive breach in data security like this to public attention benefits the public interest. Covering it up would just allow whichever idiot oversees this lax operation to sweep it under the carpet. Airing it means that 10,000 people can now ask just who else their confidential data has been accidentally emailed to, and also makes sure Gwent Police have to seriously improve their procedures.
No uPnP? Sod that
A somewhat silly omission, considering there are a number of well reviewed, cheaper devices from manufacturers like Pure.
It's a game, you plank. It's just some fun. You might as well criticise Mario Kart for being an unrealistic driving simulator.
What a load of liberal bollocks
The wee scrote had it coming. Full marks to the cop for taking a headbutt and immediately putting the boy to ground in a headlock.
In a fair society scroteboy would be looking at 5 years of hard labour, but there you go, bloody liberals have ruined everything.
Can't see nVidia helping much
As nVidia are touting an an ARM11 based offering - the APX 2500 - as their alternative to SIlverthorne, it doesn't seem overly likely that they're going to be throwing money at Montalvo anytime soon.
"correct me if I'm wrong"
OK, let me correct you
"isn't the 360 the ONLY console on the market that *doesn't* sell the system at a loss? "
No. Nintendo are making just under $40 profit on every Wii sold. - http://kotaku.com/gaming/wii/wii-autopsy-discovers-manufacturing-cost-221736.php
Whereas Microsoft subsidise each 360 to the tune of $126 - http://www.joystiq.com/2005/12/28/xbox-360-costs-715-to-make/
Also, considering they're selling 5 times the rate of ps3's and twice the rate of 360's I have to ask just how you come to the conclusion that it's going to have poor games sales and developers won't support it. As far as I can see, Nintendo have a lot to be happy about.
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